Morning Exit: Winkler to Leave The Daily Caller

The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Winkler, who began with the publication from its inception a year and a half ago, is leaving. An Arkansas native, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and Publisher Neil Patel phoned him one day to recruit him for the job.

In a farewell note to colleagues Thursday, Winkler reminisced.

“I like telling the story, so I’ll tell it again. I was in Arkansas splitting firewood when Tucker called, completely out-of-the-blue. Shortly afterwards, I was yanking a squirrel from the dogs’ clutches when Neil rang, grilled me heavily, then said ‘you can smoke crack for all we care, we just want people who work hard.’ Seventy-two hours later I was in the office helping launch the site. I owe ya’ll a debt of gratitude for taking that chance on me. It was a hell of ride. And TheDC will be a real thrill to follow as it continues to grow. … If you have something of mine, please return it soon. If I have something of yours, please show proof.”

As some may recall, Winkler was among the punks who tossed Carlson in Patel’s swimming pool last week. We’re sure it was just his way of saying, ‘I’ll miss you.’ 

We wish Winkler well on his next adventure, and only hope he throws all future editors into the pool.