Remember this name, remember this face...

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Remember this name, remember this face...

Hayley Geftman-Gold

...she's Hayley Geftman-Gold, the now former Vice President and Senior Counsel, Strategic Transactions at CBS in New York City.

The late '30s-something mother of three who resides with her busband and family in Brooklyn, New York, was fired from her year-old position with the broadcast corporation for her extraordinarily tone-deaf Twitter messages following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on the evening of October 1st.

Tweet #1:

"If they wouldn't do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing."

Tweet #2:

"I'm actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters."

Later that day CBS announced that Geftman-Gold had been fired, saying:

"This individual ... violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS. Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS."

A long-time pal from my early on-line days at Prodigy, Dr. Tim Burke, offered a reasoned explanation of how the woman likely came to post her thoughts on-line:

"It's hard for the statists to know just how much hate they can get away with expressing publicly. After all, if it is permissible to assault someone because they are wearing a MAGA hat, surely it must be OK to confess your lack of sympathy over something that has already happened.

The most important point to note here is that this woman didn't realize she couldn't say what she said. The echo chamber in which she resides is so full of people who think the exact same way she does that she didn't realize her comments would be controversial. She expected to get a bunch of agreeing nods. She probably did get a bunch of agreeing nods, but then her comments went viral. Suddenly, great masses of deplorables saw her words and were shocked by her heartlessness.

She wasn't fired because she thought that way; she was fired because she dropped the mask and showed the world what people in CBS thought. The only way for CBS to disavow her was to fire her. But it's too late. That's just damage control. The fact that she thought those sentiments were acceptable tell us all we need to know about the environment in CBS.

The other point worth noting is that while there may be no sense of decency in CBS, there is in the deplorables."

Just so.

Just how badly Geftman-Gold misfired is evident that outside of her isolated CBS enclave, others responded with measured objurgation that she clearly never had imagined.

Aside from her firing, a petition addressed to the New York State Bar Association was posted online condemning her "professional misconduct." It had garnered more than 5,500 signatures as of early Tuesday.

Remember the name Hayley Geftman-Gold, and the face... it of the the Progressive Left in this country.


1. Jeanne Speir said...

No, Dean. As a political "Blank," I am the face of the Progressive Left. Bernie Sanders is the Progressive Left. The "Deplorables," (Thank you, Hillary!) are the Progressive Left. Many persons who left the current political parties in disgust lean Progressive Left... sick of the controlling status quo of the two-party chokehold on democracy. Geftman-Gold, OTOH, is definitely not part of a Progressive Left; rather she is another tone deaf Twitter Ass. She figures if our CIC can regularly type cruel, callous, tuneless, tasteless babble, it must be OK. Fortunately, she answered to a higher power. Good riddance!

Um, yes dear... however her derangement against Republicans and by extension over Hillary's loss, is certainly suggestive that she considers herself a Progressive, or as we consider her, a member of the Loony Left, like Melissa Click.
– Dean

2. Rob F. said...

That petition is meaningless. Not just because it is in the form of an inherently ineffective petition, but because it is directed to the NYS Bar Association, which has nothing to do with conducting "ethics reviews" or sanctioning misconduct. The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court has those responsibilities. Complaints against attorneys in New York have to be filed with one of eight Grievance Committees, and they cannot be anonymous.

I suspected as much, Rob, but as of 5:00am Wednesday morning, that petition calling NYS Bar Association sanctions had achieved 10,092 co-signers, and if nothing else might give this wretched excuse for a human being a few bad moments.

3. Shepard Scheinberg said...

Rob F. is correct. I sat on the Grievance Committee for the 8th Judicial District for seven years reviewing complaints.

PS: Dean; I still am a Prodigy user.

So I see... both my offspring are still Prodigy users as well. Someday the true story of the world's first ISP will be told. It's what your people refer to as a shonda.

And on the other, Rob F., a cautious and learned man, invariable is correct, so no surprise there.
– Dean

4. WR Moore said...

Some thought should go into a different label for "progressives." Many of those of a certain age and employment history have harsh memories of "political elements" and will never have any truck with anyone with the label.

It's also obviously manipulative. If one side is "progressive" the other side is, by default, reactionary capitalist imperialists.

Understand your point, but I think the word has come to be code for "Social Democrats," and that's jake with me.
– Dean

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