The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

02 June 2006

Robert F Kennedy Jr, Rolling Stone, Kerry


With "Stolen Election" Push, RFK Jr Courts Extremists

Question: at your
local newsstand, when was the last time you picked up a copy of Rolling Stone?

Has it been years? Decades? A century?

Exactly how old are you, anyway?

As the rock publication struggles desperately to regain its long- lost relevancy, it has latched on to the extremist politics of Air America Radio host Robert F Kennedy, Jr.

In a piece that during an election year is sure to drive Democrat Party leaders batty, Kennedy resurrects widely- discredited conspiracy theories surrounding the "stolen" 2004 presidential contest.

Again rehashing allegations of voter intimidation in Ohio and claiming that exit polls told the real election night story, Kennedy almost defensively goes out of his way to cite a huge number of "sources".

From the essay:

Like many Americans, I spent the evening of the 2004 election watching the returns on television and wondering how the exit polls, which predicted an overwhelming victory for John Kerry, had gotten it so wrong. By midnight, the official tallies showed a decisive lead for George Bush -- and the next day, lacking enough legal evidence to contest the results, Kerry conceded.

Republicans derided anyone who expressed doubts about Bush's victory as nut cases in ''tinfoil hats,'' while the national media, with few exceptions, did little to question the validity of the election. The Washington Post immediately dismissed allegations of fraud as ''conspiracy theories,''(1) and The New York Times declared that ''there is no evidence of vote theft or errors on a large scale.''(2)

But despite the media blackout, indications continued to emerge that something deeply troubling had taken place in 2004. Nearly half of the 6 million American voters living abroad(3) never received their ballots -- or received them too late to vote(4) -- after the Pentagon unaccountably shut down a state-of-the-art Web site used to file overseas registrations.(5) A consulting firm called Sproul & Associates, which was hired by the Republican National Committee to register voters in six battleground states,(6) was discovered shredding Democratic registrations.(7) In New Mexico, which was decided by 5,988 votes,(8) malfunctioning machines mysteriously failed to properly register a presidential vote on more than 20,000 ballots.(9) Nationwide, according to the federal commission charged with implementing election reforms, as many as 1 million ballots were spoiled by faulty voting equipment -- roughly one for every 100 cast.(10)

With Democrats feeling strongly that the GOP is in trouble this year, they need a dose of this fringe kookdom about as much as another loud scream from Howard Dean would aid November's outcome.

Worst of all, there's really very little here that hasn't already been pushed, ad nauseum, by this crowd for the last 18 months. Especially laughable: that RFK Jr's work was aided by a "Rolling Stone investigation".

Who exactly were these "investigators"? In a haze of smoke, did they stumble out of a Phish concert?

And get a load of some of their fringe partisan "sources":

Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them) by Mark Crispin Miller

Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? : Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count by Steve Freeman, Joel Bleifuss

How the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election & Is Rigging 2008 by Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman

Of course, this is the same "environmentalist" Kennedy who opposes the Cape Cod wind farm plan because it's visible from the family compound in Hyannis and the "anti-corporate fraud" Kennedy who refuses to speak out against corruption originating with his own employer, Air America Radio.

If Robert isn't running for office, what's this all about? Your Radio Equalizer believes that by boosting his public profile, Kennedy can command even larger fees from the universities and other leftist organizations that routinely book him for speeches.

Almost without end, Kennedy seems to be on the road delivering his fiery rhetoric to unquestioning "progressives".

For Republicans, the best course of action is to encourage Kennedy to keep pushing these crazy theories. The public backlash alone ought to restore at least 10 points to Bush's approval ratings, something sorely needed at the moment.

Meanwhile, the blogosphere is buzzing over this piece. Look for insight at Riehl World View, Hot Air and memeorandum, as well as lefty praise from DU, Fact-esque and Air America Radio's website.

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Top RFK photo: Boston Herald library picture


  • How many bong hits does one need to do to fully understand RFKjr's article in Rolling Stoned, that bastion of
    journalistic excellence? Too bad the Kennedys oppose that wind farm. The hot air emanating from Senator Chivas
    and the rest of his goofy relatives
    could power all of Cape Cod.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 02 June, 2006 04:07  

  • I will be so glad when the last of the senile baby boombers shuffles off the mortal coil and we will be done with their idiotic Kennedy obssession.

    I bet the majority of Rolling Stone subscriptions these days go to retirement communities. Maybe free RS subsidies will be the next great cause of the AARP.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 02 June, 2006 08:11  

  • Because of an USPS screwup, I got Rolling Stone at my house for about a month. It was simply one of the most ridiculous things I'd ever seen. It makes Air America look positively balanced. Then again, its subscription rate probably makes Air America look like Howard Stern.

    By Blogger Darin, at 02 June, 2006 10:24  

  • I used to receive this magazine as a gift subscription. I couldn't bear it any longer when even a simple song review, no longer than a paragraph, was a stage from which to launch anti-Bush comments. That was the last I read of that magazine. BDS possessed: Rolling Stone writers, editors, et al.

    By Blogger Crimsonfisted, at 02 June, 2006 10:24  

  • Brian,
    Since research seems to scare you: Rolling Stone has print circulation of around 1.5 million. Its website is ranked at 3,081 by Alexa. For comparison, Radio Equalizer is ranked at 159,337.

    By Blogger Justin, at 02 June, 2006 11:38  

  • So, Justin, your point is that at most one half of one percent of Americans get a copy of Rolling Stone.
    Doesn't sound all that influential a publication in the grand scheme of things...

    By Blogger SCSIwuzzy, at 02 June, 2006 17:14  

  • Just saw RFK Jr. on CNN. Please, PLEASE put him on as many TV stations as possible. Breathless, clueless, and a complete buffoon. I don't think it's an exaggeration that he could single-handedly raise GWB's approval rating 10 points.

    By Blogger Darin, at 02 June, 2006 17:58  

  • spasmodic dysphonia - look it up, idiots.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 02 June, 2006 18:14  

  • SCSIwuzzy, thanks for taking my thunder! Oh, and Rolling Stone magazine STILL EXISTS???!!?

    RFK Jr., WHAT A BLOWHARD! His hot air could light all of uber-liberal New England, not just Cape Cod!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 02 June, 2006 18:58  

  • spasmodic dysphonia - look it up, idiots.

    Thanks, I always wondered about this. I do know that Jr's kids have asthma to varying degrees. I can't imagine what it is like to live with asthma. He has coped quite well with his malady; I seem to recall that he had quite a bit more difficulty talking a few years ago and would stutter more frequently. It says a lot about his character and courage that he would fight this through and develop a practical speaking style (and perhaps unusual to the clueless right-wing freaks out there). And you realize that is why he takes the environment so seriously. There are lots of places in the country with poor enough air quality that the asthma is effectively caused by pollution.

    Bush stole the election, he stole the environment, and Kennedy is trying to prevent him from stealing his children's future.

    By Blogger WHT, at 02 June, 2006 21:25  

  • WHT - which election are you referring to - 2000 or 2004? Perhaps the 1998 Texas Governor's race? And what in the name of all that his holy does that have to do with Young Master Robert?

    Protomarxist envirokook bullcrap, whether spoken with dulcet tones or asthmatic breathlessness, is still protomarxist envirokook bullcrap.

    Give him the voice of a FM jazz DJ and he'll still raise his opposition's poll ratings.

    The era of Kennedy qua Kennedy has long since run its course.

    By Blogger JD, at 02 June, 2006 23:58  

  • Salon, that beacon of conservative thought has destroyed Kennedy's article. Find it here:
    It's pretty sad when your own fellow liberals take you down.

    By Blogger Will Hansen, at 03 June, 2006 00:23  

  • Both elections and every election in the future. We know the projection that you freaks practice. Spew Spewitt claiming in a subtitle in his book that liberals will steal upcoming elections unless the conservatives do something about it. Framing and projection usually amounts to giving away what you seriously engage in yourselves.




    Windmills off of Cape Cod.






    By Blogger WHT, at 03 June, 2006 10:31  

  • Apparently, Booby isn't concerned enough about air pollution to support wind-turbines off Cape Cod or forego his personal use of private jets.

    "Silly peasant! The elite expect everyone else to make the sacrifices to sustain our environmental extremism."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 June, 2006 11:23  

  • Framing? Projection? You mean like AlGore flying all over the place on private jets promoting his new movie on human-caused global warming due to excessive carbon releases into the upper atmosphere?

    Have you been reading HeadHunter and RWW lately?

    One of the hallmarks of KosDonk thought is a consistent urge to fight the prior war instead of the one that is before us. The only national Donk politician who didn't do that was Bill Clinton, a.k.a. The Ultimate Answer.

    And so, when challenged, the typical KosDonk answer is to bring up their purple-sky version what Dubya's boys did in 2000 and 2004, and stand back and say, "see? SEE?!?"

    If this is the level of intellect in the GOP's opposition, then the GOP will have to fall to Huey Long levels ("caught in bed with a live boy or a dead girl") to lose to the Donks, even though the GOP desperately needs a thorough ass-kicking come November.

    It is regrettable that the last realistic third party movement was headed by Ross Perot, because thanks to his lunacy there will not be a good, successful push for a third party for the next generation or so, and we desperately need one right-the-fark-NOW.

    By Blogger JD, at 03 June, 2006 12:28  

  • When I saw the references to "Kennedy" and "stolen election" the first thing I thought of was 1960 and Cook County, Illinois. Seems a bit hypocitical for members of this family to be crying foul about voting irregularities. Is the pot calling the kettle black?? Remember the old joke about "wanting to be buried in Chicago so I can continue to vote?" If memory serves Richard Nixon and the GOP weren't the ones behind that one that may very well have gotten Bobby's uncle elected.

    By Blogger Jayvee, at 05 June, 2006 14:34  

  • 1. Yes. RFK Jr. is way wrong for opposing the wind farm off Martha's Vineyard. He's a bad boy.

    2. Yes. I agree with you. The 1960 election was most likely stolen, or, if you want to be nice about it, manipulated, so that JFK would become President.

    3. So you admit that elections CAN be stolen. If that's so, why should RFK's Rolling Stone article be dismissed as the ravings of a lunatic? You admit it's possible that the Republicans stole the election in 2004.

    4. Yes. Baby Boomers have been obsessed with the Kennedy family. I am not a Baby Boomer. I don't care about anything but their politics, which are usually on the money. (He's way off for opposing that wind farm, though...)

    5. Republicans are still wrong about everything.

    By Blogger Scott, at 06 June, 2006 13:16  

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