The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

18 July 2006

John DePetro, WRKO, Boston

SUSPENDED

After Slur, WRKO's DePetro Off The Air





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


Tonight your Radio Equalizer is in the odd position of both reporting on an incident involving WRKO / Boston host John DePetro and filling in for him during his two- day suspension.

With that in mind, why don't we leave the rest of it up to the Boston Herald's Jessica Heslam:


Shock jock wannabe John DePetro has been yanked off the air for two days and ordered to apologize for calling embattled Big Dig chief Matt Amorello a “fag” yesterday on his morning radio show.

“This corporation has zero tolerance for racial intolerance. Mr. DePetro has 72 hours to think about it,” said Jason Wolfe, vice president of programming at WRKO (680) and WEEI-AM (850).

DePetro referred to Amorello - who is married to a woman - as “Fag Matt.”

“And I don’t mean gay fag, I just mean the way when you’re a sophomore, juvenile, in grammar school and somebody would say you’re like a sissy boy fag,” DePetro said on-air. “I don’t mean gay fag. I mean like sissy boy. He’s a little sissy boy. Wife wears the pants.”

Amorello, who has faced calls for his resignation since last week’s deadly Big Dig tunnel collapse, declined to comment on DePetro’s remarks.

But the radio host’s comments incensed gay advocates. “It’s extremely offensive. It’s childish. It’s incendiary,” said Emily Pitt, ofFenway Community Health.

“As far as I know, Matt Amorello is not a gay man, but even if he were, it’s just ridiculous,” said Pitt, who didn’t hear DePetro’s show but received e-mails about it.

“It’s pathetic,” added Massachusetts Sen. Jarrett T. Barrios (D-Cambridge), who is openly gay.

Wolfe was program director at WEEI in 2003 when co-hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan were suspended for two weeks for comparing an escaped gorilla to an inner-city Metco student.

DePetro, who is suspended and off the air today and tomorrow, did not return a call. It’s unclear whether he will be docked two days’ pay.


With a story by Mark Shanahan, the Boston Globe has also now weighed in:


WRKO host suspended for calling Turnpike chief a derogatory slur

WRKO suspended talk-show host John DePetro today for using a slur for "homosexual" in reference to Turnpike Authority chairman Matthew J. Amorello.

The morning host, who calls himself "The Independent Man," was suspended for two days after using the epithet on the air during a discussion of Amorello's conduct following the ceiling collapse of the I-90 connector. DePetro called Amorello "[expletive] Matt," adding, "I don't mean gay [expletive]. I mean like he's a sissy boy. He's a little sissy boy."

Neither DePetro nor Amorello returned calls late today, but WRKO program director Jason Wolfe said the station has "zero tolerance for racial intolerance... Mr. DePetro has 72 hours to think about this." Wolfe said he purposely chose the word "racial" because "people will lump everything in together."

The conservative talk-show host, who's been on the air at WRKO for three years, made the comment while talking about Amorello's decision to bring his wife, Charlotte, and spokeswoman, Mariellen Burns, to the funeral of Milena Del Valle, the woman who was killed when the ceiling panel collapsed. DePetro said his WRKO colleague Howie Carr calls Amorello "fat Matt" and then said it should "[expletive] Matt."


UPDATE: DePetro returned to WRKO today (Friday) and your Radio Equalizer now resumes regular posting.

FRIDAY: The Herald's update by Jessica Heslam has just been posted. Here's an excerpt:


“On Tuesday, the language that I used was offensive. It was stupid, there was no excuse for it and I apologize,” DePetro said. “There were many, many members of the local and national community who were offended by that language.”

“I apologize to those people. I apoligoze to the management and listeners - you - of WRKO,” he said. “That is not the type of language that should be used on any show and certainly will not be used on my show ever again.”

“We discuss topics very passionately on this show, but we should never allow, and I should never allow, offensive language to enter into our discussion no matter how intense that it gets,” DePetro said.

DePetro was pulled off the air because of his comments Wednesday and yesterday and ordered to apologize.

At least one caller today tried to bring up the incident, telling DePetro he was the “second best” at WRKO-AM (680) and “what they did to you was disgusting.”

DePetro said he appreciated the support but was moving on.

The morning talk jock has not returned calls for comment.

On Tuesday, DePetro called Amorello - who has faced calls for his resignation in the wake of the July 10 deadly tunnel collapse - “Fag Matt.”

“And I don’t mean gay fag, I just mean the way when you’re a sophomore, juvenile, in grammar school and somebody would say you’re like a sissy boy fag,“ DePetro said on the air.


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DePetro photo: Boston Herald library

20 Comments:

  • The only thing more idiotic than using the term "racial intolerance", is trying to justify it with "people will lump everything in together." People in leadership positions are so brow beaten and brainwashed they cannot even define their own PC buzz words anymore. The truth is there is only one single race of people, and that is human. Of course we can't say that too loud, liberals use divided color groups as an excuse for excessive taxation and regulation.

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 19 July, 2006 02:24  

  • Correction lonewatchman--there are TWO human races--us and subhuman species of slime which come in many forms:

    Liberals

    Communists

    (Many) Politicians

    College Professors

    (Most) Media reporters--especially ABCCBSNBCMSNBCPBSNPRCNN

    Democrats

    Get the picture?

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 19 July, 2006 07:06  

  • Perfect example of right-wing hate, Pussy World. What's the final solution? Concentration camps? Gas chambers?

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 19 July, 2006 07:59  

  • Irony is that WEEI's Gerry Callahan spent an entire morning "explaining" why "fag" is not an offensive term to use (in reference to Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen's outburst last month). So what is it Mr. Wolfe?
    My two cents: Yes it's offensive, (albeit not "racially" offensive). The suspension is correct, as DePitro's explanation of "sissy boy" instead of "gay" is laughable. Does he not understand why gay men -- many of whom have been picked on since childhood -- would be even further offended by his explanation. Good for WRKO, despite the aforementioned hypocrisy. It's a simple matter of class, decency and respect for one's listeners.

    By Blogger Justin, at 19 July, 2006 08:14  

  • Patriot world is in need of a fist right in the face. HE is a filthy, hateful, worthless piece of human excrement.
    I would love to personally beat the piss out of this filthy little nazi. Whats the problem fakepatriotworld, impotency? sterility? Or are you a closet gay Republican? You are a vile human being, you will get what is comming to you, Karma works in mysterious ways.

    WE ARE THE HUMANS, LIBERALS,DEMOCARATS, NORMAL REPUBLICANS, REAL CONSERVATIVES, SOCIALISTS, ALL HUMANS
    ON THE OTHER HAND:
    YOU ARE A SUBHUMAN ANIMAL
    YOU ARE A FILTHY LITTLE NAZI
    NO DIFFERENT THAN THE TERRORISTS

    YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO Americans
    YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO REPUBLICANS
    YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO HUMAN BEINGS

    and if I had a "conservative blog" , FakePatriotWorld, would be 1000% banned.

    This filthy little turd, brings out the worst in everyone.
    I do hope, somebody beats the piss out of you.
    YOU DESERVE A FULL BODY CAST
    DROP DEAD

    and shame of you Brian, for allowing this filthy, hateful piece of human excrement to post on this blog.

    Karma will bite you in the ass,, fakePatriot, you will see I'm right, when you are getting your brains bashed in

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 19 July, 2006 09:52  

  • DePetro: Italian for "Stupid." When you have to backtrack your comments seconds after uttering them, then it's 99% likely that you screwed the pooch. Maybe he'll be able to get a gig as Opie and Anthony's call screener and try to work his way back up again.

    PatWorld - STFU. This issue is not about conservative versus liberal; it is about decent versus indecent. When you come in with that type of stuff, it gives license for others on the board to start spewing.

    And that brings us to our daily dose of Two Minutes Hate, cheerfully provided by those intellectual Siamese twins, joined at the brain, HH and RWW. HH serves up the Godwin bait, and RWW tosses out his weekly threats that he can't (or won't) back up. Nice work, gentlemen.

    By Blogger JD, at 19 July, 2006 11:30  

  • And that brings us to our daily dose of Two Minutes Hate, cheerfully provided by those intellectual Siamese twins, joined at the brain, HH and RWW

    Too funny... Still hurting after having your head handed to you over and over again, are you jd? How will your fragile little psyche ever recover?

    Attacking me and RWW for calling on Pussy World's hate-mongering might make you feel a little less inadequate today. But you'll still be that ignorant delusional wingnut tomorrow morning.

    Then again, telling Pussy World to STFU indicates a glimmer of hope for you. Rejecting that failed wingnut ideology and returning to reality might be a possibility... IF YOU HAD THE COURAGE. I expect nothing more than another one of your delusional rants. But hey... I'm willing to accept that people can change for the better.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 19 July, 2006 12:46  

  • J.D
    While you are on track on patriotworld, I did nothing wrong in putting the spineless coward in his place. When someone spews garbage like that, he/she deserves the worst treatment in retaliation. Patworld is a sick man, who hates all Democrats, Liberals, teachers, and reporters. I hgate nobody, not even wingnuts. I did the right thing, he deserves it. HeadHunter did the right thing, Patworld deserves it. I will not be called slime because I happen to be of a different political school than him. I'm not subhuman, HE IS SUBHUMAN, and if the coward accepted the challange, we will see exactly how serious I'm about hatefull demons like him.

    JD, patworld is a sick individual, a warped, hatefull, myopic, ignorant sociopathic freak, with a lot of pent up anger. He is a result of 16 hours a day of Savage,Limbaugh,Levin,Hannity, and the other clones. This is what right wing radio breeds, SOCIOPATHIC HATE MONGERS, who are also COWARDS.
    He calls those on the opposite side "sub humans". I have a wonderfull family, many Republicans in my family who love me regardless of my political affiliation. I will not be painted an animal because I'm not a Republican. We all get along, and sometimes even talk about the issues. Pat world is not capable of being a human being, not ME, not LIBERALS, not COLLEGE PROFESSORS, HIM, he is a sick beast.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 19 July, 2006 13:49  

  • RWW - you are the living definition of projection. You have my pity.

    HH - My head is still on its neck, attached to the rest of my body, right where it has always been, and will continue to be. And I don't need to throw in additional invective and playground spew to make my point.

    The fact that you and RWW do indicates to all here the sickness within yourselves.

    If you are so weak in your beliefs that you feel the need to lash out like a pissed-off tween sent early to bed every time you are challenged on something, then I would suggest to you that it is your faith in your ideas that is in question, not the fact that someone should be allowed to disagree with you, even vociferously.

    By Blogger JD, at 19 July, 2006 16:12  

  • Fakepatriot did not challange me to a debate, he called ME SUBHUMAN because I'm not a Republican

    what do you not understand?

    LET ME REPEAT

    SUBHUMAN
    I'm a SUBHUMAN because Im not a Republican

    READ HIS POST,
    READ THE DAMM POST

    NOT A DEBATE

    HE CALLED ALL DEMS,LIBS, TEACHERS, AND JOURNALISTS
    sub human slime

    come on debate me
    GIVE ME AN ISSUE
    I WILL CALMLY DISMANTLE YOUR ARGUMENT PIECE BY PIECE WITHOUT SHOUTING
    GO RIGHT AHEAD
    DROP AN ISSUE
    I WILL DEBATE YOU INTO SUBMISSION
    FAKEPATRIOT WORLD ATTACKED
    I FOUGHT BACK
    YOU CAN POT HANDLE THE FACT THAT THIS LIBERAL, WILL FIGHT YOU OR ANY OTHER RIGHT WINGER TOE TO TOE, WORD TO WORD, POST TO POST OR FIST TO FIST. DEAL WITH IT, I'M EVERYTHING YOU RIGHT WINGERS CLAIM TO BE, I'M RED BLOODED AND WILL FIGHT FOR MY BELIEFS, I DO NOT HIDE BEHIEND THE COMPUTER SCREEN EITHER, LIKE THE COWARDLY LITTLE FAKEPATRIOTWORLD

    AGAIN, NOW WHERE DID FAKEPATRIOTWORLD "CHALLANGE ME"????

    HE INSULTED ALL
    DEMS
    ALL LIBS
    ALL COLLEGE PROFESSORS
    AND ALL JOURNALISTS

    HE DID NOT DISPUTE A POST I MADE
    HE ATTACKED
    I FOUGHT BACK
    ANY F*C*ING QUESTIONS?

    I STAND BY MY VIEWS
    AND WILL DESTROY YOU IN ANY DEBATE
    AS A MATTER OF FACT, I WILL INVITE ANY OF YOU RIGHT WINGERS ON MY INTERNET RADIO SHOW, COME JULY 30TH, WHEN IT LAUNCHES. I WILL PUT MY MONEY WHERE MY MOUTH IS. YOU AND FAKEPATROT SPEW GARBAGE, YOU TOTALLY LIED IN YOUR POST. NOBODY CHALLANGED ME, HE INSULTED PEOPLE, SIMPLE AS THAT, WHY DO YOU LIE ?

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 19 July, 2006 16:38  

  • jd hilariously blathered:And I don't need to throw in additional invective and playground spew to make my point.

    ....

    If you are so weak in your beliefs that you feel the need to lash out like a pissed-off tween sent early to bed every time you are challenged on something, then I would suggest to you that it is your faith in your ideas that is in question, not the fact that someone should be allowed to disagree with you, even vociferously.


    Another perfect example of a wingnut hypocrite. Just a brain-dead moron who proclaims to others he's an innocent baby when it comes to invective but then can't control the urge to indulge in it himself. Hilarious.

    As I indicated I didn't have high hopes that you would be able to pull yourself out of your delusional state of wingnuttery. And so thin-skinned! It wasn't a surprise to see how easily you can be provoked into demonstrating the emptiness of the bankrupt ideology to which you have undoubtedly and misguidedly sold over your total allegiance. A brainwashed moron who thinks his delusional beliefs will come true just because he has unquestioning faith in them no matter how many times they have been proved wrong... again and again. An exemplar of a wingnut drone. Well done.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 19 July, 2006 18:33  

  • If typing in capitals does not work, try pounding on your keyboard really hard while typing. It will further make your point. Dont forget to throw in a bunch of barnyard epithets as that ALWAYS adds to your argument too.

    By Blogger Seriouslyunserious, at 19 July, 2006 18:41  

  • Mheh.

    By Blogger JD, at 19 July, 2006 21:19  

  • Seriously,
    why are you not addressing my point??? Patriotfraud, baslessly attacked people, patriotsfrauds, buddy JD, lied in saying that I was "challanged" on my views by patriotfraud, I was not challanged, he just baslessly attacked everyone who does not "think" like him.

    Can you address my post?
    Why do right wingers dodge issues & distort reality on every turn. Can somebody show me where patriotfraud AKA fakepatriotworld "challanged" my viewpoint. Calling "democrats subhuman" is not exactly challanging my view point.
    I will wait..............
    See I caln call rightwingers INSANE, toss a name-calling tatic out there, yet prove my point. You can not.

    In summary, the right wings' idea of political debate is "liberals are wrong", without a single idea to prove they are wrong.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 20 July, 2006 10:11  

  • RWW shrieked as follows: "Seriously, why are you not addressing my point??? Patriotfraud, baslessly attacked people, patriotsfrauds, buddy JD, lied in saying that I was "challanged" on my views by patriotfraud, I was not challanged, he just baslessly attacked everyone who does not "think" like him.

    Can you address my post?
    Why do right wingers dodge issues & distort reality on every turn. Can somebody show me where patriotfraud AKA fakepatriotworld "challanged" my viewpoint. Calling "democrats subhuman" is not exactly challanging my view point."


    After careful research, I was unable to access a definition to the word 'challange.' However, in checking the thread, I believe the verb used was 'challenge.' So, without further ado...

    From Merriam-Webster: Challenge:
    (1) to demand as due or deserved...
    (2) to order to halt and prove identity...
    (3) to dispute especially as being unjust, invalid, or outmoded...
    (4) to question formally the legality or legal qualifications of...
    (5) to confront or defy boldly... to call out to duel or combat...to invite into competition...

    My response to RWW: Perhaps it is because you are unable to separate the general from the particular. Perhaps it is because you insist on seeing that which is not there. I dunno what goes on between your ears, or how you process the pixels you are seeing now.

    But have no doubt, what you said to PatWorld was equally, if not more, hateful. My response was an initial challenge of PatWorld for being seriously over the top, and then of you for being even more over the top. PatWorld included liberals in a list of his "subhuman species of slime which come in many forms." Your response was, amongst others, "I do hope, somebody beats the piss out of you. YOU DESERVE A FULL BODY CAST DROP DEAD". If you cannot see the difference between the tone of those sentiments, then you are beyond conversation.

    This is an anonymous message forum. PatWorld's threadjacking response - along with yours - revealed no new information, and we are all now less intelligent for having had to plow through them.

    I have told you in other threads that as soon as you hit the CapsLock key and start tossing out bodily threats and barnyard language, whatever you may have had to say on the subject will go straight out the window with anyone who may have an open mind on the subject at hand. If the response of Seriouslyunserious to your rant of 7/19 at 16:38 did not drive that concept home, then I do not know what could.

    So, I will tell you what I told PatWorld: STFU, at least until such time as you develop the maturity to think before you respond.

    By Blogger JD, at 20 July, 2006 12:49  

  • But have no doubt, what you said to PatWorld was equally, if not more, hateful. My response was an initial challenge of PatWorld for being seriously over the top, and then of you for being even more over the top. PatWorld included liberals in a list of his "subhuman species of slime which come in many forms." Your response was, amongst others, "I do hope, somebody beats the piss out of you. YOU DESERVE A FULL BODY CAST DROP DEAD". If you cannot see the difference between the tone of those sentiments, then you are beyond conversation.
    **********************************
    I stand by that comment, the man deserves a beat down, it will deflate his ego, I thought you conservatives believed in "tough love", what gives??? What he posted is more hateful, mine was reactionary. I can not stand posts like his, it makes me fly off the handle.
    Still he did not challenge anything or anyone, he insulted and used ad-hom attacks (the #1 rule in the RNC playbook). I appreciate the spelling correction, as I do not proof-read carefully (I should) since you guys attack spelling first. I usually think before I respond, but I will not stanf for being called "sub-human" because I'm not a Republican.
    I will stand by the following statement: "without liberals, conservatives would have no viewpoint, the conservative viewpoint is based on simply saying liberals are wrong". This is exactly what 90% of the conservative talk show hosts do & exactly how conservative politicans debate. They simply attack the other side, offer nothing new, than several weeks later, propose a similar line of thinking as the "liberals". Need proof? Read this article http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/19/AR2006071901787.html
    When "librals" were questioning the war, it was "liberal media is making us lose the war", instead of addressing the issues, they blamed others, now months later they agree.
    You might learn a thing or two from me, I suggest you keep reading my posts , or my blog, linked on my profile.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 20 July, 2006 14:30  

  • rightwingwhiner,
    Do you see what I mean about quoting others? It took me a few minutes to figure out that your first paragraph you were quoting somebody else. Very bad form. It makes for hard reading. Remember, we're trying to communicate here, not brow beat our reader into begrudgingly read a rant.

    Also, take a little time on that new blog of yours and figure out how to place links in the comments. This too makes it much easier for your reader to quickly move to the site of interest. Remember, you want to encourage people to your point of view and these little courtesies go a long way.

    By the way, I stopped by your website for a quick look. I don't suppose I have to tell you it won't be added to my favorites, although your post about going to the minor league baseball game was interesting. I'm a fan of the rookie league team in my home town, lots of fun and a great value.

    Now, if you've made it this far you might take note that it doesn't really matter "who started it" as far as your little blog skirmish goes. That type of argument gets all the children sent to their rooms. Taking responsibility for one's own filth is a first step in the road to sanity. I'm never sure why liberals always cry when certain commenters aren't banned. People can call me all kinds of vial names but it doesn't really upset me because I know better. For somebody to be able to push your buttons and get that reaction indicates to me that you're not secure in your beliefs. For instance, you used the word "gay" indicating it is a bad thing, and I don't think that it is a bad thing to be gay. People can call me "gay" all day long, and it doesn't effect me, because I'm secure in my sexuality. Why would you assume that "being gay" is an insult?

    By Blogger Rich in MT, at 20 July, 2006 15:44  

  • I did not respond to your post, in part, because fo the way it was delivered. There are other reasons why I ignor or fail to respond to rational posts ( this excludes your efforts up to maybe the last one ), which include having something better to do, having work as a priority, having my family as a priority and bored with a topic. In short I decide when and if to respond. Silence means nothing.

    And thank you for taking a deep breath and climbing back in off the ledge.

    By Blogger Seriouslyunserious, at 20 July, 2006 17:53  

  • Is maloney so busy with his two hour radio show he can't post something new?

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 20 July, 2006 18:14  

  • "Zero tolerance for racial intolerance"?

    Calling someone a fag is racial now? It's a figure of speech.

    Black DJ's throw out racial bombs all the time, but it is a "culture" thing. They use the term nigger like it is a term of affection, but that's a "culture" thing. Black comedians make fun of whites, but if a white guy did that he's be labeled a biggot. A far larger percent of Dem's voted against the civel rights act years ago, but that was....another example of the Dem's showing their true stripes. They throw out the race card when it is convenient politically with Cynthia McKinney the biggest example of a biggot that exists in DC, but she "apologizies" without admitting she did anything wrong and gets a pass from the lefty press on her race card toss. When you make up race issues to serve your own purpose, you are a low down dirty biggot.

    From a site I frequent:

    Al "CountdeMoney Sharpton incited a protest of a Jewish owned store in Harlem where protesters used several anti-semetic slurs. During the protests, a Sharpton lieutenant called the store's owner a "bloodsucker" and declared an intent to "loot the Jews." A member of the protest mob later set fire to the store, resulting in the death of seven." Think he fired his employee? Uh, no. Looks like Al hates Jews too.

    Face it, race is a huge issue because the people that make money off of it like it that way. Jesse extorts money from Toyota for his Rainbow (I need a new boat)Push biggot fund, but it gets a pass.

    Hey Black leaders,shame on you.

    By Blogger Owen, at 20 July, 2006 21:07  

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