Social media posts and water cooler discussions have been ablaze this week (pun intended) over an issue involving a quote from a 24-year-old blonde woman. The Blaze network’s Tomi Lahren went on the always-hostile show, “The View,” last week to talk to the (mostly ultra-liberal) panel about her life. Her interview went fairly well, with many on the panel agreeing and disagreeing on various discussion topics – except uber-liberal Joy Behar, who basically chose to disagree with every word out of Tomi’s mouth. That was until the following exchange occurred, prompted by co-host Sunny Hostin:
Sunny: “You call yourself a conservative Republican and a constitutional conservative, but you also consider yourself Pro-Choice.”
Tomi: “I’m Pro-Choice and here’s why: I love the constitution. I’m someone that’s for limited government, and I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government. But, I think the government should not decide what women do with their bodies.” She went on to say, “I’m for limited government. So, you can stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body, as well.”
Interestingly enough, her revelation on “The View” bought her a week of unpaid vacation in the form of a suspension from her TV show “Tomi” at the conservative media outlet, The Blaze. While I have issues with Tomi’s position – that’s a whole other turkey to fry in a future post – I will say this: One can be on the side of limited government while also being on the side of anti-murder. There are those little words IN the Constitution talking about your right to “LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Look for more on limited government in a blog coming soon!
My issue for this post is with The Blaze and their problem of allowing free speech and opinions. They are a private news outlet and have every right to censor their programs as they see fit. On the same token, they forfeit so much credibility because they won’t allow one of their news personalities on air for appearing to have a differing opinion on one of the major topics.
Glenn Beck, founder of The Blaze network, commented on the issue with Tomi this week by saying that her opposing position on abortion was not what caused her current work trouble, but that it was likely due to her quick and recent change of opinion on the topic. If Glenn Beck pulled the proverbial plug on Tomi’s show this week for either of these reasons, he did the wrong thing. You don’t punish someone for having a different viewpoint than you. You don’t punish someone for deciding their viewpoint has changed. This comes across to the general public that, “If you work at The Blaze and don’t share the boss’s political view, you are gonna get the ax!” I don’t think any of us want to tune into a media outlet that subliminally tells their hosts how they should think and what topics they can and cannot have personal opinions, even if they have every right to do so.
If her opinions are not in accordance with something in her contract, then, by all means, let her go for breach of contract. I believe we are coming to the end of the “Tomi” show era at The Blaze, anyway. According to a DailyMail article, sources inside and outside of the organization say that there is a lot of tension between Tomi and many co-workers at The Blaze, so she likely won’t be back after her contract expires in September.
I think the silence from The Blaze is probably the worst of all. This is a hot button topic this week, and all they are doing by not commenting on the suspension is making themselves look worse. Tomi hasn’t come out and told her story, likely due to legal issues specified in her contract. Until someone does speak about it, we are only left to speculate.
Glenn Beck has made some vague comments on his Twitter feed and barely addressed the situation on his radio show this week, but an in-depth analysis of it all doesn’t give you much information. Probably, his most pointed tweet about the issue was in reply to someone calling the networks decision to suspend her a “big mistake”.
@GlennBeck: No, our greatest asset is a team of people who actually do their homework, are intellectually rigorous and honest. Principles and integrity
It appears that Beck’s biggest issue with Tomi is that he feels that she is not forging her political opinions through a thorough thought process but through social media. He was quoted as saying:
“It takes intellectual honesty, and it takes a willingness to do more than just read Twitter or Facebook to get your news and your political opinions…”
One would take this to imply she was suspended because someone thought her newly founded opinion on the pro-choice movement was as a result of someone’s Facebook or Twitter post. Since we haven’t heard much from The Blaze, that is about all we can speculate at this time.
Beck has had many instances in his career where he felt he was silenced because of his opinions. Such are the reasons he went out and started his own media company, so that he could do and say what he wants. The irony here is that the tables have turned, and he seems to be pulling the same stunt that he was so strongly against not so very long ago. The best thing he could do now to save face would be to bring Tomi on to his show and lay it all out in the open, but I’m not going to hold my breath on that one.
I’m on #TeamTomi and also not on #TeamTomi all at the same time.
Jason – Three Patriots