The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

30 October 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Hannity, Levin Blast Lisa Murkowski's Talk Radio Censorship


Hannity, Levin Blast Senator Murkowski Over Host's Removal


A thuggish effort by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to boot a dissenting talk show host from the airwaves has now been denounced by two broadcasting heavyweights: Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.

Hannity, of the Fox News Channel and Levin, a best-selling author, are standing behind fellow radio talk host Dan Fagan of KFQD 750 AM / Anchorage after he was abruptly yanked from the airwaves following a legal threat from Murkowski.

Levin sees Murkowski as "worthless and pathetic", while Hannity calls her a "sore loser".

Facing a difficult write-in candidacy after failing to win her party's nomination, Murkowski was apparently incensed after Fagan implored listeners to follow her lead and register as write-ins before the legal deadline.

Fagan's likely goal: create a lengthy, confusing list of write-in candidates that undermines Murkowski's effort. Some on the left were also advocating this technique, though its potential impact may be negligible.

Earlier Saturday, Sarah Palin skewered Murkowski over the move, despite Fagan's longstanding opposition to the former governor.

Hannity agrees, telling the Radio Equalizer this late Saturday:

Sore loser liberal Republican Murkowski only wants HER right to be a write-in candidate. Everybody else need not apply.

These intimidation tactics are a disgrace. Clearly, Murkowski needs to read the Constitution, radio hosts and all Americans still have the right to freedom of speech.

Hopefully after Tuesday, Senator-elect Joe Miller can give her a copy of the Constitution, she should have plenty of reading time available.

She represents everything that is wrong with Washington today, she is a person who will do ANYTHING to cling on to power.

Levin had this reaction to Murkowski's move:

Lisa Murkowski is exactly the kind of politician the American people are fed up with. Her father first appointed her to his former Senate seat. For eight years she's been scheming and cutting deals in Washington, using taxpayer dollars to buy favors and, she thought, political support.

She was challenged this year in the Republican primary and lost, fair and square, to Joe Miller. But having promised to support the primary winner, she went back on her word -- first seeking the Libertarian Party's endorsement, which she failed to secure and now running as a write-in candidate.

For the last several weeks, Murkowski has called in favors from big unions and federally-created corporations, which have dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into her campaign. Murkowski has used that money to, among other things, hire private detectives to dig up whatever they could find on Miller -- which wasn't much, but which she has used to try and smear him.

She has hired high-priced lawyers to manipulate long-standing Alaska campaign rules and, having failed at the trial court level, won a decision by the Alaska Supreme Court allowing her precinct workers to hand out a list of write-in candidates (most notably, of course, Murkowski) at voting locations.

And now she threatened a radio station with legal action, claiming violations of FEC electioneering rules, because one of its hosts apparently encouraged listeners to file as write-in candidates (after all, if it's good enough for Murkowski, then any citizen should be free to do the same).

Of course, the threat had no legal basis, but it worked, as the host was apparently pulled off the air. Meanwhile, Murkowski is assisted by a typically liberal media in Alaska, despite her sleazy thug tactics.

Murkowski said in a recent debate that Miller, a veteran of the Iraq War and Bronze Star recipient, was not fit to be a senator. In an interview with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, she accused Miller of being an extremist because he believed in the Constitution. And she's so low that she has even used video of the late Senator Ted Stevens, who died a few months back in a tragic airplane accident, in commercials suggesting that the deceased senator would have backed her had he been alive today.

Murkowski is truly worthless and pathetic. Alaska and the nation deserve much, much better.

With a significant backlash brewing, KFQD radio management probably have no choice but to reconsider the move to boot Fagan. As for Senator Murkowski, will this incident prove to be the final nail in her political coffin?


  • She is exactly what is wrong in Washington, and clearly she is a working leftist. My family of 4 voters will be voting for Joe.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 31 October, 2010 02:24  

  • since it APPEARS (FROM THE STORY) the write-in effort was to cause confusion, SHE IS CORRECT TO BE UPSET.



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 31 October, 2010 03:27  

  • Methinks Lisa Murkowski is frightened by what the 111th Congress will uncover about her past political dealings, and desperately wants to be in that Congress to best protect herself. Silly lady! The new Congress will not be like the previous Congresses. I suggest she retire to a place which has no extradition treaty with the U.S.

    By Blogger klesb, at 31 October, 2010 11:43  

  • Fagen did not interfere with an election. Everything he called for was completely legal and legitimate.

    By Anonymous xax, at 31 October, 2010 13:19  

  • klesb: bingo. And she is far from the only one. It's not just Barney Frank but lots and lots of establishment Republicans too. I'd like to see McCain investigated for taking drug cartel money for instance.

    By OpenID pasadenaphil, at 31 October, 2010 13:52  

  • Not only has Murkowski proven herself unfit and unworthy of public office (except as a sanitation worker), but what kind of people manage KFQD? Could it be they agree with Murky and were, like NPR's brilliant executives, just waiting for an excuse to give him the boot?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 31 October, 2010 15:04  

  • When you see a person, like Lisa Murkowski, this desperate to keep ahold of political power you know this is exactly the person that never should be allowed to hold that kind of power.

    Murkowski cannot be trusted with such power and is a danger to all when she has it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 31 October, 2010 16:19  

  • "since it APPEARS (FROM THE STORY) the write-in effort was to cause confusion, SHE IS CORRECT TO BE UPSET."

    But that was not the purpose of the effort at all. It was a reaction to her legal team obtaining an unprecedented AK Supreme Court preliminary ruling to allow election officials to show voters a list of all the registered write-in candidates, despite state law against doing so. But if her name is but one of a hundred and fifty, she loses the advantage she thought she'd get from the list.

    That one of the candidates is "Lisa M. Lackey", thus potentially calling into question the voter intent for a literal "Lisa M." write-in, is just icing on the cake. I don't know when Ms. Lackey filed her paperwork, but there is no evidence that anyone affiliated with the radio station had any specific knowledge that she'd be one of the filers.

    By Blogger The Monster, at 31 October, 2010 20:54  

  • the sad thing is after she has been violated the first amendments rights of a U.S.Citizen ,many will still vote for her. This is what is brng down this once great nation. Osama could not have done what he did conderning healthcare unless he had the support and VOTE of 60 senators. How any Senator that voted for obamacare is still considered for relection is beyond my understanding. A snskae is a snake we now what communist dicators. The problem is those who know they are snakes yet continue to support them. God help America!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 31 October, 2010 21:10  

  • I hope the write-ins spell her name as Murcowsky. Let's have a Florida type verification. Wrong spelling invalidates the vote.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 31 October, 2010 21:35  

  • Murkowski is proof that the tea party was/is needed to clear out the entitlement class on Capital Hill as much as anybody in either party. She should be cooked.

    Also, anyone in Alaska who would listen to KFQD should let the station's management what they feel about Murkowski's thug tactics & what you are going to do about it. Boycotting the station's advertisers & not listening would be the easiest way to take aim at them. They should have stood behind Fagen, they did not, & KFQD is gutless.

    By Anonymous danybhoy, at 01 November, 2010 13:05  

  • Anonymous Anonymous said...

    since it APPEARS (FROM THE STORY) the write-in effort was to cause confusion, SHE IS CORRECT TO BE UPSET.


    Some help this person their brain is missing......surly a mass search can help him/her (it) find it....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 01 November, 2010 17:47  

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