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A new book claims to reveal “what Hollywood really thinks of conservatives,” and it comes as no surprise that Rush Limbaugh is a favorite target of West Coast rage.
Ben Shapiro interviewed major industry players for his book “Primetime Propaganda.” One of them, TV producer George Schlatter, told Shapiro on tape that Limbaugh was a “balloon buffoon” and a “convicted junkie,” among other things.
That the likes of Schlatter had no qualms about talking frankly on the record about their biases says something about media industry arrogance (FREE audio):
Mark Steyn sat in for Rush Limbaugh mid-week, and declared it “Weiner Wednesday” in “honor” of beleaguered Congressman and erstwhile underpants “tweeter” Anthony Weiner (FREE audio).
“There is not a scintilla of evidence, however, that Mr. Savage has called for or sparked criminal behavior – let alone violence and bloodshed,” Kuhner writes. “Britain’s political class is deliberately trying to destroy his good name and reputation. The hope that the Conservative government of Prime Minister David Cameron would repeal the outrageous ban vanished during Mr. Obama’s visit.”
Savage voiced concerns this week about the many high-profile men suddenly being tried in the media on questionable sexual misconduct charges. Citing Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anthony Weiner, Savage compared the trend to the Salem Witch Trials and asked listeners to call him with their own tales of false accusations (FREE audio).
With the broadcast of the new HBO movie “Too Big To Fail” about the 2008 financial meltdown, Savage devoted airtime to explaining that “most of it is fiction” and providing listeners with the real facts about the crisis (FREE audio).
After taking Memorial Day off, Hannity returned to discuss “Weinergate,” falling home values and Donald Trump’s on-again, off-again presidential campaign with the mogul himself (FREE audio).
Debating the so-called “Arab Spring” going on in the Middle East, David Horowitz and Michael Ghouse argued about whether or not the current uprisings represented a true “democracy movement” or just the usual Muslim domestic oppression under a different guise.
Mark Levin took last week off after the sudden death of his beloved dog, Pepsi. Having recently lost two other dogs, Levin set up the “Pepsi, Griffen and Sprite Legacy Gift” to help cats and dogs facing euthanasia in overcrowded shelters (FREE audio).
Mark Levin issued a warning to conservative “sages” at Fox News, who he says are unfairly dismissive of Sarah Palin’s chances of winning the White House (FREE audio).
Scholar Victor Davis Hanson joined Laura to talk about President Obama’s reelection strategy. The token “conservative” at the New York Times, David Brooks, also came on to talk about his new column about the attitudes of today’s young people, who seem more narcissistic and entitled as ever.
Later in the week, Rep. Michelle Bachman, R-Minn., criticized Obama for what she called his failure to lead during the economic crisis. She added that she is “very serious” about running for president in 2012 but isn’t ready to make a formal announcement yet (FREE audio).
This week, Beck announced that his partnership with publishers Simon & Schuster will now extend to the creation of a new imprint. Mercury Ink will publish “a broad range of titles” beginning with Beck’s own forthcoming title, “The Original Argument: The Federalists’ Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century,” due out in two weeks.
Beck and his crew cracked themselves up over a new Homeland Security video, which was so bad they thought it was a hoax at first (FREE webcam).
And now, from the left side of the dial …
The bad news is: Ed Schultz will be returning to MSNBC after his five-day unpaid suspension for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut” on the air last week (Schultz later apologized, and Ingraham accepted his apology).
The worse news? The Rev. Al Sharpton will be sitting in for Schultz on his last day off the air. After that, even Schultz’s biggest critics will probably be relieved to see him return to his place behind the desk on Monday.
Is this really the highest caliber of hosts MSNBC and other “progressive” outlets can muster in a nation of 300 million people?