Last week, WND was one of the only outlets to report on Congressman Anthony Weiner’s bizarre attempt to institute a kind of “Fairness Doctrine” in disguise, by holding hearings to investigate Goldline, an investment firm that just happens to sponsor a number of conservative talk-radio programs.

I spoke to Goldline Vice President Scott Carter earlier this week, as he prepared to testify in D.C. He pointed out the troubling fact that, even though this congressional inquiry is supposed to be about “the regulation of the gold industry,” Goldline was the only precious-metals company in America – out of thousands – being summoned to Washington.

It seemed clear to me and to Carter that Weiner’s proposed “strawman legislation” was really an attempt to shut down a source of considerable ad revenue for conservative talk radio.

So how will Weiner react when he finds out that, just this week, Goldline signed a deal to sponsor the radio show hosted by … liberal talker Alan Colmes?

Rush Limbaugh

So GOP “tea-party” candidate Christine O’Donnell allegedly “dabbled in witchcraft” in high school, mused Limbaugh on Monday.

“What have the Democrats dabbled in?” Limbaugh asked. “How about dabbling in Marxism, her opponent in Delaware; how about dabbling in economic destruction, Barack Obama, if you’re worried about witchcraft.”

Addressing attacks on O’Donnell from the right, Rush wondered why so many conservative pundits’ talking points sound alike lately (FREE audio).

When a woman confronted President Obama with her disappointment at his performance so far, Rush Limbaugh commented, “If that woman had been white, and if that woman were not working for AMVETS – something related to the government – she’d have gotten the Joe the Plumber treatment yesterday afternoon, last night and today.”

Rush cut his show short on Wednesday night to fly out to deliver a speech in Philadelphia. Sponsored by Limbaugh’s affiliate Big Talker 1210, his address revealed Limbaugh’s profound concern with the direction Obama is taking the country and that “a whole bunch of people [who] were on our team really aren’t” (Audio is members only).

Sean Hannity

Like Limbaugh, Sean Hannity is angered by many establishment “RINO” Republicans:

“This is happening all over the place,” Hannity said. “You see Charlie Crist – a big crybaby – says he’s leaving the party because he couldn’t beat Marco Rubio on substance. Same thing with Joe Miller. Miller won a free and fair election. Lisa Murkowski is now mounting a write-in campaign in the wake of her defeat to Joe Miller! Mike Castle still has not endorsed Christine O’Donnell. This is what liberals do – having contempt for ‘We The People’ – not conservatives.”

Hannity’s guests this week included Pat Buchanan,’s Erick Erickson and GOP Chairman Michael Steele. On Tuesday, the radio show’s surprise “Caller of the Day” was Velma Hart, the woman who confronted Obama at that town hall.

“Your staff tracked me down,” Hart said with some surprise, to which Hannity replied, “They’re the best” (FREE audio).

Mark Levin

Mark Levin has embraced Facebook as a way to communicate with listeners off the air. This week, he posted a thoughtful response to Richard Baehr at the American Thinker, who called Levin (of all things) a “Stalinist.”

Wrote Levin: “This is what happens when someone, like Baehr, becomes a mouthpiece for a party or the establishment. It is they who tolerate no dissent. … Baehr writes as if it’s the 1950s, as if we don’t have decades of experience of big-government liberalism. He does not comprehend the seriousness of the times or the mood of the citizenry.”

Levin has been a supporter of beleaguered candidate Christine O’Donnell from the start. In response to Karl Rove’s over-the-top reaction to O’Donnell’s primary win, Levin jokingly advised O’Donnell to run against Rove next time (FREE audio).

On a more serious note, Mark Levin responded to revelations in Bob Woodward’s new book about the Obama White House and, in particular, to the president’s mishandling of the war in Afghanistan (FREE audio).

Laura Ingraham

CNBC’s Rick Santelli (whose on-air rant arguably launched the tea-party movement) joined Laura Ingraham to talk about Obama’s ineffectual town-hall meeting.

To discuss “Obama’s war on America’s wealth creators,” Ingraham spoke to businessman and GOP Senate candidate from West Virginia John Raese (who is hoping to win late Senator Robert Byrd’s Senate seat) as well as Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus (FREE audio).

One highlight this week was Laura’s long chat with author Michelle Malkin. The two female firebrands shared their frustration at GOP insiders like Colin Powell and Karl Rove (FREE audio).

Glenn Beck

WND founder and editor Joseph Farah expressed what many Americans think about Glenn Beck this week, calling the TV and radio phenomenon “enigmatic.”

Farah notes that there are “two Glenn Becks,” one who “is doing more to educate the American public about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the nation’s founding principles than anyone else in media today,” and another whose “political advice is moving strongly in a libertarian and materialistic direction and away from the eternal principles and precepts of a more traditional conservatism.”

Farah, who has been a leader in the conservative movement long before Beck emerged on the scene, cautions “good Americans about behaving like lemmings playing ‘follow the leader.'”

Beck certainly has the ability to draw a crowd. More than 5,000 people flocked to a rally in Illinois last Saturday night to hear Glenn Beck speak on behalf of the Illinois Republican Party and the Midwest Tea Party Coalition (FREE video).

Back on the airwaves, Beck had fun with the “witchcraft” smears directed at Christine O’Donnell and expressed disgust at Obama’s embittered and ungrateful Aunt Zeituni, an illegal immigrant who has lived on the taxpayers’ dime for years (FREE webcam).

And now, from the left side of the dial

Randi Rhodes is no stranger to controversy. She was fired by Air America for calling Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton “whores,” then left another network under murky circumstances.

This week she went on a bizarre rant about “the rich,” displaying a warped view of capitalism and economics (FREE audio).

“Ay, ay, ay, the whining rich, they’re getting on my nerves, these piñata people!” Rhodes said. “You are a piñata, you freak. You’re full of candy, and the rest of us are starving down here!”

Radio Equalizer Brian Maloney captured the sound bite for posterity, and commented, “This kind of sentiment would seem to fit perfectly with Randi’s own personal history, especially her attempts to suck Air America Radio dry with huge salary demands. Despite her lack of ratings and revenue success, Rhodes has managed to pull in significant sums over the years, placing her firmly in the ‘rich’ category.”

For people forever railing against “hypocrisy,” progressives are strangely unable to detect it in themselves.

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