Monday, June 8, 2009

Hate-F***Gate Update: AOL fires
blogger who criticized Playboy

Moe Lane at Red State has the lowdown (preceded by a TMI disclaimer), linking Stephen Gulowski at Newsbusters:
AOL News has taken some drastic steps to censor any mention, let alone criticism, of Playboy's screed. They have deleted posts about the article, banned contributors from mentioning it, and even fired one of their liberal writers over it. . . .
The evidence is stacking up quite high that AOL News fired liberal writer Tommy Christopher today due to his repeated attempts to get coverage of the Playboy attack list on AOL's Politics Daily. Christopher had first attempted to post this criticism of Playboy's sick list the day it was published on their website. However, he was surprised to find that shortly after putting his article on Politics Daily it was deleted by an editor. . . .
(Hat-tip: That's not (merely) plugola, by the way, it's just a fact. The continually updated sidebars at NTCNews are very helpful in spotting hot memes developing.

UPDATE: Tommy Christopher writes:
I'm very touched by the outpouring of support, and encourage further garment-rending on my behalf.
Tommy's asking people to hit his tip jar, and you certainly should -- after you hit my tip jar first.

Reckon this is as good a place as any to explain that I don't believe in "worker's rights." That is to say, I believe that employment is a voluntary fee-for-service agreement between the worker and his employer. If I, as a worker, reserve the right to say, "I quit," then the employer certain has the right to say, "You're fired." And neither of us ought to be suing the other over the decision to terminate that fee-for-service aggreement, otherwise it ceases to be voluntary and my job becomes an entitlement.

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