Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Joe's Response

In my opinion, Air America should not have fired her. The things she said about Hilary Clinton was said off the air, therefore had nothing to do with them. Ok, maybe a suspension or something would have been a little more appropriate, but firing her was way to harsh.

I feel that since she was fired for saying something, that yeah.. it kind of is a violation of free speech. I know that she should monitor what she says being in the public eye and what not, but still, she is entitled to say whatever she wants, and she clearly was punished for doing just that.

If I were a broadcaster i would avoid talking negatively about anyone, especially someone who could potentially be our next president. Plus there is a time and place to let an opinion like that come out. I try to build bridges, not burn them. 

Response to Air American.....

Q1: I think that Air America should halt her show for a period of time and this is the penalty for her. Ending her employment is too much. But I think it is just a common action for the stations/companies, especially in China. If somebody says something that is offensive to other people or organizations, he/she might get fired immediately.

Q2 : For me, it’s really a tough question. I would like to say that it is a violation of free speech because the public sphere in America is so open and tolerant and every kind of opinions can find their ways to be conveyed. However, for me, this kind of comments and so-called comedy shows make me feel uncomfortable. I don’t feel like hearing a host in a nationally show liken somebody to a prostitute. It’s silly and out of joint of the ethic standard.

Q3: No. I would not deliver a comment like that! As a journalist or a person work for the media, it’s necessary to be cautious and sensitive of our sayings. Using proper words is a way of showing your professional skill in this field.

Monday, April 14, 2008

I feel that it unnecessary to fire Randi Rhodes due to a comment she made out of her work environment. However I do feel that a suspension fits her act. As a radio host no matter where you are I believe that people always use your voice as source for information. By slandering someone in the position of Hillary Clition you can affect the way other people perceive her. Although this country thrives on freedom of speech, I believe that people in the position of Randi should always be aware of what they say.

I do believe that firing her is violation on freedom of speech especially due to the fact it took place out of the work area. But if lewd remarks suck as hers go away unpunished, citizens may look at our government as a one that accepts lawlessness.

If I was a broadcaster I wouldn’t have delivered comments like that. As I have stated the job of a journalist is to deliver news to the public. Saying inappropriate comments like that can’t go overlooked.