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Business Insider CTO fired for bigotry
American Thinker ^ | 09/25/2013 | Ben Cohen

Posted on 09/25/2013 7:30:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

On September 9 blogger NitashaTiku alerted the public to the twitter feed of Business Insider Chief Technical Officer Pax Dickinson, a man she labeled a "Tech Bro Nightmare." In the quoted tweets Pax expressed contempt for Feminism, made derisive comments about minimum wage workers, and a variety of lewd attempts at humor. The next day Business Insider stopped employing Pax Dickinson, publically stating that his tweets did not reflect their values. Nobody ever accused Dickinson of discriminating against them on the basis of gender, and the obscene nature of his tweets was not cited to justify his removal; rather, his political views were considered too much of a liability. Needless to say, the left seems happy about his dismissal.

Those celebrating his dismissal have inadvertently acknowledged the danger that it poses to free speech. Feminist blogger David Futurelle claims that Dickinson's tweets could be used against Business Insider in a lawsuit. When Chicago wanted to prevent Chick-Fil-A from opening in their city they pointed to the possibility of discrimination against gay employees. The possibility that political statements made by an employee outside of work could be used in an anti-discrimination lawsuit will have a chilling effect on free speech. While the First Amendment prevents outright censorship, it is still possible to threaten the livelihood of people because of their opinions. Since a jury could potentially interpret anything an employee says as evidence of a prejudicial mindset, employers might simply fire anyone who says anything controversial.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: bigotry; businessinsider

1 posted on 09/25/2013 7:30:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If you tweet or have a facebook page and are the least bit controversial...

Your words are going to be used against you


2 posted on 09/25/2013 7:35:15 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: SeekAndFind

Moral of the story: dump your Twitter, Facebook, and all that other stuff in the trash. Or sooner or later, if you’re this kind of guy, one night you’ll get drunk and wake up in the morning with a lot more trouble than a hangover.


3 posted on 09/25/2013 7:35:28 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SeekAndFind

Someone should do a study. How many people have lost their jobs because of an ill considered tweet?


4 posted on 09/25/2013 7:36:17 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

It used to be called a “drunk dial”.


5 posted on 09/25/2013 7:38:11 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Cicero
Moral of the story: dump your Twitter, Facebook, and all that other stuff in the trash. Or sooner or later, if you’re this kind of guy, one night you’ll get drunk and wake up in the morning with a lot more trouble than a hangover.

Unfortunately a "Social Media Presence" is becoming a requirement of more jobs. This is especially true when one is in publishing.

The challenge is to be interesting enough to get a following without boring people to death with the typical PC pablum that pervades the MSM.

6 posted on 09/25/2013 7:45:13 AM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: ClaytonP

Yes. So you could just not get too drunk. But that could be difficult too, in the midst of the Social Media Set.


7 posted on 09/25/2013 7:47:13 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero
Yes. So you could just not get too drunk. But that could be difficult too, in the midst of the Social Media Set.

Well forget being drunk, I've said some things off the cuff sober that I shouldn't have when I've read some articles that pissed me off.

8 posted on 09/25/2013 7:52:31 AM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: SeekAndFind
Hey, Nitasha skank:


9 posted on 09/25/2013 8:16:48 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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