Wednesday, July 8, 2015


By Association


IT'S ALL OVER THE TV so it HAS to be true.


That the sandwich chain Subway "suspended" its association with longtime spokesman Jared Fogle because, as reported by Fox News, Fogle's house is being searched for evidence of child pornography, a search Subway admits "might be linked to the earlier arrest of someone who once worked for him."

The Fox story notes that Tuesday’s raid comes more than two months after the executive director of the Jared Foundation — Fogle’s organization that aspires to combat childhood obesity — was arrested in Indianapolis on federal child pornography charges.

Fogle has neither been charged nor arrested

Fox quoted a Subway spokesman: “We are shocked about the news and believe it (Tuesday’s search) is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point.

New York tv Pix 11 reports that Earlier this year, the former director of the Jared Foundation, started by Fogle, Russell Taylor was arrested on suspicion of possessing and producing child pornography, FOX59 reports.

Investigators said a search of Taylor’s home turned up more than 500 videos with images of child pornography. In May, Taylor unsuccessfully tried to kill himself while in jail.

As youngsters we all hear the admonition that "Birds of a feather stick together" warning us of guilt by association.

Fogle MAY be guilty of something, but Subway is guilty of assigning guilt by association.

It may be good business to cancel all ads featuring Fogle, but to suspend the pitchman - when "suspend" is in many eyes means "fired" - before any charges are made seems a knee jerk reaction. When a cop or teacher or jock is "suspended" it usually is with pay.

I'm not suggested Fogle ought to be paid while he is "on the bench" - not hyping the sandwich firm - but Subway might have better handled this matter quietly; pulling or changing advertisements and cancelling his appearances on its behalf.

As it stands, it appears that Subway believes a person is guilty until proven innocent.

Is this the new American way?

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