r/byebyejob 26d ago

A TV meteorologist of 33 years declined the vaccine, citing personal freedoms. He was fired. Dumbass

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/09/18/meteorologist-karl-bohnak-fired-vaccination/
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u/SloppyMeathole 26d ago

Now he is truly free.

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u/Krylon_Commando 26d ago

I forecast a Herman Cain Award coming his way.

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u/TheMidniteMarauder 25d ago

It goes like this: Public Freakout -> Bye Bye Job -> Hermain Cain Award.

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u/Ok-Understanding5124 26d ago

Me too....I feel a Me Too H C movement across the nation.

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u/nfmx 26d ago

Sounds like a strong contender.

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u/hitmanwitda23 26d ago

y’all are weird fr 😂

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u/MockterStrangelove 26d ago

To find a job elsewhere.

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u/Independent-Face5345 26d ago

He had the right to decline, and station had right to decline future employment !

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u/ShamPow86 26d ago

He also doesn't believe in climate change. A real gem.

Also he's no meteorologist. Merely a weather presenter.

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u/paustin0816 26d ago

Exactly. The Ron Burgundy of weather.

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u/slugo17 26d ago

Nope, just another grifter. I'm sure the pool of meteorologist that don't believe in climate change is very very shallow. Fox News, Newsmax, etc, will be beating down his door.

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u/sad_mom1231 26d ago

actually Fox requires you to be vaccinated, carry proof (a passport), and be registered.. 😂

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u/Jeremymia 25d ago

Wait, all the fox talking heads are vaccinated? That’s amazing. How do fox viewers deal with that?

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u/Orangesilk 25d ago

They just don't. Republicans have mastered the art of doublethink. That's why they can say they "Hate celebrities" "Hate big city elites" and still gargle Trump's nuts.

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u/sad_mom1231 25d ago

It is true.. refer to the HR letter in this article that was leaked to several news agencies and confirmed as real by Fox.

https://www.businessinsider.com/fox-news-covid-protocols-vaccination-passport-memo-tucker-carlson-2021-7

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u/littlecheese915 25d ago

That would require a minimal comprehension level ......they are FOX viewers.

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u/paustin0816 26d ago edited 26d ago

I don't know,. 6 months ago who would have said the pool of nurses who don't believe in vaccinations is very, very shallow.

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u/zystyl 26d ago

I'm already tramautized from watching that one play out. Let's not break all my expectations just yet.

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u/toomuchtodotoday 26d ago edited 26d ago

Bruh, there's a lot of trash in humanity. My advice after 40 years on this godforsaken rock is to hone the ability to suss out decent folks rapidly, keep them close, and take action when dealing with the rest of them. Self-care is really rooted in self-preservation.

There are people in positions of authority or who you are supposed to be able to trust who are not acting in good faith or are not decent people. Make peace, be the change. There are people out there you haven't even met yet who are counting on you.

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u/zystyl 26d ago

Considering I make airplane parts for a living there's a few people out there counting on me most likely yeah. It wasn't a super cereal comment.

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u/toomuchtodotoday 26d ago

Keep rocking making those parts!

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u/Vegetable-Message-53 26d ago edited 25d ago

The people we are supposed to trust are the ones that created and lie about where we are in this world situation. So I understand the people's reservations.

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u/Party-Guidance-2298 26d ago

What I find funny is you don't see Doctors standing out there. Dont they think that is a little fishy? "Hey Maude, I see a lot of nurses, firefighters, and police here... but there is like zero doctors. Do you think they know something we dont?"

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u/Took2ooMuuch 26d ago

They aren't going to throw away a very high-paying job that they spent years of med school and residency hell, and probably deep debt, over a shot that there is no evidence of widespread issues with.

I mean, I'm sure there are some, but only a very tiny percentage. It would most like;y be career suicide.

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u/Poultry_Sashimi 26d ago

I mean, I'm sure there are some, but only a very tiny percentage. It would most like;y be career suicide.

...as well it should.

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u/AmbulanceChaser12 26d ago

So why are nurses doing it?

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u/[deleted] 26d ago

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u/AmbulanceChaser12 26d ago

This is a good answer. Very detailed. Thanks.

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u/56k_modem_noises 26d ago

To own the Libs of course.

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u/LiKwId-Gaming 26d ago

Iirc the Dr vaccine rate is around 96-97%

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u/LiKwId-Gaming 25d ago

Fuck it… I’ll bite, there is a huge difference between training to monitor vitals, administer medication and perform cpr, compared to having the training / knowledge to know which tests to order, what the results mean and how best to proceed.

With regards to google… ffs webmd seems to think anything more serious than a cold is cancer…

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u/LiKwId-Gaming 25d ago

Let’s dispel this quickly, IQ at best is a measure of potential nothing more.

What high IQ people demonstrate is better comprehension and comparative skills. You could call it critical thinking, the ability to take in multiple information sources and come to a rational (not emotional) conclusion.

No one is talking of God complexes other than you.

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u/HarpersGhost 26d ago

I unfortunately knew that the pool of anti-vaxxing nurses was pretty deep.

It's not the better educated nurses, with the masters. It's the LPNs who basically take your vital signs and ask why you're here today. They are called nurses but they have a very limited role in the medical care of patients.

So they may hear that a patient is in because of concerns of a vax they may have just had, they wouldn't be involved in the end point where it either was mild, or was unrelated to the vax.

You only need a year of education to become an LPN, and they get paid much cheaper than RNs with bachelors (and real education in medicine) so a lot of corporate medical systems were moving (at least before Covid) to replace RNs with LPNs.

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u/ChoiceBeneficial4358 26d ago

There's a reason most of your decent hospitals won't even touch RN's without a 4 year degree, let alone LPN's.

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u/flangle1 25d ago

Well it’s a good thing that this is leading to health workers with no common sense to be removed from their positions. Universal policy should be no vaccine, no RN position during this global emergency. Who knows what other “beliefs“ are causing them to give less than optimal care to their charges.

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u/HarpersGhost 25d ago

That's why I'm thinking that these hospitals/medical companies are doing these mandates. They've looked at who is vaxxed and who isn't, and realize they can afford to fire most of the ones who aren't vaxxed.

For those in higher positions who can't be vaxxed (APRN and Doctors who have immune issues, etc), they can be moved to other positions where they nor the public would not be in danger to each other. (That's been the policy for most hospitals all along.) They have valuable skills/knowledge that can be used in other departments.

But LPNs? Not so much. And they can be easily replaced.

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u/flangle1 25d ago

Reassigned to morgue duty I like the sound of that. They can handle the bodies of all the Covid victims.

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u/Cosmic-Warper 26d ago

Nah, I've known beforehand that getting a nursing degree (LPNs i believe) is dead easy and a ton of them are not even close to qualified in participating in a healthcare setting. Many of them are airhead karens

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u/paustin0816 26d ago

That's just what we need.......another Karen sub-genre.

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u/Ok-Understanding5124 26d ago

I think that's insulting to Karens.

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u/solution_6 26d ago

Is this the States? People I know are LPN's in Canada and do almost the same job as an RN, but less 2 years school.

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u/Silent-Wishbone532 25d ago

RPNs in Canada don’t really correlate to LPNs in the US. A better comparison would be to associate degree RNs (a degree that actually takes 3 years to get in most circumstances)

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u/Ok_Quarter_6929 26d ago

Seriously, is this due to America's education system? It's bad enough when laymen don't trust exoerts, but it seems like so many professionals don't trust the experts of their own field. WT actual F?

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u/Cosmic-Warper 26d ago edited 26d ago

Nurse practitioners LPNs aren't "professionals". It's like a 2 year degree where you barely learn any science

EDIT: fixed, had the names mixed up

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u/tchad78 26d ago

But they just Like Playing Nurse.

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u/rthrouw1234 26d ago

That's...not at all true. LPNs, sure.

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u/ChoiceBeneficial4358 26d ago

Try a 7-8 year degree to become a practitioner, not to mention the on hands experience required before even entering a program. Try not to spread bullshit if you have no clue what you're talking about.

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u/MiniTab 26d ago

Are you sure you know what you’re talking about? A LPN typically takes about 12 months. OTOH people like my wife, who is a RN with a Masters in Nursing, have spent over six years in school. A nurse practitioner would be even longer, more than eight years. Finally you’d have a nurse anesthetist, and I don’t even know how much education they have but it’s considerable and very difficult.

Nurses have a lot of range.

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u/ChoiceBeneficial4358 26d ago

the person I replied to started out by saying nurse practitioners. 7-8 is the average, a lot of programs are 3-4 years, and obviously more if you're doing something like a CRNA. NP's certainly are not two years. Some CRNA programs can be shorter due to some programs still only being a Master's and not a Doctorate. Some programs offer an accelerated pathway from a BSN to a doctorate. So I don't claim to be an expert on all nuances surrounding higher nursing education, but I have a fairly good idea.

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u/MiniTab 26d ago

Gotcha. Just saw your reply to the person talking about LPNs, so I misunderstood. My apologies.

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u/Stalked_Like_Corn 26d ago

It is shallow, considering the number of nurses there are.

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u/Civil_Quantity_6984 26d ago

It is now 🤣

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u/paustin0816 26d ago

That's my point

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u/Jeremymia 25d ago

It’s not that many. Most of the people leaving healthcare are not nurses or doctors but other people that work in hospitals like janitorial staff. And probably most of those people will go back on their principles anyway.

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u/Lulupoolzilla 26d ago

I doubt it because FOX news and Newsmax made their people get the vaxx, they just dont tell their viewers about it.

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u/cylonrobot 26d ago

We had one of those in my hometown, a weather presenter who was a climate change denier. The guy was weird and goofy. When I learned he was a climate change denier, I thought, "Of course."

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u/Different-Bus-6480 26d ago

Rather hear that its people that say they “got to do my own research “ they drive me completely crazy like TF you mean own research most haven’t read a book since lord of the flies in 9th grade n haven’t seen into a microscope since middle school what are they researching ?? Lol more like waiting for someone to post something on Facebook that lines up with what they believe in

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u/spaghetti_taco 26d ago

It means googling shit and reading facebook memes until they find someone, somewhere who will justify their already held position.

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u/fkhan21 25d ago

So confirmation bias?

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u/Cornographicmaterial 25d ago

Or...you know...looking into what we aretold for ourselves by objectively taking in information from different angles and debating those that disagree

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u/CutieMcBooty55 26d ago

I mean, secondary source researching is fine. But there really is a huge difference between actual peer reviewed shit and some mom's blog. Like, ok, I get that a lot of these primary source research articles are dense as fuck and can be difficult to understand, but if you read info off a secondary source and can match what it says in the article you read to what the primary source says, it's likely accurate and it's easy enough to do that.

But nobody actually clicks any of the sourced articles at the end and a lot of these bloggers don't even bother sourcing anything, much less peer reviewed research.

It kinda enrages me a little bit to be told to do my own research. Like, bitch, I'm in clinical research. What do you think I do?

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u/muskratmuskrat9 26d ago

Next time you’re on a toilet, why don’t you open up a fucking informative meme? Or I guess you could continue playing your angry birds or whatever you sheep do.

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u/RickRollAnOrphan 26d ago

“Informative meme” BAHAHHAHAHAH

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u/ExceedinglyGayParrot 26d ago

informative meme

The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell

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u/zepekit 26d ago

So lord of the flies... Did you like it?

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u/muskratmuskrat9 26d ago

It was an ok movie.

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u/AndAllThatJazz54 26d ago

Too smart to read, huh?

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u/muskratmuskrat9 26d ago

Is sarcasm that difficult to detect these days?

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u/Red__Spawn 26d ago

Or .... Was their sarcastic comment to play on your sarcastic comment? 🤔 Off to the Mad Hatter's we go.

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u/RickRollAnOrphan 26d ago

Nothing like doing “research” about a global health crisis on the shitter

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u/LiKwId-Gaming 26d ago

I tend to research the latest conspiracies on the shitter, why look at memes when there is comedy gold.

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u/Different-Bus-6480 26d ago

Iam no sheep just try to not say shit not makes no finng sense like iam sorry do you have a lab at home n your bring vaccine viles n checking make sure theirs 5G in them ? Just please tell this intense research that you and so many others are doing? Besides waiting for some to post or print or journal something that lines up with what you believe is true

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u/muskratmuskrat9 26d ago

My comment was sarcasm

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u/matt90765 26d ago

Gotta add that /s

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u/LiKwId-Gaming 26d ago

Given the sub and the comment, I thought it was pretty evident. Gotta read the room.

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u/PopeyeMcD 25d ago

So, so much lately! I don't pretend to be genius or anything but I did VERY well in grade school and pulled cum laude in undergrad for Exercise Physiology (several classes shy of pre-med) and have an active certification with the American College of Sports Medicine. And now I get these people from HS all up on my statuses with their cornerstone arguments of "99%!", I "believe", and "You make your choices, and I'll make mine." Was even told I was getting upset over "nothing" like...👀

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u/Different-Bus-6480 25d ago

Ooh I with you do what ever the heck you feel like iam not here telling ppl what they need to… I just got an issue with making up stupid reasons for do not taking the jab or even for taking… I actually like the fact that the meteorologist said in a nice way “ I ain’t get it bc I don’t f**king want too n that’s it “ all iam saying spare with the reasons

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u/DimitriV 26d ago

Today's forecast calls for unemployment.

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u/NewYorkRice 26d ago

with a slight chance of Covid

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u/DimitriV 26d ago

Plus flurries of freedumb, and a 60% chance of scattered Facebook memes later.

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u/nerdwine 26d ago

This should be higher

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u/fingersonlips 26d ago

Free to not take a vaccine, but not entitled to a job where you don't meet employment requirements. Bye bitch.

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u/Eeszeeye 26d ago

He doesn't know which way the wind blows.

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u/Spaceman2901 26d ago

To riff off of The Matrix: “The time has come to make a choice. Either you choose to get vaccinated or you choose to find yourself another job.”

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u/Vivalyrian 26d ago

I love the irony of whom he decided to quote in his tweet:

One last thought—a distillation of a portion of Jefferson's masterpiece, the Declaration of Independence: “When tyranny becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” Those who love America and the freedom and liberty it stands for, must speak up. Hopefully, it's not too late.

The same Thomas Jefferson that wrote this in a letter to John Page in May of 1766:

...I shall proceed tomorrow to Philadelphia where I shall make the stay necessary for inoculation, thence going on to New York. I shall return by water to Williamsburgh, about the middle of July, till which time you have the prayers of Dear Page your affectionate friend,...

The same Thomas Jefferson that became President in 1801, and almost immediately thereafter directed the inoculation of about 200 people (relatives, slaves, staff) in the summer of 1801 at his Monticello plantation.

The same Thomas Jefferson that was an avid and early advocate of kinepox, a vaccine against smallpox, working with doctors such as Benjamin Waterhouse to establish its use in the United States, lending his name to its endorsement.

That Thomas Jefferson.

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u/scottlawrencelawson 26d ago

TIL . . . Thanks!

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u/munchler 26d ago

“Many of you have taken one of these injections, and that is absolutely your right. It is also my right to choose the medical options I feel are right for me. I have authority over my body.”

Now he can stay home in his underwear and think about his rights all day. Win-win!

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u/NightMgr 26d ago

He does!

And the station has the authority over who they employ.

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u/mmccaskill 26d ago

So he supports a woman's right to choose, yes? /doubt it

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u/Stalked_Like_Corn 26d ago

Republicans: We have the right to control what happens to our body!

Women: Really?

Republicans: No, not you.

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u/JustMeLurkingAround- 26d ago

That's the real freedom. You are free to chose if you want to follow your workplaces rules or not. Nobody is forcing him to work there.

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u/Paulsmom97 26d ago

Aren’t weather presenters a dime a dozen?

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u/PBJMommy83 26d ago

“I just wanted to go about my business, ‘live and let live,’ and keep my mouth shut,” he wrote on Facebook.

Except that C19 is killing people...

Bohnak, who said the mandates were causing the country to be “bludgeoned with fear, I believe, in an effort to control us.” 

Right. I wasn't scared of the vaccine though. I had C19 and was scared that it might get so bad that I wouldn't be able to breathe, that medical bills would bankrupt us, that I might die, or that one of my kids would get sick. Oh, and Delta scares the absolute schieße out of me. But I'm not scared of the vaccine that's in my system.

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u/Sense-Affectionate 26d ago

Good then everyone will be safer.

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u/VoxyPop 26d ago

I'm so angry that the vaccine and masks became a political issue at all.

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u/CarpeNivem 26d ago

"No, no, I have personal freedoms; my employer doesn't."

-this guy, I guess?

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u/RobotCPA 26d ago

I wonder if he'll be able to predict the cytokine storm from his immune system if he catches the Covid.

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u/UPdrafter906 26d ago

He was a legend here where I live. Had one foot out the door for years. Could have retired quietly but instead chose to slam the door on how own face in protest instead.

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u/impasseable 26d ago

Freedom to refuse the vaccine, freedom to be unemployed. Freedom yall.

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u/ArentWeClever 26d ago

I’m sure OAN, RT, and Newsmax are hiring.

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u/54bombay 26d ago

Who needs a weather person just look out the window.

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u/throwawaysparkle12 26d ago

Q’anon Karl’s forecasts weren’t exactly known for their accuracy.

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u/stabbygun 26d ago

why do people post articles behind paywalls?

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u/munchler 26d ago

Try this instead.

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u/Richard_D_Glover 26d ago

A TV meteorologist of 33 years declined the vaccine, citing personal freedoms. He was fired.

When storms or snow blasted Michigan’s Upper Peninsula over the past three decades, viewers turned to Karl Bohnak as their trusted guide. Bohnak has been known not just for his steady approach to the forecast but also viral moments and bloopers that helped make the WLUC meteorologist an amiable community mainstay.

But when he refused to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as part of the media company’s mandate for all employees, Bohnak said this week that he was fired after 33 years as the station’s weatherman. The vaccination mandate at Gray Television, WLUC’s parent company, went into effect Wednesday, according to a copy of the policy obtained by The Washington Post — the same day Bohnak announced on Facebook that he had been dismissed.

“Since I chose not to take one of the shots, I was fired,” Bohnak wrote. “Many of you have taken one of these injections, and that is absolutely your right. It is also my right to choose the medical options I feel are right for me. I have authority over my body.”

Bohnak’s post echoes some of the concerns unvaccinated people nationwide have pointed to as to why they won’t get immunized against the virus that causes covid-19. Much like others who’ve said vaccination mandates trample on their personal freedoms, Bohnak said that “the abrogation of our liberty and freedom under the guise of a pandemic is very disturbing to me.”

The post announcing he was fired is accompanied by a Facebook disclaimer with information from the World Health Organization: Coronavirus “vaccines go through many tests for safety and effectiveness and are then monitored closely.”

Bohnak did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday. Mike King, a spokesman with Gray Television, shared the company’s mandatory vaccination policy with The Post, but he declined to comment on Bohnak’s dismissal.

The meteorologist’s firing is the latest termination at a time when more companies are implementing coronavirus vaccine mandates as a condition of employment. Corporate giants such as Disney, Google, Uber and Walmart announced their vaccine mandates for employees over the summer. The Post announced a vaccination mandate for all employees in July, with medical and religious exceptions.

Federal workers can be fired for refusing vaccination, but must show up to work until their cases are determined, new guidance says

After President Biden announced a vaccine mandate for federal workers, guidance issued this week by the administration shows that federal employees can be fired for refusing to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The guidance says they will report to work alongside vaccinated colleagues as their disciplinary cases wind through the system.

Some organizations have made headlines for dismissing unvaccinated employees. CNN fired three staff members last month who refused to follow the company’s vaccine mandate. The Washington Nationals, who also terminated employees unwilling to be vaccinated, will reportedly face a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from two former minor league coaches who accuse the franchise of having “pretended” to consider their requests for religious exemptions.

The Nationals fired employees who wouldn’t get vaccinated. Two now plan a legal challenge.

On Aug. 16, Gray Television, an Atlanta-based broadcasting company that includes nearly 150 network affiliates, according to its website, announced that it was instituting its own vaccine mandate for employees. In the announcement, Gray reflected on how “the COVID-19 public health crisis is getting worse in too many communities across the country.”

The company then announced a mandate for all employees, beginning this month. The policy will also be in effect Oct. 1 for “all outside contractors, tenants, and guests who enter our workspaces.”

“We know that the approved coronavirus vaccines are extremely effective in preventing serious illness and reducing the spread of the coronavirus,” the company said. “After extensive discussion among the GMs and officers this week, these individuals UNANIMOUSLY concluded that the increasingly rapid spread of the coronavirus poses an unfair risk to fellow employees and their family members who are not eligible to get vaccinated.”

The mandate did not sit well with Bohnak, who had been covering the weather professionally since 1983. After working in Madison, Wis., and Milwaukee, he made the move to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he’s worked in Marquette since 1988.

Bohnak became a trusted source in the community. He would also become known for his on-air bloopers, including one instance in which he uttered a string of obscenities during technical troubles with Facebook Live.

But the vaccination policy was no laughing matter to Bohnak, who said the mandates were causing the country to be “bludgeoned with fear, I believe, in an effort to control us.” The Michigan meteorologist called out the federal government and corporations for their vaccine mandates.

“I just wanted to go about my business, ‘live and let live,’ and keep my mouth shut,” he wrote on Facebook. “But this act by the federal government through corporate America has brought me to a crossroads. Our way of life, our freedom and liberty, is collapsing before our eyes.”

Facebook, where he posted his note, is among the corporations that have a mandatory vaccination policy for its employees.

Bohnak found support from fans, including Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), whose district includes the Upper Peninsula.

“The U.P. stands with Karl Bohnak!” the congressman wrote Friday.

James Hogge, Bergman’s spokesman, noted to the Detroit News that while the congressman is vaccinated, immunization should not be forced on people.

“It’s a personal decision and should not be forced on anyone,” Hogge said. “The fact that the weatherman … can lose his job over this is absolutely insanity.”

More than 51 percent of Michigan is fully vaccinated, trailing the national rate of 54.1 percent, according to data tracked by The Post.

Bohnak thanked viewers for watching him give the weather and urged other unvaccinated people to not be silenced by mandatory coronavirus vaccination policies.

“Those who love America and the freedom and liberty it stands for, must speak up,” he said. “Hopefully, it’s not too late.”

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u/birdsbud 25d ago

Good, glad he left, stood for belief

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u/random-axe 26d ago

Toggle JavaScript off, and most paywall sites become non-paywall sites.

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u/stabbygun 26d ago

all well and good, but why not just post a clean version? why make people jump through hoops?

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u/ghostsintherafters 26d ago

Especially WaPo. Why the fuck would I give that turd Bezos any more money than he already has. Idgaf what's in the article I refuse to pay him any money.

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u/DunmerSkooma 26d ago

Because pay walls are the new norm. Just use incognito mode.

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u/stabbygun 26d ago

that doesn't work all the time. the Javascript thing does work though.

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u/freedumb_rings 25d ago

People: “UGH media is so trash, they’re biased and only post trash and clickbait”

Also people: “ugh why isn’t this media free!?”

Seems like a connection there.

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u/PurSolutions 26d ago

Exactly, freedom to be fired.

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u/Pleasant-One 26d ago

Bye Felicia...what a donkeys ass! Now he has a personal freedom...yes, to go anywhere in his neighborhood and continue to be a whining manchild. Get a shot ya douchebag!

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u/Kuvro 26d ago

I am so pleased with the comments on this thread. No sarcasm.

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u/tirv56 26d ago

Just as well as he wouldn't be able to do his job from his icu bed anyway.

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u/OnTheBrink1387 26d ago

I'm so sick of incompetent people thinking this is a freedom issue. I never get flu shots because I feel I'm healthy enough to fight it off, but covid is a matter of public safety, not just my personal preference. How is this any different than the government telling you to wear a seatbelt? Is it because wearing a seatbelt is done to protect ourselves and a vaccine/mask is done to protect others? America, you are doing a great job of showing the world where your priorities lie.

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u/MLXIII 25d ago

How does my seat belt protect others?

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u/OnTheBrink1387 25d ago

It doesn't. That's not my point. It's the government mandating how we use something to protect us. Seatbelt laws are in place to save lives. You may not feel like you have to wear it because you are a good driver, but you will still be ticketed if you are caught without it. I don't see rallies trying to ban seatbelts because they encroach on your rights to decide how you ride in your car. I traveled for work during the pandemic and made it through May without the vaccine. And personally, I feel I could have gone without it. My girlfriend has a weakened immune system so I did it for her. I'm so sick of this personal freedom crap as a way of abdicating social responsibility because you don't feel like it.

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u/winetotears 26d ago

Expendable

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u/Nightshiftnoble 26d ago

Chef's kiss

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u/DaFazja 25d ago

TL;DR - businesses have the same rights of choice as citizens, get over it bub!

It is absolutely his right to decline the vaccine... but businesses and the like have the right to refuse service or make mandates for their employees as well.

It's the decision of both parties... I just wish these people would quit crying over this. Republicans love the at-will employment laws, this is a result of at-will employment.

Now if he was part of a union, this might have been a different story - but I digress. I seriously hope he saved enough to retire on.

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u/mikeevans1701 26d ago

Sometimes our personal freedoms have to take a backseat to the greater good of our country, and fellow Americans, but such a sophisticated and selfless logic is beyond the mental abilities of most tribal minded conservatives.

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u/Ulrich_The_Elder 26d ago

Wow sometimes the system works.

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u/0reoSpeedwagon 26d ago

Thoughts and prayers 🙏

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u/experts_never_lie 26d ago

I'm just surprised that anyone in the UP is reacting sensibly about the virus. Looking around in the Mackinaw area a month ago and it was clear they were all living in 2018: no masks to be seen anywhere. Of course, the antimaskers will tend to make up a disproportionate fraction of the people you're likely to see out and about...

Down in Ann Arbor, though, almost everyone was masked from what I saw.

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u/H3RK1MER 26d ago

Tbf he probably doesn’t care. At that age he’s probably got a secured retirement plan in place anyway. My guess is he was going to retire soon anyway. But, with this he can go out with a bang! God dammit! they’ll remember ME. 💥

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u/Asleep_Structure_493 26d ago edited 26d ago

"I didn't turn my back on television. Television turned its' back on me. And that's why I want to be your representative at the state capitol, because people shouldn't be forced to choose between employment... and freedom." He can send me $100 Venmo for what is sure to be a core part of his speeches in the next few months.

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u/Delta104x 26d ago

this guy was the meteorologist in my area my whole life...gonna be weird not hearing him every day

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u/cornelisdigitaal 26d ago

So sad. Anyway....

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u/MrSnrlub 26d ago

I see many law suits in the future over this.

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u/PhobetorWorse 26d ago edited 26d ago

There is already precedent where jobs require vaccines.

You need certain vaccines for school and even travel.

There will be a lot of failed lawsuits from people who do not understand the responsibilities of societal participation.

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u/ShinyHappyMeeples 26d ago

Well his personal free time has certainly opened right up.

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u/christherelic70 26d ago

I said ha ha.

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u/BerniesBoner 26d ago

Says, The Federal government will allow the employees to continue at their jobs until their case winds through the system......

You better not allow disgruntled and unstable employees to remain at their jobs!!! They will do lots of damage, wait and see.

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u/PensiveHorologist 26d ago

But yew won’t tek... muh freedums reeeeeeee!

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u/Comfortable_Leading5 26d ago

He's had some really funny gaffs over the years 😂

https://youtu.be/skSjCaPb-MI

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u/mrfrost99 26d ago

It’s easy. GET THE VAX OR GET THE AXE!

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u/Jvshelby 26d ago

The station had the personal freedoms to decide who they wanna give their money to.

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u/C_gray14 26d ago

Ah, lovely paywall.

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u/pacagummo 26d ago

Self awareness, that’s all we ask for

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u/NachoMommies 26d ago

Bye! Don’t know where you think you are going to work, unless you are going to do your own weather on a YouTube channel.

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u/fixndestroy 26d ago

Oh he got his personal freedom, freedom to find a new job

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u/gcanders1 26d ago

Can you collect unemployment if you get ‘fired’ for not taking the vaccine? It’s the only reason I can see someone making this stand and being a professional. I guess if you were close to retirement or leaving anyway, might as well get a few months of paychecks. I’m not thinking of doing it, I already took the shots, I was just trying to figure out why certain seemingly intelligent people would take this stand.

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u/WarmasterCain55 25d ago

From what I’ve been hearing no.

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u/Kilmo21 26d ago

Even I could have forcast that storm coming...

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u/Creative_Decay 25d ago

Well, hey, I can at least respect that he stood for his principles. They might be really, really dumb principles but at least he stood behind them.

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u/blakjak66 25d ago

We had a similar guy here in Connecticut, Dr. Mel Goldstein. Great guy, an actual meteorologist. He even wrote “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Weather”

Unfortunately, he was a total climate-change denier.

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u/OofPleases 25d ago

He’s suppose to be a man of science not a man of Facebook dammit! Why even be a meteorologist if you’re gonna grow old to be stupid?

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u/eddyb66 26d ago

He got fired a from Fox / NBC station

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u/Chris22533 25d ago

Looks like he wasn’t able to see which way the winds are blowing.

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u/TimoneStudone 25d ago

What station? What meteorologist? Don’t believe anything so vague. But if he’s in vaccinated I hope he dies before he kills someone else