In response to the gnashing of teeth and garment rending from blue-check Christians in an uproar over the alleged termination of the Senior Vice President of Communications Dan Darling from the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) for making pro-vaccine comments on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Show, NRB CEO Troy Miller has released a statement on social media clarifying why Darling was terminated and disputing some of the claims of the original RNS story.
- In the letter Miller notes that Darling is a fellow elder with him at the church they attend, and that he considers him a friend.
- He notes “Dan was never asked to admit his comments were a mistake. He was never asked to recant those comments. No NRB employee has ever been terminated for their views on the subject.”
- Miller states that “NRB has no such policy” of remaining neutral about vaccines. Instead, he as the CEO issued a directive to the staff that said ‘Regardless of (pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine), this is NOT an issue that NRB is called to advocate for one way or another..from here out NRB stay neutral”
- Miller says that “Dan was offered a path to another position that would have provided a significant salary and full benefits. He turned that offer down and chose to depart NRB.”
Ultimatey, Miller explains that he has been misrepresented by those on social media, and raises these questions:
1. Is it wrong for the CEO to expect his employees to follow instructions?
2. Is it wrong for the CEO to expect to be notified before an employee goes on national television to discuss a controversial topic?
3. Is it wrong for the CEO to expect his employees to help build coalitions, not fracture them?
4. Is it wrong for the CEO to have confidence and trust in his employees?
5. Is it wrong for the CEO to keep the organization and staff out of issues that do not fall within its mission?
Answer: Not at all.
We wrote an Op-Ed yesterday titled NRB was Right to Fire Dan Darling for his Sinful Pro-Vaccination Comments. From what we have seen by the CEO, we were right on the money.
After posting the statement, CEO Miller again defended this letter and his description of the events, asserting that contrary to some accusations, there is not one untruthful statement.
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