A CBS attorney who said she had no sympathy for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting because they were likely ‘Republican gun toters’ has been fired. From the Daily Caller:
“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing,” wrote [Hayley] Geftman-Gold on Facebook, perhaps referring to Sandy Hook. “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
The social media posts were deleted but not before screenshots were made and circulated online:
I see @HayleyEsq's account is locked.
She's a @CBS legal executive, I believe.
— Rick Canton (@TheRickCanton) October 2, 2017
The LA Times confirmed that CBS had fired Geftman-Gold and issued a statement about her “deeply unacceptable” statement:
“This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS. Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families,” the company said in a statement.
Fox News adds that Geftman-Gold has issued a statement backing away from her own words. Her attorney is also claiming she has been “bombarded by online death“:
In a statement sent to media Monday night, Geftman-Gold said, “Earlier today I posted an indefensible post in a Facebook discussion thread concerning the tragic Las Vegas shooting, a statement I sincerely regret. 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.”
Her attorney, Carrie A. Goldberg, added: “In the last few hours my client, her family and friends have been bombarded by online death unimaginable in quantity and detail. We beg people to show love and support to survivors and loved ones — in Las Vegas and their own lives — instead of creating more violence.”
Needless to say, I don’t support “online death” but if your reaction to a mass shooting of people at a concert is to say the people killed and injured probably deserved it, you really do deserve some kind of blowback. This isn’t a Justine Sacco situation where someone’s joke was badly misunderstood. There’s really no alternative interpretation here.
Finally, I don’t believe her current claim that these statements do not represent this woman’s actual beliefs. Again, no one should be making death threats, but I hope potential employers will Google her name when her resume comes across their desk.