I will protect your pensions. Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor. - Chris Christie, "An Open Letter to the Teachers of NJ" October, 2009

Thursday, June 23, 2011

NJ 101.5 - The World's Worst Radio Station

I've been in the car a lot this afternoon, and, because it's nearly as much fun as poking hot needles into my ears, I've been listening to NJ 101.5.

Talk radio is the perfect forum for cowards like Casey Bartholomew, one of the Jersey Boys. The minute he gets challenged, he can spew out an irrelevant question to a caller who isn't used to the format, demand an answer, and hang up on them. In an open debate with a knowledgeable opponent, he wouldn't last long enough to wipe the spittle from his chin.

Today, in the six o'clock hour, the Boys had on a caller who was a teacher (Karen from Warren, I think). She tried to explain to him that a 10% cut in her pay is going to severely affect her family; Bartholomew's response was to mock her by fake crying. He then demanded to know what she made; she wouldn't tell him, insisting (correctly) that it was irrelevant to her argument. He hung up on her.

Another teacher came on next; she immediately told Bartholomew she made $55 thousand. She said her house was in jeopardy, because she couldn't understand how she could make her payments if she took a 10% cut. Bartholomew said - and, no, I'm not making this up - that she shouldn't have purchased the house; apparently, home ownership is now a dream deferred for teachers. And he called her "babe." Gee, wonder where that's coming from...

He then told her that everybody else in the private sector has been taking these hits; people in the public sector have been "insulated" from the realities that the rest of the work force has to face.

Let me now prove that Casey Bartholomew is the biggest fool on two feet:

So, no, you friggin' idiot, not everybody has been taking this hit. And, no, you massive tool, teachers have not been "insulated" from changes in wage inflation.

(And I ask myself: isn't it time for me to start ramping up the campaign against the propaganda machine that is NJ 101.5?)


calugg said...

Well, all radio stations have to file explanations to the FCC as to why they are of "public service" when they need to renew their licenses.

Uhm...it might be really, really helpful if someone started documenting exactly how these cats aren't too helpful to enlightening the public sphere via the air waves, which are public.

Duke said...

Catherine, you're not looking at ME, are you?


calugg said...

Duke, PERISH the thought.....

Anonymous said...

One must remember that the future of NJ 101.5 and in particular the future careers of individuals like Casey are largely dependent on having an ignorant and uncritical potential pool of listeners.

Having a strong public education system is a threat to that. Having the teaching profession or public service more generally be desirable to well educated individuals is a threat to that. In part, because it ensures that future generations might be well educated enough to understand that Casey apparently has utter disregard for facts and is disturbingly intellectually lazy - too much to even respond when presented with real arguments backed by more legitimate information.

I too have been baffled not only by the extent of patently false information spewed from Casey's mic w/great confidence and arrogance but also by his cowardly habit of simply turning down the audio on any caller who rebuts his false claims or childishly constructed logic (usually of the "oh yeah... but anyone knows that..." 4th grade variety).

I didn't hear this particular call. While many callers I have heard don't have their own act or information sufficient together (providing an easy set up for Casey) in order to make their case, when a caller does, they don't get the chance because of Casey's wimpish little turn down the mic game. He is a truly pathetic individual.

While I appreciate those who've tried to take him on in his own venue, it's generally not worth it.

But thanks for this post.

Anonymous said...

This guy is a troll...and a coward