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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

Tampa DJ: Let Haitians die

I am in Tampa, where a local disc jockey, Bubba Clem, sent a Twitter saying "f—- Haiti," and also has called the tens of thousands of deaths there a "cleanse," according to the local paper. It makes me want to throw up. Yes, of course, he has a right to say that. And we all ...

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JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Image
JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Image

I am in Tampa, where a local disc jockey, Bubba Clem, sent a Twitter saying "f---- Haiti," and also has called the tens of thousands of deaths there a "cleanse," according to the local paper.

It makes me want to throw up. Yes, of course, he has a right to say that. And we all have the right, perhaps the duty, to call his boss, Keith Lawless, at (727) 579-2024, or to e-mail him at:

keith.lawless@coxradio.com

I am in Tampa, where a local disc jockey, Bubba Clem, sent a Twitter saying "f—- Haiti," and also has called the tens of thousands of deaths there a "cleanse," according to the local paper.

It makes me want to throw up. Yes, of course, he has a right to say that. And we all have the right, perhaps the duty, to call his boss, Keith Lawless, at (727) 579-2024, or to e-mail him at:

keith.lawless@coxradio.com

This really bothers me. The station issued an apology, but I don’t think that is sufficient. I actually think the appropriate action for the radio station would be to fly Mr. Clem to Haiti to see with his own eyes the tragedy there. That is what I suggested this morning in my note to Mr. Lawless.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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