Slip of the Tongue > Out the Door

Local talk radio host Dave Lenihan (KTRS-AM/St. Louis) broke one of the cardinal rules in 21st century PC America this morning and paid the price:

They were talking about [Condoleeza Rice] becoming Commissioner of the NFL. He had just finished saying she had impecible credentials, he mentioned her Chancellorship of Stanford, and her ability to export the NFL to other countries and said “it would really be a coup,” (except you can change the last two letters of coup to know what he said).

And for that momentary brain cramp, Lenihan–who was hired away from perennial St. Louis also-ran WGNU just a week earlier–is now unemployed.

Yeesh. Lenihan is a good guy who has never expressed a racist sentiment on the air as far as I know. Some mistakes are worthy of immediate termination. This wasn’t one of them.

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