Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Arizona Talk Show Host "Jokes" About Killing Illegal Immigrants
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona radio talk show host who suggested killing illegal border-crossers may have intensified racial tension in the state, two officials wrote in a letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
But a manager at the radio station insisted the comments were satirical, rather than threatening. Brian James, a fill-in talk show host with Phoenix radio station KFYI, suggested on the air last month one solution to the immigration problem in Arizona would be to kill illegal immigrants as they cross the border.
"What we'll do is randomly pick one night every week where we will kill whoever crosses the border," James said on the March 8 broadcast.
"Step over there and you die. You get to decide whether it's your lucky night or not."
"I think that would be more fun."
GOI: MORE FUN?!!! That's the kind of thing that a sociopath would say! Apparently this guy views illegal immigrants as no better then vermin to be exterminated.
He said he would be "happy to sit there with my high-powered rifle and my night scope" and kill people as they cross the border.
He also suggested the National Guard shoot illegal immigrants and receive "$100 a head."
GOI: I also heard that he mentioned how expensive building a wall on the border would be and then to think how many bullets one could buy with that money!!!
In a letter sent Friday to FCC chairman Kevin Martin, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton called the remarks irresponsible and dangerous.
"At no time during this hour did Mr. James disavow violence or indicate he was joking," the letter said.
"This type of threatening and inciting speech is dangerous and totally irresponsible for anyone, particularly a licensed body using public airways.
We are deeply concerned that, given the intensifying conflict over immigration in Arizona, this speech may lead to violence."
"Tempers are short on both sides and the situation is highly volatile."
Goddard and Charlton urged Martin to consider sanctions against KFYI for what they said was an abuse of public airwaves.
A spokesman with the FCC said he was not yet aware of the letter.
James did not return calls for comment by late Friday.
James has been a talk show host in Tampa, Fla., and Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a fill-in host at KFYI and has been on air there twice, said Laurie Cantillo, program manager at the radio station.
Cantillo did not say whether she was worried about the FCC possibly launching an investigation.
"It's never happened to me," she said Friday.
"But in this case, we're on solid ground. I would look forward to being able to tell KFYI's side of the story."
Cantillo denied James' comments were dangerous or irresponsible.
"The comments were made in a satirical manner and the listeners who heard the full broadcast understand that," she said.
GOI: Yeah, see if this is satire then I guess terrorist claims and threats to kill people should only be taken as satire as well. And how can it be satire if according to the Arizona D.A. and the U.S. attorney "At no time during this hour did Mr. James disavow violence or indicate he was joking," (BIG SIGH). GOOD LORD!! WHERE do these people COME FROM???
"We were having a serious discussion about the immigration issue and it was solution-driven."
GOI: Oh yeah!! Now here I agree with them. Saying such things ARE serious and what kind of "solution" is shooting and killing people?!! It's a cop out to now say that you were "only joking."
Guess what kind of message this sends to kids. It's ok to say that you want to kill people and explain in graffic detail how that would happen and then when someone says it's out of line and dangerous you can get away with it by just sayin, "Well, geez!! I was only joking! Lighten up!!!"
Yeah, hey buddy!! Ever hear of choosing tact and responsibility over a terrible, terrible joke?!! Such things shouldn't be said in ANY light let alone on the public air waves!!
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