KTCN Host's Newtown Comment Draws Fire
April 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KTCN-A (TWIN CITIES NEWS TALK 1130 AM)/MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL morning co-host BOB DAVIS' comment that he would tell the families of the NEWTOWN, CT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL shootings to "go to hell" for using the incident to push for gun control legislation has generated only one advertiser defection but much comment on the Internet and in local media.
The MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE reports that ATOMIC DATA, an IT support company, has pulled its ads from the show, but that VP Programming GREGG SWEDBERG said that no other advertisers have defected. Meanwhile, DAVIS remains on the air, although a resident of CONNECTICUT wrote an op-ed piece for the STAR-TRIBUNE's website offering to pay DAVIS' travel expenses to NEWTOWN for him to repeat his radio comments on the air. DAVIS has not responded to the offer, but apologized a week after the initial comments, saying that he "did not mean to criticize the families of the victims ... I want to offer my most sincere and total apology to all the families for any further pain those words may have caused."
The original comment, directed at the victims of NEWTOWN "or any other shooting," aired on the APRIL 12th show, was, as quoted by the STAR-TRIBUNE, "Just because a bad thing happened to you doesn’t mean that you get to put a king in charge of my life. I’m sorry that you suffered a tragedy, but you know what? Deal with it, and don’t force me to lose my liberty, which is a greater tragedy than your loss. I’m sick and tired of seeing these victims trotted out, given rides on Air Force One, hauled into the Senate well, and everyone is … terrified of these victims. I would stand in front of them and tell them, ‘Go to hell.’ ”