The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

28 April 2007

Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, Radar Magazine


Stern's Rush Rip Ignored, RADAR's Cheap Shot


Five or ten years ago, wouldn't it have been a whole different story?

Back then, a tirade by Howard Stern against just about any celebrity could have generated headlines across the country, especially one with talk titan Rush Limbaugh as the target.

Now, however, Stern's attempt at knocking down Rush has fallen flat, as evidenced by this generally- ignored RADAR Online item:

Howard Stern Blasts Bloated Rush

Shock jock Howard Stern weighed in on racism and conservative mouthpiece Rush Limbaugh at last night's Tribeca Film Festival premiere of The Hammer.

Asked what he thought of Limbaugh's "Barack the Magic Negro skit," Stern replied, "I heard it. He's guilty of not being funny, as usual. I don't mind race humor, or people talking about racial stuff, [but] it was just lame. He's lame." He went on to remark that even though Limbaugh "got thin, he still looks fat. He's an OxyCotin-head, and he can't even come clean about that. The guy's got issues."

Actually, Stern's slam fell so flat that it wouldn't rate a mention here at all, except for one reason: it's part of a larger campaign by RADAR against Limbaugh.

Disguised as a gossip magazine, RADAR has long had a far- left agenda and tends to utilize a sloppy approach to the facts. In fact, your Radio Equalizer can think of no better example than their dishonest recent attempt to stir up Imus- style outrage over one of El Rushbo's song parodies:

Limbaugh Guest Makes Imus Look Tame

IMUS WOULD BE PROUD Limbaugh, targets Obama and Sharpton

Forget that Imus guy. Before he was slinging his wannabe hipster, racially insensitive lingo, one of Rush Limbaugh's sidekicks sang the words "Barack the Magic Negro" to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon." Listen here.

The song is performed by white comedian Paul Shanklin mimicking Rev. Al Sharpton in a bad "black" voice, and it's based on an LA Times article that explains how the "Magic Negro" was a figure in lore who cropped up during the Brown vs. Board of Education era.

Rev. Sharpton, got room for another guest this week?

What's particularly infuriating here is while it (sort of) admits the "Magic Negro" tag was actually applied to Obama by a Los Angeles Times columnist, it blames Rush anyway!

Yet anyone who actually heard Rush's show would know he was pointing to the irony of a liberal daily newspaper dismissing Obama in such a blunt manner.

From the original LA Times piece:

Obama the 'Magic Negro'

The Illinois senator lends himself to white America's idealized, less- than- real black man.

By David Ehrenstein

March 19, 2007

AS EVERY CARBON-BASED life form on this planet surely knows, Barack Obama, the junior Democratic senator from Illinois, is running for president. Since making his announcement, there has been no end of commentary about him in all quarters — musing over his charisma and the prospect he offers of being the first African American to be elected to the White House.

But it's clear that Obama also is running for an equally important unelected office, in the province of the popular imagination — the "Magic Negro."

The Magic Negro is a figure of postmodern folk culture, coined by snarky 20th century sociologists, to explain a cultural figure who emerged in the wake of Brown vs. Board of Education. "He has no past, he simply appears one day to help the white protagonist," reads the description on Wikipedia.

He's there to assuage white "guilt" (i.e., the minimal discomfort they feel) over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history, while replacing stereotypes of a dangerous, highly sexualized black man with a benign figure for whom interracial sexual congress holds no interest.

While the writer does have a point (the political careers of Obama, as well as new Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, are both largely the products of white guilt), it was an incendiary column from a supposedly "progressive" publication.

To blame Limbaugh for merely spoofing this piece, however, reveals RADAR's extreme partisan agenda. Luckily for Rush, it's going to take a lot more than this to bring him down.

UPDATE: In a rare case of independent thought at the Huffington Post, columnist Earl Ofari Hutchinson is backing Limbaugh!

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  • Brian,
    When will you correct your mistake about Soros furing Media Matters? It just is not true? Are you not man enough to admit a mistake?
    From Media Matters:
    On the April 26 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly attacked Media Matters for America, saying that "the vile Media Matters outfit is denying receiving funding from any of [progressive financier] George Soros' outfits," and claiming, "Well, that is a total lie." As evidence, O'Reilly noted that the Tides Foundation donated over $1 million to Media Matters in 2005, "[a]nd just by coincidence Soros' Open Society Institute [OSI] donated more than a million dollars to Tides in 2005." He added: "Figure it out."

    But O'Reilly's conclusion that Soros donated $1 million to Media Matters through the Tides Foundation is false. OSI's donations to Tides were earmarked for several specific programs, and Media Matters was not included on this list.

    As Media Matters documented, on April 24, O'Reilly unveiled a chart that purported to expose a "complicated political operation" in which "Soros and a few other wealthy radicals who help him are funneling money into the political process" by funding Media Matters, which "feeds its propaganda to some mainstream media people." As previously indicated, Soros has never given money to Media Matters, either directly or through another organization.

    By Blogger Justin, at 28 April, 2007 20:33  

  • in order for "white guilt" to exist
    a white person must actually
    feel guilty

    ..."white comedian Paul Shanklin"...

    okay, let's ratchet it up one further, and take on a real protected class

    replace the qualifier "white"
    with "jewish"
    and ask yourself if you can imagine
    such a sentence in any maloney post

    "Disguised as a gossip magazine, RADAR has long had a far- left agenda..."

    source, brian?

    i've never seen any comrades passing it around at any of our underground meetings....

    "...and tends to utilize a sloppy approach to the facts..."

    oh, i'm sorry

    mr. pot, this is ms. kettle

    "Yet anyone who actually heard Rush's show would know he was pointing to the irony of a liberal daily newspaper dismissing Obama in such a blunt manner..."

    brian, don't overstep your mission

    neither you, your readers, or limbaugh for that matter, possess the depth of intelligence required to process such a level of irony

    in short, blah blah blah

    now i despise rush limbaugh
    but the magic negro piece was funny
    mind you, i am not black

    what MADE it funny
    unlike imus' rant
    and unlike dumbass conservatives
    repeating "barack hussein obama"
    seventy thousand times
    is that it did not DEHUMANIZE
    and this is why the piece itself
    largely fell flat with neocons

    you have no discernment
    so the issue has to be dumbed down
    to the lowest common denominator
    so you can react instinctively
    and predictably

    liberals giggled at it
    because it wasn't chockfull of HATE

    brian, this is a textbook case
    of a hack
    creating an issue
    through manipulation of the simple
    when the original intent
    using a cute little ditty
    from a noone from nowhere
    with little discernible talent
    and trying to get mileage out of it

    yet another persecuted white man

    get a GRIP

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 28 April, 2007 20:46  

  • It just is not true?

    the neocon apologists
    are not about truth

    only slander, libel, and treason

    not to mention death

    always death

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 28 April, 2007 20:48  

  • Hash,

    Take your hate back to Jordan and stay there.

    You and Justin better get a grip. Soros used several of his wholly owned groups like and the group that Bill Moyers is the President of to funnel Soros' money to Media Matters. Not even Media Matters denies that.

    Hash, go hit the bong. It will be the most productive thing you've done in your entire life.

    By Blogger PCD, at 28 April, 2007 21:02  

  • make me, pcd

    make me

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 28 April, 2007 21:05  

  • "Take your hate back to Jordan and stay there...."

    fudgie, let me ask you something

    if a high school teacher
    in a public school teacher
    were to publicly state....

    "Since white people are not allowed to give advice or speak out against the filth that destroys any chance of learning in.....can any minorities or I guess liberals tell me what can be done to help?"

    AND such a statement
    regarding a public school teacher
    and the way he categorized
    the individuals he was supposed
    to be teaching
    were to be made public

    do YOU believe
    that many of the parents
    in his school district
    would interpret that as hateful?

    and why/or why not?

    please discuss, fudgie

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 28 April, 2007 22:58  

  • PCD: Bill Moyers was a BOARD MEMBER (not president) of a group, from which he resigned two years ago. And Soros donations to that group -- as my post states -- were specifically earmarked for programs that DID NOT INCLUDE Media Matters.
    Again: Brian made a mistake. And --as of yet -- is not man enoguh to correct it.

    By Blogger Justin, at 29 April, 2007 08:27  

  • it's okay to "make mistakes" (read: lie) when you are a so-called conservative

    just make sure rosie doesn't start asking questions about 9/11

    after that, all is permitted

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 30 April, 2007 06:50  

  • Hash, the left has not accepted responsibility for gutting the nation's defenses before 9/11. Their attempts to destroy America continue.

    Go back to Jordan, hater.

    Justin, Independent proof, not Soros' propaganda.

    By Blogger PCD, at 30 April, 2007 08:55  

  • Useless idiot PCD : gutting the nation's defenses before 9/11

    rolling on the floor

    you are a complet dittohead, Hannity licker
    clinton cut NORAD?
    Clinton cut the CIA?
    clinton cut the FBI?

    yourt fucking administartion ignored TERRORISM before 9-11
    it was off the table, a non-issue
    fucking Rumsfeld is quoted as saying it is not a priority

    your scum in the White house resulted in 9-11

    you filthy mother fuc*er
    your GOP
    they failed America on 9-11
    not Clinton

    Pcd solution to all of Bush's failures
    clinton clinton clinton


    Clinton cut NO servides which resulted in 9-11 retard

    your administration was not concverned with terrorism before 9-11
    I can back it with refrence after refrence

    you got nothing to back your claim

    you filthy little bastard

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 30 April, 2007 13:03  

  • "Hash, the left has not accepted responsibility for gutting the nation's defenses before 9/11. Their attempts to destroy America continue."

    except for the fact that, prior to the onset of the bush crime family and the siting of the bin-sultan air base in saudi arabia, america had no real security worries and nothing to need further "defenses" from

    but americans realize the war their children are dying in is not a war for interests of the country that they pledge allegiance, but a war for foreign entities and corporations YOU pledge allegiance to

    and whatever goes around, comes around, baby

    and your time is comin'

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 30 April, 2007 19:33  

  • Hash, is a brain dead idiot. AlQaeda bombed the Trade towers in 94, not to mention the USS Cole, the Khobar towers, and other attacks upon the US and our people. Hash thinks any attack unanswered under Clinton is not worth mentioning, as well as the gutting of the air defense forces on the east coast by Clinton. That's why F16s had to scramble snd fly from Maine to NYC instead of just from NJ on 9/11.

    By Blogger PCD, at 01 May, 2007 15:02  

  • you're starting to sound like you're in need of some good ol' fashioned discipline, boy

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 01 May, 2007 16:19  

  • PCD: Ready to CRY
    another RNC talking poiint, totally 100000% DEBUNKED. Clinton gutted nothing, you usefull idiot

    Here is Lawrence J. Kolb, Assistant Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan (not a member of moveon.orr)

    ot only did Clinton spend a large amount of money on the military; most of it was spent wisely. In the first Persian Gulf War, less than 10 percent of the bombs and missiles that were dropped on Iraq were smart weapons. That number jumped to 70 percent during this war because the Clinton administration ordered large quantities of upgrade munitions that made these 'dumb' weapons smart. The Clinton administration also invested heavily in the technology that gave the on-scene commanders a much more vivid picture of the battlefield than a decade ago."

    "It was the Clinton administration that improved the accuracy of the Tomahawk cruise missile and upgraded the Patriot missiles, which was so much more effective this time than the original Patriot in the first Persian Gulf War. The Clinton administration also kept the quality of our military personnel high by closing the gap between the military, and private sector compensation, a gap that the first Bush administration had allowed to grow, and improving retirement and health benefits for military retiree

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmm so what did Clinton "gut", you fucking usefull idiot. You filthy, degenerate bastard fuck face?

    Need more?? When Chaney was in charge of the Dept of defense from 89093, Cheney gutted the military, any cuts under Clinton wrre from Chaney's plans, douch bag

    Early in 1991 the secretary [Cheney] unveiled a plan to reduce military strength by the mid-1990s to 1.6 million, compared to 2.2 million when he entered office. In his budget proposal for FY 1993, his last one, Cheney asked for termination of the B-2 program at 20 aircraft, cancellation of the Midgetman, and limitations on advanced cruise missile purchases to those already authorized. […] His plan outlined about $50 billion less in budget authority over the next 5 years than the Bush administration had proposed in 1991.

    do not ever post "clinton gutted the military" , you filthy little cock sucker, your boy gutted the military, DICK CHANEY

    you filthy little degenrrate freak

    when right wing enablers lie, they must be called out


    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 02 May, 2007 10:27  

  • When MoPoop lies, he must be corrected.

    Clinton gutted the military. He deactivated a F16 interceptor wing in NJ that could have shot down the 2nd airliner that hit the towers.

    Stop distorting the record, MoPoop. US Spending is an open book, but jerks like you need to distort to have a point.

    By Blogger PCD, at 02 May, 2007 11:50  

  • Clinton gutted the military. He deactivated a F16 interceptor wing in NJ that could have shot down the 2nd airliner that hit the towers.

    right, because of cheney's previous military planning jeez fucking Christ, your the one spinning freak, not me

    you can't run from the facts Cheney gutted the military, loser.
    and the GOP has destroyed the US Armed forces currently , destroyed it. This is why people are going back to Iraq 3 - 4 times, not enoguh combat ready new recruits.

    Deal with it, you prjectet your failed party's destruction of the militay on Clinton.

    He deactivated a F16 interceptor wing in NJ that could have shot down the 2nd airliner that hit the towers.

    source? Fo corse you have NONE. But the whole country understands NORAD stood down. mmmmmmmm, Clinton's fault?

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 02 May, 2007 12:34  


    mmmmmmm, check this out, seems like Clinton did the exact opposite of "gutting the military. Here was his DOD budget and recommendations for 2000!!!!!!!

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, gutting the military talking point, UP IN SMOKE, just like all the other Ken Mehlmin and Karl Rove scriped lies

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 02 May, 2007 12:42  

  • because this neocon scum had
    absolutely no intention to USE
    our defenses against terrorism
    (no oil on the east river)
    and it would expose their own
    terrorist handiwork
    planes made u turns in the sky
    for two hours
    and three thousand people died

    but, hey, israel is safe
    and the chinese hold our mortgages
    and the russians have
    a reason to rearm
    the new orleans housing projects
    have yet to be un-padlocked
    our streets are filled with la raza
    condoleeza goes to see spamalot
    and toyota is king

    good going, neocons

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 02 May, 2007 22:19  

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