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Slip of the tongue

“She’s just got a patent resume, of somebody that’s got such serious skill. She loves football, she’s African-American, which would kind of be a big coon, a big coon – oh my God, I am totally, totally, totally, totally, totally sorry for that, OK? I didn’t mean that. That was just a slip of the tongue.”

St. Louis radio personality Dave Lenihan later said he meant to use the word “coup.” Even Condi doesn’t deserve this one. How does that word just slip out?

A radio personality at 550 KTRS was fired on the spot this morning after using the word “coon” on the air in a conversation about Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Dave Lenihan was dismissed after what he called an inadvertent slip of the tongue. Within 20 minutes, station CEO Tim Dorsey apologized on the air to listeners and announced that Lenihan, who had been with the station for less than two weeks, had been let go.

“I don’t know what was in Mr. Lenihan’s mind,” Dorsey said in an interview. “I know what I heard. I know it was reprehensible.”

Flashback to Las Vegas weatherman Rob Blair, who claimed his own “slip of the tongue” when he gave the extended forecast and said, “For tomorrow, 60 degrees, Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Day, gonna see some temperatures in the mid-60s.” What made that situation mind-blowing is that Blair’s segment was pre-recorded and it STILL went on the air.

Is it just a coincidence that these losers had black folks on their minds when “the slip” occurred? By the way, Lenihan says that he’s a big fan of Condi…

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