For Immediate Release
Chris Baker's Fresh-Baked Sexism
Local conservative radio host relies heavily on sexism and other incendiary commentary
WASHINGTON - In a recent report by Media Matters for
America documenting the right-wing echo chamber of local and
regional radio hosts, Minneapolis'
KTLK radio host Chris Baker stood out as one of the most prolific purveyors of inflammatory rhetoric.
The report "RadioActive Smears" notes that Baker, among others, often
engages in sexist and misogynistic commentary. Baker mocked Nancy Pelosi, the
nation's first woman House Speaker, by saying her response to the
financial crisis is "another reason why it's rare to find a woman
worthy of serving in political office." He has also said,
"I'm not excited about women voting" and said that Republican
vice-presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin "shoulda had a little cleavage
going. ... I noticed a little panty line on her."
"We don't tolerate sexism on our local
television station or local paper, so why should radio get a free pass,"
said National Press Secretary J. Jioni Palmer. "Michael Savage began his
career as a little-known local personality before gaining national notoriety.
The next star provocateur could be found at your local radio station."
While there has been much discussion of the role that
nationally syndicated radio hosts Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and Bill
O'Reilly have played in perpetuating smears and falsehoods about
progressive leaders and ideals, little has been said about the vast network of
lesser-known syndicated and regional radio hosts that has served as an echo
chamber for conservative talking points and falsehoods. This year, Media Matters greatly expanded its
monitoring of regional radio.
Baker: Media have
"blood on their hands" for murder of transgender woman because they
created "false sense of reality"
- Baker called Obama a "little bitch" who "won't
even stand up to" "smoking-hot" Palin
"I don't think homeless people should vote"; "I'm not that excited
about women voting"
- Baker on Palin's appearance at VP debate:
"Shoulda had a little cleavage going ... I noticed a panty line on
- Minneapolis radio
host Baker said Code Pink protesters "ought to have all their tubes
- Radio host Baker referred to Thomas Beatie as a
radio host Baker promoted video of pastor calling Obama's mother
Chris Baker Show is a Minneapolis-based talk-radio
show that airs weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT on KTLK-FM.