I asked KOA’s Mike Rosen about his column in today’s Rocky.
I wrote: “You wrote in today’s Rocky that you’d have fired Churchill for what he said on and off campus, because his free speech rights are much broader in the Constitution than in his job. Would you also have fired Gunny Bob for his bigoted statement that Muslim immigrants, including naturalized citizens, should be tagged and stripped of their civil rights? This discrimination is apparently forbidden under Clear Channel’s employee code of conduct. Thanks for your views on this.”
Rosen replied: “No, I wouldn’t fire him. It would certainly be KOA’s prerogative to fire him, or me, if it chose. But Gunny isn’t a college professor operating under a scholarly code of conduct at a taxpayer-funded institution. He’s a talk show host with strong opinions employed by a private sector company. Have you listened to Keith Olberman or Air America lately? I disagree with your assertion that it violates Clear Channel’s employee code of conduct or FCC restrictions, for that matter. Perhaps you could show me exactly what you’re referring to. My understanding is that for on-air personalities, the policy relates more to language and off-color subject matter than to political opinions. Gunny’s proposal was harsh, and goes farther than I would, but his language wasn’t obscene.”