I wasn't going to blog about this, but after listening to KGO last night, I couldn't resist.
I usually listen to conservative talk radio, but on occasion, I will listen to KGO radio even though it usually hosts personalities from the left or left leaning. The only political talk show personality on KGO who is not left leaning is Dr. Bill Wattenberg.
Bernie Ward commonly referred to as "The lion of the left" is an ex-Priest. He was one of the most abrasive and radical hosts at KGO radio. He does not tolerate anyone's views but his own. In addition to his own nightly show, Bernie also hosted a radio show called, "God talk" which was nothing but a bunch of sacrilegious bunk. I heard the most moronic of people call into his shows. Bernie also had his own version of the gospels, because what he taught was sure not scriptural.
Bernie Ward, a corpulent obese and obstreperous blowhard enjoyed his strident diatribes against the Bush administration, the conservative and especially the fundamental Christian. He even started his own church on his show "God Talk" thinking it droll and called it, "the Church of the Holy Donut." His views on eschatology included his belief that hell didn't exist, and he was intolerant of anyone else who had a different eschatological view than his. Ward had his own distorted view of the Bible. Spurred on by his vainglory of his background as a priest, Bernie would incessantly tout about how much he knew of the Bible while everyone else knew nothing. He taught theology at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, CA. but his theology was the most bizarre of any theology I had ever heard. Reverend Wright's Trinity United might have been less radical. He didn't allow callers who were Bible adherents and knowledgeable to cite the Bible as proof that Bernie was wrong, instead these Bible-thumpers as he would call them would have to paraphrase, and then he would tail off into one of his rants and then hang up on them. Everything was relative according to Bernie's theology. Bad was only what you thought bad was and good was only what you thought good was. What God said was irrevelant. Do what feels good. If you were an atheist, you were going to heaven. It didn't matter who you were unless you were a fundamental Christian, then you were damned to Bernie's non-existent hell. Bernie's knowledge of the Bible was nescient to say the least.
Bernie would rant against the Iraq war with the same passion he railed against the fundamental Christian. Bernie also railed against the pedophilia in the Catholic Church.
Bernie Ward was recently charged with sending child porn via the internet, a crime punishable by five years in prison per image. It was actually hard for me to believe since Bernie was involved in a lot of Catholic charities. I did not think he was a predator. Several things did not add up. There was supposed to only be a couple of images that were sent across the Internet. Child predators would have many more than just a couple of images on their computers. Bernie Ward said it was for research on a book he was doing on hypocrisy (probably his). So where was the manuscript? Bernie Ward is the epitome of hypocrisy. It took the police several years before they actually charged him. Why did they wait so long? And why did child protective services allow Bernie Ward to keep custody of his children? Television stations even discovered chat transcripts in which he even talked about sexual acts with his children. Of course, that was just pure fantasy. He never did perform sexual acts on his children, but what father would even talk that way about his children. And, CPS let him keep his children.
Bernie's initial reaction to the allegations was to create a website, and try to get hired back on KGO, and at the same time raise funds for his defense. This was the height of arrogance on Bernie's part to create a website for the sole purpose of continuing his rants while trying to bring his flock together to support him. As details leaked out, I presume he decided that was not a good idea, and the website went down.
Today, however, several months after Bernie was fired from KGO, we find out more information, and now the Internet porn charges are beginning to make more sense. We discover that Bernie actually stated in writing that he sent between 15 and 150 images over the internet. We also discover that other priests had concerns about Bernie. At the high school where he taught, channel 7 has confirmed two alleged sexual misconducts while he was a priest. Rossane Schwab spoke of a beach outing where Bernie made sexual advances towards her. Click on Bernie Ward to check out the lurid details and other incidences.
So now we know who this man really is.
KGO had a comment section on their piece about Bernie Ward, and this is where it gets interesting. There were the typical rational comments on how some were appalled, etc, but there were also a slew of liberals whose comments were unbelievable. There was a barrage of comments on how his arrest was a conspiracy and a setup by the Bush administration, and that the Bush Administration wanted to silence him. I have news for you liberals out there – Bernie is not that important. Some would call in the talk show on Gene Burn's show or Karel's show about the conspiracy too, and at least the hosts did tell them it wasn't true. Then there were those comments about how people were torn up inside, and that Bernie represented a part of their life, and they were just so upset over it. Some called in the talk shows with teary eyes. You could almost see the lachrymose eyes. Others wrote comments about how their bubble had been burst, what were they going to do now? I listen to talk radio. These liberals are just nuts. Do they not have a life? These are talk show hosts. They are entertaining, some are informative, some are better than others. Most conservative talk show hosts are better than the liberal talk show hosts although I have heard entertaining liberal talk show hosts. I remember when Cynthia Oti, the financial KGO radio host, died in a plane crash, Alaska airline flight 261 from Mexico to California. I was somewhat saddened. This was a true tragedy, but I was also able to put it in perspective. She was not a family member; she was a radio talk show host. Liberals are just nuts. They don't know these people. The talk show host is doing his/her job, and he/she only hears a voice on the other end. Conservatives do not react this way. If you liberals really wanted to show your concern or support, and if you are believers, pray for his family and pray for him that he may seek true guidance from God.
Melanie Morgan knew him well, a former conservative talk show host from KSFO whom I respect says the following about Bernie:
The way he treated his family, for one thing, screaming at his children in public for seemingly minor misbehaviors on the many occasions he brought them to KGO/KSFO radio functions, and to our home.
....... I still can't believe this has happened. I cannot wrap my mind around this.... I have listened to Bernie for the last 18 years.,, and feel he is part of my family...
I don't know what to say.
My bubble has burst. I am crushed that Bernie Ward has fallen.He, like the other liberal talk show hosts have been my idols.Had it not been for them the past 7 years I doin't know that I would have survived this corrupt Bush administration.
My prayers go out to the Ward family and I hope and pray they can move past this and go on with theri lives. I hope Bernie can survive prison.
God bless them all.
- Marcus Vittitow
This reeks of a set up. Bernie was dealing with a powerful entity the catholic church. He angered a lot of pedophiles in the church hierarchy. So they pretty much had to "get him". Unfortunately Bernie helped them although inadvertently. It is tragic in more ways than one. A voice has now been silenced that was making the public aware of the evil that infests the catholic church. That evil is strong and Bernie underestimated it. Hopefully he will be able to write a book on this with the proceeds going to a legal fund for church abused children. Best of luck Bernie. Your presence at KGO will be missed and has changed my listening habits to say the least. Steve
Our family has listened to Bernie for years. None of us are without fault. We hope this situation resolves itself in a speedy manor so he can get back to what he does best. I hope KGO brings him back when this is all over. Still a fan!
I wrote in my weblog this morning that the bush Administration has won. the charges are irrelevant. the effect is dare not ever criticize the Federal government, or it will destroy you.