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KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

So, let's just follow your logic for a moment. I own a business and I have certain ideas and expectations of my employees. I have an employee who, on his free time, posts anti-gay rants and videos online and frequently participates in forums expressing similar views. He is also anti-immigration and, on his free time, participates in groups that, while not explicitly racist, are implicitly racist. On occasion, his views have created problems at my company when other people online have discovered where he works and written letters to me suggesting i should fire him. Further, those people have posted his work information online in forums like reddit. Finally, other employees are aware of his hobbies and have expressed displeasure about working with this employee. A few employees are uncomfortable working with this employee because they are gay despite the fact that there is no evidence this employee has treated them differently from other employees. Otherwise, the employee is a model employee. He is always on time and, although I completely disagree with his public opinions, he is well within the performance curve. He does not have a contract. The question is: do I keep him as an employee or let him go because he doesn't fit my ideas as the owner of the company? If I do fire him, am I violating his 1A rights?

September 21, 2013 at 2:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guth's tweet puts him in middle of political firestorm

I will rely on the mantra of people insisting there was not an implicit threat in Mr. Guth's comments: read what I said. It was specific to him and not the education industry. I have had many fantastic professors - you know, ones with PhDs - over the years. They have been hardworking, dedicated individuals who have spent their lives in education.

September 21, 2013 at 1:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

Oops. That's defamation and not libel. Additionally, because Mr. Guth has arguably chosen to become a public figure, I doubt you'd ever get a conviction. Try again.

September 21, 2013 at 1:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

I'm sorry... Has Guthrie been muzzled? Last I checked there has been no censorship involved and he is free to publish as he wishes.

September 20, 2013 at 6:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

The second paragraph of your post is ridiculous. I tend to err on the side of the 1A, but the idea that a company doesn't care about the American system of rights if it fires someone for public, off-hours commentary is stupid. It happens all the time in both private and public institutions. Compare, for example, this situation with the police chief from PA who was fired on Thursday for making insane videos regarding liberals. I didn't see much outrage from the 1A purists and there shouldn't be.

September 20, 2013 at 6:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

Actually, no, it is a civil issue and that statement doesn't come close to libel. Really, try to understand the law before you post about it.

September 20, 2013 at 6:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

Not exactly. He goes a bit further than that, particularly on his blog. Essentially he is saying if a shooting a event happens again, he would prefer it happen to the children of NRA members. The suggestion is implicitly violent even if he doesn't make a threat. Try reversing it or changing the participants in the comments and it becomes even more clear.

September 20, 2013 at 6:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guth's tweet puts him in middle of political firestorm

Like armor-plated bullets? I think I know why he got out of the actual profession and into the educational industry.

September 20, 2013 at 6:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )