Saturday, October 23, 2010

ZenTiger Radio Hosts Fired by Radio Parasites
Are we still talking about this? You bet. Two more radio show hosts fired for thought crimes. The first is in America - Link: Radio Host bites the dust.

Look how polite the language is when you fire some-one:

It thanked Williams for his many years of service as a "valuable contributor" to NPR. "We did not make this decision lightly or without regret," it added. "We regret these circumstances."

What caused such soft and civilised words?

On his show "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly said: "The cold truth is that in the world today, jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet."

There's the tip of the iceberg.

Williams, who is also a political analyst for Fox News, said he concurred with O'Reilly, adding: "I think, look, political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don't address reality."

There's a brilliant piece of foreshadowing.

The analyst said he felt nervous when boarding planes with Muslims on board.

And there's the Donald Trump moment. Bam!

"I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country," Williams said.

Well yes, but character isn't a mitigating factor.

"But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."

Well, there's no coming back from that sort of red-necked carry-on in Obama's USA, even if you are African-American.

O'Reilly had brought Williams on his show after the Fox News host said "Muslims killed us on 9/11" during an appearance on ABC television's "The View" last week, prompting talk show hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg to walk off the set.

What? Whoopi was offended? Did she feel rape-raped?

And earlier, in Glasgow (2009):

The Rev Mahboob Masih, a Church minister, claims he was unfairly dismissed and that the action taken against him was a case of religious discrimination.

He had been host of a regular Saturday morning show on Awaz FM, a community radio show in Glasgow, for six years before the row with the station's management blew up.

After a lively religious debate, the radio station management took exception to the content of the discussion. The Rev Masih was accused of not being balanced enough on air. However, Awaz FM refuses to detail anything specific he said that might have offended its listeners.

I'm beginning to think the pendulum of Free Speech has swung a little too far from where it needs to be.

Radio host fired by radio parasites*

*This title in reference to the daily Dilbert joke. If I can find it, I'll show it, although the copyright issues might bite Bender's shiny metal ***

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