So who sponsors this guy’s show in Arizona? Why did they hire him?

01 Dec 2011 01:25 am
Posted by: Donna


Phoenix New Times writer Amy Silverman has a poignant post up at her own blog Girl in a Party Hat about Jason Rose’s tweet. Amy’s the mom of a special needs daughter and she had the same question I did yesterday about the wisdom of Arizona Special Olympics hiring the likes of Rose to do PR for them.

Under the best circumstances, that tweet was ignorant and offensive. It’s also, let’s be honest, the kind of thing lots of people say every day. Mild, actually, compared to what I overhear all the time. Funny, I never much heard those things before I had a kid with Down syndrome. Now I can hear you whisper the word “retarded” a block away.

But here’s the “you can’t make that shit up” part. At the time, Jason Rose counted the Special Olympics of Arizona among his clients.


I say “at the time” because — per its zero-tolerance policy — the Special Olympics has already ditched Jason Rose.

My as-yet-unanswered question: Why did they hire him in the first place?

Then again, I guess it’s not too puzzling since ours is a land where end results are everything and cash is king. Jason Rose has a two decade long record of results and cash. But as the arc of the universe bends toward justice so too does the arc of commerce, at least sometimes. Rose is learning this now. I think there are many other Arizona businesses and organizations who should learn the same lesson where this guy is concerned. Here’s his latest, uh, pearl of wisdom:

First off, Limbaugh is repeating a falsehood about the Obama campaign “jettisoning” working class white voters. Second, his oblique dog-whistles about the “losers in life” who “don’t think they should work” and who have been “conditioned to hate this country” aren’t even close to as bad (as bad as they are) to some of the more overtly egregious racist things he’s said.

And he’s not real respectful to women either.

Then there’s this really stellar example of Rush Limbaugh being a consummate human being toward a disabled person in 2006, Michael J. Fox:

Rush Limbaugh is broadcast Monday through Friday on AM 550 KFYI Phoenix from 10am to 1pm. He has lots of listeners and KFYI has lots of national and local sponsors. I suppose those sponsors are thinking of results (ratings) and cash (profits). Maybe they should hear from the community like Jason Rose’s clients are hearing about him. Really, why has this person been given a platform to spew venom in our community, paid for by businesses and charities many of us patronize?

You can contact KFYI here.


  1. Comment by Jill Miller Zimon on December 1, 2011 5:49 am

    Thanks for the link to Writes Like She Talks. I love this group blog and the fact that you’ve had it going since at least 2007 it looks like! Keep on bloggin’! Rush had some choice words for Pulitzer writer Connie Schultz too a couple of years ago and she absolutely made hay with it.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on December 1, 2011 1:03 pm

    Narcissism, in lay terms, basically means that a person is totally absorbed in self. The extreme narcissist is the center of his own universe. To an extreme narcissist, people are things to be used…..

    I belive this is what you are dealing with when it comes to Limbaugh and probably to a degree with Rose.
    Having been birthed by one (yes,that one), I can tell you that part of their fun is to sit back and enjoy the uproar they create. To a lesser degree they enjoy the pain they cause, but since everyone else is viewed only in terms of the needs of the narcissist, empathy is sorely lacking. The pain of others doesn’t really register.

    On a personal level I can empathise to those with the pain these two have caused, but I must warn you that your well deserved outrage will be met with indifference at best.

  3. Comment by Donna on December 1, 2011 2:48 pm

    They are indifferent but their sponsors aren’t indifferent to customers letting them know they will not support businesses that support hate speech.

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