This week, an American blogger gave thanks for the First Amendment, after learning about restrictions on free speech in Canada.
As a Canadian, I can assure you that speech is indeed far less “free” up here than it is in the United States. That’s one reason I enjoy listening to (and writing about) American conservative talk radio.
It’s a good thing I don’t call in to talk radio, though. A disturbing news story paints a troubling portrait of our province, Newfoundland. World famous as the earthy, generous folks who sheltered strangers stranded at Gander Airport on Sept. 11, it seems even our notoriously politically incorrect “Newfies” aren’t immune from free speech “chill.”
The National Post reports on “a worrying trend in the province, where people who call in to talk radio shows to air their complaints about the government end up getting calls from [their elected officials] or their deputies chastising them for their comments.”
So give thanks, America!
It’s an annual tradition on the show: Rush Limbaugh tells “the real story of Thanksgiving.” This year was no exception:
Earlier this week, Limbaugh told listeners: “We have an impostor for all intents and purposes serving in the White House” (FREE audio).
After TheHill.com reported that the FCC might be moving to “enforce net neutrality regulations three days before Christmas,” Rush warned, “It’s going to limit the amount of conservatism that you’ll be able to find” on the web (FREE video).
Sirius XM radio host Joe Madison is launching a campaign to “take action against Rush Limbaugh.” Madison accuses Limbaugh of “racism” for comparing Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to the characters in the film “Driving Miss Daisy.”
With millions of Americans traveling on the Thanksgiving holiday, Sean Hannity talked about the invasive screening techniques at airports:
“I think it’s our job to stand up and say ‘enough is enough’ and use better procedures and demand the government use them,” Hannity said. “The pressure is starting to build … it’s starting to mount on the TSA, they’re beginning to buckle. The first step in stopping which is ultimately going to be political bleeding for the Obama administration is underway.”
Following up on the success of his non-fiction bestseller “Trickle Up Poverty,” Michael Savage has signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press to write fiction thrillers. The first novel is called “Abuse of Power” and begins with a failed carjacking that sheds light on a government cover-up, the involvement of British officials and a Muslim terrorist organization. The novel is due out in the summer of 2011.
Jim Fletcher reviewed “Trickle Up Poverty” for WND: “Reading this great book, one can almost hear Savage’s hilarious voice, ranting on the radio about the deplorable state of our government. In fact, the same ‘savage’ wit and, dare I say it, genius observation present on his daily radio show informs ‘Trickle Up Poverty.'”
On the air this week, Savage raged at the injustice when a heroin-addicted mother who suffocated her baby wasn’t charged for her death (FREE audio).
After New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticized her on a late night talk show, Sarah Palin joined Laura Ingraham to discuss his comments (FREE audio).
In keeping with the season, Laura welcomed an expert from the Butterball hotline to offer tips on how to cook the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.
George Will told Ingraham and her listeners that the new airport security measures are nothing more than “security theater.” Ingraham’s other guests included Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; humorist Loretta LaRoche and New Mexico’s Governor-elect Susana Martinez (FREE audio).
While making the talk radio rounds to promote her new book, Sarah Palin joined Glenn Beck on the air to talk about the latest headlines (FREE video).
Beck also spoke with an eyewitness to a notorious incident in which a young boy’s shirt was removed during a TSA pat down. Beck said an insider had informed him the boy was autistic (FREE video).
And now, from the left side of the dial …
“Nothing frustrates our lefty friends more than the idea that not everyone hates George W. Bush the way they do,” notes Radio Equalizer Brian Maloney.
Case in point: Talk show host Randi Rhodes can’t believe the former President’s book is a No. 1 bestseller, so she resorts to comparing him to Norman Bates in the movie “Psycho” (FREE audio).
Imagine the reaction if a conservative talk radio host compared President Obama to Hannibal Lecter or some other cinematic serial killer.