by Brian A. Wilkins
6/10/2009 (links updated January 24, 2019)
Bruce Jacobs, the man I still refer to as my favorite Republican, is now the “former” NewTalk 550 KFYI morning show host.
I worked for Clear Channel Phoenix for several months from 2007-08. I mostly worked for Xtra Sports 910 and NewsTalk KFYI. The job wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for Bruce. He gave me an unexpected endorsement to the Clear Channel big-wigs. Bruce commanded respect because he always said exactly what was on his mind about anybody at any given moment (including Clear Channel management and dead cops’ wives).
Bruce and I disagreed on about 40% of all issues. Barry Bonds and Michael Vick were our primary jousting subjects. But we agreed on more important stuff, such as tougher immigration enforcement without the thug tactics of Joe Arpaio. Bruce opened my eyes to the ultimate money-making deception known as “global warming.” Granted there is likely some cyclical climate shift happening as we speak. But all “global warming” has done thus far to damage our planet is make Al Gore a worldwide celebrity. Bruce gets credit for teaching me about that.
Bruce is an example as to why people only caricature those they don’t know, and those they know nothing about. Before my employment with Clear Channel, I thought Bruce was a pompous, arrogant prick on the radio. It’s harder to view someone in a negative light when you know them personally. That’s also why more “Black” judges and police are needed. Bruce said some things that made me cringe a few times. Meanwhile I’m sure I’ve written things he thought were completely foolish and borderline “racist.”
The bar is low when it comes to evaluating Republicans. They hate “Negroes,” and that’s not going to change, All I seek is simple acknowledgement of the fact that many Euro-Americans (both GOP and liberals) go out of their way to destroy and manipulate Black people.
Bruce called out Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon for screaming “racism” about Arpaio’s immigration tactics. A Phoenix cop was killed by an illegal alien on September 8, 2008.
Meanwhile Gordon has always encouraged racism against Black people while codding illegals. Gordon has always hated me. Skip to the 1:45 mark if you only want to see me. But I suggest watching the whole clip…updated May 2010.
All of the foregoing convinced me of Bruce’s good intentions. His beef was with illegal aliens killing cops…not a “Mexican” killing a cop. Republicans and “African Americans,” ideologically, have a lot in common – immigration enforcement, pro-2nd amendment, civil unions only with homosexuals, anti-abortion, etc. But the Confederate wing of the party makes it a joke to a vast majority of Black people. In fact, many Black folks view the GOP as the modern KKK.
PHOENIX COP RICHARD CHRISMAN KILLS UNARMED MAN FOR NO REASON (updated May 1, 2011).
The point is that the differences between myself and Bruce were negligible. We always respectfully discussed and debated controversial issues with me. Bruce also used to debate liberal callers on the show, despite knowing that their arguments were in bad faith from the beginning. He’s a good dude.
Bruce and Clear Channel Director of Programming Smokey Rivers are invited to my wedding if I get married anytime soon. I assume (though I haven’t spoken to him in over two years) Bruce is going to focus solely on his national Fox Sports show and/or maybe on his woman. Say what you want about the man. But I consider him and Smokey my friends.
Thanks for everything brotha, and I’ll see down the road.