People on both sides of the political aisle were stunned recently when rising conservative star pundit Tomi Lahren revealed to the women of “The View” that she held a pro-choice viewpoint on the issue of abortion, insinuating that “limited government” pro-life conservatives were “hypocrites” for wanting government prohibitions on ending the lives of children in their mothers’ wombs.
Just days later, it was reported by The Daily Caller that Lahren had been suspended by TheBlaze for at least one week, and sources indicated that though her contract with the conservative-leaning network didn’t expire until September, she could be on her way out the door before then.
However, while Lahren’s abortion statement may have been the final straw that resulted in her suspension, it was likely not the only reason action was taken against her, as TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck said on his radio program on Monday.
“I would disagree that you’re a hypocrite if you want limited government and yet you want the government to protect life of the unborn,” Beck said on the air. “It’s very, very clear. But it takes intellectual honesty, and it takes a willingness to actually think these things through and to do more than just read Twitter or Facebook to get your news and your political opinions. You actually have to study things — these things out in your mind. Especially at a time period like today.
“Bomb throwing is — bomb throwing in today’s world is dangerous. Freedom of speech, it’s not free. Speech isn’t free. It comes with a very high price tag,” Beck continued. “First, being intellectually honest and intellectually curious. Speech is not free. It comes with another cost and usually to the other people at the other end of your argument. The pen is mightier than the sword, and it can destroy people if your aim is clicks, views and ratings.”
Beck also seemed to shoot down the notion that he had suspended Lahren simply because of her stance on abortion, pointing out another anchor for his network who openly held a pro-choice viewpoint but was hired on regardless.
“We have a whole bunch of different kinds of people that work here,” said Beck. “We started TheBlaze with a show called the Real News, and it was hosted by Amy Holmes, who was openly pro-choice. So if you’re pro-choice, you can have a job at TheBlaze. I don’t hire people who are sycophants.”
Beck also seemed to allude to other issues with Lahren behind the scenes that may have contributed to her being suspended, such as her being difficult to work with.
“TheBlaze cannot be about me, me, me, me,” said Beck. “Media should not be about me, me, me, me.”
That remark would appear to coincide with a recent report from Red State, which cited insider reports from the network that Lahren was a “nightmare” to work with as she routinely berated and screamed at her staff and held them in obvious “disdain.”
It remained to be seen if anything further comes of this suspension, or if Lahren will back on the air at TheBlaze next week as if nothing happened.
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