The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

09 March 2006

Willie Brown, Will Durst, San Francisco, Barry Bonds


After Crazy Bonds Defense, SF Columnist Rips Hosts

Since debuting as local co-hosts on Air America's San Francisco outlet, former California Emperor-For-Life Willie Brown and comedian Will Durst have created very little media buzz.

For this fledgling KQKE morning team, just how bad is the situation? Since their January start, the Radio Equalizer has probably paid more attention than the Bay Area media.

In New York, Air America execs seem barely aware the show exists.

Considering that for decades, the San Francisco press hung on his every word, that's quite a change in personal fortunes. In their eyes, Willie could do no wrong, no matter how corrupt his notorious politics became.

In this regard, legendary San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen was a particular offender. Caen's fierce loyalty never wavered, from Willie's tyrannical reign as all-powerful California State Assembly Speaker, to his election as San Francisco mayor.

Things sure have changed. With asinine on-air comments, the Will and Willie show finally got some ink today, in the form of a scolding from Chronicle columnist Joan Ryan.

Why? For a shameless defense of Barry Bonds, one of the most morally bankrupt pro athletes in recent history:

Facts aren't what they used to be. In the old days, they were the meat and potatoes of an informed opinion. Today they're like toppings on a sundae. You sprinkle on the ones you like and leave the rest off. That way, you get something sweet and tasty, exactly to your personal preference.

I was reminded of this Wednesday as people responded on talk radio and online to the comprehensive evidence of Barry Bonds' repeated, knowing use of illict performance-enhancing drugs since 1998. Much of the evidence is laid out in a published excerpt from the upcoming book, "Game of Shadows,'' written by two Chronicle investigative reporters, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams.

But it wasn't just fans who dismissed the evidence. Two San Francisco talk-show hosts -- former Mayor Willie Brown and comedian Will Durst -- attacked the "so-called journalists'' who are trying to disrupt the Giants' spring training (why else release the book NOW?) and who just want to ruin Bonds and are relying on the words of Bonds' former mistress, a woman scorned and all that.

When the Sports Illustrated writer they were interviewing on air Wednesday morning asked if either host had read the excerpt, which is published in Sports Illustrated this week, or looked at the authors' detailed account of their exhaustive sourcing.

Well, no, they had not actually read the story. Just bits and pieces. Why use facts to determine the truth? They already had the truth: Bonds is a great but misunderstood player, and the writers are unscrupulous, lying jackals out to make a buck.

Yes, right there with raiding inner city Boys & Girls Clubs for cash, liberal radio also apparently stands for drug-addicted, overpaid, pampered pro ball players.

Way to go, Willie, you fit right in at Air America Radio.

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    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 09 March, 2006 22:33  

  • liberal outlaw,

    He's on a roll. The other day he played apologist for O'Lielly's threats after he received what he considered a harassing phone call.

    Now, if anyone should know about harassing phone calls, it's Loofa Falafel.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 10 March, 2006 01:51  

  • I see you two "scholars" (Savage Sarcasm) have not read the book "Do As I Say, Not As I do: Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy." It gives you THE TRUTH about Limbaugh and Oxycontin--then again to you truth only means having statements spun YOUR way!

    And I would like to demand Mr. Maloney delete your post and actually think about banning your sorry a$$ liberal outlaw from posting because you are so much like those America hating fools at Air America!

    And if you ask me about Bonds--those juiced homers should be struck from the record books meaning that Hank Aarons' record of 755 jacks remains intact! There's even a report Bud Selig, the Bill Clinton of MLB Commissioners, may suspend Bonds.

    Whether it has to do with a Sports Illustrated article about him knowingly taking steroids according to a new book coming out, well that's anybody's guess.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 10 March, 2006 08:41  

  • Patriot, do you realize you just put 'Bud Selig' and 'womanizer and rapist' in the same sentence. At least that was the image I conjured when you mentioned the Slickster.

    I can't believe the first two nitwits could comment on this article without misinterpreting radio ratings numbers. All that was discussed was abyssmal ratings on Brown.

    Nip and Slaw, what is your opinion on the Bonds deal? Should Brown have supported Bonds? If so, did you read SI?

    By Blogger tradersmith, at 10 March, 2006 10:43  

  • trader, I DID and I ain't ashamed of it! Selig is a nobody as commissioner and maybe it's because he also owns a stake in a near nobody team in the Brewers.

    On the other issue, only reasons Brown would support Bonds would be:

    1) He's black

    2) He's the only hope for San Francisco Sports since Steve Young left the 49ers.


    Willie Brown is a disgrace in a disgraceful city whose fortunes turned for the worse in the mid 1970's.

    Now I did not read the S-I article, but intend to do so over the weekend. But if you ask me, the die is cast, Bonds did buff up including using female hormones--NO WONDER HE DRESSED LIKE PAULA ABDUL!!!!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 10 March, 2006 19:20  

  • Loofa Falafel ! lol love that name we see all over the net for this scumbag!

    O'liely's a dick a weasel, Hannity is the king of scumbags, then we have drug addict Limbaugh, bitch calling for judges assisnations-Ann Coulter.. I say take all these bastards out back and shoot them, then burn their corpses and drag them thru the streets.. just like our poor soldiers have been...

    ... and while we're at it, throw Rove, Cheney, and Delay in the heep.. all are scumbags to the bone.

    Where the hell has my country gone? 9/11 did more damage then knock a few buildings down .. it tore at the very soul of MY COUNTRY.. AND I WANT IT BACK !!!

    Cheney intented to invade Iraq long before 911, this is not speculation but fact. Bush should be impeached if the people in this country had a bit of integrity and brains he'd be impeached with Cheney on trial for war crimes.

    Facts are facts and I'm sick of the simple minded christian right who drank the kool aid and don't have a f'king clue what is really going on around them.

    By Blogger TakingMyCountryBack, at 05 April, 2006 20:00  

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