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TALK RADIO TAKEN TO TASK IN WIP DISPUTE WITH THE FLYERS
Published March 7, 1997
Flyers Chair Ed Snider's decision to sue sports-talk radio WIP-AM and host Craig Carton for saying Flyer Eric Lindros was suspended for a game for being hungover "took the broadcast industry by surprise yesterday," according to Carter & Rubin in the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. Jim Borrelli, of KC-based Media Professional Insurance, a firm that counsels print and broadcast media about issues of libel and slander, said that while news/talk radio is the most popular radio format in America, "few slander or libel suits have been filed against talk-radio stations or personalities." Carter & Rubin note the "big difference" between radio and other media is that "there is no editor or fact-checking process that occurs before the words go out on the air" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/7). NO ACCOUNTABILITY? In Philadelphia, INQUIRER media columnist Mike Bruton writes that "For the last few years, WIP and its hosts have played fast and loose with rumors and innuendo at the expense of the closest available coach, team executive, athlete or reporter to stoke listeners and build ratings. It doesn't seem to matter to some of the station's talent that the money flowing into the coffers because of those ratings is blood money, earned at the expense of someone's reputation" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/7). PEAS IN A POD: Les Bowen notes that by taking on WIP, the Flyers have "closed any gap that might have existed" between the team and Lindros (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 3/7).