Monday, January 12, 2004

Conservative Talk Radio Host Gets Canned for Failing to Support Bush War

Read the very revealing complaint by conservative talk radio guy Charles Goyette, who was fired from his job with Clear Channel's KFYI in Phoenix, because he failed to toe the company line on supporting Bush's invasion of Iraq. This appears in The American Conservative, not your typical lefty rag, so it might carry a little more weight. Here's Goyette's characterization of Clear Channel:

"Clear Channel Communications, the 800-pound gorilla of the radio business, owns an astonishing 1,200 stations in 50 states, including Newstalk 550 KFYI in Phoenix, where I do the afternoon program … or did until last summer. The principals of Clear Channel, a Texas-based company, have been substantial contributors to George W. Bush's fortunes since before he became president. In fact, Texas billionaire Tom Hicks can be said to be the man who made Bush a millionaire when he purchased the future president's baseball team, the Texas Rangers. Tom Hicks is now vice chairman of Clear Channel. Clear Channel stations were unusually visible during the war with what corporate flacks now call 'pro-troop rallies.' In tone and substance, they were virtually indistinguishable from pro-Bush rallies. I'm sure the administration, which faced a host of regulatory issues affecting Clear Channel, was not displeased...."

If you want a little behind-the-scenes revelation of the continuing cracks in Bush's foundation, between the neo-cons who have his noggin in a vise, and traditional conservatives like Goyette, who can tell a hawk from a handsaw. read this essay!

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