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Jorge-Mario Cabrera Fires Back at John and Ken

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles spokesman Jorge-Mario Cabrera fired back Thursday at John Kobylt and Kenneth Chiampou, saying the radio duo’s apology from earlier this week was, “a well-calculated, manipulative, and insulting public relations stunt meant to appease the opposition.”

KFI’s John and Ken apologized Monday for giving out the cellphone number of Cabrera on-air, resulting in reportedly hundreds of threatening phone calls and messages from listeners.

As a result of their actions, the National Hispanic Media Coalition launched an economic boycott against the show and KFI.

“If Clear Channel is sincere about establishing respectful dialogue with immigrant communities in Los Angeles, they should stop berating coalition members which include more than thirty respectable organizations,” Cabrera wrote on The Huffington Post. Read more

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John and Ken Apologize to Jorge-Mario Cabrera

John Kobylt and Kenneth Chiampou apologized to Jorge-Mario Cabrera Monday on KFI for giving out his cellphone number on-air.

“We have been trying to tell Jorge that we here at the John and Ken show, we apologize for the hateful or any illegal calls that he received,” Kobylt said. “We’ve tried to contact him in person.  In fact, I called him last week, got his voicemail.  He hasn’t called back.”

As a result of John and Ken’s actions against Cabrera, the National Hispanic Media Coalition launched an economic boycott earlier this month against KFI. 

NHMC director of communications Rosalia Tenorio told FishbowlLA the organizations and its allies (LULAC, NCLR, and CHIRLA) “will not settle for nothing less than John and Ken’s dismissal from KFI.”

Along with the apology, KFI released a statement in hopes of setting the record straight regarding the NHMC boycott.

After the jump is KFI’s statement:

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Latino Rights Groups Want KFI’s John and Ken Fired

KFI’s John Kobylt and Kenneth Chiampou, better known as John and Ken, are a conservative lightning rod of controversy to say the very least.

But the radio shock jocks might have finally crossed the line after giving out the cellphone number on-air of Jorge-Mario Cabrera, an immigrant rights activist for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition is teaming up with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and the National Immigration Law Center in an effort to get KFI to fire John and Ken or face a boycott of the station’s sponsors.

Cabrera received more than 400 phone calls from people opposing the California Dream Act, which would make state financial aid available to undocumented immigrants and out-of-state students attending state schools.

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