Talk Radio Hosts in Arizona Reject Blame in Shooting - NYTimes.com
Phone calls poured in to stations across the AM dial to denounce Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik, who said at a news conference over the weekend that Arizona had become “the mecca for prejudice and bigotry” and that local TV and radio hosts should do some “soul-searching.”
T the radio hosts struck a defensive, even embattled tone at times on Monday: They said Saturday’s
shooting had nothing to do with either their broadcasts or the state’s tense political environment; they read e-mails over the air that were critical of their political stances.
All agreed that Sheriff Dupnik had embarrassed Arizona and had unfairly denigrated talk radio by linking it with the shooting.
“There isn’t any correlation,” said Jon Justice, who hosts a highly rated program on KQTH ,104.1 FM, in Tucson. “It’s like blaming Jodie Foster for the individual who shot Ronald Reagan.”
Garret Lewis, host of The Morning Ritual on KNST, 790 AM, in Tucson. said Sherriff Dupnik’s comments
“incited stupidity around the world.