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“Don’t retreat. … Reload!”
That was Sarah Palin’s advice, sent via Twitter, to beleaguered talk radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger.
This week, Dr. Laura announced that, following her controversial use of “the n-word” on her radio program – for which she apologized – she was leaving the airwaves.
Dr Laura, one of the highest-rated radio hosts in America, had initially received support from an unlikely group: some African-American pundits, who shared her disdain for the highly charged (yet strangely popular) word, and understood that Schlessinger was simply using it to make an important point about racial double standards.
Radio Equalizer blogger Brian Maloney warns that enemies of conservative talk radio will try to shut it down completely, now that they’ve achieved their longstanding goal of pulling Dr Laura off the air.
He writes: “Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham and dozens of other talkers could be next to face the axe. … Clearly, however, Schlessinger got the message she’d get no backing from conservatives and threw in the towel after 30 years of leading the fight against cultural decay in America.”
The story, however, may not be over: Dr Laura says she will take her message to Internet radio instead.
She received praise for that decision from industry watchers, who also noted, “Dr. Laura was likely generating $3 to $5 million in ad dollars a year for [Talk Radio Network]. The one affiliate that will really take a hit on this is KFWB-AM L.A. The station completely changed what they were doing and made her the cornerstone to everything they were doing.”
Rush Limbaugh recognized WND’s Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein on the air this week, after Klein reported on a Hamas leader’s endorsement of the “Ground Zero mosque” (FREE audio).
Limbaugh nicknamed the proposed New York City structure the “Hamasque” and put its construction into perspective for listeners (FREE webcam):
Rush also dubbed Barack Obama “our first anti-American President,” challenging listeners in a memorable monologue: “Right. Okay. Let’s try a nativity scene next to the mosque then and see what happens. And then let’s put a nativity scene next to the New York Times building and see what happens. And let’s put a nativity scene on the White House grounds this holiday season, see what happens.”
On a lighter note: Limbaugh (a longtime fan of Apple computer products) praised the manufacturer of his new iPad case on the air – which caused the company’s site to temporarily crash when listeners went to visit it. It no doubt helped that the young man behind the company, called ZooGue, had told Rush he was one of his biggest inspirations.
“Blago sounds like a foul-mouthed clown, but he beat the government on 23 out of 24 counts,” observed an astonished Mark Levin, the night the decision came down in the Rod Blagojevich trial (FREE audio).
Sports broadcaster Stephen A. Smith had a funny exchange with Levin regarding their “crazy friend,” Sean Hannity. Smith talked about the problems he’s experienced as an African-American critic of President Obama (FREE audio).
Via TheRightScoop.com comes a 10-minute interview with Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., a Muslim who opposes the “Ground Zero” mosque. Levin wondered why this articulate and patriotic-sounding guest wasn’t more visible in the mainstream media, as a spokesman for his community.
Michael Savage and his listeners have taken the lead in providing financial and moral support Lt. Michael Behenna, the U.S. soldier now appealing his conviction for killing a terrorist in self-defense.
Savage is arguably the only talk radio host covering the rise of “nationalism” in Europe, a controversial movement prompted in large part by the growing Muslim population (FREE audio).
Savage’s forthcoming book, “Trickle Up Poverty,” was written “to change history,” he says. The host envisions thousands of readers holding up the book at rallies and other public events, because, he says, the cover was designed to be “a moving billboard.”
G. Gordon Liddy
WND’s own Joseph Farah sat in for G. Gordon Liddy this week. Naturally, he addressed the controversy surrounding WND’s decision to disinvite author and speaker Ann Coulter from their upcoming conference, citing her commitment to speak at a homosexual conference as well.
Access to all the audio archives for the Liddy show is free of charge. This week’s guests included Dr. Jerome Corsi, GOP strategist Dick Armey, author Chuck Morse (“The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism”) and Col. James Howard, reporting live from Camp Victory in Baghdad, as the last U.S. combat troops leave Iraq (FREE audio).
Laura Ingraham’s new satirical book, “The Obama Diaries,” is now No. 6 on the prestigious Publisher’s Weekly hardcover bestseller list.
Ingraham gave a reading from the book at the Nixon Foundation late last month, but the high-quality video of her speech has only recently been posted on YouTube (FREE video).
Laura is almost as busy as a blogger as she is as a radio host. On her online journal, she noted: “The new Associated Press poll shows the president at a new low for handling the economy. For months on air, I’ve asked rhetorically, ‘How low can he go?’ With his destructive, anti-growth policies and tin ear on issues like the GZ mosque, there’s no stopping the slippage. I half expect him to ditch the teleprompter and start appearing with a shovel, because at each new event he digs himself deeper and deeper.”
“Glenn Beck is AWOL on the culture war,” declared Laurie Higgins of Accuracy in Media. She was disappointed by Beck’s recent comments that “legalized homosexual marriage wouldn’t harm America,” and singled out Ann Coulter for similar criticism.
As the date of his Restoring America rally in Washington, D.C., approaches, Beck is facing increasing pressure to change the date, which coincides with the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic address at the same location. Beck is sticking to the Aug. 28 date, calling it “divine providence.”
“Rick Sanchez is quite possibly the dumbest man on television,” declared Beck on his radio show, after the CNN personality declared that “Rome,” i.e. the Catholic Church, needs to be investigated to see if “their money” was supporting terrorism. Or something. It was hard to understand Sanchez’s point, but it provided Beck and his crew with moments of hilarity (FREE webcam).
And now, from the left side of the dial …
Poor Stephanie Miller. The progressive talk radio host probably thought she’d get a lot of attention for “coming out” as a lesbian this week.
Unfortunately for her, another female host – Dr. Laura – was getting all the press coverage instead.
Miller’s other attempts to generate controversy (and, presumably) ratings, have recently included encouraging a guest’s bizarre fantasies about attacking Rush Limbaugh (FREE audio) and blaming George Bush for the Gulf oil spill (FREE audio).
One has to wonder: With Rosie O’Donnell and Rachel Maddow coming out of the closet, is there some kind of requirement for progressive female radio hosts to be lesbians, too?