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Severin suspended after illegal alien, swine flu remarks
BostonHerald.com ^ | April 30, 2009 | Jessica Heslam

Posted on 05/01/2009 4:17:55 AM PDT by appleseed

Conservative WTKK radio host Jay Severin was suspended indefinitely today after making offensive remarks about illegal aliens and the swine flu, sources tell the Herald.

Severin was shocked to learn about the suspension, the sources said, as the station had been using those same remarks in on-air promos.

Heidi Raphael, a spokeswoman for station owner Greater Media, confirmed Severin’s suspension saying the station would have no further comment.

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Spanish-language daily newspaper El Diario la Prensa in New York City, reported earlier this week that Severin was using the flu to attack Mexicans and immigrants.

“For Severin, Mexicans are ‘criminaliens’ and primitives who export venereal diseases to the United States,” the paper reported. “The shock jock referred to the strain of flu as ‘swine-aka-Janet Napolitano flu.’ ”

“That’s not the end of Severin’s anti-immigrant rants. Immigrants are leeches and their children, he warns, don’t speak English, will retard schools, add to crime and spread disease. Amid all of this, Severin has the audacity to state, ‘I don’t mean to hype the story,’ ” the paper said.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; flu; illegalaliens; illegals; influenza; jayseverin; mexiflu; obama; severin; swineflu; talkradio
People keep asking why they don't they close the border? Answer is simple - In the age of 0bama, such talk is considered racist and if you speak it you will suffer the consequences. Fairness doctrine is here folks. America first is out - bowing to Saudi's, joking it up with South American dictators and making "Islamaphobia" a hate crime is in. Welcome to the 0bamanation.
1 posted on 05/01/2009 4:17:56 AM PDT by appleseed
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To: appleseed
Immigrants are leeches and their children, he warns, don’t speak English, will retard schools, add to crime and spread disease.

He didn't say anything here that isn't already true.

2 posted on 05/01/2009 4:33:17 AM PDT by YellowRoseofTx (Evil is not the opposite of God; it's the absence of God)
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To: appleseed

That should have been done years ago, close the border when given an opportunity, too little, too late.

Plus will ignore the PC nonsense going on.


3 posted on 05/01/2009 4:33:37 AM PDT by Biggirl (Muffin, THANKS for 10 Years Of Friendship=^..^=)
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To: appleseed

That’s New England for you...


4 posted on 05/01/2009 4:34:59 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: appleseed
...think any of our brain dead REPS actually read and UNDERSTOOD the bill they just passed?. ....now think “free speech”
5 posted on 05/01/2009 4:39:10 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: YellowRoseofTx
Somehow I have a feeling that he used the term ILLEGAL aliens. There is huge difference!
6 posted on 05/01/2009 4:39:23 AM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie)
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To: appleseed
"Conservative WTKK radio host Jay Severin was suspended indefinitely today after making offensive remarks about illegal aliens and the swine flu"

WOW, the FIRST word of the story is "Conservative," and he also "insulted" the swine flu itself. So much for 1st Amendment rights. Be careful what you say about the MEXICAN PIG FLU.
7 posted on 05/01/2009 4:41:28 AM PDT by Mister Muggles
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To: YellowRoseofTx

Look at the quotation marks here...
“That’s not the end of Severin’s anti-immigrant rants. Immigrants are leeches and their children, he warns, don’t speak English, will retard schools, add to crime and spread disease. Amid all of this, Severin has the audacity to state, ‘I don’t mean to hype the story,’ ” the paper said.

I’ll bet dollars to donuts he never used the word “immigrants”. Bet he said “Illegals”.


8 posted on 05/01/2009 4:41:52 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: appleseed
So, free speech is attacked when the truth is told. Imagine how bad it will get if the 'UNFairness Doctrine' becomes law.
9 posted on 05/01/2009 4:42:17 AM PDT by Stars&StripesNE
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy

Well, somewhat of a difference.

If you work in a company that uses offshore contractors, you’d be tempted to call it the H1B/N1 virus, too.


10 posted on 05/01/2009 4:43:14 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (The most dangerous fascists are those with a warm smile and soothing voice.)
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To: Mister Muggles

Severin...conservative? ROTFLMAO!!!


11 posted on 05/01/2009 4:43:23 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Mister Muggles

It’s not the Mexican Flu it’s the “Piggy Pox” ...


12 posted on 05/01/2009 4:43:53 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: appleseed

Napolitano Flu. LMAO

Two birds with one stone , he calls Napolitano a pig and he blames he for not closing the borders in one fell swoop.
He wont be too popular with the liberals.


13 posted on 05/01/2009 4:44:44 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: YellowRoseofTx
He didn't say anything here that isn't already true.

You got that right.

14 posted on 05/01/2009 4:50:02 AM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: YellowRoseofTx

Imagine dealing with a potential emergency involving people that don’t have a clue what you are saying. You get on the phone to someone who can interpret and the phone gets passed back and forth while time is a wasting. After things get worked out, the very people you are trying to help say through an interpreter that you should learn how to speak Spanish. Been there and done that, and I can say it really sucks.

I don’t live by the border. I live in the heartland of the USA. Maybe I missed the mandatory Spanish speaking requirement. What the heck have we become? It’s only a matter of time before someone gets sued because they responded to a situation and couldn’t communicate in Spanish or whatever language.


15 posted on 05/01/2009 5:00:32 AM PDT by appleseed
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To: appleseed

“Maybe I missed the mandatory Spanish speaking requirement. What the heck have we become?”

Very easy solution to this life threatening problem: LEARN ENGLISH.


16 posted on 05/01/2009 5:09:14 AM PDT by RU88
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To: appleseed

Can’t find where he was wrong! Am I missing something here?


17 posted on 05/01/2009 5:14:29 AM PDT by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: appleseed

The priorities of political correctness trump the truth, public health and national security, and the more harm it does, the louder and more shrill its supporters become. We live at a time when many believe that the sheer force of a political dogma can reshape and manipulate reality, even to the point of defying the laws of physics and nature. The Left is enthusiasticly propelling mankind toward a the Dark Ages II by turning wishful thinking on steroids into a national religion.


18 posted on 05/01/2009 5:23:11 AM PDT by Spok
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To: appleseed
“That’s not the end of Severin’s anti-immigrant rants. Immigrants are leeches and their children, he warns, don’t speak English, will retard schools, add to crime and spread disease. Amid all of this, Severin has the audacity to state, ‘I don’t mean to hype the story,’ ” the paper said.

If he was speaking about ILLEGAL immigration, he's right.

My wife volunteers in my daughters' classes several times a month, and she says the entire school is out of control this year.

Seems a local apartment complex was inundated with "immigrants" and now 50% of the students speak very limited english, and some none at all.

Nobody's learning a damn thing and disruptive behavior is through the roof.
19 posted on 05/01/2009 5:26:49 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: appleseed
“For Severin, Mexicans are ‘criminaliens’ and primitives who export venereal diseases to the United States,” the paper reported.

OK,so break down this statement.A good percentage,most likely the large majority,of Mexicans living in this country have committed at least one crime and many have committed a second (identity theft).And many of these illegal aliens carry various diseases to our shores...VD,TB,swine flu,insects in the brain (there was such a case publicized recently).And as for "primitives"...compared to us most of them are.

So it sounds like he's right on target.

20 posted on 05/01/2009 5:50:19 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: YellowRoseofTx

correct


21 posted on 05/01/2009 6:09:00 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: b4its2late

Replace him with Reese Hopkins! and his sidekick.


22 posted on 05/01/2009 6:11:24 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy
He said Mexico was a third world cess pool. It is. He said the "illegal" immigrants were crimaliens. Which they are. Last time I checked you weren't supposed to be sneaking into the US illegally. This is a bunch of crap and I'd like to know all the sponsors of WTKK here in Boston so I could boycott them all. Jay goes off on rants but he makes sense to those of us with any COMMON SENSE. What a world. Again..I am so sick and tired of my rights being laughed at then stepped on. What';s it going to take to right the ship??
23 posted on 05/01/2009 6:22:19 AM PDT by Rick66 (Don't dislike me cause I live in Massholechusetts.)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy; netmilsmom
Somehow I have a feeling that he used the term ILLEGAL aliens.

If he did use Illegal aliens that would make his statements even more true. Legal immigrants have more than likely been screened, illegals aliens haven't and are fleeing a nation ravaged with the flu as well as many other diseases we had wiped out but are returning.

24 posted on 05/01/2009 6:23:23 AM PDT by YellowRoseofTx (Evil is not the opposite of God; it's the absence of God)
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To: appleseed

This is NOT a free speech issue. The government did not restrict his speech in any way.

This is an employment performance issue. Jay’s employer didn’t like the way he was doing his job. Jay’s employer is not required by any law to let him say anything he wants on their radio signal.

Unless Jay has a contract requiring the station to allow him to say whatever he wants on the air, this is a simple matter of the employer deciding to change the content of the show during those hours.


25 posted on 05/01/2009 6:35:55 AM PDT by Poser (Typed on my Woot-off $169 Asus Web Book (Linux of course))
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To: YellowRoseofTx
He didn't say anything here that isn't already true.

Agreed. I've worked in customer service types of jobs for years, and a few months ago, I had to take one in a place that deals with the general public in a utility company. Before, I dealt with bankers, attorneys, realtors, medical supply offices, doctors, etc. all who were happy to speak English with me, and had to get jobs where that was necessary.

Now, anybody and everybody calls in where I work, and while I'm more than happy to get an interpreter on line, I started encountering those Spanish-speakers who feel that having an interpreter is not good enough for them (I'm sure my company spends a fortune to provide this for the lazy bastards) and who want to talk to a Spanish-speaking person. I have a Cuban friend who sits in the cube across from me, and he's generally willing to take them, but even he shakes his head about people who won't learn English in America.

I have to say, the experience has made me much more in favor of English-only in our society.

26 posted on 05/01/2009 6:49:17 AM PDT by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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To: hunter112

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
George Orwell


27 posted on 05/01/2009 7:07:29 AM PDT by ASU_94
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To: hunter112

One of my daughter-in-laws is Japanese. She came to this country when she was 20, to get an second college degree. She didn’t know anyone, didn’t speak English and had never been here. Yet in 3 years she learned to speak English, read and write it, worked while going to school, and got her degree. She was never on public assistance. She came legally too, and is here again (married to my son) legally.


28 posted on 05/01/2009 7:32:22 AM PDT by YellowRoseofTx (Evil is not the opposite of God; it's the absence of God)
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To: appleseed

Now for the radical left, slanted, why-are-we-going-out-of-business, take on all of this, check out the Boston Glob:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/05/01/severin_suspended_for_comments_about_mexican_immigrants/


29 posted on 05/01/2009 7:33:31 AM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (We seem to have reached a critical mass of stupid people.)
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To: OpeEdMunkey

If you read the Globe article, it’s obvious that Severin’s commments went way beyond the boundaries of commenting on immigration policy - it was hate speech, simple as that:

“...he described Mexicans as “the world’s lowest of primitives.”

“When we are the magnet for primitives around the world - and it’s not the primitives’ fault by the way, I’m not blaming them for being primitives - I’m merely observing they’re primitive,” he said.

His branding of the citizenry of an entire neighboring nation as “primitive” justifies his suspension.


30 posted on 05/01/2009 7:48:18 AM PDT by abc77
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To: YellowRoseofTx
Sounds like your daughter fits right in with the rest of us racists in Texas.

I have learned that it doesn't take long for liberal women to become conservative soccer moms in Texas. It takes several months, but they adapt quickly when they learn it's quite permissable for men to open doors for them, along with paying for taking them out on dates.

Before too long, they fall in love with a good, hard working Texas man. The metamorphosis is complete when they start extolling the virtues of the "cover two" defense.

31 posted on 05/01/2009 8:13:00 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Don't blame me...I voted for Palin!)
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To: abc77
His branding of the citizenry of an entire neighboring nation as “primitive” justifies his suspension.

Nope.

In the context of this type of show, where opinions are expressed and expression of agreement or dissent is encouraged, this is a perfectly acceptable statement of his opinion. He uses no racial slurs. He brands all illegal aliens as criminal aliens - which they are. And these same expressions have been de facto accepted by the radio station over the years.

This is not a 1st amendment issue per se since as an employee or more likely a contractor to the radio station they can to some extent curb what he says. Probably depends on the wording of his contract.

And what should we call people who come here with no education, no ability or desire to speak English - the world's default language of business, and no skills other than physical ability to do manual labor?

We're not getting the cream of Mexican citizenry here. And unlike China or India who both worried about a brain drain to the US, the Mexican government doesn't really care if these people leave. Near as I can tell the encourage it.

32 posted on 05/01/2009 8:16:08 AM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (We seem to have reached a critical mass of stupid people.)
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To: ASU_94
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33 posted on 05/01/2009 8:51:01 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Gay State Conservative; All

“And many of these illegal aliens carry various diseases to our shores...VD,TB,swine flu,insects in the brain”

Here is an eye opening article with real research behind it.

HOSPITAL TO THE WORLD WELCOMES ILLEGALS & CONTAGIOUS DISEASES

http://www.newswithviews.com/Cosman/madeleine.htm

Dr. Madeleine Cosman, Ph.D., ESQ
April 25, 2005


34 posted on 05/01/2009 8:57:49 AM PDT by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: YellowRoseofTx

Libs make every alien, legal.
We understand the difference.


35 posted on 05/01/2009 9:52:44 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: netmilsmom
Massachusetts Dems: "Let Illegal Immigrants VOTE!" http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/op_ed/view/2009_04_07_State_Democrats_despoil_democracy/ and if you don't...you're RACIST! Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

36 posted on 05/01/2009 10:48:09 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: netmilsmom

oops . try again

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/op_ed/view/2009_04_07_State_Democrats_despoil_democracy/


37 posted on 05/01/2009 10:49:15 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Poser

You’re right. Employer bowed to PC pressure. They’ll probably replace him with someone less controversial which will probably make their ratings decline. But at least they did the “right” thing in the eyes of the political elite. Liberals imposing their version of the fairness doctrine.

Did the fruitcake that ripped Ms. California lose his job yet? Just wondering.


38 posted on 05/01/2009 11:58:59 AM PDT by appleseed
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To: appleseed

“Did the fruitcake that ripped Ms. California lose his job yet? Just wondering.”

I’m pretty sure he’s self-employed. There’s not much chance he’ll fire himself, but I’ll bet Trump won’t hire him again.


39 posted on 05/01/2009 12:00:54 PM PDT by Poser (Typed on my Woot-off $169 Asus Web Book (Linux of course))
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Dude, don’t know how many times I heard that. It’s usually followed by I’m going to sue you.


40 posted on 05/01/2009 12:01:32 PM PDT by appleseed
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To: appleseed; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

Ping!


41 posted on 05/01/2009 5:45:40 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support Our Troops ~ www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil ~)
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To: HiJinx; All

Today’s Herald says Jay Severin and his agent will meet with WTKK on Monday to discuss his
future with the station.

Is he coming back or not, and if so, would Greater Media try to re-negotiate his contract?
If not, I could poss. see them putting McPhee in Graham’s slot, Graham in pm drive,
and a syndie host (Hannity?) or lower-paid local host at 7 pm...But we’ll see.

http://bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view/2009_05_02_Jay_Severin__agent_to_discuss_future_with_WTKK/srvc=home&position=6


42 posted on 05/02/2009 12:02:15 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: YellowRoseofTx
I also deal with a lot of customers of Asian ancestry, as well. Sometimes they will have a child or grandchild translate for them, as a courtesy to me. Even if there are no translators (only once did I have someone ask for Mandarin Chinese, and this was clearly an older person) they are invariably polite and patient with me, realizing that they have to spell out addresses and names.

I sense an audible delight in their voices when I pronounce their names correctly, we had a lot of Pacific Rim people out in the Northwest, and if you listened, you could learn a lot of things from them.

43 posted on 05/02/2009 4:00:21 PM PDT by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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To: hunter112; All

Still no resolution to Jay situation; VB filling in today.

http://www.bostonradiowatch.com

Greater’s statement:
“”WTKK and Greater Media value an open and vigorous dialogue, but we also strongly adhere to basic principles of civility, common decency and respect for all cultures. We believe Jay’s suspension is the best way to uphold both of these corporate policies. WTKK Management met with Jay Severin and his agent today. He will continue to remain on suspension until further notice.”


44 posted on 05/04/2009 1:05:24 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: All

http://www.theyoungturks.com/story/2009/5/4/141957/6060/Diary/Fighting-back-against-Jay-Severin

Of relevance.


45 posted on 05/04/2009 2:32:46 PM PDT by DBrow
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