WIOD's Jimmy Cefalo Pulls Plug On Shirley Phelps Interview
March 3, 2011 at 12:55 PM (PT)
SHIRLEY PHELPS made the usual rounds of radio shows after her group, the WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH, won a victory at the SUPREME COURT allowing the church's controversial protests outside military funerals on First Amendment grounds, but CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WIOD-A/MIAMI morning host JIMMY CEFALO had second thoughts about putting PHELPS on the air just as their scheduled interview started.
CEFALO started the interview, and then told PHELPS that he considers her group in the same category as "pedophiles, the KKK, wife beaters, people like that." "You do have the right to the First Amendment," CEFALO told PHELPS. "You simply don't have it on my show. Goodbye." CEFALO told listeners "I'm sorry, I couldn't do it. I just couldn't do it."
Hear the exchange by clicking here.