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NEW: DePetro’s Attorney Blasts Governor Chafee

Thursday, December 12, 2013

 

The battle that started three years ago between talk radio and Governor Lincoln Chafee hit a new level of conflict. As GoLocalProv reported last night, Chafee called for WPRO to fire talk show host John DePetro.

Today, DePetro's attorney issued a blistering attack on Chafee.

The statement issued:

"John DePetro has been a frequent critic of certain union positions and tactics. John has been a vocal critic of Governor Chafee and he has questioned many of the Governor's policy decisions and the priorities of this administration, including his past refusal to call a Christmas tree a Christmas tree. 

It is no surprise that certain union activists, now joined by the Governor, simply want a critic with a microphone and an audience to be silenced.

Mr. DePetro has been threatened with physical violence. This has no place in a civilized society. Have we heard from Governor Chafee or the offended progressive that it is wrong to threaten an individual with physical harm based upon language used or thoughts expressed? Of course not.

The Governor is joining forces with those attempting to suppress the free speech of a radio talk show.

Suppression of political thought is zealously exercised by many governments and regimes around the globe. Attempts to suppress the free expression of speech, thoughts and ideas, is antithetical to the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the vibrant history of this country and the State of Rhode Island to freely debate and discuss the political and social issues of the day.”

Timothy J. Dodd, Esquire

Attorney for John DePetro

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The above statement replaces an earlier version - the change was made at the request of Mr. DePetro)


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Odd Job

Chaffee..stick with your ball of yarn.

what cheer

DePetro's lawyer talking about "civilized society". Now that's Rich. John DePetro is to radio what Jerry Springer is to television. Keep John Loughlin, he is so much better than John DePetro. I actually listen to WPRO in the morning with John Loughlin. I turn the dial when DePetro is on. This is the one time I actually agree with our Governor.

Jonathan Flynn

Mr. Todd must work Pro Bono. Mr. DePetro works Pro Boner.

Jimmy LaRouche

"Suppression of political thought is zealously exercised by many governments and regimes around the globe. Attempts to suppress the free expression of speech, thoughts and ideas, is antithetical to the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the vibrant history of this country and the State of Rhode Island to freely debate and discuss the political and social issues of the day.”

Well said...

G Godot

Well put Mr. La Rouche. Killing the messenger, if the messenger is right of center, is a regular pastime in this third world backwater of a one party state. There was not a PEEP from the "professionally outraged" ragarding what "Scare America" said about Governor Palin, for example, or what fat Sgt Schultze says about the GOP in general. Of course NOBODY watches his "network". Chrissy Matthews, "Tipper" O'Neil toady drink fetcher can say anything HE wants on PMSNBC or whatever administration propaganda organ he is "on" these days. SO, poor dear Bashier is driving a taxi in New York these days, I expect he has come to understand HE is the fall guy for the rest of the flap mouths.

G Godot

I do find it interesting, though, that Imus had to go with little John for rather pathetic comments on the Whitey Bolger trial, Imus' mouth having goten him into a jam with Howard Lawrence Carr some years ago. Carr, has, of course, written BOOKS about the Whitey & crew.




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