Brian Wilson's Response to the daily local's "yellow journalism."

Brian Wilson: :Yellow in black and white" opinion piece found in this weekends Toledo Free Press.

Down towards the bottom he uses a - favorite quoted line with a tagged on question;

"My friend Thomas Sowell wrote: “The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.”

Who do you want to decide? You — or Tom Troy and the bigoted Blade?"

http://www.toledofreepress.com/2011/01/28/brian-wilson-yellow-in-black-a...

I am generally impressed that the Free Press has invited all parties involved to have a say in this article. They actually had Tom Troy's letter in last weeks edition. If the journalistic shoe were on the other foot, I have serious doubts that the daily local would put a letter, unedited at that, from Wilson or Miller in the pages of their journal.

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The Toledo Blade
Article published January 17, 2011
Letter-to-the-Editor
Hosts often make offensive remarks
http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20110117/OPINION03/110119613
As a single incident, you would believe WSPD-AM radio talk-show host Brian Wilson's comment about little monkeys was misspoken (“Free, responsible speech,” editorial, Jan. 12).

However, many people are not aware of the troubling past of this type of behavior at the radio station.

WSPD shock jocks do their “Negro dialect” thing and think it's funny. They continue because they're never called on it. That behavior is called subliminal racism, a technique perfected by another talk-show host, Rush Limbaugh.

Mr. Wilson's lame apology will not stand when those who know look at the whole picture. The WSPD talk-radio hosts will be on their best behavior until the storm passes.

Calvin Buckmaster
Green Valley Drive

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Asian-American lawmakers demand Rush Limbaugh apology
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/01/asian-american_lawmakers_...
Quote from article:
"Back in the old days, Sid Caesar, for those of you old enough to remember, was called a comic genius for impersonating foreign languages that he couldn't speak," Limbaugh said. "But today the left says that was racism; it was bigotry; it was insulting. And it wasn't. It was a service."
A telephone and e-mail to Limbaugh's station operator Clear Channel Communications Inc. was not returned Thursday. Clear Channel's Premiere Radio Networks Inc. is home to Limbaugh, Jim Rome, Ryan Seacrest, Glenn Beck, Bob Costas and Sean Hannity.
An e-mail to Limbaugh's show requesting comment was also not returned.
Yee has been joined by Asian-American state and federal lawmakers who say Limbaugh's comments are inciting hate and intolerance amid a polarized atmosphere. A number of civil rights groups, including Chinese for Affirmative Action, Japanese American Citizens League and the California National Organization for Women, have joined Yee in calling on sponsors to pull advertisements from Limbaugh's program.
An online petition has been created on Yee's website."

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Seriously, do you love the Blade so much because they locked out their Unions for 9 months and starved their workers into submission?
http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/nine-month_toledo_blade_lockout_heads_to_an_end 

Or do you love the Blade because the Blade hired Jeff Heitz to tell all you union hacks that China was better than American Unions?

 

Please enlighten us. You hate WSPD becuse they call out the Blade for the hypocrites they are, but you suck Blade dick because you are a self-loathing Union hack who secretly wants the Blade to screw you too?

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

Rev. John Jones Addresses Brian Wilson Comments (revised 1-10-2011 2:45pm)
Posted Jan 10 2011 by John Jones in Awarness, Commentary with View Comments

Statement Revised 1/10/2011 @ 2:45pm

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.” He went on to say, “Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

The Greater Toledo Urban League finds it most interesting and hypocritical that Brian Wilson, host of The Afternoon Drive on WSPD Radio, would condemn Toledo Public Schools for preparing students that were unable to critically think while at the same time displaying an egregious lack of thought himself.

The characterization of the statements made by Mr. Wilson during his Friday show and republished in the Toledo Blade on Saturday, January 8th were highly offensive to any and all solid thinking people in this community. To make use of the phrase “little monkeys” in any type of comparison to our most precious citizens – our students – is completely inappropriate and considered by us to be an indefensible action.

However, we have been able to listen to the entire five minute segment since our original statement was made. The context provided from this review allows us to better understand that Mr. Wilson’s actual comments were more of an attempt to critique the system of public education and not a direct shot at our youth. Notwithstanding, statements of this manner carry a historically racial context which we find appalling, and of which we are confident that Mr. Wilson, WSPD Radio, and Clear Channel are clearly aware.

In light of this episode, we are asking:

1. that Mr. Wilson make a public apology immediately for his comments and
2. that WSPD/Clear Channel revisit it’s policy related to racially biased themes and stereotypes. We ask that they not only revisit the policy, but also republish and reinforce said policy to its fullest extent.

It is without question that our public school district has many areas in need of major improvement and change and we will continue to be vocal in advocating that every child receive a quality education in the right environment. It is in moments and instances like this that people of goodwill should be able to find common ground that will lead to the ultimate goal of a better community.

We expect a full apology from Mr. Wilson and WSPD/Clear Channel and look forward to working collectively together to make our District and this community a better place. We believe that now is the time for each of us in this community to come collectively together to forge “a new way forward” that will lead to Empowered Communities and Changed Lives.
http://www.gtul.org/news/commentary/rev-john-jones-addresses-brian-wilso...
~ John Jones is the current President/CEO of The Greater Toledo Urban League, Inc. His main goals include raising the awareness in the community and abroad of the issues faced by the inner city and disadvantaged people all over and promoting healthy and successful individuals from age 0 to 100.~

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Not to confuse facts with rhetoric Paul, but you may want to listen to both of Mr. Jones' appearances on the Wilson show since the Blade flap. In niether does he ask Brian for an apology.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

While I totally agree that the Bland's coverage is unethical I wouldn't categorize it as "yellow journalism".

Yellow journalism is journalism only intended to sell newspapers and not newsworthiness. Yellow journalism is best seen in the tabloids.

Even the Bland has admitted that what they did was unethical but I think it was done more to discredit than to sell papers.

MikeyA

Unethical and discrediting, that don't leave to many ligitmate news papers left, now does it......

"DTOM" {1776} " We The People" {1791}

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