Ethics Quote Of The Day: Amber Athey, Washington Editor for “The Spectator”

“Company officials admitted that the perception of racism was more important than whether or not my tweet was actually racist.”

Amber Athey, explaining how she was fired as a morning co-host of D.C.’s WMAL’s public affairs show, “O’Connor & Company.”

I will assume (Arguendo!) that Athey’s account is accurate; so far, the executives responsible haven’t denied it.

This is one of those periodic episodes that should be a trivial local story but that reverberates with significance. WMAL, owned by Cumulus Media, is a popular D.C. AM radio station (especially at “drive time”) regarded as “conservative” because it employs conservative talk radio pundits here and there until they cross some invisible line and get fired or driven away. Amber Athey, the Washington editor for The Spectator magazine, was fired from the “O’Connor & Company” morning radio for a stupid tweet on a stupid topic regarding a stupid woman.

Athey posted a snarky tweet during the State of the Union address mocking Vice President Kamala Harris’s fashion choice. She wore a chocolate brown business suit which Twitter dolts felt was worthy of ridicule. I think it’s fine and irrelevant to anything, but in today’s absurd political environment, not supporting a politician means that can do nothing right. With so much else wrong with Harris (not to mention the State of the Union message the color of her outfit had to be target?

Anyway, Harris in her suit was compared to a Hershey’s chocolate bar; others wondered why she chose to match the color of her chair. Athey, who is apparently 12, couldn’t resist joining the hilarity and offered a UPS joke, evoking the company’s now retired slogan, “What can brown do for you?” See, UPS trucks are brown. I’m sure we all remember that slogan fondly.

OK, dumb tweet, but you know my theory: Twitter makes you stupid.

“No one had a problem with the tweet until a few days later, when I spoke critically of protests in favor of ‘trans kids’ at the University of North Texas,” Athey says. “A group of maniacal left-wing activists who want to chemically castrate children in the name of ‘gender affirmation’ came after me. All of a sudden, the Kamala tweet was being re-framed as racist and dozens of Twitter accounts were bragging about contacting my employers about my ‘bigotry.'”

The Woke Twitter mob set out to get her fired, because that’s what they do. Her primary employer, the conservative magazine “The Spectator” ignored the demands, but Cumulus Media did not. On March 9, she says she was contacted by company executives and told that that her tweet  about Kamala was racist. They also objected to her dismissive and combative exchanges on Twitter with the race-baiters.”I had violated the company’s social media policy, they said, and I was terminated effective immediately,” Athey writes.

It’s obvious that there is nothing “racist” about her UPS joke. One has to set out to deliberately interpret it to mean what it doesn’t mean. In that distortion, “brown” refers to Kamala’s skin shade, and it can do no good.

Thus we reach the quote above, which is sinister. If the perception of racism, created by deliberate and malicious misinterpretation, is sufficient to justify a firing, a “cancellation,” or any negative action, then the Left’s reflex race-card ploy has gone nuclear. If someone calls you a racist, and enough dim-bulbs believe it because they said it,  that’s good enough, according to the terrified, groveling, weak kneed and jelly-spined executives.

Their reasoning isn’t based of fairness, justice or the English language, it’s based on fear. Nor is this an outlier: in various ways many corporations have chosen to aide and abet the Left’s frighteningly effective efforts to make dissent from their agenda and criticism of their warriors not just difficult but dangerous. Progressives, Democrats and a large percentage of the media want to have any negative opinions, even jokes and certainly votes that don’t support black officials or their favored policies perceived as racist.

For their nefarious purposes, that’s good enough.


Pointer: The Blaze

6 thoughts on “Ethics Quote Of The Day: Amber Athey, Washington Editor for “The Spectator”

  1. Based on Cumulus’ reacti. . . – oh what the hell, why bother commenting! This is what we get when we allow the powerful to stifle speech. There is no leadership and virtually no way to offset the power of these multi- station proto-fascists. Every damn Trump complexion joke is racist I say but to them he is ok to attack. The ability to destroy someone economically is a privilege that only Blacks and some other minorities possess. So when I hear about white privilege I will throw this right back at them.

    Every time this happens I am less inclined to listen to complaints about marginalized groups.

    • I couldn’t agree more, Chris. But, Cumulus terminating an employee for a dumb social media post is not an isolated incident, especially now that Big Business capitulated to Black Lives Matter, contributing large sums of cash to overtly and openly corrupt organization, all to signal solidarity with the cause. Big Business is probably thinking, “well, we gave them some money so they’ll leave us alone.” They don’t know their history. Robespierre, anyone? Trotsky?


      • Cumulus is also firing those unwilling to get vaccinated. There may be more to this than just trying to avoid the ire and of BLM and the others. If government is leaning heavily toward wokism then some of theses firms are seeking to avoid being on the wrong side of the current regulatory group. This causes them to become de facto agents of the government who can effect radical and otherwise unconstitutional policies because they are private. It is for that reason I termed them proto racists.

        • Exactly. That is my perception, too. The government cannot pass the New Green Deal but government agencies can impose it by regulations. We have seen in corporate boards that they NYSE and NASDAQ will require diversity in corporate governance. We have seen it in school districts pushing D.I.E. regulations under the guise of Education Department directives. We have seen it in private enterprises censoring opinion that doesn’t comport with current ideological trends.

          It is sinister stuff.


    • Chris wrote:

      Every time this happens I am less inclined to listen to complaints about marginalized groups.

      Indeed. This is going to end well, I’m sure…

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