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Editor’s note: The Talk Radio Watch column will not appear next Friday, Sept. 10, but will return on Friday, Sept. 17.
This week, conservative talk radio hosts and other pundits devoted much of their time to reviewing and analyzing Glenn Beck’s enormous, peaceful and prayerful Restoring Honor rally in Washington, D.C.
“Politically, everyone is with it,” Tom Tradup told the Washington Post on Monday morning, “but theologically, when he says the country should turn back to God, the question is: ‘Which God?'”
The vice president for news and talk at Salem Radio Network, Tradup wondered, “How much of this is turning to God? How much is religious revival, and how much is a snake oil medicine show?”
WND’s Erik Rush called much of the response to the rally “bizarre.”
The morning of the event, Google Maps just “happened” to suffer a glitch that sent visitors a half mile south of the rally’s true location.
One high-profile MSNBC commentator opined that the massive crowds in the Mall were simply ordinary tourists who happened to be wandering through, while TIME magazine’s Joe Klein (not previously known to be a trained theologian) opined confidently that Jesus wouldn’t let Glenn Beck into heaven.
It’s the one thing Rush Limbaugh and President Obama have in common: Limbaugh was on his annual golfing vacation this week. The trip will be filmed for “The Haney Project” on the Golf Channel, where a world-famous golf pro gives celebrities tips on improving their game.
Various guest hosts sat in at the “Golden EIB Microphone.” Listener favorite Mark Steyn took to the airways mid-week, mocking overly Caucasian hurricane nicknames, the Discovery Channel gunman’s pro-squirrel manifesto and, of course, the Uighurs (the Chinese Muslims who accidentally provided Steyn with a popular catchphrase during a previous guest hosting stint):
With all the coverage and analysis that Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally received this week, one writer reminded people of another gathering.
At the American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord wondered: “Has anyone paid attention to the success of Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concerts? Here’s a guy who spent his vacation-less August trekking from city to city putting on star-studded musical extravaganzas at the rate of two a weekend from Atlanta to Las Vegas to San Diego and Dallas to Cincinnati to name just a few locations. Sold out crowds. Tens and tens of thousands of people. Millions of dollars raised for a charity … Does no one think this means anything politically?”
At Human Events, Matt Towery echoed Lord: “It’s Beck’s rally, but Hannity’s war,” because Hannity has been fighting it longer.
Sarah Palin joined Sean Hannity on the radio on Wednesday, when she blasted “impotent, limp and gutless reporters [who] take anonymous sources and cite them as being factual references” (FREE audio).
Without mentioning Glenn Beck by name, Michael Savage devoted Monday’s program to praising the hundreds of thousands of Americans who traveled to the Washington, D.C., rally.
Savage took a touching call from a rabbi who was there. He shared his moving encounters with the mostly Christian crowd (FREE audio).
At Human Events, Rabbi Aryeh Spero elaborated on his day at the rally: “The same enthusiasm and special salutations greeted me throughout the streets on my way back to my hotel: Shalom! As I told Michael Savage in an interview: ‘The people who attended want nothing but to love, honor and identify with America. They ask nothing from America; rather delight in giving to her, offering even their children in the military so as to defend us. They identify with the Judeo-Christian ethos and, as do I, define America in those terms. They see their country being taken from them by an elitist corps intent on stripping it of its historic character, transforming us into a placid, non-distinct Europe, and consigning us and our values to second-class status, replacing nationalism with transnationalism.”
In an upcoming episode of “The Brody File” for CBN News, David Brody travels to Michael Savage’s home base of San Francisco and speaks to the talk radio legend. Here’s a sneak preview (FREE video).
Last week, we pointed out that primary candidates endorsed by Mark Levin have been winning in huge numbers this year. Levin’s record remains intact as another of his favored candidates, Alaska’s Joe Miller, took the GOP nomination.
If you have to listen to a speech by Barack Obama, it helps if it’s airing in primetime. That way, because it coincides with Levin’s live evening broadcast, you can at least enjoy hearing Levin scream, “Shut up, you dummy!” at various intervals.
Responding to the President’s Iraq War “victory” address Wednesday night, Levin declared, “George Bush should be giving this speech” (FREE audio).
Responding to the size of Glenn Beck’s rally, Levin reminded listeners that, contrary to Beck’s views, party politics still matter; every citizen who cares about their country needs to work toward a Republican victory in November. Levin’s stirring on-air history lesson and his advice to Americans – “Keep fighting” – made this audio clip go viral (FREE audio).
Ingraham aired her differences with Sarah Palin on Monday and Tuesday. Palin had endorsed Kelly Ayotte for the GOP nomination in New Hampshire, but Ingraham calls his pro-life opponent Ovide Lamontagne “the only true conservative in a very important race.”
Midweek, Ingraham congratulated Joe Miller on his victory in Alaska. Other highlights include her interview with John Clodfelther, whose son died in the attack by Muslim terrorists on the USS Cole (FREE audio).
Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally has already been covered and analyzed extensively. As the week went on, Beck remained in the news.
It started out as a pre-rally joke between two colleagues, but now the event’s success is leading some observers to wonder aloud if Beck, not Bill O’Reilly, deserves that coveted prime time hour on Fox News.
A Huffington Post writer offered a $100,000 to anyone who could provide him with “a Glenn Beck sex tape” that would “remove” Beck “from the public eye forever.” It proved too much even for HuffPo, which later pulled the story from their website (but without an apology).
Many were astonished to learn on Monday night that Beck – who already runs a massive broadcasting and publishing concern – was launching a new website.
In his inaugural message to readers, Beck explained: “TheBlaze.com will be about current news – and more. It’s not just politics and policy. It’s looking for insight wherever we find it. We’ll examine our culture, deal with matters of faith and family, and we won’t be afraid of a history lesson. … And don’t expect everything to be deadly serious. Boring is bad. We intend to have plenty of fun.”
On the left side of the dial …
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has been in meltdown mode for some time. Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally, however, sent him over the edge.
In an hysterical tirade, Schultz claimed on the air that he too could draw a crowd of 300,000 to hear him speak in Washington, D.C.
This led Beck and his crew to challenge Schultz to try attracting the same number of viewers to his own TV show first (FREE webcam).