Monday, June 16, 2008
Anti-Racist Vigilantes Target Idaho Conservative Shock Jock Zeb Bell For Allegedly Referring To Barack Obama As A "Negroid"
Having successively bullied David and Elizabeth Lawson of West Jordan, Utah into discontinuing the sale of their highly-popular Barack Obama Sock Puppet Doll, the anti-racist vigilantes who vex our society are not resting on their laurels. They continuously troll for more victims.
And anti-racist vigilantes in Idaho, along with their Democratic Party allies, have landed themselves a live one in the person of KBAR-AM shock jock Zeb Bell (pictured above left). Thomas Garcia, an Obama supporter, circulated an e-mail alleging that Bell called Obama the “black Negroid Barack Hussein Obama” on his morning show on Monday June 9th, 2008. More than a dozen irate Magic Valley residents, who read the e-mail but had not heard the show, complained to Bell. Three long-time advertisers have threatened to cancel their spots unless the station removes Bell from the air. Full story published June 13th by the South Idaho Press. Also aired June 12th by KTVB Channel 7 in Boise and KIVI Channel 6. Story also discussed on Free Republic, and an Idaho anti-racist website, 43rdStateBlues, is also targeting Bell.
In addition, Bob Powers, a member of the Democratic Central Committee in Twin Falls County, claimed that longtime patriot and immigraton reform advocate Frosty Wooldridge, who was a guest on Bell's Monday show, called Obama’s mother “trailer trash” with a fixation on black men. Wooldridge also allegedly said Obama was raised a Muslim for 10 years and was indoctrinated in Islam. Powers claims the statement about Obama is false. However, CommonVoice claims the story is part true, that Obama attended a madrassas for four years.
But Bell, a 60-year-old conservative talk show host who has leased air time on Rupert-based KBAR-AM for eight years, characterizes the accusations against him as baseless and harmful. He denies making any racial remarks targeted at the presumptive Democratic nominee. But he admits his guest and friend Frosty Wooldridge did. Nevertheless, he's getting an upsurge in hate mail from strangers. No disciplinary action is contemplated by KBAR at this time.
During the first hour of Bell’s Wednesday morning show (June 11th), he vowed to maintain his political attack on Obama; however, he told the station’s owner he would apologize on air for statements made by his guest. The show was not taped by the station. Unfortunately, in a pathetic attempt to deflect heat, Bell said in a separate interview that he had friends of all races (some of my best friends are...yada, yada, yada) and that he hoped Condoleezza Rice would become John McCain's running mate. [Ed. Note: When you get into a situation like this, never never never say "some of my best friends are such-and-such". It sounds so incredibly lame.]
Bell said he is accustomed to facing accusations that he advocates racist views, in particular because of his tough rhetoric on illegal immigration. But this is the first time he’s been openly accused of using a racial slur.
The negative publicity revealed to Bell the existence of an online campaign against him that pre-dates this incident. A Web site, with a domain name registered to Rudy Castro of Heyburn, appears as a vehicle for counter-attacks against Bell. The Web page contains statements attributed to Bell, personal and aggressive comments about him and a photo of a person wearing Ku Klux Klan garb at a 1994 rally in Jerome, which the Web site says, “we believe” is Bell. Bell said it is not. I have not yet been able to locate Castro's website.
Frosty Wooldridge also weighed in. In phone interview with KIVI News, Wooldridge said his comment was taken out of context, claiming he didn't directly call her trailer trash.
According to his personal website, Zeb Bell is a multitalented individual. He serves as a motivational speaker to service organizations, high schools, church groups and agricultural audiences. He writes and produces radio and television commercials. He teaches an annual Professional Announcing and Broadcasting School. He does "Voice-overs" for major movies and videos. He has been a featured announcer at major professional rodeos across the United States and Canada. He was the announcer for the World Equestrian Games - Jerez, Spain 2002. And he was the National Finals Rodeo Announcer 6 times, OKC, and Las Vegas, Nevada. These are just some of his accomplishments.