It seems that a person took umbrage with Sykes' Sunday Incite show and Sykes' habitual distortion of the facts, and wrote a letter to management expressing his disappointment and asking Sykes to be let go. Here is the letter:
Last Sunday, in the Sunday 'Insight' program, Mr. Sykes said that a bloody room in an outbuilding found in Iraq identified as a 'torture' chamber was where torture took place, and that waterboarding was not torture.
Waterboarding has long been identified as torture by US government authorities. Service personnel have been disciplined for doing it and captured enemies have been disciplined for waterboarding US personnel. International judicial organizations recognize waterboarding as torture.
Now, George W. Bush has decided that waterboarding is no longer torture, based, apparently, on his dis-interpretation of the powers of the Presidency to decide whatever he wants. Mr. Bush was the president of a chapter of a fraternity that is notorious for hazing (torture) and pranks, and it is apparent that he relishes hazing the world with war and unconscionable practices, such as waterboarding.
The United States of America has sacrificed mightily blood and treasure to bring peace to the world's conduct, including the elimination of cruel and unusual methods such as waterboarding. Mr. Bush, and his supporters like Mr. Sykes, return the world to darker, more cruel, practices - a step backwards to the practices of our, and civilization's, enemies.
This moral defect on the part of Mr. Sykes should disqualify him from regular access to the broadcast airways. Please remove him from employment at WTMJ.
The one thing that Sykes included, but Whallah! excluded was the author's name, address and phone number. Now, most people will leave contact information when making a complaint to any company so that a follow-up can be done. Sykes takes that information and publishes it.
Only after receiving a lot of flak from commenters, and having it brought up by Tim Cuprisin, who called TMJ management, did Sykes remove the address and phone number. (NOTE: Be sure to read the comments at Cuprisin's site, there are some very good ones.)
Then he snidely proves that he doesn't understand his own hypocrisy (and inability to spell) with this line:
Fascinating how the left and certain critics managed to ignore the intolerance on dispaly (sec)and tried to turn a demand for my firing into an example of..... (wait for it)....... my meanness.
Actually, Charlie, I would call it a flagrant act of decency that people called on your arrogant, bullying ways.
I don't know if it is funny or just plain sad that Charlie likes to claim the right of free speech when he slanders someone, but feels threatened when others exercise their rights.
H/T to numerous readers.