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Bushfire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-02-04 04:14 AM
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Latest Belling slur "wetback", yet he stays employed...
Belling apologizes, in his own way, for use of term

Talk show host made reference to 'wetback' voters

By TIM CUPRISIN
tcuprisin@journalsentinel.com
Posted: Nov. 1, 2004

Complaining last week about illegal immigrants voting in the presidential election, WISN-AM (1130) talk radio host Mark Belling described them as "wetbacks," an offensive term for illegal Mexican immigrants.

Belling apologized on the air Monday, admitting the term was "derogatory." But he couched his apology in sarcasm and bluster, later polling listeners on whether he should have apologized and saying he "should have used a different mean term."

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WISN program director Jerry Bott said Monday, "Mark apologized for his original comment, and we stand by him in that and support him in that."

Trusting hosts' judgment

In describing the guidelines for the language that WISN on-air personalities can use, Bott said, "We trust our hosts to be professional, to use good judgment and discretion, and to always protect our license to broadcast."

more...

http://www.jsonline.com/enter/tvradio/nov04/271596.asp

can the GOP get any more obvious of their hatred to minorities?
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MSgt213 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-02-04 04:17 AM
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1. I don't know what else they can do to improve. These are the same people
who would be damn near crying if someone called Bush an "idiot".
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-02-04 07:22 AM
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2. Belling is a rascist piece of shit
taking a poll of other rascist POS's on whether he should have apologized?

What an Asshole...

RL
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theshadow Donating Member (618 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-02-04 03:10 PM
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3. As long as his ratings are okay....
.... he can say just about anything he wants, as far as his owners are concerned. The same is true for his clones at WTMJ. He's a crude, vulgar person, and wears it like a symbol of pride.
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LibbyLou Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-03-04 01:06 PM
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5. wouldn't a sinclair type boycott effort
be effective?
even if its not his listeners doing the boyctting, wouldnt hte press continue over this racist remark?
Ya think?
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theshadow Donating Member (618 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-06-04 10:43 PM
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7. It seems to be...
... judging from this morning's Journal-Sentinel, which said he's lost a couple of sponsors. Unfortunately, I think the worst that will happen is he might be forced to give an unqualified (this time) apology and possibly suffer a short suspension by Clear Channel to take the heat off. I don't for a minute think CC will fire him. He'll come back, and nothing will change, including his ratings, because his audience doesn't care and isn't minority. Sick sick sick. I long ago focused my AM radio on WGN, Chicago, which has managed to make a lot of money and attract a huge audience without a single obnoxious personality on its payroll... and you'll learn more listening to Extension 720 (weeknights at 9PM) for a couple of hours than Belling, Sykes, and Wagner for a month.
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54anickel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-02-04 08:48 PM
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4. Is he still around? Sheesh I always hated that guy. Used to catch his
little TV chat show while channel surfing once in a while. I thought he was long gone, but I've been out of the local radio/TV talk shows for quite a while now.
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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-06-04 06:44 AM
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6. You want a national Mark Belling?
Try Michael the Savage Weiner.

That POS is on our local AM radio station late afternoons.
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