FYI. Ravitch has already withdrawn her name from consideration.
A good example of central planning vs free market. Now it's time for the additional layers of bureaucracy ; investigation and enforcement. Keep those tax $$$ coming.
Craig are you seriously saying jobs should be given to people based on color? How about giving jobs to people based on their QUALIFICATIONS?
They should not have been fired! Out of all the comments made about politics and crime and sex ect over the last 13 years and they are fired over this. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions about life in general. This show was always a controversial talk show. To me this punishment was unjust. It's like saying to Kimberly and Beck.. hey your wrong for thinking the way you do! Everyone should believe it's OK to be gay,bi-sexual,transgendered or whatever! Totally unjust!!!
I can speak for me too and something needs to be done now. After 50 years of more or less nothing...someone has to do something. Lovely can do it but she is concerned about not getting elected again. As well, it will take about 5 years of drastic change in the system to raise the graduation rate to let's say 80 % or more. Money is not the answer but parenting is the answer and one cannot legislate that issue. Jobs are the answer to the opportunity in disguise. How can we as Rochester Residents get faces of color into jobs ? How can we help create jobs ? How can we change concentrated poverty ? How can we give students a reason to graduate if there are no jobs waiting ? I have some ideas but not one will listen or at least take the 15 minutes to hear me out.
Craig R. Moffitt
I did not agree with K&B's opinions and my heart goes out to anyone that is struggling to be a gender that is not really them BUT never ever would I protest or fire people that disagree with me. How arrogant is that? I turn the station or turn it off. The message I heard was that transgender issues are far more important and sensitive than any others. Not so.
Their apology was stupid and screamed that it was written by some corporate heads. I don't believe they were fire because they were offensive, they always have been offensive. That is why the show was great. I think some big advertising contract threatened to walk away. So it wasn't about offending transgenders, it was only about money.
Entercom acted too fast without thinking. They lost a #1 morning show, they lost listeners and will never EVER get any of that back. If they kept them, they would of a lost a bit at first but slowly built it back up.
Kimberley and Beck spew hateful garbage on-air and get canned; Lonsberry posts the virtually identical screed on his company's website (as well as his own), pulls it after sober second thoughts and gets a free pass.
Here's the proposed playbook: Lonsberry plays nice - contrite actually - for a while until the flap blows over, then it's back to business as usual. That's been his M.O. for years and slack-jawed groupies buy into it... exactly as everyone did over his 'sensitivity training' and subsequent public apology to former Mayor Bill Johnson. His smirk spoke volumes of insincerity (how does one 'prove' insincerity anyway?) so Lonsberry skips merrily along having met the requirements to hold onto his job.
So why pull the blog unless there was something about it that could get 'someone' in trouble? Smells like guilt to me, but like a proverbial Eddie Haskell sucking up to curry favor, Lonsberry breaks out the smooth-talk and the gullible buy into it as they've always done. He's still on the air, isn't he? I'd say that's a clear sign of approval from the local community.
Debra JM Smith's plaintive hand-wringing over people losing their jobs due to chronic obnoxiousness (or in Lonsberry's case, master baiting) is pathetic. The First Amendment does *not* guarantee a mic and broadcasting rights using the public's ('possessive') airwaves. Presumably, the Rochester community would balk at a White Power Hour talk show and justifiably so. If community standards are to be respected, then that implies lines that won't be crossed... and pink slips issued to those who *do* cross those lines.
It obviously wouldn't be the first time Lonsberry has been canned and *this* time, the public needs to ensure his feeble mea culpa falls on deaf ears.
An alternative headline could be Worse odds for non-offenders.
I won't make a right on red if I know that a red-light camera is watching me. I don't trust the cameras enough. Even if the car behind me is honking, I still won't do it. Also, I don't think I'd even make an exception for an emergency vehicle behind me with sirens and lights going. That's how much I don't want a ticket.
It is correct that Rochester's red-Light program is deeply flawed. City council will probably still vote to continue this super-easy method of revenue generation. The RPD is getting ever more costly to fund; especially pensions.
It would be nice if the cameras were turned off and eventually removed. However, the fiscal realities are such that many think an expansion of this program is justified. The cameras supposedly are keeping us safer, yet the evidence isn't there. Rear-end accidents have actually increased.
Police have a duty to enforce laws. However, with so much talk about how fees are unfairly burdening the poor, wouldn't not extending the city's contract with Redflex be a step in the right direction?
I do have an issue with these red light cameras because they are not 100% accurate. I recently receive a ticket in the mail for a so called " failure to stop at a red light violation."
1):Making a legal right turn after a complete stop at a red light does not constitute you receiving a ticket from the city of Rochester Red light program. In my opinion that an illegal action made by the city and unconstitutional.
This wasn't an "attack on policy," as some have put it.
It was a full-on bashing of transsexual people all over the world. It was 12 minutes of puns, name-calling and hackneyed Aerosmith songs played as a joke and a weapon. This apology is bull.
You said "Most people have no ill feeling with anyone choosing to be a Transgender, but, it is a choice,"
In fact, recent science has shown that it is biologically determined. Just as some children are born with ambiguous genitals (the medical term is "intersex," similar to the archaic "hermaphrodite" but more general; e.g. a person might have a typically female external anatomy but XY chromosomes, etc...), about an equal number are born with brain structure and chemistry that do not match their physical sex. We know this from MRI scans and dissecting the brains of cadavers. Further, identical twins separated at birth show a VERY strong genetic connection; if one twin is transgender, the other twin is HUNDREDS of times more likely to also be transgender than if it were caused by the environment or other random factors. (~1/3-4 vs. ~1:1000-2000)
It's true that whether or not to physically TRANSITION is a choice, but the pros and cons are totally different for transgender people than they would be for anyone else.
I wish them well in their new careers outside broadcast radio. I hope they find something more suitable to their extraordinary talents.
"We believe that this can be a chance for all of us to stop the ignorance.."
It's been stopped, for now.
Given their "apology", perhaps advertising, or writing fiction might be more in their line. Or flipping burgers, it's all good. Walmart associates for 10 hours a week perhaps. I'm sure they'll find something.
This is obviously a statement issued by the PR Dept. of the radio station in an attempt to clean the station's name from the mess these two hosts got it into, avoid any potential legal action against them and of course prevent sponsors from ending their contracts with it. Ignorants are ignorants, they don't become aware and/or sensitive to people's issues from night to day. Sad.
How soon before WHAM announces K&B will join their roster of radio idiots like Lonsberry et al.? It's fascinating to wonder who listens to these paid bigots posing as "entertainers" or, in Lonsberry's case, "pundit". The fact that these clowns make money for their owners says something as well about their audience.
Too little too late. If they had put 6 seconds of thought into what they were going to say before they went on a 12-minute diatribe, they might still have their jobs and no need to apologize. Saying something unkind is easy. Saying something nice is hard.
This is about much, much more than 12 minutes of regrettable radio chatter. Let's not forget about the advertisers. I know what they're thinking now. But, what on earth were they thinking then?
It does not surprise me that the two hosts have apologized and are now blaming themselves. They have bills to pay and families to feed, and few people are strong enough to stand firm when their livelihoods are on the line. --Forcing people to comply by way of taking away their livelihoods is very cruel.
Even if they did not a single word of it is sincere, it is a blatently obvious attempt to save some face and preserve some scrap of dignity.
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