The new administration may spark plenty of new employment, but at least one journalist is out of work after expressing his political views, ill-advised as they may have been,
Bart Hubbuch, formerly of the New York Post, tweeted that he was fired for tweeting “my personal belief that Donald Trump becoming President of the United States is a national tragedy.”
In since-deleted tweets, Hubbuch compared the inauguration of Trump to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor.
The Post confirmed it has severed ties with Hubbuch.
“We expect our reporters to interact with the public, including on social media, in a professional manner,” the Post said in a statement sent to PFT. “Unfortunately, Mr. Hubbuch has engaged in a pattern of unprofessional conduct and exhibited serious lack of judgment, including most recently showing disrespect for the victims of Pearl Harbor and 9/11.”
While that may be the end of the business relationship, it may not be the end of the story. New York is one of a few states that protect off-duty expressions of political views and beliefs. Hubbuch possibly has right that may have been violated by the Post; whether he pursue those rights privately or publicly remains to be seen.