After he stated that the First Amendment protected unpopular speech, Tucson radio show host James T. Harris became the victim of what he described as a “high-tech lynching” at the hands of white cartoonist David Wayne Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons called on Harris’ co-workers to do a “profile of the Nazi-loving radio hosts that work in the same building where you all work.”
Fitzsimmons, a white male baby boomer, appeared to have removed his post from his Facebook timeline shortly after Harris exposed it while on the air. The day before, he had posted an ominous message to Harris’ advertisers on Facebook: “104.1 advertisers, do you really want to financially support a station that defends Nazis? Tune in.”
Contrary to Fitzsimmons’ allegations, Harris offered no defense of white supremacists.
Harris’ co-workers and listeners were shaken by the unfounded attack, but Harris turned the tables on Fitzsimmons by mocking the cartoonist. “You can’t make this stuff up. I wonder if Fitzsimmons knew if he was calling me Dave Chappelle’s blind black white supremacist Clayton Bigsby? The monologue wrote itself. Sometimes art does imitate life,” said Harris with a laugh. “My biggest challenge was to try to keep a straight face through the monologue. I failed.”
“On a serious note, to think that a man like Fitzsimmons, whose cartoons are the very unpopular speech that the First Amendment protects, would try to suppress other voices is chilling,” continued Harris. “We live in the 5th poorest metropolitan area in the country and this “liberal” is trying to destroy lives and livelihoods by going after advertisers? He is deplorable.”
Fitzsimmons is one of the few remaining employees at the failing Arizona Daily Star. Fitzsimmons made news last week, when his name showed up among those receiving illegal purchases made by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department with RICO funds. Fitzsimmons was the recipient of red footed-pajamas with a drop seat for his performance at an award ceremony for the Department. The misuse of RICO funds has resulted in federal and state investigations.
The aging hipster cartoonist appears to be obsessed with Trump and has a penchant for demonizing Christians.
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