Once again, it looks like someone is about to lose their high paying job because they let hatred get in the way of common sense as CBS executive Hayley Geftman-Gold politicizes Las Vegas massacre victims.
UPDATE: She has been fired! CBS Corp. moved swiftly against Geftman-Gold.
“This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS,” stated the network. “Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families.”
While the rest of the nation mourned the stunning mass shooting that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more, a CBS executive on Monday whacked the victims.
As first reported by the Daily Caller, Hayley Geftman-Gold posted on her Facebook page that she had no sympathy for the victims, who were attending a country music festival Sunday on the Las Vegas Strip.
“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs [sic]will ever do the right thing,” wrote Geftman-Gold, vice president and senior counsel of strategic transactions. “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
The original thread was deleted, but not by Geftman-Gold.
Hayley Geftman-Gold, a vice president in the strategic transactions department at CBS, appeared to reference the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in a Facebook comment earlier Monday. She said she had little faith in Congress taking action on gun control legislation, considering the inability for Republicans to support a background check bill following the deaths of 20 children in 2012.
She also wrote that she did not feel sympathetic to the 58 people who died Monday because, she said, country music fans are often Republicans and own guns.
“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing,” she said.
“I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters,” she added.
Geftman-Gold’s comments have sparked widespread condemnation. They also quickly became a talking point on the right, as many commentators and pundits used her words as an example of media bias against Republicans and gun owners.
CBS has a history of hostility towards Republicans. Shortly after the attack on the GOP congressional baseball team gravely injuring Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise in June, former CBS anchor Scott Pelley questioned whether the shooting was “foreseeable, predictable and to some degree, self-inflicted.”
Free speech is at the foundation of our great country. Hayley Geftman-Gold has the great freedom to express herself, and the government cannot, and will not stop her.
That does not mean that there are not consequences. When you bring embarrassment upon your employer, with vile hatred, your employer has the right as well to fire you.
The NFL needs to take this in mind. For almost a year, they have let the free speech of their football players demolish football. The ratings are crashing and the money is flying out the window!
Why can’t people just be nice?
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