Dec. 21, 2017
Just in time for the holidays, WNYC fired Lenny Lopate and Jonathan Swartz, and is still reviewing others that may face the same fate – a risk manager’s nightmare for a super liberal station.
This comes as a knee-jerk reaction by risk managers and liberal elite in a new purge, not overtly political in that most of the men accused nationwide lean towards the liberal side of the social barometer, yet part of a backfired attempt to bring down a president Liberals tried to paint as misogynistic, who won’t be moved by this misguided mistaken superior morality liberals have adopted.
This latest example of national hysteria is part of a human curse as we continue to follow a lemmings-like path off each new exaggerated cliff, a thoughtless mob mentality that strips of us of the better part of civilized behavior liberalism boasts to protect.
Listeners defending Lopate complained about the closed door hearings that made this whole political circus seem like a Stalin-like political purge, which it largely is, and where we are forced to settle for a statement issued by manage justifying why they fired him.
But like the rest of liberal media, WNYC cannot affords to have a disorderly house as they rant and rave about how foul Trump and GOP are, and so instead of reeducation and sensitivity training that a politically-protected Civil Service employee such as a cop would get, these unprotected broadcasts like Lopate get the boot – demonstrating to the world that the liberal left can be just as fascistic as they claim the right is.
I’ve known Lopate as a listener and a member of the WBAI community long before he worked his way onto WNYC. While he was often arrogant, sometimes on the verge of abusive, he was also the most knowledgeable and insightful broadcaster I have even heard. I will miss him around Christmas and Easter when he put a stunning gospel music show.
Yet Lopate never really completely toe the liberal line, speaking his mind, sometimes in harsh terms to an audience lulled into comfortable sleep by other broadcasters at WNYC. Unlike these others, Lopate may not have been liberal enough. This is not to imply a conspiracy against him. But it clearly provided WNYC with additional motive for firing him rather than providing him with an opportunity at redemption, the station refusing to rally around someone who did not complexly embrace the propaganda the station broadcasts day in and day out.
Independent thinkers like Lopate are dangerous to both sides of the political spectrum in a civil war that pits one American against another, and it is often easier to stab one of your own in the back then to allow someone like Lopate to be used as a propaganda item by the other side, a sad commentary to these morally questionable times in which we live.