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Old 03-23-06, 12:27 PM
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Radio host fired for Racial slur towards Conde Rice


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ST. LOUIS, Missouri (AP) -- A St. Louis radio station quickly fired a talk show host for uttering a racial epithet as he talked about Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on his morning show Wednesday.

Dave Lenihan apologized on the air immediately after making what he said was a slip of the tongue. KTRS president and general manager Tim Dorsey agreed the remark was accidental but said it was nonetheless "unacceptable, reprehensible and unforgivable."

Lenihan had been heaping praise on Rice, who has frequently said she aspires to run the NFL one day but has more recently ruled out seeking to replace retiring Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

"She's been chancellor of Stanford," Lenihan said on the air. "She's got the patent resume of somebody that has serious skill. She loves football. She's African-American, which would kind of be a big coon. A big coon. Oh my God. I am totally, totally, totally, totally, totally sorry for that."

He said he had meant to say "coup" instead of the racial slur.

KTRS listeners soon began calling the station to complain. Twenty minutes after the utterance, Dorsey went on the air to apologize to Rice and KTRS listeners.

"There can be no excuse for what was said," Dorsey said. "Dave Lenihan has been let go. ... There is enough hate. We certainly are not going to fan those flames."

NAACP chapter president Harold Crumpton commended Dorsey for his swift action.

Reached at home, Lenihan said he was still trying to figure out what happened and was drafting a letter of apology to Rice. He said he never uses the slur he uttered and thinks Rice is "a fantastic woman."

Lenihan, formerly a drive-time host at WGNU radio in St. Louis, had been at KTRS for less than two weeks.

"It was my dream job," he said. "Ratings were going well. It kind of stinks."
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Old 03-23-06, 12:30 PM
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Unfortunate Freduian slip. No way he should have been fired for that.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
Unfortunate Freduian slip. No way he should have been fired for that.
Firing everyone who accidentally says something un-PC is the only way we can ever stop the hate.
Old 03-23-06, 12:44 PM
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It's the station's right to fire him. I hope they pay dearly and he finds a better gig.
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Yeah, let's forget the fact that he was busy praising her. This PC crap is getting really annoying. I guess they are holding those that make their living talking to a higher standard, but come on, who in the world hasn't had an unfortunate slip of the tongue.
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"There can be no excuse for what was said," Dorsey said. "Dave Lenihan has been let go. ... There is enough hate. We certainly are not going to fan those flames."
Dorsey = ass
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Stop the hate. Even when it's not hate.
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I don't know why anyone would stoop to racial epithets when there's such a rich vein of humor to be tapped by making fun of those snaggly teeth. I mean, does the federal government not have a dental insurance plan? Or we could diss her for that monstrous hairdo, or that stupid name ... her parents must have been on major drugs.

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Old 03-23-06, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Bandoman
Stop the hate. Even when it's not hate.



Nice kneejerk reaction by the station
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We've turned in to a country of complaining whiney whimps. Seriously. PC is completely out of control in this country.
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It had to be intentional! The P (in coup) is nowhere near the N (in coon).

Okay, seriously, this is stupid.
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This is really dumb. No one should get fired for a slip of the tongue which the guy apologized for. Please.

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i mean crap... on the air he apologized..... so dumb
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Dorsey = ass
You just negated the hate savings from the sudden firing, now they will have to drown three angry puppies to maintain their balance.
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Thank God I don't have to hear this man's hate anymore!

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I don't think he should have been fired for this incident, In fact I think he should be commended for Apologizing and not making excuses for it. I mean it was a slip of the tongue after all.
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Originally Posted by iggystar
This is really dumb. No one should get fired of a slip of the tongue which the guy apologized for. Please.

I agree.
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
I agree.
Yeah, I figured I'd get that kind of reaction from you, Giantrobo, considering that you're also a coo --

Cool! A cool guy! Honest, I was just calling a spade a --

I mean, uh, Negro! Colored! Cooler! Really!
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Please let it be Mancow.

Please let it be Mancow.

Please let it be Mancow.



Shit.
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as everyone else has said, this is just stupid.. I hope the guy goes someplace better and gets massive ratings... although it probably won't be Harlem or Detriot
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I'm sure in St. Louis they were paying him rather niggardly anyhow. He can make much more here in L.A. for example. I'm sure our local KFI will hire him somehow
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Wife leaves fired radio host, takes children
By Jake Wagman
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
03/23/2006

The racial slur that got a local radio personality fired has also resulted in his wife of seven years leaving him and taking his children. Dave Lenihan, who was in his second week as a morning show host on KTRS (550 AM), was fired Wednesday after saying the word “coon” while describing why U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would fit well as commissioner of the National Football League.

Today, Sherry Lenihan left her husband, saying she could not live with “a vicious bigot.” Although she said Lenihan had no history of racism, his “hateful comments on KTRS were the first and, as it happens, only straw.” She continued that under no circumstances could she let her children grow up “with a monster like Dave.” The Lenihans have two children, ages 2 and 4.

Lenihan said that he meant to use the word “coup” when the offensive language came out instead. He has written Rice an apology letter.

“I think you are a great leader and I hope to one day see you in the White House – you have my support,” Lenihan wrote. “I hope you can forgive me for this slip of the tongue.”

His wife remains unconvinced, however.

“Dave is the kindest, gentlest soul I know, and until today I thought I would spend the rest of my life with him. Even though he has a plausible story as to why he said what he said, and he's never said anything racist before, and he apologized immediately afterward, I have no choice but to assume he harbors deep-seated hatred for minorities and probably the Irish. There is enough hate.”
 
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What the fuck?

Is this a bunch of Onion articles?
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This is becoming the most bizarre story I've ever read.
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BwG please tell me you wrote that yourself. At least the last paragraph

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