Have we had enough of this story yet or not really? Former Blaze commentator Tomi Lahren is suing Glenn Beck and The Blaze for wrongful termination. From the Dallas Morning News:
According to Lahren’s suit, filed Friday in Dallas County, The Blaze cancelled Lahren’s show after she made the controversial statement on The View. But The Blaze wanted to keep paying Lahren, the suit says, “presumably hoping they could find an exit strategy to sanitize their unlawful conduct” in breaking Lahren’s employment contract, which was to continue through Sept. 30.
Lahren was suspended last month after announcing on ABC’s The View that she was pro-choice. “I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies,” Lahren said. That framing of the issue, which suggested conservative pro-lifers were hypocrites, upset a lot of people including Glenn Beck who questioned Lahren’s intellectual honesty on Twitter. The suspension followed soon after. But the lawsuit filed today claims Beck and the Blaze already knew about her pro-choice beliefs and didn’t have a problem with them:
“No one told [Lahren] that her statements on The View were either improper or inappropriate; and, indeed, that [Lahren’s] point of view is just that — her point of view and freedom of expression,” the suit says.
The Dallas Morning News story doesn’t spell out when Beck and the Blaze supposedly became aware of this, but as I’ve pointed out before, Lahren was referring to pro-choice people as “baby killers” just 3 months earlier.
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Beck mocked the suddenness of Lahren’s flip flop on his radio show. From the Daily Beast:
“If you’re pro-choice, you can have a job at TheBlaze,” Beck said on his radio show. “I don’t hire people who are sycophants or have my opinion.” He cited as an example former Real News host Amy Holmes, an openly pro-choice employee of TheBlaze.
He expressed disbelief at Lahren’s abortion change-of-heart, quoting her “baby killers” clip from December, in addition to a video—written by Beck sidekick Stu Burguiere—that she participated in with fellow Blaze employees mocking pro-choice activism. “This seems to be a relatively recent change,” Beck said.
I don’t have any inside knowledge on what is going on at the Blaze but it certainly sounds as if Beck was surprised by Lahren’s sudden shift of position.