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Every week, Talk Radio Watch ends with a “highlight” from “the left side of the dial,” usually the most outrageous remark made by a progressive talk radio show host during the past seven days.

Now the Media Research Center (MRC) has issued a report on these outbursts made by Ed Schultz, Rosie O’Donnell and others, and asks why major media outlets ignore these bizarre statements while hanging on Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh’s every word.

At HotAir.com, Ed Morrissey has one answer: “The libtalkers highlighted in this report have almost no impact on politics, while the impact of Limbaugh is massive, especially in comparison.”

He continues, “Hardly anyone listens to the libtalkers. The combined radio audience of Malloy, Schultz, and Williams would not equal a fifth of Limbaugh’s reach, if that. Montel Williams can get away with telling [Michelle Bachmann] to kill herself, because the only people listening are Williams’ family and the MRC.”

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh was away on Tuesday, attending the funeral of someone familiar to regular listeners – a member of a special family Rush first met in 2003:

On a lighter note, Limbaugh challenged Obama to express his newfound respect for “religious freedom” by going farther than just supporting the Ground Zero mosque:

“Why doesn’t the President stand up for the rights of Fred Phelps?” goaded Limbaugh, referring to the notorious anti-war “pastor” who pickets the funerals of fallen soldiers (FREE audio).

About a month ago, Rush read lengthy excerpts of a “brilliant” American Spectator essay on the air. He recommended it so highly that visitors crashed the Spectator website in order to read Angelo M. Codevilla’s article, “America’s Ruling Class.” Now, thanks to the interest generated by Limbaugh’s endorsement, Codevilla’s essay has been turned into a full-length book – with an introduction penned by Rush himself!

Speaking of books: Rush proudly talked about this brother David’s new one, entitled “Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama.”

Sean Hannity

On his show’s website, Hannity posted the controversial trailer to the new documentary “Runaway Slave.” The filmmaker, C.L. Bryant, joined Sean to discuss the movie. Bryant’s theme is that his fellow African-Americans need to escape the Big Government “plantation.”

“There are so many people who’ve become reliant on government, and that’s why disasters like Hurricane Katrina were so bad, because local government failed,” Bryant explained.

Hannity’s other guests included David Horowitz, David Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Dick Morris and Ground Zero mosque opponent Pamela Gellar (audio archives are members only.)

Charles and Sharon Webster must be among Hannity’s biggest fans. They drove more than six hours (on their wedding anniversary) to attend his recent star-studded Freedom Concert in Tulsa. A bemused staffer at the local paper reported that for many in the audience, “Hannity is clearly the lead attraction.”

Mark Levin

Talkers Magazine, the “industry bible,” writes that, “while the recent list of candidates winning their primary races after being backed by … talk host Mark Levin is not scientific proof of the power of talk radio to influence elections, it certainly is interesting. Arch-conservative Levin has been involved in endorsing, both on his show and on the candidates’ websites: Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle, Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller, Arizona U.S. House candidate Jesse Kelly and Florida U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio – all of whom won their primary election races.”

David Limbaugh was Mark Levin’s guest the day his book “Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama” came out.

“This is THE election book,” raved Levin, whose conversation with Limbaugh was eye opening (FREE audio).

Mark spoke with Zuhdi Jasser, president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and asked him what he thought of the Ground Zero mosque imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf. Jasser agreed with Levin that the statements made by Rauf and other “moderate Muslim” leaders are troubling and “offensive” (FREE audio).

Michael Savage

Off the air, Savage told The Washington Times “Inside the Beltway” columnist Jennifer Harper, “The Ground Zero mosque has touched all thinking Americans, who now see more clearly the ongoing battle between militant Islam and the West. … With over 100 mosques in New York City, why do these agitators want to provoke America?”

Back on his show, Savage explained the concept behind his forthcoming book, “Trickle Up Poverty,” due out in October (FREE audio).

Michael Savage said his “blood started to boil” after listening to New York Mayor Bloomberg – “a man of Jewish heritage” – lecture his fellow citizens about “tolerance” regarding the Ground Zero mosque (FREE audio).

Laura Ingraham

Summer is journalism’s silly season, and Laura Ingraham had fun with a particularly ridiculous “news” story about woman who claims she was charged extra at a beauty salon because she was overweight.

Ingraham’s guests this week included Bill Donohue of the Catholic League and an elder at a Bronx church who is fighting for the right to pray in a public school building – after being blocked by “freedom of religion” proponent Mayor Bloomberg!

CAIR attorney Ameena Qazi debated with Ingraham about Disneyland’s decision to ban the wearing of headscarves by its employees.

One highlight was her inspirational talk with Kevin Malarkey, the author of the memoir “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” (FREE audio).

Glenn Beck

Karen Aho of MSN Money doesn’t think Glenn Beck’s financial advice to his audience is very sound: “It’s not a stretch to envision an avid listener ending up with a cupboard of seeds, a pantry of dehydrated food and a stack of gold coins bought in part by cashing in a 401k (something Beck has said he’s done).”

Beck will be under exceptional scrutiny this coming weekend, as he hosts his highly touted “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Los Angeles Times looked at Beck’s ever-changing reasons for holding the rally, and wondered if it could possibly live up to Beck’s nine months of hype.

A leftist “media watchdog” group accused Beck of flip flopping on the subject of the Ground Zero mosque, pointing to footage of the host having an agreeable interview with the building’s controversial imam in 2006. Beck defended himself on the air (FREE video).

And now, from the left side of the dial …

It came too late to make that Media Research Center report about the deranged comments uttered by progressive pundits, but comedian Wanda Sykes’ latest remarks about Rush Limbaugh will likely end up in their next edition.

When Sykes hosted the prestigious White House Correspondence Dinner in 2009, she declared that she “hoped Rush Limbaugh’s kidney failed.”

Asked by Larry King this week if she regretted the “joke,” Sykes was smug and unapologetic.

Just a reminder: Sykes’ low-rated talk show on Fox was cancelled in May. Rush Limbaugh continues to draw an estimated 15 to 20 million listeners and is well into his second decade as a top-rated broadcaster.

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