City Council OKs Resolution Urging Media To Curb ‘Racist, Sexist Slurs’

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The City Council has approved a resolution calling on local TV and radio stations to limit any “racist” and “sexist” comments on their broadcasts.

The City Council voted 13-2 to pass the resolution with a motion urging “the management of radio and television stations in Los Angeles to do everything in their power to ensure that their on-air hosts do not use and promote racist and sexist slurs over public airwaves in the City of Los Angeles”.

Councilmen Joe Buscaino and Mitchell Englander cast the two opposing votes to the resolution, which was introduced on Mar. 7 by Councilwoman Jan Perry in response to a the controversy over recent comments by KFI 640 talk radio hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou.

The duo had recently drawn criticism for referring to the late pop singer Whitney Houston as a “crack ho” in February in the wake of her untimely death.

While largely a symbolic gesture, the resolution warned controversial comments from on-air talent like Kobylt and Chiampou along with others is “intolerable” and can potentially lead to “an environment where negative comments can go unchecked and corporate guidelines and policies are no longer being enforced”.

  • freecheese

    Hey, they’ve been “CLOSE” to a decision for THREE days. What a bunch of idiots.
    I predict these elite liberal hippies will pass it, it will be sent to the 9th. U.S. Circuit, and as usual, the U.S. Supreme Court will reject their usual liberal actions.

    • rigbyforrifles

      Are these the same folks that have made tossing a frisbee on the beach while carefully avoiding any interference with one of LA’s biggest industries – making porn movies?

    • Astonished

      People living in this country have the right to free speech, guarenteed by the Constitution. Thankfully, people in this country have another right that is truely really unique. . .the right to not have to listen to offensive, racist or defamitory speeches. That literally means that if you don’t like what those two bums said, DON’T LISTEN TO THEM.

      Which makes this resolution just a tempest in a teapot.

    • Wm. Wright

      Bill Maher, he is truly vulgar—I’m not just talking about his looks, which God knows couldn’t be uglier. (How does one get to be soooo ugly, he must have been really evil in his past life?) He is offensive to my ears and my eyes.

    • Whiskey Tango

      Don’t theyhave bigger fish to fry? Drugs, guns, gangs and cuts to fire and police budgets? Clean your own back yard before you look in others.
      I support KFI and listen to John and Ken daily.

    • Republicrat

      The resolution carries no provision of enforcement. It will never be taken to court nor will any radio stations ever be penalized.

      It’s just silly drama on the part of the LA City Council to impotently weigh in on Rush Limbaugh’s opinions.

      • Craig Wilson

        I agree. I ran for city council in 09 vs Rosendahl because of the sillyness at City Hall. I recently retired from DWP LA but thaT does not mean I agree with open borders, far left policies, spl order 40 or the Dream Act etc. I got 26% of the vote in 09. 6000 plus voters voted for me, 15000 for Rosendahl, Out of 250000 souls in CD 11. Maybe 160,000 reg voters or more but only 21 000 voted. sad..

      • NoMarxist

        Liberals acting out their fantasies on the taxpayers dime.

      • Sdolling@


      • Christy

        Yeah because Bill Mahr has never said anything vulgar, racist or against women at all right? Typical liberal elitist who want ‘do as a I say, not as I do’.

      • gerry juice

        The City Council la is nothing but illegal mexican lovers . turning la into a safe haven for mexicans .

      • paperpushermj

        Your right politicians love this sort of thing for it gives the appearance of action on their part, without any of the dangers from unintended consequences of actually doing something


      • Jason

        Oh and it’s an effecitve use of tax payer dollars. How much is Cali in debt now?

      • Robea

        Exactly. It is just political theater. It’s just like those worthless “Sense of the Senate” resolutions passed in Congress. It carries the legal weight of a hummingbird dropping.

        Still waiting to see if they will make a resolution condemning pornography and/or rap music.

      • TMay

        We don’t know what happened. Maybe after they read the roar of disapproval on yesterday’s article from about 700 commenters, all of which has disappeared, from last night and early this morning to today, maybe they chose to go the route of passing a resolution rather than legislation.

    • Big Bear

      It’s a paper tiger anyway. Media outlets will take it with a grain of salt.

    • its me

      That fact that anyone group of elected government officials are even meeting to remove free speech and violate the first amendment should be cause for the police to go and arrest them as they are colluding to break the law.

    • Webster Geothe

      “The best society, the best human existence, arrives when humans most closely determine the truth, and act on the truth, and separate it from superstition, falsity, or misinformation. And there is no better system for determining the truth than free speech: Testing the validity of an idea in the waters of public discussion and debate.” — Dave Rodgers


    • curious canuck

      Lets all ensure we don’t include any trips for vacation to Luny L.A.

      • ElPolacko

        Illegal aliens are electing them…who do you think.

      • Big George in Big D

        No way in hell would i go to that “brown”, lawless city!

      • Doug

        Just be glad you don’t have to live here, Curious. It’s been very disheatening to watch the destruction of this once fine city by our idiot elected officials.

      • Nuevi Cicero

        and who is electing them? If I were you I would move

    • Santino V

      I hope so as well maybe we can get something done about Bill Maher. Maybe if were lucky, everyone will have to walk around with duct tape on their mouth. It’s not like freedom of speech was that important anyway right? /S

    • Bill

      This will of course include the stations that play rap musice with lyrics that are insulting to women, and use racial slurs.
      Of course it won’t ! Rappers are “artists’ expressing themselves. This is nothing more that censorship, plain and simple.

    • Jimmy

      Don’t tghey have more prssing issues out there to deal with? Oh wait. They’re libs. It feels good.

      • TonyC

        does this mean that Rap Music can no longer be played in LA?

    • CurbTheLies

      If only someone would curb the disinformation reported by the state run media. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

      Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

      Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history before it disappears forever.

    • Sonia Dregne

      This new law of taking away free speech, should also apply to the Newspaper companies as well.

    • John Steele

      Maher can still use the C word about Palin and all the Hollywood perverts will still call conservative women horrible names and slurs. It’s about silencing the most effective means there is to combat the Marxists and so called tolerant libs. TRUTH and free speech is like garlic to these thugs… we are winning. This will NOT work

      • Get over it

        What is it with this obsession over Bill Maher? Hs is NOT on free public airwaives. People pay for premium cable TV to hear his nonsense. Can you not understand the difference? Not to mention he has come out in favor of Rush and anyone else whose free speech is being threatened.

    • Marc M

      Yes, let’s hope they limit free speech, the bedrock of our nation.

      You are a moron.

    • Dave Z

      John and Ken, move your studio outside LA. This is the most ridiculous bunch of pap I have ever heard. Attacks on free speech are coming from all levels of over reaching government!

      • Guru

        There studio IS outside L.A. It’s in Burbank, an incorporated city that is not affected by laws in Los Angeles city.

    • cameron624

      What a perfect example of how the 1st amendment and free-markets work! Advertisers have bailed in droves from Rush Limbaugh and his “hate speach” talk radio Republicans! MONEY TALKS louder than legislation! We have to stop legislating speech, when the listeners and advertisers do it for us, and we don’t have to destroy the 1st Amendment in the process! California, and many states like it are facist States run by a bunch of control freaks, who, in the long run, shoot themselves in the foot. Afterall, THEY want to have freedom of speech don’t they?

  • Joe

    Well then there should be also a resolution curbing TV stations and newspapers from calling every action imagineable as racist.

    • Walk the Walk

      I think all the white members of the LA City Council should resign in the name of “diversity” and make room for people of color. It’s time that white liberals don’t just talk the talk, but actually walk the walk.

      If they don’t resign, these white liberals are clearly racist!

    • Free Willy

      ooooooo….a city council resolution! Those guys are in for it now.

      • SpinSpinSpin

        The state run media is really twisting around the comments here. Still trying to bury the truth. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history.

      • metalmover

        Spin, spin, spin is a bit of a nutcase; I would recommend you ignore!

      • Michael Henson

        spin spin spin make the conservative look wacky, just ignore the guy and maybe he will go away.

      • Moo Cow

        It’s a she – she hangs out on the Washington Examiner blog.

      • GCA

        Spin Spin Spin must be on George Soros’ payroll. I seen this exact same nonsense posted at other websites.

    • DD

      I guess they didn’t think far ahead enough to consider the fact that this resolution will single-handedly end “urban radio” in Los Angeles. All in one shot– no more Power 106, no more KDAY. Here’s hoping they accomplish what they set out to do.

    • Whiskey…Tango…Foxtrot

      The corrupt Los Angeles city council is terrified of John and Ken and KFI-640 because
      KFI-640 always “tells it like it is”.

      • TomG

        John & Ken are Democrats in disguise. Sly foxes, thier ploy is to split the Republicans. They hate conservatives, Christians, and most Republican leaders. Just wait, right now they slam the conservative Republican candidates as crazy, but after the fake Republican gets the nomination, they won’t back him either. They bring up good points, but recognize what they are doing. As they themselves have said, the immigration issue will split the Republican party-which is exactly why they harp on it.

      • Bobbito

        Yes the council is totally dfull of wj\`hores who go down to the docks late at night toplay theiur secret lingerie wearing trades. We j`know who and where you are. Some day the photos will go viral on the web Yu will be outed for the fakes you are putos.

      • Bobbito

        And Some day I will get a better keyboard and get more patient about proffreading LOL. Take that city coucilito putos de los vacos!

    • g

      amen to that

  • malcom

    wow,what happend to all the comments?

    • ed

      Does that mean demeaning and Violent Rap Music is banned on the radio?

      • TL

        Absolutely excellent point!!! I had not even thought of that.

    • Corruption

      The city council is just trying to silence John & Kent because they are the only voices that expose the city council’s corruption. They should just pass a law that says John & Kent cannot expose their backdoor deals.

      • Kathy

        You are so Correct! John and Ken are the only ones except for Hugh Hewitt on another station who goes after local pols who are doen right corrupt!!

      • Jim

        Exactly! John and Ken don’t stand for any BS, no matter WHO is dishing it out. They are equal opportunity attackers. They call BS when they see and hear it. Long Live John & Ken and KFI!

    • Fred Zarguna

      Deleted by order of LA City Council.

    • John W.

      When you ban racist, sexist slurs Democrats and other Leftists are speechless.

      • Christy

        Ain’t that the truth!! They are the epitome of hypocracy and division!

    • Carl T.

      Lets see, the latest news:
      The “crack ho” killed by CRACK!!!
      Long Live John & Ken and KFI!

    • Carl T.

      Lets see, the latest news:
      The “crack ho” killed by CRACK!!!
      Long Live John & Ken and KFI!

    • 1st Amendment

      So I guess all the nappy headed hoes are also required to shut their yaps when it comes to criticizing Obama as well?

  • Steve L.

    Look at the four photo Galleries (Lingerie Bowl, NBA Cheerleader, NCAA Cheerleaders and Celbrity Sex tapes) on your site and then tell me you can honsetly report on those ass-hats passing that silly resolution? s? C’mon Man


      The medium is the message, and our culture is dictated by the media, celebrities, etc. But it is NOT who we are. We must not let the liberals inflict their warped vision on the world.
      LA has BANNED TINTED WINDOWS. Only the cops and politicians can have them, of course. FASCISTS.

    • Yo, Steve

      Bro’, they cater those galleries to your internet searches. Don’t feel bad, mine all show women looking for dates in my area or in some state of undress.

      • LTCB

        I don’t think that’s totally correct because I don’t visit ANY sites like the ones they have on mine. Typically, I have to just use the ‘eye filter’ and focus on the article and comments and ignore the garbage links on the sites. Their stuff may also include the garbage that was on other sites you visit and not just based on the site itself. At least, that makes sense of what they put on mine.

    • Fed Up

      Mine are;

      Photo Galleries
      Celeb HomesCeleb Homes
      Stars Who Look Hotter With AgeHotter With Age
      New Cars DebutNew Cars Debut
      Short-Lived Celebrity Marriages Short-Lived Marriages



      Imagine if this was a conservative city trying to stop the offensive sex/violence deluge coming from the media? The media as a whole and all the leftists would be howling in the streets about the censorship and attack on civil rights!

  • maroonvee

    Sure that ought to get rid of Maher, Schultz et al. Or is it only leftists who are allowed to slur women and say racist thiings..? Of course it is.

    • Fred Smart

      Maher definitely needs to go. He’s a ship without a sail.

    • Lilly

      You are so right on! Let’s not forget about all the awful lyrics in Rap Music – bet they don’t mind listening to that.

  • Tom

    What this really is, is a resolution to empower them to restrict free speech for anyone whose views they disagree with.

  • Jackosan

    Naked power grab !! Only the commies will be allowed to determine what is okay .And what is okay is what THEY say is okay !

    • Libby

      you are too stupid to even be able to define what a commie is

      • Moo Cow


        And you’d better pray that I don’t define a pile of dog squeeze like you as one.

        Free neck stretch!

      • Kein

        If anyone’s post drips with ingnorance it is yours; You choose to limit his opinion by calling him a name. Sorry, you collectivists\communists\democrats cannot limit speech, and the reason is simple. The second amendment will always protect the other amendments.

  • CV

    Liberals are self destructing its over.

  • Abdul Keddou


    This bunch of corrupt drama queens is addicted to symbolism.

  • CV

    I guess TV will be shut down in Lsdland

  • Ron

    We must do something about these crazy liberals. Please never vote Democrat ever again and lets get ready to make some dramatic changes to the repubs also !!!

  • Get A Life

    Hahahaha! Idiots believe that this resolution is binding? /falls off chair laughing…

  • Pink Floyd Fan

    Step in line or this whole Freed of Press thingy will need to be abolished.

  • Bill Ray Dupree, MC.

    The end of the article describes this in a nutshell: It is symbolic. This is not enforceable. If Kobylt and Chiampou had high ratings, and still get removed from a radio station, then some other station will pick them up.

    I think any radio station that tries to suppress their voices will suffer by loosing listeners.

  • philipee

    Rush and all the neonazizioinstscrusaders turds on the public air waves should not be allowed to spread their moronic propaganda and hatred. The blam is on the morons who lisen to them and buy the products the advertised on their talking shows. they r contributing nothing but garbage and hatred while making millions from the stupid listners.

    • JIm

      Can you say “UP YOURS” let take your First Amendment away too

    • Bill Ray Dupree, MC.

      And there is absolutely no hatred and garbage in the bile that you just spewed in this comment section?

      By the way, “neo nazi zionist..”…. Isn’t that an oxymoron?

    • Dogwithnoteeth

      Why is it that the liberals, who are the ones that claim to support freedom, are the only ones you ever hear trying to silence the voices of their critics? Could it be because they know that thier ideas can’t compete in the intellectual arena?

      • JTStreeter

        They are all about control. What they like MUST be mandated. What they dislike MUST be banned. They’re actually nothing more than fascist totalitarions with a large helping of envy. Nobody wants to hear their blathering commentators so they will try and silence ours. They will never be able to shut Rush up even if they close every radio station in the country. this is just another pathetic attempt by the left to silence truths that they dont want people to hear. People like Rush stand in the way of America’s complacent acceptance of socialism..

      • Vince

        You are absolutely right on the money, Dog. Much of their ideology and beliefs can’t stand up to facts and logic. That’s why they play the race card so often. Liberalism is big lie.

    • jim j.

      Stupid listner like you? And I will bet you buy those products, don’t you. Hey, stupid, have younot heard of free speech??. Free speech allows you to say what you are now saying . Educate yourself!!!

    • yobaby

      philipee thank you so much for your enlightened, brilliant post…wow…the intelligence in your words is awe-inspiring. LOL…
      get an education…or take a writng 101 class…please!

    • Bruce Belligan

      Spoken like a true Marxist! Silence that free speech, stamp out any opposition to your communist manifesto! Re-educate the dissenters. Follow the example of Mao, Stalin, the national socialist party! If all else fails, “purge” the country of the filthy dissenters.
      You libs make me want to vomit.

    • R..V

      Hatred? All I hear from conservative talk radio are things like Personal Responsibility, Freedom, and Liberty. I’m not sure what is so hateful about those things.

      • Seriously???

        Okay, that MAY be a bit of a stretch. I’m not siding with Phillipe here, nor do I agree with the resolution, but come on now. Even hearing just that one simple diatribe from that drug addled slob Rush and you can’t really, honestly believe what you just wrote, can you?

      • Dirk Diggler

        Those concepts are hateful to liberals.

      • Ric

        what exactly makes a liberal, liberal? seems to be an oxymoron.

    • Mike

      Hey Philipee,

      Our school systems have completely failed. You write like an uneducated fool. It’s kind of ironic that you blast people for “contributing nothing but garbage and hatred” when you are doing the same exact thing. Also, what the hell is a “neonazizioinstscrusaders”? First of all, what is a “zioinsts?” Do you mean Z-I-O-N-I-S-T? I don’t think a neo-Nazi would ever fight for Israel’s right to exist. You sir are a moronic, anti-Semitic, vile excuse for a human being who can’t spell worth a damn.

      • Richard

        Of course Philipee can’t spell. He’s a PRODUCT of the US school system which has been run into the ground by the teacher’s union!

  • zionist commie bankers destroying america!

    i do believe what they are “curbing” is not rascist or sexism… it’s FREE SPEECH.. Guaranteed to EVERY U.S. citizen in the United States of America.. These people should be sued for violating their employees civil rights!!!!!!!

  • Noneofyourbusiness

    Good luck with this, LA. Consider yourselves boycotted by me and mine. No doubt you will apply your 1st Amendment violating rule scrupulously fairly, beginning with Alec Baldwin, Bill Maher, and all the other Palin-derangement syndrome folks.

    • CeCe

      I AGREE. Was just at a rally today. A bunch of us just came up with a “resolution” the boycott vacations and as much business as possible with that unfortunately naive city.

    • Chris Rock

      Too bad LA must ban Chris Rock from LA !!

      He sponsors and spews Racist behavior and calls it entertainment or comedy

  • slappy

    Wait, does this mean they’re making Jackie Johnson wear a burka?

  • Me There

    does that apply to the hip hop radio stations as well?

    • firstladyfinger

      Barry, stop now! You know we don’t want to stoop to their level. Barry, tell Valet Jarrett to cut us another pipeline. I know, you smoke it in a pipe or cut it into a line but not both and not Xtra Large, yeah, yeah, yeah, fast and furious baby.

  • Ric

    Guess the First Amendment to the US Constitution got lost in the LA smog. Bad day for sane people.

  • notalib

    State is broke, city is broke yet these incompetent clowns have time enough to try and limit free speech. It is no wonder this state is so dysfunctional. These liberals can’t run anything fiscally but they sure can destroy everything.

  • yobaby

    i am now more interested in listening to John/Ken than ever before…thank you LA Council of North Korea…I appreciate the heads up. Pay it forward, people!

  • Dogwithnoteeth

    This is nothing more than a resolution that states the city council’s desire that on air radio hosts watch thei mouths. There are no teeth behind this and there is no enforcement mechanism. They cannot pull anyone off the air or fine a station for playing anything. It is like the old man sitting on the porch telling kids to get off of the sidewalk in from\nt of his house. It might frighten some intellectual children, but it does little more than that.

  • vic

    philipee… me everything obamay says is nothing but lies, hate speech and propaganda….so who gets to decide who to shut down?????

  • Buck

    just listen to liberal radio stations and report all the hate and sexist remarks you hear. They should be off the air in about a week..!

    • Dogwithnoteeth

      The funny thing is that Liberal talk radio stations and programs are almost all going bankrupt. Other than those that receive public funding like NPR, but then again they are supposed to be non-biased….Yeah right!

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