A (former) radio personality says the Roanoke shooting was a hoax to advance gun control. He was kicked off the air.
A local radio station employee who was suspended for suggesting on air that the recent shooting deaths of two Virginia journalists caught on tape were a hoax is not backing down from his remarks and has quit his job.
In follow-up comments made on social media, the employee, Rick Kennedy — who goes by the on-air name Rick Masters — said he stands by his comments made on the Sunday morning call-in show “Cracker Barrel” and that his suspension was unfair.
On Friday, he told the News-Leader he still believes the shooting was faked.
“There is no question in my mind it’s a hoax,” said Kennedy…
It’s not unfair to be fired for saying something thoughtless and STUPID on a privately-owned radio station. The company rightfully did not want such garbage spouted in the air. Kennedy could not answer why this would be hoax. He also thinks Sandy Hook was a hoax to crack down on guns. Gee, where’s our gun control legislation, then? Did they take your guns yet? Your argument is illogical, paranoid, and inhuman. If you plan to make such OUTRAGEOUS claims, you have to have considerably more robust evidence than “I’m convinced.”
Kennedy is looking for another job in radio. There are plenty of loudmouths who get air time and attention in other places for their insane ranting. Free speech is fine, but when that means outright lies used to whip up paranoia, fear and hateful accusations, then you have crossed a line.
Tip: Mark David Leslie