Radio

By Matthew Balan | July 15, 2013 | 5:56 PM EDT

On Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR's Rachel Martin helped Daily Beast editor Reza Aslan promote his new biography of Jesus, who posited that there is a "chasm between the historical Jesus and the Jesus...taught about in church." As proof of this supposed gap, Aslan claimed that "there is actually no statement of messianic identity from Jesus" in the Gospel of Mark.

Aslan has it wrong. Jesus actually affirmed that he was the Christ (the Greek word for Messiah) in Mark 14: 61-62: "Again the high priest asked him...Art thou the Christ the Son of the blessed God? And Jesus said to him: I am. And you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming with the clouds of heaven." Even NPR pointed out Aslan's false statement in a correction on Monday, but Martin, a former religion correspondent for the public radio network, didn't catch his error during the segment.

By Jack Coleman | July 11, 2013 | 6:45 PM EDT

"Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers," Flannery O'Connor once said. "My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher."

Put another way, there's a novel in everyone and most of them should stay there. Much the same can be said for the fantasies of left-wing radio host Mike Malloy, situated as he is on the deranged by choice end of the dial. Malloy, who proved a bit much even for Air America, can't abide what he perceives as hatred from conservatives. His way of fighting back is through hateful speech. Yes, the irony is lost on him. He's become what he claims to loathe. (Audio after the jump)

By Jack Coleman | July 9, 2013 | 7:46 PM EDT

Remember the 1989 movie "Say Anything"? Though the flick had nothing to do with politics, its title succinctly describes how liberals respond when they're on the losing end of an argument.

I heard an example of this yesterday while listening to Ed Schultz's radio show with yet another guest host filling in for Schultz, who appears to have lost his appetite for work since MSNBC transferred "The Ed Show" to its weekend penal colony. (Audio clips after the jump)

By Jeffrey Meyer | July 9, 2013 | 11:52 AM EDT

Government-funded National Public Radio has a vested interest in seeing liberal programs succeed, as their funding could evaporate under a conservative administration. Given NPR’s heavy reliance on federal dollars, it should come as no surprise that they have weighed in on the side of the Obama administration in its decision to lobby sports leagues to promote the controversial health care law.

In a piece on the July 8th All Things Considered, Colorado Public Radio’s Eric Whitney highlighted the lengths the Obama administration is going to “recruit baseball teams and other sports franchises to help” push Americans into signing up for new health insurance exchanges. When it comes to the health exchanges, Whitney lamented that “polls show most Americans don’t understand how they’re supposed to do it” and how recruiting sports teams in the past “worked before.”

By Jack Coleman | July 3, 2013 | 5:20 PM EDT

Nothing that global-warming bedwetter Thom Hartmann would like more than to see energy execs prosecuted in show trials.

In lieu of that, the left-wing radio host will gladly accept public shaming instead for those with the audacity to run such scurrilous enterprises, even if the modern world couldn't function without them. (Audio after the jump)

By Jack Coleman | July 2, 2013 | 1:25 PM EDT

Hearty perennial crank and occasional academic Cornel West continues his scorned lover's feud with the president.

West is one of Obama's most vociferous critics on the left, previously having condemned Obama as a "war criminal," a "Republican in blackface," and unworthy of being sworn into office with Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible. (Audio after the jump)

By Tom Blumer | June 30, 2013 | 11:18 AM EDT

Any doubt that there is a serious problem with leftists imitating the Thought Police in George Orwell's 1984 and scouring the Internet to silence free expression pretty much disappears once you see what they were able to have temporarily removed from the Facebook page of Fox Radio's Todd Starnes. And while it's a relief that the post has been restored, consider how many others without the Fox host's visibility may be having their posts removed with far less recourse.

Full text of the post, which has since been restored, along with the takedown notice Starnes reports he received, follow the jump (HT Fire Andrea Mitchell via I Hate the Media; click to enlarge in a separate tab or window):

By Ken Shepherd | June 27, 2013 | 5:48 PM EDT

National Public Radio enjoys a brand new and quite costly state-of-the-art facility just north of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The new facility "includes a cafe with chefs, a gym with a trainer, a staffed wellness center, plug-ins for electric cars and other perks" and that begs the question, "Does an organization that well-heeled still need taxpayer money?"

That's what Washington, D.C. newsradio station executive Jim Farley asked in a letter to the editor in today's Washington Post. The WTOP vice president of news and programming wrote in to the Post to complain that (emphasis mine):

By Jack Coleman | June 27, 2013 | 9:40 AM EDT

Liberal radio host and MSNBC parolee Ed Schultz -- they let him out only on weekends -- will never face accusations that he's a stickler for accuracy. Schultz counts on those who follow his shows as too dumb or indifferent to care when he gets it wrong, as often the case.

On his radio show Tuesday, for example, Schultz made a deceitful claim that bordered on nonsensical while talking about the so-called Corker-Hoeven amendment to the immigration reform bill in the Senate. (Audio clip after the jump)

By Jack Coleman | June 22, 2013 | 7:40 PM EDT

And let's not forget crude and boorish, Ed Schultz's two other signature traits.

On any given day, it doesn't take long for the left-wing radio host and MSNBC weekend prison guard to turn bellicose and bizarre, as was the case Thursday. (Audio clips after the jump)

By Jack Coleman | June 20, 2013 | 2:35 PM EDT

How many more erstwhile apologists can President Obama lose before he's rendered little more than a figurehead?

Two more just joined the forlorn procession -- left-wing queen bee Arianna Huffington and disgraced former New York governor turned itinerant political commentator Eliot Spitzer. (Audio clips after the jump)

By Jack Coleman | June 18, 2013 | 3:25 PM EDT

As timing would have it, my 12-year-old daughter read Orwell's "Animal Farm" for school just before I encountered an eerily similar human version of one of its characters.

Do you remember Squealer, the propagandist for the pigs who ran the farm after the animals seized control of the property? He was described as "a brilliant talker" who when arguing "had a way of skipping from side to side and whisking his tail which was somehow very persuasive." (Audio after the jump)