The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

12 September 2006

Ann Coulter, Al Franken, Katherine Harris, Time Magazine


Plus: 9-11, Dr Laura Interview Note

Memo to Al Franken's co- workers: don't get caught between the liberal talk show host / alleged comedian / 2008 US Senate candidate and a pot of boiling water, otherwise, you might become his next tasty appetizer!

For this one, don't blame the Radio Equalizer, we're simply passing along another one of Franken's creepy "jokes", in this instance from a new Time Magazine interview. In it, Stuart indicates that Florida GOP Senate candidate Katherine Harris would be "tastier" than Ann Coulter:

Time: Hillary Clinton seems to be going back and forth about the 2008 presidential election. Do you think she'll run?

Franken: Only if she can raise enough money. [Laughs.] She'll probably run if she thinks she can win. Will there be an anybody-but-Hillary movement? Will there be someone to replace her? In politics they say that a month is a lifetime, and this is still many months away.

Time: You've locked horns with most of the top conservative pundits: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly. Which one is your favorite feud?

Franken: O'Reilly. I take great pride in having him as an enemy. He made me feel grudging respect for Rush because when I wrote Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot, my editor sent him a copy with a note saying it would really help sales if he mentioned the book on his show. Rush had the self-restraint not to do that. But O'Reilly--he just couldn't help himself. He's pathological.

Time: Who would you rather be stranded with on a desert island: Ann Coulter or Katherine Harris?

Franken: Hmmmm. I'd say Katherine Harris, because there's more meat on the bone.

Time: If the Democrats win back the House and/or Senate this fall, what will happen over the next two years of the Bush Administration--impeachment?

Franken: No. I don't think they want impeachment; they want accountability. There will probably be hearings to get to the bottom of things, like why we never got the promised report of how WMD intelligence was used by the Administration. I suppose there was a reason for that. It would be nice if things started feeling a little more hopeful and we start addressing the future, looking at the long term instead of the short term.

Time: What's more enjoyable for you: C-SPAN or Fox News?

Franken: C-SPAN. There's some hilariously awful right-wing stuff there if you wait long enough: speeches by Tom Coburn, Phyllis Schlafly, Brent Bozell or some other entertaining wingnut. Fox News is something I have to watch; it's like homework.

Meanwhile, this new YouTube clip of a Franken interview likely wouldn't meet C-SPAN's obviously high standards. In it, Al answers questions on behalf of his Midwest Values PAC while sirens permeate the background:

Hey Al, that one must be a Not- Ready- For- Primetime- Production.

In 9-11 news, thousands of bloggers took part in a project to remember its victims. Here's Bloodthirstywarmonger's moving tribute to Douglas B Gurian, the only West Point graduate killed in the attacks. Musing Minds featured Paul Pansini, of Engine Ten.

Your Radio Equalizer had mixed views on the 9-11 live broadcasts that were a common sight at Ground Zero yesterday. While some were well thought out, others featured talking heads as guests who were there more for the sake of career advancement (or to gripe about Bush) than genuine sentiment. One shameless tabloid / cable talking head was a particular offender, providing a real tune- out opportunity.

On a lighter note, Rush Limbaugh's 9-11 Kook Of The Year identified himself right off the bat as an Air America listener. From his transcript:

RUSH: Jeff in Philadelphia, you're next. Great to have you on the EIB Network.

CALLER: Hi, Mr. Limbaugh, how are you?

RUSH: Fine, sir.

CALLER: Can I start off by saying, even though I'm calling you, I do not like you. I'm on the far left and I'm an Air America fan. And there's two things. You know how intelligence operates in this country, and you know that the president, even if he appoints the CIA director, okay, they can be told to stand down by what is called Deep Intel who are connected with the establishment. If you read John Loftus' book, The Secret War Against the Jews, he even talks about issues such as that. And also, you called the Democrats appeasers, correct? Hello?

RUSH: Worse than that. Yes, and worse.

CALLER: Well, there is no appeasement, and we can handle the defense of this country. But the reason that Democrats act the way they do is because they do believe, most of them, like myself, I'm part of the truth movement, I'm not a conspiracy theorist --

RUSH: No, of course not.

CALLER: -- that 9/11 was an inside job.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: You know, you never talked about the Project of the New American Century, although you know about it, and you know the lingo in there about a Pearl Harbor level event motivating the American public, and then you look at 9/11 itself. You never talk about Marvin Bush, do you? And you know his position within the trade towers and the airports. And you look at those pictures today on TV, those towers after the planes hit were imploded, and you know they were rigged months and months before. Isn't it correct?

RUSH: No. I don't know it. You're putting words in my mouth.

CALLER: No, but you look at those towers --

RUSH: And, by the way, if it had happened, do you know how many people would have been in on it that would have had to have been shot, imprisoned, tortured, or eliminated? I figured it out. Maybe the people who rigged the World Trade Centers to be demolished like that were actually the people on Flight 93 which did not crash in the field --


RUSH: No, they're down in the Canary Islands right now, and they're all in prison.

COMING LATER TODAY: part one of our exclusive Dr Laura interview! What you've never heard about her views on politics, pop culture and her own career. Plus: her advice for President Bush.

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