Just hours after igniting a social media firestorm, CBS has fired Hayley Geftman-Gold, formerly the senior counsel for strategic transactions with the network. In the post that went instantly viral, Geftman-Gold wrote that she “is not even sympathetic” to the 50+ dead and 500+ wounded in the Las Vegas Massacre.
Her reasons were purely partisan, stating she believed the victims are “often republican gun toters”.
The network took just a few hours to respond, terminating her employment and releasing the following statement:
“This individual, 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.”
More details from our earlier coverage:
In the aftermath of the deadliest mass-shooting in American history, stories of American heroism are taking center stage. Yet some are showing their true colors in other ways, jumping on the victims of the shooting and adding insult to injury even before the investigators have wrapped up processing the crime scene.
Fox is reporting that a lawyer from CBS is facing scrutiny for comments she made following the shooting in Las Vegas. Hayley Geftman-Gold wrote on Facebook that she was “not even sympathetic” to the victims because “country music fans often are Republican.”
Geftman-Gold is CBS’s vice president and senior counsel. Her comments in the wake of the shooting that killed at least 58 and wounded more than 500 others at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas have angered many.
“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs [sic] will ever do the right thing,” Geftman-Gold wrote. Those responses have since been deleted, but not before The Daily Caller captured the images.
“I’m actually not even sympathetic bc [sic] country music fans often are Republican gun toters [sic],” she continued.
The children she’s referring to are the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.
“Geftman-Gold does not work directly with the network’s news division,” Fox writes. “According to her LinkedIn bio, Geftman-Gold has worked at CBS since September 2016 and graduated from Columbia University law school in 2000.”
CBS is investigating the incident.