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This article was originally about a minor incident in years past involving JC (my favorite radio personality), but I updated it to also discuss a similar incident from 2008.
UPDATE Feb 25, 2008 - JC was suspended two weeks ago, and his suspension has now been increased for two more weeks, using the lame excuse of offensive remarks. I suspect the suspension is a pretext, as contract leverage.
JC ranted about power outages, and made fun of an AmerenUE top executive. The executive is a minority. JC supposedly used a black dialect in joking about “black power” (electric power company run by a black person), and he joked about opening fire on AmerenUE from a tower. JC apologized immediately. But the station suspended JC for two weeks. Then, after JC served the suspension. the station upped the suspension to four weeks. Links to the story and audio are below, along with my speculation about what might be going on. JC’s rant was selectively edited to destroy its humor and make it sound sinister.
Emmis was laying people off at the time of JC’s suspension. Also, JC recently lost a part of his team, Jen Sparks. Hmmm. Is Emmis looking for contract leverage through this suspension?
In 2007, JC lost part of his morning show team when the station cut Jen Sparks. I can’t find a link to a news story about it. But take my word for it - Jen Sparks got cut from the show in 2007. If the cutting of Jen Sparks was financially motivated, then her cutting is consistent with my speculation that financial motives lay behind JC’s four week suspension.
JC works for Emmis Broadcasting at K-hits in St. Louis. Emmis was conducting layoffs across the nation and in St. Louis at about the time JC got suspended, a suspension that was two weeks and then was increased to four weeks. Will the suspension become a firing? And if it’s a firing, is the firing really motivated by the offensive comments, or by something else (and the comments are just the excuse)? I wonder if Emmis is looking for a way to escape from JC’s big contract.
The thing that makes me most suspicious is that Emmis upped the suspension to four weeks after JC had served two weeks. I suspect the initial suspension may have been genuine punishment for crossing the line. But I also suspect that Emmis took the opportunity to revisit their K-hits morning show contracts, hence the inflated extra suspension. I wouldn’t be surprised if Emmis is going to either fire JC and refuse to pay out his contract, or threaten to fire JC unless he makes huge contract concessions. We’ll probably never learn the whole story.
JC’s been comedically offensive a long time to a lot of people - That’s a huge part of his appeal. If JC steps in it, he can take care of fixing things, using his show. So it seems to me that JC’s station management might be using this suspension as a pretext for something contract related. JC didn’t do anything new.
NOW - let’s return to the original article I wrote long ago, about another incident where JC may have crossed the line. In the story below, JC spoke of politics using extreme language and imagery, and I wrote about it in order to balance out my rants against right wingers and their extreme language on talk radio.
Here’s my original article
My longtime favorite radio host, JC Corcoran, stepped in it and must apologize, by joking about the mass killing of his political opponents. I come down hard on Right Wing Radio for this kind of stuff, so I think to be fair I oughta say something about JC too.
I sure as hell don’t like it when my political friends commit outrageous excesses. I’m more used to my political enemies committing the excesses. For example, see Eliminationist rhetoric from right wing media figures must stop. See also My entire category of Propaganda-Media articles, where the Right Wing Media Nuts give me plenty to write about.
Our story today is about what a political “friend” of mine did recently. My political “friend” is a guy I’ve never met, a popular radio host in St. Louis named JC Corcoran. JC’s website is gone as of Feb 25, 2008. He used to have a website at jcontheline . com.
First I’ll tell you a little bit about JC and then I’ll get into the details of what happened.
A little bit of background about JC Corcoran
JC Corcoran has been around St. Louis radio for 20 years. He currently has a morning show in St. Louis on K-hits, with sometimes edgy material.
JC is somewhat of a civil libertarian, and we appear to share a dislike of the Republican machine. I’ve been listening to JC for a very long time, somewhere around 20 years (except during his periods of unemployment of course).
JC is my political “friend” and a member of the reality based community. I’m glad to say that those in the media who share my political philosophy seem to commit far fewer excesses than the right wingers. (But maybe that’s just a function of the relative dearth of firebrand Dems, as compared to the huge number of firebrand right wingers.)
Those of us NOT on the right like to say that we are members of the “reality based community”, and so we have less need for excess. The facts themselves tend to tell our version pretty well, about the big issues of our time. For example, we think torture is torture, and secret gulags and warrantless wiretapping of our phone conversations and emails are threats to our freedom, and Iraq isn’t going well. We are NOT unpatriotic for saying so - Screw all of you who think we are, that’s our attitude toward you.
JC speaks out about torture and gulags and wiretapping and censorship and other civil liberties issues, and is a good solid member of the reality based community. But he had a bad moment …
The Bad Unfunny Moment: JC Corcoran joked about mass killing of members of the Religious Right and PETA
JC is often critical of the religious right, as civil libertarians tend to be. The religious right don’t have a good track record of supporting personal liberty. He’s also critical of some fringe activist groups, because JC is a moderate on many things, even though he is a passionate crusader for civil liberties (for human beings).
On April 18, 2006, JC was lecturing good naturedly, throwing humor in, as he often does. And then he shocked me - I heard JC say words similar to the following: members of the religious-right should be shot and buried in mass graves, and PETA members should be forced to dig their own graves before being shot and buried. I heard him say those things, although I paraphrase a bit because I didn’t record it.
The difference, for me, between my friend committing an excess, and my enemy committing an excess, is that I give my friend the benefit of the doubt because I know he doesn’t mean it and doesn’t usually talk like that. I’m sure that’s what the right wingers say when Rush or Sean or Ann goes overboard.
Insane death-rhetoric is all too common among the right wing media nuts
For a more detailed presentation of the insane rhetoric from those wacky Right Wing media nuts, see Eliminationist rhetoric from right wing media figures must stop.
I tend to think Rush and his right wing ilk believe their own excessive statements, however, such as when they repeat their Rovian mantra that Democrats and liberals are “Hate-America traitors”. Yet, Rush and his buds won’t apologize. And the mantra propagates throughout the media. That’s systematic evil, and not an isolated episode of poor judgment. JC committed an isolated instance of excess, which he can fix and not repeat.
JC should apologize for his distasteful diatribe. He was over the top, it wasn’t funny, and it was unreasonably hurtful to the targets of his satire (who are by and large fine people peacefully trying to affect change).
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