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A pilot study to evaluate hate speech on conservative talk radio found an astounding 334 instances of anti-Hispanic bias uttered in a sample of brief 40-minute segments from three national syndicated shows, including one widely broadcast in Colorado. A Hispanic media organization is now calling for the Federal Communications Commission to probe whether there is a connection between odious radio yakking and hate crimes.
Somethings you just can't live down. When 1,836 people die, 700 still remain missing, millions more are displaced from their homes and the nation suffers billions in property damage and recovery efforts lag years later that albatross should be tightly wound around one's neck for a long, long time. Unless, of course, you're being interviewed by the crack Colorado Morning News crew on Newsradio 850 KOA.
Mike Rosen may think he has a friend in Santa and the polar bears but climate scientists? Eh, not so much. From our friends at Colorado Media Matters, Newsradio 850 KOA talker Mike Rosen's gone off a polar ice cap once again when it comes to global warming.
A cynic could argue that the invective sputtered on right wing talk radio is simply entertaining shtick designed to create controversy that attracts listeners and advertisers. Yet to hear the noxious rantings of those most targeted on the AM dial — women, lesbians and gay men — is especially disturbing in context of the 2008 election cycle that broke race, sex and gender barriers on both sides of the political spectrum.