Friday, April 13, 2007
Freedom of Speech? In Spades.
So Imus was fired late yesterday afternoon and this morning on C-SPAN all the Republicans could talk about was freedom of speech. His freedom of speech rights have been trampled on; why is it okay to bash Catholics, Born-Agains, and men, but not okay to bash Blacks and Jews, etc.
To this I say, "Whaah??"
If he didn't have freedom of speech he would have been arrested right after it happened. The "freedom" is freedom from incarceration for what you say. If he didn't have it, he'd already be in custody.
In every employment contract I've ever seen there's a clause allowing either party to terminate said contract at any time and for any reason. CBS simply chose to exercise their right to terminate the contract.
I could come into work on Monday screaming racial slurs. I wouldn't get arrested, but my boss would be pretty stupid to keep me around, right? In the end it came down to advertisers and money. Enough of a fuss was raised and advertisers were worried about losing profits. As soon as something becomes unprofitable, of course investors are going to drop out.
In all likelihood Imus will be a guest on Rush's show by next week and in contract negotiations with someone else (*cough*Fox*cough*) by the week after.
Bottom line: it's just another distraction from what's really going on.
Posted by Kate at 13.4.07