CBS attorney fired after insensitive remarks about GOP following biggest mass shooting in US history

David Beilstein, Lion's Den column / Headline SurferBy DAVID "DAN" J. BEILSTEIN
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ESSEX, VT -- Disgusting is what comes to mind regarding offensive comments by a CBS attorney against the GOP following the carnage in Las Vegas. 

There used to be a time when those with differing politics used to joke about each other being "fine" or "cool," but hopefully their opponent's political views would not assume power and would come to defeat with the next election.

After elections, we were back to being Americans. Pretty basic, red-blooded American political discourse and debate, if you ask me.

But now -- again, we are introduced in the aftermath of the worst shooting in US history to 41-year-old Hayley Geftman-Gold, senior counsel for strategic transactions at CBS, and a Columbia Law School grad.

She joins CBS' Scott Pelly in knucklehead-dom; both MSM media dodo-birds, withholding basic human compassion for those with different politics, different culture; both essentially saying, those targeted deserved it. Or might have deserved it — or that they had no sympathy for the victims and their families.

What? Republicans and country-music goers aren't human beings? They don't deserve compassion? (I say that having no love loss for country music).This partisan hatred is, well, disgusting. 

Dan Beilstein on CBS attorney firing attorney / Headline SurferThere used to be a time when those with differing politics used to joke about each other being "fine" or "cool," but hopefully their opponent's political views would not assume power and would come to defeat with the next election.

After elections, we were back to being Americans. Pretty basic, red-blooded American political discourse and debate, if you ask me.

But now -- again, we are introduced in the aftermath of the worst shooting in US history to 41-year-old Hayley Geftman-Gold, senior counsel for strategic transactions at CBS, and a Columbia Law School grad.

She joins CBS' Scott Pelly in knucklehead-dom; both MSM media dodo-birds, withholding basic human compassion for those with different politics, different culture; both essentially saying, those targeted deserved it. Or might have deserved it — or that they had no sympathy for the victims and their families.

What? Republicans and country-music goers aren't human beings?

They don't deserve compassion? (I say that having no love loss for country music).This partisan hatred is, well, disgusting.

Did Geftman-Gold finish what Pelly started? Back in June, following the attack that left Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Calif.) wounded by a crazed Bernie the Brooklnite supporter, CBS' Pelly wondered aloud if the shooting was "foreseeable, predictable and to some degree, self-inflicted.”

Wow, Scott Pelly. Wow.

The good news is she is finished. CBS fired her. The broadcast network excs had to, I imagine. Perhaps we could do less with CBS partisans shoveling hate? It's pathetic. The lack of basic common decency; of a basic love and consideration of neighbor over politics (which is supposed to have a limited role in our lives in the anglo-American tradition) is becoming scary.Just a little. And it's decidedly disgusting.

FAST FACTS: What exacly led to firing
• CBS said it parted ways Monday with Hayley Geftman-Gold, 41, senior counsel for strategic transactions at CBS, after she said on her Facebook page following the mass killings that she was “not even sympathetic” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting because “country music fans often are Republican,” when discussing the mass shooting that unfolded in Las Vegas late Sunday night.
• Fox News reported A CBS spokeswoman told the cable news giant that Geftman-Gold, “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.”
• After her dismissal Geftman-Gold apologzed in a statement released Monday night: “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.”
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David "Daniel" Beilstein, spent the better part of a decade in Central Florida, in New Smyrna Beach in particular as a reporter for the former daily community newspaper, the New Smyrna Beach Observer, in 2008, and later attended Full Sail University. A kidney issue forced him to return to Essex, Vt., in November 2014, but he has agreed to continue writing his community column, the "Lion's Den" for HeadlineSurfer.com, owned and operated by award-winning journalist and Publisher Henry Frederick under NSB News LLC. Headline Surfer is a registered trademark.