The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

23 May 2006

Publishers Weekly, Randi Rhodes, Janeane Garofalo, Sam Seder, FUBAR


Before Coming Collapse, AAR Hosts In Book Race

Before it all comes crashing down, particularly in New York City, several Air America hosts had better get their new books into the shops- fast!

With only one cover image actually featuring the words "Air America", separate efforts by Sam Seder, Randi Rhodes and Janeane Garofalo will soon be hitting bookstores.

A question for their publishing companies: have you guys been following Air America's troubles? What happens if they're placed on shelves after their respective shows have been cancelled?

With release dates scheduled for August and September, both The Encyclopedia of Republican Hypocrites by Randi Rhodes and a paperback version of Wait! Don't Move to Canada : A Stay-and-Fight Strategy to Win Back America, co- authored by Janeane Garofalo (according to Amazon) fail to mention their Air America ties upfront.

In Randi's case, that seems particularly strange, as her notoriety is entirely based on the network association.

Is this a case of book peddlers hedging their bets, or a simple oversight?

As for Sam Seder's F.U.B.A.R. : America's Right-Wing Nightmare, however, it may his employer that takes the biggest hit. We've seen the hardly- conservative Publishers Weekly pound some right- leaning books recently, but nothing like the full thrashing reserved for the leftist FUBAR:

In this manifesto, which is occasionally hilarious but more often stale diatribe, Air America radio's Seder and (Stephen) Sherrill have increased the scope of liberal rage to not only our elected leadership, but all those who elected him—the "Rapture Right" as the authors dub them.

To read this volume, which uses sarcasm as its main analytical tool, one would think the American right was composed solely of born-again Christians. And that take would indeed justify the title of the book, which is a military acronym meaning "F----- Up Beyond All Recognition." But devoting more than 40 pages (albeit funny ones) to problems plaguing gay Republicans, for example, seems excessive.

Where the authors' blistering irony works best, paradoxically, is in the chapter "The Media Is Not Your Friend": the authors discuss in particular the New York Times's Adam Nagourney ("If you want to see why the liberal media is... not liberal") and columnist Thomas Friedman ("what he's really writing about is Tom Friedman"). And here the authors hammer home their best point: the need for so-called "objectivity," which translates as the need to present both sides of an argument, no matter how patently inane.

Does that sound like a book that will do much to reverse Air America's sorry fortunes?

Released today, Seder's effort does indicate his radio association. A Radio Equalizer suggestion for publisher HarperCollins: should his "Majority Report" face cancellation in the next few weeks, have booksellers scribble out the words "Air America" wherever they're found.

Of course, by then, they may already be topping off the remainder bins.

For all of these volumes, what has been the biggest oversight? Easy: failing to use the cover to call anybody on the right "fat". To entice liberals to buy their hate- filled diatribes, it's certainly worked in the past.

ALSO: evil, partisan Google is again shutting out conservative sites. Newsbusters has the details.

Your Amazon orders that begin with clicks here, regardless of your final purchases, are vital to supporting this site's efforts. Thanks again!


  • Greetings Fat Ass Malonely!

    In does, in fact, seem you have lost your pathetic "source" at AAR.

    1. Janeane did not co-author the book you claim she has. You simply went to amazon and related their misprint. Proof you know nothing a moron who can type "" couldn't know.

    2. You know nothing of book publishing as Randi's cover will include the words Air America when the book is actually published.

    3. You have no job.

    4. My massive success must eat at you constantly. Two years ago I had never seen the inside of a radio studio and now I have everything you have dreamed of when you entered radio 15 years ago!

    5. Actually, I have achieved far more than you could have dreamed. I am a star of a NATIONAL RADIO SHOW, you aren't even an extra on local access cable. Even more depressing for you, you know you are incapable of writing anything longer than a crappy regurgitation of what Norm Coleman sends you, nevermind having a publisher pay you a SEVEN FIGURE ADVANCE to write a best selling book !
    6. You are extremely unattractive and poorly spoken. I am handsome and eloquent.

    7. You mooch of off your embarrassed in-laws. I support myself.

    8. Time magazine called you a conspiracy loon.

    9. This month's Vanity Fair said my best selling book was "biased [toward the truth] and hilarious".

    10. You say I'm not Sam Seder, how do we know you are really Brian Malonely? Honestly, think about it- who would ever admit they were Brian Malonely? The real Brian Malonely would be too embarassed to admit he was him. Only an imposter playing a joke on the idiots who read this blog would claim to be you! YOU ARE A FRAUD!

    11. FUBAR on sale now at amazon- it is probably number one as we speak!

    By Blogger samseder, at 23 May, 2006 06:41  

  • Wait! Don't Move to Canada : A Stay-and-Fight Strategy to Win Back America, co- authored by Janeane Garofalo
    According to the graphic you use, Garafolo only provides the forward (along with Seder). It would be unusual for a book to promote the network affiliation of a forward co-writer.
    Also, do Rush Limbaugh's books include "EIB Network?" No, because people just know who he is. Same for Randi Rhodes...

    By Blogger Justin, at 23 May, 2006 06:41  

  • By Justin, at 23 May, 2006 06:41

    12. I also co-authored a foreward for a book. I do so many great things, I forgot about that. How many forwards has Malonely written? (hint:it equals the exact same amount of jobs he has now)

    (answer: ZERO)

    By Blogger samseder, at 23 May, 2006 08:51  

  • Also, do Rush Limbaugh's books include "EIB Network?" No, because people just know who he is. Same for Randi Rhodes...

    By Justin, at 23 May, 2006 06:41

    You're comparing Randi Rhodes' notoriety to Rush's?

    You must be talking about Ozzy's late guitarist.


    In your article you state that should Seder's show be cancelled in the next few weeks...

    Is there any indication that this might happen?

    I've mentioned in a previous post that Garofalo signed off last Friday. Since she was the marquee name, could it be that AAR doesn't want "her" show around without her on it?

    By Blogger Brett, at 23 May, 2006 10:07  

  • You really have a boner for Al Franken and Air America.

    By Blogger Ted, at 23 May, 2006 10:58  

  • samseder:

    Try "Brainless Baloney". Nice takedown of the fatuous failure who now writes blogorrhea. All this amounts to is just panhandling for another right wing hate talk show. What a loser!

    By Blogger Dovish, at 23 May, 2006 12:42  

  • ted: Look over all this blogorrhea. It's all about Franken and his salary. It's so sad.

    Baloney: you're such a freaking failure. You used to get me mad but now you just totally bore me. Count me as one old Seattle listener who has written you off for good.

    By Blogger Dovish, at 23 May, 2006 12:52  

  • What do missola, atlanta and phoenix ex-AAR affiliates have in common?

    they were not clear Channel Stations and they all flipped when nobody could sell advertising on them!!

    What does this mean? AAR stations on CC afiliates are welfare radio stations.. They only exist because CC Subsidizes their pathetic existance..

    Very shameful...

    By Blogger dennis_kookinich, at 23 May, 2006 19:50  

  • Amazon lists Garofalo as a co-author. She's listed first. I noted that in the post.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 24 May, 2006 16:44  

  • Also, to the "Seder" guy, it's time for a new "joke". Why don't you pretend to be Randi Rhodes or Al Franken for the next month or two.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 24 May, 2006 17:02  

  • You are wrong (again) Brian.

    Her name is listed first but with (Foreword) right after her name.

    Wait! Don't Move to Canada : A Stay-and-Fight Strategy to Win Back America (Paperback)
    by Janeane Garofalo (Foreword), Sam Seder (Foreword), Bill Scher

    By Blogger waaah123, at 24 May, 2006 18:23  

  • Brian, I get a kick out of all the libs that think they are being so cute and effective in commenting on your stories. All they have are lies and personal taunts.

    Says something about their maturity level that they stick around so long with only one thing in mind-personal putdowns.

    By the way, thanks for all the work you do to inform us about what is going on at AAR and related topics. I regularily read your blog, with the side benefit of laughing at the libs who post here.

    By Blogger Linn, at 24 May, 2006 19:31  

  • Waaah, it didn't say that when I wrote the post. In fact, she was listed as the primary author.

    Yes, the cover differs, but it was clear that her role in the book was significant enough to warrant including in the story.

    Randi's book, however, will be the real test for releases by Air America hosts, that's the most important element of the story.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 24 May, 2006 23:15  

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