The media are saying that they can not understand why Lois Lerner was not "fired." I will try to explain to them the difference between their status and hers.
- They are solely the employees of some news organization. Their employment is subject only to the will of their employer and the terms of their contract.
- Lerner is a civil servant. Since the good old days of Chester A. Arthur, most federal civilian employees are careerists protected by law from arbitrary firing by political appointees. Without that protection the manning of the federal government would "turn-over" completely every time the White House was gained by a different party. That is what happened before Garfield was shot by a disappointed office seeker. In this system, as in the armed forces, personal status as a member resides in the individual, not in the particular job that he/she holds at a given time.
Lerner has been removed from the particular job that she held. She can only be removed from the civil service through regulations and laws that apply to her grade in the federal civil service.
If you are in the media, try to get that staight. pl