Well, maybe not 21. That’s more of a nod to 50 Cent who did walk through the station one day — he lived in the neighborhood — when I worked for WTIC in Farmington.
But there are questions.
“If I got locked up and sentenced to a quarter century
Could I count on you to be there to support me mentally?”
1. How does your understanding of John Rowland’s behavior comport with the CBS Business Conduct Statement? (WTIC is owned by CBS.) Here’s a sample:
Obeying both the letter and spirit of the law is one
of the foundations of CBS’s ethical standards. It is
CBS’s policy to comply with all applicable laws, rules,
You must always conduct business affairs with honesty,
integrity, and good judgment. You must respect and
obey the laws of the cities, states, and countries in
which we operate.
CBS requires that you disclose, in writing, any personal,
business, or other relationship that could potentially affect
your business judgment on behalf of your Company and
“Now would you leave me if you’re father found out I was thuggin’?
Do you believe me when I tell you, you the one I’m lovin’?”
2. Did John Rowland lie to you?
Two years ago, WTIC’s program director said this:
Lee said that, to her knowledge, Rowland is not paid by the Wilson-Foley campaign era [sic] and that he is a salaried WTIC employee, and does not make a commission from any advertisements, political in nature or otherwise, that appear on the radio station.
“If he was working and getting paid by the campaign, he couldn’t do that without our permission,” Lee said.
There is now testimony as part of a guilty plea that Rowland was getting paid for his work. So did John Rowland lie to you? If he didn’t lie to you, how should we interpret that statement above?
“If I was with some other chick and someone happened to see?
And when you asked me about it I said, it wasn’t me
Would you believe me? Or up and leave me?
How deep is our bond if that’s all it takes for you to be gone?”
3. What standards did you apply in deciding to let Rowland host his show on April 1? Obviously, not your publicly available Business Conduct code. And not the standard that most employers would use: that if you lie to your bosses in a way that embarrasses or compromises the company, you’re in a world of trouble. So, in evaluating the question of whether to let him continue on the air the day after the Department of Justice made a special effort to point out his guilt, what factors did you consider?
4. In deciding not to suspend a person who is named as a co-conspirator in a guilty plea and who appears to have deceived you and your listeners about his behavior, did you consider the ongoing credibility of your station?
If I were still a host at WTIC, I would wonder how, going forward, I could possibly make the case for punishing the wicked in public and private life if my own employer was willing to countenance this situation.
5. Is there anything else in that 50 Cent rap that describes the relationship between John G. Rowland and station management?
“We only humans girl we make mistakes
To make it up I do whatever it take
I love you like a fat kid love cake
You know my style I say anything to make you smile“