The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

05 February 2006

Readers Turn To Blogs For Cartoon Riot Latest, "Prayers For The Assassin"


Blogs Provide What MSM Won't, Timely New Novel

When old-guard media outlets, especially in America, worry more about offending religious zealots than honestly portraying an increasingly dangerous global outbreak of extreme violence, readers vote with their feet.

When US cable and broadcast networks refuse to show the Danish cartoons that have sparked widespread arson attacks on embassies and street rioting, viewers look elsewhere to find them.

And when European newspaper editors are sacked merely for publishing these drawings, presenting an image of Western fear in the face of rampant Islamofascism, citizens look to those who are not afraid.

By converging in one place, the blogosphere, they're finding courage, strength and the whole story.

Another nail in the coffin of the old guard's once-mighty dominance, it's the ultimate mainstream media bypass. See the cartoons here, if you haven't already.

Case in point: Michelle Malkin, who was all over this story from the beginning and hasn't let go since, covering it from every angle possible.
So that readers can attempt to understand the conflict, she's made a point of repeatedly publishing the cartoons.

Take a look at this snapshot of her website's traffic over the past 30 days.

As the cartoon story became white-hot, note the incredible surge in traffic over the past week. While a typical Friday for Malkin might find 100,000 to perhaps 125,000 unique daily visitors, yesterday saw 300,000.

Even more astounding, weekend traffic (normally slower on the Internet) is rocketing at an even higher rate, with Saturday readership in the 230,000 range, versus roughly 60,000 typically.

Finding similar surges in interest are other major sites with extensive coverage. Why shouldn't readers and viewers know exactly what has sparked such senseless violence?

And while the mainstream media continue to downplay the situation's severity, blogs from around the world are there to chronicle this still-unfolding story with accuracy and honesty.

Could Islamists ever control substantial portions of America? While it may seem far-fetched now, what about after 35 years of a soft, blue-state approach to terrorism?

Where civil war has resulted in an America divided in half between an Islamic republic (capital: Seattle, of course!) and a southern-based Christian nation, that's a key element of Prayers For The Assassin, a well-timed new novel by Washington state-based writer Robert Ferrigno.

Ferrigno, a well-established author of nine previous works of fiction, paints for this thriller an elaborate, almost Blade Runner-like portrait of a broken country that sometimes resembles life as we know it today.

That is, of course, until prayer time.

Already, the book is generating heated criticism from some on the left. Having seen an advance reviewer's copy, the Radio Equalizer highly recommends Prayers For The Assassin and is featuring it in the top-right Amazon link box above.

Click it to find reviews, information and some of Ferrigno's lefty detractors.

Your Amazon orders that begin with clicks here, regardless of what you ultimately order, help to support this site's efforts. Thanks again!

Love by David A Lunde


  • You're actually writing about something that doesn't involve Air America or Al Franken? You know no one's gonna respond to this. You're only entertaining when you bitch about stories that died half a year ago or why Al Franken gets paid nicely and you don't.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 05 February, 2006 01:08  

  • It's funny that the media knew for years that these lunatics were solidly anti-woman, but never seemed to be bothered by it. The media knew for years these lunatics were anti-Semetic, but that didn't bother them. Suddenly, when there might possibly be a threat to free speech some in the liberal European media are stunned evil turned on them.

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 05 February, 2006 09:41  

  • On another blog someone said, "you can have either Islam or Freedom in the world - but not both."
    This reinforces that sad fact.

    By Blogger Elnish Arundel, at 05 February, 2006 16:30  

  • Pardon my grammar but ain't that the truth! If Islam is a religion of peace, then I think Elvis is alive!

    This group has only one goal--CONVERSION OF THE WORLD! Anything else is grounds for violence. This country may be next!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 05 February, 2006 19:22  

  • From
    There was no confusion. No hesitation, no discussion. When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the Holocaust was a myth, we in the west didn’t call it free speech. It was very clear to us that such talk is hate and a form of inhumanity worthy of condemnation.

    We no longer find it acceptable to ridicule Jews, put down homosexuals or demean blacks in public discourse. Perhaps one day it won’t be acceptable to practice unrestraint free speech on Arabs and Muslims as well.

    By Blogger Heavy_Accent, at 06 February, 2006 10:11  

  • From

    We no longer find it acceptable to ridicule Jews, put down homosexuals or demean blacks in public discourse. Perhaps one day it won’t be acceptable to practice unrestraint free speech on Arabs and Muslims as well.

    By Blogger Heavy_Accent, at 06 February, 2006 10:45  

  • 5 other comments so far. I guess people like this topic.

    Now STFU, Kite.

    And don't forget Danish!

    By Blogger Sailor Republica, at 06 February, 2006 20:02  

  • Sailor Girl, you are absolutely too stupid for words.

    All you crazy wingnuts... huffing and puffing about a baited attack on freedom of expression, and then you go and tell kite to STFU.

    Way to go for proving yet again the hypocrisy and the stupidity of anyone who takes Baloney seriously.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 06 February, 2006 20:55  

  • philm...did you even read Mr. kite's comment???

    I guess mr. kite and philm are just trying to be so annoying that we will all quit reading the comments and Brian's blog. I have to admit you're like bad relatives - just won't go away.

    philm...if you are so much better than everyone...why don't you just move along...

    By Blogger nancy, at 07 February, 2006 00:14  

  • There have been some replies, but none about the actual cartoons, or the response to the cartoons, or the response from the media. All there has been is bitching about Islam. That's a given on a wingnut blog.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 07 February, 2006 00:20  

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