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'How do you deal with being called Darth Vader?'
Posted By Kathy Shaidle On 09/03/2011 @ 1:00 am In Diversions | Comments Disabled
Rush Limbaugh rarely welcomes guests on the show, but made an exception this week to interview former Vice President Dick Cheney about his new memoirs.
Rush asked Cheney the one question his listeners most wanted to hear answered: “How did you deal the last eight years of your service being called a demon, a devil, Darth Vader?” (FREE audio)
The former Vice President had a surprising reply: “Part of it, frankly – some of the comedians at night – was pretty good. Pretty funny, that is. I got as big a laugh about it as anybody. I remember Darrell Hammond on Saturday Night Live portraying me as a one-man Afghani wrecking crew living in a cave outside Kandahar, Afghanistan. I had on my chest a built-in machine that made me invisible to radar and brewed coffee.”
Michael Savage’s new weekly email newsletter is a big hit, racking up tens of thousands of eager subscribers in the first week (sign up at his newly-redesigned homepage).
On the air, Savage slammed the Obama administration for their latest desecration of the language: They’ve started referring to the government at the “federal family.”
In a change of pace, Savage defended Jerry Lewis, who won’t be hosting the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon for the first time this year. He asked listeners which comedians today they felt were truly talented pioneers like Lewis, as opposed to merely foul-mouthed, unfunny creeps.
“What the hell is an ‘earth advocate’?”
Actress Daryl Hannah joined Sean Hannity to explain why she was arrested outside the White House, during a protest against the Keystone Pipeline. Hannity said he was impressed with Hannah, who (even though she is “a little bit of a nut”) seemed more sincere to him than other celebrity “environmental activists” (FREE audio).
An actor of a much higher caliber – Robert Duvall – was Hannity’s special guest this week to talk about his new movie “Seven Days in Utopia.” The veteran performer says he’s still getting great offers and will continue to act “as long as I can find a spark” (FREE audio).
The Congressional Black Congress is spewing violent, racist hate speech, according to Mark Levin. He was reacting to insane rants by two CBC members, accusing the tea party of wanting to lynch African-Americans. Levin told listeners he barely knows how to respond to such absurdities – but he tried his best (FREE audio).
It was one of the most outrageous stories of the week: The Feds raided the world famous Gibson Guitar Company for using “illegal” wood – that, it turns out, isn’t really illegal. Levin interviewed Henry Juszkiewicz, the CEO of the venerable American company, who says the raid cost Gibson almost $3 million (FREE audio).
Brian Greene, the principle of the Prairie Crossing Charter School, joined Laura to talk about the latest back-to-school tips about “going green.” Are bans on brown paper lunch bags really going to save the planet?
David Limbaugh talked to Laura about the race to beat Obama in 2012 and which GOP candidates stand a chance of making it to the White House.
The highlight of the week was Ingraham’s no-holds-barred talk with Pat Buchanan about the sudden re-emergence of Obama’s “long lost” uncle – who happens to be an illegal alien (FREE audio).
Beck says the Huffington Post is lying about what he said on the air about the term “African-American.” Beck admits he is not a fan of the expression, but contrary to what was widely reported, the radio host “does not believe ‘colored’ was a better term.”
On the air, Beck insisted: “The Huffington Post yesterday or printed today something that is the biggest lie, fabrication, out of context evil I think I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot. … Now, if you listened to the program yesterday, you know that is not what I said. That is so far from taking something out of context. That is a total and complete smear on my reputation.” (FREE webcam)
Beck won’t be broadcasting out of New York City for much longer. He just purchased a ranch in Texas, “which he’ll call home while hosting his online channel, GBTV, from Dallas. Beck also plans to open radio and TV stations in the Lone Star State via his Mercury Radio Arts,” according to the New York Post.
And now, from the left side of the dial …
Stephen King may be one of the bestselling authors of all time, but for whatever reasons, film adaptations of his horror novels rarely succeed. Maybe he’ll have more luck in the medium of radio.
This week he announced that he is “launching a liberal radio talk show to counter what he believes is a market over-saturated with right-wing, conservative voices in his home state of Maine.”
The “Pulse Morning Show” will launch on Sept. 12 and be co-hosted by Pat LaMarche, who ran for vice president on the Green Party ticket in 2004.
Perhaps this foray into a field other than writing will be successful for King this time, if only because, conveniently, he owns the two radio stations that will broadcast the program.
That’s one way to get around the inconvenient truth that “progressive” talk radio fails whenever it is tried!
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