Longtime WNYC Hosts Leonard Lopate, Jonathan Schwartz Placed On Leave

Klinker

This following on the revelations regarding John Huckleberry (who I was not even a little bit surprised to discover was a abusive bass whole).  

Press Release fromWNYC


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shoshannah

Ugggghhh! And Roy f'ing Moore will be a United States Senator. 


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kibbegirl

I can't with this BS. I'm just so annoyed by the inability of some men to be able to keep their hormones in check and hands to themselves.


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The Soulful Mr T

The Silver Lining: No more Jonathan Schwartz. What a useless windbag.  What an a$$hole. Worst of all? What a terrible DJ.

Good riddance.


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The Soulful Mr T
shoshannah said:

Ugggghhh! And Roy f'ing Moore will be a United States Senator. 

It breaks my heart. (Just as an aside: the key to Democrats winning in 2018 - and every election - is turnout. Dems just don't show up in enough numbers to demonstrate their strength. What a shame.)


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mfpark

Hard for Dems to win in Arkansas or Alabama or Mississippi or Texas where they are outnumbered two to one.



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drummerboy

Which one is Lopate? Morning or noon?


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The Soulful Mr T


drummerboy said:

Which one is Lopate? Morning or noon?

Noon


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Nancy

OMG, I used to listen to Leonard Lopate all the time when I lived in Brooklyn.  I met him in person.  He used to talk about his wife and son all the time.  Ugh. Nooooooooo.  I have not yet read about it.


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steel

I agree that Jonathan Schwartz was a bit of a windbag and seemed to be very-much overly in love with his own voice and stories (while listening on Sunday I often thought, "Shut-up already and play some tunes!") No loss for me. But DAMN about Lopate! Have enjoyed MANY well-done fascinating and informative interviews of his while working. 

I'm so heartened to see finally the cultural shift in defense of women defending themselves yet I confess am also disheartened to learn of the behavior and thus lose the appreciated work product of so many talented men such as Charlie Rose, Al Franken, Garrison Keillor etc etc etc and yes even Kevin Spacey (who will now deservedly be a pariah).


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lanky

So all of entertainment is a freewheeling frat-house of ***-grabbing and intimidation (and worse)...  Would like to see the serious offenders in prison as well as the management teams who covered it up all these years.


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finnegan

I'm just not getting why pervy Dems have to resign from office in shame, but pervy Repubs get elected to higher office. WTF?

Sorry, off-topic, I know this is supposed to be about WNYC...


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yahooyahoo

Lopate?!? Say it ain't so.  I like his interviews, I just wish he didn't ask leading questions all the time.


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boomie

If Brian Lehrer fails I am out of there.


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drummerboy

Oh.That's too bad. He was a great interviewer, had fascinating guests, and no more Food Friday??? Say it ain't so!



The_Soulful_Mr_T said:



drummerboy said:

Which one is Lopate? Morning or noon?

Noon



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Scully


boomie said:

If Brian Lehrer fails I am out of there.

I am SO with you on that...


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Dave

Lopate is an anti-vaxxer, so there are some positives to shutting him up.


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drummerboy

Is he really? I never picked up on that. Will have to check that out.

As for Lehrer, between the two I'd rather have Lopate. Politically his wishy-washy "bothsider-ism" is both infuriating and destructive.

dave said:

Lopate is an anti-vaxxer, so there are some positives to shutting him up.



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wharfrat

https://www.michaelspecter.com/2009/11/leonard-and-me/

You can listen to the interview that is the basis of Dave's claim.


drummerboy said:

Is he really? I never picked up on that. Will have to check that out.


As for Lehrer, between the two I'd rather have Lopate. Politically his wishy-washy "bothsider-ism" is both infuriating and destructive.

dave said:

Lopate is an anti-vaxxer, so there are some positives to shutting him up.

ETA-Yes! Lehrer's "bothsider-ism" is infuriating.


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kibbegirl

Neither have I. Has that been discussed on his shows? 

drummerboy said:

Is he really? I never picked up on that. Will have to check that out.


As for Lehrer, between the two I'd rather have Lopate. Politically his wishy-washy "bothsider-ism" is both infuriating and destructive.

dave said:

Lopate is an anti-vaxxer, so there are some positives to shutting him up.



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LOST

According to today's NY Times Lopate has not been told what the allegations against him are.

I note his age and that of Schwartz. I hope this is not just an excuse for getting rid of some old people to make way for younger ones.


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boomie

Lopate truly seems to have no idea what he did.   I hope we have a bit more info soon.  They have a pledge drive coming up this month and things like this could kill a local station quickly.


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drummerboy

Yeah, I found Specter's web page where he has a short discussion thread about the show.


https://www.michaelspecter.com/2009/11/leonard-and-me/

wharfrat said:

https://www.michaelspecter.com/2009/11/leonard-and-me/

You can listen to the interview that is the basis of Dave's claim.



drummerboy said:

Is he really? I never picked up on that. Will have to check that out.


As for Lehrer, between the two I'd rather have Lopate. Politically his wishy-washy "bothsider-ism" is both infuriating and destructive.

dave said:

Lopate is an anti-vaxxer, so there are some positives to shutting him up.

ETA-Yes! Lehrer's "bothsider-ism" is infuriating.



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Nancy

Lopate is way better than Lehrer.  I hope they clear him.  MSNBC just rehired someone they fired, saying they had realized it was not a fireable incident.


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Scully

Those interviews were 2009.  I’m pretty sure I’ve heard him comment more recently (the past year or two) that there was no proven link bbetweeen autism and vaccination.

BUT unlike some of you guys I really really like Brian Lehrer...


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DaveSchmidt


Scully said:

BUT unlike some of you guys I really really like Brian Lehrer...

Lehrer’s show over Lopate’s, hands down.

But nobody tops Terry Gross.


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drummerboy

The one problem I have with Lopate is that he tries to show off too much regarding the interview topic. But his cooking shows kick butt.

Lehrer is fine except when he has on right wing hacks like "economist" Stephen Moore and just lets him dissemble, and basically flat-out lie, with hardly any push-back. Don't know if he doesn't prepare enough or thinks his job is not to push back. Either way, it sucks.



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nohero


drummerboy said:

The one problem I have with Lopate is that he tries to show off too much regarding the interview topic. But his cooking shows kick butt.

Agree with both points.  With some of his questions, he tries to sound like he's asking about details, as if from something he knows, when he's obviously reading what a producer prepared.  And the cooking segments are great, I only hope he wasn't harassing Melissa Clark.


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DottyParker


Klinker said:

This following on the revelations regarding John Huckleberry (who I was not even a little bit surprised to discover was a abusive bass whole).  

Press Release fromWNYC

thecut.com:  Public Radio Icon John Hockenberry Accused of Harassment

https://www.thecut.com/2017/12/public-radio-icon-john-hockenberry-accused-of-harassment.html


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DottyParker


DaveSchmidt said:



Scully said:

BUT unlike some of you guys I really really like Brian Lehrer...

Lehrer’s show over Lopate’s, hands down.

But nobody tops Terry Gross.

IMO, Brian Lehrer's global knowledge of practically any issue discussed on his show is exemplary. Lehrer is matchless. Terry Gross' one-on-one interviews are brilliant.  


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