Hospital Rabbi Fired After Blabbing, Blogging About Museum Shooting

Friday, Oct 16, 2009  |  Updated 5:01 PM EDT
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Hospital Rabbi Fired After Blabbing, Blogging About Museum Shooting

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WASHINGTON -- A hospital rabbi who comforted the family of the security guard who was killed at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has been fired for speaking and writing about the experience.

Rabbi Tamara Miller wrote on a Washington Post blog in June that "racism and bigotry rang out on the National Mall" when a shooter walked up to the museum on June 10 and killed security guard Stephen T. Johns.

George Washington University Hospital fired her five weeks later, saying her essay and comments to a reporter violated hospital policy and federal rules governing patient privacy. Miller spoke about why she attended Johns' funeral.

Miller said she didn't reveal anything that was not already public knowledge. But the hospital said she shouldn't have said anything, even though it was already publicized.

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