- The Washington Times - Friday, February 12, 2016

A CBS sports radio host in Cleveland who faced a wave of criticism for remarks he made about Buffalo Bills assistant coach Kathryn Smith accused the network of censorship on-air Thursday night while announcing his resignation.

Kevin Kiley, one of two hosts of “Kiley & Carman,” a morning show on CBS Radio’s 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM), made headlines last month after he said there’s “no place for a woman” to coach men in professional football and that Ms. Smith “couldn’t possibly be qualified” for the position.

Mr. Kiley appeared on CBS’s television affiliate in Cleveland to announce his resignation at month’s end, but not without accusing the network of censoring him, the Daily Caller reported. He said CBS served him with a letter threatening his job if he didn’t tone down his rhetoric.

“I was handed a written edict from CBS. … They threatened my job twice in the letter,” he said.

Mr. Kiley said that he actually resigned from WKRK in early November for unrelated reasons, effective at the end of this month.

“My principles, their principles of doing business, they don’t match,” he said. “And it was tough for me to work there. So I have resigned and I’ll be ending, I think at the end of the month. Maybe at the end of this show. We’ll find out.

“Throughout the history of radio and broadcasting, from Orson Welles to Howard Stern, people have stood up for the right to say and the right to argue and the right to make points,” Mr. Kiley continued. “I have no right to accept censorship. I’ve never been censored. In 35 years, I’ve never been censored, and I shouldn’t have been censored for this. And I have no right to accept censorship based on what broadcasting is. And nor should you accept censorship, ever.

“You should make sure that the people on the radio are telling you the truth as they see it,” he said. “Now, you’re gonna argue with them and you can disagree with them, but don’t let the program director there, don’t let the general manager, don’t let some clown in New York tell them what to say, and then you think it’s their opinion, or what not to say. That’s what happened here, and I’m not accepting it. So, demand the truth. We’ll see how they feel about the truth, trust me, if I’m on the air tomorrow morning.”

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