SYRACUSE — About a day after CNY Talk Radio (WFBL/WMCR-A) noontime host Jon Alvarez posted a Facebook tribute to Joe Stack, the social networking site pulled the page down, citing a policy banning “hateful or threatening” pages. Stack was the pilot who took his own life and one other when he crashed a small plane into an IRS office in Texas earlier this week.
Updated 2/22 with response from station owner James Johnson.
According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Alvarez justified the controversial page, explaining, “This guy was making a sacrifice to others who were having problems with the IRS. We at least owed it to him to make note of his thoughts.” Click the link above to see the rest of the P-S article.
Added 2/22 at 12:50pm: CNYRadio.com has asked GM Judy Kelly for her thoughts. She kindly forwarded our request along to Leatherstocking Media Group owner James Johnson, who provided the following statement:
While we certainly do not condone acts of violence or view such acts as patriotic, or heroic, we do believe, however, that the freedom to discuss such topics, is patriotic and an important process for a healthy democracy. The success of Mr. Alvarez’s radio program on CNY Talk Radio is a tribute to the fact that he is willing to present all ideas and respect all opinions. While those ideas and opinions may not necessarily be those of Leatherstocking Media Group, Inc., our support of Mr. Alvarez is a testament to our unwavering belief in the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
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