The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

16 June 2006

Bill O'Reilly, Randi Rhodes, Ann Coulter

O'REILLY BLASTS RHODES

In Coverage Of Coulter Controversy, Hypocrisy Seen





Why is considerably more extreme rhetoric from Air America Radio's liberal talk show hosts almost always ignored, while press outlets and others skewer Ann Coulter over her words?

That's what Bill O'Reilly would like to know.

In his most recent column and during an "O'Reilly Factor" segment on the FOX News Channel, the radio and television host cites particular examples, such as this Randi Rhodes Show excerpt:


RANDI RHODES, AIR AMERICA RADIO: Even the White House press secretary says this today at the press briefing. He says if you look at some of the Al Qaeda memos to Zarqawi, where you had direct pleas — will you please top beheading people? It's bad P.R. I think you have to say to yourself, my God, Al Qaeda is telling Zarqawi to cut the crap with the killing of the Iraqis. And yet, we haven't cut the crap with the killing of the Iraqis.


For O'Reilly, this kind of rhetoric is far more inflammatory than author Ann Coulter's now infamous slam of three "9/11 widows" for their recent left-wing political activism. In his column, Bill writes:


There is hypocrisy running wild in the Coulter controversy. The same media voices that embrace the smear tactics routinely used by the far-left Air America radio network and displayed daily on the nutty political blogs are all huffy about Ms. Coulter attacking a group of 9/11 widows called the "Jersey Girls."

I mean, give me a break, the vicious Al Franken- Michael Moore crowd is now appalled by Coulter? That's like Hulk Hogan being offended by Barry Bonds.

However, bad behavior does not justify other bad behavior, and if conservatives support the personal attacks that Ann Coulter trades in, then they must accept them from the "Bush lied" crew.


Bill, that's a fair point, except for one problem: conservatives, especially bloggers and talk show hosts, have been tripping over each other to see who can denounce Coulter the loudest. In fact, very few on the right are defending her these days.

While speaking out against extremism is a noble cause, the Radio Equalizer continues to object to the annoying practice by some conservatives who slam Coulter only so they can seem more "reasonable" than the next guy. It's a very transparent technique that does nothing for the movement.

What the right isn't doing is paying enough attention to the fringe rantings of these lefty activists. That's right, not enough attention. More recently, the trend has been to ignore much of what they say, a serious mistake.

And, we've seen almost no criticism of far- left websites and activists from supposedly "mainstream" liberals.

Why is O'Reilly the only one who thought to connect Coulter to Rhodes? With Rhodes making far more irresponsible statements, why doesn't she deserve at least as much scorn from both liberals and conservatives?


In his "Talking Points Memo", Bill continues the thought process:


Now, most Americans reject that kind of radicalism and will not vote for anyone associated with it. Why, then, do people like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Kerry, Ed Rendell and others associate themselves with those kinds of people? I just don't get it.

Even though most Americans believe the country's not in good shape right now, most Americans do not hate President Bush. But the "Take Back the America" crowd is full of Bush haters and people who routinely reject all but far-left thought.


For the leftist media, however, it seems that Coulter provides an excellent punching bag and diversionary tactic to avoid addressing extremism on its own side of the fence.

ELSEWHERE: the transcript of Coulter's interesting interview with Sean Hannity is now available here.

--- From Expose The Left: O'Reilly visits the Today Show.

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20 Comments:

  • O'Reilly claims that he doesn't allow "bomb-throwers" on his show, which is how he justifies never having on someone like Rhodes or David Brock. His show, his decision.
    But he loses all credibility by repeatedly hosting Coulter, including last week. If he finds Coulter and Rhodes comperable -- as this column claims -- then he also should host Rhodes.

    By Blogger Justin, at 16 June, 2006 16:12  

  • Ann Coulter is only saying what many people feel. She is not only a voice for herself, but for all those who cannot express the same thoughts for fear of reprisals in the workplace, public gatherings, and their own lives.

    She has enough clout as not to worry that she will be fired for expressing her views.

    I have heard liberal democrats say far worse and never be held to the scrutiny and contempt that she has.

    This issue is proof positive that liberals and conservatives are not held to the same standards. Liberals, for the most part, are given passes on their views and controversial statements.

    To read my post about Ann’s appearance on Leno on Wednesday evening, visit
    http://texastruth.blogspot.com. We welcome all views and opinions, no matter how ridiculous they are.

    By Blogger Texas Truth, at 16 June, 2006 18:54  

  • On Randi's show today she played audio from a Tony Snow press conference and then compared it to the audio O'Reilly played of her. She was obviously just repeating what Snow said.

    Does this mean Tony Snow is a left wing nut too?

    By Blogger waaah123, at 16 June, 2006 21:10  

  • Ann Coulter is only saying what many people feel. She is not only a voice for herself, but for all those who cannot express the same thoughts for fear of reprisals in the workplace, public gatherings, and their own lives.

    So "many people" feel that Congressman Murtha should be fragged?

    ... indeed, if these "many people" happen to be anti-social creeps.

    By Blogger WHT, at 16 June, 2006 23:25  

  • Perhaps Murtha is an ultra-leftist who was described as a CONSERVATIVE in the MSM--before he drank the Kool-Aid. Now I hear the Marines may want to question him--I SAY LET THEM DO IT! Murtha F-er is a traitor--and you know the area in PA he reps includes Indiana--which is the hometown of one of Hollywood's greatest movie stars and a man who proudly served his country--Jimmy Stewart! Wonder if his turning over in his grave.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 17 June, 2006 19:04  

  • I'm a vet of Enduring Freedom and I will be glad to say I would like many in congress to be held accountable for their statements against the troops that are slanderous and treasonous. McCain, Kerry, Durbin, Murtha, the list goes on, back in the day all of these guys would be in front of a firing squad. The fact that Bush doesn't fight back in DC for the troops is disgusting as well.

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 18 June, 2006 09:01  

  • Lonewatchman, let me say I salute you for what you have done for our country and also hope you are doing well yourself.

    Let me also say I am with you 100% on what you have said about the politicos and their comments. But shouldn;t the same go for entertainers like especially The Dixie Twits?

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 18 June, 2006 17:04  

  • Lone watchman, obviously supports TORTURE. If you find McCain and Murtha TREASNOUS, you support torture, do not give a crap about the troops at all nor give a crap about America. I doubt you served either. I do not care what you think about me, I find you to be a dumb, brainwashed fool,who is unknowingly by accusing Murtha and McCain of treason is an anti-american and anti-troops. Simple as that, you excuse torture, you hate america. If you do not grasp the concept, you are a lost cause

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 18 June, 2006 17:52  

  • RWR Could you at least try to string together words that form a sentence and communicate a thought? I actually do support torture because it does work and McCain is living proof of that. You cannot support Murtha and the troops, because Murtha hates the troops. Saying you support the troops because you support Murtha is like saying you support the Jews because you support Hitler. It's wildy irrational. Truthfully I don't care what you think of me either, you are just another yellow bellied liberal who would cower in a closet while his mother got raped because you refuse to identify evil, and are too frightened to confront evil.

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 18 June, 2006 18:53  

  • Lonewatchman you are
    a. Not a Veteran
    b. a walking Right wing play book, spouting off idiotic cliches like no other
    C. a blithering f*c*ing MORON.

    Murtha=Hero
    Lonewatchman= sterile, delusional wack job.

    Murtha supports the troops, you support nothing but an insane ideology of torture and endangering the troops. You are sick, you are mentally ill, you are a traitor to America.
    You are not a patriot, you are an enemy of America, and an enabler of the TERRORISTS.
    As far as your comment of me standing there is somebody raped my mother, that would be you. A coward who hides behind a facade, a fake persona of "Mr.Tough Republican". When confronted face to face, you run away with your tail between your legs, like most right wing sissies.

    Remember this sissy, I'm a "liberal" with a GUN. You can't paint me into a corner, like Coulter tries to do to all "liberals". It is easy to paint a moron like you in a corner because you live up to all the stereotypes of "Bush supporters". The fact that you have the nerve to call Murtha a traitor, shows EXACTLY what you are, a moronic lemming for the far far far right. You hate America, you hate the troops, you love only one thing, the letter "R".
    It is amazing droolers like you share the same planet as me. You show contempt for America and contempt for the troops. The sad thing, you do not even realize it.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 18 June, 2006 20:58  

  • Damn, RWW - you sure talk a lot of shyte behind that nickname of yours. Do me a favor and go into the a bar that serves members of the USMC (area around Parris Island, Cherry Point, Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar or 29 Palms would be suggestions) and publicly state that "I am a 'liberal' with a GUN. Murtha supports the troops, you support nothing but an insane ideology of torture and endangering the troops. You are sick, you are mentally ill, you are a traitor to America. You are not a patriot, you are an enemy of America, and an enabler of the TERRORISTS." Give us a report on what happens and how many teeth you have left after the encounter.

    I suppose I should even quiver in my boots because you are "a 'liberal' with a GUN." You have said earlier, on another thread, that conservatives need to be "removed from America." I asked you there, and ask you again - Care to back that up? Or are you just going to keep cowering behind your computer, stroking your "gun" and wondering what you will hit should it actually fire?

    Now, I would not call Murtha a "traitor," as that term has a very distinct and specific connotation to it; however he has acted dishonorably with respect to the Corps, and he has probably used his position to exert undue influence on the decision-making process of the USMC and the JAG corps; for that, he should be excused from Congress in the next election, but probably will not be. In any event, I suspect very few Marines will still consider him a brother from now on.

    John McCain has only one loyalty, that being John McCain. As long as he can keep the TV cameras pointed at him it's all good. I am frankly amazed that the good citizens of the State of Arizona have put up with his act for so long.

    And RWW? He's just RWW - all talk, no action.

    By Blogger JD, at 18 June, 2006 22:07  

  • I am a vet, but maybe that's not such a smart thing to say anymore with the Senate we have trying to nail troops to the cross of anti-Americanism and political correctness. RWW I don't know how well you did in the shooting competition of the special olympics, but I have never seen a liberal ever do anyting with a gun except drop it on the ground while they run away. It has been made even more clear to me and everyone else that reads these posts, RWW, that you may very well be even less clever than fireproof matches.

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 19 June, 2006 07:34  

  • suppose I should even quiver in my boots because you are "a 'liberal' with a GUN." You have said earlier, on another thread, that conservatives need to be "removed from America."
    *************************
    Crying, that I use the same tatics, Limbaugh, Hannity and Coulter do??? If they can call anyone who is not a 'conservative', "godless", "anti-American" and every other name in the book, GUESS WHAT , SO CAN I, and I will use it on anyone who unknowingly hates America by supporting Bush. 70% of America has woken up, by tatics similiar to mine, you are what is holding America back, from eliminating treasonus war criminal, pro-fascists from America. As long as 32-35% of America pledges loyalty to an Anti-american administration, this country is in danger. You are ENDANGERING it, by supporting them.
    This whole blog is based on Brian's contempt that the right wing does not own trash talk and hate. It burns Maloney alive that Randi Rhodes, Mike Malloy and the others dish out the same tatics that the right uses. You do not own the language of political discourse, you do not own the art of smearing, attacking and insulting. You no longer control the language. You can not handle the fact that A.A (with all his faults) is an EQUALIZER to right wing domination of political debate. I would walk into any bar with military people, and find 6 out of 10 of them would agree with me. Your fantasy of a "Republican Bush loving military" is just that, a right wing facade. A myth cemented into your little head, by right wing lemmings. I don't need Air America, I was on to this fascist administration since 1999. You clowns need tak radio mouth pieces, without them, you would have no talking points, no political opinion and not even be on a political message board. Limbaugh and Hannity are your teachers, A.A just affirms my opinion, which I thought I was alone on, until they came on the air.
    *********************************
    A. Criticising the govt endangers the troops
    LEARNED ON RIGHT WING RADIO
    B. Murtha is a traitor
    LEARNED BY RIGHT WING RADIO


    The right shows contempt for the troops, not the left. The left fights for veterans, the right does NOTHING FOR THEM. Lone if you are a vetertan ( which I doubt),you in for a big surprise. If you are a real vet, you would be in for a big surprise, if you suffered from any form of mental illness, you would be forgotten, ignored and treated with contempt by the same administration who sent you into their disengenuine war on terror.
    Funny how only 1 out of 50 or so vets that are runnig for office, are REPUBLICANS, all of these vets are DEMOCRATS. The media ignores them, and you ignore them. You can not handle the fact, that unlike the 60's, this time 90% of the anti-war crowd, respects the troops (instead of spitting on them) and this time the Vets are joining the anti-war movement. This did not happen in the Vietnam era. There were no Vets against the war back then(as far as I know, but unlike the right I will admit I could be wrong) All of this burns the vile right wing up. The media ignores the Vets who are part of the peace movement, and focus on Che t-shirt wearing morons, to disparage and belittle the anti-war people. You would never in 100 years by my appearance think I was part of that group. Cons live by stereotypes, and a well dressed, good looking guy like me, would be lumped into the category of "republican', in a heart beat. You would have no clue based on my looks. The real anti-war movement are normal folk like me, who have had with the radical right. Career protesters are irrelevant.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 19 June, 2006 10:08  

  • RWW cleary you are delusional. Perhaps you ought to eat that gun you own.

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 19 June, 2006 18:23  

  • Yeah, plenty of iron in there--HA!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 19 June, 2006 18:31  

  • Holy frackin meltdown, RWW!

    "Funny how only 1 out of 50 or so vets that are runnig for office, are REPUBLICANS, all of these vets are DEMOCRATS. The media ignores them, and you ignore them." Who are they? Where are they running? Candidacy is public information. You asserted it, you prove it. 50-to-1 is a pretty steep curve, but I'm sure with your "crack" knowledge of politics, you'll pull it off. One thing, tho - soldiers who agree with the aims and goals of OEF and OIF are, by and large still in the military; conversely, veterans who disagree with those engagemetns have since retired from the military and are eligible for political office. You are in danger of category error in your sample, but let's see if you can put together the 50. I have my doubts.

    "You can not handle the fact, that unlike the 60's, this time 90% of the anti-war crowd, respects the troops (instead of spitting on them) and this time the Vets are joining the anti-war movement." You mean like Jesse MacBeth?

    "This did not happen in the Vietnam era. There were no Vets against the war back then(as far as I know, but unlike the right I will admit I could be wrong)." I would direct your attention to the televised activities of John Francois Kerry in the Senate and with the "Winter Soldier" investigation in the early 1970s, and await your response.

    "All of this burns the vile right wing up. The media ignores the Vets who are part of the peace movement, and focus on Che t-shirt wearing morons, to disparage and belittle the anti-war people." No, it just makes us laugh like hyenas when some of your 'veterans' get busted as the frauds and charlatans they are. And then they are unceremoniously dumped and disavowed by IVAW. Don't worry, though - Saint Cindy of the Crawford Ditch will always have their backs.

    "You would never in 100 years by my appearance think I was part of that group. Cons live by stereotypes, and a well dressed, good looking guy like me, would be lumped into the category of "republican', in a heart beat. You would have no clue based on my looks." I don't judge people by appearance, but by their actions. Neither should you. But, being a liberal, you can't avoid it. However, by the nature of your writings, you have an enormous well of anger inside you that would make you probably one of the least attractive individuals in the room, no matter who was there. It literally jumps off the screen, you're so pissed off. If you have a dog, it probably walks around with its tail between its legs 24/7. If you have kids, they probably don't say word one when you are present. And may G-d have mercy on your spouse, should you have one. I know, because I was you, once. I got over it, as should you.

    "The real anti-war movement are normal folk like me, who have had with the radical right. Career protesters are irrelevant." There have been two national elections since OIF started. Another one is coming in November. So far your viewpoint is 0-2 in those. The support of Kos is still a kiss of death (now at 1-19 or so). Paul Hackett lost his special election in Ohio. Francine Busby lost her special election in California.

    Just keep digging, RWW. China's down there somewhere.

    By Blogger JD, at 19 June, 2006 21:35  

  • Yeah, a rather appropriate place for you RW-squared since China for the most part is full of commies!

    "The support of Kos is still a kiss of death (now at 1-19 or so). Paul Hackett lost his special election in Ohio. Francine Busby lost her special election in California."

    JD knows what he's talking about. I guess just like there was the Curse of the Bambino, there's a Kos Kurse--spelling error INTENDED! Kos is nothing more than the new Jim Jones, David Koresh etc. who's had one too many spoiled baklavas!

    In terms of the elections, Hackett was the Gulf War vet turned traitor (wonder if he'll make Murtha his default, de facto Prez choice and if he'll move to Canada and get support from Cindy SHAM-HAM!). And Busby lost to left of center Dem Jane Harmon.

    Cons live by stereotypes?? WTF! When I told my liberal boss one day at an NPR station I was Autistic, she told me to zip it--my mouth! So THERE RWW is your so called compassionate liberal!

    My father, also a lib, gave little response to the report from a shrink confirming Asperger's Syndrome in 1995--WHEN I TURNED 21!!!! Liberals compassionate--PHOOEY!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 20 June, 2006 07:08  

  • But, being a liberal, you can't avoid it. However, by the nature of your writings, you have an enormous well of anger inside you that would make you probably one of the least attractive individuals in the room, no matter who was there. It literally jumps off the screen, you're so pissed off. If you have a dog, it probably walks around with its tail between its legs 24/7. If you have kids, they probably don't say word one when you are present. And may G-d have mercy on your spouse, should you have one. I know, because I was you, once. I got over it, as should you.
    ************************

    Very funny stuff. I'm not angry at all, the only time my blood pressure rises is when I read foolish right wing hackery on blogs and message boards. I do not have any pets, but I raised puppies and I'm good with the dogs, no kids, not married, but my girlfriend thinks I'm a sweetheart. I was once a conservative, when I was 16, and did not know how to think or analyse anything. Something happened, it is called facing the real world, reality turns a lot of people into leftists. I know a lot of you people like to say, when you grow up you become a conservative, I find it usually the other way around. Most "liberals" I know when they were 14, were Rush Limbaugh loving goof balls, than they moved out of their mother's. Believe it or not, I have Republican friends, and becides my mother; a complete Bush loyalist; they are amazed by Bush's failure and corruptness, and one of these folks actually shook my hand, said "you are right, I understand your anger towards the GOP". I know other folks, who never voted and are in their 50's, who voted for the first time in 2004, against Bush, that says something indeed. I do not walk around angry, I channel the anger for postings and my little internet radio show, which will be on the air soon. I will give you guys links if you dare to listen! As far as the veterans running, I believe the number is around 50, google fighting dems, you will see exactly how many their are. Good point on John F kerry, there were some vets against the war, not as prevelant as today. The problem today is the media ignores them.

    As far as Busby, she lost by a tiny margin of around 4%, smallest margin of victory ever for a Republican in San DIEGO, stop saying California, SAN DIEGO, is where Busby ran, California, yes, but not the state. There was no state election in california. I understand the talking point trickery used there, it is intellectually dishonest 100%. The result of that election is nothing to be proud of. Usually Republicans win by 20% points in San Diego, look it up. I have to call this out at least 5 times a day on other message boards. J.D good response, I have no problem discussing things with you. "Patrot world' and 'lonewatchman" will no longer get a second of my attention. They are 100% RNC playbook hacks. J.D at least has some ability to think, and not recite RNC hackery from the playbook. J.D do not refer to the Busby loss as "democrats lose California" it is 100% intellectualy dishonest. It makes you look really bad.
    byttb

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 20 June, 2006 12:02  

  • RWW, that wasn't trickery, that was geography and congruence of logic. I did not know at the time what district Hackett was running in (it was OH-2, suburban Cincinnati and running east along the KY border), so it would not have been logically congruent to say "Hackett in Ohio and Busby in far northern San Diego County." Either way, your point doesn't hold water. How many "bellwether" elections have been held regarding the Iraq war have been held? Well, we've got presidential and congressional in 2004, and some specials here and there, with one coming up in November. As it stands now, your "team" is 0-2 in the nationals, with losses also in the specials, and unless something else ugly happens to the GOP - admittedly a very good possibility - your "team" will be 0-3. That will not be because the GOP is doing a good job, but because the Donks are so horribly mismanaged and leftward-directed because of the Kos effect.

    You mention again the 50 antiwar veterans for congress, now tempered with "I believe." Who are the (I believe around) 50? You made the assertion, you back it up. When I kick out facts, I can back 'em up. Can you?

    You said: "As far as Busby, she lost by a tiny margin of around 4%, smallest margin of victory ever for a Republican in San DIEGO, stop saying California, SAN DIEGO, is where Busby ran, California, yes, but not the state. There was no state election in california. I understand the talking point trickery used there, it is intellectually dishonest 100%. The result of that election is nothing to be proud of. Usually Republicans win by 20% points in San Diego, look it up." Bullsnot. Once again, you made the assertion, I call BS. Prove your assertion, if you can (which you can't). Here's a hint: Start at http://ss.ca.gov for the CA secretary of state and go to the "elections" section. Check US districts 49, 50, 51, 52, and 53, all of which service Metro San Diego - one district goes up into Orange County, one other encompasses all of Imperial County. You might find that your statement that "Usually Republicans win by 20% points in San Diego" ain't exactly the case. CA-50 is not the most lopsided district in Metro SD (Issa's is), and was coming off of a multi-term congresscritter getting tossed in jail. The real proof in the pudding will be in November, when the same two individuals (along with the minor parties) will be getting it on again. No one in the media is predicting that Bilbray will lose that election - this one was Busby's last best shot, and she decided to let fly with her "illegals can help my campaign" soundbite; her campaign cratered within three days.

    You demonstrate the classic liberal argument tendencies: When you don't have the facts, argue the law; when you don't have the law, pound on the table and yell a lot and call people names. You keep proving you don't have basic knowledge of the facts on the ground, nor do you have the law on your side on a lot of your argument.

    So, what's left for RWW?

    Just keep digging. You'll find your salvation down there somewhere!

    By Blogger JD, at 20 June, 2006 20:26  

  • So RWW calls me a GOP playbook hack--a Bushbot? FAR FROM IT! Here in The People's Republic of CT we don't have real Republicans in other words CONSERVATIVES we have people like Chris Shays, Nancy Johnson, Rob Simmons and even Governess Jodi Rell.

    They would be described as RINOs--Republicans In Name Only. Wishywashy, milqtoast--in other words--NO GONADS! Why the only politico who would come close would be Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton who got some attention for trying to deal with illegal aliens.

    The conservative presence in this state is about as existent as the dinosaurs--and given what has happened to Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi, a liberal hack himself who now is a drug addict, it would be time for a seismic political shift.

    Only thing is Bridgeport has a lot of blacks who would blindly vote (Liberal) Democrat because they think Republicans are racist. HISTORY LESSON: 1964 Civil Rights Act--among Dems voting NO--Robert "KKK" Byrd and Gore's old man! I think it's time Jesse Lee Peterson of BOND or Niger Innis of CORE hit Park City and hit the ground running.

    Now being a conservative could also work for Democrats--ask Zell Miller, he could tell you about Bob Casey the late PA Governor.

    And in terms of being a Bushbot--I have had major issues where Bush was dead wrong--spending, an education plan with Kennedy, showing too much compassion when he should be a conservative and of course him being in bed politically with Vincente Fox on illegal aliens.

    And I am registered as Independent--BOTH parties don't do the job for me and when voting time comes if there's a libertarian--I might vote for that person as a protest vote telling both parties it's time to end the monopoly.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 22 June, 2006 07:49  

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