In what appears to be another sign that KNUS 710-AM is unconcerned about allegations that a staffer is a Nazi, the station’s afternoon-drive show conducted an on-air film review Friday of a classic anti-Nazi movie, Inglourious Basterds.
“Who doesn’t hate Nazis? We all do,” said KNUS host Steffan Tubbs on air, as he began his weekly movie review segment with producer Kirk Widlund, who’s denied writing the pro-Nazi posts, bearing his name, on social media, including one post stating that America fought on the wrong side of WWII.
Journalists pointed out distinct similarities in “Kirk Widlund’s” social media posts to language Widlund used on KNUS–as well as other links between Widlund and the “Kirk Widlund” on the Russian social media site VK, where the neo-Nazi posts were found by Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists.
Acting as if the controversy over the neo-Nazi posts were behind them, Tubbs and Widlund took a light-hearted approach to the Friday film review of Inglourius Basterds, using a dead-Nazi scale to rate the 2009 film.
Tubbs: “It is time for the Friday home-stretch film review. The film of the week for Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. It’s Kirk’s choice this week. Who Doesn’t Hate Nazis? We all do. Inglourious Basterds from 2009. Man, I forgot how violent this was, but easily my favorite character Brad Pitt has ever played….
Widlund: …This is really the feel-good film of the season, I think. Killing Nazis. Getting them out of the way.
Tubbs: …Drum roll please. Kirk, your choice for many obvious reasons we don’t have time to get into, you give Inglourious Basterds–
Widlund: Eight dead Nazis out of ten.
Tubbs: Drum roll please. I’m also joining you, eight dead Nazis out of ten. Have a great weekend.
Widlund: Thank you.
KNUS management isn’t commenting on the controversy, but Widlund and Tubbs said last week that an internal investigation was underway at that time.