KTTS, KSGF/Springfield, MO Phone Screener Who Suggested Roanoke Shooting Was Hoax Quits
September 18, 2015 at 4:27 PM (PT)
The phone screener/co-host of SCRIPPS Country KTTS and News-Talk KSGF-A-F/SPRINGFIELD, MO SUNDAY morning "CRACKER BARREL" public affairs show who engaged in a discussion suggesting that the WDBJ-TV/ROANOKE on-air murder was a "hoax" designed to promote stronger gun restrictions has quit his job after being suspended for the comments.
The SPRINGFIELD NEWS-LEADER reports that phone screener RICK MASTERS, who discussed the shooting on the AUGUST 30th show with host JOE RIOS for which the station apologized, quit the stations and posted a long explanation of his actions on FACEBOOK, saying he was surprised to be suspended and that it was "insulting that my employer would not only lambaste me in (at first) the local newspaper, but suspend me on top of that. Are we living in such a rank and file culture of political correctness that radio hosts on call-in talk shows are not allowed to give their opinions? The answer to that question is a big YES."
MASTERS said in the post that he had been "blind-sided by a sheepish, politically correct, 'better-watch-whatcha-say' phantom rulebook" and said that he had been "suspended for acknowledging obvious contradictions in the official narrative of a tragedy. I should also add that I did say the words, '…in my opinion, it looks fake.'"