17 Feb 2011

Yet Another Person Loses His Job Over a Tasteless Joke

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As someone who regrets things blogged or spoken at least once a week, I am disturbed by this trend whereby people make a joke in poor taste and then have to resign. Part of it is that it’s so random: There must be thousands of people a day who Tweet things that could cost them their job, but they just don’t get picked up.

Anyway, the latest example is a (former) Fellow at NYU who said some dumb things in response to the Egyptian mob’s attack on Lara Logan. What’s interesting is that I first learned of this guy’s existence from listening to Glenn Beck and another right-wing talk radio host (may have been Rush but I can’t remember for sure), and needless to say their point was how “the Left” cares nothing for Americans or women, and places politics above people.

Here is Nir Rosen’s side of the story. It’s a little bit too huffy for an apology, if you ask me, but I always like learning the larger context when you hear something “unbelievable” like this. (And yes, I would love to see an article from an 18-year-old intern at Fox explaining how he screwed up the CPAC tapes.)

Also, it should go without saying, but let’s not take chances: It was awful what happened to Lara Logan and I hope she recovers from the attack.

4 Responses to “Yet Another Person Loses His Job Over a Tasteless Joke”

  1. Blackadder says:

    I’m not a fan of firing people based on I appropriate comments, but reading Mr. Rosen’s response actually made me less sympathetic to him.

    • David says:

      Likewise. He never really apologized at all if you read the subtext. And he went further and implied that when white people are victims they apparently have a cheek to actually experience negative feelings and that they don’t deserve any sympathy and that we should all just keep quiet and not give her any sympathy because she has the gall to be a white victim – wtf.

      Apparently he’s also an anti-Semite who has in the past made repeated calls for Tel Aviv to be bombed. From what I can tell the guy is just a whiny turd with nothing but toxic poison to contribute to any kind of debate, I can’t even begin to imagine how it comes to be that someone with those “credentials” ended up in the very positions he is forced to resign from in the first place (what is his contribution? anti-white hatred, anti-Jew hatred, and making jokes about sexual assault?) so his resignation seems highly appropriate, in fact the initial appointments seem inappropriate.

  2. hiimallen says:

    It only goes to show that his job was meaningless anyway. or that he was very replaceable.

  3. Ricardo Cruz says:

    I was curious about the content of the comments. Apparently, these were them:

    * Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal.
    * Yes yes its wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don’t support that. But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too.
    * Jesus Christ, at a moment when she is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at least remember her role as a major war monger
    * Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women, which is still wrong, but if it was worse than [sic] I’m sorry.