The mysterious owner of Spocko's Brain appeared last night for the first time on talk radio on The David Goldstein Show (KIRO Sundays, 7-10p).The blog was shut down after ABC/Disney threatened a lawsuit after he clipped and posted audio from hate-spewing talkers on their San Francisco right-wing KSFO
If you're not up to speed on this media situation, read Mike Stark's Kos Diary from last week which we read thanks to loyal reader Sparky. The nut of it is that Spocko, started posting the truly extreme and
violent remarks of such blabmeisters as Lee Rogers, Melanie Morgan, Tom Brenner, and Brian Sussman.
Remarks like Rogers' about a black man in Lincoln, Nebraska: "Now you start with the Sear's Diehard the battery cables connected to his testicles and you entertain him with that for awhile and then you blow his bleeping head off."
Or Sussman's demanding of a caller: "'Say 'Allah is a whore!'" to prove he was not an Islamist.
Or Melanie Morgan on Nancy Pelosi: "We've got a bulls-eye painted on her big laughing eyes."
Morgan is one of those aserbic Republican blondes favored by the Fox News Channel to come in and help geld liberals when Hannity's butter knife gets too dull. She and Rogers do a straight eight hours - four live and four replay back-to back 5a-noon weekday mornings on KSFO (might have something to do with that her husband, Jack Swanson is the operations manager).
Morgan got her butt in a sling last year after she called for Bill Keller of the New York Times (and nine editors from other papers) to be hanged. In this video clip, she and the KSFO morning gang yuck it up making the sounds of Keller burning in an old defective electric chair.
But it wasn't posting the audio that got Spocko in trouble- after he started writing letters to advertisers, and such accounts as Visa withdrew ads is when his ISP got the Cease & Desist orders from ABC/Disney effectively shutting him down.
KSFO has some local connections. Ken Berry, who many says started KIRO on its road to destruction, when arrogance and neglect on his watch lost the Mariners contract for the station, is KSFO Program Director. The scandal-sullied Rabbi Daniel Lapin (Sundays, 1-4p ) moved his snorefest to KSFO last year after the Abramoff revelations made it too hot for him in his home Seattle market. Lee Rogers, the cranky old son of a bitch shat into the Seattle airwaves for a short while when the now-defunct KING 1090AM brought him to town and put him up against Rush to stop KVI's Juggernaut of Mean that had taken the market by storm. He didn't last long- his brand of nasty proved too much even for local meaneocons.
Spocko wrote: They have Lawyers, Guns and Money. I've got a 5th tier blog and no money. Because I and some other listeners hit right-wing talk radio in the pocket book, they are acting like wounded animals and brought out the big guns, Corporate Lawyers. Am I scared? Hell yes. They can easily squish me like a bug and tie me up in legal battles for the rest of my natural life (and Vulcans live a long time), not to mention that unlike KSFO radio hosts, I'm not getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars and generating millions of revenue for a multibillion-dollar parent company. If I pursue this further I expect the next step is a "CyberSLAPP" suit.
Mike Stark writes: It is our hope that by shining the disinfectant that is sunlight upon these advocators of violence, we will give Congress reason to take a closer look at what has happened to political discourse since the evisceration of the Fairness Doctrine.
Spocko has been incommunicado, but for the first time ever, he'll tell his story tonight on the radio complete with audio clips from the offensive station. It'll surely be don't-miss radio.
And by the way: who on the right will step up to this First Amendment atrocity. We're always hearing bloviation from the likes of Hannity who claims he and others like him will be shut down if liberals get control of the government- will he speak up to this? How about you, Mr. Much-Maligned-by-the-Liberal-Establishment Dori Monson? Or you, Bryan Suits? Kirby? Dan & Dave: here's your chance at fair & balanced...