Some of you may have heard about an incident a few days ago where Sean Hannity called the “Obamacare” hotline to ask a few questions about the healthcare law. Well, the woman who was unfortunate enough to take his call (which he publicly broadcast) was fired for speaking with Mr. Hannity.
Granted, she did her job, but he also goaded her further for comments she probably shouldn’t have disclosed. That’s entirely on him and was irresponsible on his part, though I don’t believe for a minute he was trying to get her fired. But that’s exactly what ended up happening.
In a pathetic display by the HR department behind the Marketplace website, the woman Hannity spoke with was promptly escorted to their office soon after their exchange and fired. For what reason, exactly? Well, “contact with the media” is apparently not allowed.
Okay, I can understand that. These people are there for consumer questions and help signing up, not to waste time talking to the media about the website. If someone working there goes out of their way to talk to the media, I could see why they would be fired. I’ve worked for retail stores that made me sign agreements not to talk about things I would hear or see while working there.
But this women didn’t “contact” the media, the media contacted her. I’m sure at the time she had no idea what she was getting herself into, and was clearly led into the back and forth by Mr. Hannity.
And while I despise the man, again, I don’t believe it was his intention to get the woman in trouble. He was just trying to prove a point, and it ended up costing this poor woman her job.
And it was his fault. He probably should have known that he was risking the job of whoever ended up on the other end of that line. But again, I don’t think he did it with the intention of getting the person fired and I believe that the reason they fired her was complete garbage.
Here comes the unprecedented part — upon hearing this news Sean Hannity actually did the right thing. He pledged to donate a year’s salary for what the woman would have made at the job ($26,000) and pledged to help her find another job.
Which I’ll applaud him for doing. At least he owned up to the actions which ended up costing this woman her job. While it doesn’t absolve him from the fact that his aggressive attempt to embarrass President Obama and “Obamacare supporters” did cost someone their job, I’ll at least give credit where credit is due and say Hannity admitted his mistake, and he seems to be doing the right thing.
But the fact of the matter is, she should have never been fired in the first place. There’s a difference between “contact with the media” and being blatantly used as a prop for a right-wing media figure.
So, it doesn’t happen often but I commend Sean Hannity for admitting he made a huge mistake, owning up to it and doing the right thing by helping this woman out. Let’s hope he actually follows through with everything he promised.
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