A radio host who was fired after ‘degrading’ a reporter is an extreme case of free speech gone wrong, but it’s not uncommon for media personalities to use this type of language. Of course, as with any form of speech, they do have a responsibility to act responsibly and respect the rights of others, but the fact remains that their words can hurt or offend.
In this case, the host used language that was deemed to be inappropriate in a professional courtesy society, such as the newspaper industry. That kind of language can be used to refer to an entire group of people, even though there is no physical contact between the two. So much so, that some states have laws on the books that specifically state that “personally insulting” is against the law.
This kind of ‘humor’ is used on a daily basis, and especially during certain types of political and sporting events, as well as during particular news reports. But it is not used as frequently to degrade or attack someone, which makes it a very dangerous business indeed.
Unfortunately, some hosts think this is acceptable since it serves to keep people amused, and therefore they do not think about the consequences of their actions until they are in the public eye and are forced to defend themselves against claims of abuse. They then do nothing to try and prevent it, and it often gets worse.
It is understandable that media personalities have a sense of humor, especially when they are in the spotlight. But there are limits to what they should do, and in this case, he should have considered the impact of his words before he made them.
He would be well advised to think about whether he would be offended by making his comments during a national broadcast, or whether he would find it funny enough to make a joke about it on a local news station. If he does decide to say something like that, he should think twice about the implications and consequences, as well as the possible legal ramifications. before he says anything about a specific group of people in public, because he may find that he may lose his job if he doesn’t.
Of course, there are times when he may want to be ‘recessing’ and avoid doing a ‘degrading’ attack in the future. But that would be a difficult thing to do for a variety of reasons, including the fact that he has to make money and support himself. He would need to think hard about whether it is worth it or not.
One thing is certain: anyone who works in a radio station or anywhere else in the media field would do well to think carefully before making any type of comment about another person. unless he or she is sure that what he says is harmless and within the boundaries of the law.