A nice catch by Newsbusters. It’s bad enough that ABC would equate all opposition to gay marriage with the “GOD HATES FAGS” strain, but distinguishing the two is especially important in reporting on the Eich saga. The reason this is controversial is because, by all accounts, the guy wasn’t abusive towards gay employees. Mozilla’s chairwoman admits that he never behaved in a way that “was not in line with Mozilla’s values of inclusiveness.” The case against him remaining as CEO rests entirely on one political donation he made as a private citizen more than five years ago. If you’re illustrating that point with footage of angry Phelpsians screeching at a protest, you’re stacking the deck on viewer perceptions of Eich. ABC wouldn’t do that, would they?
Two: Why did Eich resign rather than force the board to oust him? I don’t understand that. I assume that, having worked so many years to make Mozilla successful, he simply couldn’t bear to let the uproar drag on and damage the company he’d built, so he quit. But by doing that rather than forcing the people around him to go on and burn him at the stake, he handed them a convenient defense to their critics:
@US395 Brendan actually chose to step down himself. We believe that no one should be persecuted for their beliefs, no matter what they are.
— Mozilla (@mozilla) April 4, 2014
See, Eich wasn’t pushed. He jumped. Mozilla’s all about tolerance and differing viewpoints ‘n stuff. Why, if anything, it’s Eich who caved to the mob by committing seppuku under pressure. He shouldn’t have made it this easy for them.