WGMD Fires Jake Smith
March 9, 2015 at 3:10 AM (PT)
RESORT BROADCASTING News-Talk WGMD/REHOBOTH BEACH, DE morning co-host JAKE SMITH has exited the station after a comment during a FEBRUARY 20th listener call in which he said "as far as I'm concerned, not every Muslim is guilty, but every Muslim is suspect."
The NEWS-JOURNAL of WILMINGTON reports that SMITH argued with a caller about Muslims serving AMERICA, claiming, "Muslims do not stand up for AMERICA – and they don't, they didn't stand up for America during 9/11, they didn't stand up for AMERICA during FORT HOOD, they've never stood out and said, 'This has to stop' – I haven't heard one Muslim in this country do that." When the caller challenged him with an example of a Muslim soldier who enlisted in the U.S. Army after 9/11 and died in combat in IRAQ, SMITH said, "That's great, but not enough Muslims have done that, sir." And when the caller termed SMITH a "bigot," SMITH responded, "I'm a bigot? You know what, you're a bigot. Oh, you're a jackass. You know what? You're done. That jackass."
SMITH told the newspaper that he was fired after the show because the station told him he would have to treat callers differently in the future, adding, "I thought I had the right to defend myself. He called me a racist; I'm not a racist. I, unfortunately, stood up for a principle I thought was important."
SMITH's co-host MIKE BRADLEY continued solo in mornings at the station.