Dispute Between Talkers Breaks Out Over Funds From Candidate
August 3, 2010 at 7:47 PM (PT)
After SALEM Talk KTKZ-A/SACRAMENTO midday host ERIC HOGUE took CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KFI-A/LOS ANGELES afternoon hosts JOHN KOBYLT and KEN CHIAMPOU to task for criticizing CALIFORNIA Republican gubernatorial candidate MEG WHITMAN for her apparent conflicting positions on the ARIZONA immigration law and CALIFORNIA's Proposition 187, JOHN AND KEN let HOGUE have it with both barrels on TUESDAY's show (8/3), pointing out that HOGUE received money from the WHITMAN campaign. HOGUE responded to ALL ACCESS late TUESDAY saying that the money received from the WHITMAN campaign was for advertising space on the website.
HOGUE ripped JOHN AND KEN on his "HOGUE NEWS" website with a JULY 24th post that said the KFI hosts' criticism of WHITMAN "smells like a summer radio ratings stunt, a theme to boost the core audience’s passion -- because it surely doesn’t deliver the sort of intelligence needing during an election of this magnitude for the future of CALIFORNIA. The stench was so bad that the boys actually started to kiss upon (Democrat) JERRY BROWN last week ...
"Question: In this epic battle of the 'makers versus the takers' in CALIFORNIA's ultimate future, whose team are you on, boys? It’s time to pick a side and stand there and stop playing radio games for personal wealth while the rest of the private sector is driven into the ground by the majority party and their union bosses. Now is the time to decide, whose side are you on?"
"We're not on anybody's side. We're not in anybody's party," KOBYLT responded while noting that HOGUE is listed on the state's official campaign finance website among recipients of payments from WHITMAN's campaign, with a $1,000 payment on JUNE 30th under the category "Information Technology Costs (Internet, E-Mail)."
"There's nothing lower than a paid whore who runs a radio show supported by a political candidate," KOBYLT charged, noting that HOGUE's site sports a WHITMAN ad. "The WHITMAN ads take two forms," KOBYLT alleged. "There are the ads, and there's the writing."
(Should talk hosts take money from political campaigns? What about if it's disclosed, or for advertising? Post your comments below)