Originally Posted by MelissaTorresFan
Hate speech is still protected. You don't have to like it, but it's not illegal.
The problem is that this is the kind of stuff they hired him for. He's a shock jock.
The only reason they did anything was because people are mad, and they don't want to lose business.
As has been pointed out, he's not in jail, nor should he be.
Isn't the point of a business to make money? If I pick my nose while I talk to my customers, that's not illegal either. But if that leads to me losing business, why should my company keep me around?
His job is "entertaining" commentary. If people no longer find his commentary entertaining (can't believe they did in the first place, but I digress...), he's not performing his job well. And as with any job, poor performance leads to firing.
Hateful speech is still protected, yes. But a company isn't obligated to give someone a platform to spew it. Imus can still practice his free speech like the rest of us - demonstrations, editorials, etc. - but his job doesn't have some protected status. (Whether they are being hypocritical for hiring as a "shock jock" and firing him for being too controversial is another story...)