Alone among the millions of websites that have addressed the topic of Boston talk radio host Jay Severin's suspension, for saying, among other things:
- "So now, in addition to venereal disease and the other leading exports of Mexico – women with mustaches and VD – now we have swine flu."
- Later, 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."
- "It's millions of leeches from a primitive country come here to leech off you and, with it, they are ruining the schools, the hospitals, and a lot of life in America."
- "We should be, if anything, surprised that Mexico has not visited upon us poxes of more various and serious types already, considering the number of criminaliens already here."
- "Yeah, well, [emergency rooms have] become essentially condos for Mexicans."
I will suggest that Severin should not have been fired. Not because I feel any sympathy for Severin, a professional bigot of the crassest sort. Not because I have some misbegotten notion that the First Amendment protects creeps like Jay Severin from reaping the harvest of social and professional disgrace they sow when they spout these opinions.
Rather, it's because his employer, Boston talk radio station WTKK and its parent Greater Media, Inc., profited from Severin's work and encouraged him to say this sort of thing, at least until the kitchen got too hot. And a hot kitchen it must have been indeed, considering that years ago, discussing Muslims in America and their deadly fifth column threat, Severin said:
"You think we should befriend them; I think we should kill them."
No, I blame Severin for what he said no more than I would blame a vicious attack dog for ripping the scalp off of the neighbor's kid. Severin, like the dog, was just doing what he was rewarded for doing. Severin, like the dog, should simply be put down, painlessly, because he's a mere brute who was trained to behave this way. Just as the law holds the owner of a vicious beast responsible for its actions, we should hold Severin's owners responsible, rather than the dumb animal.
The Federal Communications Commission should strip Greater Media, Inc. of all its broadcast licenses. While I'm, in principle, a free speech absolutist and disagree with any governmental penalty for speech, I bow to the superior judgment of the Supreme Court. If the First Amendment allows FCC to impose financial penalties on those who merely broadcast Carlin words, it surely allows penalties for those who would broadcast, and profit from, years of tirades from a dumb beast like Jay Severin.