Monday, December 08, 2008

Mayor Finkbeiner demonstrates his ignorance - again

In defending himself against the planned recall effort launched by a group of business people (Take Back Toledo), Mayor Carty Finkbeiner made the following claim, as reported by our daily paper:

"Mr. Finkbeiner accused WSPD-AM, 1370, of violating the Fairness Doctrine in not allowing him to respond to what he said were "vicious, one-sided diatribes" over the last three years, and said he would ask Congress to investigate WSPD."

Apparently, our mayor doesn't know that the Fairness Doctrine was repealed and is no longer in effect, even though some of his fellow Democrats want to bring it back - maybe for reasons just like this.

For the record, the reason Carty is not allowed to be on WSPD is because, at a public meeting several years ago, he accused WSPD morning show host Fred LeFebvre of telling 'mis-truths, half-truths and outright lies.' He also threatened to contact advertisers on the station and pressure them to withdraw their business. When Carty failed to either provide proof of his statement or apologize, he was banned from being a guest on the talk radio shows WSPD hosts (Morning show, Afternoon Drive and Eye On Toledo). In return, Carty forbade any of his staff from being a guest on or caller to the shows.

As for the rest of the mayor's comments, he takes the usual personal swipes at the individuals involved with Take Back Toledo, saying the named individuals are only interested in power and wealth, though this would be characterized by some as the pot calling the kettle black...

We'll be talking about this tonight on Eye On Toledo at 6 p.m., and will have more sound from his press conference.


Tim Higgins said...


While our mayor doesn't seem to understand that the Fairness Doctrine was done away with in 1987 or that recall efforts can be initiated by those who live outside of the city of Toledo (in spite of working on writing the Charter), you must give the man credit where credit is due.

While perhaps exaggerated in his accusation, Carlton S. Finkbeiner is in fact an expert in "vicious, one-sided diatribes", and will probably be teaching a course in them at UT after his term in office is over.

prying1 said...

WSPD-AM, 1370, Toledo should let the mayor on the air and give him a good, strong, long rope at the same time.

Heck. Give him 10 minutes a day at lunchtime and let him put the rope around his neck every day....

I Wandered over from Publius Forum... (Looks around...) Nice place you have here. (Puts feet up on coffee table) Mind if I make myself at home?

Maggie Thurber said...

Prying1 - welcome...I'm a firm believer that coffee tables were made for putting feet upon...

WSPD offered Carty a full hour on either the morning show or afternoon show this past Friday.

He wasn't offered the time to just pontificate - he was offered it as a guest with the hosts asking questions, but with the idea that he present his side of the issues.

He didn't accept. He doesn't want people to ask him questions - he just wants to be able to say whatever he wants without anyone challenging his version of the facts.

It's a shame, too....

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