So the political insiders think the public was too hard on Hilary Rosen because, after all, she just gets paid for these positions so attacking her personally for espousing these positions was uncalled for, you know. You know what: Bull-shit.
If Hilary Rosen did not want to be identified with the positions the RIAA was spouting, she shouldn't have spouted them. This idiotic idea that a person is no longer responsible for what they do as long as they get paid to do it is one of the causes behind how every institution in society is turning into one giant machine that eats people up and spits them out, a set of machines in which real humans have no option anymore than to divorce themselves from meaning and passion and only have irony and cynicism left as tools to deal with. No, fucking no, take back your humanity, our humanity, by dealing with humans as humans, and not as cardboard representatives and paid shills, marionets who get paid. Refuse to buy the line that "they're just paid to do this, so you can't blame them".
If Hilary Rosen didn't want to say what she said, she could have goddamn quit. Hilary Rosen was not a peon without a choice. Hilary Rosen was there because she wanted to be, and for me to be told that I am to divorce Hilary Rosen from what Hilary Rosen says because Hilary Rosen takes her orders on what to say from her lobbying group, is asking me to deny Hilary Rosen her agency in her own life, and her humanity, it is asking me to view Hilary Rosen as a persona instead of a person. It would be demeaning to Hilary Rosen for me to do so, and worse, it removes all humans from corporations and lobbys and end up pitting me against abstractions, legal constructs with no humans at the wheel because "we all just work here". It dehumanizes me by making me fight an invisible machine by asking me to dehumanize people.
No, no, no, no. Hilary Rosen is responsible for what Hilary Rosen says, even as president of the RIAA. Everybody in that business who wants me to give her a free pass because she got paid needs to grow a fucking spine already.