CBS has fired one of the company’s top attorneys after she said she was “not even sympathetic” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting since “country music fans often are Republican,” when discussing the mass shooting that unfolded in Las Vegas late Sunday night.
Monday night she issued a statement of apology.
Hayley Geftman-Gold, the community’s now-former vice president, and senior adviser said, “Earlier today I posted an indefensible article in a Facebook discussion thread regarding the tragic Vegas shooting, a statement I sincerely repent. I’m deeply sorry for diminishing the importance of every life changed by Stephen Paddock’s terrorism last night and for the pain, my words have inflicted on the loved ones of the victims. My shameful comments don’t reflect the beliefs of my former employer, coworkers, family, and friends. Nor do they reflect my real beliefs — this senseless violence warrants the deepest compassion. I understand and accept all effects that my words have incurred.”
A CBS spokeswoman told Fox News that Geftman-Gold, “who had been with us for approximately 1 year, violated the standards of our organization and is no longer an employee of CBS. Her views as expressed on social websites are profoundly unacceptable to all people at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families.”
Geftman-Gold took to Facebook after a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, killing at least 59 people and sending over 510 others to hospitals.
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“If they would not do anything when kids were murdered I don’t have any expectation that Repugs [sic] will ever do the perfect thing,” Geftman-Gold posted in a now-deleted message which was initially reported and captured by The Daily Caller.
Geftman-Gold continued: “I am actually not even sympathetic bc [sic] country music fans often are Republican gun toters [sic].”
Geftman-Gold is referring to Sandy Hook back in 2012 in Newtown, Conn when a 20-year-old gunman, Adam Lanza, murdered 20 children and six adults throughout the tragic event that sparked intense political discussions concerning gun control.
Her lawyer, Carrie A. Goldberg, responded: “In the past couple of hours my client, her loved ones and friends are bombarded with online death unimaginable in detail and quantity. We beg people to show love and support to survivors and loved ones — in Las Vegas and their own lives — rather than creating more violence.”
Geftman-Gold didn’t work directly with the network’s news department. According to her LinkedIn bio, Geftman-Gold worked at CBS since September 2016 and graduated from the prestigious Columbia University law school in 2000.