The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

20 May 2006

Cindy Sheehan, Air America

CINDY'S CRED

Does Moonbat Momma's Story Check Out?





Without applying even the slightest shred of intellectual scrutiny, have so- called "progressive" activists been conditioned to absorb anything moonbat momma Cindy Sheehan says? Is she really a political leader, or an emerging cult- like figure?

Running on leftist websites today, here's a partial transcript of a speech Sheehan delivered Thursday to the Spiritual Activism Conference in Washington. Does anything here strike you as a tad bit improbable?


Make Me an Instrument of Peace

By Cindy Sheehan

Not too long ago, I was listening to Air America when a caller to the religious right of war supporter/evangelist Pat Robertson said it didn't bother him that George Bush doesn't follow the law of our land because when we have a man who is a "Christian" in office, we don't need the rule of law!

The caller and, I am afraid too many more people in America are saved from the responsibility of democracy because they believe that George follows a higher law than our Constitution. The person who called in really meant that.

I found that call disturbing for several reasons, but to think that a man who kills his pretend enemies and is a warmaker with wanton disregard for the teachings of Jesus Christ is a Christian flies in the face of everything that I was taught about Jesus of Nazareth and about the Christian faith.

Thinking about how unloving, punitive and unjust the brand of Christianity that George Bush practices is reminded me of an experience that I had in Assisi the first time I visited Italy in January of this year. The Franciscan model of Christianity is totally the opposite of Bushianity.

On that sunny but cold January day, when I awakened in the back seat of the silver BMW that picked me up from the airport in Rome, I was in a charming plaza in front of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The Basilica was heavily damaged in an earthquake in 1997 but is now almost entirely restored.

My hotel room overlooked the same magnificent view of Italy's "Green Heart" in Umbria as the plaza of the Basilica. In the distance I could see all the way to the hills of Perugia, where I would visit next. Breathtaking is merely a word that cannot adequately describe the views!


Beyond merely obnoxious, with her detailed description of touring Europe in a BMW, Sheehan's words deserve to be examined for the sake of accuracy.

Did she really hear a far- right caller make such a statement on Air America? Note Sheehan's lack of specifics.

Cindy, if you don't mind, we have some questions:


Which Air America program aired the call?

When did you hear it?

Rather than a parody or recorded skit, are you sure it was a real person? Could it actually have been during an opening monologue?

To such an outlandish statement, what was the host's reaction? Surely that would have been equally memorable.


If anyone actually managed to hear this alleged call, please use the comment section below to provide us with the details.

Why are we suspicious? For a number of reasons:


Even to a conservative host, much less during Air America's liberal talk programming, we've never heard anyone make such a bizarre statement. Right- leaning shows these days are full of scathing criticism of the GOP and Bush, so when she isn't touring Europe in upscale sports cars, perhaps Ms. Sheehan might care to tune in.

In fact, even outside of talk radio, we've yet to hear any conservative or right- winger make this assertion that Bush's religious views supercede the American Constitution.


While some Air America shows take calls only on an occasional basis, others don't air any at all. Overall, there really aren't that many opportunities to talk with its hosts.


What in the world would motivate this "religious right" follower to even listen to Air America's extremist programming, much less call one of its personalities?


If this right- wing Air America caller really exists and specific details can be provided, we'll be happy to drop this matter. Otherwise, it sounds a bit too much like a cartoon caricature of what Cindy Sheehan thinks a conservative would say on the radio.

To get to the bottom of this, any help would be appreciated.

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24 Comments:

  • What up, noted pathetic conspiracy theorist, (see mention in Time Magazine 1997) Malonely!

    Seems like your inside source at AAR must have dried up! Not only did this call take place on Randi's program- I've recieved such calls on the Majority Report and in doing an amazing job subbing for other AAR hosts.

    Face it, the Republicans are the party of Theocrats.

    No need to worry though- they definitely have use for desperate losers who have been out of work for years, living of the earnings of his in laws and praying for an invite onto The Factor so he can break 3000 hits!

    Cindy Sheehan lost her son for her country. What have you ever lost besides your job that has benefitted America?

    You are a pathetic sop. Stop emailing me and begging for an invite on my national radio program!

    p.s. read more about republican theocrats in my new book!!! FUBAR!!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/
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    By Blogger samseder, at 20 May, 2006 20:46  

  • I noticed Sam couldn't actually name what show the quote was from, nor the date of the show.

    If you can't refute, change the subject I suppose.

    And I can fully buy that you'd be an AAR guy with that rapier-sharp wit. Truly impressive stuff. This kind of impressive wit is why AAR is heard by literally tens of people every day.

    Malonely? Fucking CLASSIC! Honestly. Funniest thing I ever heard. I used to think Phil Hendrie was funny --- he has NOTHING on you, sammy. Nothing. You're like a slightly less butch version of Margaret Cho.

    And your book? Sorry, I'm not a charity.
    -=Mike

    By Blogger MikeinSC, at 20 May, 2006 22:51  

  • I heard this call. I thought it was on The Majority Report that I heard it. I think it was a couple months ago.

    By Blogger qw3rty, at 20 May, 2006 23:19  

  • Lots of people will probably "remember" this call now. The mind can construct retroactive memory with suggestion, even more so when that suggestion supports a bias the individual already has. If there are that many of these callers making that kind of statement then surely it would be simple to pull up the show and give us the audio. Of course making an incident like this seem to occur even when it didn't could become a great publicity stunt for AAR.
    Additionally I have served in the military and I can tell you I have never heard anyone say "If I get killed run away, run far away and let the enemy win." nor have I ever heard it said "My buddy is dead, let's go home and let the enemy win for his sake."

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 20 May, 2006 23:35  

  • Looks like the fake Seder is back. The real one wouldn't dare post here, given that my sources HAVEN'T dried up.

    What I'm looking for is this:

    --- Which show
    --- Date
    --- Any transcript or link to the particular audio archive or excerpt somewhere out there on the Web.
    --- Any indication the caller was real and not a plant, parody or part of a skit.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 20 May, 2006 23:42  

  • OK, the reason why Air Americas Official Pod Cast distribution has been down for the past month is because Bob Drummond is a cheap skate and is looking for handouts and not paying his bills

    By Blogger dennis_kookinich, at 21 May, 2006 00:07  

  • It was on June 12th last year in front of the Waverly. I don't recall the time, but what's important is that it really did happen. It happened.

    Mamma Sheehan 2008!

    By Blogger half, at 21 May, 2006 07:06  

  • Brian, you worthless Hack, at least A.A takes calls from the other side.
    *********************
    What in the world would motivate this "religious right" follower to even listen to Air America's extremist programming, much less call one of its personalities?
    *******************************
    why not? It's engaging conversation and more interesting for someone on the other side of the spectrum. Jealous? Are you actually jealous, more right-wingers listen to A.A than read your worthless blog? Political minded people listen to talk radio, both sides, I even listen to right wing shows, Larry Elders being my favorite. BIG DEAL.

    Brain, you are indeed a desperate hack. If you think Sam Sedar is "afrid of posting" on your worthless blog, you are indeed wacked out of your mind. You are a joke, Sedar has a radio show, you have a blog. Again (as I have said over and over) a 5 year old can have a blog.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 21 May, 2006 14:57  

  • Larry Elder (there is no "s") is a libertarian, not right wing.
    And if AA had conservative listeners then they wouldn't be in ratings trouble, as is obvious to anyone, right wingers are the only people that seem able to make and keep shows on the air.

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 21 May, 2006 18:23  

  • as is obvious to anyone, right wingers are the only people that seem able to make and keep shows on the air.


    I don't know about that. NPR is not exactly "right wing" and has comparable ratings to your average commercial A.M stations. There is a site that publishes non-commercial ratings, and NPR stations all over America, have healthy AQH shares. Randi Rhodes overall is successful (don't bother posting about the one bad quarter she had in NYC) overall she has been successfull. Let me let you in on another tip, many of the people who make the right-wing talk shows tick (behind the scenes) are indeed LIBERALS politically. Air America has not been a huge hit, because most of the staff at the network are political minded first, radio minded second, that is the PROBLEM. There are plenty of liberals who work in successfull radio stations, off the air, producing, selling, etc. etc. Air America chose to hire a political like minded staff that knows little about radio. Overall though A.A has been more successfull than all of the right wing bloggers, have portrayed it . One awful ratings book, does not spell the end of A.A. It is simply rediculous to think that. Right wing bloggers are taking that one ratings book as the be-all, end-all, final word on Air America. As far as Garaffalo leaving, it has nothing to do with her leaving a "sinking ship", she was AWFUL on the air, and showed up 2 times a month over the last 2 years. Good riddance to her. The network is better off without her blatent anti-semitism, and ignorance. See I can attack people on my side, something you right wingers will NEVER DO. Larry Elder, no matter what he says about being a "libertarian" is indeed a right-winger. I like his show, because he is not an arrogant punk and let's people from the left speak, unlike Hannity,Limbaugh, Savage, Oriley and that annoying Levin. It is definatly true, that Republicans listen to A.A. Just not enough of them to make a huge dent in the ratings. Any normal Republican, would be interested in the other side. A non-objective Bush sheep, would not listen. A Bush supporter is not really a "conservative" anyway. Bush is not a conservative, his supporters are of a special breed, party blind, hands on ears and unwilling to see reality. If I was a Republican, I would be embarassed by Bush acolytes, just like most liberals are embarassed by certain far far left folks. These Bush acolytes, are a embarassment to their party and to America in general.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 21 May, 2006 20:06  

  • I didn't know that AAR broadcast opposing points of view. I stopped listening because I like debate, not three hour monlogues (that I got tired of them getting pre-empted by local sporting events!)

    Then again, it's possible that this call took place. I know that the Minority Report occasionally screens through a kook and then they spend the next week refering to that call as a standard conservative view. I heard Barfafalo take a call from some unstable woman and then celebrated for the next week about how she tore that call apart. I guess it was a victory for her.

    left-wing whiner: NPR relies on taxpayer money and contributions. They could post your ramblings and still manage to stay on the air!

    Which conservative shows are run by liberals?

    By Blogger OttO, at 21 May, 2006 23:43  

  • I didn't know that AAR broadcast opposing points of view.


    Listen to Springer if you get his show in your area, he takes calls from the right, every single day. Franken does too, as does Rhodes. Liberals have worked for Bob Grant, Savage and Hannity indeed.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 22 May, 2006 10:16  

  • Oh so NPR is left wing programming? Hmmm I always thought they were a dispassionate news service. Really though NPR is not comparable, since it is a news service, there is no way to know what the people listening to it really believe politically. The key to those few successful left leaning shows is actually conservative listeners, so yes, conservatives are the only ones that can make and keep a show on the air. Alan Combs really got a good deal, he got access to conservatives via Hannity. The bottom line is people that vote Dem are simply not liberals for the most part. Dem voters are not committed to the left. Many Dem voting blocks are simply not liberal. Rep voters tend to be conservative, their political interest agrees witht their personal ideas. Additionally I suspect that talk radio requires a method of thinking not available to most liberal minded people. After all if you've gone to a public school all your life then you never were taught to think. Most of the school day was devoted to social engineering and putting condoms on a cucumber. It doesn't matter if a show is liberal or conservative, it's the conservative audience that decides talk radio.

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 22 May, 2006 10:28  

  • The bottom line is people that vote Dem are simply not liberals for the most part.
    Fair enough, I could agree with that


    After all if you've gone to a public school all your life then you never were taught to think. Most of the school day was devoted to social engineering and putting condoms on a cucumber.


    single, most idiotic statement I have ever read. You started off speaking like an informed person, than conclude with a Michael Savage like, non-fact based statement. Funny, I went to public schools in my youth. Condoms????? Senior year of high school, exactly one 30 minute class was dedicated to safe sex. In 14 years of public school, this topic was mentioned one time for 30 minutes. It appears to me, idiotic talk show host drivel, has infected your brain. Your statement is clearly learned by creeps like Savage. I know people who teach, I know heads of departments in high schools, and principals, all in public schools, and condom use, is not discussed in elementry nor junior high school. It is taught in a health class, for one single class for around 1 hour of a students entire life. This kind of deceptive, false rhetoric, is exactly a product of right wing radio, baseless LIES. Let me guess, this one condom discussion in health class, is a bad thing? Teaching a safe sex lesson to young adults, senior year in high school, is wrong? 1 hour dedicated in 14 years to safe sex in your warped world, is the entire 14 years of public school? you are warped by right wing talk radio. Seriously, seek recovery. Shut the damm radio off. They are lying, and deceiving you. Public school, is about reading, math, and writing. Sex education is the smallest part of a public school education. GROW UP. You embarass yourself and all Republicans, with an innane statement like that, and to think you started off like an informed poster

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 22 May, 2006 11:58  

  • Brian, you elicit the weirdest comments from the whacked out left.

    Keep up the good work

    By Blogger tradersmith, at 22 May, 2006 17:08  

  • MY COMMENTS ARE MORE LOGICAL, THAN ANYTHING A RIGHT WINGER POSTED. THE PREVIOUS POSTER SAID THE ONLY THING LEARNED IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL IS PUTTING ON A CONDOM. THAT IS THE INSANE COMMENT. I POSTED THE TRUTH. I'M HARDLY "WACKY". AT 29% YOU ARE THE LOON, THE FAR FAR FAR FAR RIGHT F*CKING LOON.I CORRECTED AN INSANE COMMENT BY A POSTER , LET ME GUESS YOU BELIEVE THA SAME THING, THAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS ONLY TEACH ABOUT CONDOMS? IF SOMEONE POSTS RUBBISH, I WILL CORRECT IT.

    SO 28%ER I SUGGEST YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND REPEAT "I'M OUT OF TOUCH WITH AMERICA. I'M A MEMBER OF THE 28% CLUB

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 22 May, 2006 17:32  

  • I bet Maloney will not be posting about the air america ratings this month. They went up from .8 12+ to 1.0 12+. Just thought I would be the first to make Brian cry to his mommy tonight. "bu bu bu air america is dead, they scored a .8 bu bu bu"

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 22 May, 2006 17:34  

  • 1.0??? Bwahahahahahaha!!!!

    1.0????? Muahahahahahaha!!!!

    Oh yeah, they're tearing up the ratings!

    If the call ever did happen it was obviously a wacked out far left wing radical kook trying to impersonate someone from the "religious right."

    By Blogger Capitalist Infidel, at 22 May, 2006 19:28  

  • RWW, 05/21/06 @ 20:06: "One awful ratings book, does not spell the end of A.A. It is simply rediculous to think that. Right wing bloggers are taking that one ratings book as the be-all, end-all, final word on Air America."

    RWW, 05/22/06 @ 17:34: "I bet Maloney will not be posting about the air america ratings this month. They went up from .8 12+ to 1.0 12+. Just thought I would be the first to make Brian cry to his mommy tonight."

    Pick one and stick with it, genius. Either the ratings books don't matter (as you impart in your 5/21 post) or they do (as stated in the 5/22 sample).

    And BTW, it's not been just ONE terrible ratings book for AAR - it has been multiple terrible ratings books, and now with the impending loss of the NYC affiliate, the cume is about to plummet. However, I'm sure that you will look at that (unsourced) 0.8-to-1.0 improvement from Bumfart, Indiana and proclaim that AAR listenership nationwide has grown by 25% this quarter.

    If that is the case, dig this here: In pro radio, a 1.0 rating SUCKS. That was the rating that my college station in the Bay Area was getting, with a chock-full FM dial due to overlap of two ADI markets.

    You have asserted that NPR is "not exactly right wing." If that is the case, then AAR has had the left side of political radio all to itself, and hasn't done jack shyte with it.

    And all the shouting and crap-tossing on your behalf will not change that fact. But if Sheldon Drobny (who carries an amazing likeness to "Fat Bastard") wishes to toss his money into that pit, then more power to him.

    By Blogger JD, at 22 May, 2006 21:36  

  • The 0.8 to 1.0 ratings "increase" whiner talks about is a one-month trend released today in NYC.

    In the last two full ratings books (3 months each), however, AAR has gone from 1.4 down to 0.8.

    This month's 1.0 so far means nothing, unless it is followed by significant gains in the next two months.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 22 May, 2006 23:34  

  • Pick one and stick with it, genius. Either the ratings books don't matter (as you impart in your 5/21 post) or they do (as stated in the 5/22 sample).



    The 12+ ratings do indeed mean nothing, I posted this ratings increase to mock, our friend Mr.Maloney, who tried to portray 3 weeks ago, how important the .8 12+ rating is, and how that was proof of A.A failing. It was a bad book.
    If you want to play the ratings game, that is a nice monthly increase. I would have to see the full ratings, not just the 12+ in order to give an honest analysis, of A.A. Agsin, I was not jumping to conclusions, just mocking the man who created the mental illness O.L.D, obsessed with Liberals disorder A.K.A The maloney syndrome.
    I noticed how nobody is touching "lonwatchmans" ignorasnt comments on public schools. Why is nobody rushing to his defense? Cons always gloss over insanity spouted by their fellow right wing goose steppers.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 23 May, 2006 10:17  

  • RWW: "I noticed how nobody is touching "lonwatchmans" ignorasnt comments on public schools. Why is nobody rushing to his defense? Cons always gloss over insanity spouted by their fellow right wing goose steppers."

    There was nothing in the lonewatchman's post to argue with, as he is dead-bang correct. His post needs no defense.

    Furthermore, you seem to be doing an ample job of proving him correct with the spelling and grammatical structure in your various posts.

    Just at suggestion for ya, RWW - if you are going to bang on someone being "ignorant," then it's a pretty good idea to learn how to spell "ignorant" first.

    Just sayin'....

    By Blogger JD, at 23 May, 2006 19:18  

  • Sad J.d, you attack me because i made an obvious typographical error. IGNORANT, happy now?
    Attacking my typo will not validate, your FALSE MYTH.
    Again "loneliar" made a mentally unstable comment stating the only thing learned in the public school system is how to put a condom on a cucumber. J.D, if you believe this (as you put it dead-bang correct) you are just as insane as "loneliar'. No, condome are not taught in elementry nor junior high school, only for 1 lesson in a high school health class. I know, again many people I know work in NYC public schools. You posted a complete LIE, done to enforce RNC myths to scare the public. If you pay a little attention to your child's homework, they will learn plenty in public school, and condoms are the least of all things learned. When you post a swooping, broad lie, you enforce myths, which drooling mutants (such as yourself) take as the GOSPEL. IT IS A LIE, and I DESPISE LIES, that damage the American psyche. J.d, you can continue attacking TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS all you want, it will not change the fact, that "lonewatchman" is a LIAR, and you are patting him on the back for lying. Why do you wish to base your life around lies?

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 24 May, 2006 10:30  

  • RWW - it must just suck to be you.

    It looks like you get up every day and find yourself a nice, big bag of lemons to suck on prior to sitting down at the keyboard.

    I can't disabuse you of your venom, nor can I type sense into you, because your rantings make the stuff on DU and Kos look kiddie school. Even the DU and the Kossacks will occasionally admit when they have backed the wrong horse (one example being Jesse MacBeth).

    Not you, though. You're a true one-hundred percenter, incapable of seeing irony or humor in anything outside of your little bubble. You are a sad, sad individual.

    By Blogger JD, at 24 May, 2006 22:40  

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