Right Wing Radio Week in Review: August 3 – 7, 2009

Rush Limbaugh just can’t win.
For years, almost every liberal critique of Limbaugh has included the word “fat.” (The word even made it into the title of one of Al Franken’s books.)
So – presumably after his weight was widely remarked upon following his televised address to CPAC – Rush Limbaugh went on a diet. He lost something like 90 pounds in about 90 days, and this week announced he’d done it with help from his local South Florida Quick Weight Loss Centers.
Immediately the liberal media backlash began. Suddenly Rush had, according to morning TV “experts”, lost too much weight, too fast — and the wrong way!
(Somebody at TIME didn’t get the memo – “Kurt Andersen was still exploring ‘why Rush is fat’ in a piece dated August 3.” Good to see the MSM has its finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the world!)
But is there too much talk about obesity on conservative talk radio? One fan says yes:

I’m fat.  I know I’m fat.  I’m okay with that.   I don’t care if you aren’t.

I’ve had it up to here with self-righteous radio talk show hosts – Mark Levin and Michael Savage do it most frequently, but Jerry Doyle and Laura Ingraham also jump on this bandwagon on a regular basis.   While Rush doesn’t generally express disdain for his fat listeners, he spends way too much time talking about his diet and his “theories” about weight.”

Speaking of Rush Limbaugh, Jimmy Fallon is getting praise from some quarters for a new segment on his late night show called “Rush Limbaugh Karaoke.” Besides the fact that very name of the segment (and the concept itself) is hopelessly “1990s” rather than fresh and new, it just isn’t that funny. Although as always, your mileage may vary. (Video clip.)
It’s a sad commentary when one of the sanest sounding people in America turns out to be Mary Jo Buttafuoco.

Mary Jo, who was famously shot in the head by her husband’s tacky teenage lover Amy Fisher, was on the Dennis Miller show Monday to promote her new book, hilariously entitled Getting It Through My Thick Skull: Why I Stayed, What I Learned, and What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know.
Perhaps she’s paid for some expensive media coaching, but if so, it was worth it. She was funny, sharp and entertaining. Wow: maybe she’ll even get her own show…

(Alas, archived audio is available to Dennis Miller annual Premium Members only. However, you can get complete mp3 recordings of all your favorite conservative talk radio shows for the price of one of those radio show subscriptions. You can try out this recording software for FREE – it comes complete with a Conservative Radio Module so you can choose the shows you want to record with just a couple of clicks. Here’s a video demo of how it works.)

Speaking of psychos: Thursday, Dennis Prager spoke to Dr. Michael H. Stone, whose new book The Anatomy of Evil looks at case studies of crazed killers. Macabre yet fascinating listening!
Luckily, not all talk radio clips are trapped behind a subscriber wall. Hugh Hewitt pulled listeners legs for part of one segment on Wednesday, pretending to be “Howard Dean III”, host of ultra-liberal “DNC Radio.”

Hewitt also spoke to Mark Steyn about Democrat charges that citizens’ protests against Obama’s health care plan were “astroturfers” and fascist rent-a-mobs on the payroll of the insurance companies. Steyn observed:

…the idea that this is some neo-Nazi movement that is objecting to health care is preposterous. I mean, Nancy Pelosi has flown the coop if she seriously thinks that. And in fact, if we’re going to bandy around totalitarian shots, then I’m far more disturbed about this administration’s demand that people report names of persons sending e-mails or just engaging in casual conversation objecting to health care. The fact is the opposition to this is genuine, and growing, and it’s going to continue to grow when people understand what’s at stake. (…)

I’m greatly impressed by the number of my readers who immediately e-mailed this White House, [email protected]ouse.gov, that’s the e-mail address, volunteering to be first on the list. I think that speaks well for the American spirit.

On the same topic: Mark Levin issued a rallying cry to his listeners on Tuesday, reminding them “We own the country,” not the politicians. (Free audio)

Talk radio host Laura Ingraham also encouraged her listeners to report themselves and their own “fishy” ideas to the White House via email, both on her show at through her Twitter feed: @IngrahamAngle 

“I have received more emails on this than any topic, maybe (comparable to) the Obama visit and immigration in the last couple of years,” said Wisconsin conservative talk show host Jerry Bader this week.

Listeners calling into Bader’s show responded with outrage to charges made by the Democratic Party of Brown County, who said those who had "disrupted" a local health care reform “listening session” did so as part of an artificially organized and well funded secret movement.

Bader’s listeners are typical of those I’ve heard on every show this week, with many (male and female) in tears over DNC rhetoric condemning ordinary citizens exercising their Constitutional right to freely assemble.

“I’m getting a creepy vibe off Barack Obama,” admitted Dennis Miller on Friday. This incendiary language aimed at every day people, including veterans, he said, was turning into “Nixon weirdness.”

On the topic of angry leftists: Some liberal talk radio host named Mike Malloy opined on the air that he hoped Glenn Beck would commit suicide on live TV.

I guess he missed Beck earlier this week, denouncing anti-Obama “birthers on his show”. Frankly, I was surprised to hear Beck of all people dismissing concerns about whether or not Obama’s presidency is Constitutional…
A couple of riveting segments on G. Gordon Liddy’s show this week. First, an African-American activist called President Obama a “racist.” Then bestselling author and Second Amendment scholar John Lott related his troubling close encounter with then-fellow professor Barack Obama. Lott claims Obama told him bluntly, “I don’t believe individuals should be allowed to own guns.”

Whatever you might think about Liddy, I give the guy credit: he has great guests. (Free audio.)
Presidential candidate turned talk radio host Fred Thompson (who, incredibly, doesn’t own FredThompson.com) penned an op-ed for the Washington Times this week, about the Left’s ongoing demonization of talk radio.

(Via the anti-Fairness Doctrine group, UnFair.org

And finally:
Good news for a once-great Britain that’s been rapidly circling the civilizational drain…?

Radio is proving to be far from passé. Music stations are doing well but the genuinely striking surge is for talk radio.

For decades, analysts have wondered why talk, so central to American political life, has never been …well, sexy on this side of the Atlantic. It’s joked that European leaders take the recession most seriously because when times are tough, hot-blooded Continental types pile onto the streets for revolution, whilst in America they reach for the cell phone and dial up their local KYCA (or some such variant). It seems here in Britain we do, or did, neither.

The Rajar statistics paint a changing picture. (…) there just seems to be a lot to get off your chest in the current climate. Whether it be the latest nine or ten figure sum city profits, MPs claiming two pence for a penny sweet on expenses or the rapidly crumbling government, the climate is ripe for talk radio. A type of radio which was seen as stilted and old is now in fact immediate and punchy. It seems like a tentative change has come into being.

Viva la revolution!

(Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now in its ninth year. She also runs a special site devoted to Conservative Talk Radio.)

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