A former CBS lawyer lost her job at the network Monday after posting on social media that she felt no sympathy for the victims of the Las Vegas massacre because she believes all country music fans are likely to be Republican.
A CBS spokeswoman told Fox News that Hayley Geftman-Gold, the network’s now-former vice president and senior counsel, “who was with us for approximately one year, 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. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families.”
Geftman-Gold, who posted the comment on Facebook originally, took to the social media platform again to issue an apology.
“Earlier today I posted an indefensible post in a Facebook discussion thread concerning the tragic Las Vegas shooting, a statement I sincerely regret. I am deeply sorry for diminishing the significance of every life affected by Stephen Paddock’s terrorism last night and for the pain my words have inflicted on the loved ones of the victims. My shameful comments do not reflect the beliefs of my former employer, colleagues, family, and friends. Nor do they reflect my actual beliefs — this senseless violence warrants the deepest empathy. I understand and accept all consequences that my words have incurred.”
The comments that got Geftman-Gold fired were made after Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night. Paddock killed 59 people and injured over 500 before turning the gun on himself in what is being considered the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Geftman-Gold said that she had no sympathy for the victims because she thought they were more than likely gun carriers themselves.
“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing. I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) October 2, 2017
According to Geftman-Gold’s attorney, Carrie A. Goldberg, the former CBS employee has been receiving death threats since her tactless comments went viral.
“In the last few hours my client, her family and friends have been bombarded by online death unimaginable in quantity and detail. We beg people to show love and support to survivors and loved ones — in Las Vegas and their own lives — instead of creating more violence.”
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