Monday, May 16, 2005

OKAY, ONE MORE. Conservative blogger LaShawn Barber gives the game away right here:

Let me clear up one thing. Whether Americans flushed the Koran down the toilet is irrelevant. Newsweek should not have reported it, even if true. It's common sense, people. Those journalists knew how Muslims would react! Why would you hurt your own country and risk more deaths just to report this "fact?" To what end???

Just in case anyone was unclear on the agenda. Whatever it is, it's not about the truth.

Barber also links to this report on Radio Equalizer that Boston's WRKO Radio (AM 680) has decided to cancel the Newsweek on the Air program in response to the Guantánamo fallout. (If you cancel a program that no one has ever actually heard ... well, never mind.)

WRKO program director Mike Elder tells the Equalizer that he was preparing to dump the show anyway, but the current situation "led me to move forward more quickly than originally planned."

This is a station that gives knuckle-dragging hatemonger Michael Savage 15 hours of airtime every week. Can we please get real about what's going on here?

9 comments:

Wes said...

Facts are stupid things spake that towering intellect, Ronald Reagan. Is it remotely possible to be surprised by the babble percolating from the GOP cesspool? Not in this ostrich society.

Problem is, the global acceptance of our national language as vacuous garbage is now, a fact.

Bake McBride said...

Dan: By the far the bigger story today is the fact that the NY Times, beginning in September, will cost $50@year for on-line access. That's huge. 100 years from now nobody is going to remember this Newsweek story - but historians of the media will certainly recognize the moment that "the newspaper of record" put up a curtain.

Anonymous said...

Dan,

Name us the person or persons murdered because of something Michael Savage said or wrote? Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock.

Brian Maloney said...

BTW, I'm based in Mass., if you didn't realize that.

Dan Kennedy said...

Bake - I don't know as if the NYT decision rates high in the annals of media history. And besides, they've got three and a half months to realize they've made a mistake.

Anonymous said...

DK,
No question that Savage is a neanderthal but I'd be a bit careful about guilt by association, given some of the Phoenix's advertising decisions. Either we believe in freedom of speech or we don't.

Anonymous said...

Savage is a wealthy "Neanderthal" for all of you good folks in your Ivory Towers of political correctness and obscure web-blogs.

Anonymous said...

WRKO is also the station you've appeared on countless times. Dont' be a jackass.

John Galt said...

Somewhere in the dwindling gray matter the perception lingers that the NYTimes originally came online as subscription service. Don't recall specifics, but am pretty certain of the fact.