The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

02 March 2006

Boston Herald, WRKO, John DePetro, Imette St. Guillen


Talker Pounded Over Murdered NYC Student

*** 3 November 2006: see our main page for news on John DePetro ***

Providing an increasingly-rare dose of publicity for New England talk radio, WRKO/Boston talk host John DePetro is under fire over comments made regarding murdered student Imette St. Guillen.

After leaving a New York City nightclub at 4am last Saturday, St. Guillen, whose story has made national headlines, was slain in an especially horrific manner.

Because St. Guillen has Bay State ties, the story has dominated Boston news coverage, just as in New York City.

From the Boston Herald:

Button-pushing talk jock John DePetro infuriated women across the Hub yesterday by suggesting a Boston woman was partly to blame for her own gruesome rape and murder in New York City because she was partying late.

WRKO midmorning host DePetro late yesterday denied blaming Imette St. Guillen for her demise, but said being out alone at 4 a.m. and drinking with strangers was “asking for trouble” and that women must use “common sense.”

“As tragic as it is, your first reaction is she should not have been out alone at 3 or 4 a.m. in the morning because look at what can happen,” DePetro said. “I wasn’t wrong. I went on the air and people said I was right on.”

But the talk host’s blame-the-victim tone during his WRKO radio morning show enraged some women listeners - and activists.

St. Guillen, 24, was raped and killed after a night of drinking at a Manhattan bar. She had stayed out alone after arguing with a friend. Her naked, bound body was discovered Saturday night.

While the Radio Equalizer didn't hear the show in question, coincidently, we did encounter DePetro immediately after his Wednesday program ended.

In talking with him, there was no indication of the controversy to come. Perhaps he hadn't yet had a full sense of the emerging firestorm.

As with any talk radio controversy, context is everything. Some of the feminists denouncing him yesterday also hadn't actually heard the program. Today, DePetro featured at least one critic on his show.

Where this goes next, if anywhere, is anyone's guess. Whether the publicity is good or bad, however, at least increasingly-sleepy New England talk radio is again showing much-needed signs of life.

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Some photos: Boston Herald

Disclosure: Brian Maloney has ongoing WRKO-AM professional ties


  • I was listening to savage tonight,and he was blaming the victim too!!

    By Blogger joe, at 02 March, 2006 22:23  

  • Brian’s Lies Watch – Day 10 Post 11
    The anatomy of a lie:

    1) Rush Limbaugh, on his Feb 14 radio show, in talking about the Ohio Hackett/Brown Democratic Primary, said:
    a. “And don’t forget, Sherrord Brown is black” – this was not a lie, but a mistake
    b. He then said, “There’s a racial component here, too”
    2) Rush was then informed by listeners via e-mails that Brown was not black, and was, in fact, white. Paul Hackett was white, as well
    3) Therefore, there was no “racial element” to the story at all
    4) Rush “corrected” his mistake that Brown was black, but DID NOT retract or apologize for the “racial element” remark

    He made up the “racial element” angle, obviously. This was Rush’s lie. His next lie:

    1) He said “I’m not gonna apologize, ‘cause I don’t think it’s an insult to be black”
    2) Of course, this is a lie, too, because he should be apologizing for making up the “racial component” of the story (the link on Brian’s page is about to disappear forever)

    Brian Maloney then reported on the story on Feb 20. He related the story as if the only element was the “error” Rush Limbaugh Made about Brown’s race.

    Of course, the real story was the “racial component” that Rush made up and then refused to retract.

    Hence, Brian lied as well.

    The elements of the story as I’ve stated above are incontrovertible fact.

    But don’t believe me, and don’t believe anyone else - Research for yourselves.

    By Blogger TJ, at 03 March, 2006 09:34  

  • The victim in NYC was getting into a cab, and that cab driver tortured and killed her. They think that this cab driver did this to someone else a month ago too. Many people take these non-yellow, non TLC cabs, because somethimes you can't find a traditional yellow cab, everyoone does that.

    It is so terrible that there are preditors out there. Opportunistic preditors seek out the most vulnerable. It is tragic, and they fear that this guy may strike again. They better catch him soon.

    Generally when people blame the victim, and also, many victims blame themselves-with woulda, coulda shoulda's, it is about trying to some how feel as though there is some control of the situation, thus you feel less vulnerable, that you could have control over such a radom and terrible act.

    By Blogger FYIFYI, at 03 March, 2006 09:52  

  • This guy was right. When you put yourself into risky situations like this, you're...well- you're putting yourself AT RISK. This is why we call them risky situations.

    I'm not completely sure of all the facts, but it seems as if she left the club at 4 AM drunk and alone. Any parent on earth would slap their child (no matter how old they are) upside their head if they decided to do this, and let's face it- women, in this situation, are at a much higher risk than men.

    He's not blaming the victim, he's simply doing what any parent would have done- preaching responsibility and common sense. If we attack this sort of thing, we're telling young people everywhere that you can do whatever you want, get drunk, go clubbing, stay out all night long, go out and do this all alone, and never worry about the consequences or risks involved.

    With this logic- we'd have to shy away from all talks on common sense and risk management and responsibility. If these things are such a sin- what's left to tell our children, besides 'go out and do whatever you want, to hell with the risks'??

    By Blogger Joshua, at 04 March, 2006 06:46  

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