(Coralville, IA ) â€“ An Iowa City area radio talk show host has admitted that an on-air report of a dying childâ€™s last wish to set the Guinness World Record for having the most McCain-Palin yard signs is untrue and claims it is a hoax. â€œCaptainâ€ Steve Soboroff and co-host Tommy Lang of KCJJ 1630-AM in Coralville began asking listeners last week to take McCain-Palin yard signs and bring them to the radio station for a dying child. They now admit there is no such child.
Soboroff admitted the hoax when interviewed by KGAN-TV of Cedar Rapids, but said the station would continue taking McCain-Palin yard signs, â€œNo questions asked.â€ In the KGAN interview, Soboroff said that approximately 60 signs had been brought to the station. He also confirmed that he is a supporter of Barack Obama.
Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Stewart Iverson called the stationâ€™s actions â€œdisgustingâ€.
â€œThis is one of the most outrageous acts Iâ€™ve seen in all my years in politics. To play on the emotions of Iowans by using a dying child as the premise of a joke solely for the amusement of these two hosts is disgusting,â€ Iverson said. â€œTo use the public airwaves to perpetrate this fraud is irresponsible and borders on the illegal.â€
KGAN-TV ran a story earlier in the week regarding a stark increase in the theft of McCain-Palin signs in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas. The correlation between the radio hoax and the increase in sign thefts has angered many.
â€œThese hosts have not even hinted at an apology to their listeners and in fact are continuing to encourage that stolen McCain yard signs be brought to their station,â€ Iverson said. â€œWho is bringing these signs in to KCJJ and where are the signs coming from? I donâ€™t think the FCC would be very pleased if a licensed station were an accessory to trespass and theft, let alone admitting they knowingly fabricated stories of a dying child,â€ Iverson said.
This is bad because it these people are knowingly perpetuating a hoax, illegal activities, and co-opting society into accepting this kind of behavior. And yet, I’ll be surprised if any action is taken.