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  •  The comparison isn't even applicable! (0+ / 0-)

    The reporter was fired for doing a truly journalistic story and not for engaging in offensive hate speech.  Also, he was fired, it appears, after doing this once.  Rush Limbaugh has been engaging in hate speech - not journalism, not news reporting! - for almost 25 years and has disregarded concerns and complaints about the offensive, hateful, and inciting content of his broadcasts.

    Hmm.  Objective news story about how an anti-women's-health law is impacting a woman in a tragic way or ... an extremely subjective rant protected as "commentary" attacking and denigrating a woman as a compulsive sexual deviant (nymphomaniacs are still considered deviant, aren't they?) for simply trying to oppose another anti-women's-health legislative effort for non-sexual reasons.  They aren't even on the same level.  Nice try, but someone has been watching too much Fox News!

    And even if the station fired him for doing the story for a different outlet, the station should be firing its management for not providing a newsroom environment that encourages and supports such quality news journalism to stay in that newsroom.

    I suspect that you not only disagree that "the First Amendment does not protect yelling 'fire' in a crowded theater" but that you would be selling tickets to crowd the theater and then even more tickets to see the disgusting aftermath.

    Or maybe you're just simply trolling.

    •  Someone said something, others didn't like it (0+ / 0-)

      And then instead of just turning the channel or speaking back, people went after the speakers themselves to get them fired.

      All the rest is details.

      If we want to have a culture with truly free speech, then that includes - HAS TO include! - speech that we don't like.

      Speech that IS offensive, IS disgusting and IS even hateful.

      As long as it isn't urging people to specifically harm others, and as long as people have legal recourse if it slides into slander, then we should turn the channel, not support it - but not go around trying to silence people by trying to get them fired.

      This idea of silencing people because we don't like what they say is more offensive to me than what is being said - no matter WHO says it or WHAT is being said.

      As for trolling, look at my ID #. I've been here since 2004.

      "Think. It ain't illegal yet." - George Clinton | http://ideaddicted.blogspot.com

      by jbeach on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 11:38:58 AM PDT

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