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This is Northeastern journalism professor Dan Kennedy.
He is a member of “Beat The Press,” a show on WGBH that basically purports itself to be a watchdog of the media. They comment on stories that involve the Globe, the Herald, and local media personalities, and claim to be unbiased. This is Emily Rooney, the quarterback of the program.
Back when now former WEEI morning host Kirk Minihane exposed Kevin Cullen for lying several times about being at the Boston Marathon bombing and personally knowing first responders who rescued people, as well as the Richard family, Beat the Press had to discuss it. This column in particular by Minihane just absolutely destroyed any credibility the Globe and Cullen had left.
Dan Kennedy and Emily Rooney covered for Cullen, proving that even the unbiased media watchdogs cannot be trusted. Here’s what Dan Kennedy wrote:
“I’m a longtime admirer of Cullen’s work. Though I don’t know him personally, we’ve exchanged a few friendly greetings over the years. We should all be willing to wait and see if the investigation finds that the April 14 column represents a momentary lapse — or is an example of something more pervasive.”
Wait and see? Kirk showed tape of him claiming to be at the bombing, when in fact he was not at the bombing. End of story. He was already making up excuses for him about a “momentary lapse,” as if repeatedly making up insanely dramatic stories is something that happens on the job.
In this clip Dan Kennedy suggests that Cullen might not have meant to lie:
“Kevin Cullen may not have deliberately done that, but it was troubling.”
Obviously they’re in the bag for the Globe, which has teamed up with Sherborn millionaire Bob Murchison to harass WEEI advertisers until Entercom got rid of him on the morning show.
Now that Minihane was dumped last week by WEEI, after single handedly saving their failing station by bringing them to the top of the ratings, you would think that Beat The Press would be talking about this. Yet here’s Dan Kennedy today, claiming that the idea that Bob Muchison is “some sort of malign force is offensive.”
We all know Murchison. The idea that he’s some sort of malign force is offensive.
— Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu) November 21, 2018
Offensive to who? What does that even mean? Of course Murchison was a malign force behind this. Shirley Leung admitted she was working with him. Murchison got a sit down meeting with Kirk Minihane, Gerry Callahan, and WEEI executives, in which he demanded they stop talking about controversial topics he didn’t approve of on the show. No one else got a meeting like that – just Bob Murchison. And Dan Kennedy not only sits on this media watchdog panel, he also TEACHERS journalism at Northeastern. If you pay $50K a year for your kid to go to this overpriced, overrated school in Boston, you are paying for him to be brainwashed by some hack who is basically the Boston Globe’s whipping boy.
So glad I never had him as a professor when I was in that program. Embarrassing. https://t.co/5VguLFakLg
— Lucy Burdge (@LucilleBurdge) November 21, 2018
Anyway, since Dan Kennedy doesn’t seem to think that Bob Murchison is some sort of malign force we’re gonna have to show you how wrong he is. Back in June we published this blog exposing some of the tactics Murchison was using to relentlessly harass WEEI advertisers. However, we didn’t actually show screenshots of any of the emails because, 1) we still wanted Kirk Minihane on the airwaves and didn’t want to jeopardize his employment there, and 2) program Joe Zarbano called me personally and asked me not to because they would be tied to him. He was worried that more WEEI advertisers would jump ship if they realized that private emails were being shared with Turtleboy, for the purposes of exposing Bob Murchison.
Well, now that Minihane doesn’t work there and Zarbano spinelessly did nothing to protect free speech on his station, I think it’s about time to release the emails. Let’s check them out.
Here’s one Bob Murchison sent to Arbella Insurance’s John Donahue, lecturing him “again” (his own word) telling him that he “expects” them to stop interviewing on WEEI, and links a “homophobic” segment in which Callahan says that he doesn’t think 7 year olds should undergo gender reassignment.
It worked because Arbella’s Gayle O’Connell then emailed Entercom to make sure that their ads were only playing during Red Sox broadcasts, not during the Kirk and Callahan show when they’d actually be heard by more people.
Here’s Bob on April 10th emailing MA Energy Marketers Association, and even CC’ing what appears to be competitors. He essentially copies and pastes from a template:
Here he is emailing from Windriver Environmental’s John O’Connell on April 9 at 7:18 AM, pretending to give a shit about the Jimmy Fund, an organization that Kirk and Callahan have raised millions of dollars for.
Here he is doing the same on April 25 to Chace Building Supply’s Richard Chace.
Again, it worked, as GUTLESS Angela Wilcox emailed Entercom shortly thereafter, asking them to remove their ads from the Kirk and Callahan show, while admitting that she has no clue what Kirk and Callahan even is, because she’s never listened to it.
She literally got a copy and pasted email from Bob Murchison and made a business decision for a company she represents based on that email alone, because she’s obviously an idiot.
Here’s Bob Murchison on April 25 at 10:47 AM emailing a dozen people from American Family Care, once again copying and pasting complaints about the speech on their show. Among his complaints were that they thought the Philadelphia Starbucks incident was a stunt, and that they questioned Adam Jones’ obvious lie that someone in the stands at Fenway Park repeatedly called him the n word.
Once again, it worked, as the higher ups at AFC urgent care started freaking out about it:
One company his harassment did not work well with was Kaplansky Insurance. This is what Bob sent them:
And this is what they sent him back.
God bless Kaplansky Insurance.
Here he is harassing Alicia Criniti at FW Webb, who he admits to harassing last fall as well, and he was dissatisfied with her initial reaction.
“I think most of the on-air people have responded with a great deal more sensitivity on these types of issues.”
This is scary language. It shows that Bob Murchison listens to every show and takes notes on what they are talking about. Those who have conformed get his nod of approval. Those who don’t get their advertisers harassed as he relentlessly tries to shut their voices down. And why wouldn’t he? It worked because Entercom and Joe Zarbano are gutless. Millions of people listen to talk radio, and the idea that one man can sit there and dictate what is discussed on these shows is Orwellian.
Here he is on April 9 harassing a Mr. Torrisi at Jackson Lumber, once again lecturing them about how to run a small business.
Evidently he did not get a response so he emailed them again two weeks later on April 24.
Local companies like Kaplansky understand what Kirk and Callahan is, and how popular their show is, which is great for marketing. But Wendy’s is a national corporation, and they’ve probably never heard of the show before. Bob Murchison was most effective with his campaigns against bigger national companies like Wendy’s. Here he is emailing them:
Here’s Wendy’s Ray Arruda emailing Michelle Horowitz from their advertising agency about it.
And here’s Melanie Edwards from that advertising agency pearl clutching and canceling all ads on WEEI.
“This went right to the top at Wendy’s.” Bob Murchison is the reason WEEI lost the Wendy’s account. He has the ability to do this BY HIMSELF!! One freaking man!!
But wait, it gets better.
During Super Bowl week Kirk Minihane went on Barstool Radio and did a show with Dave Portnoy and Kevin Clancy.
In it Portnoy was his usual unfiltered self, but Minihane was actually pretty tame. Nevertheless Bob used this audio, sent it to NCL, and insinuated that Minihane was some sort of pedophile:
As you can see, it’s Portnoy who mentioned the size of Brady’s kid’s dong, something he got in trouble for 8 years ago. Minihane just commented on his commentary.
Nevertheless it worked, as Allison Smith at NCL asked Luke Condolora to look into finding out “how other advertisers are dealing.”
In other words, if other companies are pulling out because of Murchison then they probably should too. Because they are gutless.
Here he is contacting Jordan’s Furniture
And the Piano Mill
He even mentioned a clearly sarcastic comment Minihane made about wearing his Klan robe to Jake and Joe’s for an event, because he was mocking stupid people who called him a racist.
WEEI lost a $180K advertising contract with ARS because of Murchison.
Here’s Greg McGlone, media director for the Radio Agency, canceling all advertising after Murchison contacted him.
And finally here’s an email from Katz Media’s Heather Scott to Entercom, after being contacted by Horizon, telling them to cancel all advertising with WEEI after Murchison contacted them.
It cost WEEI $13,000 for that quarter alone.
But despite all of this Dan Kennedy insists that Bob Murchison is not some sort of “malign force.”
We all know Murchison. The idea that he’s some sort of malign force is offensive.
— Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu) November 21, 2018
He finds that offensive. The truth is offensive.
You saw it in those emails. Wendy’s, Horizon, and many, many others cancelled because of Bob Muchison’s relentless campaign of censorship. All it took was one guy with millions of dollars and too much free time, and the most popular host in Boston was censored. If this doesn’t show you that free speech doesn’t exist in this country then I don’t know what does.
Adam Reilly from Beat The Press invited me to come on the show sometime, specifically to discuss our censorship on Twitter and Facebook, along with the blogs published about Murchison.
But now he’s ignoring us. Because his show is fake news, and their purpose is to carry water for the Boston Globe. Turtleboy and Kirk Minihane are the only media personalities in this town that don’t back down and always tell the truth. (Howie Carr too)
I NEVER said I didnt know anything about Murchison – on BPR last Friday Jim Braude said he didn’t know who he was – why would he? I follow media issues – I’ve known of him for months if not a year. https://t.co/ptqG2Abbgq
— Emily Rooney (@EmilyRooneyWGBH) November 20, 2018
WEEI is dead. The Globe is dead. The Red Sox ownership suck.
It really is amazing how much damage a mentally ill fucktard tranny and a small-dicked shithead millionaire with no life can wreak across institutions, society, and families.
The best day of my life was when 98.5 started and we finally had a choice.
The world has a way of handling un-talented attention whore hacks like Minihane.
I am your father.
Son, why do u waste all ur time to make yourself look, like an idiot?
I’m ur Farheter, I’m Francisco Martin Duran.
Son I love u. U know those how I pipped u to to Barney frank. U better shit ur mouth or else ur gonna get Seth Rich’d.
Oh for fuck’s sake, what is up with the love affair with Minnehan? He totally fucking sucks as a sports radio host. Doesn’t know jack fucking shit about sports, never played a sport, so why the fuck does anyone care that he got booted from a SPORTS talk radio program? He is a Howard Stern-type radio host who is much better suited for that specific type of audience; he has no business being on a sports show. Good fucking riddance.
Honey, it has nothing to do with his radio personality or his skills. These local elites used his mental illness to get rid of him. Now don’t post again or I won’t remove your chastity lock when Bob’s man daughter nails me. I love how it embarrasses you that his daughter has a bigger dick than you.
It’s about more than the way they used mental illness as a reason to dump him from his own show that he raised to #1. It’s bigger than that. Letting these hypersensitive babies tell you what to say & do and owning a newspaper that isn’t about neutral journalism, but an activist rag is an attack on the First Amendment. That effects everyone. The fact that Kennedy is a professor should be a frightening thought. Because I’m guessing he isn’t teaching ethics to his students. He’s molding more Shirley Leungs.
I listened to WEEI everyday. I left the area for the military and returned to find my sports radio world upside down. The sports hub had launched, the big show was gone and WEEI was a distant second. Even still I stayed loyal to WEEI. I commute 1 hour and 15 minutes to work and an 1 hour and 15 minutes home and listened to WEEI the whole way. I eat my lunch in my car to listen to more WEEI.
I hated Kirk Minahane. The only thing I liked that he did was expose Cullen. Mutt and Ordway are my favorites so I should be beyond excited about the new WEEI line up. I’m not,. Infact I haven’t listened once since Kirk left.
I also have mental illness in my family and the way they used his illness to get rid of him is a disgrace of the highest order. Shirley, Linda, John, Bob and the executives at entercom are vile and disgusting human beings who are full of hate. You know what’s worse than a racist? Someone who hates people with mental health issues. Shirley, Linda, John and Bob all hate people with mental health issues. I’ve already stripped my kids rooms of Redsox apparel. The Mookie Betts and Chris Sale posters are down and in the trash. I’ll never spend a dime of money on the Redsox, the Globe or WEEI. I will also take note of the advertisers of the Redsox, the Globe and WEEI and avoid them too. I feel bad for Mutt because yet again he’s set up for failure but oh well. So Turtleboy, you going to start a drive time morning show for us to switch too? You match my salary and I’ll host lol
Why would you rip down all the Sox stuff? You already bought it. That money is already in JH’s pocket. Makes more sense to let your kids have their stuff that’s been bought & paid for.
Not buying new Red Sox stuff is a much better and easier idea.
Nice Try John Henry.
Dan Kennedy is the major villain of this story in my opinion. There are plenty of enablers but he should be held to a higher standard. People in his position are expected to have integrity but he has not exhibited anything of the sort. He’s a coward at best.
Was Kars 4 Kids contacted? Why didn’t they pull their spots?
Not that I listen to WEEI anymore since they became sackless wonders, but I think they should pull their ads from all stations and the TV.
It’s makes me crazy.
Great post chief.l, cool story. Something smells like a pussy, turns out it was just you. Did you write it l bent over? You remind me of France because you let people walk right into your living room, take your favorite chair, drink your craft beer, and make sweet love to your wife. When you’re nuts drop and you remove your butt plug, come back and reevaluate but until then, this is a big boy page so it’s no place for you.
I used to watch that show occasionally and found Kennedy annoying. He’d be more use if he could understand any of those simple mechanics equations on the board behind him.
Overindulgent daddy ( and obsessed asswipe) ruined his kid’s life by giving into the trend to not call mental illness what it is and try to treat it.
I want to apologize to everyone. i absolutely hate my life so i want to ruin everyone elses. all because of my freak child thing needed a change. i try to accumulate all the money in world so i can silence the non believers. i cry in my pillow everynight just wondering where i went wrong. i thought it would be a good idea to spend all my time stealing money from every last person i can. i should have been home with my freak showing it the ins and outs of life. sorry again i must go cry myself to sleep. btw kirk u tucked your tail between your legs and quit. you are a fraud that left all your minifans behind.
Turtleboy, you got your hands on some great shit. Great reporting. Hoping that this will be blown up to huge proportions but we all know that is a slim chance. Theres a lot of people and companies outed for their complacement in being bullied. Kirk has been going scorched earth on dan kennedy and the globe recently. Hopefully it gains traction. Also Emily Rooney is one ugly fucking cunt and a huge fucking liar as well.
i want john henrys shriveled old krusty balls in my mouth along with bob munchisons and his trannie son. Totally normal for children to have sex changes. its 2018 people. everyone is cutting their nuts off and wearing skirts. you should too!! because you know, progressivism.
I noticed Bobs number in the string. Would be a shame if he was inundated with calls. TB is right on. Too much free time and money. Dink
Its not lie if you believe it
Dan Kennedy has for years been an established Globe lickspittle. He’s a fraud and a shill.
But consider the audience of Beat The Press. All lifelong Globe subscribers who know little of the world beyond their Hillary enclaves. Dan pays his rent with no heavy lifting by telling them what they want to hear.
Any parent who sends his kid to Northeastern to study under this buffoon should have his head examined.
Somehow Murchison and Kennedy get a pass for patently tortious interference because of their physically challenged kids. (Kennedy’s daughter suffers from dwarfism and was the subject of a book by her virtue signaling Dad.) Is Murchison rich enough to be immune from plaintiff’s attorneys? Wow, that’s rich!
Sports today if a Jew owns your team you have a shot,they ruin countries and sports for the almighty shekel.
gochoke on a fat cock you fucking nazi POS
(510) 897-6318 That’s the number to a scam operation in India. They claim to be from the IRS, and they say you have a warrant out for your arrest, and try to get you to pay money. So if you’re a lover of all things good and decent in the world, then do us all a favor and do some public service and either print these guys or pretend to be an actual person calling back and waste as much time as there’s as possible .
Just block the number and go on with your life like everyone else you simpleton, they will have a new number tomorrow. Did you just get your 1st phone?
You know in prison, there’s people who fight back and people take it. The one’s who take it live miserable lives. Now, which is like me and which is like you? The city of Gotham didn’t respect Batman. Now my own city treats me the same. Time will tell my struggle against people like you who just take it. I hate Robo calls more the Muchin. Chew on that then re evaluate your post.
I took some time to “re evaluate” my post Sir Crazy Balls. I have decided that you are right in your own mind, and have much bigger things going. I’ll address your concerns though:
1. People who make prison references haven’t been there.
2. Batman isn’t real, and neither are the voices in your head.
3. “Your city” doesn’t know who you are, or care enough to treat you the same as Batman, who isn’t real. It’s just a bunch of people going about their lives ignoring Robo Calls, ignoring you telling them about how terrible Robo Callers are as they walk in and out of 7-11.
4. The evil Robo Callers are actively monitoring your online activity and planning their next unwanted ring ring assault on you, best to lie low, these people have powers that go straight to the top, illuminati shit, for realsies.
Cool story. Nice red herring you tried there. Did you think of it while bent over? You’re the type that can’t get on the green line to a sox game because you let everyone cut you and you keep your mouth shut like most pussies. I bet if we got a look at your ballot , we’d see you voted all Democrat. I bet you’re a Liz Waren fan. Keep trying to defend yourself but both of us know you stink and you stink because you’re are a giant pussy. Do us all a favor and wait for your nuts to drop before you reply back with some more red herrings.