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John and Ken: KFI 640 AM

John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou are radio hosts on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles. They frequently oppose illegal immigration and have shown a willingness to tangle with national and local politicians over the issue.

Last modified Feb 16, 2012
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40 Questions Neel Kashkari Refuses to Answer - 06/21/14

... policy. Yesterday he guest-hosted the John and Ken show on KFI in Los Angeles [1] and solicited questions from social media. Yet, he answered few questions and completely ignored 40 questions I tweeted him about immigration. It would have been hard to miss my questions: during one 30 minute period he received 30 tweets, and 20 of them were from me. He hasn't blocked me, and he appears to be...

Immigration questions for Neel Kashkari (California, governor) - 05/15/14

... and Donnelly debated on today's John and Ken show on KFI, and let's just say it wasn't exactly Firing Line. In fact, it was no better than an establishment media debate. While I've heard host John Kobylt really press some guests, neither he nor Ken did in this case. Instead, they mostly sat there as the candidates traded oppo research and talking points, and just generally wasted everyone's time...

"Fullerton Tea Party" was not a "tea party", don't be fooled - 03/08/09

Yesterday, radio hosts John and Ken from KFI in Los Angeles held a "tea party" in Fullerton (Orange County) that was attended by somewhere between 8,000 and 15,000 people. Despite what you'll hear from the usual suspects, this wasn't one of the classic tea parties in the Ayn Rand/"taxation is theft"/"greed is good" sense. Instead, it was based on something that John and Ken had been pushing...

FCC complaint filed over "hate" on cable (National Hispanic Media Coalition) - 02/02/09

... Villaraigosa "declared war" on KFI hosts John and Ken over their opposition to illegal activity, and did so at a NHMC function. UPDATE: Apparently the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law Center is also involved. UPDATE 2: There's more on this here; they're still going after John & Ken. UPDATE 3: The full text of the complaint is here.

Mitt Romney's giant, amorphous guest worker scheme? - 02/01/08

As pointed out a few times, it's difficult to find out exactly what Mitt Romney's immigration policy is. In the past, he's hinted at attrition, but as far as I know he's never come out explicitly for it and defined it in the depth that Fred Thompson did. And, earlier today KFI's John & Ken interviewed him about his positions, and they were unfortunately in "nice" rather than "attack" mode and...

AVWatch: Antonio Villaraigosa panders at gala supporting fashion designer charged with rape (Anand Jon, McAuliffe) - 10/04/07

... 1st person verification, and John and Ken drew their sources from a blog post. The "best" defense from the Villar/McAuliffe perspective would be that the "blog post" is a pro-Anand inflation of the events. Does "Intimately Involved" deny that there was a pro-Anand video and that pro-Anand statements were made? Even if only a small part of the event was pro-Anand, shouldn't Villaraigosa and...

NYT: Toothless yokels against Senate immigration grand compromise! - 06/11/07

Previously I discussed how Julia Preston of the New York Times had gone to Michigan and discovered that the Senate's immigration bill isn't playing too well in the heartland, with the heartland striking back.

Julia Preston/NYT discovers: natives are restless over immigration bill - 06/09/07

Julia Preston of the New York Times - last seen here promoting a misleading poll - goes to Michigan and comes back with "As Immigration Plan Folded, Grass Roots Roared". The main subject of the article is a housewife from the suburbs of Detroit. Speaking from her "neatly maintained home" she says: For Mrs.

Talk radio hosts, listeners head to DC to oppose amnesty - 04/16/07

From this: More than 30 talk radio hosts and hundreds of their listeners are scheduled to converge on the nation's capital next week to lobby against comprehensive immigration reform measures that would offer what critics views as "amnesty" to illegal immigrants. The conservative Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and San Diego radio talk show host Roger Hedgecock are...

Sen. Bob Dutton pulls out of $500 newborns savings accounts bill - 03/02/07

... an appearance on yesterday's John and Ken Show on KFI, Sen. Bob Dutton has dropped his name from Senate Bill 752. That would have given each newborn in California a $500 savings account: "Over the last 48 hours, thousands of Californians have asked me what I was thinking so I thought I would take this opportunity to share my thoughts." Indeed.

Call Bank of America about their illegal aliens credit card - 02/15/07

... 1-704-387-7376. This is your chance to be a John and Ken Assistant Producer for the day!

Bank of "America": credit cards for illegal aliens - 02/12/07

... 1-704-387-7376. This is your chance to be a John and Ken Assistant Producer for the day!

AVWatch: will facts stick in Villaraigosa's Wikipedia entry? - 02/08/07

... [http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/recall/20030830-9999_1n30mecha.html]. Some, such as John and Ken of KFI, derisively refer to him as ''Mayor Reconquista'' [http://www.kfi640.com/podcast/JohnandKen.xml] [http://www.google.com/search?q=%22mayor+reconquista%22] [http://hotair.com/archives/2006/09/15/video-la-mayor-villaraigosa-jumps-ugly-with-john-and-ken-over-immigration/] [http://...

How not to criticize Wikipedia - 02/05/07

... MEChA [5] [6] [7]. Some, such as John and Ken of KFI, refer to him as Mayor Reconquista or "Mayor Viva La Raza",because of that and because of his support for amnesty for illegal immigrants.[citation needed] Others also refer to him as "Mayor Photo-raigosa" because of his numerous public appearances in hopes of another photo-op. Part-of-the-problem administrator "Will Beback" added the "[...

AVWatch: let's see how long facts stay in Villaraigosa's Wikipedia entry - 01/26/07

Wikipedia is completely unreliable not just because of the possibility that an entry contains errors or biased statements. The more pernicious aspect of its unreliability is missing information. Statements of fact in an entry can be verified, but unless a visitor is familiar with the subject, they won't be able to figure out what the entry isn't telling them about the subject. A case in point is...

National Day Laborer Organizing Network protesting John and Ken - 01/16/07

... immigration coverage offered by hosts John and Ken. They apparently have friends from the religious community with them, and they're trying to attach their pro-illegal immigration efforts to the civil rights struggles from the 60s. They chanted "KFI stop the hate" and held a moment of silence. And, in all of their quotes that KFI broadcast they used the words "immigration" and "immigrants" when...

Firefighter eats dog food, gets $2.7 million - 11/10/06

From this: A black firefighter who was served dog food in his spaghetti by fellow firefighters will be paid more than $2.7 million to settle a lawsuit alleging racial harassment within the Los Angeles Fire Department. The award, approved on an 11-1 vote Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council, is the latest in a recent string of settlements of lawsuits by firefighters claiming...

The National Hispanic Media Coalition - 09/16/06

Los Angeles' Democratic mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently "declared war" on KFI's John & Ken at a gala held by the National Hispanic Media Coalition. Here's some background on that group. The NHMC - together with MALDEF and many other far-left groups - is a member of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission's Media Image Coalition (lahumanrelations.org/programs/mic/members.htm),...

AVWatch: Villaraigosa "declares war" on KFI's John & Ken - 09/16/06

... moment, with the cameras rolling... John and Ken... two people who get on the radio every day... who share a committment to dividing America... who demonize our immigrants... let us say to them, shame on you. Shame on you for dividing America. But, make no mistake, like the people that we honor here today, we will stand up, we will speak out, we will do it the right way. Speaking out on...

Hugh Hewitt, Ken Mehlman on illegal immigration - 12/05/05

Slightly popular partisan hack BushBot Hugh Hewitt conducted a radio interview with RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman and discussed the word "illegal immigration". As it turns out, the GOP is declaring war on that word. As regards the actual process of massive illegal immigration, if the GOP had their druthers that would continue and get even worse. Here's a transcript of the interview.

Daniel Griswold's libertarian fantasy world - 10/25/05

... Institute, and he appeared on KFI's John and Ken Show yesterday. You can hear his interview in their audio archives. The interview concerned immigration and Bush's temporary worker plan. In a perfect world, people like Griswold would be considered extremist nuts.

Hertzberg gets Riordan endorsement in race for L.A. mayor - 02/11/05

... education, appeared on KFI-AM's "The John and Ken Show" and praised Hertzberg's plans for education and traffic, including a platform

Dreier confronted; L.A. Times serious and stupid - 11/08/04

Rep. David Dreier (D-CA) was interviewed by KABC's Doug McIntyre and the transcript is here. Topics discussed include Political Human Sacrifice, Dreier's record on immigration matters, and his support for Bush's guest worker plan. Surprisingly, in the interview he calls that plan a "bracero" program, something that I've noted with some surprise before. I wonder, will Bush's plan include delousing...

"Dreier targeted on immigration" - 10/31/04

From the WashTimes: House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier is waging a furious re-election battle after he was targeted by a Los Angeles radio talk show as a "political human sacrifice" for his record on illegal immigration. In the past month, Mr.

It's all about the pork. And, the guest workers - 10/27/04

As previously discussed, Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) is scheduled to be "sacrificed" as part of the Political Human Sacrifice campaign by SoCal talk jocks John & Ken. And, he has the support of a local newspaper chain. Supposedly reporters at that chain are given "hands off Dreier" orders. The newspapers in that chain include: L.A.

Radio hosts line up 'sacrifices' - 09/13/04

The Washington Times offers this summary of Political Human Sacrifice: A Los Angeles radio talk-show duo has targeted two House veterans for defeat as "political human sacrifices" because of their records on illegal immigration. California Reps.

Congressman: Terrorists are infiltrating the U.S. via Mexico - 07/16/04

Al Qaeda-related terrorists are coming to the U.S. over the Mexican border disguised as Mexicans, Congressman John Culberson (R-TX) has disclosed. The terrorists are adopting Hispanic names and blending in with the hundreds or thousands of illegal aliens who enter the U.S.

"Bush official slammed for stopping illegals sweeps" - 07/13/04

WND reports on John and Ken's valiant efforts: Border Patrol agents who executed highly popular roundups of illegal aliens in Southern California last month — the first of their kind in recent memory — say they've been told to stop such enforcement action, and the Bush administration official in charge of the immigration enforcement has refused to say if there would be additional...

The Financial Times on John & Ken against the White House - 07/08/04

From the Financial Times of London: Asa Hutchinson, under-secretary at the Homeland Security Department, surely has a lot on his mind.

The Feds threatened L.A. radio station KFI? - 06/26/04

[UPDATE #3 (7/6/04): despite UPDATE #2, this story appears to have been partly confirmed. See the post The White House is complaining about KFI's John & Ken] [See UPDATE #2, which is rather important.] The Department of Homeland Security has reportedly threatened to bar KFI reporters from DHS news conferences. KFI, at 640AM in Los Angeles (kfi640.com), is one of most listened-to news-talk...

Time to make some phone calls - 03/24/04

From the John and Ken (KFI radio-Los Angeles) blog: We have contacted all the Republicans in the State Senate and the State Assembly asking one question- how will you be voting on Senator Gil Cedillo's Illegal Alien Driver License Bill (SB1160)? ...If you DO NOT see your Senator or Assembly member, then they have replied with a big fat NO to SB1160. For those who have not replied to any phone...

Schwarzenegger, Cedillo "working hard together" to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens - 03/17/04

Here's a radio interview with CA state Senator Gil Cedillo. He's the author of a bill that would give driver's licenses to illegal aliens. The interview took place on a Spanish-language radio station and was translated by KFI: Radio host: Respect the Sombrero, the huaraches (leather sandals). But, they don't want to respect us, senator, they don't want to give us licenses. How is this bill...

Score one for John and Ken - 03/16/04

KFI's John and Ken Show has apparently been able to stop the use of a house in the small desert community of Phelan as a group home for sex offenders. They broadcast live from Phelan today. Out of date stories on this matter here and here.

Are Schwarzenegger and Cedillo trying to pull a fast one? - 03/08/04

Heard on the John and Ken Show (KFI Los Angeles): According to Ron Prince of Save187.com, the new CA driver's licenses for illegal aliens bill is designed to be "referendum-proof" and if it passes, an initiative would need to be created to overturn it. The next time an initiative could be voted on would be two years from now. No web page with this information is available yet.

Comrades! Help show solidarity with the righteous struggle of the supermarket workers against their corporate overlords! - 01/22/04

I received the following email regarding the L.A. supermarket workers' strike: THIS SATURDAY, when we join the striking and locked out workers in their 15th week on the picket lines we are going to try to boost the miltancy by picketing all driveways, chanting and actively encouraging potential shoppers to go elsewhere. To be effective in this we need at least 20 people to commit to be there...

Let's get memetical - 03/11/03

I just tried to contact the La Habra PD for more information on the 9/11 memorial which was apparently trashed by peace protesters. Only their PR department is giving out information, and there were four other callers ahead of me, so I'll try later. Lord knows, I'm no big fan of peace protesters, but it's always good to keep an open mind. Did the cops really witness this act of vandalism? Did...