In the Name of ‘Free Speech,’ Conservatives Get a Guy Fired for Being Rude Outside of Work

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So a guy upset about the Battle of Chik-Fil-A recorded a video of himself going through the drive-through line to get a free cup of water and express his displeasure about the company’s policies:

Yes, the guy was rude. And it was wrong of him to take out his anger on an employee who had nothing to do with the company’s policy. On the other hand, his rudeness didn’t really exceed what is seen in fast food restaurants every day, other than having a political angle, and it was mostly directed at the company, rather than the employee (although he did say, “I don’t know how you can live with yourself working here…you’re better than this.”).

Anyway, that didn’t stop the Angry Right from posting the guy’s personal info all over the internet:

Yesterday, the company where the guy worked, Vante, released a statement saying that he had been let go. The Angry Right, of course, cheered.

Dana Loesch, who less than a month ago tried to get a conservative Missouri prosecutor disbarred for disagreeing with her on Twitter, wrote the following:

While part of me wants to fist pump and revel in this schadenfreude, another part of me hesitates to celebrate. Sure, Smith is a doucher of epic proportions, but this was an individual on his own time acting like a doucher, not while representing the company. Companies don’t own their employees’ thoughts and opinions off the clock, unless, of course, that is your previously agreed upon arrangement.
The firing of Smith doesn’t change Smith’s personality or epic rudeness. It won’t prevent him from blasting another female employee at a business whose CEO disagrees with his political views. As far as feeling celebratory, I think I’m in the clear, as conservatives didn’t call for Smith’s head like we see on the left with groups like Color of Change. No one pressured Vante. Vante, a private company, made this decision themselves and, as a private entity, have every right to do so. I support this right. The community didn’t make the decision to fire Smith – they did. This is the difference between the true belief in free speech as demonstrated by conservatives and the beliefs of progressives.

I’m amazed Loesch seems to feel at least a little bit of remorse about getting a guy fired, but the italicized portions of the text are absolutely ridiculous. After going out of their way to post the guy’s personal information all over the web, and having people explicitly tell others to call the company and complain, they’re now trying to pretend that the company “made the decision themselves” and that conservative pressure had nothing to do with it? In fact, on, you can see commenters who left the company’s contact info on the page:

Of course companies always make their own decisions, but making decisions after being pressured is exactly the same as the campaigns Loesch calls fascist if they’re done by liberals.

The guy was rude. But certainly not any more rude than the way many tea partiers behaved in 2009. And there’s no way the guy would be fired for that level of rudeness in his personal life if the issue hadn’t been a political hot potato. While cheering for the “free speech” of Chik-Fil-A’s funding of anti-gay causes, the Right has managed to get a guy fired for having views they don’t like. And they’re proud of that.

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UPDATE at 8/3/12 11:55:40 am

The fired CFO now says his family is being threatened after his home address was made public by enraged right wingers: Interview With Adam Smith: Fired CFO Says He’s Received Threats and Wasn’t Give Chance to Explain Himself.

We had an exclusive conversation with Smith where he shared his side of the story. Here’s a taste of what he said (we’ll be releasing more later):

  • He has lost his job as Chief Financial Officer at Vante. (Smith claims that he was not given a chance to really explain himself before being terminated)
  • His family has been threatened with violence and death. (At one point, his email account was getting 3 messages a minute, mostly vulgar and threatening)
  • Because his home address was made public, he cannot live in his house. (And Mr. Smith is a married father of four – two of his children are adopted, special needs kids.)
  • Smith said that his original intent was to follow guidelines laid out in an online video, which included quoting a scripture.

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