Franken Radio Takin’ Charge!

Look out conservative America because Air America Radio is on the air now! Saucy & controversial liberal hosts like Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, & Chuck D., are going take the fight to the right — yeah! — in conservative strongholds like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, Minneapolis, Inland Ca., satellite radio….and geeze…is that it? 6 stations all located in ultra-liberal cities (correction: Inland in an area, not a city) & satellite radio? Yeesh….well at least the left will finally have a way to get their message out — well other than all the newspapers, cable outlets, and websites that have being incessantly hyping the debut of “Air America”. Well in any case, with great interviews like this from conspiracy spewing harpy (And yes, I’ve heard her show before) Randi Rhodes, how can they go wrong?

Ralph Nader: … can you – is this the way you want to start Air America? You want it to be Hot Air America?

Randi Rhodes: Oh, no, you see …

Ralph Nader: … Log on to the web site votenader.org …

Randi Rhodes: Ralph, let me tell you something. If you did get to be president, tell me who you would caucus with. Tell me who you could get to vote for your … views and visions, and your, your bills! Who is an independent other than Bernie Sanders and Jim Jeffords? Who are you gonna count on? You … let’s say you win, OK?

Ralph Nader: You can’t win without a huge mobilization of voters …

Randi Rhodes: … let’s say ya do …

Ralph Nader: … that would replace many members of Congress.

Randi Rhodes: … let’s say it’s seventy years old, from your house in Connecticut, your little house …

Ralph Nader: … now wait a minute. Now wait wait wait. You’re …

Randi Rhodes: … you are, you are ready to do this.

Ralph Nader: … listen, listen. Now you’re getting nasty.

Randi Rhodes: I’m not!

Ralph Nader: You are ruining the first day …

Randi Rhodes: I’m not ruining anything.

Ralph Nader: … the first day of Air America.

Randi Rhodes: This is Air America.

Ralph Nader: … you’re not letting your, you’re not letting your guest be, have a chance to speak. You’re …

Randi Rhodes: I asked you a question.

Ralph Nader: … you’re not letting your guest have a chance to speak.

More bickering

Ralph Nader: … you’ve got a very bad interviewing technique …

Randi Rhodes: … uh uh uh. I am not …

Ralph Nader: … and you’re not going to get an audience by overtalking …

Randi Rhodes: … interviewing you …

Ralph Nader: Do not overtalk!

Randi Rhodes: I am not … interviewing you!

Ralph Nader: Do not overtalk!

Randi Rhodes: I’m mad at you! Don’t you understand the difference?

Ralph Nader: Fine, just close up and start screaming to your audience.

Randi Rhodes: [laughs] Look. Don’t tell me how to do radio; I’ve done it for twenty years. You screwed up the last election, and now you want to screw up this one, and I’m pissed!

Ralph Nader: (pause; speechless) You know, you ought to be ashamed of yourself because you …

Randi Rhodes: But I’m not! You know you should …

Ralph Nader: … you agree with me …

Randi Rhodes: … be ashamed of yourself!

Ralph Nader: … you agree with me on so many issues. You really ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Randi Rhodes: I’m not ashamed of myself. I can’t afford you! [End of Excerpts]

The interview ended when Nader finally hung up on Rhodes.

Wow….that was uh…uh…something. But hey, they’re getting the message out…assuming it has something to do with bickering.

But, if NPR can make, Alan Colmes can make it, Ted Rall can get published on Yahoo, Noam Chomsky can make a living peddling America hatred, why not these guys? Sure, if I were betting, my guess would be that Air America will probably be playing Salsa or Top 40 radio in 18 months or so rather than continuing on with Franken, Chuck D., Garofalo, and the rest of “team screechy liberal,” but stranger things have happened. I can’t say that I’m wishing them luck, but at least from this point on, no one will ever be able to claim that conservatives have somehow, someway, held back the left on radio…

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