The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

23 January 2008

Bernie Ward Begs To Be Rehired, Still Faces Child Porn Charges


Indicted Former KGO Host Ward Makes Public Appeal

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Using the San Francisco Chronicle to get his message to KGO listeners, Bernie Ward is begging to be rehired at his former station.

Ward, 56, is using the kind of excuse that his liberal apologists would never tolerate from conservative talkers: that his crimes are in the past and therefore should be forgotten. Indicted on several counts of both possessing and distributing child pornography, Ward may indeed face prison time, whether San Francisco's disturbed liberal establishment likes it or not.

But that hasn't stopped him from pushing to get his job back, as today's Chronicle reports:

Ward, a former Catholic priest, was yanked from the airwaves soon after his indictment in December by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on two counts of child pornography using the Internet. His contract with KGO was terminated at the end of the year.

"I'm still hoping they're going to rehire me," said Ward, 56, who has pleaded not guilty to the felony charges. "I just keep hoping people will see that this is about something that happened three years ago and that I had a reason for doing it. I showed some very bad judgment, but I'm hoping that common sense will prevail."

Ward hosted two shows for KGO, including a Sunday morning show called "God Talk." He also served as an investigative reporter who worked on a 10-part series that explored allegations of financial and sexual misconduct by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.

He insists that the federal charges stem from a few days in 2004 when he looked at and exchanged pornographic images with other adults as part of research for a book on hypocrisy.

His business attorney, Jeannette Boudreau, said there has been an outpouring of public support in favor of Ward's return, including endorsements from some of KGO's advertisers, but others have lobbied against his return.

Boudreau said today that she has been in talks with KGO general manager Mickey Luckoff.

And as we reported last week, Luckoff is leaning strongly toward rehiring Ward:

(Via KGO-7's Dan Noyes) Ward and Luckoff will meet after the next court appearance January 24th, and he may be back on the air soon very soon. Luckoff tells me would hire him back, even before a possible trial wraps up: “We really value Bernie. He’s a very capable on-air talent.”

Meanwhile, Bernie has been busy posting strange Internet notes filled with references to his children. Is that supposed to make us sympathetic?

Interestingly, another former radio personality has just been sentenced to four years in prison for possession of child porn. Did Pennsylvania's John Duffy forget to use the "I was writing a book" excuse?

Radio anchor gets prison in child pornography case

By Bill Vidonic, Times Staff

A former news anchor for Pittsburgh’s ESPN Radio affiliate was sentenced Tuesday to little more than four years in federal prison for child pornography

John Duffy, of 24 Lorraine Drive in Carnegie, pleaded guilty last year to a single count of possessing child pornography.

For his plea, Duffy was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison, followed by five years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, Duffy was indicted by a federal grand jury in May after state police said they found sexually explicit images and videos of children on his computer. Duffy was charged in July, and he pleaded guilty in October.

In court documents urging a lighter sentence, Duffy’s attorney wrote that he had struggled with physical problems his entire life and is unable to get around without the use of crutches or a wheelchair.

Duffy, according to court records, will be required to report as a Megan’s Law sex offender, meaning he will have to register his address with local authorities for 10 years once he is released from custody.

You won't see the left rallying behind Duffy because he was a sports anchor, rather than a style extremist. Remember, these are the same "progressives" who still ridicule Rush Limbaugh over his prescription drug addiction, even though he took responsibility and got help. And that wasn't even comparable to the distribution of child porn.

In Ward's case, his crazed supporters are apparently not at all bothered by the idea of sending child porn across the Internet, as long as it serves their extreme ideological positions.

And San Francisco liberals wonder why so many Americans think their "progressive" movement is a joke.

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  • Liberals don't mind pedophiliacs. They defend NAMBLA (national man boy love association)

    Tell me something libs why is getting addicted to pain killers worse than distributing child porn?

    By Blogger Capitalist Infidel, at 23 January, 2008 18:00  

  • Was Ward indicted on DISTRIBUTING child porn, Cappy, or are you just spreading lies and slander once again?

    And was Limpbowel nabbed on being addicted to PAINKILLERS, or were they OPIATES, related to HEROIN and MORPHINE?

    And was Limpbowel caught taking a vacation to a island known for UNDERAGED MALE PROSTITUTION with VIAGRA, a sexual stimulant?

    Was he ALONE, Cappy?

    And was Limpbowel caught with an amount usual and customary for one man, or was he caught with an amount to DISTRIBUTE, Cappy?

    He's YOUR degenerate, wingnuts!

    OWN HIM.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2008 12:54  

  • tell me, who on the left is defending Ward? Who is "rallying" for him?

    you fools rally for D.J's, not us.
    you defend Limbagh and the others as if they are members of your family..

    remember they are only D.J's, all you need to be a D.J is a contact, this is not a skill. This is a crony position, you intern, you brown nose, you have a radio job. These peopple are not saviors, heros, or authorities on anything.

    not for nothing Ward, does have that pedophile look, seriously. If he is a pedophile, lock him away, if he is innocent, let him have his job back. End of story.

    who is defending pedophilia? nobody

    This site is the unintentional Steven Colbert of the internet. Maloney reminds me of Colbert mocking conservatives, is this all a charade? Brian? These posts are so silly, you can not be serious.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 24 January, 2008 14:02  

  • "Indicted on several counts of both possessing and distributing child pornography"

    Hash, were born stupid or did someone drop you on your head as a child?

    By Blogger Capitalist Infidel, at 25 January, 2008 16:25  

  • Not everyone accused of soemthing is automatically guilty...I have listen to Bernie Ward for over 20 years...and I believe he is not capable of anything this discussing...If you can't trust or believe in Bernie who can you trust...
    The "littel weezle in the white house" why is he not before a Grand Jury being impeached for crimes against children, when he sends them to war to be killed!

    By Blogger Discussed, at 28 February, 2008 17:12  

  • discussed said: "The "littel weezle in the white house" why is he not before a Grand Jury being impeached for crimes against children, when he sends them to war to be killed!"

    Are you a MORON?
    1)You must be 18 to join the Volunteer US military.

    2)Democrats sent over 50,000 men to be killed in Viet Nam and many more in WWII.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 November, 2008 01:02  

  • KGO cowardly caved to the witch-hunting atmosphere of the last eight years, and let Ward be the scapegoat. Shame on the lot of you.

    Rehire Bernie Ward, and at least attempt to redeem yourselves!

    Rick Wilson, Reno, NV

    By Blogger Sam Zdat, at 09 November, 2008 17:56  

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