CBS took two weeks to fire Don Imus for his “nappy headed hos” comment, but it only took them two days to fire respected retired Major General John Batiste for speaking out against Bush and the war.
Batiste, a Republican, commanded troops in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. He left the Army so that he could speak out against the president’s reckless policy in Iraq, and CBS hired him as a part-time consultant to comment about it.
Last week, he appeared in a VoteVets.org TV ad speaking out against the president on Iraq. (Watch the ad here on Youtube.)
Just two days later, CBS fired him, claiming that it was because he engaged in advocacy. However, they’ve got other consultants engaged in advocacy — yet all for pro-Bush or pro-Republican causes. CBS is sending a message that you can’t be a consultant to their network if you’re critical of President Bush and the Iraq war. That’s political censorship — nothing more.
Sign a petition here, and tell CBS that this double-standard is not acceptable.