Now-former CBS exec learns the hard way that saying terrible things about terrible tragedies can cost you a job
CBS has fired an executive who took to social media saying she's "not sympathetic" to victims of the massacre in Las Vegas. The former corporate lawyer, Hayley Geftman-Gold, said on Facebook that she wasn't sympathetic to victims because "country music fans often are Republican gun-toters."
In a discussion on Facebook, she also said she had no hope Republicans would take action since they didn't do anything when children were murdered, referencing the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut.Within hours of her remarks hitting the Twittersphere, CBS announced that Geftman-Gold had violated the company's standards by expressing unacceptable views and had been let go. Geftman-Gold had been a vice president and senior legal counsel at CBS in New York for about a year.
In the aftermath, Geftman-Gold has also apologized. “Earlier today I posted an indefensible post in a Facebook discussion thread concerning the tragic Las Vegas shooting, a statement I sincerely regret,” she offered. “I am deeply sorry for diminishing the significance of every life affected by Stephen Paddock’s terrorism last night and for the pain my words have inflicted on the loved ones of the victims. My shameful comments do not reflect the beliefs of my former employer, colleagues, family, and friends. Nor do they reflect my actual beliefs — this senseless violence warrants the deepest empathy. I understand and accept all consequences that my words have incurred.”
I really don't understand why she was fired, after all this is almost a guarantee of what you are going to get when you are pushing character assassination politics. American politics shows that it is partly built on the foundation of mudslinging, malicious accusations, vicious rumors, sleazy innuendo and outright lies. Didn't you know that already, you gun toting Republican.....Conservative....independent?
Unfortunately her reactions are shared by far too many who should know better. You have probably found other examples. If you do, please share them with us in Comments, on the principle that we should be able to identify the enemies of democracy and freedom..........
Las Vegas is yet another reminder that there are people out there who don't care about the sanctity of human life, and, for whatever reason, are determined to kill as many of us as possible. That's an inescapable reality of life in this day and age. We'd better get used to it . . . because it's not going to change.
May those who died Sunday night rest in peace. May those who were injured, recover swiftly and as fully as possible. May those who lost loved ones receive what comfort they may . . . and may the rest of us learn from this tragedy, and conduct ourselves accordingly. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.