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Conservative news media company The Blaze has suspended one of its star personalities, Tomi Lahren for at least one week, according to The Daily Caller. The article also speculates that Lahren could depart The Blaze even before her contract runs out in September.
Lahren’s “inflammatory style” has allegedly put her at odds with colleagues at The Blaze for a while now, and a Friday appearance on ABC’s The View, where she expressed pro-choice views and referred to conservative opponents of abortion as “hypocrites,” may have been a tipping point. “I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies,” Lahren said on the program.
The Blaze founder Glenn Beck played a clip of Lahren seemingly flip-flopping on the issue of abortion earlier today on his radio show, and then had some choice words for Lahren:
“I would disagree that you’re a hypocrite if you want limited government and yet you want the government to protect life of the unborn. It’s very, very clear. But it takes intellectual honesty, and it takes a willingness to actually think these things through and to do more than just read Twitter or Facebook to get your news and your political opinions. You actually have to study things — these things out in your mind. Especially at a time period like today,” Beck said.
“Bomb throwing is — bomb throwing in today’s world is dangerous. Freedom of speech, it’s not free. Speech isn’t free. It comes with a very high price tag. First, being intellectually honest and intellectually curious. Speech is not free. It comes with another cost and usually to the other people at the other end of your argument. The pen is mightier than the sword, and it can destroy people if your aim is clicks, views, and ratings,” he continued.
In our 2017 TVNewser Challenge, we asked readers if they thought Lahren would depart The Blaze for Fox News at some point in 2017. 54 percent said “yes.”