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Peterjohn wants NYT writer out over remark

Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn called Wednesday for New York Times columnist David Carr to resign, or be fired, after making a disparaging comment about Kansas on a TV show.

Carr referred to Kansas and Missouri as the home of "low-sloping foreheads" when he appeared recently on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher." Peterjohn said that was worse than calling Kansans Neanderthals.

Maher, Carr and other guests were talking about New Jersey at the time Carr made his statements. Maher was defending New Jersey, where he said he received a fine education.

"If it's Kansas, if it's Missouri, no big deal. You know, that's the dance of the low-sloping foreheads. The middle places, right?" Carr said.

Carr, who is originally from Minnesota, paused and then chastised himself, asking, "Did I just say that aloud?"

He has since apologized on social media.

Peterjohn made his remarks at the end of Wednesday's County Commission meeting during time set aside for board members to talk about whatever they want to. No other commissioners commented on the topic.

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