Chris Baker, former local radio talk show host, has finally made a national name for himself. Just not in the way he might have envisioned (at least one hopes so).
He and current co-host Langdon Perry of Minneapolis’s KTLK are convinced that Earvin “Magic” Johnson faked being infected with HIV for the purpose of garnering the all-important sympathy vote.
According to this, the actual exchange went like this:
Baker: You think Magic faked AIDS for sympathy?
Perry: I’m convinced that Magic faked AIDS.
Baker: Yeah, me too.
The exchange betrays a certain modicum of ignorance for Johnson, back in ’91, announced he was infected with HIV and did not manifest any of the symptoms of AIDS (a syndrome). To this date I don’t think Earv has manifested the symptoms associated with AIDS.
Having listened to Baker here in H-town in the past, this exchange doesn’t surprise me, except for the immensely personal angle of this attack on Magic.
Barring omniscience on their part, Baker and Perry’s comments can be nothing but an insanely ill-conceived, not to mention, tasteless gag.
I wonder what the junior Senator from NY thinks of Baker’s “revelation”? I have some idea what she would think of Baker’s politics and views of her and her husband…