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Friday, October 9th, 2020

Dori Monson indefinitely suspended by Seahawks, KIRO after transphobic tweet

Right wing talk radio per­son­al­i­ty Dori Mon­son no longer has a plat­form from which to pro­mote Tim Eyman’s destruc­tive ini­tia­tives and oth­er harm­ful agen­das. At least not for the time being, any­way.

The Seat­tle Sea­hawks and Bon­neville Inter­na­tion­al, which owns KIRO FM) revealed today that they have sus­pend­ed Mon­son indef­i­nite­ly after he post­ed a trans­pho­bic tweet dur­ing Wednes­day’s guber­na­to­r­i­al debate between Demo­c­ra­t­ic incum­bent Jay Inslee and Repub­li­can chal­lenger Loren Culp.

The tweet has been delet­ed, but we have a copy of it. It said:

“Inslee: we fol­low sci­ence in WA. The state where I could go to Olympia tomor­row and change my birth cert to say I was a girl on 10/2/61 HAHAHAHAHA.”

– Dori Mon­son

As Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate read­ers are like­ly aware, this is hard­ly the first offen­sive and dis­crim­i­na­to­ry thing that Dori has said.

Nonethe­less, it prompt­ed a fresh out­cry on social media.

“If the Sea­hawks tru­ly believe they are attempt­ing to cre­ate a wel­com­ing and inclu­sive foot­ball com­mu­ni­ty in this region, they need to dis­as­so­ci­ate them­selves with Dori Mon­son and his glib trans­pho­bia,” tweet­ed Mike All Sawyer the night of the debate.

“Hi Sea­hawks — as a sea­son tick­et hold­er and long­time fan, and also some­one from a fam­i­ly that loves and sup­ports trans peo­ple, please cut ties with this man. He’s gen­er­al­ly pret­ty awful, but def­i­nite­ly trans­pho­bic as evi­denced in this tweet,” wrote Jen­na Rahm.

The Sea­hawks, not sur­pris­ing­ly, act­ed first, and Bon­neville fol­lowed suit.

Mon­son did not host his show today.

When con­tact­ed by The Seat­tle Times for com­ment, Mon­son declined to say any­thing on the record. Smart move. As the old adage goes, when you’re in a hole, quit dig­ging. Mon­son knows he’s in a hole — one of his own mak­ing — and is choos­ing to lay low rather than make things worse for him­self.

Bon­neville-owned KIRO FM also said that it would have no com­ment on the mat­ter, cit­ing its pol­i­cy on per­son­nel mat­ters.

On social media, how­ev­er, there were plen­ty of peo­ple offer­ing com­ment.

“No one is going to miss Dori Monson/Dori Mon­son Show, Sea­hawks. Seat­tle has much bet­ter,” tweet­ed Vikkids.

“Dori Mon­son get­ting kicked to the curb is a nice way to cel­e­brate Blue Fri­day,” Skiff­FeldSpar agreed.

“He says out­ra­geous thing on his radio show all the time. There’s free speech and then there’s decen­cy. Dori Mon­son is a huge jerk. He should­n’t be reward­ed for say­ing out­ra­geous things,” green­chile opined.

“Yeah, it’s pol­i­tics. And when it comes to your employ­er, pol­i­tics is a per­fect­ly legit­i­mate rea­son to no longer pay some­one to work for you. Sor­ry Trump­ies, free speech sim­ply doesn’t apply here. He’s got the same speech rights he always had. He just doesn’t have that job,” Joe Puhlman point­ed out. (Right wing groups and activists are all for “employ­er rights” except when it comes to an employ­er’s right to sus­pend or sack some­one for spout­ing big­ot­ed right wing views.)

I went on Dori’s show twice last year to respond to his attacks on  mul­ti­modal trans­porta­tion infra­struc­ture and make the case against Tim Eyman’s I‑976 to his lis­ten­ers. I did so from KIRO’s stu­dio on both occa­sions rather than by phone. I found Dori’s off-air demeanor to be rather dif­fer­ent from his on-air one. When not speak­ing into a micro­phone, he does­n’t speak as loud­ly or irri­tat­ing­ly, for exam­ple. I found him capa­ble of car­ry­ing on a nor­mal, cor­dial con­ver­sa­tion with no oth­er audi­ence except for me and his pro­duc­er.

It’s Dori’s on-air, on social media per­sona that is the prob­lem. I believe Dori speaks and acts the way he does to cul­ti­vate his right wing fol­low­ing. It’s not clear to me that he tru­ly holds all of the beliefs that he espous­es to hold through his now sus­pend­ed pro­gram.

Our region sim­ply does­n’t need unin­formed, big­ot­ed, right wing com­men­tary on our air­waves. It would be won­der­ful to see Dori’s tired, harm­ful show get can­celed per­ma­nent­ly and be replaced by pro­gram­ming that’s actu­al­ly infor­ma­tive and edu­ca­tion­al.

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15 Comments

  1. I’m sure that if Dori leaves, the sta­tion will find a voice with sim­i­lar views. Much like when Bill O’Reil­ly left Fox.

    # by Mike Barer :: October 11th, 2020 at 10:53 AM
  2. We love Dori and hope he comes back soon.

    # by Cynthia K Woodward :: October 11th, 2020 at 4:35 PM
  3. One of the only con­ser­v­a­tive points of view in the far left state of Wash­ing­ton, he has a fol­low­ing that is vast and very sup­port­ive of the sub­jects he dis­cuss­es.

    # by Jeff Fawcett :: October 12th, 2020 at 6:30 AM
    • You’re cor­rect that Wash­ing­ton is a pret­ty pro­gres­sive state, Jeff. And that’s no sur­prise, because pro­gres­sive val­ues are the val­ues Wash­ing­ton was found­ed on.

      How­ev­er, you’re wrong that Dori is one of the only peo­ple express­ing right wing points of view.

      The right wing talk radio con­stel­la­tion around here (for which there is no pro­gres­sive equiv­a­lent) is pret­ty sig­nif­i­cant. It includes Jason Rantz (an on air per­sona, not the host’s real name), Kir­by Wilbur, John Carl­son, and Todd Her­man. And then there are the nation­al­ly syn­di­cat­ed shows.

      But that is hard­ly the extent of the right wing’s media and think tank appa­ra­tus. There are the right wing think tanks: the Wash­ing­ton Pol­i­cy Cen­ter, the “Free­dom” Foun­da­tion, the Dis­cov­ery Insti­tute. All local out­fits that pub­lish web­sites and newslet­ters and often get ope­ds placed in news­pa­pers. There are far more right wing think tanks at the nation­al lev­el.

      Sev­er­al news­pa­pers in the state employ edi­to­r­i­al writ­ers sym­pa­thet­ic to right wing caus­es, as well. And then there is Sin­clair Broad­cast­ing, which runs right wing pro­gram­ming on the TV sta­tions it owns, like KOMO 4 (Seat­tle).

      There are right wing blogs and web­sites, too, like the one Glen Mor­gan runs.

      I can go on, but the point has been made: you’re wrong that Dori is “one of the only” right wing points of view around here. Dori’s views are extreme­ly well rep­re­sent­ed in local media.

      # by Andrew Villeneuve :: October 12th, 2020 at 11:34 AM
  4. Always loved Dori. I hope you bring him back.

    # by Bruce Swick :: October 12th, 2020 at 1:08 PM
  5. So, any­one express­ing con­ser­v­a­tive or inde­pen­dent views that don’t align with lib­er­al views are now “far right”? As an extreme­ly sup­port­ive father of a trans son, I have a good per­spec­tive on this. We need to stop this divi­sion.

    What he said was fac­tu­al and actu­al­ly is a valid point. If we go with straight up sci­ence then his point is valid. If we go with the sis­ter to sci­ence, in psy­chol­o­gy, then we know that it is a bit dif­fer­ent. But the sci­ence sup­ports Dori on this.

    My heart and mind sup­port the sis­ter to sci­ence. This idea that we can just out­right attempt to destroy peo­ple and their careers for hav­ing valid dif­fer­ing points of view is only mak­ing us who sup­port the cause look more and more like hyp­ocrites.

    You may think you are doing some­thing valu­able and good, but in truth, it will have the oppo­site effect. Just wish many of my lib­er­al friends would be able to open their minds up to this and get back to the idea that we can debate like adults and get to the actu­al con­text of state­ments before demand­ing a sac­ri­fice.

    # by Michael Kinney :: October 12th, 2020 at 7:40 PM
  6. We knew that this would hap­pen. They were just wait­ing for him to say one thing that they could twist just enough that this would hap­pen. The truth hurts.

    This com­ment has been edit­ed by NPI for com­pli­ance with our Com­ment­ing Guide­lines.

    # by Jennifer D. :: October 12th, 2020 at 7:44 PM
  7. So, wow… if you don’t like Dori, don’t lis­ten.

    I tru­ly get very mad at him at times. But it’s good to hear some­thing he thinks. It makes me think about it. And I have turned him off many times.

    This will be a great loss if we lose him. Kind of like Ron and Don.

    And I tuned them them off from time to time, too.

    This com­ment has been light­ly edit­ed by NPI for spelling and gram­mar.

    # by Dianna L Tremain :: October 13th, 2020 at 11:53 AM
  8. I have been list­ing to Dori for many years. His view shows the oth­er side of the coin a lot of times.

    Wen I lis­ten to the issues I like to hear both sides.

    Dori always brought us the oth­er side of the sto­ry. And he usu­al­ly gives anoth­er view, so we can make an edu­cat­ed deci­sion. But now, you (KIRO) have tak­en that away from us.

    This com­ment has been edit­ed by NPI for com­pli­ance with our Com­ment­ing Guide­lines.

    # by Jean (John) Lambert :: October 13th, 2020 at 4:39 PM
  9. I am glad to see him go away.

    I was hop­ing that some­one on KIRO or the par­ent com­pa­ny would real­ize how awful and dis­gust­ing he is, but I’ll set­tle for him destroy­ing his own career and show­ing his true col­ors.

    There is a place for right wing media and ideals of course, but it should not be on KIRO FM.

    As for KIRO, they have done the right thing by sus­pend­ing Dori but I believe them to be high­ly hyp­o­crit­i­cal to keep air­ing his com­mer­cials and spon­sor­ships.

    You do it right and cut ties with this hor­ri­ble per­son and stop the the­ater, which is what it looks like to me. I think Bon­neville is giv­ing them­selves a chance to restore Dori since he makes them so much mon­ey.

    For once, do the right thing.

    This com­ment has been light­ly edit­ed by NPI for spelling and gram­mar.

    # by Abraham Eliu Marquez :: October 13th, 2020 at 10:29 PM
  10. Dori Mon­son has been spew­ing hate and hos­til­i­ty for a long time. He is neg­a­tive. He is a native of Seat­tle as I am (six­ty four years here). Seat­tle is not the same city as it was in the sev­en­ties, eight­ies, and beyond. Dori lives in the past rem­i­nisc­ing about the old Bal­lard. Seat­tle has changed. He would be bet­ter served by mov­ing out of the area where his con­ser­v­a­tive val­ues, atti­tudes and beliefs would be bet­ter received. He is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Go pro­gres­sives!

    # by Sally Sue Bate :: October 14th, 2020 at 9:12 AM
  11. I watch Mon­son’s fall with inter­est. As a long-time anti-war lib­er­al, I nev­er quite for­gave Dori for cham­pi­oning the inva­sion of Iraq in 2003.

    On the oth­er hand, Dori over time proved to be intel­li­gent and enter­tain­ing, and on many top­ics, right, not just right wing. His jabs at the excess­es of the Left usu­al­ly were at min­i­mum ratio­nal. For exam­ple, his crit­i­cisms of Sawant, who is like­ly to be recalled next Feb­ru­ary. Or his crit­i­cisms of the Woke crowd’s loot­ing and riot­ing. Or his crit­i­cisms of the move­ment to defund police.

    Dori could be insight­ful, which is prob­a­bly why ‘they’ got him by pres­sur­ing KIRO and the par­ent orga­ni­za­tion.

    Excess­es and all, he pos­sessed insights lost among the trendy woke com­mu­ni­ty, with its asso­ci­a­tions with Marx­ism.

    As to his tweet, it was stu­pid, not humor­ous, and an exam­ple of rank care­less­ness.

    I heard him apol­o­gize the day after, but I can’t help notic­ing that the Woke Left in response has been venge­ful and, for­give me, psy­cho­path­i­cal­ly PC.

    Get­ting rid of Dori won’t hide that vicious face from inde­pen­dent observers.

    This com­ment has been light­ly edit­ed by NPI for com­pli­ance with our Com­ment­ing Guide­lines.

    # by Michael Waters :: October 14th, 2020 at 9:56 AM
  12. It’s always good to look at both sides of every­thing and gain under­stand­ing. I miss that now.

    # by S Crawford :: October 14th, 2020 at 1:01 PM
  13. I love lis­ten­ing to Dori. He real­ly cares about this area and its peo­ple. I have dis­agreed with him at times but usu­al­ly he is spot on and he always gives both sides of the sto­ry. He has worked tire­less­ly try­ing to give us infor­ma­tion about all the activ­i­ties going on in this area with true pas­sion. I real­ly hope to see him back soon.

    # by Aleta Stock :: October 15th, 2020 at 2:58 PM
  14. If Dori is out, so am I.

    # by Barbara Lightfoot :: October 19th, 2020 at 11:49 AM

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