Rush Limbaugh

It was chock full of lies. It was a fantasyland. It was boring.”

That was Rush Limbaugh’s verdict on Obama’s State of the Union address this week. Limbaugh also called the president’s rosy financial figures pertaining to General Motors “an absolute crock.”

Limbaugh and his in-house satirist, Paul Shanklin, then unveiled their own “honest, unabridged version” of Obama’s speech, if the president had actually chosen to be honest with the American people (free audio).

Michael Savage: Savage stepped away from the microphone and took his message to the readers of USA Today, in a opinion piece defending the Marines who urinated on the bodies of dead Taliban terrorists.

He wrote:

“Most of the ‘men’ in the news media – the same journalists orchestrating the attack on Marines who allegedly urinated on Taliban terrorists they killed in battle – have never even been in a fistfight, let alone a firefight. And yet here they are, piling on the real men who have the guts to go into combat against 15th century radical Islamist throwbacks.”

Savage’s observation that “liberalism is a mental disorder” is even more popular today than when he coined the phrase in 2005. Case in point: The media watchers at cited Savage in an article about Dr. Lyle Rossiter, “a board-certified clinical psychologist, wrote a book in which he diagnosed the ideology of the left as a tangible mental illness.”

Sean Hannity

As a radio host, Sean Hannity is usually the one asking the questions, but this week he was featured in the latest issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine, talking about his passion for cigars.

He also talked about the work ethic that was instilled in him while he was growing up, and how he approaches each new program after so many years in broadcasting.

Mark Levin

The great Texas broadcaster Michael Berry welcomed guest Mark Levin, who took a break from his own show to talk about his new No. 1 Amazon best-seller Ameritopia,” along with his other books (free audio).

Levin called out Chris Christie and Mitt Romney for what he called their unfair, inaccurate attacks on Newt Gingrich’s past, particularly the ethics complaint filed against him in the 1990s (free audio).

Laura Ingraham

The day after Obama’s State of the Union address, speaker John Boehner joined Laura Ingraham to hash out the president’s talking points.

Newt Gingrich was the topic of much discussion on Ingraham’s show this week. Gov. Haley Barbour and former candidate Herman Cain both talked about Newt’s chances of winning, with Cain defending Gingrich as an embodiment of Reagan values.

Gingrich himself talked to Ingraham and her listeners, arguing that Mitt Romney was a poor standard bearer of conservative values (free audio).

Glenn Beck

Many people fear the Internet hacker group “Anonymous,” but Glenn Beck doesn’t seem to be one of them. He posted a video mocking the destructive, malicious group on his website this week, as if challenging the hackers to go after him and his organization (free video).

Calling her “the best guest we have ever had,” Glenn welcomed Ann Coulter to the radio show to talk about Newt Gingrich. They both agreed that “Newt is pompous and boring,” with Coulter remembering working in Washington, D.C., during the “Gingrich era,” which she characterized as scandal ridden and larded with “bizarre” policy ideas (free video).

And now, from the left side of the dial …

It’s true: Veteran reporter Geraldo Rivera is now a radio talk-show host. Expect plenty of predictable nonsense as Rivera floods airwaves with his own brand of received liberal wisdom and what one industry watcher calls “divisive rhetoric.”

Brian Maloney of the Radio Equalizer blog notes that Geraldo has already declared Jimmy Carter to be “one of the most underrated presidents” in history.

Crazier still, Geraldo called Newt Gingrich a “racist” because the candidate supposedly mispronounced Juan William’s given name during the South Carolina debate, turning it into a “racial epithet.”

“What does he mean?” asks Maloney. A good question.

“Why does Geraldo Rivera have his own radio show?” is a better one.

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