Melanie Morgan canned from KSFO

melanie-morgan.jpgMelanie Morgan — the conservative radio talk show host who chairs Move America Forward, the group which has led efforts to shame and boycott Berkeley for its anti-U.S. Marine Corps recruiting stand — has lost her job at KSFO 560 AM.

Morgan, 51, delivered her final broadcast there today after 14 years at the microphone, she says in a news release. KSFO owner Citadel Broadcasting decided not to renew her contract as part of the company’s announced across-the-board financial cost cutting.

“The ratings were terrific and I got to connect with a lot of passionate conservative casues, and I’m really grateful for that,” Morgan told me just now. “I don’t know what’s going to happen to the show, I don’t know what’s going to happen to KSFO.”

She’ll not be bored, though. She said her e-mail is already overflowing “with all kinds of very, very nice emails of support” and work offers. “I think I’m not going to have very much time to grieve this job.”

Among Morgan’s more incendiary moments:

  • Of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she said, “We’ve got a bull’s-eye painted on her big, wide laughing eyes.
  • Of New York Times editor Bill Keller, after the Times published a story on U.S. government tracking of terrorist funding, she said, “If he were to be tried and convicted of treason, yes, I would have no problem with him being sent to the gas chamber.
  • Of billionaire financier and political contributor George Soros, after her co-host said Soros had “cheerfully and willingly went to work for the Nazis,” she said he’d done so “in order to further his own career.
  • She also helped launch and grow support for the 2003 gubernatorial recall, and rallied grassroots support to convince California to reverse itself and end use of the carcinogenic MTBE additive in gasoline.

    Morgan started out as a television reporter for KGO TV in 1981. She worked at KGO radio from 1983 through 1990, then moved to Seattle for a time; she returned to the Bay Area in 1994 and went to work at KSFO. She has traveled to the Middle East twice to interview U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Kuwait; her broadcast efforts from Iraq resulted in her winning the Associated Press’s Mark Twain Journalism Award, and the Peninsula Press Club’s award for Best Interview or Talk Show.

    In her release today, Morgan said it has been an honor to work at KSFO for 14 years: “What I loved most about my time at KSFO was that it allowed me to connect with listeners and take action to make real changes in the world.”

    “We never had a one-way dialogue with our listeners, and we never believed that we had to resolve ourselves to accept the status quo. We got out of our chairs, left our homes and offices, and circulated petitions, rallied for our troops and met with government leaders,” she said. “We did all this to make sure that we left an even better world for our children than the one we had inherited from generations before us.”

    She’ll continue writing her weekly column for the news website World Net Daily; serving as an analyst on various television news programs; and working as a conservative activist leader, she said.

    “My passion and commitment to the troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world are foremost in my heart,” she said. “While I will miss my good friends Lee Rodgers and Officer Vic, and our great producer Sheri Yee, I am excited to stay close to the conservative grassroots. And I’ll always lead with my chin out.”

    UPDATE @ 4:04 P.M. MONDAY: Here’s some info on Citadel’s (and thus, KSFO’s) dire financial straits.

    UPDATE @ 6 P.M. MONDAY: Karl Frisch, spokesman for Media Matters – the watchdog group from which I culled the three controversial Morgan quotations above — just got back to me.

    “A lot of people say these are just fringe characters that deserve no notice whatsoever. We take a different opinion because, whether it’s Melanie Morgan or Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage, these people are communicating to a large audience and it has a ripple effect,” he said. “It’s important that these people are held accountable for accuracy and for the kind of fear-mongering and hate speech that they use on so regular a basis. And just because Melanie Morgan is off the air doesn’t mean she’s off our radar.”

    UPDATE @ 9:15 A.M. WEDNESDAY: Go see what Spokco, the San Francisco blogger who’d convinced advertisers to pull their accounts from KSFO by reposting controversial sound clips from Morgan and her cohosts, has to say about Morgan’s layoff.

    UPDATE @ 6:07 P.M. WEDNESDAY: See my newest posting on this, with comments from KSFO’s marketing director and other info, here.

    Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

    • r€nato

      One AM radio hate-monger down, about a zillion to go.


    • Credit should go to Spockosbrain.com for tracking Morgan’s nonsense.

    • Absolutely. The bullseye is still firmly planted on Nancy The Liar Pelosi and Keller should be jailed for revealing state secrets to the enemy in a time of war.

      Nancy Pelosi is a total failure and she lied to the American public to get into power. That isn’t a problem?

      Odd that.

    • lespool

      My family and I have stopped listening to the radio entirely because of the ugly hatred spewing out of the mouths of talk show hosts. In our little community, we consider talk radio responsible for the divisive partisanship that has infected our country. That our US media oligopoly is financially benefiting from those who would inflame the passions of Americans to attack and blacken the names of their fellow Americans is beyond contempt. These are acts of subversion that people can’t bear anymore. Let them flatter their pathetic egos and pretend to entertain the world with their god monopolizing anarchists — titillated by homosexuality so much that they can’t talk about anything else. They are unevolved savages espousing anti-intellectualism and useless souls suborning malicious intolerance. Without purpose or reason, they are the only terrorizing evil that exists — and Americans need fear.

    • rob

      Now if all of these hatemongers, chickenhawks and warmongers can follow suit, this would be a more wonderful world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….I hope you choke on your own hate speech Melanie!

    • Diversity of ideas in a good thing and a necessary thing in any democratic society. Hearing ideas and concepts I don’t agree with broadens my mind, causes me to examine my premise and may even cause me to adjust my thinking. But that only happens if the information I am hearing is based on fact. Many of these so-called conservative talk show hosts forgo the facts to purposely become provocative. It drives up their ratings. And the more vicious they are in their rhetoric the more popular they become; case in point Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Rilley. These two “entertainers” have said some vile things on air; vile enough in my opinion that they should be charged with violating FCC codes of ethics. It has nothing to do with whether I agree with their politics or not. You cannot, in my opinion, use racial slurs, incite violence, use hate speech nor promote untruths on the public air ways
      I say we need to prosecute those who incite hate and discord, remember it was the talk radio hosts who helped spread the genocide in Rwanda.

    • RSBL

      She wants war so much, she should pick up a rifle or shut the F up!

    • WCW

      You went easy on her. Don’t forget her written statement in attacking the head of Votevets, “actually a reservist and he has no business — well, he’s in violation of the United States Marine Corps Code of Justice by making these kind of outrageous political and partisan statements.” Morgan went to claim that that code says military reservists cannot engage in politics, a law, as Keith Olbermann said, “that exists only in the empty head of Melanie Morgan”

      Then there was her quote “that congregants at the Trinity United Church of Christ, of which Obama is a member, believe “their allegiance goes to Africa before it goes to America.”

      Just a couple more Morgan gems to be found on the Media Matters site.

      Enjoy your unemployment, Melanie, you warcheerleading liar.

    • WCW

      Jeez, the more I look into it, the worse it gets. Turns out that even Morgan’s (then) 14-year-old son was embarrassed by his mom’s wingnuttiness.
      Like when she accompanied her son, C.J., then a seventh-grader, on a field trip a couple of years ago to the Marin mosque where Lindh worshiped. It quickly turned into the field trip from hell when Mom started aggressively questioning the mosque’s imam about whether he supported jihad and what they were teaching Lindh.

      “That pretty much haunted me ever since,” 14-year-old C.J. said from the backseat of Mom’s air-unsparing luxury SUV; it was Morgan’s turn in the carpool. “Everybody said my mom was crazy and teased me about it.”

      Good-natured teasing, though, right?

      “Not really. It took a long time for people to forget about it,” C.J. said. “I don’t particularly like my mom’s view on Islamic relations.”

      “Here’s what I say,” Morgan replied from the front seat. “It’s true that not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim.”

      “And I definitely don’t think that,” C.J. said.

    • Carolyn

      Couldn’t have happened too soon. This neocon maniac doesn’t belong on radio that is aired to the general public. She disgusts me.

    • Melanie Morgan will be missed by those who view her as a necessary counterweight to those on the far left. The same ones who are anti-semitic, hate America types who claim (at least to the media) that they support the troops. Remember, the left is guilty of the same charges being leveled at Melanie, the difference being that they have the media overwhelmingly on their side. They stay away from exposing the ugly images and audio which shows them for who they really are. Google zombietime for the photos and commentary you will never see on T.V.

    • She’ll continue writing her weekly column for the news website World Net Daily;

      News website????

    • Melanie, you’re a Morgan after my own heart…if you were single, I’d ask you to marry me to keep the good name of Morgan alive! Remember America, it was the upper echelon of society that kidnapped and MURDERED Captain William Morgan (one of our clan), for writing the secrets of Freemasonry!! The only ass-wipe in the Morgan dynasty is JP Morgan!!

    • WCW

      Hey, Truthbetold, please cite those “far left” “anti-Semitic, hate America types” that are all over the US media. Please, cite examples. Or at least, one.

      Or do they only exist on Planet Neocon?

    • Robert

      Hey truthbetold. Your heart might be in the right place but your head’s up your ass. Define semite.(Websters will probably be OK) Then research the history of the Khazars) See if there is a conflict.

    • Sean

      The market seems to have spoken, bye Melanie!


    • Patriot Axe

      She said her e-mail is already overflowing “with all kinds of very, very nice emails of support” and work offers.

      That’s right. There are empty street corners across America. The world’s oldest profession will welcome Melanie with open arms. She has the experience, she has the tools, but she’ll be amazed at how low the pay is for doing the same thing she has done for the past 15 years.

    • Patriot Axe

      Time will tell who her first “customers “might be. I’d suggest Rush Limbaugh, but he likes his victims, er, partners to be much, much younger, preferably in Thailand. Bill O’Reilly? No, he prefers his women drunk, in a shower, with a loofah. Michael Savage? Judging from his many comments over the years, he prefers them dead.

    • Van Vollmer

      Melanie: The American “Body Politic” support you. We are just quiet and waiting for the right time to express ourselves. The truth always drives the American left up a tree stump. The truth scares the hell out of the weak kneed left. They prefer to make up their own facts and propogate half truths and made up facts. When you tell it like it is, they hammer back. Everything happens for the best and I’m sure that you will survive as I once survived the onslaught of the hammer of a Government of the goverment, by government, for the government. Good luck, go get’em tiger, don’t change on bit.Van Vollmer

    • Just the Facts Lady

      I’m proud of Melanie Morgan.

      Citizens outside of California should bring a class action lawsuit against the People’s Republic of Berkley. If they are not allowing recruitment in their town, and harassing our military, that negatively impacts our military readiness, and is costing us in both money and security. Proof of the security costs can already be seen in the bombing of the Times Square recruiting station.
      Congress should cut off all federal funding to the town, and any other city, university or organization which opposes the legal recruitment of US citizens into the US military. US citizens need to remind our Congress of their duties assigned them by the Constitution and insist that they fulfill those duties:
      Reminder #1 Our Constitution:
      We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
      The Constitution lists as a role of the federal government to insure domestic tranquility:
      “One of the concerns of the Framers was that the government prior to that under the Constitution was unable, by force or persuasion, to quell rebellion or quarrels amongst the states… One of the main goals of the Convention, then, was to ensure the federal government had powers to squash rebellion and to smooth tensions between states.” http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#Am10

      Reminder #2 Article. I, Section 8 – Powers of Congress
      “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
      To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
      To provide and maintain a Navy;
      To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
      To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions…”
      Article 1, Section 8 gives Congress the Constitutional authority to provide for the common defense, which means that defense is defense of everyone, not just some. Whether Berkley likes it or not, the military is serving for the defense of their town as much as any other American community. Therefore, Berkely has a vested interest in the military and must suppport it as every other community does. Article 1, Section 8 gives the federal government he power to raise and support the military uniformally throughout the United States, in other words, all payment of debts, taxes and support for defense are to be uniform throughout the US. Support for defense would include the authority to recruit military members from all communities.
      Article 1, Section 8 also gives the Federal Government the authority to suppress the insurrection of a state, which means when a state (or a community within a state,) is not abiding by the rules of law, or usurping the powers of the federal government the federal government has the Constitutional authority to intervene. The Preamble states that the Federal Government will insure domestic Tranquility and provide for the common defense.
      Contact your Congressional representatives and remind them of their Constitutional duty to support the military and suppress this insurrection in California. If you don’t know who your congressmen are, or how to contact them, you can easily find them by visiting: http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm

    • Lauri C

      Melanie has done a lot of good and has opened up eyes to the maneuvers of the far left. Her work in support of the troops has been wonderful. I hope she continues with Move America Forward and that she has much success in the future. The fascist communist city of Berkeley should be boycotted..just read the above e-mail on the Constitution!

    • Dora

      After reading all the comments here, I find that almost all contained just as much if not more hatred than any words I read that supposedly came from Melanie. You all need to look yourselves in the mirrow.
      Kudos to “Just the Facts Lady” who took the time to explain our US Constitution and it’s purpose.
      We all need to study the constitution and apply it across the board and not just cherry pick the sections that we like.

    • Teresa

      Good riddance to bad rubbish.
      She will not be missed.
      Hell, she couln’t even tell time!

    • Evan

      Now Melanie can go back to college and finally get her degree.LOL She is such a class act “NOT”… Vegas is calling you Melanie..

      I hear she had a threesome with Ann Coulter and Bill O’Rielly

    • Incredulous

      This blog is excellent as it highlights the fear and contempt for the first amendment that the leftists/stalinists have. Kudos. Thanks for the expression of unbridled fascism. Weaklings.

      Morgan, unlike your hero Bernie Ward, cares for her child and doesn’t look at him as some perverted sexual object.

      You crackpots are sick.

    • Joann

      Gee: You all acuse Morgan of being hateful – read your own emails here – you all sound like little out of control children, fighting for attention. Ah Gee – did Morgan steal your thunder away from the leftist, biased, hateful, liberal media that NEVER reveals the truth – the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Talk radio has to fill in the blanks with facts, while the left covers them for their fans and Obama fans and Clinton fans by with holding the facts. Must not let the boogie man out of the closet – it might upset the weaker political side called Democrats – right? Boo – did Morgan scare all of you little children??? None of you like hearing the truth – do you. You liberals like living in la la land – it is more touchy feely and GREEN for all of you silly people.

    • Cecil

      The libs in the Bay Area make the place practically unlivable. Liberals are children in adult bodies. Those that grow up become conservative — those that don’t become even more unsufferable. I love KSFO because its so out of place.

    • Robert A. Casper, SR

      I was a member of the Marin Co Republican central committee and met you once. I am also a retired FBI agent and worked the Weathermen Case in NY especially Bill Ayres. The next time he visits a campus, and there is a question period have someone ask this question. “In 1972, did you and you wife as members of the Weathermen, bomb the Park Street Police station in SF killing a policeman?” The case was resurrected 3 years ago and I attended a meeting of investigators. The man who ran the meeting was Lt. Joel Harms, his partner was the cop that died in the explosion. His tel# 3 years ago was 415 713-0822. He has more information on the SF weathermen activities, I worked them in NY. Max Noel another FBI agent and Weathermen agent told me recently that in Ayres book, the Fugitive Days, he omits any mention of being in SF. We know for a fact they were in SF. Max seems to think, he wants to distance himself from this area since this is the only outstanding charge that could put him or Bernadine in jail for life. Good job, Melanie, keep up the good work.

    • sgtbrk

      I sure miss hearing you Melanie. Thank you for everything you have done. Thank you for supporting the troops and getting Gray Davis out of office. It is a sad day, I will not hear you every morning anymore. Don’t listen to the people leaving you hate filled mail. They are the real haters. I can’t believe some of the things I hear coming out of their mouths. Yes, I am one of the thousands of soldiers that fought in Iraq. God Bless you. Hope to hear from you soon…..

      sgt Burke

    • sgtbrk

      Please erase number comment #36, I mispelled and fixed a name.

    • Hey: Where can I get on the Melanie Morgan site for daily/weekly information.

      She is one of the best. It is obvious from the morons that sent email replies to this report.

      No wonder Nancy Pelosi has been re-elected so many times. Called Garbage in, Garbage out!

    • Patty O’Day
    • orlanda enriquez

      I lived in the Bay Area most of my life then moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest 8yrs ago. I must say the hardest adjustment was not hearing you in the morning. I’m so happy I found how to connect with you again. It’s much easier to be a liberal, they’re not guided principles. We don’t take the easy road. Please stay the course, we need you Melanie.

    • the conservatives battle against moderate republicans
      The Chelene Nightingale for Governor campaign..has tried to UNDULY Influence Voters to change parties For their candidate with a “how to…step by step website, which also tells them that after the primary they can change their voter registration back to any party and vote again.

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      Harsh penalties aimed at deterring electoral fraud make it likely that individuals who perpetrate fraud do so with the EXPECTATION That it either will not be discovered, or will be excused.

      These acts are considerd to be morally unacceptable outside the spirit of electoral laws or in violation of the principles of democracy.

      Cynthia Stafford of CA
      Jan 28, 2010 15:18:42 PM [permalink] [report comment]

      the conservatives battle against moderate repbulicans
      GREAT news about Markham Robinson running for Governor..Guess that leaves Chelene Nightingale candidate for Governor a bit perplexed. She was trying for the AIP nomination but using much deceit in her campaign. She is with Constitution Party..of which California does not have a ballot qualified party.

      Better to play by the rules…SHE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO Hijack the AIP for her own use!!
      Sharon Ross of CA
      Jan 15, 2010 18:38:26 PM [permalink] [report comment]

      the conservative battle gainst moderate republicans
      CHAIRMAN OF THE AIP (American Independent Party) will be RUNNING for Governor of California 2010!!! the website for aip is http://www.aipca.org..We wish Mr. Robinson much success!!!
      Elliot frankes of CA
      Jan 15, 2010 18:31:14 PM [permalink] [report comment]

      6:14 PM
      Anonymous Anonymous said…
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    • speedzter

      Couldn’t have happened too soon. This neocon maniac doesn’t belong on radio that is aired to the general public. She disgusts me.

    • Elwood

      Re: #43


      Where do these people come from?

      Commenting on a post more than two years old!