"The word [intifada] basically means 'shaking off.' That is the root word if you look it up in Arabic," she said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg reaffirmed his support for the school this week, even as he welcomed Almontaser’s resignation. “She got a question, she’s not all that media savvy, maybe, and she tried to explain a word rather than condemn,” he said.
Well, it's not like they got the quotes wrong -- the Jewish Week article seems to confirm she said everything quoted in the NYPost article. I think what happened was wrong, but I don't see anything terribly misleading about her part in the NYPost article
Q: "How do you feel about sex?"
A: Sex can be a good thing, or a bad thing
Q: What about child molesters
A: That's definitely an example of it being a bad thing
Q: "I talked with A about child molesters, and she said said "Sex can be a good thing""
Thus, the only question is whether Almontaser can carve out a portion of her statements made during an interview that was arranged and supervised by her employer as the protected speech of a private citizen," the judge said. "When that entire interview owes its existence to Almontaser’s official responsibility to interact with the press on behalf of [her school], then the individual statements made within the conversation also fall within her official—and thus unprotected—speech.
It is undisputed by the parties that the paper incorrectly and misleadingly added the phrase “and shaking off oppression” to Almontaser’s statement, “I think [the t-shirts are] pretty much an opportunity for girls to express that they are part of New York City society.
[T]he Supreme Court’s recognition that employers “need a significant degree of control over their employees’ words and actions” and that the First Amendment does not bar “the exercise of employer control over what the employer itself has commissioned or created.” 547 U.S. at 418, 422. Accordingly, Almontaser’s speech was not protected by the First Amendment and defendants’ motion for summary judgment on Counts I and II of the Second Amended Complaint is granted.
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