KFI’s John and Ken broadcast from Occupy L.A.
John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, who have provoked controversy for their stances on illegal immigration, among other things, arrived about 3 p.m. near 1st and Main Streets, near the large south lawn encampment. With the KFI-AM (640) personalities were four private security guards in suits and six police officers.
"We are going to be here as long as we feel safe," said the radio show’s producer, Raymond Lopez.
The radio hosts stood across the protest, mocking it: "I've got to say, those tents are beautiful colors," Kobylt said.
One protester, 83-year-old Korean war veteran Rudy Pisani, approached them and angrily asked, "Have you served your country?"
Kobylt said he had, by paying taxes.
"You've got some gall, brother!" Pisani shouted. He wore a shirt that said, "No human is illegal."
The radio show has come under fire from Latino and immigrant rights activists who say the hosts promote hate speech. General Motors on Wednesday became the latest company to pull ads from the show in support of a boycott.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition launched the boycott after the hosts read on the air the mobile and office phone numbers of a local immigrant rights activist, who reported receiving hundreds of hate-filled phone calls as a result.
After a number of messages posted on Twitter called on GM to stop "sponsoring hate speech," the car maker said the ads, bought by a local dealer, were being pulled.
-- Kate Linthicum at City Hall
Photo: John Kobylt, center, mixes it up with Occupy Los Angeles at Los Angeles City Hall. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times