View single post by tamalie
 Posted: Thu Mar 14th, 2019 07:45 pm
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I listen to the Jason Ellis Show on SiriusXM. It is a shock jock show of sorts. Yesterday the Tucker Carlson story came up and one of the show's producers/sidekicks Kevin Craft noted that years ago he worked for a radio station that aired the Bubba The Love Sponge Show. He didn't say this specifically, but it seemed from what he said that this affiliate had Kevin with his hand on the button to bleep anything on a 7 second delay that might have gotten the station in hot water with the FCC, certain listeners, and advertisers.

Kevin stated that he had to pay close attention to the entire show and as Tucker Carlson made his comeback of sorts on Fox News in recent years, he thought back to his regular Bubba appearances and whether or not some of what he said would get him in hot water. He said this only scratched the surface and that were far more embarrassing and potentially offensive things that Carlson stated. He said anyone digging through old tapes wouldn't need to go deep or stop at this instance if they wanted to hang the guy out to dry.

That said, Kevin, Ellis, and the rest of the crew, who cover a number of different political bases, said that the Bubba show was a totally different environment than a regular news show and that what gets said on these sorts of shows somewhat exists in a different reality than news shows or news channels and therefore has to be seen in the context of being intentionally shocking with a goal towards being humorous even if many didn't find it funny (not their exact words, but that was the gist of it). They added that the bar for what is considered acceptable humor, which isn't universal in the first place, has moved since then and that even in the context of such shock jock shows, you probably couldn't get away with saying something like that now without the great risk of getting roasted alive on Twitter and Facebook.