INSIDIOUS INFLUENCE OF MEDIA PERSONALITY CURTIS SLIWA
Published: April 15, 2020.
Earlier years saw my tremendous enjoyment of the Howard Stern Show, at that time broadcast terrestrially (i.e. conventionally, not using satellites) on WNBC Radio AM. Later years saw the show move to satellite radio.
As I was fond of saying at the time, if I didn't listen to Howard and his sidekick Robin Quivers, my day was simply not complete--and I wasn't kidding. His interminable stream of creative and zany humor was addictive, and simply very, very funny, and I was a first-class addict, not unhappily.
As I listened over the years, however, I couldn't help but notice that Howard would sometimes ridicule or otherwise use as fodder for humor sober events, typically describing pain of one sort or another experienced by a person or group. The realization began to dawn on me that if Mr. Stern continued such behavior, it was possible, likely probable, that my fidelity to this program notwithstanding, I'd have to discontinue listening.
The sad and infamous date of January 28, 1986 saw that presentiment actualized: Mr. Stern actually mocked or enhumored (treated, used, or turned into something funny) the mid-air explosion of the United States space shuttle Challenger, killing all seven astronauts aboard. I heard him do it. By the way, Mr. Stern owes a grave apology to a number of persons, and perhaps to America, herself, for his on-air behavior.
I now find myself experiencing a similar increasing alienation phenomenon in regard to Guardian Angels founder and media personality Curtis Sliwa, whom I've been listening to happily for, perhaps, fifteen years now.
Mr. Sliwa, for some time now, has been dispensing medical advice on his program, largely in the form of full-throated on-air endorsements of commercial products and services. As a health educator I've been uncomfortable with what appears to be the ill-founded information being conveyed--information that is very likely compromising the health of a very large number of people, and probably leading to their eventual death.
I largely sat on that discomfit, however--until now. Because now this gentleman is dispensing the most explicitly dangerous viewpoint of all: it is medically unnecessary, he aggressively asserts, and indeed politically undesirable, for the citizenry to be masked, as wisely ordered by the governors of New Jersey, New York, and other states. The likely erosion of health of thousands, if not millions of people, perpetrated by this loud-mouthed egotist through his bogus health advice, such as the assertion that taking pills, the Balance of Nature product that Curtis hawks 24 hours a day, is the nutritional equivalent, if not superior, to actually consuming whole fruits and vegetables, pales in comparison to his present perspective regarding masking.
As far as I'm concerned, Curtis Sliwa is a would-be murderer. His other charitable work, notable as it may be, cannot balance or compensate for the injury his point-of-view is, and will, do to some unspecified number of persons who will fall victim to the coronavirus, as someone in their physical proximity who is infected has elected to refrain from wearing a mask because of Curtis, whether rooted in his explicit anti-masking advice, or simply the anti-masking tenor of his remarks, generally.
The shift in my attitude toward Curtis Sliwa occurred, I believe, on April 14th, 2020. I was discomfited the day before, April 13th, by his commentary, but it was his remarks (and his aggressive, categorically paranoiac, wild-eyed delivery) of the 14th that saw me shift my attitude toward him. Other of my criticisms of him, see below, went into my decision, as well. Figuring significantly into my change of view was his recount of his engaging in an offensive, hurtful, and vulgar display involving the middle digit of the hand toward his local shop owner. The transgression committed by that store owner to elicit the display of middle finger from Mr. Sliwa? The shop owner requested that Mr. Sliwa don a face mask in his store--as required by law. Which of course begs the question: why wasn't Curtis masked, already, upon entering the gentleman's establishment?
This true story, in concert with Mr. Sliwa's grossly egotistical, irrational, clearly paranoiac, fatally counterproductive, and indeed utterly ludicrous on-air rant on the same or a close date catalyzed my shift in perspective on this man, likely irrevocably. This turn as sound was confirmed by his similarly twisted remarks of subsequent days, partially presented in further entries, below.
Relatedly, in yet another clear illustration of Mr. Sliwa's incompetence in matters of health, he does not oppose the legalization of dope, as I understand it, a position that can best be characterized with one of his own signature phrases: on this issue, Mr. Sliwa "...couldn't be more hopelessly wrong."
It Gets Worse
It should also be noted that much of Curtis' on-air shtick is based on ridicule, emasculation, and purile personal insult, exemplified, for example, in his signature insult for Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, "the dope from Park Slope." Every single time that Mr. Sliwa refers to Mayor de Blasio of New York City he uses this insulting, disrespectful, and inappropriate language that actually comprises an indictment of himself as a crass and juvenile bully, rather than an indictment of the Mayor. I write this, by the way, as a conservative who wouldn't vote for a Democrat if you paid me, as, for one thing, support for the murderous and reprehensible procedure of abortion is an article of faith among Democrats.
A wolf in red satin sheep's clothing.
April 17, 2020
Several hours ago, around 2:30 pm, I called the radio show of media personality Curtis Sliwa and Juliet Huddy, first apprising Curtis of the respect I have for him, for the good work that he does, but then telling him that, as regards his medical advice that he continually dispenses on the program every day, in four key areas, in the context of the present pandemic the information he's promulgating about masking is dangerous and misleading.
He hung up on me.
Listen to the full exchange, such as it was.
NOTE: Quality of sound file is mediocre. Recommend use of good-quality headphones when listening.
April 27, 2020
For the last five minutes Sliwa has been ostracizing and mocking persons trying to follow both the law and common sense and remain masked. This is not to say that his entire analysis is incorrect, but in the main it is, and the actual or larger problem here is that the overall tenor of his remarks is one of rebuke and ridicule of persons attempting to obey the law: he refers to them as "sheep," complete with radio-style sound effects of a bleating sheep.
His remarks are preposterous and paranoiac, and may be causing injury or death, as he dishes out his daily dose of ridicule toward the people trying to obey both the law and commons sense, and remain masked and cooperative with authorities.
Curtis is systematically eviscerating any good he is, or has, done for people through the establishment of the Guardian Angels protection force, and his recent efforts to assist the homeless during the pandemic. His interminable commercial refrain that everyone, including and especially older persons and the elderly obtain their vitamins and minerals by taking pills, the multi-nutrient product he constantly hawks, instead of actually consuming fruit and vegetables, was bad enough, likely robbing persons of proper sources of nutrition.
Now, however, Mr. Sliwa's rotten health advice has grown by one or more full orders of magnitude, in his continuing aggressive public ministrations against masking. As far as I'm concerned, Curtis has now devolvedc to the status of would-be murderer, and should be charged with a crime.
May 07, 2020
On his daily WABC Radio program, Sliwa just recounted that he sees people masked while driving their vehicles, by themselves, and refers to them as "knuckleheads and gavones," direct quote, for doing so, and further describes how he will actually go up to such a person, only a male, however, and ostracize them, asking, "Are you a gavone"?
He decries the advice of the various health and political authorities on the question of masking, implying that this is why he won't mask: there is conflicting or changing information. Evidently Mr. Sliwa doesn't trust himself either--why can't he use his intellect to assess the various pro-masking guidelines and obey accordingly?
May 08, 2020
About an hour or more ago a female caller in Bolognia, Italy, identifying herself as "native New Yorker," remarked, among other things, that in Italy, because the situation was so severe, people were masking readily in consideration of their neighbors, not because of a government mandate.
Mr. Sliwa, and persons of similar mind, could take their cue from the Italians.
I'll pen a word or two about Rudolph Giuliani, as well, as he's now hosting a short daily show on WABC-Radio, the same station hosting Curtis Sliwa, and the two men are evidently fast friends.
I've always admired Mr. Giuliani, for in the 1980's he brought down mob boss John Gotti and associated persons. How fearless, tough, and smart he must have been to accomplish this, I always felt. Now, however, I must note my incredulity at how stupid this man has evidently become: firstly, Mr. Giuliani continually uses language around the word "rat," used as a verb, as in, for example, "Nobody is saying you should rat on your neighbor." This man, who so notably fearlessly brought down the Gambino crime family, has now fully adopted the ugly language of the mob. Rat is long-time mob lingo, as presumably just about everyone knows, not least of whom is Mr. Giuliani.
Has Rudy obliviously traded his own vaunted prosecutorial history, for a profligate repeat viewing of Goodfellas? Or could this behavior comprise a latent symptom of presenile dementia? As a family caregiver for over twenty years now, I know that the earliest behavioral symptoms of dementia are insidious precisely because they are virtually indistinguishable from normal behavior. Only when the behavioral changes intensify will they begin to resemble distinctly odd or anomalous, and thus, identifiable activity.
Moreover, the former Mayor blathers on frequently about what a categorically exceptional president he considers Donald Trump! To hear his ardent approbation about President Trump, a man who is obviously one of the worst presidents and world leaders history has ever seen, is bizarre. I, myself, voted for Donald Trump--once. He will not get my vote again. But even as a Trump voter, it's not hard to see the stark and dangerous limitations of this man, of virtually every kind.
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