| Media |

Mike Rosen: Did KOA host call for hijackers to crash plane into mosque near Ground Zero?

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

AM 760 host David Sirota and KOA longtimer Mike Rosen are both part of the Clear Channel empire, but there doesn't appear to be any love lost between them. Two days after a public debate in Centennial that also involved KHOW's Peter Boyles, Sirota is publicizing an exchange in which Rosen either calls for or predicts that a hijacked plane will crash into a proposed Islamic Center being built in Lower Manhattan near Ground Zero.

The clip --

listen to it here

-- begins with Sirota declaring that using the actions of eighteen people on 9/11 to promote Islamophobia and cast aspersions on 1.5 billion Muslims is "grotesque."

To that, Rosen says, "I think they should be allowed to build it, following the hijacking of an Iranian plane right into that building and blow it to smithereens."

The sound sample has clearly been edited, but only to insert a snippet of Boyles agreeing with Sirota, not to alter Rosen's meaning from a contextual standpoint. That's made clear from the recording of the entire debate. After Rosen unleashes the "smithereens" phrase in the complete sample, at about the session's midpoint, Sirota can be heard muttering, "That's sick. That's some sick shit" -- although the profanity has been excised.

In an e-mail about the segment, Sirota adds a little background: "850 KOA is the largest talk radio station in the state of Colorado, and Rosen was the leading voice calling for University of Colorado to fire professor Ward Churchill for Churchill's comments seeming to sympathize with terrorist attacks on New York City."

That's the kind of zinger that'll make the next elevator ride Sirota and Rosen share at Clear Channel HQ very interesting.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.