I’m not sure Allen understands how the First Amendment works.
Free speech means we have the right to say what we want without fear of government detention, sanctions and censorship.
In most cases, I can go on a public sidewalk and spew whatever I want without a ticket or some sort of citation.
I can say almost whatever I want online.
But what some people don’t understand is the First Amendment is not some ubiquitous statute or shield that can protect you from private, personal consequences.
WAAY-TV had every right to fire Allen under the laws that govern civil contracts.
As a private enterprise, the station likely saw Allen as a liability to the station’s image and credibility.
There’s likely a good chance Allen has what’s called a “moral turpitude” clause in her contract. Such a clause would give the station civil authority to terminate employment if it feels an employee’s behavior doesn’t jive with the standard of behavior the “community” would find morally acceptable.
I’m sure the majority of people reading Allen’s list of confessions would find that stealing mail is unacceptable.
Discriminating against the elderly is also something most people would find objectionable.
There would be a First Amendment violation if a local police officer cited Allen for her post or if the government forced Google to censor her blog.
A few posts down from this particular write-up (here on my blog), I expressed sympathy for AJ Clemente, who ended up getting fired for saying some curse words on air.
While she didn’t curse, what Allen revealed was far more vulgar.
She claims she is human and is just being honest.
While they have the same medieval linguistic roots, in this case there is no honor in honesty.