Jun 28, 2006

WSPD's Fred LeFebvre Equates Finkbeiner with Hitler

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Carty Finkbeiner(Toledo, OH) In the latest war of words between News-Talk WSPD 1370-AM and Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, morning host Fred LeFebvre repeatedly compared the mayor with Adolf Hitler.

LeFebvre said that the mayor's "dictatorial" style was the reason he equated the two, citing the confrontation between ex-police chief Jack Smith and Finkbeiner as the latest in a series of examples of supposed mayoral tyranny.

Several callers phoned in to complain, but LeFebvre continued to make the comparison.

"Fred - how many people did the mayor kill?" asked one caller.

"None!" replied LeFebvre before hanging up on the guest and reminding listeners that they need not call the show if they were going to excuse Finkbeiner's behavior as "passion" for excellence.

Fred LeFebvreLeft: WSPD's Fred LeFebvre

The dispute stems from earlier comments made by Finkbeiner alleging that LeFebvre was a "liar" who dispensed "half-truths" during a heated debate about a proposed bike path in South Toledo.

In response, WSPD afternoon host and program director Brian Wilson "banned" Finkbeiner from appearing on air. The mayor then "banned" WSPD from press conferences, and mayoral spokesman Brian Schwartz denied entry to WSPD reporters at a later press conference in which city officials - not the mayor - were speaking.

Such exchanges do not benefit the city, but as a journalist I must add that the drama that seems to follow Carty Finkbeiner means that many local news people need never worry about steady work.

18 comments:

Michael said...

I didn't catch the Hitler reference this a.m., but you would think WSPD would come off better in all of this if it took the high road.

I mean 1) for Fred to relent and not focus so much on controversy (and ratings) -- by giving any mayor supporters more airtime (he can alway comment on their calls afterwards); and 2) for Brian Wilson to offer the mayor an olive branch and allow him onto WSPD's airwaves.

All in all, this is interesting, but sad for Toledo's reputation. The mayor should know that you CAN NEVER win a fight with the media. I think Brian Schwartz should start media training the mayor ASAP.
Mike

Suss & The Family Stone said...

Who's Hitler?

Lisa Renee said...

Sheesh and here I was focusing on the whole "Grow Some" aspect.

Thanks for the information Mike.

:-)

Anonymous said...

How long did it take you to find the photo of Carty looking like Hitler, Mike? I am laughing my a** off.

Ashley said...

I heard the comparison this morning, and it wasn't as bad as it seems. Fred was trying to point out that many people in hidtory have done good things, but it doesn't mean they're good people. I think the comparison was inappropriate, but not overwhelmingly so. I mst admit, though, I'm tired of this little war, and I'm tired of Carty's drama.

historymike said...

It was first mentioned about 6:50 am, Michael, and then repeated between then and about 7:30 am.

historymike said...

(Shooting a spitwad at Sussman in the back of the class)

historymike said...

The "grow a pair" comment was pretty annoying, too, Lisa.

Even more so when he mentioned women such as Tina Skeldon Wozniak, who probably cannot "grow a pair" to fulfill Fred's challenge.

Courage and integrity have nothing to do with testicles, I'm afraid.

historymike said...

I didn't think about Carty's arms until after I posted the pic, anonymous. It came from his Cartygetsresults.com website.

historymike said...

Partly true, Ashley. Fred did qualify the statement in the 7:00 hour, but the pre - 7:00 am Hitler rants were not qualified to reflect only the tyrannical aspects of the Hitler comparison.

Fred also lumped Carty in with Mussolini and Sadaam Hussein in the 7:00 hour.

Agreed with all that this feud is destructive to everything and everyone except WSPD's ratings.

Lloyd said...

oh my gosh mike, that picture his hillarious. good match...

Lloyd said...

i meant "is" hillarious. Did you have to dig deep for that one?

Anonymous said...

I am appalled that a radio jockey who is an American to be referring our mayor to Hitler. This is appalling--this fool of a jockey should be fired. No one...and I mean NO ONE should be talking like about someone else when they are in no comparison with the evil Hitler.

Calico Jack said...

The picture of Carty reminds me of Tricky Dick. "Let me make this perfectly clear..."

McCaskey said...

"I am not a crook..."

Hooda Thunkit said...

Well, the picture of Carty seems to be a hit.

Fred still has some growing up and mellowing to do, much like our Mayor.

Instead of "growing a pair," maybe they should both work on that growing up part, just a little more.

As for ratings, my radio has an off button, and i'm not afraid of using it, which I have, lately.

Kate said...

you know, it's been relatively quiet lately regarding the Mayor. Maybe brian got a muzzle around him? (snicker)

Did you have sneak up on him??? If it is your doing, keep up the good work!

Hooda Thunkit said...

Kate,

Volcanoes are often quietest just before they blow their tops.