At least that’s what I choose to read in this headline. Go yanbkees!
I can’t find a more appropriate place for this so it’s going here because this is the first thread of election day.
(And for those of you unfamilar with this show, these two guys are a couple of real turds.)
From the Boston Globe
Mass. radio hosts joke that election postponed
November 4, 2008
BOSTON –A spokesman for Secretary of State William Galvin said he warned two radio show hosts to “knock it off” after they told listeners the election had been postponed and Democrats should vote Wednesday.
Brian McNiff said in his e-mail to Gerry Callahan and John Dennis of WEEI-AM that they were doing a disservice to voters. The hosts prefer Republican John McCain over Democrat Barack Obama.
He cited state law against interfering in elections.
McNiff said his agency’s election division got several complaints about the comments, which were made during the Dennis & Callahan morning show Tuesday. One listener said his father-in-law believed the elections were postponed, and called him because he was so upset.
Calls to Dennis, Callahan and the station’s programming director were not immediately returned Tuesday.
I think that if a person is susceptible enough to believe the United States government has started to segregate the voting rights of the two parties into different days of the week, perhaps the actual intelligence of that person should be taken into account when deciding if one should [be allowed] vote at all.
Maybe they should have just changed it to “women on monday, men on tuesday” to make sure nobody fell for it?
Or, maybe their just confident that a large segment of the population who is voting this time around might not be fully aware of the way the process works, and really just wanna vote because P-Diddy told them to.:)
But yes, I agree on the “turds” description, IBM. It’s my least favorite segment of EEI on any given day, which really says a LOT! ha.
Thanks for posting this, IBM. This one really rankles me. To make use public airwaves to make such a declaration is an atrocity approaching the highest accord. I honestly would want those hosts to be prosecuted depending on what was actually declared on air. At the very least, the station should be brought under the most intense scrutiny that can be afforded by the Federal Communications Commission. I am not joking about this in any way.
Brad, I’ll give you the benefit of your humor in comment to a point, but at least from my (not small) experience in broadcast, there are certain things you just don’t fuck with. There is an expectation that broadcasters will maintain integrity when attempting to disseminate information that can have significant impact on the public’s well-being and safety. This is just foul.
This stuff is EXTREMELY illegal. Here in VA there have been a lot of phone calls telling people that the polls will be open tomorrow as well, which is completely untrue.
Also illegal: the Starbucks offer of free coffee to anyone who voted. It’s illegal to try to give people incentives to vote. I saw one girl today who said “I was thinking about not voting because I don’t care, but when I saw businesses offering free stuff I did vote.” I wanted to scream at her. You should vote because it’s your civic duty, nay, privilege, to vote, not because you get a f*cking treat.
D&C have been reprimanded before … here is the Wiki description:
The station was home to a major local controversy in October 2003, when morning hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan had the following exchange about a photo of a gorilla that had escaped from the Franklin Park Zoo:
Callahan: “They caught him at a bus stop, right — he was like waiting to catch a bus out of town.”
Dennis: “Yeah, yeah — he’s a METCO gorilla.”
Callahan: “Heading out to Lexington.”
Initially, it was believed that Dennis had said the gorilla was “probably a Metco gorilla waiting for a bus to take him to Lexington” and Dennis was suspended for two days. The radio station attempted to immediately cover up the incident, claiming that recordings of the comments had been lost. However, after mounting public outrage, the two hosts were given longer suspensions, sent to multiple rounds of sensitivity training, and forced to apologize. WEEI also agreed to provide free advertising for the METCO program on the radio station.
Both the station and the hosts have tried their best to put the controversy behind them, going so far as to mute on-air callers who attempt to mention the incident. Regardless of the damage they have done to the hosts’ and station’s reputation, the comments by Dennis and Callahan have not been shown to have had any long-term negative effect on the ratings of the morning show.
Here in northern Illinois, by the way, a dairyman named Jim Oberweis is running for the seat recently held by Dennis Hastert. Oberweis gives out free ice cream on election days if you can prove you voted.
He’s a scumbag who has run for Governor and Senate (twice, once each seat) and has been summarily rejected all three times. Tonight, we’re hoping for a fourth. He already lost the special election for the seat in March when Denny bailed out early.
Hosts, how’s about we start an election thread?
Yeah! An election gamer!
Good idea.. done.
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