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New Hampshire Radio Host Calls Democrat "Faggot"

(NEW HAMPSHIRE) A political controversy began on Saturday, November 14 in New Hampshire, when radio host Doug Lambert went on anti-gay tirade at the conclusion of his morning program, “Meet the New Press.” While the program was no longer on the air, it was being still being streamed live on the internet.

Lambert and co-host Skip Murphy were in the process of wrapping things up when Lambert verbally attacked openly gay New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley. While Murphy giggled in the background, Lambert continued with, “Yea, you Faggot. That's right I said it and I meant it. You are reprobate. How the people, the Democrats, I think of some of the gray haired ladies and older people from the old party would stand behind you is beyond me. You are a disgrace to yourself to humanity to mankind and to your party.”

Hours after the show Lambert posted an apology of sorts on his blog, GraniteGrok.com. He stated that he was simply reacting to the fact that a national gay rights group would be on hand to celebrate Buckley’s birthday.

“To be blunt, what I said is something that never should have been said in any kind of a public setting, or, quite frankly, in a private one either. Being human, and an honest person that is used to freely speaking my mind, my passion got the best of me. Politically correct? Nah, that's not my style. Calling people names, THAT'S usually not my style, either, as I prefer to debate the issues in a battle of ideas. My sole reason for having this show is to shed light on just how quickly our country is being led down the wrong path. My remarks were not helpful to protecting the rights and the freedoms I fight for everyday.”

It would seem, however, that his apology was not enough.

On Monday, Nassau Broadcasting issued a statement announcing their immediate termination of Lambert’s contract to air his show on their station WEMJ 1490 AM.

“Although the comments by Mr. Lambert were not aired on our station, we find the comments by him to be completely out of line and unacceptable and we will not allow Mr. Lambert the opportunity to continue to air his show on our radio station” said Mr. Rob Fulmer, NH Regional Manager for Nassau.

Lambert also had a weekly column that appeared in the Thursday edition of the Laconia Daily Sun, New Hampshire’s local paper, but Editor Ed Engler echoed Nassau’s decision and will no longer be working with Lambert.

Murhpy issued his own statement via blog on Monday titled, “A Real Dumb Thing, he did.” While he acknowledged his friend’s mistake, Murphy stood up for him stating he would remain his friend and implied that Lambert was in way a victim of politics.

“No one is perfect all the time; we are all, in fact, imperfect pretty much most of the time. It is what that person does AFTER the screw up that is important. He has already apologized. I'm afraid for many that will be insufficient… the ability to accept an apology, nowadays, seems to be in short supply as well. There are those that will use this incident for their own political hay and opportunity. They, too, are unable or unwilling to accept apologies. Such is politics nowadays, and such is life if one is judged to be Politically Incorrect by those that get to set the rules.”

Politics as usual or not, Republicans were quick to distance themselves from Lambert.

NHGOP Chairman and former New Hampshire Governor, John H. Sununu said, “Mr. Lambert’s comments were disgusting, inappropriate, and offensive. That is why I, as Chairman, asked for an immediate condemnation from our State Party – and that was done. I am encouraged that so many Granite Staters of all political persuasions denounced this vicious personal attack. We are all in agreement that what Mr. Lambert said is completely reprehensible and doesn’t belong in our public dialogue.”

On Tuesday, Fergus Cullen, former chairman of the New Hampshire GOP, wrote an Op-Ed piece that was published in three local papers as well as released online at RedHampshire.com, in which he warned the Republicans “to resist the temptation to campaign to the fringe of our party. It’s not a winning strategy.”

Cullen expressed surprise that it took this long for someone to act on Lambert’s comments and also wondered why Republican politicians appeared on his show to begin with.

“Why on Earth were leading Republicans pandering on a fringe show with zero measurable audience in the first place? What were they thinking? I get the politics of primaries. Candidates know that those who vote in primaries tilt toward the far right and the far left. So, they go on a show like Lambert’s hoping primary voters are listening. But these candidates have the math wrong. There are many more primary votes to be had among mainstream conservatives than there are among the fringe, no matter how vocal. The tip of the tail must not wag the dog. There are some votes a candidate can do without.

“After suffering through two brutal election cycles weighed down by the Bush administration’s unpopularity, Republicans have reason for optimism about 2010. Let’s not blow it by giving any more birthday presents like this to the Democrats,” concluded Cullen.

For his own part, Lambert issued another apology via his last blog. “I believe that these are the proper and appropriate consequences, and I apologize to the good people at the paper and the radio station who have been wonderful to me over the years and were completely undeserving of the grief my actions have caused them. I plan on spending my time in prayer and reflection, looking inward to the unhealthy malice in my heart, for which I will ultimately have to face my Maker, begging for His undeserved mercy.

“Let this be a lesson to those who harbor such hatred as I have demonstrated—think about it. We must love EVERYBODY as we do ourselves. And all the world is a camera. There is no hiding anymore. I engaged in a WHOLE lot of free speech around here. With that, comes responsibility. Use it wisely,” Lambert said.

What the future in radio and media holds for Lambert remains to be seen, but one thing is certain for those who use public air waves to spread messages of hate and intolerance, public as well as political momentum is swinging against them.