Our editorial questioning the boycott against businesses who advertise on Commissioner President Blaine Young's radio show got our readers' attention.

Even across the Independence Day weekend, when other editorials drew online clicks in the double-digits, "Calls for local boycotts ill-advised" netted over 1,100 unique hits (the most we had on any editorial since we launched our redesigned website on April 11) and 121 comments (another record).

Clearly, we provoked a strong reaction. Some of the criticism was directed at us.

"FNP you have lost your mind," said alovelyplace, and in another comment, "I'm sorry for the FNP's downslide several notches on the respectability scale." stated. "This editorial is nuts" said formerfcps. "This is the most ignorant editorial from the FNP I have ever seen," said runningaddict414. "Did the brains take the day off?" "This editorial is laughable," bukweet commented.

Woof. Some stiff criticism there.

Setting aside those ad hominem zingers, however, what we read in response was a well-thought-out, rational set of arguments in favor of boycotting from many of our commenters.

And to answer in short, no, we're still in full possession of our senses. The members of the editorial board did debate where to fall on the advisability of economic boycotts before writing it, and our readers' outpouring led us to debate the issue a second time. We wondered if we could have been clearer.

We don't often follow up with a second go-around on a topic, preferring to raise the question in an editorial that leads off the debate and leaves it to the readers, but we wanted to readdress the topic because this one really seems to have touched a nerve and we were a little obtuse in illustrating our central point.

We asked ourselves if this was really the most effective way to protest the actions of a majority of the commissioners. We don't think so. For one thing, the protest is at the advertisers who support Young’s radio show on WFMD 930AM. Imagine that support is removed. What happens? Will Young be chastened? Will he suddenly have a change of heart on the numerous votes he’s taken and suddenly refund nonprofits, buy back Citizens and Montevue, and hire back hundreds of county workers before submitting his resignation?

No.

Young will retain his seat, he'll still be in charge of the board, he'll still have the three votes he needs to drive through any legislation he wishes. It’s unlikely he’ll have a sudden “Christmas Carol”-like epiphany.

The boycott would have no affect on Young's votes as an elected public official. There's a disconnect between that role and his radio show. Similarly, there’s not cause and effect link should the protest be directed at Yellow Cab, which Young co-owns. Young’s role and actions as an elected official do not rely on his private activities as a businessman -- and that’s the difference between this boycott and the ones of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, to name two examples.

Even if the boycott were wider and took in other members of the board, it still wouldn't hurt commissioners Billy Shreve, Kirby Delauter, and to a lesser extent, Paul Smith, who often form the voting bloc behind Young. We're open to hearing how this boycott would affect them if the organizers want to argue it.

So, if it's not hurting Young, or his cohorts on the board, to any great degree, who's getting pinched here? The businesses who choose to advertise on his show -- whether or not they agree with Young's policies. They bear the brunt, not Young, and that’s why we felt and argued in our first editorial that the boycott was inappropriate.

If the end goal is to have Young vote some other way, boycotting advertisers to the radio show is the wrong way to do it.

If the goal is to signal discontent and blow off some steam, mission accomplished.

If the aim is to take the show off the air, boycott away.

But if the aim is to get Young out of office, then this boycott is misdirected. As we said in our original editorial, there's much more effective ways of doing that, the best being at the ballot or donating to a candidate you do support.

(76) comments

bicep42

The boycott of offensive businesses is obviously working because THOU DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH!

gnfan231

Wow the editorial board can predict the future. Try putting your heads together and create better jouralism inside of a rock pile. Since 1883 the paperless meat sack is stukk the only quality printing produced by FNP.

formerfcps

I received estimates from one of the businessmen on that list. What a phony he was. Soft spoken, deliberative and very self righteous, he regarded me as a total ignoramus on what I needed. He essentially said he knew everything and that I should just keep quiet and buy his services because he is a stinking christian and goes to such and such a church. Well, he was 25% (yes, 25%!) higher than a competitor in Montgomery County, as I fully expected after I shooed him out of the house. Yes, a Blaine Young Republitard to the core.

formerfcps

God Bless Lucy for posting the working man's enemies list.

wmpratt2010

LOL I don't use any of those places anyway. Do I still get points? [beam]

backroomfrederick

Frederick traders. Vote them all out.

dbjanda1

Darth---You don't need to tell people what to do, I think they're big enough to do what they want without your input...Odd that you don't comment on two editorials dealing with this subject...If there were no interest or boycott affect then the FNP is wasting time and print on a nothing issue...If there is something with the boycotts effectiveness then apologizing on their part might help but not much...Me

darththevader

You have a comprehension problem. Never have told anybody what to do.

Apologize for what?

LucyLucy

Blaine why are you posting on the FNP, I thought you were having boys night at home..? Your boys decide they are ashamed to be with you even at home...

darththevader

Ummm..what are you talking about?

watson4sherlock

Why are you paying attention?

darththevader

Wow. 6 FNP posters will boycott businesses. They weren't using the businesses anyway because it would take time away from posting on the FNP.

watson4sherlock

Wow. You bothered to come and count. Nothing better to do?

wzyq104

My family and I stopped listening to WFMD/WFRE in 1992 when 930 changed from full-service radio to conservative talk (not "Frederick's News Radio",from their perception) and 99.9 switched from "beautiful music" to "modern country".

This was before then-station owner Jim Gibbons sold the combo to AM/FM in 1998(which would merge with Clear Channel) and the days of the disgraceful Limbaugh wannabe, Blaine Young.

On one instance, one of our family members wanted to listen to the disgraceful Commissioner's radio show on WFMD. During the broadcast, a test of the "Emergency Broadcast System" (with test tones) took place.

After the test concluded, Blaine was dumbfounded, and asked program director/sidekick Frank Mitchell what the "Emergency Broadcast System" was.
We decided to switch back to WTTR (1470 AM out of Westminster, playing the greatest Oldies of all time).

Anyone who works in broadcasting (television or radio) should know what the "Emergency Broadcast System" is. It seems like Clear Channel likes to hire people who have no experience, knowledge or training in the field of broadcasting. He should have been fired on the spot for failure to understand the purpose of the Emergency Alert System.

The character of these stations and Mr. Young should be called into question. Maybe it's time that Clear Channel (who operates WFMD/WFRE under a dummy subsidiary, "Aloha Station Partners")- had their licenses revoked and be given to a local group.

The local outfit should be made up of people who know about (and have experience in) broadcasting, not Mr. Young or his close buddies.

If someone in the area has the courage to set up a petition to encourage the Federal Communications Commission to revoke the licenses of WFMD/WFRE, this commentator salutes you!

Here's what Frederick needs: a locally-owned and operated broadcast station, that is community/diversity-oriented and operated by people who have experience and knowledge in broadcasting.

From a person who suports locally owned and operated radio stations WTTR (Westminster), WJEJ (Hagerstown), along with Public Radio (WAMU, WETA, WYPR).

bukweet

good points, wzyq104! too bad so many local radio stations couldn't hold on to their licenses - they were gobbled up by big fish corporate monster$ like clear channel.

then the private (greedy) equity firm bain capital raided /l bought out clear channel in 2006, with all the bells and whistles of massive layoffs and the raiding of the company's assetts- here's a recap of the transaction:

" Private Equity Insider Talks Bain Capital Like It Really Is "
http://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2012/05/29/private-equity-insider-talks-bain-capital-like-it-really-is/2/

the truth is that we, the american public, don't own the airwaves anymore because media giants now own the fcc.

wmpratt2010

"that is community/diversity-oriented" its about money. Rush makes money. Local "diverse" views do not.

wzyq104

Actually, Conservative Talk Radio (Rush, Beck, etc.) isn't doing that well. Times are changing. Look at the recent Arbritron ratings.

WAMU and WTOP are the top-rated stations in the area, while the once-reliable WMAL (formatted like WFMD) is at the bottom of the barrel. Same goes for WFMD/WFRE, which is being beaten by another "modern country" station, WMZQ (also owned by CC).

In this day and age, we need clarity instead of a person sitting in a chair and screaming at the top of their lungs (sharing their hatred, bigoted viewpoints, just like the head County Commissioner). In my view, it is wrong for a majority of Commissioners to base their policies/ideas off of "extreme" (vulgar) Conservative Talk Radio hosts.

Maybe to your perception, community/diversity-oriented radio wouldn't work- but it would be a "breath of fresh air" in today's tasteless broadcast radio landscape. Plus, under a local firm- it might provide better job opportunities for those who are looking for careers in broadcasting. Look how well the small "freeform" radio stations are doing throughout this nation.

I understand that Clear Channel put WFMD/WFRE into a dummy trust, "Aloha Station Partners" several years back. The two Frederick stations are still on the market, and no one has approached them in buying the stations.

Maybe Clear Channel/Aloha could do what The Washington Post did in 1971. Under then-cross-ownership rules, a company could not own a TV station (Channel 9, now W*USA), radio station (WTOP, then on 1500/96.3, now on 103.5/103.9) and a newspaper operation in the same market.

In a historic move, The Post donated what was then WTOP-FM (96.3 FM) to Howard University. In December of that year, 96.3 became WHUR-FM, one of the few commercial FM radio stations in the nation owned by a college/university, and the only locally owned station in the Washington area.

If Clear Channel had the brains (same goes for the FCC), maybe they could donate one of the frequencies to an educational institution like Hood College. Just my two cents.

BstD59

Good grief, I received in today's mail a letter from Blaine inviting me to contribute to his political fund. Sorry Blaine, the only fund that carries your name that I would consider contributing to is one to get you out of politics. Permanently.

watson4sherlock

To run for Governor or what?

wmpratt2010

Yea I got one also. It went into the trash.

bnys

@Watson4sherlock - exactly what you asked - for governor or what. Mr. Young was asking the public's opinion to help him determine for which office he should run. My husband got one. I encouraged him to fill out the survey and return it. Even though he's a conservative, he would never donate to money to people like Mr. Young. He agrees with me that he doesn't treat people well and his ethics are questionable.

patrick

Yellow Cab Vandalism a Ruse?

The official police report says the vandalism was noticed Saturday night, but not reported until ten hours later on Sunday morning ... plenty of time to erase security tapes. Total investigation time was less than seven (7) hours.

The investigation was was opened and closed so fast that the most basic and fundamental investigative techniques were not used to excluded Blaine Young as a person of interest, or to determine if Mr. Young had filed a false police report.

See full story at...
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shame-the-Blaine-Campaign/489681077776883

watson4sherlock

So the flyers were methodically placed Saturday before 11 PM by someone who didn't fear discovery because they took a long time to do it.

What about the county building that was alleged to have flyers on it? There was suppose to be video of that.

patrick

watson... I don't know. There's not much in the police report regarding the Yellow Cab vandalism, but it does note that someone found the vandalism at 11:00 pm on Saturday, but Blaine says he didn't know about it until he saw it on his way to church on Sunday. something suspicious about this.

Also, it looks like (from the FPD report) that the cop was never shown the flyer/poster on the entrance door, which is inside the cab company courtyard area. .... nothing in the report mentions security camera operations, footage, etc.

The last line in the report implies that the police investigator had his mind made up that it was Stop The Sale of Montevue activists ... never considering that it was an inside job.

watson4sherlock

Petty crime. Quick and sloppy investigation. Not surprised. Look on the bright side no special influence with the department either.

j_roc101

"if the aim is to take the show off the air, boycott away."
Why thank you for your permission.
And they wonder why newspapers are dying out.

Perhapsnotyet

I thought those that live in glass houses should not even venture into the rock yard. What if those supporters of Blaine chose to make their disapproval of your editorial clear and began boycotting the FNP advertisers? Would you still call for the same boycotting? I think not. After all while the media wraps itself in the constitution it has become a for profit company and can not do it's "Holy Work" without the dollar.

valerie_dale

Part of the issue is Commissioner Young's 'information' that he uses the radio station for, which is often misleading. Frederick needs another place to listen to information on local topics of importance. Boycotting one station is one thing, but if part of this is getting away from the dis/misinformation, we might be wise to support and invest in a new ONLINE show that needs our help to stand it up! Individuals, as well as businesses can choose to sponsor a different show! A new ONLINE news show, hosted by veteran Frederick writer George Wenschhof hosting public officials, newsmakers, activits/advocates, experts, citizens all discussing the issues we all care about that impact our lives in Frederick County and City! YOU see the people, YOU hear the debate, YOU hear the information...YOU decide!

To learn more and to be a part of making this happen, visit http://airitoutwithgeorge.blogspot.com/.

dbjanda1

This Editorial trys to separate advertisers from the radio personality, program or radio station but they are tied together 24/7/365...An employee or contractor reflects the environment, ethics and philosophy of who they work for all the time...Does the editorial board not reflect the FNP after they leave work ???...Try getting a DUI or other offense that wouldn't be reported where you worked...The same holds true for a radio personality, politician or anyone with prominence, you're tied to where you work...
Those that sponsor someone also reflects that person's value and ethics 24/7/365 also...It doesn't end when the commercial ends or the radio is turned off...
Blaine is a poitician, businessman and a radio personality...Which one gets turned off if he does something improper or perceived to do something wrong...The banner is carried by all that represent him and that he represents...There is no disconnect between them at all...Paula Deen is the largest example...
To believe Blaine is not who he is in office, coaching a basketball game or having open meeting just listen to his rants on the radio...Example: After David Gray announced he would run for County Executive, Blaine produced audio for the next two days riveting Mr. Gray...Not only is that unethical in whatever form its also a disservice to a current board member without recourse...Does Mr. Gray afforded the same and why would Blaine care if he's currently running for Govenor...Maybe he's not and that's the purpose of the audio rants about Mr. Gray....
Those that sponser his radio program accept Blaine's responsibilities as a whole not in part...Everyone has a right to spend their money however they wish, boycott or not...Just ask a teenage basketball referee...Me

watson4sherlock

This radio station must be really hard up for programming if they air this man's ego trips.

fnfn


FNP wrote: "If the aim is to take the show off the air, boycott away." That is the message I take away.

And, when people associate themselves with people that bully, tend to be mean, and be closed minded, they are asking me by that behavior, to stay away, unless they ask me how to grow up and recover from that behavior.

watson4sherlock

Keeping money out of the coffers of the loser means keeping money out of the coffers of the loser's supporters. Plain and simple.

watson4sherlock

It takes three quarters to fill your bike tires at Shell on West Patrick Street. E Pluribus Unum describes an action: Many uniting into one.

See http://greatseal.com/mottoes/unum.html

BstD59

The Editors feel a boycott of businesses who support Blaine Young by advertising on his radio program will have no effect upon his decisions that many have been very unhappy over. Perhaps not. But why would anyone wish to support a business that apparently sees no wrong either in the way Blaine Young bullies the constituents who disagree with him [including a 17 year old referee], pays little to no attention to speakers at meetings and refuses to listen to anyone opposing him. A business that would support this man, in my opinion, is not much better than he is...the old saying...birds of a feather. There are many other ways to advertise without advertising on the Blaine Young radio program or on the top of a yellow cab, and my advice to those businesses who do not agree with Young is that they should find another outlet to advertise.

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BstD59

Extra marital affairs are despicable and committed only by those of inferior character, however, they are not illegal.

KellyAlzan

Ok, now another thing.

Some if these business owners do not even know who Ba'Lane young is.

I have done radio advertising. On Key 103.

And I have talked to a sales rep from wfre. What happens is you call to advertise on WFRE. Since WFRE ad WFMD are the same company, the sales rep will say "for an additional xxx dollars we can run this ad on our sister station, it's primarily retired people with nest eggs that listen". So they bundle WFRE and WFMD together as a package. And the advertiser has no idea that he is affiliating himself with Ba'Lane young.

patrick

"Not knowing" is no excuse. Advertisers (commercial business owners) should be diligent enough to question what their advertising dollars and business reputations are linked to.

KellyAlzan

Say a Facebook friends writes me and says "I'm moving to Frederick, my company is relocating me, do you know of any builders, we want a new home"

My response would be "I can tell you one builder to stay away from and that is ausherman, and if he's not the builder, make sure he is not the developer, if he is either builder or developer - then look elsewhere.

LucyLucy

Master Boycott list-----
Bob Miller "Morning News Express" radio show on WFMD ... http://www.wfmd.com/pages/TMNE.html
... Bob Miller promotes Blaine Young and provides air time for Blaine Young "sound off" rants...a county official pretending to be a private citizen.
Buckingham's Choice ... http://www.buckinghamschoice.org/
Catoctin Mountain Orchards ... http://www.catoctinmountainorchard.com/
Dixie Electric ... http://www.dixiecorp.com/ ... email : dustin@dixiecorp.com
Drees Homes ... 3 local locations
... 7210 Corporate Ct., Frederick ... (301) 620-6104
... Hemingway Dr., Frederick ... (301) 663-0671
... 1900 Belford Ct., Frederick ... (301) 694-0755
Engage, LLC ... http://www.engagedirectmail.com
Flamingo Pool Supply ... http://www.flamingopoolsupply.com/ ... email : sales@flamingopoolsupply.com
Fountaindale Auto Center ... http://www.fountaindaleautocenter.com/
Frederick Air ... http://www.frederickair.com/
Frederick County Bank ... http://www.frederickcountybank.com/
Frederick Equipment Company ... http://frederickequipment.com/
Frederick Jewelry and Loan ... http://www.frederickjewelryandloan.com/ ... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frederick-Jewelry-and-Loan/155859821133590
Frederick Shell and Car Wash ... http://www.frederick.com/frederick_shell_carwash-sp-2691/ ... email : frederickshellcarwash@gmail.com
Interstate Mobile Advertising, Inc. ... http://www.frederick.com/interstate_mobile_advertising_inc-sp-3898/ ... email : blaine@interstatemobileads.com
Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant ... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jekyll-Hyde-Restaurant-Tavern/200698580034238
Jimmy John's Sandwiches ... 2 local locations
... 5221 Presidents Ct., Frederick ... (301) 695-4669
... 3321 Worthington Blvd., Ijamsville ... (301) 874-0700
Little Sparkie Electric ... http://www.littlesparkie.com/
McCaskill Financial Advisors ... http://www.mccaskill-financial.com/
NZ Cramer & Son ... http://www.nzcramer.com/ ... email : info@nzcramer.com
Premiere Dental Arts ... http://www.premieredentalarts.com/ ... email : info@premieredentalarts.com
Putman Plumbing & Heating ... http://www.frederickplumbers.org/ ... (240) 356 - 4455
Red Wing Shoes ... Evergreen Plaza Shopping Center ... 5831 G Buckeystown Pike ... 301-815-5430
Sylvana Institute Med Spa ... http://www.sylvanainstitute.com/ ... email : info@sylvanainstitute.com
Terrace Lanes Bowling Lanes ... http://www.terracelanes.com/ ... email : bowl@terracelanes.com ... 301-662-2777
WFMD Radio Station ... http://www.wfmd.com/ ... email : frankmitchell@clearchannel.com (Program Director)

KellyAlzan

The business owners probably do not feel the boycott per-say.

Say im a ba'lane young advertiser and I do $110,000 in sales a month. Well, if I wasn't supporting Ba'Lane young with my advertising I could very well be hitting $156,000 in sales each month. The boycotts have been happening for the last 2.5 years. The business owners are not missing a beat, but they are hindering their potential for maximum profit.

I doubt advertising on am radio is yielding much results if any at all. Because it is am radio, with a tiny tiny audience The advertisers could pull their ads and not lose any revenue.

As a business owner I would ask myself "do we really need this ad on am radio?"

"What results are we yielding from this am radio ad?"

"If we pulled the ad, how much would sales increase as the boycotters start to return to us?"

Is the ad that cost $1500 per month to run worth the $3000 in sales we're losing because of the boycott?


darththevader

There even more people that will buy from these businesses just because you are boycotting.

watson4sherlock

Wishful thinking on your part.

jessienjim

Can one of you posters please inform me of who the advertisers are so I can join the boycott.
I really don`t want to have to listen to that moronic radio show. Please post a full list. I`ll not buy from any of them.

LucyLucy

Bob Miller "Morning News Express" radio show on WFMD ... http://www.wfmd.com/pages/TMNE.html
... Bob Miller promotes Blaine Young and provides air time for Blaine Young "sound off" rants...a county official pretending to be a private citizen.
Buckingham's Choice ... http://www.buckinghamschoice.org/
Catoctin Mountain Orchards ... http://www.catoctinmountainorchard.com/
Dixie Electric ... http://www.dixiecorp.com/ ... email : dustin@dixiecorp.com
Drees Homes ... 3 local locations
... 7210 Corporate Ct., Frederick ... (301) 620-6104
... Hemingway Dr., Frederick ... (301) 663-0671
... 1900 Belford Ct., Frederick ... (301) 694-0755
Engage, LLC ... http://www.engagedirectmail.com
Flamingo Pool Supply ... http://www.flamingopoolsupply.com/ ... email : sales@flamingopoolsupply.com
Fountaindale Auto Center ... http://www.fountaindaleautocenter.com/
Frederick Air ... http://www.frederickair.com/
Frederick County Bank ... http://www.frederickcountybank.com/
Frederick Equipment Company ... http://frederickequipment.com/
Frederick Jewelry and Loan ... http://www.frederickjewelryandloan.com/ ... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frederick-Jewelry-and-Loan/155859821133590
Frederick Shell and Car Wash ... http://www.frederick.com/frederick_shell_carwash-sp-2691/ ... email : frederickshellcarwash@gmail.com
Interstate Mobile Advertising, Inc. ... http://www.frederick.com/interstate_mobile_advertising_inc-sp-3898/ ... email : blaine@interstatemobileads.com
Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant ... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jekyll-Hyde-Restaurant-Tavern/200698580034238
Jimmy John's Sandwiches ... 2 local locations
... 5221 Presidents Ct., Frederick ... (301) 695-4669
... 3321 Worthington Blvd., Ijamsville ... (301) 874-0700
Little Sparkie Electric ... http://www.littlesparkie.com/
McCaskill Financial Advisors ... http://www.mccaskill-financial.com/
NZ Cramer & Son ... http://www.nzcramer.com/ ... email : info@nzcramer.com
Premiere Dental Arts ... http://www.premieredentalarts.com/ ... email : info@premieredentalarts.com
Putman Plumbing & Heating ... http://www.frederickplumbers.org/ ... (240) 356 - 4455
Red Wing Shoes ... Evergreen Plaza Shopping Center ... 5831 G Buckeystown Pike ... 301-815-5430
Sylvana Institute Med Spa ... http://www.sylvanainstitute.com/ ... email : info@sylvanainstitute.com
Terrace Lanes Bowling Lanes ... http://www.terracelanes.com/ ... email : bowl@terracelanes.com ... 301-662-2777
WFMD Radio Station ... http://www.wfmd.com/ ... email : frankmitchell@clearchannel.com (Program Director)

NASCARLOVER

Just to be clear,

Definition of BOYCOTT

: to engage in a concerted refusal to have dealings with (as a person, store, or organization) usually to express disapproval or to force acceptance of certain conditions.

You can make your own interpretation...

soule1061

The people jumping up and down here are the ones working to turn Maryland into a socialist one-party state. Their goal is not just to destroy Blaine Young but to disenfranchise every Republican voter in the state. These attacks on Mr. Young is their idea of democracy through mob rule at work.

kjswartz

WRONG!

Libertarian is not Republican!

I want the GOP back to mean small government, not NO government, and not rule-by-fiat. Citizens' voices matter.

fnfn

Sensible republicans like Eisenhower, and somewhat sensible Ronnie could not get through current GOP primaries.

sodalite3

"Turn Maryland into a....one party state" That has already been done.[smile]

bicep42

The boycott must be effective to warrant this much attention. Keep it up Fredericktonians who find tea young and his supporters repugnant, arrogant and just plain nasty.

LucyLucy

Not sure why the FNP is giving our Boycott all of this free advertising ...unless...

Anyway thanks FNP it is very much appreciated.

It is to take the show off the air and the businesses that are on the boycott list know EXACTLY what they need to do to be removed from the list. Once we have proof they have severed ties with Blaine's radio show and stopped advertising with Blaine, and that means on his radio shows and his cabs, their names will be removed from the list and we will make it known loud and clear they have done that.

Until then the Master Boycott list is on the Shame the Blaine Campaign FB page ..scroll down a bit and you will see it...then boycott away..POWER to the PEOPLE

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shame-the-Blaine-Campaign/489681077776883?fref=ts

you know think Paula Deen and Glenn Beck and now Rush Limbaugh as how successful boycotts can be...and add Blaine Young to that list...

[beam][beam]

frederickcountymaryland

FNP are you having a "senior moment" forgetting how Blaine intentionally skirted FCC regulations by waiting to the last minute to file his candidacy in the last election while raking in campaign contributions? On air, Blaine talked about giving back "property rights to those who were robbed". Blaine used his show to organize a Tea Party rally with candidates Afzali, Jenkins, with Blaine as the main attraction. While it's impossible to separate the on-air Blaine Young from the Commissioner Young, the boycott has always been about Blaine's making a mockery of FCC regulations and the sponsors that put money in his pocket.

dressthebird

Got to this quote & stopped reading, " "This editorial is nuts" said formerfcps." If the FNP thinks this poster is worth quoting, then whomever writes these editorials is a joke.

LucyLucy

Two editorials about our Boycott this is freaking awesome BECAUSE it means the BOYCOTT is working...AWESOME..POWER to the PEOPLE and we are the PEOPLE that have said we are FED up with Blaine and Co.

Also I would avoid using Blaine's cab service at night since it is a WELL KNOWN fact that he and his drivers are drinking and driving and law enforcement has looked the other way..much like they have looked the other way with Post Potter "massage parlor" off of route 40....But why does Blaine drive a cab at night ? He needs the tip money?

Anyway keep on boycotting (it's working) and stay tuned to the Shame the Blaine Campaign FB page for the shameful things that Blaine and Co. have done and are continuing to to. Maybe Blaine and Co. could just like quit now, I mean if he really cares about what the citizens want?

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shame-the-Blaine-Campaign/489681077776883?fref=ts

[wink][wink][wink][wink][wink]

alovelyplace

Young's Ethics reporting of Taxi Companies (featuring IMA ads) http://od.lk/zqm
and Show Sponsors: http://od.lk/dqm and IMA

Blaine Young on WFMD raging about residents concerned about Montevue/Citizens: http://od.lk/vvl
More Blaine Young rhetoric on minorities and county matters from WFMD may be found by googling "Stuff Blaine Young Says"

touscents

I support the boycott because I don't like the political bias of the radio show and similarly biased radio shows on WFMD that promote discontent for discontent's sake.

alovelyplace

FNP, Have you lost your mind? [wink] There were likely no less than a thousand ways to say that with more finesse but thank you for catching my drift.
Hopefully by now, most everyone knows that Mr. Young's daily afternoon show is his personal vehicle for steering esidents with political innuendo, far right propaganda and hate rhetoric against minorities and immigrants. We've experienced first hand its impact upon our local elections. Blaine Young is already in full force, attempting to manipulate voters in our mayoral race, just last week using the 'uncomfortable, criminal like appearance' of downtown homeless as fodder for concern about who we elect for mayor. The discussion was BoCC Budget cutting culpability free. This can't continue. That our county ethics finds it suitable for our county commissioner to use his position in conflict of his public service duties to host fellow commissioners, employees Marshner and other is ludicrous. Particularly when we ALL know Blaine Young reports on his W2 that he is 'not an employee of Clear Channel', His radio time is paid for in full by his wholly owned company, Interstate Mobile Advertising (taxi top signs and trucks). Those business funding that Advertising Company perpetuate the wrong. Drees Homes alone, $7,000 per month, from calculations taken from IMA's rate page. If the show sponsors were randomly spotlighted by Clear Channel I might agree. But letters to and from a few indicate they are fully aware of the hate rhetoric coming from Blaine Young's microphone and his rants against citizens trying to reason with his position on the selling of Montevue Citizens Home. The show's dedicated list of sponsors are 'in for a penny, in for a pound'. And quite frankly, so are the citizens who are fed up. To this end, Boycotting IS the right thing to do and will impact 'king maker' and commissioner Blaine R. Young.

alovelyplace

Number 3: If the aim is to take the show off the air, boycott away. Political Propaganda and Complete disrespect for citizens and the voters of Frederick County masked as 'talk' must be discontinued.

adtwiggiv

The FNP very quietly walked back their opinion at the end of the editorial with their statement, "If the aim is to take the show off the air, boycott away." That is the aim of the boycott as far as I can tell and has been the aim from the beginning.

dbjanda1

Pres8444---I think you are wrong about Blaine not whining...Why re-visit a subject that had no effect ???...It did have an impact and who else would know but Blaine...The advertisers collectively wouldn't, the FNP wouldn't nor the radio station but Blaine would...He's the only central figure to know if the boycott is working or not...It must be otherwise why apologize with this FNP Editorial about the first...It's really a problem or a publicity stunt again by Blaine but doesn't work for advertisers looking to project a positive image...Me

stuckon270

What the editorial should have said.... We the editors find Blaine Young pure gold. With all these hits we can market to our online advertisers about the number of hits we receive, and their adds will be viewed. Thus we are going to pen yet another article on Blaine Young, the Boycott etc. We are also going to add Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh to our editorial as we know the gets a reaction from our readers on the left, and the obligatory responses from those on the right. So in summary the more we can keep Blaine Young in this newspaper the better it it for us. [wink]

touscents

Well said. Blaine and company certainly provide good drama. Rush et al, as well.

adtwiggiv

Sadly, stuckon270 is probably correct about FNP's intentions.

armillary

A boycott demonstrates discontent
with more punch than a reader's comment
it lets Blaine ascertain
some control we retain
over just how our money is spent.

fjulia

A boycott is always used to force a change using economic "power". Boycotting advertisers on Mr Blaine's radio show (completly different issue is whether this show should be allowed) is valid, useless but valid.

Thomask

Sorry. I disagree with your editorial. My family will continue to try our best to not do any business with anyone advertising on his show, and will encourage others to boycott as well.

fnfn

FNP wrote: "If the aim is to take the show off the air, boycott away."

president8444

Blaine in the news again and again.Gee he's just a winner,not a whiner as FNP.and all dems who lost.

wmpratt2010

Boycotts of this type are only for political reasons anyway. It's an attempt at censorship. To silence those with whom they disagree with. Nothing more, nothing less.

shiftless88

seems like pure capitalism to me; when given a choice between supporting something you like or supporting something you don't, most chose the former. A business may choose to voice an opinion on a political or social topic to generate additional business, but it might also slow down their business. Again, it's capitalism. No one forces them to voice these opinions and I have no idea if the local Denny's owner feels one way or the other on any topic so I'll go there. If that owner chooses to come out in support of or opposition to some political/social issue then I will make my decisions based at least in part on that. Why not?

fnfn

FNP wrote: "If the aim is to take the show off the air, boycott away."

Right on.

sodalite3

Censorship??? Really??? Reality Mr. Pratt? Ops sorry...in your black and dark world reality is not something to be imagined...best to be left in the dark than deal with "reality" unless it is the reality of 50 years ago where you live.[beam]

Newthinking7

Great article, and yes I did learn something here by reading it. The one thing that sticks to me in a unsavory way was the letter from the Shell Gas Station owner.
Any retailer foolish enough to take any kind of stand knowing there is a fair amount of discontent is either looking to leave the bussiness or in some fashion looking for favors. I will not patronize that persons station. I have in fact called in my Shell gas card and canceled it.
In that persons attempt to make a stand for his "budy" he was succesfull. We call it Hari Kari in bussiness.

kjswartz

Interesting editorial. When I was young, I watched my younger brother "hide" during our childish games by standing very still in front of an open door. As hard as I tried in hushed voices, I couldn't convince him to hide BEHIND the door. I thought it very silly of him at the time...

Now, as this editorial says, if we stand perfectly still, then by January 2015 we might have a chance to win a chance at removing these libertarian BoCC members.

No. This thought that boycotting businesses is wrong, is not what the boycott is all about. This is a rallying cry directed towards a small AM radio station's one political program whose philosophy is an anathema to most citizens. This boycott gets the notice of any politician wanting to remain in office (thanks Gray) or wants to assume office. This is worth more than $100 tax refund checks in its effect - because it IS the rallying point for the next 18 months. Young has already said his administration has done all the layoffs it would do. It would show grave disrespect if he does otherwise.

Any chance the FNP can start a countdown clock for the next Election? That would be an excellent service provided for all Frederick County citizens to watch with pride while the lifestyle we've loved these many years slowly erodes away by these Commissioners and the dump trucks start carting it away.

abcdcomments

I choose to boycott the businesses that sponsor Young. Some of the owners are frequent callers who espouse the same views as the host. The business owner is free to speak their opinion and I am free as a consumer to choose where I shop. I also vote and donate to campaigns.

formerfcps

Decisions have consequences, conservatives are proud to say. Let the no-good sponsors of that brylcream-smeared jackal learn that. As far as that yellow-bellied cab company is concerned, I won't even let one in my driveway.

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