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'Atomic bomb of words' rocks conservative talk

Posted By Kathy Shaidle On 07/29/2011 @ 11:08 am In Diversions | Comments Disabled

“An atomic bomb of words rocked the conservative talk radio world on Tuesday evening,” wrote Gina Miller of the Dakota Voice, “when Dr. Michael Savage signed on to his national radio show and declared that the accused mass murderer from last Friday’s horrific shootings and bombing in Oslo, Anders Breivik, is a Christian.”

Miller is a regular listener to Savage’s show. She was troubled by his statements and responded at length to his points.

Indeed, Savage had a great deal to say about Breivik’s alleged Christian faith:

He later posted the gist of his monologue on his website.

Interestingly, when he sat in for Savage on Monday, Jeffrey Kuhner of the Washington Times had criticized those who’d tried to pin the “Christian” label on the shooter.

Rush Limbaugh

Chatting with his call screener Bo Snerdley, Rush Limbaugh continued to stress his ongoing theme: Winners don’t compromise (FREE audio).

The topic was, of course, the never ending debt ceiling debates. Speaker John Boehner called in to explain his strategy, but Rush didn’t sound optimistic when he summed up Boehner’s message:

“Speaker Boehner seemed to be saying that we’re never really gonna be able to cut spending seriously because of all the Baby Boomers retiring,” Limbaugh said. “And we got another congressional commission, ‘blue ribbon’ or whatever you want to call it. We’ve had one of those; it’s called Simpson-Bowles, and everybody’s ignored it, forgotten about it.”

Sean Hannity

Hannity announced that according to new polls, Obama’s Democratic voting base is “crumbling.” He also called the president’s primetime speech to the nation “a disaster” (FREE audio).

The “Grandfather of the Tea Party,” Rick Santelli, came on to bring some sanity to the debt crisis.

“We can address these problems in a real way, and there is time to fix it but quick fixes won’t satisfy anything,” Santelli explained.

Mark Levin

Mark Levin has embraced Facebook as a way to stay connected to listeners for the 21 hours of the day he’s not on the air. He’s written a lot about “stupid editorials” concerning the budget debates, appearing in the Wall Street Journal and even the Weekly Standard.

Levin declared: “There is only one way out of this, for the nation and the GOP, and that is to continue to insist on common sense, rational, principled policies. No more games. No more lies. No more delusion.”

Levin’s firm grasp of history makes his warnings about where America is headed all the more relevant. This week, he looked back on 2010 and what we learned (and didn’t learn) after the GOP regained a majority in the House (FREE audio).

Laura Ingraham

Those contentious debt ceiling talks occupied most of Ingraham’s airtime this week. Governor Haley Barbour called in, to exhort Laura’s tea-party listeners to back Speaker John Boehner’s plan. Boehner joined Ingraham later on to respond to conservative criticism.

In a unique segment, Laura talked to Shawn Vick, the chief executive private plane manufacturing company, to explain how those corporate jets so vilified by Obama can actually contribute to the health of the economy by increasing corporate efficiency.

Then in another change of pace, Ingraham interviewed music industry giant Clive Davis. The head of Sony Music Entertainment talked about the controversial lyrics and foul language that feature so strongly in pop music today (FREE audio).

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck’s ability to create controversy is as strong as ever, judging by the bizarre response when a fan praised Beck’s book on Twitter.

When that fan is football’s Chad Ochocinco, who has millions of followers on the social network, perhaps that isn’t surprising. His followers piled on the insults regarding Ochocinco’s choice of reading material, but the former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver reacted with aplomb, sending a message to Beck on Twitter:
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“Kind sir,” Ochocinco wrote, “I’ve seemed 2 have pissed off a lot of my fans by purchasing your book. Gonna read it while flying n see why their [sic] mad.”

Glenn Beck and his studio crew let John McCain have it after the Arizona Senator blasted the “tea-party Hobbits” who were complaining about the GOP’s debt ceiling proposals. Name calling ensued, and at one point, co-host Stu Burguiere yelled, “You suck!” (FREE audio).

And now, from the left side of the dial …

Thom Hartmann isn’t one of the better known progressive talk radio hosts. Maybe he wants to change that by causing controversy.

There isn’t much more to add to his comparison of Speaker John Boehner to the madman who killed dozens of young people in Norway:

“What caused [Breivik] to go off the deep end?” Hartmann asked, “I would submit to you that there is an absolute correlation between [Breivik's attacks and] what John Boehner did last night on television, which is lie to the American people for political gain and turn the president into an enemy for the purpose of political gain.”

Progressives are known for their unhinged allusions and analogies, but Hartmann seems to be suggesting that the Oslo gunman’s rampage directly inspired Boehner’s televised rebuttal to Obama’s prime time address.

I say “seems” because, after multiple readings, I still don’t understand Hartmann’s point.

The year is only half over, but already Hartmann’s rant is on the list of the craziest progressive tantrums of the year.


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