Reporter Gets Fired For “Confessions” On Her Personal Blog Page — Do You Think It Was The Right Decision?
We have all heard the horror stories about people who don't get hired because they're idiots on their social networking pages. They're putting pictures up that are less than appropriate, and their comments are even worse. But how about a news reporter who puts up some "confessions" on her personal blog and gets fired for it?
Reporter Shea Allen has a blog that she calls "Shea Allen Says", where she writes down some of her thoughts for others to see. In a recent post she titled "Confessions of a Red-Headed Reporter", she listed 10 "confessions" about things that she's done while reporting on the news. I think they're kind of funny, really.
Her news station didn't feel the same way I do. They asked her to take them down from her page. Initially she did. They were taken down for a bit but returned less than a day later with a new title: "No Apologies: Confessions of a Red-Headed Reporter". Along with the new title was this paragraph:
This post was taken down because I was momentarily misguided about who I am and what I stand for. To clarify, I make no apologies for the following re-post. It's funny, satirical and will likely offend some of the more conservative folks. But it isn't fake and its a genuine look into my slightly twisted psyche.
Here's the thing, I've vowed to always fight for the right of free expression. It's allowed, no matter what the profession. I pride myself in having earned the respect of many because I make no apologies for the truth and hold nothing back. I don't fight for things because they serve me, I fight for them because they are right. Sources trust me because I am an unadulterated version of the truth. I won't ever bend just because its popular to do so and I'm not bending now.
Allen has since then been fired without cause from her job. Here are the confessions that got her into such trouble:
1. I've gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser.
2. My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me.
3. I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I'm talking about.
4. I've mastered the ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinnier in front of the camera than I actually am.
5. I hate the right side of my face.
6. I'm frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.
7. Happy, fluffy, rainbow stories about good things make me depressed.
8. I've taken naps in the news car.
9. If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I'll stop recording but let you think otherwise.
10. I've stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe)
I'm sure they were just meant to be funny, but I understand why she was let go. I think it stinks, but as much as she has the right to say what she wants, the company has the right to part ways with her when she says those things.
Freedom of speech doesn't entail saying whatever you want without consequences. It's an interesting situation. I can see both sides of the argument.
What do you think? Should she have been let go?