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Schadenfreude watch: Right-wing radio host accused of hit-and-run outside Houston gay bar

Michael Berry

Life can be so tough when you’re a right-wing radio talk show host. When you’re not battling the liberal media, the homosexual agenda or hoping someone blows up the “ground zero mosque,” you’ve got to deal with folks being upset when you’re accused of committing a hit-and-run as you’re leaving a local gay bar. Well, at least that’s what Houston-based syndicated host Michael Berry is dealing with.

The bouncer working outside the bar in question, Tuderia Bennett, reports that he saw Berry leave the bar and back up approximately 70 feet into a Volkswagen Passat, that just happened to be owned by Bennett. Surveillance video tape reportedly confirms the story.

Now, a hit-and-run outside a bar, especially one that results in no injuries, isn’t normally newsworthy. But it’s hard to deny it’s a different thing when the accused driver is a right-wing radio host who makes a living bashing away at the typical conservative radio targets like immigrants and gay marriage.

The hit-and-run incident occurred on January 31, but no charges were filed against Berry, even though the vehicle involved was confirmed as being registered to him and the existence of witnesses and video evidence. But since the story surfaced in the press last week, it seems that the Houston police chief is upset with how the case was handled and prosecutors are taking a second look. Apparently there’s the impression that police let it slide because Berry is a public figure, as well as a former Houston city councilman.

So far Berry has refused to talk to the press about the incident. On Tuesday he used his show to take aim at the television station that first broke the story:

“Was it a cover up?” Berry questioned. “No, it was a smear campaign. Channel 2, I’ve got my sights on you… You can smear my name without me but I’m not going down without a fight.”

He went on to say,

“Saying ‘gay bar’ and ‘conservative talk show host is too awesome for a news station to pass up because conservatives hate gays — or so we are told,” he said. “The only thing worse than a celebrity who gets it too easy is one who gets it too hard.”

For his part, Tuderia Bennett, the bouncer who’s car was hit, sums up his take on the moral of the story thusly, telling KPRC-TV:

“If you’re going to stand up and say anti-gay things and be conservative and be Mr. Good Guy, and then when something happens that points you out and puts you in a place with the exact business that you aim to shut down, it kind of makes it seem like I need this to go away and I need it to go away quickly,”

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4 Responses to Schadenfreude watch: Right-wing radio host accused of hit-and-run outside Houston gay bar

  1. Storm February 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Where’s the proof? The video in question was taken INSIDE the bar, not outside. The ‘damage’ was repaired a week before he called the police. In what universe do you wait a week to call the police to report a vehicle accident? Bennett CLAIMS it was Berry, but admits he didn’t put the guy with his persona until the Sunday AFTER the Tuesday when this allegedly occurred. How many courts would take this long a delay in ID as viable proof. As for the license plate number, Bennett could have gotten that AFTER he saw the INSIDE video of a man that ‘could’ be Berry, but is so grainy it could be any number of people. How can anybody believe the claims that weren’t even made until he found he could blame a famous person! It could have been anybody, or nobody. There’s no proof the alleged damage occurred when and where Bennett claims. Since when is one person’s statement, a week late, all that is needed to vilify a private person?

    The left has made Berry GUILTY with no proof whatsoever. I’m not a person to support law suits, but Berry has a great one on Bill Balleza, who went on prime time news, showed the INSIDE video and stated, CLEAR AS DAY, that the video PROVES Berry hit the car OUTSIDE. There is no honor on the left at all.

    By the way, I have never listened to Berry’s show, barely know who the heck he is. But I can’t STAND the left’s drive to act like a pack of rabid dogs on any lie they latch onto.

  2. Storm February 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    And by the way, Mr. Berry does NOT speak against gays. That’s another leftist lie being spread. The only links to that claim are all left wing hate sites. Not a viable source to be found.

  3. LoriGirl February 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Mr. Berry must be doing something right (no pun intended) to get you so upset! This has libtard conniving and scheming written all over it. Better get the paint analyzed by forensics…oh wait, the car was already repaired. Drat.

    “Although he had no idea who Berry was, Bennett said he was able to identity him as the man who crashed into his car.” Sure. And I’m Santa Claus.

    Too bad for Channel 2 and Libturd Bill Balleza. I’ll never watch their news again until he’s gone.

  4. Morrisb February 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    lol Stories like this are pretty common for Republicants. Cant help the economy. Can’t help the poor. Can’t confront their hypocrisy and sexuality. 😛

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