Remember Spocko, the blogger who decided to go after Bay Area hate radio station KSFO for their racist demagoguery? He published the audio clips of the offending DJs’ hate speech on his blog, and he contacted KSFO’s advertisers to inform them that their brands were being associated with this kind of language. To date, Bank of America, Mastercard, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation have pulled their ads. ABC/Disney, the parent corporation which owns KSFO, was not amused. They got Spocko’s ISP to shut down his blog (which has since reopened, hosted by a new ISP: Spocko’s Brain), and soon after, the story hit Daily Kos.
Now, Spocko’s story has been picked up by the New York Times. Last Friday, KSFO preempted their usual programming for three hours to address the controversy. From the sound of it, their apologies were lukewarm at best. “Unrepentant” is, I think, an apt adjective. As for their call-in program, they handpicked their wingnut backers in order to bask in an almost uninterrupted flow of fascist lurve.
Almost uninterrupted. See, they’d invited Kossack Mike Stark (who has championed Spocko’s fight over at Daily Kos) to call in. The NY Times has a great snip:
Mr. Stark: “You’ve spoken of the number of apologies you have tried to make. How many apologies does a professional get before they realize they are an incompetent and move on to another line of work?”
KSFO’s Lee Rodgers: “Well I haven’t apologized for anything and I am not going to start with you. How the hell do you like that, creep?”
And Mike Stark has more. He doesn’t want us to get sidetracked by KSFO and their meat puppet DJs; he wants us to keep our eyes on the big prize:
But it really bugs me that Disney – the omnipresent company for those of us with kids – is on the leading edge of the subversive right-wing propaganda campaign that characterizes so much of what we watch, read and hear. As an information company, they are downright dangerous to the ideal of a better society that we are collectively striving for. And they are doing it under one of the most innocent and beloved brand names in America…
So how do we take on The Mouse? After all, Disney has one of the most aggressive legal teams defending its brand. Here’s Mike again:
I just purchased the domain “DisneyHatesYou.com”. I’m building a bulletin board for people to upload photoshops, stories and videos of their bullshit experiences with Disney. From that central repository, I’m encouraging all of you to copy and paste. Copy the photoshops and stories from DisneyHatesYou.com and paste them into the other sites you visit.
Planning a vacation? Spending time at travel discussion sites? Shoot over to DisneyHatesYou and grab a story. Paste it into your comments and tell people why you won’t visit Disney.
The ironic thing is, DisneyHatesYou.com currently runs ads for Disney! Well, that’s gonna change soon. Mike estimates his bulletin board will be up within a week.
H/T to Gaelic Starover for the NY Times story.
PS: I’ll be making a loaf of No-Knead Bread tonight. Bread cooked in a Dutch oven — wild! I’ll let you know how it turns out.