Friday, 27 May 2011

A right-wing slut

How far can you go? Great radio goes to the boundary but should never cross it.  But how do you know when you have pushed that little bit too far?  Mmmm I am not too sure. I have a kind of answer in it mostly comes from that kind of gut feeling that maybe we should not have said that on air.

Liberal Talk Show host Ed Shultz might be trying too hard to out shock-jock Rush Limbaugh and his like, as he decided to describe conservative radio host Laura Ingraham as a slut.  Now the meaning of the word slut is prostitute and in the UK that would be classed as a vulgarism and when used personally against someone it would be considered defamatory and likely to get a radio station in more hot water than a simple let-slipped f word.

MSNBC who syndicate the show have removed Shultz for one week without pay and he has made copious apologies on TV, radio and social media.  I dislike purely personal attacks.  Be as rude as you like about policy and the things people do in their public life but make an attack at a private level and that is quite wrong.

You still should travel up to that border, make compelling radio and always run away from the bland 'BBC local radio drivel' the populates much of the talk shows here in the UK.

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