CRAIG CARTON IS A SISSY, AND CERTAINLY NO “JERSEY GUY”
Scratch an actor and you’ll find an actress. Dorothy Parker
It was hard to decide whether to write this from the angle of Craig Carton being a sissy or a hypocrite. I decided to go with both.
Radio station 101.5 bills itself as “Not New York, Not Philadelphia, proud to be New Jersey (queue two outdated Star Wars sound effects) New Jersey 101.5.” As it turns out, they’re full of it. The station has an afternoon show called “Jersey Guys” but neither of the “guys” (a term loosely applied to Carton) are from Jersey. With great thanks to Trooper Union Rep David Jones, we now know Craig Carton lives in Pennsylvania.
In prior interviews Carton and the other “Jersey Guy” Ray Rossi declined to say where they live. Now we know why. The “Jersey-centric” radio station was hiding that their so-called “Jersey Guy” is really a Pennsylvanian. Hypocrites. Carton also lies on his Myspace page and says he’s in New Jersey.
Let’s look at the past of both these anti-Jersey Guys. Craig Carton was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY. He went to college at Syracuse, NY. He then worked at radio stations in Cleveland and Philly. He now lives in Pennsylvania. He has no New Jersey connection whatsoever.
Ray Rossi is from Brooklyn. He worked in radio in Georgia, Philly then back in New York. He was brought to 101.5 to team with Carton as a “Jersey Guy” despite having no New Jersey connection whatsoever.
So when 101.5 says “Not New York, Not Philadelphia…” they’re lying, because with Pennsylvania’s Carton and New York’s Rossi as “Jersey Guy” imposters, New York and Philadelphia is exactly what you’re getting. Carton’s an actor (actress?).
Now let’s get to Carton being a trembling pantywaist. He is of the “can dish it out but can’t take it” variety.
The “Jersey Guys” website says the show’s purpose is “spreading insults over the airwaves.” Interesting format – another Don Imus rip-off. They made racist remarks against Asians (the same “ching chong ching” insult Rosie O’Donnell apologized for). Carton’s Myspace page says his hobby is insults, particularly against Asians. Last month Verizon, PSE&G, AT&T and Dunkin Donuts pulled their ads over “Jersey Guys” treatment of Latinos. They constantly bash Gays. At a prior station Carton defamed pro Hockey player Eric Lindros and it is reported his station had to pay to settle the lawsuit.
All those insults occur when they aren’t engaged in such important political topics as parodies of anal sex and holding Howard Stern rip-off bikini contests. So Craig Carton can dish it out.
Last week their show aired information from a private Internet message board that certain State Troopers were planning a ticket blitz in retaliation for the media’s treatment of them over Governor Corzine’s 91 mph car accident. Two days later Gannett wrote the story in the Asbury Park Press (101.5 and Gannett have a relationship via columnist Bob Ingle). On Ingle’s blog, listeners assert Carton called all Troopers “bitches.”
In response, State Trooper Union President David Jones held a Press Conference. There was no such ticket blitz planned. He was also upset with Carton. He held up a sign showing Carton’s Pennsylvania home address and license plate. Just as Carton makes public the personal lives of people on his show by “outing” Gay politicians, Carton was “outed” by Jones as not being a Jersey Guy. Karma.
Carton expects folks he attacks on his show to take it. So how’d he react? Like a frightened little mollycoddle.
The first thing Carton did, with Dan Rather flair, was leave the air. He left his show and ran away. We have soldiers in Iraq holding firm against the enemy, as compared to Carton who leaves his post because a press conference scared him. He’s a yellow-bellied chicken. He can dish it out, but clearly can’t take it. Running away proved Trooper Jones’ point: Carton’s no “Jersey Guy” because no self-respecting “Jersey Guy” would rabbit like that.
Carton and 101.5 had a problem. The hypocrisy of the “Jersey Station” allowing a Pennsylvania imposter as a “Jersey Guy” could destroy the show. They needed to divert the headlines, and Gannett helped. Their show and Gannett’s Asbury Park Press reports were about Carton being afraid of the State Troopers, particularly Jones. Carton has 24-hour security now, as if Bin Laden were after him.
What a joke. If State Troopers were going to harm Carton, would they hold a Press Conference alerting the world to it? It’s an insult to our Troopers who protect us. They painted the Troopers as the bad guys, for the selfish purpose of covering up headlines that Carton lives in Pennsylvania.
After realizing their cunning little plan of defaming State Troopers would backfire since real New Jerseyans support their Troopers, they floated this idea – “Troopers might not hurt Carton, but some crazy person might decide to hurt him.” Nice try, back-peddlers.
Troopers are not in the persuasion business, but Carton is. When he and Rossi said on air that Mexicans looking for work in Freehold Township should be bombed, did they worry about “some crazy person” carrying out their suggestion? No, the hypocrites didn’t, just like they know that no one will hurt Carton because Jones revealed his address. Addresses are easily accessible to the world. Anyone can find out where you live if they want to know.
So to keep people from talking about his phony identity as a Jersey Guy, Carton came on the radio and whined like a weak tool. To summarize: “Boo freakin’ hoo, I’m in danger! The Troopers and crazy people are gonna get me! Whaaaaaaa! I need protection! Boo Hoo!!!” Millenium Radio Group, Carton’s boss, made a similar scaredy-cat press release.
This isn’t the first time Carton and Millenium have played the victim card. In 2005 Craig Carton insulted Governor Codey’s wife by saying her postpartum depression was fake. Codey hinted toward kicking Carton’s rear-end. The response from Carton and Millenium? To paraphrase: “Help us! We’re in danger! Someone please save us! Oh we’re soooo afraid of him.” Good grief.
Go back where you came from, girly-man. New Jersey 101.5 should fire you and hire a real Jersey Guy to give real New Jersey perspective on news.