“Shad’s speech to the tax day rally was a lapse in ethics, so we took appropriate action,” KOTA news director John Petersen said.
When I first read of Shad’s woodshed trip as a result of his speech at the teaparty rally downtown Rapid City I admit I took pleasure. Today I read some of the remarks in the “discussion” posts at the Rapid City Journal.
The reason I took pleasure was that I am just that sort of person. Shad Olson’s rants on radio just made me that mad. I guess the Lord probably led me to browse the “discussion” at the Journal. (I don’t put “discussion” in quotes out sarcasm, but because that’s how it’s labeled in the Journal’s links.)
What exactly is Shad being reprimanded for? For holding a political view? For letting his views be known? For speaking at that particular rally?
KOTA aired an Olson-hosted radio show for a while. That ended over a year ago. But that’s where I gained knowledge of his take on things, most of which I thought was distorted. I haven’t watched any local TV news shows for about 15 years, so tuning out his newscast wasn’t an issue. (They came for the unionists, but I wasn’t a unionist, so I didn’t object.)
His views were known. People who watched his newscast did so willingly. If KOTA wants to fire him or suspend him, it’s their business, but if they’re going to say anything at all, they should say something more instructive than, “Shad’s speech to the tax day rally was a lapse in ethics, so we took appropriate action.”
Several of those who left comments on the Journal’s discussion of Shad Olson’s suspension called KOTA a “liberal” news organization. I don’t think that’s what I’d call the Duhamel organization. But there’s “conservative,” and then there’s frothing at the mouthness, which is the general area in which I’d place Olson.
Naturally, any hint that mere frothing at the mouthness could result in suppression of speech brings about a personally dismal deja vu.
So, the content of his speech at the rally was probably more the issue, and I don’t know what that was. At the moment I don’t much care what people who speak at teaparty gatherings have to say. That might change. But I am interested in the methods used by any news organization with a political agenda (probably redundant phrasing) to effect “team play” among those who present the organization’s public face.
I am interested in reading what you think.