Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Political Correctness: KWHL's Bob And Mark Getting Witch-Hunted For Playing Humorous "Cash For Tlingits" Segment On The Air In Anchorage

We've got another politically-correct witch hunt taking place in Anchorage, Alaska. This time, the center of attention is Bob and Mark, a couple of popular radio personalities who work for KWHL. Recently, Bob and Mark aired a segment called "Cash for Tlingits", which was intended to be a spoof of Obongo's "Cash for Clunkers" program. KTVA Channel 11 was the only local media outlet which aired a story, although the ADN's Village blog is now discussing it; KTVA video embedded below, followed by a brief written summary and some background on the Tlingit people:

Elizabeth Medicine Crow of the First Alaskans Institute is the one minority activist making an issue of this. According to her, she got an e-mail from an Alaska Native who complained of hearing the "Cash for Tlingits" segment aired on KWHL. She is not demanding they be fired, however. Since this post, I've learned that more of Crow's reaction has been documented on the Tundra Telegraph. Here's the purported text:

"Are you out of cash? Do you need to make some quick money? Do you have an old Native lying around? Well, we will give you Cash for Tlingits".

Anchorage Media General Manager Dennis Bookey, to whom Bob and Mark report, characterized it as "inappropriate" and said his first thought was suspension or termination. But then he got his head straight and realized that canning them would not solve any problems. So he's going to put Bob & Mark through the standard "process" (diversity training, public humiliation, apologies out the ying-yang, yada, yada, yada, you know the drill) and have them meet with Native "community leaders" before he decides what to do next.

This is not the first time Bob has been under fire for this type of behavior. In 2008, Bob, whose full name is Bob Lester, came under fire for his remarks about then-Senator Lyda Green on the air. What exacerbated the situation was that Governor Sarah Palin was in the studio and she was laughing about it. Gross unprofessionalism on Palin's part. Bob was never threatened with any discipline over that issue, though.

So there's no reason why he should be threatened with any discipline now. The progressives and the anti-racists have destroyed discourse in our society and have taken all the fun out of life. Thanks to them, we're all walking on eggshells. The Republican brain trust became addicted to political correctness, and they pissed away in rapid succession the House, the Senate, and the White House. Now the Tea Party movement is going to take over the Republican Party and make it an American party once again.

More about the Tlingit people HERE. They are an Indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast whose primary homeland is the southeast Alaska panhandle, although some can be found in Anchorage. They are a matrilineal society that developed a complex hunter-gatherer culture in the temperate rainforest of the southeast Alaska coast and the Alexander Archipelago. They are not restricted to reservations, being covered by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), which established regional corporations throughout Alaska with complex portfolios of land ownership rather than bounded reservations administered by tribal governments. They formed a partnership with the Haida people, and both are governed by a Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, a tribal government representing approximately 26,000 Tlingit and Haida Indians worldwide. They are a sovereign entity and have a government-to-government relationship with the United States. The Council's headquarters is in Juneau.

1 comment:

  1. Why do we continue to tolerate these trash mouthed idiots who take up bandwidth? Cut them lose, they hate women, they hate diversity, they only love Sarah Palin, that should tell you something!