The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

16 February 2006

MSNBC's Partisan Anti-Cheney Crusade

FRANKEN TRULY UNHINGED

MSNBC Pushes Drunken Cheney Conspiracy Theory







While MSNBC has
long been an outlet for liberal cable talk, when did it become a haven for fringe partisan conspiracy theories? On the perpetually low-rated NBC-owned news channel, three segments have now aired accusing Cheney of hunting while drunk.

Topping them all, Wednesday evening's unhinged Al Franken meltdown (video at Expose The Left) was proudly presented by the increasingly liberal Scarborough Country, where host Joe Scarborough appears imminently poised to join the likes of Arianna Huffington and David Brock on the dark side.

With partners-in-crime Keith Olbermann and Lawrence O'Donnell on previous MSNBC shows, Scarborough allowed Franken to push this kooky theory:

AL FRANKEN: It’s inconceivable that you don’t go to the hospital unless there’s a reason you don’t go to the hospital. If you had been drinking you wouldn’t go to the hospital. Or, you’re an amazing jerk, that’s the other, or both.



Beyond his increasingly
obvious leftist loyalties, why is Scarborough so consistently accommodating to Franken's needs? As we reported in December:

...until 2003 Scarborough was part of Mike Papantonio's Florida law firm. The two continue to seem close, with the latter still appearing on "Scarborough Country" from time to time.

Known by his knickname "Pap", trial lawyer Papantonio is not only one of Air America's weekend hosts, but plays key roles in parent company Piquant LLC's business affairs and internal legal issues. He's a boardmember and major investor, holding several million units and warrants.

Scarborough's ties to "Pap", a notorious Florida-based trial lawyer, even caused a mini-scandal at MSNBC:

When Scarborough left Congress in 2001, he joined the firm, only to leave in 2003 after an on-air incident, exposed by the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz, left him red-faced:


Two weeks ago, MSNBC talk show host Joe Scarborough introduced a guest, attorney Mike Papantonio, to point a finger at the "Rat of the Week."

Papantonio slammed a wood-preserving company called Osmose, saying it makes a dangerous product used in playground equipment and has "figured out how to poison our children and make a profit in the meantime."

What Scarborough didn't say is that Papantonio is his law partner, and that their firm has filed a lawsuit against Osmose. Instead, he urged viewers to demand that the government recall the company's product.


Earlier Wednesday, it was fellow MSNBC host Keith Olbermann who aggressively pushed the loaded Cheney theory, steering an interview with Texas Monthly's Paul Burka almost entirely in that direction. Expose The Left also has the video here.

Combined with Lawrence O'Donnell's fact-free assertions of the same nature, we now have an obvious trend: MSNBC is not willing to treat Cheney honestly or fairly.

And liberals are surprised the Veep picked FOX News for his interview?


Think Franken stopped there? Guess again. Appearing for a live chat on behalf of the Olympian newspaper in Washington state, Franken had some additional Cheney "jokes". Is this funny?

Dan, Sioux Falls: What do you think of Cheney choosing Fox for his first interview since the hunting accident?

Franken: I found it puzzling.

Sam, St. Paul: Why do you think the media has been so focused on the Cheney incident when the Libby story is so much more important?

Franken: I think that's a great point, why do you think Cheney shot the guy? I don't think Scooter Libby necessarily said that he was instructed to out Plame, I think he said he was instructed to leak classified information, that may be it, but I don't think he was necessarily told to out Plame.


Again, because the Radio Equalizer has a hard time "getting" Franken's alleged "jokes", perhaps one of our lefty friends can enlighten us as to why it's funny to accuse Cheney of intentionally shooting someone in order to sidestep an already-fading political controversy.

ALSO: In the Washington Post today, Howard Kurtz explores Cheney's decision to be interviewed by Brit Hume. There's plenty of whining by sour-grapes media insiders and partisan operatives about why Cheney picked FOX News over their sorry networks.

UPDATE: more CNN sour grapes, Drudge lead.

UPDATE: Howard Kurtz has media and blogospheric roundup here.

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36 Comments:

  • The Magic BB Theory


    Sen. Arlen Specter
    United States Senate

    Dear Sen. Specter,

    Deputy Leader Cheney is in trouble for shooting an old man with a shotgun. Questions are being raised because his excuses don't fit the facts of the case. As the inventor of the Warren Commission's Magic Bullet Theory, you're the only person who can help him build a scenario where his excuses make sense.

    The police report says that Whittington was 30 yards away when Dick shot him. It also notes that the elderly gentleman was hit in the face, chest and neck. Agents of the Ministry of Truth characterize the shooting as a "peppering." Taken all together, these things would suggest that the shot was fairly well dispersed.

    Unfortunately, a more detailed look at the facts reveals something else. Our Deputy Leader was using 28 gauge shotgun shells loaded with 3/4 oz of #7-1/2 shot. That particular load carries approximately 262 BBs. The doctor caring for the wounded man said that he removed about 200 BBs. That means about 4/5ths of the shot in the load struck the man in an area no larger than about 18 inches in diameter.

    That seems like an awfully tight pattern at 30 yards. It can only be explained by the existence of a magic BB that would ride herd on the other BBs, keeping them as bunched up as possible.



    Yesterday, we learned that one of the BBs penetrated the elderly gentleman's hunting vest, shirt, skin, muscle, rib cartilage, and possibly bone, coming to rest in his heart. I'm no physicist, but that seems like a lot of energy to expend for a .095" BB weighing 1/345th of an ounce. I suggest that a better explanation would be that once the bb hit the skin, it began burrowing into the elderly gentleman's body. Since regular shot doesn't have claws for burrowing, a magic BB is the only possible explanation.



    Well, that's all I have right now, but it's a start. You're the expert when it comes to mystical projectiles, so I'll let you take it from here.

    Heterosexually yours,

    Gen. JC Christian patriot

    PS. Thanks for giving me the deed to Sen. Cantwell's uterus. I've waited a long time for it.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 16 February, 2006 03:54  

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    By Blogger Justin, at 16 February, 2006 06:44  

  • I watched the Franken segment last night, and in no way was he "unhinged." You might have thought he wasn't funny, but "unhinged?" Not last night.
    He instead repeated a fairly basic question: If Dick Cheney felt so badly, why didn't he go to the hospital (instead, he ate dinner at the ranch and went to bed)? After all, would any of us not gone to the hospital if we seriously injured a friend (even though the ambulance was full, there are always cars).
    And even if you feel this point is trivial, Brian's depiction of the Franken segment is simply innacurate. If you disagree Brian, have the guts to post the segment like you do others.
    As for Cheney picking Hume: Hume is an admitted GOP partisan. If he wants to go with Fox, at least like Shephard Smith or Chris Wallace.

    By Blogger Justin, at 16 February, 2006 06:46  

  • Hey, you liberal slapnuts--CHEW ON THIS!

    http://newsbusters.org/node/4056#comment

    "As for Cheney picking Hume: Hume is an admitted GOP partisan."

    Got any proof??

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 16 February, 2006 06:58  

  • Pathetic Wuss asked: Got any proof??

    In March 2003, Brit Hume - alongside Tom Delay, Rick Santorum, and other GOP crooks - helped to raise money for one of Jack Abramoff's phoney charities - the Capital Athletic Foundation. This charity spent 1% of the funds it raised on charitable causes. However, it did spend $120K on a golf trip to St Andrews, Scotland for Abramoff, Robert Ney, Ralph Reed, Tom Delay, Grover Norquist, and David Safavian - all GOP cronies. Safavian is currently under indictment for making false statements and obstruction of justice during an investigation into his dealings with Abramoff while Safavian was Chief of Staff of the General Administration Office (GAO).

    But hell... just ask Hume. He'll probably just tell ya he's a GOP shill.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 16 February, 2006 07:56  

  • Patriot World,

    Yes I do. He sheds his anchor role every Sunday morning for a conservative punditry role on the Sunday morning show hosted by Chris Wallace. He even sits in the far-left (from the viewer's POV) chair that is otherwise occupied by Fred Barnes when Hume is absent. He often even outflanks Bill Kristol on the pro-Bush/Cheney ship. No one watching that show -- conservative or liberal -- could miss Hume's political leanings.

    By Blogger Justin, at 16 February, 2006 07:58  

  • Brian is a member in good standing in the Bush Apologist circle jerk club where if you aren't a complete Bush/Cheney boot licker you are a "Liberal".

    By Blogger Robert, at 16 February, 2006 12:02  

  • OK crazy Leftists, particulary Dick. If Cheney wanted to kill Whittington (which is what you're insinuating) some questions have to be answered.

    1. Why would he want him dead? There's no answer because there's no reason he would.

    2. Why would he use what's essentially a BB gun? I don't see too many hitmen running around with Daisy rifles.

    3. Why the hell would he do it himself, on the guy's property when who knows how many hundreds of people were well aware of where he was and that he was planning on going hunting with his long time friend? This part of the puzzle goes against the liberal characature of Cheney as an evil, manipulative and omnipotent emperor. Now, according to the wacky liberals, he has to resort to doing his dirty work himself? That's not how the media's version of Darth Cheney would go about business.

    So many conspiracy theories, so little time I suppose.

    By Blogger Dr. T, at 16 February, 2006 12:12  

  • PS. Thanks for giving me the deed to Sen. Cantwell's uterus. I've waited a long time for it
    By Dick Tuck



    WTF????????

    By Blogger Lokki, at 16 February, 2006 12:13  

  • MSNBC? Liberal Talk? You mean the network that employs Tucker Carlson, Republican, Joe Scarborough, Republian, Rita Cosby, from FOX, Chris Matthews, the obsessed Clinton-hater who thinks every Democrat is a loony and every Republican (especially John McCain) is brilliant, and which uses Tony Blankley, the entire staff of the Weekly Standard and the NY Daily News as commentators, not to mention all the neocon retired military/cia types like Woolsey and Ken Allard?

    Huh???

    Except for Keith Olbermann and Ron Reagan Jr., where is this "liberal talk" you speak of?

    MSNBC is just Fox News in training. What's on your cable tV??? Oh,that's right, if they're not literally reading from Karl Rove's notebook like Fox does, they're "liberally biased..."

    By Blogger JReid, at 16 February, 2006 12:25  

  • "OK crazy Leftists, particulary Dick. If Cheney wanted to kill Whittington (which is what you're insinuating) some questions have to be answered"

    Answer 1, he was in a drunken rage.

    Answer 2, when did Cheney ever shoot straight?

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 16 February, 2006 12:33  

  • "WTF????????"

    Go to the link provided. The General will show you the rationale.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 16 February, 2006 12:35  

  • Okay, I had to be fair to Brian - even though he repeatedly shows (and has again) that he simply doens't deserve it...

    I followed the link for the video you described as "unhinged Al Franken meltdown".

    It, obviously to any reasoned person watching it (and, yes, the "reasoned" does automatically exclude the partisans), that Franken was neither unhinged, nor melting down.

    Brian, I know you don't care about the truth - you've roundly proven that. I also know you don't care about misleading your fans, as they've already proven they're ready to tow the line for you, even if you've slathered it in shit...

    But, for those of us who go that teensy extra mile and catch you in a direct lie - could you just please, please not stop the lying. It's so, so pathetic as to be funny.

    Oh, and that line "three segments have now aired accusing Cheney of hunting while drunk." - then saying the first franken link is "topping them all", you deliberately mislead the reader into believing that Franken and/or Scarborough accused Cheney of being drunk - which they did not, which is again obvious to anyone watching the video...

    Brian, Brian, Brian - how fun it is to watch you be so pathetic.

    By Blogger TJ, at 16 February, 2006 17:52  

  • "accusing Cheney of being drunk"

    lessee - followed Brian's link to the Franken video.

    Franken "unhinged"? Nope - that was a lie.

    Franken melted-down? Nope - that was a lie.

    Franken/Scarborough (sp?) accused Cheney of "hunting while drunk"? - Oh, that was a big, big lie.


    Video Two - Nope - no one accused Cheney of "hunting while drunk" in that one - another big, big lie from Brian.

    Brian's quote - "Combined with Lawrence O'Donnell's fact-free assertions of the same nature, we now have an obvious trend: MSNBC is not willing to treat Cheney honestly or fairly."

    --- wow, on this one, Brian is lying simply exceptionally. The link he provides is back to his OWN POST, in which O'donnell supposedly "Proving nothing is off the table, Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC and McLaughlin Group fame wants the public to believe Cheney had been drinking! "

    Um - serious, serious note to Brian - Cheney HAD been drinking, which he himself admitted.

    Pointing to your own incorrect statement to support your argument??? Bad, bad form.

    Video three? Wow - no video three. Butbutbut, you mentioned THREE SEGMENTS having been aired accusing Cheney of hunting while drunk. And the first two you provided - nobody said "Cheney was drunk" or "Cheney may have been drunk" or "was he drunk?"

    They only asked about his having had alcohol to drink - WHICH HE HAD.

    Meanwhile, the O'Donnell column you link to does raise the question "Was Cheney Drunk?" - but it doesn't accuse. Nor does it assert.

    And, considering all of the circumstances, it is obviously not an unreasonable question to raise.

    Brian, you sad, pathetic liar. You lie, and lie, and lie, and your fan-fellow partisans will line up like braying mules to again attempt to drown-out reality in favor of party.

    Idiots.

    By Blogger TJ, at 16 February, 2006 18:08  

  • Let's play a game. It's called how many days of the week can Malonley obsess about Al Franken and how quickly will his site hits drop cause he writes the same useless drivel every day.

    Seriously though, let's take guesses as to how many people come hear to actually get info and how many come hear just because it is a fun break from all the seriousness to mock this loser Malonely

    By Blogger Truthteller 1, at 16 February, 2006 19:25  

  • I've got a better game. It's called, "Let's see how many politically frustrated libs flock to this site and react like Pavlov's salivating dogs every time Maloney makes a comment about Al Franken."

    Five bonus points each time the word "lie" or "liar" is used in ad hominem attacks on Maloney. Three bonus points for each instance of "pathetic" or "loser."

    So what's the deal, anyway? Does Franken pay you guys to find conservative Web sites and troll them?

    If that's the case, Franken should demand his money back. Ever notice how nothing you post here ever makes the slightest bit of difference?

    Maloney's site is still very much in business, and he's still getting national gigs on shows like The O'Reilly Factor. Wow -- what a devastating effect you're having on his career.

    P.S. If you really want to see something revealing about your idol, get a tape of the 1978 Saturday Night Live show in which Franken and Davis crack jokes about being gay.

    http://snltranscripts.jt.org/77/77t.phtml

    Not exactly enlightened humor for a card-carrying liberal. Bet he's as ashamed of that as Ted Kennedy is of his driving record. (Not to mention his swimming record.)

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 16 February, 2006 20:23  

  • Is Al Franken really that stupid? I can't help but read the comments of these far left wing radical kooks and just laugh. If Cheney went to the hospital the emergency room and likely more than just that would have been shut down because of the vice presidents detail and security. This is just common sense that any clear thinking grade schooler would know.

    I do have to admit it is fun to watch the party of treason implode though.

    By Blogger RUMPLEMINTZ, at 17 February, 2006 01:27  

  • The next time you shoot a hunting companion in the face, neck, and chest, try to tell the cops to come back tomorrow to interview you.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 17 February, 2006 01:35  

  • Yeah right, Dick -- it's one vast right-wing conspiracy, complete with black helicopters and a grassy knoll, ain't it?

    Sheesh ... this is the overblown news story of the year, and the average American couldn't care less. Its 15 minutes are just about up, and it's going to fade away like the big, bad National Guard scandal ... the Downing Street Memo ... Kerry's whoop-de-doo about supposedly missing munitions in Iraq ... blah blah yawn zzzzzz ...

    Do you seriously think it isn't obvious that you guys on the Left would have gone bonkers even if Cheney had just stepped in a pile of quail crap? We'd be getting all sorts of updated reports on CNN about how much the vice president's shoes cost, hour-long discussions on Chris Matthews, etc., etc.

    Come on, give it up already. We all know that what it's really about is your seething frustration about your own political impotence, which is now beginning to extend to the Supreme Court. So, regardless of the issue, anytime you think you can take a swing at the Bush Administration, you go off like a dumped redneck on the Jerry Springer Show (the TV program, that is -- not the one on Air America).

    Look, if you really want to regain your long-lost political power, start offering some creative solutions instead of bashing the party in power. Otherwise, you're going to continue to make about as much impact on national politics as you're having on this blog.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 17 February, 2006 06:13  

  • If Dick Cheney felt so badly, why didn't he go to the hospital (instead, he ate dinner at the ranch and went to bed)? After all, would any of us not gone to the hospital if we seriously injured a friend (even though the ambulance was full, there are always cars).

    --

    Because he is a sitting VP with a very large Secret Service detail which would have to shutdown parts of the hospital in order for him to be there. It would have been a huge inconvenience for ordinary citizens who were there for medical care plus a huge distraction from actually getting care for Whittington. Cheney went to visit him the next day after he was settled and plans could be made to bring him in without as much disruption.

    By Blogger BCB, at 17 February, 2006 11:22  

  • Dear Brian;

    I want to Thank you for you daily (sort of) 'blog which I'm finding consistently entertaining and a must-read every day.

    I haven't read the comments section much before, but it sure is a noticeable difference when you post Franken Stuff. Other times the comments seem positively . . . rational and reasoned, actually, as opposed to this flibbertygibbet bandersnatch oral diarrhea currently being left by the posters. (I've really got to find out what flavor that Kool-Aid is that the Franken Family's been serving at the picninc!)

    Anyway, back to my original reason for posting:

    Just who DOES Al Franken Know? (Or, as we used to say in the Army; Who is he Blowing?

    Al Franken was not funny when he was a writer on the original incarnation of Saturday Night Live. He was not funny when he was added in subsequent seasons as part of the wretchedly un-funny "Comedy Team" of Franken & Davis (which is funny in and of itself; I think "Comedy Teams" went out with Martin & Lewis, didn't they? Even Teller's smart enough to know this -- which is why he lets Penn do all the talking.)

    Franken (along with his erstwhile sidekick Davis) was spectacularly un-funny in Eddie Murphy & Dan Ackroy's Trading Places as the dopehead baggage handlers that put the Private Detective in the gorilla suit in a cage with a real gorilla to be raped for their own amusement.

    Yet even after this highly questionable record of being entirely hunorless, Franken still managed to get another position as a regular on SNL; a place far greater comedians would ritually murder their entire families for. Then he somehow manages to get a daytime gig as host on the flagship show on Air America.

    And the guy is just no funny. He's not funny; he's not good enough; he's not smart enough; and Dammit, NOBODY likes him!

    And I mean that most sincerely.

    And so, the question remains.

    Whom is Mister Franken blowing?

    or, more succintly, in the words of my esteemed Drill Sergeant; W-T-F???

    ~~JD~~

    By Blogger John D. Long, at 17 February, 2006 11:39  

  • Thank you, 4th, for directly proving my point.

    I now officially love you.

    You chuckle to yourself in your false superiority about people (me) calling Brian a liar, without acknowledging that he did, in fact, lie!

    Keep adding to this hilarity, please.

    Moron.

    By Blogger TJ, at 17 February, 2006 13:26  

  • Excerpt from below:

    Enterprising bloggers have ensured the truth about Air America Radio is reported. Talk-show host Brian Maloney's Radio Equalizer blog and columnist Michelle Malkin's blog not only broke this story, but engaged in thorough investigative reporting that kept raising new troubling details about Air America's conduct.
    Democratic candidates are flocking to the liberal radio network, despite the apparent ethical wrongdoing by Air America. What does that say about these Democrat candidates' commitments to ethical reform?

    http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=48875

    Will Air America's chicanery pay off?

    Posted: February 17, 2006
    1:00 a.m. Eastern
    By Melanie Morgan
    © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

    Is it a dirty scam to elect Democrats to office using inappropriate means, or an innocent effort to discuss progressive viewpoints over the radio?
    You be the judge.
    Featured on the website for the liberal radio network Air America Radio is an effort called "Fighting Dems" that targets Republican candidates for office. The idea of openly campaigning for Democrats is the raison d'etre of Air America Radio, which on a daily basis carries the water of Democrat politicians and liberal political causes alike.
    What really galls many of us is that this campaigning has allegedly been done on the backs of taxpayers, at-risk children, the disabled and senior citizens.
    Air America Radio is to broadcasting what Democratic Underground is to the Internet – a place where the most anti-American, guilt-ridden, extremist liberal sentiments are articulated joyfully and celebrated noisily, usually in the most vulgar and profane way.
    Liberal activists deliriously celebrated the launch of the radio network as if it was a birthday party, Christmas morning and New Years Eve all wrapped into one.
    In the left-wing publication, Mother Jones, one of Air America's hosts, "Daily Show" co-creator, Lizz Winstead, giggled her way through an interview with Mother Jones' contributor Kurt Anderson about the need for a progressive powerhouse on radio.
    She noted that the typical rant of her fellow liberals to compare President Bush to Hitler was becoming tedious:
    It's really boring to say, "George Bush is Hitler." I am like, "Oh, shut up. Are you really that unoriginal?" [Pause.] Besides, he's so much worse.
    The magazine assures us Ms. Winstead was merely being funny in a MoveOn.org "Bush is Hitler" TV ad sort of way. The last laugh is on Ms. Winstead though, because not many months later she was soon suing the Air America network for nearly $300,000 in back pay.
    Ms. Winstead wasn't the only Air America employee not being paid. Even the marquee hosts for Air America, such as Al Franken, were going without paychecks as the network struggled to attract prominent advertisers, and its ratings failed to match the pre-launch hype.
    Intent upon keeping their network on the air to advance their far-Left political agenda, even without respectable ratings or any cash flow, the chairman of Air America, Evan Cohen, decided to rip off children, senior citizens and taxpayers.
    Cohen was a board member of the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club of New York. There's no question he used his position to steer $875,000 from the taxpayer-financed charity into Air America's coffers to keep the radio network on the air. In a noteworthy coincidence, Air America Vice President of Finance Sinohe Terrero had previously worked at the charity as finance director from 2000-2002.
    So the management of Air America Radio – to keep their liberal propaganda on the air – helped themselves to cash that came from the pockets of taxpayers, intended for needy children and senior citizens.
    This finally caught the attention of the New York Department of Investigations, which has now recommended Air America Radio repay the money into an escrow account controlled by authorities.
    In commenting on the scandal at Air America, Al Franken laughed the matter off, and said it was all really quite "boring."
    The supposed "journalists" at the major TV networks and the big daily newspapers have completely ignored this story. Perhaps the liberals who occupy America's newsrooms are too worn out from their fixation with how Tom DeLay apparently found legal means to navigate the ridiculously draconian campaign finance laws to raise money for Republicans.
    Fortunately the public is wising up to the fact that the old-line liberal news media can't be trusted.
    Enterprising bloggers have ensured the truth about Air America Radio is reported. Talk-show host Brian Maloney's Radio Equalizer blog and columnist Michelle Malkin's blog not only broke this story, but engaged in thorough investigative reporting that kept raising new troubling details about Air America's conduct.
    Democratic candidates are flocking to the liberal radio network, despite the apparent ethical wrongdoing by Air America. What does that say about these Democrat candidates' commitments to ethical reform?
    Francine Busby is a Democrat candidate to fill the vacant congressional seat that had been held by Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Cunningham was forced to resign after admitting his guilt to a number of corruption and bribery charges.
    Yet despite the focus on ethics in the race, Democrat Busby has now appeared on Air America programs several times, including on Al Franken's nationally syndicated show. Busby's campaign events are also promoted on the website of Air America's San Diego radio affiliate.
    With Air America's help, Busby has raised approximately $520,000 – more than any other Republican or Democrat candidate for the seat.
    And that's exactly what Air America wants to have happen.
    Which is why they stooped to the level of using taxpayer funds from charities to keep the lights on – to benefit Democrat candidates like Francine Busby.
    No surprise here, the hypocrisy of all of this doesn't mean a thing to the mainstream media journalists. They privately hope this kind of chicanery pays off and the Democrats can regain Congress in the 2006 elections and the White House in 2008 – which has been the goal of many of the media all along.
    ------
    Melanie Morgan is chairman of the conservative, pro-troop non-profit organization Move America Forward and is co-host of the "Lee Rodgers & Melanie Morgan Show" on KSFO 560 AM in San Francisco.

    By Blogger FYIFYI, at 17 February, 2006 13:50  

  • I finally saw the video, and yup, Baloney is full of shit. Nowhere does Franken act unhinged or melting-down. He never even raises his voice. He just calmly says that either Cheney was drunk or an amazing jerk not going to the hostipal. I would love for Maloney to actually explain why he saw Franken as unhinged. But we all know he wont because he's full of crap.

    Also, about the article above: Baloney/Malkin didn't break the story - it was the Bronx News, if I recall correctly. But at least the Bronx News has moved on, right Brian?

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 17 February, 2006 16:31  

  • Congrats, FYI - you've found a complete rehash of the same irrelevant drivel that Brian's been trying to pin on Al all this time.

    I mean, really - nothing in that article is at all new - other than the FACT that the author directly pointed to Evan Cohen as the culprit - that was a first.

    Meanwhile, she herself goes on to ingore what she asserted, and branded it once again an "Air America Scandal" - her mouth must be sore from the doublespeak.

    Congrats on that redundant find, FYI.

    By Blogger TJ, at 17 February, 2006 16:35  

  • al franken was aware of the dept to gloria wise girls and boys club, and he was also aware of the debt to multi-cultural radio station---he didn't and still doesn't care.

    By Blogger FYIFYI, at 17 February, 2006 19:25  

  • FYIFYI (fifi)wrote:
    al franken was aware of the dept to gloria wise girls and boys club, and he was also aware of the debt to multi-cultural radio station---he didn't and still doesn't care.

    That's baloney (pun intended), if you examine the so-call settlement document (a pdf file), the page on which Franken's signature appears, there are marks that indicate this page was faxed from another location. None of the other pages contain these markings. So there is no proof that Franken was aware of the rest of the document. And just because this page is in the same pdf file, there is no proof they come from the same physical document.

    By Blogger pbrauer, at 17 February, 2006 19:55  

  • FYI's drivel - "al franken was aware ---he didn't and still doesn't care."

    I'll one-up pbrauer on this one...

    SO WHAT? What if Franken did know? What if Franken didn't care?

    He was neither the cause, nor the remedy.

    IDIOT :)

    By Blogger TJ, at 17 February, 2006 21:13  

  • TJ said ...
    Thank you, 4th, for directly proving my point.

    I now officially love you.

    You chuckle to yourself in your false superiority about people (me) calling Brian a liar, without acknowledging that he did, in fact, lie!

    Keep adding to this hilarity, please.

    Moron.


    Hmmm ... first you say you officially love me, then you call me a moron. Please don't trifle with my affections, TJ -- I have a very sensitive heart.

    As for proving points, you seem blissfully ignorant of the fact that you've done an excellent job of voluntarily slipping your foot into my rabbit snare.

    You'll recall that I pointed out the following: "Let's see how many politically frustrated libs flock to this site and react like Pavlov's salivating dogs every time Maloney makes a comment about Al Franken."

    And what have you been doing? Exactly that:

    TJ said ...
    I followed the link for the video you described as "unhinged Al Franken meltdown".

    It, obviously to any reasoned person watching it (and, yes, the "reasoned" does automatically exclude the partisans), that Franken was neither unhinged, nor melting down.


    Not to mention this:

    SO WHAT? What if Franken did know? What if Franken didn't care?

    He was neither the cause, nor the remedy.

    IDIOT :)


    Congratulations -- you're officially Exhibit A in regard to the kind of overemotional Franken-groupie behavior I was talking about.

    And with each new post, you continue to prove me right: Anytime Brian so much as mentions Al Franken, then BINGO -- you respond like a hypnotist's patient who's just been ordered to get on all fours and bark like a chihuahua.

    So by all means, bang that keyboard. Keep helping me this much and I might even have to put you on retainer.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 18 February, 2006 00:53  

  • Ahh 4thRate... You've decided to show your face around here again after having your head handed to you over and over again. Good for you.

    Like Baloney, you're just another extreme right nutjob that people of reason here cannot help but ridicule. The very fact that you believe and defend the twisted drivel of this fat unemployed loser damns you to the ranks of the feeble-minded fools that GOP crooks laugh at while counting the money they've taken from you.

    Only a desperate fraud like Baloney would characterize Franken's MSNBC appearance as an unhinged meltdown. And only ugly groupies like you are so anxious to suck hard and swallow his every impotent word.

    You clownishly believe your own comical delusions about people falling into your "rabbit snares" when people are actually just laughing at Baloney and you. You then fallaciously accuse others of knee-jerk emotional responses while ignoring the fact that it is Baloney who instantly "gets down on all fours and barks like a chihuahua" spewing lies and smear every time Franken opens his mouth anywhere in the media ... and like a dumber, more inferior mutt, you automatically fall in line to sniff Baloney's butt and lick his balls.

    Keep Norm Coleman's money. The laughs that you and Baloney provide are more than enough.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 18 February, 2006 11:56  

  • Still taking those wild potshots at me, Phlegm ... er, Philm? Careful -- you might even hit the target sometime.

    It's always entertaining when a teeny-bopper like you feels really proud of yourself for coming up with playground-quality ad hominem material. Or as you would say ... "ad hominen." (But then, given your education level, you probably think Latin was the guy who rubbed the magic lamp.)

    As usual, the essence of your response is to repeat what I already wrote and change a few of the words. Great creativity, junior. Let me know if an original thought should ever surface in your brain, even by accident.

    Fact is, the only groupies around here are the lemmings like you who keep coming back to defend your goofy idol, Al Franken.

    Seriously, does he pay you to come here and troll? Why else would you care so much about a has-been comedian ... especially one whose talk show draws about as many listeners as your local big band station?

    More to the point ... why, if this site is such a waste of time, do you keep hanging around here like a pervert on the playground? I'd think you'd find more of your own kind at www.I_want_to_have_Al_Franken's_baby.com.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 19 February, 2006 23:15  

  • 4thRate cried... Still taking those wild potshots at me, Phlegm ... er, Philm?

    HA HA HA...
    And yet you persist with your lame cry-baby responses. Looks like I've hit you right between the eyes again.

    It's hilarious toying with you and the other wingnut morons on this blog. You persistently bleat about personal attacks and yet you take the bait every time and engage in them yourself. You're obviously too stupid to see the hypocrisy.

    You throw around some Latin that you lifted from some Malkin screed and yet it is so obvious to everyone that you have absolutely no clue what it means. Otherwise you wouldn't engage in personal attacks. Perhaps you should learn English first. But I suppose the backwoods schools system threw English out with Science in favor of fundamentalist bible studies. Too bad... you'll just have to go on being stupid.

    And... this is truly quite hilarious... you come up with tired unoriginal boiler-plate in an attempt to defend Baloney's dishonst drivel...yet you think you're being creative. HA HA HA... And then you get all teary-eyed and throw a tantrum when someone turns these words against you.

    You regularly come here to this blog to defend the lies and smear of an unemployed loser. And yet you cry about those who come here to laugh at him. And you. HA HA HA...

    Equating yourself and your stupid wingnut friends here to uninformed kindergarten kids on the playground is the only thing you've gotten right. Good for you.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 20 February, 2006 09:00  

  • Yawn.

    Toying with me, you say? Phlegm, the only person you're toying with is yourself. But I'm sure you have plenty of experience in that area.

    Anyway, I'm bored with your junior high smack and your endless giggling at yourself (not that I can blame you for that one). So let's move on to more thought-provoking topics.

    Such as: How come you're so afraid to answer my simple questions? I'll repeat them:

    1. Why do you spend so much time and effort trying to defend Al Franken's honor? Are you his personal defender ... do you have his poster on your wall, right next to your Cookie Monster nightlight ... did he once pick you up at the Gloria Wise Boys' & Girls' Club and take you back to his hotel room for a night of goofy passion, or what?

    2. If this blog is such a waste of time, why do you keep coming back here day after day?

    Come on, kid, you can't keep ducking my questions forever. Well, actually, you can -- but I'll keep calling you on it. And you'll keep looking every bit as spineless as you do now.

    So spare me the schoolyard spitballs and answer my simple questions. Would it be easier for you if I made them multiple-choice?

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 20 February, 2006 20:43  

  • I understand, 4thRate. You obviously have no choice but to try to quickly move on after irrefutably proving yourself to be a complete hypocrite and a total moron. You bleat about personal attacks and yet you can't control your reflex to engage in them yourself. That button of yours has been an easy one to push. But there, there... you just keep on believing that I haven't been pushing it... if it makes you feel better.

    Geesh! You really don't know how to read! I don't know how many times I've answered your cry-baby questions. But since you're so stupid I'll spell it out for you: 1) Baloney spends so much time stalking Franken that making fun of the fat unemployed loser will invariably include references to Franken, and 2) a lot of people including myself come here to make fun of Baloney and stupid hypocritical wingnuts like you. You got it yet, moron?

    So why do you believe and defend the blatant lies and smear of a dim unemployed loser? As I've previously mentioned, all evidence indicates that you're just a more stupid, inferior mutt who just loves the smell of Baloney's shit... which is why you'll automatically nose his butt every time he publishes another comically dishonest turd. But it's also because you stupid wingnuts are politically scared to death. This GOP administration and this GOP Congress has clearly proved itself to be incompetent, dishonest and corrupt. You have no other option than to resort to fear, lies and smear.

    I don't expect you to answer the question... everyone here knows you're a gutless hypocrite.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 20 February, 2006 22:29  

  • Philm said ...
    I understand, 4thRate. You obviously have no choice but to try to quickly move on after irrefutably proving yourself to be a complete hypocrite and a total moron.


    Ah, more schoolyard-quality ad hominem drivel. Wake me up when you're done passing verbal flatulence.

    You bleat about personal attacks and yet you can't control your reflex to engage in them yourself. That button of yours has been an easy one to push. But there, there... you just keep on believing that I haven't been pushing it... if it makes you feel better.

    Actually, I feel fine just letting you go on and on with your personal attacks while I tend to more important business.

    I'm just wondering how long it'll take you to figure out that you've been talking to yourself.


    Geesh! You really don't know how to read! I don't know how many times I've answered your cry-baby questions. But since you're so stupid I'll spell it out for you: 1) Baloney spends so much time stalking Franken that making fun of the fat unemployed loser will invariably include references to Franken, and 2) a lot of people including myself come here to make fun of Baloney and stupid hypocritical wingnuts like you. You got it yet, moron?

    Alas, you're the one who still doesn't get it. And here's why:

    1) Maloney's blog goes on, unaffected, no matter how many times you and your equally insignificant fellow Franken groupies come here to waste keystrokes and bandwidth. And Maloney continues to appear on national cable networks. Hoo-boy, you're really doing some serious damage ...

    2) Responding to everything Maloney says only proves that he has you eating out of his hand. See, if he and his blog really didn't matter to you, you'd simply ignore him -- the way I ignore DU and other moonbat sites. But since you can't, it only goes to show how much you really do care about everything Maloney has to say.

    3) You're still ducking the other half of my question: Why do you even care what Maloney says about the has-been comedian known as Al Franken? Why are you such a Franken sycophant that you come here every day just to defend him? Did he once sign your Ninja Turtles notebook or something?


    So why do you believe and defend the blatant lies and smear of a dim unemployed loser?

    I've already answered why I come here: because I'm interested in getting another perspective on Air America and the rest of the broadcast industry ... the one that the mainstream media might present if they weren't already in bed with Franken and others who are at least three points left of Lenin.

    If that's what you call believing and defending everything Maloney says ... well, it beats your knee-jerk denial of everything that doesn't echo your fawning admiration for Franken.


    As I've previously mentioned, all evidence indicates that you're just a more stupid, inferior mutt who just loves the smell of Baloney's shit... which is why you'll automatically nose his butt every time he publishes another comically dishonest turd.

    Gee, that really means a lot, coming from the guy whose lips would have to be surgically removed from Al Franken's butt cheeks.

    But it's also because you stupid wingnuts are politically scared to death. This GOP administration and this GOP Congress has clearly proved itself to be incompetent, dishonest and corrupt. You have no other option than to resort to fear, lies and smear.

    Oooh, doesn't it hurt to be on the loser side of politics? You don't have Congress, you don't have the White House, and you're rapidly losing the Supreme Court (if you haven't already).

    Face the cold truth: When it comes to politics, you and your fellow lefties are as impotent as Anna Nicole Smith's last husband.

    And that's because you don't have a single legitimate solution to any real problem. Tossed out of power by popular demand, you've been reduced to sitting in the cheap seats and taking potshots at Bush, the Republicans, Maloney, me, etc. ... ummm, kind of like you're doing right now.


    I don't expect you to answer the question... everyone here knows you're a gutless hypocrite.

    You must be a little slow, since I already answered your previous question in an earlier post. Now it's your turn to answer my question -- completely this time.

    Or ... you can carry on with your mindless personal attacks. But in the words of the Eagles, I'm already gone ...

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 23 February, 2006 17:56  

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