Clear Channel ousts Sileo but coddles bigger offender

Clear Channel Communications terminated WDAE-AM 620 sports host Dan Sileo after he made an unfortunate reference to potential Bucs free agents as "those three monkeys," but I'm bothered Clear Channel comes across as some kind of arbiter of political correctness.

Sileo's departure probably runs deeper because of comments he made in 2009 that strained his relationship with the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs. Clear Channel broadcasts Bucs games, and needs to protect its relationship with the team. But because it offered no details about Sileo's dismissal, the timing unfairly stained his reputation and laughably makes the company that airs Rush Limbaugh come across as sensitive and caring. What a joke. Allowing a conciliatory Sileo to spend an hour or two interviewing experts about race and stereotypes in sports could have resulted in a teachable moment for all. Instead, we got a whitewashing that solved nothing. …

If Gov. Rick Scott applies the same standards he used to kill high-speed rail, he can't help but veto the $36 million the Legislature set aside for the proposed Heartland Parkway. Besides, most people in Lakeland want a faster way to get to Tampa or Orlando, not Naples. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Curiosity Killed The Cat, But For A While I Was A Suspect. …

Overall, I like the idea of Clearwater High implementing a dress code, but I have to object to the ban on concert T-shirts. When I was a teen, those T-shirts with "Sold Out" emblazoned over the dates were cool. …

For one instant, dollar signs dance in your head. Then you realize it's a scam. Sending texts that say, "You've won a $1,000 gift card" should be criminal.

That's all I'm saying.

Clear Channel ousts Sileo but coddles bigger offender 03/18/12 [Last modified: Sunday, March 18, 2012 7:23pm]

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