OK, as I’m sure most of you by now have heard, some student at Colorado State University wrote in an editorial to the school newspaper saying, “Taser this: F**k Bush.” David McSwane, editor-in-chief of The Rocky Mountain Collegian decided to print it.
“I respect your ability to use the First Amendment, you should not be fired for that,” said Brandon Lowrey, the editor-in-chief of The Collegian last year. “Being irresponsible in that kind of a position, you should be fired for that. “You are protected by the First Amendment,” Lowrey said looking over at McSwane. “And you’ve disgraced it.”
This is why he should be fired – it was irresponsible for him to print profanity like that in a paper. I would say the same thing if a student said that about a Democrat, or anybody. I post on a political forum, and I report just as many Republicans as Democrats for uses of profanity that violate the terms of service.
The issue here is NOT the First Amendment – this student had EVERY right to say that, but it was a very dumb decision for him to post something that is offensive to many people. Another reason he should be fired is that his duty was to keep The Collegian funded. 18 advertisers are expected to pull out, which would lose the paper $50,000. From a business standpoint, he made a stupid decision, and needs to pay the consequences.
Again – I have to stress – he had EVERY right to publish this, but to do so was a stupid move that is going to cost the paper, and he needs to be held responsible for his actions and be fired.
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