The Morning Bigots at WOR 710 AM NYC
These iHeartMedia employees laugh as children suffer and people are dying as Hate Crimes increase
The radio station that nicknames itself “The Voice of New York” doesn’t share the city’s values or seem to care about the people who live and work here.
On the July 2nd episode of the morning radio show, Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning, the co-hosts spewed racist and violent garbage about Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border. I had the displeasure of hearing their voices while driving around Brooklyn, home to one of the largest immigrant communities in the country.
“Put AOC in a cage!” Riedel says at the start of this clip. Then they share a hearty laugh about detainees drinking out of toilets.
These are sick people.
Berman calls AOC “the harassing type” – whatever that means – and Riedel goes on to argue for the border wall and calls current immigration policy “too loose.”
The way they talk about AOC and immigrants raises questions about their loyalty to the people of New York City and the open-arms values symbolized by the Statue of Liberty.
Michael Riedel is a wannabe actor from upstate New York who constantly used the term "those people". He also has an irrationally intense hatred of Hamilton, the hit Broadway musical notable for its non-white cast and much more talented creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Len Berman, who shares a birthday with Donald Trump, did his best to giggle upon each bigoted statement made. Neither of these guys speaks for the millions of New Yorkers who have immigrant backgrounds and call out oppression and hate when we see it. Neither Len or Mike have ever visited the border, served in public office or have any real-life experience in policy, law enforcement or basic journalism. Yet, iHeartMedia pays them handsomely in a diverse City that has seen an uptick in hate crimes.
Is iHeartMedia partly responsible for the increase in Hate Crimes in NYC? After you listen to these clips any rational human being is not crazy for coming to that conclusion.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez should be applauded for visiting the border and getting at the heart of the issue. Berman and Riedel don’t have a tenth of the courage and following she has.
We are not just complaining, we are asking you to do your part. Call 1-800-321-0710, email iHeartMedia or tweet at @LenMichaelWOR and ask for an apology. Ask them to make the trip down to the border and ask iHeartMedia why these bigots are on their payroll.