silencing the critic?
The whole Gregg Easterbrook mess has met with ugly results. Roger Simon, who talked with Easterbrook on the phone (and was one of his harshest critics over this whole thing) reports that Gregg has been fired from ESPN. Even more disturbing is what Glenn Reynolds reports: That all of Easterbrooks columns have been removed from the ESPN site.
Before I even read the post over at Instapundit, my reaction was that the firing had more to do with his bad-mouthing Kill Bill, a Disney film, than his wrongheaded statements about Jews and the film industry. Jonah Goldberg concurs.
If ESPN fired him for his remarks about Jews, I would say that - even though I was as outraged as Meryl and Roger - one has to wonder what this means in the long run for writers who are employed by more than one media outlet.
Do you have to adhere to the standards of Employer A even while you are writing for Employer B, who may not feel so bad about Jew-baiting? Do you have to be careful who owns Employer C while you are writing for Employer D so as not to offend anyone at workplace C?
This would severely limit the freedom that a freelancer who also has a steady column has to write what is on their mind.
Again, I do not agree with Easterbrook's Jewish executives to worship money above all else comment - I find it highly offensive - but this whole thing reeks like hell.
As far as his review of Kill Bill goes, I'll tackle that and my still incoming email on the subject of glorified violence another day.
Write to ESPN and tell them how wrong they are.