Apparently in response to the March 5 post by Collin Roth of Media Trackers, yesterday morning liberal hatetalker John “Sly” Sylvester of Madison’s WTDY deleted his blog post titled, “Andrew Breitbart DEAD (thankfully),” which had been posted on his blog here. (March 8 update: Apparently a Madison-area dentist, Larry Pakyz, who vigorously protested Sylvester’s vile rant against Breitbart even before Roth published his story, played a key role getting the blog post deleted, according to Dr. Pakyz’s 3/7, 1:19 p.m. comment on Charlie Syke’s Facebook page, here: “I have been battling this jerk, his boss, and his sponser for 3 days now ever since he devoted 30 minutes to Andrew Brietback’s death in the most vile and cruel way possible.”)
However, Sylvester did not issue an apology for either that blog post or for his vile on-the-air rant against Breitbart, nor did he remove the 20-minute audio of that rant, which is still available, with all of Sylvester’s other audio clips, as part of archive.org‘s audio archives, here
Rather than simply remain silent on the matter after deleting his blog post, Sylvester doubled down. Sylvester wrote a new blog post (published yesterday at 8:37 a.m.) in which he made clear he does not plan to apologize for expressing glee about Breitbart’s death and vowing to pour weed killer on Breitbart’s grave. Instead, it appears Sylvester hopes to use this controversy to boost his ratings, by seeking to feature it on his talk show. In an “open letter” to those who have criticized him for his Breitbart comments he wrote that he will only address this matter if his detractors engage him on his own program: “If you have an issue with me, go ahead and call my show — we put the lemmings of Belling, Sykes, McKenna [conservative Wisconsin talk show hosts], and Rush [Limbaugh] straight to the top.”
Sylvester reinforced that he’s not apologizing for anything, and fully stands behind his remarks about Breitbart, even the most vile ones, when he published a further post at 9:54 a.m. today in which he: (1) embedded the three-minute Badger Pundit YouTube video of his remarks and gave it a Siskel & Ebert “Thumbs up!”; and (2) posted another link to the full 20-minute audio file.
One would hope that those at WTDY in charge of monitoring Sylvester’s behavior would have an interest in enforcing common standards of decency. Here, evidently, any such hope would be misplaced. The writer who broke this story, Collin Roth of Media Trackers, reported today that when he contacted the program director at WTDY, Rex Charger, to “see if the station would stand by” Sylvester” or instead “condemn the comments,” Charger said he had no response. Charger did take time to sarcastically compliment Roth on his “nice objective journalism.” (Rusty Weiss published a piece on Newsbusters yesterday in which he reported that Charger did not even bother to respond to Weiss’s e-mail on the matter.)
One naturally wonders: where do Rex Charger’s priorities lay? Why did he not take the time to formulate a position on behalf of the station, pro or con, regarding the matter? An inquiry into this may provide a window into the character and priorities of members of the left-wing media. Consider Rex Charger’s official homepage on the WTDY website. There’s nothing there about any commitment to professionalism or journalistic objectivity, but Charger does mention his love of beer and poker:
Rex Charger also maintains an active Twitter feed (500+ tweets to date), and even though he lists his WTDY affiliation in his Twitter bio, there’s no indication of professionalism there, though there’s plenty of emphasis on both poker and beer:
Charger’s tweets also offer some indication of his political views, suggesting he shares Sylvester’s hatred of Andrew Breitbart, which may help explain why he declined to condemn Sylvester’s comments. On Governor Scott Walker, for example, on 3/10/2011 Charger tweeted: “What’s the difference between Scott Walker and Massengill? One is a disposable douche. The other is a feminine hygiene product.” On 4/7/2011: “We’re going to call him Governor Taint: he’s a divider, and he’s somewhere between a nutsack and an asshole.” On 4/1/2011 he called Ronald Reagan a “fucktard,” and on 9/1/2011 he called John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, a “jerkoff asswipe.”
Also, it seems that like Sylvester, Charger enjoys mocking the death or suffering of others, even those who aren’t his ideological foes — witness, for example, his comments on the death of Etta James (1/20/2012) and on the gruesome facial distortion suffered by movie critic Roger Ebert due to his bout with jaw cancer (6/21/2011).
Also, it seems Charger has no problem with the vile word that prominent Obama backer Bill Maher used to describe Sarah Palin, as he employs the same word as a weapon to attack people. For example:
Charger frequently discusses sexual topics on Twitter, for example, mentioning porn star Jenna Jameson and oral sex (7/4/2011); how “hookers and vodka” can “ease the pain of unhappiness” (7/11/2011); and how frequently his girlfriend gets abortions (10/14/2011).
It seems that neither Sylvester nor Charger has the class or good sense to apologize for Sylvester’s vile on-the-air rant against Andrew Breitbart, so it will apparently fall to others to determine whether any consequence for such behavior follows.