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Jay “The Man of a Thousand Lies” Severin Is Fired By Boston Radio Station

Finally Silenced!

The obnoxious liar is dead! Long live the liar!

Radio listeners in greater Boston were rewarded today with the news that racist, lying right wing talk radio host Jay Severin has been fired. Jay Severin was a long-time conservative talk show host who’s program aired on a Boston, MA radio station, known to progressives as WKKK. Severin’s show however, was indefinitely suspended by the station on March 30th as the result of the overwhelmingly negative response to his recent misogynistic on-air rantings about workplace sexual harassment.

While defending American Apparel executive Dov Charney, who is being sued by many of his former female employees for sexual harassment, Severin referred to the female plaintiffs as “whores” and “liars”. He then went on to boast about his personal sexual conquests in the workplace. He said that when he owned his own company, he hired “mostly attractive young women” and had sex with nearly all of them. He went on to say,

“I slept with virtually every young college girl I hired to be an intern or an employee for my firm. All I was, was a young man who was the boss and I did it because I could. Those girls that got to sleep with me got to know their boss better, they got to go on trips, they got to travel in some cases to various parts of the world, to see things and meet people that they never would have seen or done…These were not whores. These were Ivy League graduates, young women or interns from Ivy League institutions who were interested in politics and government. We’d have drinks together at the end of the day and we’d spend the night together. I should feel badly about that?”

How’s that for reasoned radio conversation. As a lifelong Bostonian who has listened to many many Severin broadcasts over the years, I must admit that there was rarely a time when I did not feel as if I needed an immediate germ-killing shower immediately thereafter.

As mentioned in last Saturday’s post, this was certainly not the first time that Severin has “crossed the line” on air. He was suspended for a month by the same station in 2009 after having referred to Mexicans as “primitives” and “leading exporters of VD and swine flu”. He also has a history of blatantly lying in an attempt to bolster his own credentials. For example, he lied about having received a master’s degree from Boston University and also about receiving a Pulitzer Prize. For a more in depth look at how Severin also lies about his lying, please read this wonderful column by The Boston Globe‘s Scot Lehigh here.

This description of his possibly illegal sexual indiscretions however, was the final straw for his employer. Jay Severin was fired today. His station’s owner released this statement:

“Greater Media today ended its relationship with Jay Severin. Our company has always encouraged a free and open dialogue on a variety of issues and topics, and we will continue to be guided by that principle. But we also demand that our on-air talent maintain an appropriate level of civility, and adhere to a standard that respects our listeners and the public at large.”

Jay Severin’s firing is not the only good news for progressives however. it was also announced today that Glenn Beck is losing his television show on Fox News. That however, is a story for a later posting. Until then let’s just bask in the warm cuddly feelings caused by the termination of these two misinforming miscreants.

Don’t forget to check out my WRKO Radio blog at www.wrko.com/blog/kevin also, too!

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

That’s Amore song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69O4PXzAQ5Y

YOU’RE SO BORING (THE ODE TO RADIO’S JAY SEVERIN)

(sung to the Dean Martin song “That’s Amoré”)

In Old Beantown on the air-waves
When ratings fall here’s what they say

When the shit hits the fan and they give you the can
You’re so boring
When you become racist and then cease to exist
You’re so boring
Phones don’t ring ding-a-ling-a-ling, ding-a-ling-a-ling
And you’re no happy fella
Listeners cheer have another beer, have another beer
Like a gay acappella

When you are such a fool that your words incite drool
That’s abhorring
When the “Best and the Brightest” are the dumb and the whitest
You’re alone
When you’re name’s Severino but you drop the letter “O”
That’s deceiving
Scuzza me, but you see, you’ve no masters degree
That’s abhorring

(When the shit hits the fan and they give you the can
That’s abhorring) That’s abhorring
(When you become racist and then cease to exist
That’s abhorring) That’s abhorring
(Phones don’t ring ding-a-ling-a-ling, ding-a-ling-a-ling
And you’re no happy fella) Happy fel Happy fella
(Listeners cheer have another beer, have another beer
Like a gay acappella) Sorry fella

When your mouth’s spouting lies of a Pulitzer Prize
That’s abhorring (That’s abhorring)
When you no longer play on W-K-K-K
That’s real love
When you’re talking the talk but have nowhere to walk
Cuz you’re boring
Scuzza me, racist pig, but we hardly knew ye
You’re so boring, (So boring)
You’re so boring

Boston Shock-Jock Jay Severin May Have Finally “Screwed” Himself Out Of A Job

Would you have sex with this man?

Tick, tick, tick… (waiting for the bomb to explode), or thud… (waiting for the other shoe to drop). The anticipation is overwhelming. Will Boston radio’s most racist, hate infused, name changing (his birth name is James Severino), pedigree embellishing (he falsely boasted on air to taking a master’s degree at Boston University and to having been awarded a Pulitzer prize), and obnoxious shock jock finally be fired by his employer station?

Jay Severin is a reich-wing conservative talk show host who’s program airs on a Boston, MA radio station, known to us progressives as WKKK. Severin’s show however, was indefinitely suspended by the station on March 30th as the result of the overwhelmingly negative response to his recent misogynistic on-air rantings about workplace sexual harassment. This was certainly not the first time that Severin has “crossed the line” on air. He was suspended for a month by the same station in 2009 after having referred to Mexicans as “primitives” and “leading exporters of VD and swine flu”.  When coupled however,  with his recent decline in ratings from 3rd place to 16th place in the coveted age 25 to 54 age bracket, this suspension may have sounded the death knell for his show.

Severin’s most recent suspension came about while he was defending American Apparel executive Dov Charney, who is being sued by many of his former female employees for sexual harassment. First, he referred to the female plaintiffs as “whores” and “liars”. Severin then went on to boast about his personal sexual conquests in the workplace. He said that when he owned his own company, he hired “mostly attractive young women” and had sex with nearly all of them. He went on to say, “I slept with virtually every young college girl I hired to be an intern or an employee for my firm. All I was, was a young man who was the boss and I did it because I could.”

All New England progressives within earshot of Jay Severin are hoping that this latest transgression will end his career on Boston radio.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Nowhere Man song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvLj72apGLI

RADIO MAN

(sung to the The Beatles song “Nowhere Man”)

Jay’s a real radio man
Member of the Ku Klux Klan
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody

Has a sexist point of view
Changed his name to Severin too
Hasn’t got a friggin’ clue, does he?

Radio man please listen
We laugh so hard we’re pissin’
Radio man, open your mouth and get canned

(nooner break)

He’s blind like the G.O.P.
Just sees what a racist sees
Radio man you can’t see me at all?

Radio man we’re sorry
We don’t buy your story
We can’t wait till somebody else
Relieves your command

Has a sexist point of view
Changed his name to Severin too
Hasn’t got a friggin’ clue, does he?

Radio man just face it
You’ve little time, don’t waste it
Radio man, we cannot wait till you’re banned

Jay’s a real radio man
Member of the Ku Klux Klan
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody

Sunday Morning Coffee (or Tea) – 59

Just a few newsworthy events (and comments thereon) that have been making their way through the political universe this past week. Please ponder and maybe chuckle a bit before enjoying a wonderful day!

BREAKING NEWS: Another example of right-wing talk radio gone whacko took place in Boston this week. Jay Severin hosts a program which airs on a Boston, MA radio station, known to  progressives as WKKK. Severin, (who changed his name from James Severino a number of years back, presumably to avoid any ethnic stereotyping) is a cowardly conservative host who has embellished his academic credentials and falsely claimed that he was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize. He is, in essence, a light-weight Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh. He was suspended by his station about a year ago as the result of vicious racist comments made against Mexicans. This week Severin also joined the ranks of conspiracy theorists. He claims that the unidentified plume which appeared off the California coast this week was actually a Chinese warning missile aimed at the U.S. because of that nation’s distaste for President Obama. He must have obtained his information from some classified documents provided by Christine O’Donnell.

THIS JUST IN: This week’s episode of “Best Quote Of The Week” stars MSNBC‘s Keith Olbermann, who said of his campaign contribution suspension, “And then suddenly I’m fundraising for them passively or aggressively and we’re accidentally Fox.” Short, sweet and so true.

BREAKING NEWS: Ya gotta love Democratic Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado who one-upped the Republicans this week. Bennett said that Democrats will revisit health care reform also, too, particularly to ensure affordable premiums. He and the Democrats want to make a “good” law “better”.

THIS JUST IN: This week’s episode of “Money Not Wisely Spent” co-stars Teapublican losers Sharron “No Alcohol” Angle and Linda “Steroid Queen” McMahon. In the end their losing campaigns led the nation in the category of dollars spent per vote received. Each of them spent $ 97.00 for each of their losing votes. Apparently money cannot buy everything.

BREAKING NEWS: Teapublican nut-job Rand Paul has not even been seated in the Senate yet and he has already started a civil war amongst his supporters which is likely to cost him his seat in the next election. First, he stabbed his Tea-Bagging supporters in the back when he reversed his campaign pledge against voting in favor of earmarks. Paul now says that he will fight for every dollar available to his state of Kentucky. Next, Paul alienated his Republican supporters by advocating reductions in defense spending. Rand Paul, Kentucky’s next one term Senator.

THIS JUST IN: This week’s episode of “Stating The Obvious” features Sarah Palin. The former ex-quitting half-term Governor of Alaska has predicted that she will face harsh personal criticism in the aftermath of the mid-term elections as pressure continues to build against her probable bid for the 2012 Republican Presidential and Cookie-Baker in Chief nomination.

BREAKING NEWS: Republican Representative Joe Barton declared this week that repealing the newly enacted Health Care Reform law is his “Alomo”. Does the Texan realize that we lost the Battle of the Alomo, or has he been reading those revised Texas school text books again?

THIS JUST IN: This week’s episode of “Republicans Who Get It” features moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine. She told the Kennebec Times that she blames Sarah Palin for costing the GOP Senate seats — and she thinks Palin would rather be a “celebrity commentator” than run for president and govern. Here’s hoping that Collins will soon do the right thing and switch parties?

BREAKING NEWS: In light of all of his admissions about authorizing torture, is it likely that major bookstores will display former President George W. Bush‘s memoir Decision Points in the “True Crime” section?

THIS JUST IN: This week’s episode of “How To Lose Your Job On Fox News” features Mort Kondracke. This week, the Fox contributor called Teapublican Rep. Michelle “Moonbat Crazy” Bachmann a “loudmouth”. His days at Fox are now numbered.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

The Flintstones television theme song link: http://www.televisiontunes.com/Flintstones.html

BACHMANN

(sung to the television theme song “The Flinstones”)

Bachmann. Michele Bachman
A Congresswoman that is bat crazy
She and Sarah Palin
Driving voters from the G.O.P.

She can’t form a sentence that’s complete
Now she’s targeted for big defeat

When you’re Michele Bachmann
You’re just living off the state dime
Endorsing hate crimes
Exposed during prime time

Bachmann. Michele Bachman
Hates Blacks, children and those that are gay
She is clearly brain dead
Can’t seem to get out of her own way

She talks right through the rain, snow and sleet
Every single thought is incomplete

When you’re Michele Bachmann
You’re just living off the state dime
Endorsing hate crimes
Exposed during prime time

Exposed during prime time

Boston Talk Jock, Severin Supports Afghan Nuclear Armageddon

What with all of the recent talk on Fox News and right wing radio outlets about how there is no racism on the right, Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off would like to introduce you to Boston’s very own Jay Severin.

Jay Severin is a reich-wing conservative talk show host who’s program airs on a Boston, MA radio station, known to  progressives as WKKK. Severin, (who changed his name from James Severino a number of years back, presumably to avoid any ethnic stereotyping) is a cowardly conservative host who has embellished his academic credentials and falsely claimed that he was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize. He is, in essence, a light-weight Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh. He was suspended by his station about a year ago as the result of vicious racist comments made against Mexicans. For those of you that would like a little taste of what Jay Severin serves up on air on a daily basis, please have a look see at this:

Severin’s most recent outrageous comments were exposed by The Boston Globe this week. Columnist Scott Lehigh provides Severin’s words as follows:

I’ll tell you what I do want to turn on the television and see — I mean, I don’t want to, but as an alternative, what’s acceptable to me and preferable to me — is to see a mushroom cloud. I want to see it over the regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan where we believe the Al Qaeda are hiding, training, and organizing. What am I advocating here? No more nor less than what the United States of America did in Japan.

Lehigh continues by describing a disapproving caller who promptly pressed for particulars: “So . . . if you were the president and you had intelligence that there were five Al Qaeda operatives in a particular house in a particular city, you would wipe out the entire city?’’

“Yesterday,’’ replied Severin, soon following up that decisive response with a query he obviously considers trump: “If we weren’t going to use these bombs, why did we build them?’’

Lehigh wrote that someone should educate Severin that we were at war with Japan when we dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but though we are fighting in Afghanistan, we are not at war with the government of either that nation or Pakistan. In fact, in answer to Severin’s query about nuclear weapons, someone should have explained the complicated Cold War concept of nuclear deterrence.

As further evidence of Severin’s disconnect with reality, Lehigh wrote, “His (Severin’s) reply to a recent question about the Russian spy ring. After fretting about other spies and subversives who may be operating here, Jay concluded: “If it came out that Teddy Kennedy was one of them, I wouldn’t be shocked. If it comes out that Barack Obama is one of them, I will have been right.’’

He refers to his loyal listeners as “the best and the brightest”. It would be more appropriate to call them the “deaf and the sightless”. So don’t fret America, you are not alone. Even deep Blue Boston is subjected to local radio right wing morons.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody.

That’s Amore song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69O4PXzAQ5Y

YOU’RE SO BORING (THE ODE TO RADIO’S JAY SEVERIN)

(sung to the Dean Martin song “That’s Amoré”)

In Old Beantown on the air-waves
When ratings fall here’s what they say

When the shit hits the fan and they give you the can
You’re so boring
When you become racist and then cease to exist
You’re so boring
Phones don’t ring ding-a-ling-a-ling, ding-a-ling-a-ling
And you’re no happy fella
Listeners cheer have another beer, have another beer
Like a gay acappella

When you are such a fool that your words incite drool
That’s abhorring
When the “Best and the Brightest” are the dumb and the whitest
You’re alone
When you’re name’s Severino but you drop the letter “O”
That’s deceiving
Scuzza me, but you see, you’ve no masters degree
That’s abhorring

(When the shit hits the fan and they give you the can
That’s abhorring) That’s abhorring
(When you become racist and then cease to exist
That’s abhorring) That’s abhorring
(Phones don’t ring ding-a-ling-a-ling, ding-a-ling-a-ling
And you’re no happy fella) Happy fel Happy fella
(Listeners cheer have another beer, have another beer
Like a gay acappella) Sorry fella

When your mouth’s spouting lies of a Pulitzer Prize
That’s abhorring (That’s abhorring)
When you no longer play on W-K-K-K
That’s real love
When you’re talking the talk but have nowhere to walk
Cuz you’re boring
Scuzza me, racist pig, but we hardly knew ye
You’re so boring, (So boring)
You’re so boring

Rush Limbaugh’s Holiday Death Squads

The Twelve Days of Christmas Song Parodies continues…

Rush Limbaugh and right-wing hate radio are inciting a new wave of holiday season violence this year. Bloomberg reports that the Chief Diversity Officer of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (the FCC) has received death threats resulting from on-air and website criticism by Limbaugh. The FCC officer is Mark Lloyd and Limbaugh has said that he is planning to bring back the “fairness doctrine” to broadcast media through a “backdoor route”. The doctrine, which required broadcasters to air opposing political views was rescinded in 1987. Lloyd said, “The right-wing smear campaign has been, in a word, incredible, generating hate mail and death threats.” Lloyd also said he didn’t have a count of the death threats, which  came by e-mail, letter and telephone calls. The threats were referred to FCC security workers.

In a telephone interview with Glenn Beck on Fox News Channel, Limbaugh said, “The things he’s talking about doing to shut down radio are simply un-American. It’s not enough to say that it’s not constitutional.” Of the death threats to Lloyd, Limbaugh sympathetically said, “I know that guy doesn’t get near the amount of death threats that I do.”

Lloyd maintains that Limbaugh and other right-wing pundits distort the facts and misinform their audience. He says that his plans for the FCC are to develop a national plan to increase use of high-speed Internet, which is due to be addressed by Congress in February. He went on to say, “I am not at the FCC to restore the fairness doctrine through the front door or the back door, or to carry out a secret plot funded by George Soros to get rid of Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck or any other conservative talk show host.”

If Limbaugh, Beck, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham, Bill OReilly and Boston’s Jay Severin and Michael Graham do not temper their on-air hate filled rhetoric, they will all have blood on their hands when someone is maimed or killed by an impressionable member of their audience. That then might become exactly the impetus to re-institute the “fairness doctrine”. If that happens, the right-wing Bloviators in Chief will have nobody to blame but themselves.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s holiday song parody.

Hark The Herald Angels Sing song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbdvo019mgM

HARK, THE DITTO-HEADS DO SING

(sung to the Amy Grant version of “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”)

Hark, the ditto-heads do sing
“Glory to Limbaugh our King!”
On the left he is reviled
Cuz he behaves like a child
On those islands where he flies
With Viagra he does rise
His tired old act is just a game
Intended to bring him fame
Hark, the ditto-heads do sing
“Glory to Limbaugh our King!”

When Rush speaks he only lies
Unlike Beck he does not cry
Rush has an expansive girth
He is shaped like planet earth
Former wives have numbered three
He prefers his Oxy-C
Right-wing drivel he does sell
From his brainless empty shell
Hark, the ditto-heads do sing
“Glory to Limbaugh our King!”

(musical interlude)

He calls his show the E.I.B.
It’s all about me, me, me
Of his fame, he often sings
While taking credit for all things
Yet, by most he is ignored
Like a little mouse that roared
With nothing beneath his dome
He emits a rabid foam
Hark, the ditto-heads do sing
“Glory to Limbaugh our King!”

Boston Radio’s Jay Severin(o) – “Snide and Prejudice”

Radio host Jay Severin(o) standing in his yard.

Radio host Jay Severin(o) standing in his yard.

After having been banned from the airwaves for a month following his racist on-air remarks, Boston radio host James Severino (a/k/a Jay Severin) is back to his old tricks. This dishonest and cowardly reich-wing pundit plies his trade on the Boston, MA based conservative radio station affectionately referred to by many listeners as, WKKK.

Yesterday, Severin, (who changed his name from James Severino a number of years back, presumably to avoid any ethnic stereotyping) devoted his afternoon show to discussion of this week’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision in the case of  Ricci v. DeStefano which involved a reverse discrimination claim. In that case, a number of white (and one Hispanic) Connecticut firefighters challenged a city decision to ignore promotional testing results because minority firefighters failed to score high enough to gain promotion. The city contended that Title VII’s prohibition against hiring practices which have a disproportionately negative impact on members of a certain racial group might trigger a lawsuit by minorities against the city if promotions were granted only to members not from that racial group.

At trial, the U.S. District Court found in favor of the city. On appeal to the U.S. Appeals Court (on which Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor sat), the lower court decision was upheld. On final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court however, the lower court decisions were reversed by a narrow 5 -4 decision.

Severino chose to characterize the decision as an outright denunciation of Sotomayor. Of course, his arguments as usual , were replete with inaccuracies, lies and subjectivity. For example, nearly every sentence that he uttered contained the untruth that over 80% of Sotomayor’s Appeals Court decisions were overturned on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. He seems to have come up with that figure by simply parroting a disproved statement made by comedian Rush Limbaugh. The actual percentage of overturned decisions is 66.66%.  Six decisions in which she joined the majority of the Appeals Court were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court and of those, four were overturned.

Severino failed to explain however that the Supreme Court chooses to hear argument on only approximately 1% of the cases appealed to it. There is no absolute right to have appeals heard by that court. Additionally, the court itself chooses to hear appeals of those cases wherein there is a disagreement amongst Supreme Court justices. Once a case is selected to be heard, approximately 75% of those cases are overturned.

Severino’s on-air argument was that Sotomayor is unqualified to serve as a Supreme Court justice because 80% of her Appeals Court decisions which were selected to be heard by the Supreme Court, were overturned. His succinct argument was that anyone that performs his/her job incorrectly 80% of the time does not deserve to hold that job, let alone be promoted.

Problem is, as noted above, the Supreme Court overturns 75% of the decisions before it and Sotomayor had only 60% overturned. Consequently, her decisions are overturned on average less than all cases heard by said court. Additionally, and far more astonishingly however, Severino did not call into question Justice Samuel Alito’s qualifications to serve on the court. You see, a full 100% of Alito’s Appeals Court decisions were overturned by the Supreme Court. Alito, however is a sacred cow to those like Severino because of his conservative leaning decisions.

When confronted on-air with those facts by a caller to the show, Severino took his customary cowardly approach. Rather than try to defend his position with actual facts, he hung up on the caller and carried on with his factually incorrect diatribe to his biased audience’s delight. Severino refers to his audience as, “The Best and the Brightest.” In reality, they are more like, “The Deaf and the Sightless.”

Please click on the song link below to have more fun singing along.

Nowhere Man song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvLj72apGLI

RADIO MAN

(sung to the The Beatles song “Nowhere Man”)

Jay’s a real radio man
Member of the Ku Klux Klan
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody

Has a racist point of view
Changed his name to Severin too
Hasn’t got a friggin’ clue, does he?

Radio man please listen
We laugh so hard we’re pissin’
Radio man, open your mouth and get canned

(lead guitar)

He’s blind like the G.O.P.
Just sees what a racist sees
Radio man you can’t see me at all?

Radio man we’re sorry
We don’t buy your story
We can’t wait till somebody else
Relieves your command

Has a racist point of view
Changed his name to Severin too
Hasn’t got a friggin’ clue, does he?

Radio man just face it
You’ve little time, don’t waste it
Radio man, we cannot wait till your banned

Jay’s a real radio man
Member of the Ku Klux Klan
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody

Jay, (We Wish We Could Say) We Hardly Knew Ye (Talk Jock Jay Severin Update)

WKKK's Jay Severin

WKKK's Jay Severin

Tick, tick, tick… (waiting for the bomb to explode), or thud… (waiting for the other shoe to drop). The anticipation was overwhelming. Would Boston radio’s most racist, hate infused, name changing (his birth name is James Severino), pedigree embellishing (he falsely boasted on air to taking a master’s degree at Boston University and to having been awarded a Pulitzer prize), and obnoxious shock jock finally be fired by his employer station?

For those of you that have not read the May 19th and May 25th articles on this site (and by the way, why haven’t you?), Jay Severin is a reich-wing conservative talk show host who’s program aired on a Boston, MA radio station, known to us progressives as WKKK. Severin’s show however, was suspended by the station on April 30th as the result of the overwhelmingly negative response from both listeners and advertisers to his recent racist and hateful diatribe against Mexicans. That was certainly not the first time that Severin has “crossed the line” on air, but when coupled with his recent decline in ratings from 3rd place to 15th place in the coveted age 25 to 54 age bracket, it could have sounded his death knell.

It has now been more than a month since the inception of his suspension and we hoped that it would become permanent by means of his termination from the station (and hopefully from all of the Boston air waves). It should be noted however, that some ill-informed critics of the suspension continue to decry the suspension as a violation of Severin’s First Amendment right to free speech. Much like the amateur Constitutional Law experts that found fault with the criticisms recently levied against Ms. California, they fail to understand the protections granted by said amendment.

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America protects citizens from governmental prohibition of free speech (except in rare circumstances that are not relevant to this article). Despite Severin’s suspension  by his radio station employer, he has, in no way, been prevented by the government from expressing himself. The First Amendment guarantees that Severin could go right on spewing his hate filled invectives whenever he pleases to do so. For instance, he could set up a soap box on the Boston Common and talk all he wants, or he could continue to publish his blog on the internets tubes, and he even has the right to establish his own radio station should he choose to do so.

The First Amendment does not however, entitle Severin to employment and compensation for his views from an unwilling private employer.  It is humorous when one considers that it is the right wing radio nuts that pretend to fear the re-institution of the broadcast “Fairness Doctrine”, yet they are the ones that protest the loudest when one of their own is silenced, not at the behest of the government, but rather, by the capitalist, private sector, profit driven, radio station owners. Some folks simply cannot be pleased when the non-regulated profit driven media works its magic.

For those of you that would like a little taste of what Jay Severin serves up on air on a daily basis, please listen to this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh3dR5QxB5U&feature=fvsr

But alas, our hopes have been dashed. Today’s Boston Globe and Boston Herald Republican report that WKKK has ended the suspension and Severino will return to the air on Tuesday,  June 2, 2009. His return, however, is contingent upon his toning down the on-air intolerant rhetoric. We can only hope that such a condition will be too difficult for Severino to live up to.

Also, too (ha ha ha, funny Sarah Palin reference), if any readers could provide us with some insight about their local right wing radio air-heads, please do so in the Comment section to this post.

And for those that like a good song parody, here you go…


That’s Amore song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69O4PXzAQ5Y

YOU’RE SO BORING (THE ODE TO RADIO’S JAY SEVERIN)

(sung to the Dean Martin song “That’s Amoré”)

In Old Beantown on the air-waves
When ratings fall here’s what they say

When the shit hits the fan and they give you the can
You’re so boring
When you become racist and then cease to exist
You’re so boring
Phones don’t ring ding-a-ling-a-ling, ding-a-ling-a-ling
And you’re no happy fella
Listeners cheer have another beer, have another beer
Like a gay acappella

When you are such a fool that your words incite drool
That’s abhorring
When the “Best and the Brightest” are the dumb and the whitest
You’re alone
When you’re name’s Severino but you drop the letter “O”
That’s deceiving
Scuzza me, but you see, you’ve no masters degree
That’s abhorring

(When the shit hits the fan and they give you the can
That’s abhorring) That’s abhorring
(When you become racist and then cease to exist
That’s abhorring) That’s abhorring
(Phones don’t ring ding-a-ling-a-ling, ding-a-ling-a-ling
And you’re no happy fella) Happy fel Happy fella
(Listeners cheer have another beer, have another beer
Like a gay acappella) Sorry fella

When your mouth’s spouting lies of a Pulitzer Prize
That’s abhorring (That’s abhorring)
When you no longer play on W-K-K-K
That’s real love
When you’re talking the talk but have nowhere to walk
Cuz you’re boring
Scuzza me, racist pig, but we hardly knew ye
You’re so boring, (So boring)
You’re so boring

Boston Shock Jock Jay Severin – Update

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This is an update to an article posted on May 19, 2009 on this blog.

A major radio station in the Boston Metropolitan Area, known to progressives as WKKK suspended afternoon drive-time host Jay Severin on April 30, 2009 as the result of hateful on-air commentary (See, Lynnrocket’s article posted on 5/19/09 for an audio clip of his vitriolic diatribe). His brand of psycho-babble makes one wonder what he thinks of the inscription on the Statue of Liberty which reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” etc. Despite assertions by Severin’s attorney, George Tobia that the shock jock would return to the airwaves in a short period of time, he remains on suspension after the passage of nearly a month.

The Boston Globe reports today that the suspension may evolve into a firing as the result of a boycott of the show’s advertisers and a recent ratings slide from third place to fourteenth place in the all-important age range of 25 to 54. http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2009/05/25/cultural_financial_storm_blowing_against_severin/

If such is the case, we say, “Bravo” to the activist boycotters and receptive advertisers and , “Good Riddance” to James Severino. As we like to say in Boston, “Jay, we hardly knew ye.”

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