The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

19 September 2005

Why Some Conservatives Like Liberal Radio Network

Useful Idiots?

Some On Right May Want Air America To Stick Around

Of our efforts to expose Air America's sleazy Enron-like corporate behavior, is it safe to assume conservatives are united in support?

To a point, yes.

There certainly are some, though, who'd rather not see this investigative effort become too successful. That's because the liberal radio network's programming has gone so far off the deep left end, it's now a GOP gold mine.

By the same token, would Republicans want Rep. Jim McDermott of Seattle, or Sen. Ted Kennedy defeated? While having no impact on national political trends, the moonbat wing of the Democrat party provides a bounty of choice quotes for fundraising letters, making the answer a firm "no".

Primo case-in-point: Air America Host/rapper Chuck D's (one of the black hosts network co-founder Sheldon Drobny couldn't name on C-SPAN) support for Louis Farrakhan's assertion whites blew up levees to wipe out the black population in New Orleans.

This via NewsMax:

Two hosts at the liberal radio network Air America are defending Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan - saying he's not wrong to suspect that white people deliberately blew up the levees in New Orleans.

"You cannot blame people for coming up with conspiracy theories," Air America host Chuck D. said, after he was asked Thursday about the paranoid pronouncement by MSNBC's Tucker Carlson.

"They look on television and see that the government is four days late in saving people [who are] supposed to be their citizens," Chuck D. explained.

Carlson gave him a second chance to denounce Farrakhan's lunatic declaration, saying, "You're a smart guy. You know that white people didn't blow up the levees to kill black people. You've gotta know that didn't happen."

But the Air America host refused to budge, insisting instead that there was a chance Farrakhan could be right....

It gets worse:

After failing to persuade Chuck D., the MSNBC host turned to panelist Rachel Maddow, who also hosts a show on Air America.

Asked if she believed that white people deliberately destroyed the levees, Maddow declined to render a personal judgment - and instead defended the sentiment behind the toxic hypothesis.

The MSNBC transcript is available here.

It's one thing to hear Chuck D saying what's not much different than today's typical rap lyrics, but Rachel Maddow? She's the one held up by Air America supporters as intellectually superior, yet here looks moronic.

While these kooky conspiratorial comments (which oddly seem to fit Sheldon Drobny's fringe LaRouchian leanings) do boost conservative support, we can't overlook sleazy behavior of epic proportions simply for the sake of easier Republican fundraising pitches.

The fodder will have to come from somewhere else, I'm afraid.

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  • I have to agree. I did not want AAR to go under cause there is no doubt they persuade people to the right by their display of idiocy. But you do have to draw a line. I tried again this morning to listen to them. I could only stand about 15 minutes and I had to turn it off. Those people are beyond idiots. Sorta like Mrs. Sheehan.

    By Blogger NtvAmrcn, at 19 September, 2005 07:51  

  • In the same vein, Ed Schultz claimed on Friday's show that Conservatives were "rooting for the hurricane, because more devastation meant more no-bid contracts".

    Hate Radio, indeed...

    By Blogger BF, at 19 September, 2005 09:31  

  • Yes, good points. We can criticize the likes of Michael Moore and Howard Dean but to some extent these libs HELPED us because they showed the far left
    was taking over the Dem. party, and some "in the middle" could only shake their heads and vote for Bush.

    Also it made sure to bring out the conservative base of the GOP: people who said "there's no way I can let these people get into power...again".

    There were a lot more "Democrats for Bush" than "Republicans for Kerry" last year. Perhaps a repeat of the
    "Reagan Democrat" factor? The conservative wing of the Dems has fallen away from the party and either become GOP or independent,
    and the more the moonbats howl, the more of them defect.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 19 September, 2005 11:09  

  • Brian -

    The Rachel Maddow remarks aren't in the transcript.

    And the others seem a little - well, toned down.

    Can you post a COMPLETE transcript?

    By Blogger Peter Porcupine, at 19 September, 2005 11:44  

  • I was a Republican for Ralph. Until Nov 2nd. :)

    By Blogger SCSIwuzzy, at 19 September, 2005 13:17  

  • it boggles my mind how you can say that Air America actually makes people go towards the republicans. if this was true, i don't believe that the president's approval rating would be at 41% currently. did you know that number is lower than clinton's ever was, even during the lewinsky scandal? that says something to me. whether or not you like air america is up to you. i don't feel that it warrants its own blog, but you're free to do whatever you want. but don't sit there and lie about people leaving the democratic party when the numbers show that people are actually losing support for their president.

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 19 September, 2005 13:55  

  • I can say it because, unless a person already has a hatred for Bush or the right, they will actually try to listen to AAR. If anyone who is rational does listen they will be driven away. There is only one other place to go in a 2 party system. And there is the fact that the right is winning election after election.

    By Blogger NtvAmrcn, at 19 September, 2005 18:17  

  • Outlaw:

    Just because the President's approval is low, don't confuse that with a low approval of conservatism and / or the Republican party. A good number of my friends (me included) are upset with Bush at the moment because we think he's playing waaaay too soft with the Dems.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 19 September, 2005 23:07  

  • >>If anyone who is rational does listen they will be driven away

    A friend of mine who's in radio and who has opinions to the left of mine
    said he tried AAR and couldn't stand it. Just poorly done. And the same sentiments were said by the GM/owner
    of a Boston-area station (running
    standards); a person whom I've heard on talk shows, and in many respects he sounds liberal...anyway, the GM/owner
    came right out and said AAR is just poorly done radio. (Ironically enough, his station picked up
    listeners when Boston's WXKS
    went from standards to AAR...people
    who wanted easy listening instead
    of Franken soon discovered HIS station!)_

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 20 September, 2005 03:11  

  • i'm a left-winger, and i can't stand the fact this would be said. it's no better than rush's "them liberals wanted a hurricane!" remark, but the difference is that these people on the radio claim to be better than Rush, but fail to do so.

    By Blogger Matt, at 23 September, 2005 22:16  

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