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Thread: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

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    Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    A few posters in the Olbermann threads have implied heavily that KO has had his rights to free speech infringed upon by his firing. I thought it might be interesting to see who agrees with those posters.

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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    There's a difference between the right to speak and the right to be listened to.

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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    MSNBC isn't obliged to give him (or anyone else) a soapbox to stand on. With that said, has it even been confirmed that his firing was due to anything in particular that he said? As far as I can tell, his ouster had nothing to do with his views on any issues and everything to do with his abrasive personality.
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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    There's a difference between the right to speak and the right to be listened to.
    No vote.
    Has he really been fired?...
    I might pull a Trump and fire them all.....
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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    His right to free speech has not been infringed because the government did not remove him from his position.
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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    Olbermann has a right to free speech. He does not have a right to a job. People get fired or laid off from their jobs all the time. Just deal with it.

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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    He had and still has a right to free speech, he just has no right to use MSNBC as a forum for his speech. Nothing is stopping him from speaking out right now and he's doing just that.
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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    A few posters in the Olbermann threads have implied heavily that KO has had his rights to free speech infringed upon by his firing. I thought it might be interesting to see who agrees with those posters.
    Of course they haven't. If the government had forced him off the air, yeah then his free speech right would have been violated. The 1st amendment is a Constitutional guarantee that the government can't shut the people up. This right is not absolute however, the courts have ruled that in certain cases they can to precisely that.

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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    A few posters in the Olbermann threads have implied heavily that KO has had his rights to free speech infringed upon by his firing. I thought it might be interesting to see who agrees with those posters.
    Except he wasn't fired. He reached the end of his contract and it wasn't renewed. That isn't the same as firing.
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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    Except he wasn't fired. He reached the end of his contract and it wasn't renewed. That isn't the same as firing.
    Incorrect. He had 2 years left on his contract, for which MSNBC will still have to pay him.

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