A few final comments.
1. Jay Bullock does not want to make her a martyr. But folks on the left who are celebrating her dismissal because of the Kane bit are doing just that. As I blogged on Saturday, I thought that the bit was unfunny and a tad overnasty - not to Jasmine Owens and her family - but to Kane. Rather than simply cry outrage or circle the wagons, I tried to explain what was and what was not wrong with it. It did not "mock" the death of Jasmine Owens. It did not express indifference about her death (quite the opposite). Although, in this context, it was a bit unfair to Kane, she was trying to make a deadly serious point about the muted response to urban violence by those who could make a big difference but do not. Although I have tried to make the same point, it's not the way I would do it. But, as I said, I am not sure that my approach to things would win a very large radio audience.
But there was no way it was a firing offense. We all flub occasionally and I am sure that journalism instructor McBride could find some examples in the annals of this blog.
I am perfectly willing to believe that TMJ let her go for lack of ratings. It is a pretty much impossible situation, going on the air whenever the Brewers and Bucks are off or done. Under those circumstances, I think its tough to build a following.
By trying to claim her scalp or justify her dismissal as a response to what she said, however, a martyr is exactly what she will become and, as critical as I was of her, that status will be justified and necessary.
I am sure that I could listen to Joel McNally's show on MCS for about 45 minutes and find something just as nasty (I know it would not be funny.) Do I think MCS should fire him if I do? Absolutely not.
If I spent some time I do not have this morning and read around the left side of the local political blogs, I could find numerous examples just as nasty (although some would be funny.) Has a liberal blogger ever accused conservatives of not caring about poor black people or of reveling in or encouraging "hate crimes"? Ever used the death of a soldiers in Iraq in conjunction with Bush's war policy to suggest that Bush was indifferent to that death? Ever called anyone a chicken? Or any other rotten name?
There is conceit on the left that they are somehow "nicer" and more "civil" than those on the right. That's blind. It's not true.
So an overweening concern for propriety is going to chop off heads on both sides of the fence. Think about that. You'd be left with Jim Rowen and I discussing the nuances of the judicial review or the Great Lakes water shed. Grog on that for awhile.
2. I actually hate to see her go. I didn't often have a chance to listen, but I enjoyed keeping an ear on the show when I was working at that time and she was on. I am a Dennis Miller fan, but I prefer my radio to be local and she was the only one on the dial at that time. I thought she had grown into the job.
3. I don't know what Jessica McBride plans to do but my (undrgrad) alma mater could use a John McAdams. That may be hard to do without tenure, but she might want to think on that.