It must be fire a bigot day–or perhaps fire an anti-Semite and a homophobe.
The first story involves a bizarre situation here in Michigan which has been going on for a while but which started receiving national attention this week. Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell has been publicly harassing University of Michigan student body President Christopher Armstrong. This includes claiming in blog posts that Armstrong has been pushing a radical homosexual agenda and Shirvell has gone to Michigan Student Assembly events holding signs that have a rainbow with a swastika drawn on it.
Shirvell is being investigated by campus police and Armstrong is requesting a restraining order. There have also been calls to fire Shirvell, including from Governor (and former Attorney General) Jennifer Granholm via Twitter. Earlier today there were news reports that Shirvell was suspended or fired, but updates say he took a voluntary leave of absence. I wonder if it was voluntary in the sense that if he did not take the leave he would have been fired.
The second, more high profile case involves Rick Sanchez of CNN and Jon Stewart of a more reliable news organization. Sanchez lashed out at Stewart, who has often made fun of him. Sanchez called Stewart a bigot and when it was pointed out that Stewart is a minority had this response:
I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah.
“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.“
Michigan Attorney General might use this as a template for his next public comment on Andrew Shirvell.