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Severin suspended for comments about Mexican immigrants
Comments about Mexicans and swine flu by WTKK radio host Jay Severin have prompted a flood of complaints to station management. Comments about Mexicans and swine flu by WTKK radio host Jay Severin have prompted a flood of complaints to station management. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/File 2001)
By David Abel
Globe Staff / May 1, 2009

Jay Severin, the fiery right wing talk show host on Boston's WTKK-FM radio station, was suspended yesterday after calling Mexican immigrants "criminaliens," "primitives," "leeches," and exporters of "women with mustaches and VD," among other incendiary comments.


Heidi Raphael, a spokeswoman for the station, said Severin had been suspended indefinitely from his afternoon drive-time show. She declined to say which of his comments - made since an outbreak of swine flu was linked to Mexico in recent days - sparked the suspension.

"I can assure you that the station has not been using the remarks for which he has been suspended in on-air promos," she said, declining to comment further.

In an e-mail, Severin, a bombastic voice whose views often mirror those of fringe conservatives and who rarely lacks something to say, referred questions to his lawyer. "I am simply not at liberty to discuss it at this time," he wrote.

George Tobia, his lawyer, said it was not clear how long Severin will be on suspension. "All we know is it's indefinite," he said in a telephone interview. "We're just learning of it, and we're dealing with it."

Severin's comments sparked deep concern among Mexicans and other Latinos living in the Boston area, prompting what Tobia described as a flood of complaints to station management in recent days.

"It would certainly be unfortunate if someone was suspended because some people didn't like what he said," Tobia said.

He said he did not know Severin's precise comments.

In one of his broadcasts this week, Severin said: "So now, in addition to venereal disease and the other leading exports of Mexico - women with mustaches and VD - now we have swine flu."

Later, he described Mexicans as "the world's lowest of primitives."

"When we are the magnet for primitives around the world - and it's not the primitives' fault by the way, I'm not blaming them for being primitives - I'm merely observing they're primitive," he said.

He added that Mexicans are destroying schools and hospitals in the United States. He also criticized their hygiene.

"It's millions of leeches from a primitive country come here to leech off you and, with it, they are ruining the schools, the hospitals, and a lot of life in America," he said.

He added: "We should be, if anything, surprised that Mexico has not visited upon us poxes of more various and serious types already, considering the number of criminaliens already here."

In a previous broadcast this week, Severin argued that the Obama administration wasn't taking sufficient action to seal the border.

"The usual 5,000 criminaliens that come across the Arizona border will probably be 8,000 tonight, and maybe tomorrow it will be 12,000, because even Mexicans are going to be trying to get out of Mexico at a greater rate."

Afterward, while talking to a nurse who called his show to complain about healthcare provided to immigrants, he commiserated with her when she said she was glad she didn't work in an emergency room.

"Yeah, well, that's become essentially condos for Mexicans," he said.

It is not the first time Severin has faced criticism for derogatory comments about minorities on his weekday program. On a 2004 broadcast, he compared US Muslims to a fifth column, and when a caller suggested that the United States should befriend Muslims, Severin responded: "You think we should befriend them; I think we should kill them."

He has called former Vice President Al Gore "Al Whore," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton "a lying [expletive]," and Senator Edward M. Kennedy "a fat piece of lying garbage."

Severin has also been criticized over the years for falsely saying that he had won a Pulitzer Prize and that he had earned a master's degree from Boston University.

Amparo Anguiano, deputy consul of the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston, called Severin's latest language "hatemongering."

"All he does is spread hate," she said. "It's not the first time immigrants have been denigrated unfoundedly for being dirty, uncivilized, and bringing in diseases. There's nothing more to say, other than these statements spread unfounded biases, hate, and prejudice."

Marcela Garcia, editor of El Planeta, a Boston-based publication distributed to Latinos throughout the region, said she shudders when she hears Severin on the radio.

" Any time I catch him on the radio, it's aggravating, insulting, and disgusting," she said. "I just can't listen to him. He doesn't just show a lack of respect; he shows a lack of knowledge about what immigration means to this country. What he says just fuels the racist dialogue going on about immigration."

Franklin Soults, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition, called Severin's language "dehumanizing."

"What he said is just patently offensive," he said. "There has been a huge rise in hate crimes against immigrants, especially Hispanics, and on the show, he doesn't just talk about Mexicans as criminals, he talks about them as if they were animals and should be quarantined.

Severin's lawyer said he expects that ultimately, his client will be back on the airways.

"I think we're going to sit down with them [station officials] soon and just go forward and put it past us," Tobia said. "I'm confident he'll be back on the air soon, but I don't know when or what the particulars are."
 

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That sucks he's been suspended. Seems like he's right on the mark with respect to those subhumans.
 

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Is this part of the "Fair and balanced" effort to squelch Right Wing Truth Sayers?

I'm drawing a blank. What is it the current admin wants to impose upon the right wing radio hosts?
 

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Should be awarded a Pulitzer prize for true and accurate reporting, unlike the slanted crap you normally get from the media.
 

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hatemongering And his point was?? If you don't like gay bars don't go in. If you don't smoke, don't go to a smoke shop. If you don't like the way your treated, then go home. Plain and Simple.

How many AMERICANS are out of work?? And these ASSHOLES think they have the right to say they belong here, go get focked.

BUT THIS TIME DON'T DO A PIG!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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O turd O has promissed them voting rights I think we need to get some folks to start spying on Polosi she is said to have 50 percent of her work force Illegals working on her wine vineyard I think it would be fitting to get a crap load of folks that are out of work protesting her Illegals :|err:|err
 

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Is this part of the "Fair and balanced" effort to squelch Right Wing Truth Sayers?

I'm drawing a blank. What is it the current admin wants to impose upon the right wing radio hosts?
They want equal time for an opposing point of view.

In this instance that would be illegals calling US citizens racist and uncaring that they can't make a living in Mexico or other third world countries. They would call us wrong for insisting they obey our laws and we should give them ID so they don't have to pay blackmarket prices for fake ID's. They also will tell us how they shouldn't be held liable for all the costs and damages that occur when they get in a wreck without DL's and auto insurance. We also need to show compassion and allow them to use our high cost emergency rooms for general health needs and we should think nothing of running hospitals into the red and near bankruptcy.

On top of that we should all learn to speak Spanish and supply all schools with bilingual teachers so they don't have to trouble themselves learning English.

As far as the swine flu, and other dieases once thought to be defeated in the USA, it's not their responsibility to have their children vacinated, hell they themselves weren't vacinated and if TB and Polio are still around in Mexico, they will just bring them along thank-you.....

Besides look at all the water and sewage they save us by wiping their asses and throwing the soiled TP in the waste can rather than flushing it down with the turds.......There should be a sign posted in Spanish explaining the benefits of modern plumbing if we don't want to literally pick up their shitt .:|err
 

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I see the "fairness doctrine" kicking in already. :mad:

Consulate General of Mexico in Boston, called Severin's latest language "hatemongering."
"Consulate General of Mexico in Boston" what the **** is that and WHO pays him to do it????? Not sure I want to know the answer to that! :mad:

It's not the first time immigrants have been denigrated for being dirty, uncivilized, and bringing in diseases.
The truth hurts. She didn't say anything about the murderers, rapists, drug dealers, and other vermin that trample our boarders.
 

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I see the "fairness doctrine" kicking in already. :mad:



"Consulate General of Mexico in Boston" what the **** is that and WHO pays him to do it????? Not sure I want to know the answer to that! :mad:



The truth hurts. She didn't say anything about the murderers, rapists, drug dealers, and other vermin that trample our boarders.

When they figure out how to paddle a low rider El Camino up the Mighty Mississippi THEY gonna come and get your ****** azz Paul... :|err
 

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this is even better

Mexicans who were on the flight to Shanghai with the 25-year-old flu victim complain about how China has enforced its quarantine, offering little information and only basic medical testing. Among them is a family of five, including three young children, who transited to Beijing. They were roused from their hotel room in the Chinese capital in the early hours of Saturday and whisked to an infectious diseases hospital. There, according to the father, Carlos Doormann, AeroMéxico's finance director, they were isolated in a room with bloodstained sheets and what appeared to be mucus smeared on the walls.

"I'm frustrated and sad," said Mr. Doormann, whose family has since been moved to the nearby Guo Men Hotel on the outskirts of the Chinese capital, where they are in quarantine along with five other Mexican nationals, including Mr. Carrillo.

According to accounts from Mexicans in the hotel, Mexican travelers arriving on various flights from Mexico and the U.S. were singled out by health officials who boarded the aircraft wearing white protective suits, masks and rubber gloves. They led away Mexican passport holders. Several travelers said Chinese television camera crews surprised them at the doors of their aircraft as they emerged. They said the filming continued through the windows of an isolation ward at the Beijing Ditan infectious diseases hospital.

"We felt like we were in a zoo," said Angel Yamil Silum, a 27-year-old business student, who arrived in Beijing with his girlfriend Saturday en route to Bangkok for a holiday, and ended up at Ditan and then the Guo Men Hotel.

:D:)grn:D
 
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