While the station asserts that the move was made to make room for more local programming, the Salt Lake Tribune’s Glen Warchol reports that Hannity’s show apparently ran counter to the LDS-owned KSL radio’s new mission statement, which includes articles such as:
- I honor principles espoused by our owner in the products and services I provide.
- I promote integrity, civility, morality, and respect for all people.
- I seek to lift, inspire, and help others find enduring happiness.
I have no idea what KSL’s motives are, and transparently biased though it may be, it’s hardly news that the FrumForum gang is happy to take the speculation of some lefty blogger as fact over the radio station’s own stated reasons for their decision. No, it’s what comes next that crosses the line:
Warchol speculates that the controversial nature of Hannity’s show made it incompatible with these values, pointing to things that Hannity has said on his show, like: “I’ll tell you who should be tortured and killed at Guantanamo - every filthy Democrat in the U.S. Congress.” [Emphasis added.]
Such a vicious statement would certainly be enough to scare away stations, and rightly so. Here’s the thing, though: there’s no evidence Hannity said it.