Damon Bruce’s Rant and Free Speech
This line of reasoning can be extended to the ongoing Martin-Incognito saga. The Dolphins’ offensive line has performed horribly all season long. That’s one important factor that’s conveniently ignored as it gets swallowed up in the story. As much as Martin is lauded by some for his supposed intelligence as a Stanford graduate and treated by others as if his intelligence is why he can’t handle playing the NFL; as much as Incognito is treated by some as the ideal offensive lineman and others as a brutish buffoon who wrecks lockerrooms – neither has done a particular notable job in what they’re there to do: protect the quarterback. If it was Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen who had an off-field problem, it wouldn’t have blown up to this degree because the team needs top-tier offensive linemen to compete and would have found a way to get everyone on the same page and able to function as a unit.
If the radio station leaves Bruce or any offensive personality on the air, the situation will sort itself out. The listeners will whittle away, the host will stay on the air and become more successful, or it will continue as it did before. It’s up to the radio station as to whether they’re willing to take the short-term hit, criticism and – most importantly – lost revenue from advertiser cancellations and see if the host can weather the storm.
It’s here where the line between free speech and freedom to speak intersect. An article in yesterday's New York Times related how colleges are looking at the social media accounts of prospective students and denying them admission in spite of solid academic credentials due to their activities on Twitter and other outlets. It’s common that employers will want to see a possible employee’s social media accounts to make sure they’re not hiring a person who will embarrass their company and possibly cause a decline in business.