Radio

By Jack Coleman | January 21, 2014 | 12:13 PM EST

Would any Martin Luther King Day be complete without a liberal radio talker waxing conspiratorial about King's death while not citing a shred of evidence?

What a surprise it wasn't that this was heard yesterday from Mike Malloy, a leftist so beyond the pale he was once fired by the ardent redistributors at now-defunct Air America Radio. (Audio clips after the jump)

By Tom Blumer | January 18, 2014 | 12:10 PM EST

Imagine if Texas Senator Ted Cruz or Lone Star State Governor Rick Perry told a public radio show's host that "people who support abortion, gun control, and same-sex marriage have no place in Texas." There would be breaking news alerts on every cable news station. It would be a press obsession for weeks. More immediately, there would be intense pushback from the show's host.

On the public radio show "Capitol Pressroom" with Susan Arbetter on Friday morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is surely assessing the 2016 presidential landscape, asserted that "extreme conservatives" – that is, people who are pro-life, understand the clear meaning of the Second Amendment, or wish to keep marriage as it has traditionally been defined – "have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are." Arbetter just let Cuomo's remarks slide on by without meaningful follow-up, and arguably appeared to agree with their thrust. Audio and relevant portions of the transcript follow the jump.

By Tom Blumer | December 13, 2013 | 11:57 PM EST

In mid-November, Americans for Tax Reform compiled a list of federal spending on state Obamacare exchanges totaling a breathtaking $4.5 billion.

One number on the list stands out from the rest — and it's not California's, though its $910 million amout is awful, disproportionate, and surely highly wasteful (before considering scalability concerns, the fixed costs of building a web site should be close to the same regardless of a state's population). The big eye-catcher is tiny Vermont's staggering $208 million. The nation's second-least populous state (626,000 as of 2012) has 0.2 percent of the U.S. population, but has received 4.6 percent of grants from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Though the Green Mountain State's enrollment numbers have been among the country's least embarrassing on percentage of the population, its exchange's rollout has in many ways been as bad, if not worse, than HealthCare.gov's, according to a December 10 Vermont Public Radio report which has garnered very little attention (HT Megan McArdle at Bloomberg News; bolds are mine):

By Jack Coleman | November 15, 2013 | 6:50 PM EST

If this is what Howard Dean is saying aloud, imagine how bad it actually is.

A difficult week for President Obama got noticeably worse yesterday when one of his most conspicuous frenemies in the Democratic Party, former Vermont governor and ex-DNC chair Howard Dean, questioned whether Obama can unilaterally delay provisions of the Affordable Care Act. (Audio clips after the jump)

By Jack Coleman | November 14, 2013 | 7:11 PM EST

Libtalker and potential MSNBC pyromaniac Ed Schultz starts every hour of his radio show with the same high-minded slogan -- "From the heart of America, the nation's number one liberal voice, where truth and common sense rule."

Well, depends. Turns out that Schultz is curiously indifferent to the truth -- when disclosing it risks embarrassing Democrats. He also broadcasts the show more often than not from MSNBC studios in New York City, which no one aside from New Yorker magazine illustrators considers "the heart of America." (Audio after the jump)

By Jack Coleman | November 13, 2013 | 7:03 PM EST

This from a man whose favorite pastime is to rail against the stupidity of others. His second favorite pastime is projection.

Hardly a waking hour has passed for Ed Schultz in the last six weeks that he has not ranted about conservatives for pointing out a train wreck when they see one, most recently in the form of Obamacare, the so-called Affordable Care Act which is more costly than advertised and an obstacle course when it comes to care. (Audio after the jump)

By Jack Coleman | November 12, 2013 | 11:10 AM EST

Could it be, just maybe, that there's hope for Randi Rhodes yet?

Rhodes finds herself high on the list of prominent left-wing radio hosts (mainly because it's a very short list), but her rants as often documented here make it difficult to take her seriously. (Audio after the jump)

By Jack Coleman | November 7, 2013 | 5:35 PM EST

Looks like Ed Schultz won't be a guest speaker at any upcoming gatherings of the National Organization for Women. He remains quite willing, however, to let its members clean up after him.

The blustery radio host and self-appointed MSNBC football coach revealed something about himself on his radio show yesterday that surely didn't go over well with roughly half his listeners. (Audio after the jump)

By Paul Bremmer | November 6, 2013 | 4:42 PM EST

MSNBC analyst Joy Reid is one of those liberal media figures who still refuses to say that President Obama lied about Americans’ ability to keep their insurance plans under ObamaCare. On Tuesday night, Reid made a guest appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show to discuss the health care law. Hewitt confronted Reid with a clip of Obama’s recent whitewashing: “If you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, and you really like that plan, what we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed.”

Rather than confess that Obama lied, Reid undertook a defense of the president using as an analogy DDT, a popular pesticide that was banned in 1972. She explained, “Now had the government in 1972 said, ‘Listen, if you love your pesticide, you can keep it,’ it would have been wrong because the truth is if your pesticide contained DDT, it was now illegal. But you’d have to buy a totally different pesticide and use that on your garden.”

By Jack Coleman | November 5, 2013 | 6:50 PM EST

Liberals are so often a bundle of puzzling contradictions, aren't they? On any given day, they'll inveigh fervently against the horrors of violence, misogyny, drug addiction. All of minutes later, they'll gush their ardor for a reputed form of music that glorifies the pathologies they claim to hate. Go figure.

An example of this could be heard on Stephanie Miller's radio show today when she pined for the days that we'll see future American leaders "blacker" than President Obama and -- better yet -- they'll be gangsta rappers. Hey, we can only hope. Couldn't be any worse than the homies in charge now, right? (Audio after the jump)

By Jack Coleman | November 5, 2013 | 3:31 PM EST

"The Odd Couple" sitcom, which featured slob sportswriter Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman) sharing a New York City apartment with overbearing neatnik Felix Ungar (Tony Randall), rarely fell short in delivering funny lines, but one in particular has stayed with me in the decades since the show aired.

Felix was lecturing Oscar, as he so often did, that what he was doing -- smoking cigars, eating junk food, playing late-night poker with his buddies, whatever -- was unhealthy. "Oscar, you know that's not good for you." Oscar's response?  "When I look back on the best times in my life, none of them were good for me." (Audio after the jump)

By Jack Coleman | November 4, 2013 | 5:20 PM EST

If there was anything resembling a sense of propriety in left-wing media, Ed Schultz's radio and MSNBC commentary would be accompanied by a laugh track.

Correction -- it is accompanied by individual laugh tracks in homes, offices and barrooms across the land, as that fraction of his listeners on the rational end of the spectrum howl in response to his inanities. (Audio clips after the jump)