During the August 7, 2021 Wheels with Ed Wallace radio show, Ed Wallace discussed an AP news story regarding the environmental impact of abandoned petroleum wells. The article focused on the leaking wells of a large west Texas ranch owned by Ashley Watt. Wallace brought attention to this article ♫ to mock Watt’s rejection of the environmentalist label and to manufacture a narrative that Watt was seeking public assistance for cleaning wells from which her family privately profited. As yet another example of creating a narrative that does not exist in real life, Wallace ignored that the article states that Watt and her ancestors never had the ranch's mineral rights and never profited from the wells.
During the August 14, 2021 Wheels with Ed Wallace radio show, ♫ Wallace corrected himself and noted that the article states Watt lacked mineral rights and her family did not profit from the wells. Yet, Wallace still expressed doubts regarding this absence of profits without offering any evidence. Then, near the end of this show, Wallace broadcasts the following, which he labels a ‘nuclear bomb shell':
Ed Wallace broadcasts and belittles the intimate gender history of a private citizen for no legitimate journalistic reason to the entire Dallas/Fort Worth area and the internet via KLIF.
Ashley Watt is not a public figure. Ashley Watt is a private citizen discussing an environmental issue that affects the general public with a reporter from the Associated Press. In the article, Ashley Watt never discusses gender or uses gender to generate awareness of the leaking wells. The reporter never mentions gender. The leaking wells are not affected by the gender of the property owner. On air, Wallace states that gender is superfluous by stating “not that it changes oil and gas wells coming undone in west Texas".
With all these factors known, Ed Wallace giggles while declaring Ashley Watt being a transgender woman changes the “tone” of the story. Wallace needs to explain how Ashley Watt's gender identity changes the "tone" or anything else about a story covering the environmental impact of abandoned petroleum wells on a family ranch. To conclude, Ed Wallace exposed and disparaged a member of the transgender community for no reason. Perhaps KLIF, KDFW, and his auto dealership sponsors will reevaluate their association with this bigot.
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