The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

13 April 2007

Imus Fired, Media Matters, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly


Tasting "Victory", Media Matters Unveils Talk Radio Hit List

Fresh from their "victory" over supposedly "right- wing" host Don Imus, Media Matters For America has unveiled its next targets, with a list of successful conservative talkers making the cut.

Never mind that Imus was a John Kerry- supporting leftist and that the others are not guilty of saying anything close to what the I-Man got away with for ages. These guys are out for blood and until Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and others are off the air, they aren't going to stop.

While they might mask their true intentions with subdued language calling for a "broader conversation" concerning these hosts, the partisan goals of Media Matters couldn't be any more clear.

To David Brock & Friends, the Imus sacking will serve as a springboard to fulfulling their entire agenda, one that would sweep opposing views off of the face of the planet.

Take a look (and note the graphic montage reproduced above):

It's not just Imus

On April 11, NBC News announced that it was dropping MSNBC's simulcast of Imus in the Morning in the wake of the controversy that erupted over host Don Imus' reference to the Rutgers University women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos." The following day, CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves announced that CBS has fired Imus and would cease broadcasting his radio show.

But as Media Matters for America has extensively documented, bigotry and hate speech targeting, among other characteristics, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity continue to permeate the airwaves through personalities such as Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, Michael Smerconish, and John Gibson. Read more

In wake of CBS Decision David Brock Calls for 'Broader Conversation' on bigotry and sexism in the media

The question is this: when partisan liberals at Media Matters are calling the shots over talk radio programming, do you really believe they will play fair?

Or, will they do a "splice- and- dice" routine with audio excerpts, taking words out of context in the hopes of bringing down hosts they don't like?

Yes, there's no question that Don Imus had been pushing his luck for ages. In fact, it's amazing he wasn't brought down years ago.

Now, however, we're headed down a dangerous path, one where popular hosts may very well be yanked off the air simply because they disagree with David Brock, Arianna Huffington and the rest of the elitist left.

While talkers on the Media Matters hit list should feel a sense of pride over the way they've enraged the left, at the same time, they'd better keep closer tabs on their "progressive" enemies than ever before.

These guys play hardball!

ELSEWHERE: Dr Laura updates her blog, read her latest on marriage here.

AND: "Progressives" pressure former Boston Imus affiliate to move sharply leftward.

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  • Media Matters is misreading the tea leaves. I think Imus was easy because it appears he didn't have a very committed and vocal listenership. This was little more than liberals eating their own and thinking they had slain a dragon. Actual conservative talkers have a much more devoted fan base. A few of those guys in the rogue's gallery might not be too hard to pick off, like Beck, but guys like Rush are entrenched they make too much money and have been through too many storms. Even Savage could lose the airwaves, but as far as writing goes he would still be a powerhouse. I do wonder why all of the gallery is made up of white men. I wonder how Ingraham, and Malkin feel about that. Oh and what about Drudge, he's Jewish usually liberals like to do away with the Jews first.

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 13 April, 2007 16:18  

  • You act surprised. Brock issued a call for the return of the Fairness Doctrine back in 2004. At this point he'd sacrifice AAR if it enabled his outfit to have anyone he doesn't like gagged. Remember, they call broadcast shows to task if the person representing the Democratic side is insufficiently "progressive" in their eyes.

    Imus was just a warmup. Media Matters is definitely gonna be ratcheting the game up now that they've got a scalp.

    By Blogger TC, at 13 April, 2007 17:08  

  • C&P_Loney, you are the last person in the world with ANY CREDIBILITY involving calling anyone else (or any other site) on their use of graphics.

    Do you really expect your readers to be so obtuse?

    Why did I ask that question? From the numerous times you've linked articles (with the express purpose of pretending the link will support your made up argument) that have no relevance to your assertions - of course that's what you expect.

    At least you've done one wholly original article that can't reasonably be refuted - but it's a needle in a haystack on your site.

    By Blogger TJ, at 13 April, 2007 17:37  

  • Media Matters should just jump into bed with the two biggest race baiters around;Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson (I have a strong feeling they already are)!!! I refuse to call them by the holy name of Reverands, because it would be blaspheming all the "Real" people of the cloth. Maybe Media Matters (More Malice Monkey-business) should look in the mirror and then go after the real culprits. Did you ever hear of Ludicrous/Snoop Dog/Enmien/et al????????? But they cannot do that....Two reasons; they would lose their cash cows and then would have to go look for a real job!!!!

    By Blogger Nick Novellino, at 13 April, 2007 20:25  

  • Media Matters is just trying to show some results to Soros for the money Soros funneled into it. No results, George cuts off the funding.

    Oh, lefties, we know that George doesn't write a check directly. He funnels it thtough other organizations to try to hide his funding which begs a comment, why do you libs hypocritically hide where YOUR money comes from??

    By Blogger PCD, at 14 April, 2007 11:13  

  • Media Matters actually called Imus "right wing?" That's funny I don't remember a group called "right wingers for Kerry" during the 04 elections. Just a few weeks before this comment Imus was making fun (with Barnicle on the phone) of the hypothetical hanging of Cheney and other Republicans.

    Imus is a vicious far left wing fanatical kook. I suppose if you're just slightly to the right of Chairman Mao you're considered "right wing" to Media Matters

    By Blogger Capitalist Infidel, at 14 April, 2007 13:29  

  • "DA PLANE!!! DA PLANE!!!"

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 14 April, 2007 20:46  

  • If you bothered to listen to Imus interviewing Chaney and his wife, abd witness the ass kising, you would draw the same conclusion, Imus is RIGHT winger, who voted against Bush. Big Deal, he is a Republican, registered Republican, and McCain supporter. Now grow up

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 15 April, 2007 18:20  

  • Poor Imus. No one, left nor right, wants to claim him as their own.

    I think Bob Sommerby got it right. The guy was fundamentally ignorant. He didn't have any politics but what would lead to his own self-aggrandizement. His political perspectie seemed more motivated by his desire to punish people who would not appear on his show and to reward those who did than anything else.

    As a leftist, I do not count him as one of ours. By the same token, I can accept that rightists wouldn't accept him either.

    By Blogger metrodorus, at 15 April, 2007 19:27  

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