We gave Jared Morris of WXDE 105.9 a second opinion after we listened to his response to our first review of his show. We may have been hasty in writing that second review.
Jared has had three strikes since our last review.
Strike one: Jared makes continual references, even weeks after the story has "died out", to the drama of The Miseducation of Cameron Post. In brief, the story centered around the Cape Henlopen school board deciding to remove the book from a suggested reading list because it contained the f-word. While Jared centered his commentary on the use of the profanity as justification for the book being removed, his counterpart, Susan Monday, centered her commentary on the school board's disregard for the school board's own policies and procedures for altering school curriculum. The end result of the debate was the school board reconvened to answer to Susan Monday's (any many parents') claims, reinstated the book, and then banned the whole list of ten books. Jared was left with egg on his face because he didn't delve deeply enough into the issue at hand.
Strike two: Jared claimed a teacher in Cambridge was accosted by police, taken in for mental evaluation, and suspended from his teaching job because he wrote two fictional books, under a pseudonym, set in the future that involved school shootings. This is a story guaranteed to set listeners on fire. Free speech, corporate control of employees, police intrusion, all the elements for a hot topic. What Jared didn't tell his listeners was the teacher was under investigation in another county because of a four page letter he wrote to local government officials. It was because of that letter the police became involved, Dorchester County was notified of the investigation, the teacher was taken in for mental evaluation, and the school suspended the teacher. None of the actions had anything to do with the teacher writing fictional books under a pseudonym.
|The FaceBook post inspiring Jared's two-hour Show|
It was the strike three story that got our goat. I called in and asked if the story was verifiable. Jared responded that it was posted on FaceBook and the Dad called to give his version of how his daughter described what happened. I responded that something still didn't sound right with the story because how could a teacher, with crying students in the class, continue the lesson and how could the teacher not send the students who were unwilling to participate to the principal's office. I realized he had long since hung up before I made my point.
Unfortunately, Jared seems to be looking towards Dan Gaffney as a role model. As we mentioned in our other reviews, we refuse to listen to Gaffney because of his unethical and hypocritical modes of running his show. There are better role models Jared should be looking towards. Susan Monday is one of them.
But as long as Jared wants to give half-truths to his listeners, he'll wallow down in the hypocritical sludge where Dan Gaffney and many others wallow.
For the TL;DR folks:
Jared is The National Inquirer equivalent of a real talk show host.
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