When Jessica McBride was canned from WTMJ, who could forget how Charlie Sykes described her on-air as his friend? Or how he wrote this on his blog:
When all of this calms down I hope folks remember two things: in radio ultimately our fates are determined by the marketplace; and although these are controversial and painful issues, they do involve actual people.
Oh, the compassion! And Jessica was not shy in sending some love Charlie's way:
If it weren't for Charlie Sykes, I wouldn't have a blog. Charlie Sykes encouraged me to start my very first blog.
It's touching stuff.
You would have thought that, after all this mutual appreciation and emotional support, that Sykes would have continued supporting his pupil.
But apparently not. The easiest way for Sykes to help McBride would be by continuing to link to her blog. Which he no longer does on his overhauled site (also, it appears the treasure trove of lies that is his archives has been vaporized in the redesign as well). Although he does have links to the intellectual powerhouses at Tom McMahon, Real Debate Wisconsin and, humorously, Boots and Sabers. Was it her crazy talk after she was canned that's led Charlie to distance himself from her? Her crazed support for Vang Pao's planned coup in Laos?
For what it's worth, fierce McBride defender Jeff Wagner no longer links to her either.
Jessica once referred to her blog as "widely read." For how much longer?