First things first, WTMJ-AM (620) talker James T. Harris says he's not planning a rematch with WMCS-AM (1290) talker Earl Ingram Jr. after their planned debate about the NAACP and the Tea Party fizzled last week.
"No, I'm going to lay low," Harris tells me.
Laying low isn't what you'd expect from the lightning rod African-American conservative.
"No, I'm going to lay low with him," he explains, saying he's not inviting Ingram on his show, or seeking another exchange. "I'm gonna keep doin' what I do."
Now, let's get to the Harris side of the scheduled debate that didn't happen on Ingram's Thursday afternoon radio show
Harris showed up at the station with a camera guy to videotape the confrontation over the NAACP's resolution asking the Tea Party to refute racist comments from some of its members.
Harris regularly posts his videos to YouTube.
Ingram told him management didn't want cameras in the studio.
"We had a go-around," Harris tells me. "I said, 'Earl, this is how I roll.' He said management said we can't let any cameras in."
According to Harris, there was a compromise reached, allowing him to plug the camera into the station's audio so he could at least record the sound. But they couldn't make that work for technical reasons.
That ended it, and Harris says, "I shook his hand and gave him a hug."
But when Harris left, Ingram let loose on him. On Twitter, Ingram called him a "drama queen," and on the radio, Ingram said Harris was "prostituting himself" as a conservative talker.
Ingram told me Friday that Harris and the cameraman said the video was to advance Harris' career.
"Well good riddance, take a walk, take a hike. We are not going to help you advance your career," says Ingram.
Harris denies his career was discussed, quoting Ingram as saying, "I'm not here to promote you."
Harris says he countered by saying to Ingram, "I'm here to promote you ... I'm all about that. Why wouldn't you want to do that or me. We're two brothers in radio."
Harris says he was talking with people on Fox News Channel, and he says he would have promoted Ingram's show in his discussion of the NAACP issue. He talked about it on his Saturday WTMJ show, and you can find that audio here.
For the record, Harris appeared on Ingram's show last December, and was allowed to videotape that appearance.
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