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NEW: Rhode Island GOP Boycotts WPRO, Demand DePetro’s Termination

Friday, December 13, 2013

 

The Chair of the Rhode Island GOP, Mark Smiley, issued a statement today to announce the state Republican Party's intention to boycott WPRO until radio personality John DePetro is fired. 

“The RIGOP recognizes that free speech is important for all our citizens however that is not a green light under all circumstances for Cumulus Media Inc," Said Smiley. "Although we don’t always agree politically and ideologically with Democrats in Rhode Island we fully agree on this matter. The John Depetro Show is demeaning to women and minorities and this kind of behavior can’t be tolerated. The Rhode Island Republican Party will be boycotting WPRO indefinitely until the John Depetro Show is terminated. In addition, we call upon WPRO management and their parent company Cumulus Media Inc. to take action immediately.”

DePetro has come under fire in the last three weeks from several Rhode Island groups for degrading and demoralizing comments about women on his radio show.


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Top 5 Expenses

1. July 24, 2007: Membership Dues & Entrance Fees, $3,225.00

2. Oct. 30, 2007: Food Charges, $601.40

3. (Tie) Oct. 30, 2007: Membership Dues, $450.00

3. (Tie) Feb. 8, 2008: Membership Dues, $450.00

3. (Tie) April 29, 2008: Membership Dues, $450.00

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Total Amount for Year: $3,252.11

Top 5 Expenses

1. Oct. 23, 2008: Charges Thru 9/30/08, $1,191.72

2. Feb. 10, 2009: Charges Thru 12/31/08, $587.18

3. Aug. 18, 2008: Charges Thru 6/30/08, $463.75

4. June 30, 2009: Charges Thru 6/30/09, $331.05

5. March 12, 2009: Charges Thru 2/28/09, $162.91

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Total Amount for Year: $666.93

All Expenses

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2. May 6, 2010: Charges Thru 4/31/10, $150.38

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2. Oct. 20, 2010: Charges at University Club, $202.52

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4. April 7, 2011: Restaurant Lunch, $149.31

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Comments:

Walter Miller

This is simply more political pandering.

JOJO MONKEY

here we go!... the brown shirts are going to dictate station policy and politicians are supporting this assault on our 1st amendment freedom of speech..the unions can say and do the most vile things and they get a pass? but they cry like little baby's when they get attacked and most of the time deservedly so. And Rimundo is not going to gain 1 vote from the unions 'that hate her anyway' just because she said she not going to go on the station for interviews until Depetro was fired..are you kidding me!? Will she also decline to spend money on wpro for campaign advertising? like to see any politicians do that! REMEMBER> First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.

paul zecchino

DePetro is free to say what he wants. If politicians disagree, they're free to come on his show and speak their minds.

If people like what he says, they're free to listen. If they dislike what he says, they can call and debate him or simply not listen.

Anything beyond that stinks of censorship and the destruction of the right to free speech.

Apparently, the brownshirts are coalescing.

And please don't give me this guff about 'hate speech'. Please. By today's elastic left wing standards, saying 'Hi' to someone is hate speech.

George McDonald

Again, where was everyone three weeks ago?

Just saw Fung's comments on Twitter. The only guy who is making sense. Let the business handle its internal business. Also like his calling this all what it is, a union driven effort into a private business's matter. They want the Gina supporter off the radio? That's not too obvious.

JOJO MONKEY

where is Steve Brown AND THE ACLU!

David Beagle

The Rhode Island GOP? Isn't that like eskimos vowing to boycott over priced Federal Hill pasta joints? Who will notice?

Phil Paulson

It seems like a lot of folks are supporting the rights of free speech. We all have the right to free speech and the right to say what we want. I'm glad that there is so much support here for the rights of people to say what they want and what they feel. If you don't like what people say, don't listen to them. I approve your decision to support the free speech of Mark Smiley when he says he is going to boycott WPRO until DePetro is removed from the air. Of course there is nothing Smiley can do to make WPRO fire DePetro. It's just words and I'm sure you all agree that Mark has the right to make these comments. I'm sure Mark appreciates your support of his free speech rights.

Stephen DeNinno

I would love to see DePetro fired. However, when politicians get involved, I am hesitant. Free speech,has a price. First and foremost, It must be the truth. When John DePetro makes comments that are patently false, like they send four fire trucks for a homeless person down. Then you take the first amendment too far. In my 27 years, I have never saw or heard more than one engine sent for anything. A blatant lie. But if it riles up his uneducated listeners, its fair game to him. He is just untrustworthy period.

Comdr. Dreyer

So you want to get Mr. DePetro fired do you?
If fired he will become National Poster Child for FIRST AMENDMENT abuse.
His plight will become National and he will become famous.
He will be known as THE radio talk show host who was fired because of special interest and political correctness.
Imagine our governor stooping so low as to engage in public dialog calling for Mr. DePetro's termination. I believe Mr. DePetro will have no problem gaining employment in the future if he needs to. Media outlets will be knocking at his door.
First Amendment Rights protect Mr. DePetro's right to free speech.
If we don't have Constitutional Rights, we have nothing.

paul zecchino

Fire a talk host to silence them? How very tiresome of those who in so doing suggest they've much to hide.



Twenty years ago, prior to the Net, that was a bad idea. But today? Downright self-destructive.


When officials violate citizens' Rights they instantly create a righteously indignant citizen journalist with a sleep disorder who'll revel in hanging upside down all nightl, digging up new information on those who violated his rights, and exposing it to his fellow citizens.

Gutless predators with law degrees tried to silence me once upon a time. They pressured a Rhode Island radio station to fire me and spread malaise in vain hope no other stations would hire me. But get hired I did.

So they next tried to violate my liberty, writing lies to the RI State Police, Courts, PD Barrington, and other public agencies, portraying me as an Enemy of the State, as if to 'get (me) shot on sight'.

Unfortuantely, their schoolgirl tricks blew back at them.


So next, they sashayed into courts and filed phoney 'domestic violence' charges in effort to 'imprison Paul Zecchino for thirty years without inconvenience of Court scrutiny.'

Unfortunately for these mid-priced legal lice in cheap girdles, 'locked-in evidence' exonerated me and proved them to be two-bit, avaricious, liars complicit in capital crimes.

Exposing them on the Net changed the dynamic. So they stupidly filed a sham 'Defamation' suit to silence me. When they did that, they served notice of their guilt and made it obvious that rather than go silent, it was time to expose them all the more.

They admitted their guilt by not bothering to appear in court to prosecute their false, malicious Defamation case, five years after filing it.

Citizens today will not be silenced. The more the usual suspects try to silence their detractors, the more loudly their detractors will proclaim the truth, and the more clearly will their fellow citizens see it.

paul zecchino

Might this latest Straw Man crusade against John DePetro be an effort to divert attention from the refusal of the truculent one to come to the table in the ongoing court mediation? It's been months without any progress, hasn't it?

In our fundamentally transformed society, "it's never about what it's about, it's always about something else", isn't it?

To divert attention from negotiations stalled due to the obstinacy and hiding of the one who pulled a rash act against retirees, simply launch a holy war against a talk host for saying 'bad things'.

Oh my, oh my, they shriek, hoping none notice the obvious in the courts and the ongoing SEC investigations.

Cute trick. But it's a 90s trick. And this isn't the 90s.

Wuggly Ump

It's interesting that the GOP and the unions are on the same side.

Strange things are happening!




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