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Savage devoted considerable airtime this week to troubling reports that federal agencies are stocking up on, of all things, hollow-point bullets.
“Why does the Social Security Administration suddenly need 174,000 rounds of .357 hollow-point pistol ammo?” he asked.
“A message on the official blog for the Social Security Inspector General says, ‘Our special agents need to be armed and trained appropriately.’ To do what?” Savage asked. “So that if senior citizens riot when their benefits are cut, they can always gun them down like in South Africa?” (FREE audio)
Savage was also furious with the mainstream media for focusing on the Congressman Todd Akin, R-Mo., abortion “gaffe” instead of reporting on stories that really matter. In fact, Savage pointed out, even when the press does try to investigate serious issues, they can’t even get their facts right.
Case in point: “A list of the wealthiest members of Congress was published today,” Savage told listeners. “If you read about this in the fraudulent periodical The Hill, they say the wealthiest lawmakers are ‘generally Republicans.’”
However, Savage continued, “I did my own analysis, and it turns out that of the top 10, eight of them are Democrats” (FREE audio).
“I don’t want a ‘Joe Biden’ on our side,” Limbaugh said, referring to gaffe-prone politicians.
Limbaugh was reacting to Congressman Todd Akin’s “ridiculous rape comments” – remarks that gave his Democratic opponents plenty of ammunition. Limbaugh argued with Akin’s steadfast supporters, explaining that Republicans need to back candidates who are articulate and electable, not just correct on the issues (FREE audio).
“The Akin thing is unfortunate,” Rush continued, but he added that it could backfire on the Democrats, “who are getting set to implode over this. They’re saying some of the craziest, wackiest things,” and not doing their side any favors, either (FREE audio).
Aaron Klein’s new book made the New York Times Bestseller list this week, coming in at No. 18.
On his own radio show, Klein explored how the Muslim Brotherhood takeover of the Egyptian military will affect the United States and offered up-to-the-minute analysis of the situation in Syria, Iran and Israel. Regular guest Jackie Mason also came on to provide his unique brand of thoughtful comic relief (FREE audio).
Beleaguered GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin came on Sean Hannity’s radio show twice in one week to tamp down the wildfire he’d created thanks to his comments about pregnancy and abortion (FREE audio).
Akin accused Mitt Romney of making “a bigger deal about it than he needed to.” Hannity, however, castigated Akin for not dropping out of the Senate race for the good of the Republican Party (FREE audio).
Levin was furious with Todd Akin’s decision to stay in the Missouri Senate race, calling him selfish for putting his personal ambition above the good of the country. Nevertheless, Levin called on voters to support Akin on Election Day, if only to defeat his Democrat opponent, and keep the Senate in Republican hands (FREE audio).
Ingraham scored a victory this week when NBC White House Correspondent Chuck Todd admitted on her show that “the media does a terrible job covering the economy.”
His explanation? “The media industrial complex is based in New York City, so there are cultural biases built in … but it is less political than people think it is” (FREE audio).
On a similar note, ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper admitted to Ingraham that the media’s coverage of the 2008 election was “unfair to both Hillary Clinton and John McCain.”
Yet another member of the media establishment, former New York Times Magazine editor Ed Klein, told Laura about some of the amazing information contained in his new book about Barack Obama. Klein’s sources say Hillary Clinton was called upon to replace Joe Biden in the vice president spot this year, but she declined – all the better to position herself for her run for president in 2016 (FREE audio).
Broadcasting industry watchdog Brian Maloney calls radio host Bill Press “the most loyal of lefty talkers,” which makes his recent “public criticism of Obama highly unusual.”
This week Press complained bitterly that Obama is “not doing any interviews for the hardworking serious reporters like me that go to the briefings every day. Instead he’s giving interviews to like Entertainment Tonight” (FREE audio).
Press also mocked the president’s supposed “man crush on George Clooney.”
When a die-hard progressive like Bill Press is heard openly complaining about Obama on the air, that could very well spell trouble for the president this November. Indeed, this unprecedented criticism from his own side shows that, as Maloney put it, “we are truly navigating uncharted waters.”