Entercom did NOT violate Wendy Bell’s First Amendment rights by taking her off the air

Pittsburgh, it’s time again to give many of you a First Amendment lesson.

Entercom did NOT violate Wendy Bell’s First Amendment rights when it announced today it has taken her off the air.

This is as true today as it was a couple of years ago when WTAE did NOT violate her First Amendment rights by firing her.

Here’s what you must remember about the First Amendment and free speech: It prevents a government entity from tossing you in jail (or worse) for writing or saying something the government doesn’t like.

That’s it. (The Amendment’s other elements aren’t considered here because they’re not relevant to Bell’s situation.)

Any company may fire any employee for saying something that violates its standards. Any company may fire an employee for publicly advocating racist, violent or otherwise dangerous views. Any company may fire someone who embarrasses its brand.

So, go ahead and whine and cry all you want now that your Wonderful Wendy has been muted. (You might want to ask yourself why you think someone with rather clear racist and violent opinions ought to be supported, but, hey, that’s your call.) But don’t be foolish and scream that her rights to free speech have been violated.

Below are the words to the First Amendment. Remember them:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Beaver County, PA. Resident: “Joe Biden is not qualified for the job”

The Guardian sent a reporter to Beaver County, Pennsylvania, where there are plenty of registered Democrats prepared to vote for Donald Trump this November.

One of them made her opinions very clear:

”I’m sticking with Trump. He’s the lesser of two evils, and he cares for working people, that’s the bottom line. Joe Biden is not qualified for the job and doesn’t seem sincere. The whole party has become unethical.”

Am I overthinking the photo used in an NBC News story?

I need your opinion.

Take a look at this story from NBC News and let me know what you think about the choice of the photo.

I think it’s inappropriate.

The woman is walking into the store. Chances are the air conditioning catches the bottom of her clothing and starts to raise it. And the photo is taken from an angle lower than her height.

A poorly chosen photo, in my opinion.

What do you think?