“Journalism died in 2008.” — Sean Hannity
Jeff Katz, the conservative talk show host on WBT radio in Charlotte NC, was fired on Monday, December 1,
2008. Katz hosted a show that ran just after the Rush Limbaugh show. Jeff Katz, who appeared to some
as too abrupt and controversial, did his damn job and spoke the truth. Now some are shooting the messenger.
Too negative? About Charlotte? Oh come on. Let me tell you, when I first began being in Charlotte, I could
not believe how bad some things were. Schools, crime, roads and city government for example. Negative?
Oh my goodness, why would anyone be negative.
You morons!! He has been telling the truth!
And oh my God! Question Obama and be negative?
That is a serious crime!
What bothers me about the Jeff Katz dismissal is that it falls under a broad category of preventing the
American people from hearing the truth. I have watched the election play out this year in amazement
as a “1984” like world has controlled the information presented or withheld about Barack Obama. The MSM
was totally in the tank for Obama. The Obama camp, using paid operatives and Obama fanatics has engaged in Nazi Brownshirt like tactics of scrubbing the internet, revisionist history altering of data, personal attacks
and shutting down websites of those questioning Obama.
The “Fairness Doctrine”, which is anything but fair, is raising it’s ugly head. This has been an ongoing
effort by the far left to silence their critics. Whether one agrees with people like Rush Limbaugh or
Jeff Katz, they serve an important function. Both Rush and Katz tell the truth and tell the American People
what they need to hear. People like Rush and Katz are hardly sufficient to counterbalance all of the
left wing propaganda we are bombarded with, but God help us if we lose them. In fact, many of the people
that have commented on Jeff Katz, indicated they were not Republicans or that they might have been
somewhat liberal, but liked listening to Katz to give them more balanced news.
So, what will come of this?
Rush Limbaugh fulfilled a need when he came along around 20 years ago. There had been a trend toward biased news for years. WBT has made what they refer to as a business decision. I believe they are making a huge mistake. Obama won Mecklenberg County and NC. However, if one examines the area he won, this is an island surrounded by more conservative, McCain voters. As I stated when I called WBT radio on Tuesday, there are squeaky wheels that voice their opinion often. However, there is a silent majority out there that is
fed up with biased reporting. That silent majority will respond with a backlash. Jeff Katz leaving
WBT will create a big vacuum (no offense to Tara Servatius who does a good job). This is a turning point
in information presentation. The Charlotte Observer, an extremely biased, left wing rag, is losing readership
and that is likely to escalate. WBT will lose listeners. The internet will increasingly take on a larger
role. Blog talk radio will increase in popularity. Citizen Wells has filled in for a host and has been urged
to host a show. Don’t be surprised if it happens.
I have contacted Jeff Katz and am waiting on a response.
The following sites are believed to be run by Jeff Katz. I will confirm this.
Here are some comments from this blog about the Jeff Katz dismissal:
“I think Jeff Katz is the best thing to ever happen to talk radio in the Southeast…
He tells you what the leftist mainstream media will not…”
“People have the right to know about the truth. It is unfortunate most Americans are too dumb to think for themselves and hear the truth. Too bad Katz had to be fired. We just live in a society that is too politically correct. I’m going to talk about Obama and I always seek the facts before I judge. Too bad the idiots of America don’t see it that way.”
“I totally agree with you Citizen Wells…..Jeff Katz was the ONLY news person in the Charlotte area brave enough to tell the truth or even look for the truth concerning Obama. I listened to Jeff every day…loved his show…someone should have some explaining to do about this.
When the newspapers or talk radio can no longer seek the truth in our country, then for all practical purposes, objective reporting is DOA (dead on arrival) and everyone(including the owners of the radio stations and newspapers) are in deep doo-do! Ask Hier Hitler what he did!
This is outrageous. Citizen you are also correct about the Charlotte Observer. What a rag sheet and they have no compitition, but they are loosing their subscribers! I wonder why?
I hope they loose all their readers. I’m sure when the smoke clears they will have had a lot to do with the firing of Jeff .
Jeff certainly did his part in exposing this Obama charade, now it’s our turn to make our voices heard. Please every one in the Charlotte area do this:
1. CALL WBT AND TELL THEM; BRING BACK JEFF KATZ OR LOSE YOUR AUDIENCE!
2. EVERYONE IN THE CHARLOTTE AREA STOP LISTENING TO WBT!!!! IF KATZ’S LOYAL LISTENER’S STOP TURNING THEIR RADIOS TO WBT, THEY WILL GET THE MESSAGE!
3. LOCAL BUSINESSES STOP ADVERTISING ON WBT UNTIL KATZ RETURNS!
IT WORKS FOR JESSIE JACKSON AND WILL WORK FOR US ALSO. MAKE YOUR SILENT VOICES HEARD!”
“The politically correct weenies at WBT have groveled to the radical liberal left. Rush Limbaugh and Jeff Katz were the only hosts who tell it like it is without all the p/c crap. I will still listen to Rush, but not on WBT and to Katz as soon as his new show begins. And, it will begin.”
“Jeff Katz, like Jason Lewis before him, ask questions and addressed issues that I found not only interesting but necessary. The mainstream media, whom I trusted for more years than I care to mention, no longer brings the news, they make the news. Jeff had a curiosity about Obama that I, and many others, have. Who is he really? Why is his birth certificate sealed? Why is his college admission papers sealed? What is there to hide? When it comes to other subjects, like illegal immigration he simply refused to call it “undocumented immigrants”. The operative word is, and always will be, ILLEGAL. What is wrong in asking the hard questions?”
“Jeff Katz was the best thing on WBT. I ‘m so very upset over this. WBT shame on you, you have made a hugh mistake. I will boycott WBT, Charlotte Observer way too liberal for me, they never report the truth. God bless you Jeff and your family, you are truly gifted and deserve your own radio show like Glen, Rush, and Shawn.”
“Jeff Katz was the reason I began listening to WBT in the first place. I am so tired of being forced to swallow the biased liberal crap the mainstream media feeds us! Jeff gave a voice to discouraged conservatives. I”ve listened to Tara before and respect her abilities but can’t stomach this change. You’ve lost me WBT!”
“Like Mac, I started listening to WBT because of Jeff Katz. When I heard the reasoning for his release, I changed my radio preset. It seemed like the GM and PM were reciting an overly rehearsed line during their show. Tara is alright, but she gets repetitive and doesn’t keep my attention.”
“I will miss Jeff Katz, I wish him and his family a Merry Christmas and hope he finds a station that will appreciate him . Thank you for your work, Citizen. Please keep all of us informed as to what is happening.”
“WBT made a HUGE mistake by dumping Jeff Katz. Do they really think Tara can fill his shoes? Well, she can’t.
I’ve listened to Tara. She’s okay but frankly, not very articulate. Doesn’t hold a candle to Jeff.
To make a move a stupid as this I have to wonder if Rick Jackson & Bill White are on drugs. No, you say? Then they should be!
WBT just lost this listener. I simply won’t be back and am glad my satelite radio is already in place.”