The Media

Public radio reporter forced to resign

After receiving a gay-bashing spam e-mail from an ultra right organization, Rachel Buchman, a reporter for the Philadelphia NPR affiliate WHYY-FM, said what most of us would like to say to any spammer, especially an anti-gay right wing spammer. Fed up with the repeated unsolicited hate spam from, she decided to leave the following message on the group's voice mail:

"I wanted to tell you that you're evil, horrible people. You're awful people. You represent horrible ideas. God hates you, and he wants to kill your children. You should all burn in hell. Bye."

Her mistake? She left her phone number with the message. So the group’s founder, Chris Carmouche, posted the message on the web and sent it to the Laptoplobbyist mailing lists. Right wing media outlets like CBN, The Washington Times, and right wing radio stations picked up the story and peppered it with snarky headlines and commentary accusing Buchman of being "hostile" and "hateful" among other things.

Sadly, Rachel Buchman has been forced to resign...

So Buchman's major trespass was leaving a private phone message (not via broadcast or publication) which employed the same language and tone which is used around the clock -- all day, every day -- on right wing talk radio and in other media around the country. Yet she's accused of being "vitriolic".Let's do the list.

"Oh, you're one of the sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig. How's that? Why don't you see if you can sue me, you pig. You got nothing better than to put me down, you piece of garbage. You have got nothing to do today, go eat a sausage and choke on it." Mike Savage on the air to a gay caller

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."Ann Coulter in her column

"Some of these babes, I'm telling you, like the sexual harassment crowd, they're out there protesting what they actually wish would happen to them sometimes."Rush Limbaugh on the air

"They've got a big target on there: ATF. Don't shoot at that because they've got a vest on underneath that. Head shot, head shots."G. Gordon Liddy on the air

"We'd save lives because Mexican wetbacks, whatever you want to call them, the coyotes--they're not going to do what they're doing now, all right, so people aren't going to die in the desert."Bill O'Reilly on the air

"[When you think gays] think only one thing: someone who wants to rape your son."Mike Savage on the air

And the ultimate in hypocrisy:

"GO HOME AND SHUT UP! ...SOCIAL [LIBERALS] -- LIKE CHILDREN -- SHOULD BE SEEN AND NOT HEARD."Chris Carmouche to Arlen Specter on the Laptoplobbyist website (All caps preserved from original)