His former staffers were glad to see Murphy go, since he, along with his loyal chief of staff, were responsible for creating a working environment so hostile that it made the first hour of Full Metal Jacket look like In The Army Now.
Chief of staff Susan Mosychuk was the Captain Phasma to Ryan's General Hux, helping to nurture a climate of fear practically unheard of outside a parent/teacher conference with Alec Baldwin. She constantly berated her workers, belittled their efforts, and called them "garbage." Meanwhile, Ryan himself possessed "an inability to communicate without expressions of rage, criticisms or insults" -- and that's saying something, considering that the above quote comes from Mosychuk herself.
Mosychuk lost her $168,411 salary when Murphy was forced to resign from public office in disgrace as a result of the abortion fiasco. So what does the future hold for the former representative? Well, presumably he'll be returning to his previous career ... as a clinical psychologist.
Spike Lee Started A Harassment Campaign Against Innocent People
The murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman angered millions, many of whom took to the streets to voice their anger about black lives and the apparently controversial idea that they might matter. Amidst the calls for change, the rational pleas, and the respectful civil disobedience, one public figure thought it would be a good idea to get a mob together and attack someone's house.
During the 2013 Black Lives Matter protests, filmmaker and all-around angry dude Spike Lee decided that if Zimmerman wasn't getting any real justice, mob justice would do perfectly well. He posted the killer's private home address to his hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter, followed by the message, "I don't give a f**k what you think kill that b***h. HERE GO HIS ADDRESS, LET THE HUNGER GAMES BEGIN." Or at least, that's what he thought he was doing. Instead, he got the address wrong, sending "THE HUNGER GAMES" to the home of some random elderly couple.
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesIt’s not the best look for a documentarian when they don’t even bother to fact-check a street address.
For days, David and Elaine McClain (whose youngest son's name is William George Zimmerman) were harassed, threatened with violence, and bombarded with hate mail. The family had to flee to a hotel, and they eventually sued Lee, who was forced to apologize, retract the tweet, and pay them a modest $10,000 settlement. But when the harassment still wouldn't end, the McClains took Lee to court and sued for an additional $15,000, which he refused to pay, claiming that ten grand was more than enough for siccing The Purge on some unsuspecting old folks.
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