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Speaking Up.

There’s a moving op ed piece in today’s Anchorage Daily News.  Grace Jang, a Korean-American journalist had an encounter with none other than right wing talk show host Eddie Burke, Governor Palin’s golden boy, and unofficial mouthpiece for the administration.  It didn’t go well.

On May 18, my photographer and I are invited to a conservative radio talk show to get behind-the-scenes video of a debate on a divisive issue. We accept.

As a Korean-American journalist, I recently found myself an unwitting part of a disturbing story.

The radio station has two guests whose views differ from the host. It is a fiery show, and listeners queue up to sound off. As part of the discussion, the talk show host brings up race and begins to imitate an Asian accent: “Ah, you like, ah, you know, you like a rice.”

Both his guests, neither of whom is Asian American, groan disapprovingly.

Seconds later, he interrupts his guest with another Asian imitation.

And then again:

“I can dog Koreans because I’m married to one.”

Nice.  So can he “dog” women because he’s married to one?  And what’s his excuse with the gay community?  He’s not married to them, and yet his dogged prejudice seeps out his pores.  It was two ministers from the Metropolitan Community Church speaking in support of the upcoming anti-discrimination ordinance that were the guests that day.  And the topic revolved around the LGBT community, and their rights as citizens to not be discriminated against in employment or housing.

At the end of her thoughtful piece, Jang asks, “Isn’t it time for someone to speak up and say ‘Enough?'”

Yes, it is.  It’s time to say “enough” to all of it; all the narrow-minded put-downs, and the reasons people use to cut others down based on who they are; the smug superiority that makes the speaker worth more, and those he “dogs” worth less.  I would love to live in a town where that kind of behavior would be considered horrifying, not one where this guy has the #1 rated talk show, and is the chosen conduit for state government to speak to the people.

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115 Responses to “Speaking Up.”
  1. NY Dem says:

    bystander at Post # 108 – you said it perfectly ! I couldn’t agree more !

  2. New Mexico Friend says:

    Or, as they say in New Mexico, BASTA!

    We all should be saying ‘enough’ to the hate coming into our communities.

    It is poison and it has to stop. Our duty, as citizens, is to work together to correct it.

  3. Nan says:

    OregonBird,
    I don’t know what or why you had such a traumatic situation, but it sure sounds like you got yourself well out of it, thank goodness.

    You said “still traumatised” – well hon, make sure to take enough time for yourself, treat yourself like a proud survivor, because that’s what you are – and besides, you deserve it, by gum!

    all the best, and take care of yourself!

    Nan

  4. austintx says:

    107 JerryH Says:
    May 29th, 2009 at 1:35 PM
    Would someone please list the sponsor’s of Burke’s radio program ??
    ***************************************************
    I googled every thing I could think of……..his name , the call letters of the station , sponsors. And every configuration there of. Nada. Some one that listens or just knows is gonna have to help……..

  5. Demetria Nelson-McNaulty says:

    Sad is not the word for that troll!!!!!!!!

  6. JerryH says:

    Would someone please list the sponsor’s of Burke’s radio program ??

    I’d rather not listen to his crap … to get the sponsor’s names ! So someone please save me, and others, the distaste of listening !

    Thanks

  7. curiouser says:

    #104 Nebraska Native Says:
    May 29th, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Sarah just twittered her way into Stephen Colbert’s world and spoiled his broadcast surprise… it’s on HuffPo. WTG Sarah.

    ———-

    WTF! Sounds like she’s doing a taped surprise greeting for Colbert to air for the troops. What’s up with that? Way to spoil both surprises and compromise security!

  8. Bystander says:

    To be serious, we have to stand up to the right wing crazies, and espose their insane rants and lies. Limbaugh, Rove, Hannity, Liddy, O’Reilley, Beck, etc. are the new Joseph McCarthys, turning lies and character assassination into an art, and surpassing McCarthy in their dishonesty .

    In the 1950’s a few people of character in politics and in journalism, like Joseph Welch and Edward R. Morrow stood up and ultimately destroyed McCarthy- “in the end, have you no sense of decency, sir?”

    By contrast the Republicans of today are sniveling cowards who can only line up to worship the haters, and the “journalists” uncritically republish the hate speech and lies because it improves ratings and lines their pockets.

    Who will finally stand up and expose these right wing haters and their lies?

  9. EyeOnYou says:

    Well lost another post into the void…

    Let’s try this again.

    G. Gordon Liddy. Convicted Criminal. Wanted to & Planned Murder of Journalist. Good friend of John McCain. Such good friends in fact that McCain went onto Liddy’s radio show and praised Liddy’s values and principles, said he was proud to have him as his friend.

    Was this actively reported by the media? No it wasn’t. Palin has the nerve to screech about Obama being friends with a “domestic terrorist”? Was this reported in the Ziegler docufaireytale? I bet not!

  10. Nebraska Native says:

    Sarah just twittered her way into Stephen Colbert’s world and spoiled his broadcast surprise… it’s on HuffPo. WTG Sarah.

  11. Nebraska Native says:

    When will these people crawl back under their rocks? Wow.

  12. UK Lady says:

    austintx

    Well there goes the female vote – the w”*%nkers.

  13. EyeOnYou says:

    TBNTJudy Says:
    May 29th, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    It goes without saying that convicted criminal G. Gordon Liddy is a bleeping idiot.

    ________

    Yes, John McCain’s buddy is a freakin’ convicted criminal, McCain went onto the man’s radio show and told Liddy how PROUD he was of him and his values and principles, was thrilled to call him a friend, and yet Palin has the nerve to talk about Obama hanging with domestic terrorists. Oddly enough where was the media on THAT? I bet that wasn’t reported about in Zieglers MM docufairytale!

  14. TBNTJudy says:

    It goes without saying that convicted criminal G. Gordon Liddy is a bleeping idiot.

  15. austintx says:

    G. Gordon Liddy On Sotomayor: ‘Let’s Hope That The Key Conferences Aren’t When She’s Menstruating’

    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/05/29/liddy-sotoyamor-menstruating/

  16. TBNTJudy says:

    oregonbird, where on earth were you in ID? Was that where your tires were slashed? What do you mean by escape attempt?

  17. BigSlick says:

    Why was Eddie Burke not required to register as a SEX OFFENDER for the crotch-grabbing?

    Sarah Palin and Bill McCallister are pallin’ around with a known SEX OFFENDER?????

  18. Dame says:

    Yes he was married at the time and still is. Some wives know how to suck it up and forgive. Though this does not sound like something one does one time. Hell he rented a limo. Go fiqure. She is probably desensitized and feeling low all the time. God bless her.

  19. gan1953 says:

    Eddie Burke I’ve always cosidered harmless because I thought every knew he was just ignorant. The real hate talker in this town is Dan Fagan.

  20. oregonbird says:

    Tell me, how do you say “enough” to a man who literally cannot hear you because you are female? How do you refuse to allow a woman ‘testify’ and explain how evil you are because you have respect for other cultures — when you’re surrounded by angry, polyester-clad bob-a-long evangelicals? (Recent experience, I’m still traumatized.) Limbaugh is a doddle, compared to the racist Idaho clan that slashed my tires to ‘help’ me during my first escape attempt.

    We can demand that they allow their children to be educated. Truly educated. Of course, not much chance of that, since OUR children are being denied education, and how can you fight for content when you’re fighting for school days and unlocked library doors? We can promote AM radio stations with moderate content, with fact-based debate, with off-the-grid musical content that encourages social development.

    And we can take a stand, right there at the moment of injustice. But I gotta tell you, it didn’t work at the Memorial Day travesty I attended. Offering someone a world view that is outside their comprehension is a waste of time.

    I say, get ’em young. Let’s concentrate on subverting the under-10 crowd. Because they’re much cuter, and easier to twist. Ask any smirking churchman.

  21. InJuneau says:

    Why, thank you, MonaLisa, for piping in with that enlightening bit of information. We are now more educated (and I must now go and GRATE that darned thing, not try to crack it… 😉 ), and for that we thank you!

  22. MonaLisa IS MY NAME! says:

    The “Nutmeg State”
    According to the book State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols by George Earlie Shankle (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1941):

    “The sobriquet, the Nutmeg State, is applied to Connecticut because its early inhabitants had the reputation of being so ingenious and shrewd that they were able to make and sell wooden nutmegs…. Some claim that wooden nutmegs were actually sold, but they do not give either the time or the place.”

    Famed Yankee ingenuity notwithstanding, it could just be that buyers unfamiliar with the spice may have failed to grate the nutmegs, thinking they had to be cracked like a walnut. Nutmegs are wood, and bounce when struck. If southern customers did not grate them, they may very well have accused the Yankees of selling useless “wooden” nutmegs, unaware that they wear down to a pungent powder to season pies and breads.” (Elizabeth Abbe, Librarian, the Connecticut Historical Society; Connecticut Magazine, April 1980.)

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

  23. InJuneau says:

    ds55–well, it is Anchorage… 😉

  24. Bystander says:

    ds at 90 asks: How did Burke get from gas station owner and crotch grabber to right wing talk show host?

    I assume he got a demotion, and his previously brilliant career went downhill.

  25. austintx says:

    How long has he been married and where did he meet his wife ??

  26. ds55 says:

    How did he get from gas station owner and crotch grabber to radio talk show host?

  27. Doggonit says:

    Anchorage Daily News (AK) {PUBLICATION 2}
    July 22, 1994

    BURKE TO PAY $1,500 FINE IN INCIDENT BUSINESSMAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO ASSAULT, COMPOUNDING CRIME
    LIZ RUSKIN
    Daily News reporter
    Staff

    A tearful, apologetic Eddie Burke pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanour charges for grabbing at a waitress’s crotch, then offering to pay her $400 to keep her from reporting him to the police. Burke, owner of a downtown gas station and former Anchorage Assembly candidate, was fined $1,500 for assault and compounding a crime. Prosecutor Susan Wibker said Burke was out carousing that April night, going from strip joint to strip joint in a white limousine with friends. After midnight, Burke stopped by the Peanut Farm, a restaurant and bar on Old Seward Highway.

    “He was intoxicated and he was sexed up,” Wibker said.

  28. BigSlick says:

    Can complaints about Burke and the content of his broadcasts be filed at a national level with the FCC?

  29. sauerkraut says:

    … everyone knows Lisa is a nut… hehehehehe 😯

  30. InJuneau says:

    Nan–I only know this because the The Mudflats, by the way! Some time ago we were discussing the state of CT (I think in connection with a bunch of CT mudpups on a secret mission), and I asked them what they called themselves. Got answers, helpful bunch they are, so there’s my trivia-sharing for the day! 🙂

    Hm, I’m not sure I remember seeing an update on that mission. I shall have to go to the Forum and see if they ever reported back!

  31. Nan says:

    Ahh, thank you InJuneau. 🙂

    Nan

  32. InJuneau says:

    Nan–a nutmegger is just a person from Connecticut (The Nutmeg State; I’d have to have one of them remind why that is…). The other name they have for themselves in Connecticuties!

  33. DrChill says:

    KJ in NC Says:
    May 29th, 2009 at 6:48 AM
    … a study done that shows what most of us already know: If you are so against something, it is a reflection of what you are trying to hide.

    ———-
    I’m SO against that…

    😉

  34. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    Oh brother, smurke is on twitter selling copies of media malpractice 10 bucks each, lol! Can we say bargain bin??? And Ivyfry is saying how great the film was “Gives u a true story about how the media told lies bout Palin ”
    Oh Wah!
    Phil is going to do a write up about it later today I think. Can’t wait. I’m surprise GINO didn’t show???

  35. KJ in NC says:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/homophobic-then-youre-pro_b_158516.html

    Before I get busy I had to post this link on a study done that shows what most of us already know: If you are so against something, it is a reflection of what you are trying to hide.

    So Eddie, here is what science says about you. And you can’t blame Mudflatters for pointing it out. You do it yourself so very well.

  36. dee says:

    Really? His wife is Korean, so he gets to make fun of her? Really? What a joyous, loving relationship that must be. NOT!!!

  37. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    EyeOnYou Says:
    May 29th, 2009 at 4:12 AM

    I started a thread about this on the forum and posted the entire conversation along with the link to the youtube video of the conversation. So if anyone is interested it’s on the Forum under Alaskan Lodge.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I am reading this right now, and if anyone hasn’t read/heard it…well its enough to gag a goat!!!
    Spin, Lies, SPIN!
    😯

    Thanks Eye for your hard work!

  38. aussiegal77 says:

    Awesome class as usual from the right wingers. As an Asian-Australian, I also groaned audibly reading this post. What a jerk.

    Hey Eddie – you might want to tone down the racial stereotypes before you wife realises she’s married to an idiot.

    There is no excuse for racial stereotypes that aim to cut down a person’s heritage and reduce it to stupid jokes that aren’t even funny OR original. I would think being married to a Korean American lady, he would have a deeper appreciation of that culture but I guess you can’t cure stupid.

  39. blue moose says:

    I believe it would be a benefit ALL Americans to file a petition with the FCC against Rupert Murdocks monopoly in the media specifically clear channel and Rush Limbaugh. listening to there stuff just gives them ratings that benefit them..

  40. Marnie says:

    I don’t suppose it would do any good to point out to Sarah, Eddie et al., that if the Governor behaved in an ethical way, there probably wouldn’t be ethical complaints.

    But their immorality really is the issue and the problem at all levels of our government and business.

    “I’ll do what I want to till a Judge makes me stop.” Sarah’s epitaph.

  41. Laurie says:

    @a problem child….that news brought me to tears yesterday. As a Canadian I am outraged, and promised myself that I would speak loudly. I do my share regarding native rights, ( I live in a very northern regions, so I see the abuses) but I have not yet spoken out regarding Omar Khadr. For heaven sake…even our Supreme Court has chastised this awful government. Stephen Harper is a wannabee George Bush, right down to the nasty ads about Michael Ignatieff.

  42. Laurie says:

    a problem child and rebekkah are right. In Canada…this isn’t free speech…its hate speech, and there are laws to stop it in its tracks. Its mind boggling to me, that in the year 2009 things like this go on in western democracy especially. These people hide behind the right to free speech…cowards and imbeciles that they are.

  43. Priceless says:

    so, who else was at the grocery check out yesterday, and saw the wonderful Bristol and child (Bristol decked out in her grad cap and gown) on the cover of People? What a “Fine” example for our youth! Pity she is not a real single teen mother. You know. The kids who’s parents are poor, no mag covers for cash, can’t graduate because no nanny and who now on welfare so their kids have someting to eat and a place to live.

    I wrote People confirming the reasons I only pass by their rag on the stands, and not buy. Have bimbo, the second generation, on the cover turned my tummy. However, it did bring up once again, the conversation with my teen daughter about double standards, and actually living the talk you preach.

  44. Nan says:

    Thank you Eye On You!

    Ripley in CT – I don’t even know what a “nutmegger” is. I think that may be a good thing.

  45. DrChill says:

    bucfan & DrChill:
    This is what was said:
    =
    minutes later, they said:
    “and our phone lines are full of people asking what’s going on here. One caller said its not a democrat republican thing, liberal or conservative, its about right and wrong”
    ” if this is what she means by retaliation, I’m sorry uh you know everyone has their 1st amendment rights. and if she’s going to go, file an ethics complaint and go to the press, you know, against the law, and publicize it, people have the right to comment on it.”

    McAllister was saying she broke the law. Thats slander.
    Its wrong.
    Both the ethics acts regulate the behavior of state employees and officers – exclusively, not citizens.

    The law is working fine. The PR & Spin about the process is what’s getting out of hand.

    Palin’s/AK’s web site is suggesting that she was not acting in good faith & the complaint was frivolous.
    Releasing personal employment information?, Claiming that this is motivated out of resentment?

    What a crass act.

  46. austintx says:

    EyeOnYou – You obviously are on the case on this. Are there any national sponsors on Eddie’s show ??

  47. EyeOnYou says:

    crystalwolf aka caligrl Says:
    May 29th, 2009 at 3:55 AM
    Thank you Eye! I can’t believe BM is getting away with saying all these lies, I guess they just figure they are untouchable! Just like the queen.
    __________

    I started a thread about this on the forum and posted the entire conversation along with the link to the youtube video of the conversation. So if anyone is interested it’s on the Forum under Alaskan Lodge.

  48. womanwithsardinecan says:

    Lack of respect and kindness is rampant in our society and speaks volumes about us as a people. I am ashamed.

  49. Ripley in CT says:

    34
    Aussie Blue Sky: Trust that if anyone ever dissed a Nutmegger in my presence, being one myself, they would incur the wrath that is “Ripley”.

    In my experience, when one confronts a bully they tend to back down. They are flimsy excuses for human beings. Young souls. He will pay for his bigotry, hate and fear-mongering for many many lives. I truly believe this. Unfortunately, someone needs to step up and make him, or his sponsors, pay in this life, too. I feel badly for his wife, but not THAT bad, because she has a choice. Imagine if she finally leaves his sorry a$$ for that comment. Golden…

    Boycott. Write letters. It works. See: Michael Vick’s sponsors dropped him like a hot potato once they began to hear the outrage. However, Amazon has never seen another penny of my money because they choose to sell magazines that promote dog fighting.

    Home Depot? They, too, will not have the luxury of my hard earned cash again. I did not know of their sponsorship of hate. We definitely need a list. And we need to make it go viral. We can do it. We can do anything. 🙂

  50. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    # EyeOnYou Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    I will be happy to do both.

    Eddie claimed that it was costing the state “MILLIONS” to fight these complaints, and McAllister did nothing to correct that, despite the article in the ADN claiming it was costing about 1/3 of a million.

    Both were quite happy to bash those who file ethics complaints and McAllister stated that the people who filed these complaints and then went to the press/media were breaking the law by doing so. There was also an indirect admittance that either the Governor or her staff are reading the blogs/comments because a reference is made to something said.

    It’s a 9 minute interview, 4 typewritten pages long, so I am not sure…maybe I’ll post it on the forum since it is probably too long to post here. I’ll check with either AKM or the Mod’s and find out…
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Thank you Eye! I can’t believe BM is getting away with saying all these lies, I guess they just figure they are untouchable! Just like the queen.
    Heh! And Smurke…..he is F-e-c-a-l
    What Mudpup Lee323 said!

  51. waynecody says:

    http://www.gov.state.ak.us/large_photo.php?id=327
    here is the photo url .. chubby face going on vrs the haggard look she’s done recently

  52. Donna says:

    I am in the Midwest. A few years ago, there was a lot of publicity to someone named Mark Belling–a radio host who’s not nearly as bad as this guy–using the term “wetback.” The station suspended him (their biggest draw) without pay because people complained and wouldn’t brush it off. I’ll try to find the story but if you google “Mark Belling” and “wetback” you should find it.

  53. waynecody says:

    Sorry a little late ..and on past topic LEGs

    I think S.P. was late in giving consent to coming to this because she wanted to make sure her appearance would be just so..
    1.Make sure her hair appointment with extensions turned out well (she does have thick hair.. maybe it is her own but seeing how hollywood is all about extensions I wouldn’t doubt she is getting on that wagon as her hair seemed way below her shoulders)

    2.Make sure her botox appointment didn’t have any weird aftermaths
    Not sure how that works but I’d think any spa type treatment runs risks of blotchy or some irritation
    The photo on TeamScarey .. of her sitting down.. she has that puffy face again like back on the campaign trail where her nose gets extra wrinkly looking (can’t botox the nose so wrinkles go off to other places when you smile)
    Her jowls were showing alot recently so I think she went under the blessed needle again

    The feeling I get is she saw this event as Woooo a Party! with alot of men in uniforms! I’ll be 50 soon so gotta work it like never before .. where’s my costume.. got the shoes! Hair appt? Check! Face fillers appt? Check!
    Oh deary.. now if something goes flop I am doomed so I won’t commit til I am sure all goes well

    It is fun to dress up and be all sexy .. but when you are married with a load of kids (teen girls that you kindof should set an example of what not to do to get attention) and the whole God saint thing.. she seems a mess
    This is the kindof thing down on their luck old ladies get excited for.. the Friday night bar visit for an ego boost..

  54. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    Baker’s Dozen Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    crystalwolf aka caligrl Says:
    I can’t even put into words what I feel about this!!!
    _______________________________________________
    OK. I’m envious. How do you make the smily face with the big round eyes???
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    HeHe! : shock :
    I’m spacing it out, but just do it without out the space 😯

  55. austintx says:

    Janeane breaks it down. She could mop the floor with Eddie’s fat , bald ass in a debate.

    http://www.forumeter.com/video/167436/Janeane-Garofalo-tea-baggers-are-racists-Countdown-Keith-Olbermann-April-16-2009

  56. austintx says:

    I would be arrested for felony assault if I saw this punk-ass bigot on the street.

    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/05/28/tancredo-latino-kkk/

  57. Liz P. says:

    Eddie Burke is a Rush Limbaugh wanna be.

    He’ll never make the big time. Even Rush would find him too crude.

  58. Lee323 says:

    Jang’s post in ADN was excellent, not only for the content but for the structure of the piece itself. As you read through the essay, it recapitulates the process of discovery of dormant truths within herself about her experience…..beginning with the “desensitized” and even reluctant voice….through the questioning voice….and ending with the clarity of the moral and responsible voice. Obviously, she’s an accomplished and experienced writer. Good for her for standing up and interjecting herself “into the story.”

    Jang mentions specifically that she had become “desensitized” to ethnic/racial slurs. Although “desensitization” is a true phenomenon that does occur very often to a myriad of physiological and psychological stimuli in our environment, it can also be just a facade that covers the real reasons why people don’t speak out when they see injustice:

    -Fear…of negative or unpleasant consequences to oneself;

    -Expediency…..”It’s not my fight;” “What can one person do?”

    -Cynicism….”Nothing will ever change;”

    -Apathy….”Who cares? Life’s tough all around. Get a thicker skin.”

    -Lack of a sense of moral outrage at injustice, small or large…..

    (Just noticed the acronym I inadvertently (swear it, guys!) spelled with the first letters of each line….sounds about right for these excuses. Haha.)

    Enough is enough. Make a stand when you can…..it all adds up to a more positive resonance in our “Elegant Universe.” ( One of my favorite cosmology books, “The Elegant Universe,” on String Theory etc. by Brian Greene. Highly recommend.)

  59. AlaskaDisasta says:

    “Ignorance is Diss” apparently.

  60. EyeOnYou says:

    bucfan & DrChill:
    This is what was said:

    Bill:
    Eddie it is worth reminding people too, that under the ethics act, under the executive ethics act , unlike the legislative ethics act, when you file a complaint you are supposed to shut up about it.

    Eddie:
    Right

    Bill:

    There is confidentiality written into the statute, now there is no penalty for violating the confidentiality, but as in the legislative ethics act if you do that, your complaint is automatically dismissed. But for some reason that provision does not exist in the executive ethics act so people file these complaints and then they go out and do what they really want to do and that is get some publicity to try and impugn the governors character.

  61. DrChill says:

    I heard Bill McAllister on the show say that people who talk about their complaints are ‘breaking the law’. That’s slander.

  62. BigSlick says:

    My wife is Japanese and I am a caucasian American.

    I am privileged to have become a part of her parents household, and to be considered their son. My parents are proud to have her as a daughter, and we have two children who are taught to respect themselves, partly by respecting both cultures.

    I would never show my family on either side of the ocean the kind of disrespect Eddie Burke shows for his wife and her ancestors, for their own children (if he was ever virile enough to produce them), and for himself.

    Eddies is scum. At least, he treats himself like scum, so that’s the way I read it.

  63. bucfan says:

    Old Bill needs to get his facts straight. If I remember correctly, the folks I heard went on the radio to announce that they were filing complaints and why, and after they filed the complaints, they complied with the privacy rules and no longer spoke about it. And I’m sorry, didn’t the GINO once complain about the privacy rules regarding ethics complaints? Oh, yeah, that was when it suited her purpose in looking like an ethics watchdog. And I also want to see a breakdown in costs associated with each complaint. Or will that cost me sixty five thou as well?

  64. EyeOnYou says:

    crystalwolf aka caligrl Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 10:01 PM
    Awesome Eye!
    Maybe you can share with Akm or give us a hint of what went down?
    I am so totally sick of Smurke! He’s becoming a mouthpiece for peeland/Gino!
    he has a very, very brown nose!
    ___________

    I will be happy to do both.

    Eddie claimed that it was costing the state “MILLIONS” to fight these complaints, and McAllister did nothing to correct that, despite the article in the ADN claiming it was costing about 1/3 of a million.

    Both were quite happy to bash those who file ethics complaints and McAllister stated that the people who filed these complaints and then went to the press/media were breaking the law by doing so. There was also an indirect admittance that either the Governor or her staff are reading the blogs/comments because a reference is made to something said.

    It’s a 9 minute interview, 4 typewritten pages long, so I am not sure…maybe I’ll post it on the forum since it is probably too long to post here. I’ll check with either AKM or the Mod’s and find out…

  65. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    EyeOnYou Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    bucfan Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 9:47 PM
    Did anyone hear Eddie’s show today? I already did my penance for the week so I didn’t have too. I am wondering if he reacted to the oped piece or is waiting for tomorrow to launch his attack. I am sure he is going to say that some people just can’t take a joke. I am waiting to see if he will bring up that he used the term “dog koreans”, to prove that it was a joke.

    ____________

    How’s this for penance….I not only listening, but ended up finding a copy on youtube and typing it out word for word. Why? Because he had Bill McCallister on and they were talking about the article in the AND regarding the ethics charges and how much they cost! I wanted it saved, and since it was a peelander hosting the youtube copy I didn’t know how long it would be available.

    Mr McAllister and Mr Burke are a couple of outright liars on air.
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    Awesome Eye!
    Maybe you can share with Akm or give us a hint of what went down?
    I am so totally sick of Smurke! He’s becoming a mouthpiece for peeland/Gino!
    he has a very, very brown nose!

  66. Baker's Dozen says:

    crystalwolf aka caligrl Says:
    I can’t even put into words what I feel about this!!!
    _______________________________________________
    OK. I’m envious. How do you make the smily face with the big round eyes???

  67. EyeOnYou says:

    *not only listened* that should read!

  68. EyeOnYou says:

    bucfan Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 9:47 PM
    Did anyone hear Eddie’s show today? I already did my penance for the week so I didn’t have too. I am wondering if he reacted to the oped piece or is waiting for tomorrow to launch his attack. I am sure he is going to say that some people just can’t take a joke. I am waiting to see if he will bring up that he used the term “dog koreans”, to prove that it was a joke.

    ____________

    How’s this for penance….I not only listening, but ended up finding a copy on youtube and typing it out word for word. Why? Because he had Bill McCallister on and they were talking about the article in the AND regarding the ethics charges and how much they cost! I wanted it saved, and since it was a peelander hosting the youtube copy I didn’t know how long it would be available.

    Mr McAllister and Mr Burke are a couple of outright liars on air.

  69. Baker's Dozen says:

    So why doesn’t he know that Koreans don’t sound like that stereotype when speaking English? Oh, he’s typecasting all Asians? They’re all alike? That’s like someone using a Texas drawl so they can sound American.

    I wonder if people would get the joke if we dropped him in one of California’s Korea Towns with this part of the show playing on continuous loop? Baseball managers have lost their jobs for far less.

  70. Lainey says:

    @Aussie Blue Sky
    For all her faults, I doubt Mrs Palin ever grabbed a waiter’s crotch
    —————
    no she would just blame them for grabbing hers…being the liar that she is 🙂

  71. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    This is very good! The “echo chamber” has been talking about poor eddie, the anklebiters, Obama operatives writing to his manager and advertisers. Ha! Here is the truth.
    I know he has been vilifying Andree, Diva and others who have filed complaints…now hes on to the racist, homophobic, and probably today about Sonia Sotomayor appointment. He’s even takin’ to posting in peeland.
    What a pathetic POS!
    That radio station would be better off expanding Shannyn’s slot and adding CC!
    But he is the GINO’s mouthpiece…Van flea is on there every week! Can you believe that???
    Last week I wrote in how much I loved Shannyn’s show, and Smurke should be replaced.
    I thought he was only feeling the heat from Shannyn’s show, but I see what’s going on now!
    I think we should organize a letter writing about this, racist BS. When I read this….Words escaped me!
    I can’t even put into words what I feel about this!!! 😯
    GINO pandering to her base!

  72. bucfan says:

    Did anyone hear Eddie’s show today? I already did my penance for the week so I didn’t have too. I am wondering if he reacted to the oped piece or is waiting for tomorrow to launch his attack. I am sure he is going to say that some people just can’t take a joke. I am waiting to see if he will bring up that he used the term “dog koreans”, to prove that it was a joke.

  73. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    Doggonit Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 8:29 PM
    Fact of the matter is that Burke and Palin are twins.
    ————————————————
    For all her faults, I doubt Mrs Palin ever grabbed a waiter’s crotch. 😉

  74. antiAnti says:

    one-the-spot should be on-the-spot

  75. Baker's Dozen says:

    Doggonit Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 8:29 PM
    Fact of the matter is that Burke and Palin are twins.

    __________________________________________
    Are they identical? 😀

  76. antiAnti says:

    Methinks Grace Jang has analyzed the bully’s character, honed her weapon and launched it with perfect timing. The one-the-spot restructuring of the bully’s life view is always satisfying, but the long range full-bore well-publicized and pleasantly subtle attack is sooooo sweet. Grace, I admire your skill.

  77. Tom and Lou says:

    And since reading that Home Depot is a fan of these fanatics I’m done with them too.

  78. Tom and Lou says:

    Eddie Jerk and Rush Lamo are scum of the lowest type!They have to be deranged to spew the garbage that drips out of their mouths.I for one am going to ignore them and anyone like them. To acknowledge their ravings spurs them on . From now on they dont exist, just as the GOP has ceased to be anything important so are they ,UNIMPORTANT.

  79. Nan says:

    Aussie, you make several very good points. But in this case, just maybe keeping quiet was appropriate. For one thing, Burke would have had no qualms in going after her right there on the air – following it all up with “can’t ya take a joke?” Right… it’s her own famn dault. I don’t think so.

    This struck me odd: the disclaimer at the end of her article said:

    “Grace Jang is a reporter for a local television station. The opinion here is her own and does not represent the views of her employer.”

  80. bucfan says:

    According to Eddie, Jerry and others, gays do not deserve equal protection (that is what this is all about, not special rights like the right tries to spin it) because they made the choice to be gay. Okay if they cannot have equal rights because of a choice, then we should remove all equal protection for anything that involves a choice. Race, not a choice. Gender, not a choice, unless you have visited a Scandinavian country. Religion, wait a minute……

  81. Bent Alaska says:

    People are writing letters to the station manager about Burke’s three nasty racist/sexist comments during a program where he spent two hours preaching against gay people. He’s been ranting about ‘landlords being forced to rent to sinful queers’ since the non-discrimination ordinance was introduced on May 12, and he will continue ranting through the public hearing on June 9.

    I applaud Grace for speaking up about his racism, and I understand how hard it can be to break a survival-strategy habit of silence. I hope people will also reject Burke’s nasty anti-gay prejudice.

    Thanks for speaking up about this!

  82. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    Thanks for blogging about this, AKM. When I read it last night I couldn’t believe that Grace found it natural to shut up because she was on the job. If some ignorant creep like Burke told me it was cool for him to diss Australians or Connecticuties because he was married to one, I would have had him on the mat right away.

    Where I live we have the Racial and Religious Vilification Act – not that we’ve ever needed it, but that’s precisely why we have it – and this Act has only once ever been called into effect …… and guess what?? It was against a right-wing fundamentalist Christian attached to some right-wing fundamentalist Christian group in the United States ……

    I’m glad Grace has seen the error of her ways. Calling out and not tolerating this kind of behaviour isn’t going to make her the story.

  83. CRFlats says:

    22 austintx Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 7:39 PM
    Boycotting and speaking out works.

    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/03/27/ups-oreilly/
    **********
    Thanks for this link, and so many others you bring here. You are our own little wiki. The greatest power we have over commercial media is to boycott where they live–in the market place.

  84. Doggonit says:

    Fact of the matter is that Burke and Palin are twins.

  85. bucfan says:

    Home Depot has contributed tons of money to the Republican Party. Their co-founder Bernie Marcus has been leading the charge against the Employees Free Choice Act. Remember they are based in Atlanta, the heart of right to work country. So I am not surprised that they support Rush. I am sure the people on their board have his stationed programmed on all the buttons of the radios in their limos. And as far as Eddie Burke goes, when I read the oped piece in the paper this morning, while I could believe several local hosts could make that comment, based on the fact that it involved denigrating women, I knew it was Eddie. Every time I hear him shill the fact that he is a veteran, I cringe. He calls women baby killers and gives their numbers out, he goes over a State Rep he disagrees with, he goes after Andree Mcleod, and he is Prevos b*** buddy in trying to deny equal rights for gay people. Hmm, attacking women and gays. Almost sounds like he is trying to validate his masculinity. Hmmm, being over the top with anti-gay rhetoric, almost sounds like Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, Jim West, the anti-gay gay mayor of Spokane Washington and numerous others. Not that I am implying anything.

  86. WakeUpAmerica says:

    Sounds like Eddie Burke is a Rush Limbaugh wannabe. He needs to raise his standards.

  87. austintx says:

    I was trying to find who Eddie’s sponsors are and stumbled on this on google. What a piece of s^*t.

    http://www.thealaskastandard.com/?q=node/519

  88. sauerkraut says:

    1 Joy Says: May 28th, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    And of course GINO’s response to this would be something along the lines of, “some people just can’t take a joke.”
    ____________

    Isn’t that what she says about her term in office – that it’s a joke?

    Oh. Wait. No, that would be us. We think she’s a “joke” of a governor.

  89. sauerkraut says:

    For those of you who choose to write (via snail mail or email) to kbyr, please make an effort to send a copy to the FCC so that they can review the renewal of that radio station’s license.

  90. sauerkraut says:

    re: him dogging gays… he may be officially married to a woman but none of us know what is in his closet.

  91. Star says:

    I did not know Home Depot supported Lardass..Thank you very much!!! They just saw my last $$..

  92. austintx says:

    Boycotting and speaking out works.

    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/03/27/ups-oreilly/

  93. dowl says:

    Oops
    Where would hot air fact-free ‘commentator’ radio and teevee hosts BE if they were publicly held accountable for the venom that so easily passes for ‘entertainment’?

    I like the ideas (that have worked in the past) on this thread about holding sponsors accountable for what comes out of the mouths of awful misogynist radio/teevee ‘entertainers’ who encourage ignorance of the worse kind. Ignorance that creates fear (us vs. them) is harmful not only to the meek and mild mannered, but to the frightened and violent prone as well.

  94. CRFlats says:

    I forgot to add, “except when Shannyn is on”. I will frequent her sponsors. 🙂

  95. CRFlats says:

    I don’t listen to Rush, so didn’t know the Home Depot connection. That’s enough for me. I am sure the only way to get to the station’s management is through their pocket book. I do not listen to the station, so any help on who are the big sponsors would be welcome. I work hard for my money, and I will not share it with bigots.

  96. seattlefan says:

    Sorry, but I just have to add one more thing. I am so angry by what this guy said and the kind of person he is. I am so mad!!! How can people listen to that and not be angry. I have no more words. Anger is fading into sadness.

  97. seattlefan says:

    ds55….

    I concur. What an a-whole! I guess his rationale makes it ok to beat women just because you are married to one. I don’t know who this slug is but I hope he gets some good karma. Again……what an a$$whole!!!

    I can’t believe this guy is on the air and more incredulously, he has listeners!!!

    Like others here, I say boycott his sponsors and protest his bigotry and sexist remarks.

  98. ds55 says:

    This is a true story though it did not happen to me.
    Office full of white male coworkers, one of whom is telling sexist/racist jokes. The men moan and groan and try to give the joker a hint to knock it off. One man finally gets angry and asks “And what nationality is YOUR wife, sir?” because his wife was not white and he was offended.

    Comparing one man’s defense of his wife to Burke’s repeated insults to his wife, clearly Burke has problems.

  99. EyeOnYou says:

    For comments write to myopinion@kbyr.com
    Justin McDonald, Manager
    For Business contacts call 907-278-5297 Fax:907-272-5297
    Email: jmcdonald@kbyr.com

  100. ds55 says:

    I wonder what his Korean wife thinks of his bigotry.
    He’s proof that some folks view marriage as ownership, not a partnership of equals.

  101. empish says:

    Besiege the manager with email demands. Take Burke off air and give us Shannyn Moore in the time slot. If Shannyn doesn’t want full time, perhaps CC could put “Cutting Edge” back on the air, which would soon earn its own full time place. MORE PROGRESSIVE RADIO!

  102. CO almost native says:

    @redwoodmuse:
    That’s why I shop at Costco and not Walmart. Walmart won’t pay for decent health insurance for their employees- and they got slapped in court for requiring overtime, but not paying for it. Of course, in Denver I have the luxury of shopping choices, unlike smaller places-

  103. rebekkah says:

    Wow, I don’t understand how this kind of talk can go unchallenged in this age. Provinces in Canada have Human Rights branches, where any kind of discrimination (even in joking, publicly) is brought to task. A radio license would have been revoked pretty darn quickly here.

  104. CO almost native says:

    austintx Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    sigh………People should not spend a penny at his sponsors businesses. My shadow will never darken a Home Depot door. They support Rush. Besides , we like Lowes around here.
    ____________________________
    I have let our local Home Depot manager know that I will not shop there, because they are a Rush sponsor. He told me that he has passed that on many times to national management; I wonder if that’s why HD’s profits are down while Lowe’s are up.

    If more of us voiced our opinions with our dollars…

  105. redwoodmuse says:

    I’m with AustinTX, folks should not only not shop at Burke’s sponsors, but they should write a letter to the sponsor letting them know why they are not shopping there. And perhaps one of the bloggers could start a list of those businesses who sponsor Burke. Wouldn’t have to make much comment, just a list.

    Personally, I haven’t shopped at Sears since 1978 (they poured millions of dollars into advocating higher insurance premiums for women – because we live longer). Won’t support Whole Foods, Wendy’s or Dominoes (for political reasons – women’s rights and gmo) Might not make much difference, but I feel better letting my wallet do the talking.

    redwoodmuse

  106. Star says:

    Whatta -^sshat…What goes around, comes around..:))

  107. dowl says:

    Thank you for this story. I’m fairly certain that this happens many times over with the very similar results. We hear something that is not ‘right’ and say nothing and/or the offender makes and attempt to apologize and we say, it’s okay. At the end of the day we question ourselves on why we did not speak up and the offender continues to feel that it’s okay to continue behaving in a way that strengthens a weakening position of ultimately false sense of power over other ‘types’ of human beings.

    In the best of situations, it is possible to unconsciously offend. When we don’t intend to offend and are gently prodded by the offended person, we learn to recognize offense and we are usually more thoughtful in the future. It is a conscious lesson that we choose to learn.

    This is not just being ‘politically correct.’ When we practice PC behavior without being empathetic to others and our own offensive behavior and language, we’ve not learned the lesson. Sometimes, some of us simply don’t want to learn. Power concedes nothing without a demand…

    Where would hot air fact-free ‘commentator’ radio and teevee hosts if they were publicly held accountable for the venom that so easily passes for ‘entertainment’?

  108. EyeOnYou says:

    No really it’s all good because the manager, Justin McDonald, will speak to Eddie tell him “naughty boy” and that will be the end of it. Unless of course he decides to go on air and chastise Eddie like he did when he was “upset” about getting calls complaining about Eddie and felt the need to go on air and complain about “foul” language used during the private calls to him (the manager).

    Will this manager Justin go on air and publicly apologise for Eddie’s behavior? Not likely. Will Eddie? Only if he is forced to do so. Does it matter? Well he is one of the governor’s mouth pieces so it’s all good….right?

  109. Bea says:

    People like him pollute our public airways. It sickens me that this kind of ignorant hate speech still sells in so many markets.

  110. ValleyIndependent says:

    Ms. Jang wrote a nice piece and in it ponders what she would have done had she not been working there, but listening to the program on the radio instead. What is most disturbing is that many people presumably WERE listening on the radio and yet the station was not flooded with calls letting the host know his comments were inappropriate.

    I think we’ve all been guilty of letting something slide at one time or another, but she’s right. We need to be conscious of what we say, and speak up the moment we hear hurtful things from others.

  111. Visitor says:

    Did you hear state employee Bill McAllister making false statements about the motivation of citizens filing ethics complaints against Governor Palin?

  112. austintx says:

    sigh………People should not spend a penny at his sponsors businesses. My shadow will never darken a Home Depot door. They support Rush. Besides , we like Lowes around here.

  113. Joy says:

    And of course GINO’s response to this would be something along the lines of, “some people just can’t take a joke.” She will. Never. Get. It.

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