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A week after those huge patriotic rallies in Washington on Sept. 12, another conservative gathering is talking place in D.C.
Except, as I’ve explained here and elsewhere, the Glenn Beck boycott is not only a failure, but was doomed from the start, because the boycotters clearly don’t have the slightest idea how the media business actually works.
“Mad Man: Is Glenn Beck Bad For America?” blared this week’s Time magazine cover.
At the other end of the temperamental spectrum sits mild-mannered intellectual Bill Bennett, whose crack-of-dawn radio show is the perfect way to ease into your day (audio archives are members only).
When Bennett asked guest Mark Steyn to comment on the ridiculous charges made by Carter and others that Obama’s critics were “racist,” Steyn quipped that while we’d been assured by the left during the Bush administration that “dissent was the highest form of patriotism,” suddenly, “dissent was the highest form of racism.”
Like Limbaugh’s “national hemorrhoid” line, Steyn’s remark has been wending its way around the web. Can a T-shirt be far behind?
G. Gordon Liddy
Retired Army Col. Allen West, who is running for Congress in Florida, attended the Sept. 12 demonstration in Washington and provided G. Gordon Liddy with an eyewitness account (FREE audio).
West was impressed by the size and spirit of the crowd, but not by the response of the commander in chief. Instead of facing ordinary Americans on his doorstep, West told Liddy, “Obama ran away to Minnesota.”
West also called Obama “a narcissist and a coward,” as well as a liar, when it comes to health care reform.
Of course, the word “liar” has been in the air all week, thanks to Congressman Joe Wilson’s outburst during President Obama’s health-care address.
Wilson called radio host Mark Levin on Tuesday to talk about what happened (FREE audio).
Levin praised Wilson as a hero and a patriot: “You will have a legacy for your family. And that’s what life is all about.”
Naturally, this amazing cultural achievement was ignored by the mainstream media.
A hair-raising exchange on Dennis Miller’s radio show this week cast the right/left media, political and cultural divide into high relief (audio archives are members only).
The normally even-tempered Miller boldly confronted one guest – sports and media mogul Mark Cuban – because he’d distributed a movie that depicted American soldiers as rapists and murderers.
Sounding bitter and defensive, Cuban blamed a “smear campaign” by Bill O’Reilly for his movie’s bad reputation and subsequent box office failure. Then Cuban claimed O’Reilly “only had three viewers” – and he “didn’t care about [O'Reilly] anyway.”
Miller, who’s a weekly guest on O’Reilly’s TV show, snapped back that O’Reilly has four million viewers a night (considerably more, I would add, than Mark Cuban did when he hosted his long forgotten cable show.)
“You know what?” Miller said finally. “My proudest moment behind this mic after two and a half years” has been “taking you on for making that crap movie.”
“According to nearly all my talk radio colleagues,” Medved wrote, “this sort of full-throated denunciation of the president’s alleged ‘march to socialism’ mobilizes the nation’s permanent conservative majority.”
However, says Medved, “that majority doesn’t exist.”
He advises that the GOP will win with a Reagan-like leader with strong, traditional conservative principles who also has a cool, calm, friendly temperament.
In other words: a conservative version of Barack Obama.
WND columnist Larry Elder sat in for Dennis Prager on Monday (audio archives are members only), so my week got off to a great start. I miss Larry Elder’s radio show terribly, and so, apparently, do a lot of us.
The good news is Larry Elder is returning to the airwaves – sort of. He announced that soon he will begin podcasting a new show.