The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

15 September 2006

FOX News Channel, Alan Colmes, Mike Gallagher, Bill O'Reilly


Undermining The Case Against Air America

Your Radio Equalizer is in the rare position of agreeing with an enemy today and that's a mighty bitter pill to swallow.

NewsHounds, an lefty anti- FOX site that has also slammed us several times in the past, correctly tears apart talk radio hack Mike Gallagher's gloating performance on the O'Reilly Factor last night. Gallagher, who really has had no role in the Air America debate until jumping in front of the parade last night, undermined the conservative case against liberal talk radio and damaged our cause as a result.

When asked why Air America could not succeed, the syndicated talker had only personal insults to throw at the liberal network's hosts, without offering a single fact or element of substance. Here at the Radio Equalizer, we've done our share of poking fun at Air America (especially with Dave and Pete's clever graphics, which have spread across the web from here), but we have always worked to provide specifics as to why the expensive effort was failing.

From NewsHounds:

Gallagher, unaware of how hypocritical he sounded claimed Air America people were mangy, bitter and angry like a bunch of "mental patients broadcasting in a basement."

O'Reilly surprisingly reminded him that there were a lot of right wing radio hosts that were the same way but Gallagher couldn't see that at all. He added that the left lacks warmth calling them "souless".

Gallagher, a cartoon "conservative" who has a past track record of these kinds of antics, destroyed his credibility when he wouldn't admit to O'Reilly's point that there are also a number of right- wing (some of them phony) bottom- feeders in syndication (did that point hit a bit too close to home?) who make all of the same mistakes as Rhodes, Franken, et al.

Is Mike merely swimming in the same sewer? And when has he shown real warmth or "soul"? This is hackdom in the first degree.

Here's the video clip:

It's funny, because we've often been accused of gloating ourselves, but the truth is somewhat different. An unemotional, non- partisan examination of our material will show that we like to stick it to those who deserve scorn (Al Franken's producer Billy "$625,000 plus lunch expenses" Kimball, for one), but we've also shown sympathy for some very nice people who've been chewed up and spit out by the Air America monster.

Colmes, for his part, showed a lot more class: he refused to bash Air America, even though it has been ruthless in attacking him all along. Franken rips Colmes almost as often as he slams O'Reilly. And Bill is correct to say that they hate Colmes simply for his FOX network ties, rather than for what he believes.

But they were all wrong to say that Colmes is a successful liberal radio talk host. His show has always struggled and he was recently booted from a key affiliate, KLIF- AM in Dallas.

And he wouldn't have done any better as part of the Air America lineup than Rhodes, Franken, Maddow, etc. But he is a nice guy. Guess what? So is Jerry Springer, but it doesn't mean anything.

To agree at least somewhat with NewsHounds, does that mean that Hell (Jerry Springer, Mayor) is freezing over? Perhaps for a moment, but probably not much longer than that.

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  • The question is why the hell was Gallagher on O'Reilly instead of Maloney ?

    By Blogger none, at 15 September, 2006 02:44  

  • The question is why the hell was Gallagher on O'Reilly instead of Maloney ?

    Oh, that's an easy one.

    Take a look at Baloney's last performance on the FalafelMeister. And I mean last. I would be astounded if even FOX risked a repeat of this ratings-bombing appearance from the least telegenic of blogospheric bottom-feeders. The control room was forced to cut to file footage for extended periods to try and save the segment because the moron couldn't control the unconscious ticks and twitches of a pathological liar.

    I hear a toilet flushing... again... on the pathetic existence of a wingnut shill.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 15 September, 2006 09:47  

  • Actually the question is, How long before the Liberal Shills that OH So Cleverly deflect the facts in favor of infantile personal attacks, will hang around when reality finally kicks them ass with another "Progressive" failure.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 September, 2006 10:56  

  • Oh, you want to discuss facts and failures. What a refreshing surprise from a wingnut denier of reality. Chew on this record of incompetence from the current conservative regime.

    Federal deficits... FAILURE
    Illegal immigration... FAILURE
    War in Iraq... FAILURE
    Osama bin Laden... FAILURE
    Social Security reform... FAILURE
    Corruption and bribery... FAILURE
    Port security... FAILURE
    Prescription drugs... FAILURE
    Health care reform... FAILURE

    Don't choke now.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 15 September, 2006 11:42  

  • now this is funny.....newhounds gives you a riot act from time to time??

    I had managed to stumble upon that site once....neat. I had found a mecca of Lefty windbags.

    Needless to say, I attempted to fit in with the nimrods. After a few posts ( within about a 2 week period ) I found that the " posters " made a separate link specifically TOO the website managers, requesting/begging/demanding, that my poster name be banned, BANNED mind you, from THEIR OWN FREE FIRE area.

    The moderator responded, " We can't ban someone from posting in the free forum area. It's open chat, open context and if you can't deal with the heat, don't post or read them. "

    THAT, was funny!! Lefties trying to BAN me from THEIR blog site, because I was too radical for THEM!


    Mr Mark Williams suggested once on his show ( Mark at Night Talk Live 1530AM KFBK )that I should ' sneak ' into such a site. After I informed him of what those folks did, he too, got a good laugh from it.

    Gotta luv the lefties!!!

    By Blogger LNaranjoiv, at 15 September, 2006 12:03  

  • O'Reilly: "Air America is in _dire

    Money For Nothing.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 15 September, 2006 14:08  

  • By the way, whatever happened to the bankruptcy announcement?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 15 September, 2006 14:17  

  • WPDunn; name a single thing the GOP has done correct for this country.

    job creaton?
    social upward mobility?
    helth care????
    bin laden?

    jsut what has the GOP done correct?
    you need a fantasy world of RNC mouthpieces on the radio, to create an illusion. I deal with reality

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 15 September, 2006 14:18  

  • >>defecit??

    once again; this must mean "lack of
    feces", as opposed to "deficit"

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 15 September, 2006 15:56  

  • You just have to love the proggy deflections. Can they ever stay on topic? And avoid BDS?

    Seriously, some conservative talk shows make the same mistakes as Air America: they are mean, angry, and not interesting or entertaining.

    I do not like Levin or Savage for just those reasons.

    On the flip side, I thought Stephanie Miller was pretty interesting the few times I heard her. While I didn't agree with her, she wasn't angry and loony.

    By Blogger William Teach, at 15 September, 2006 17:15  

  • It's funny, because, we've often been accused of gloating ourselves, but the truth is somewhat different.

    I'm still not buying it. The ridiculous Photoshops on your site (though outsourced) set the gloating tone.

    While a non-partisan reporter could criticize AAR as a business, you attack it as a liberal radio network. You snickered over each loss of an AAR affiliate, and you snorted each time a host or exec left the network.

    None of this makes me angry; you're entitled to react as you please. But don't try to fool us into thinking you pity those downtrodden liberals that worked so hard to build AAR.

    By Blogger cspank, at 15 September, 2006 19:56  

  • Baloney - You call Gallagher a hack? You, the hack of hacks? At least he has a job. He's got a show. You've got blogorhea.

    Baloney you failed on the radio because 1) you are a nut and 2) you're boring.

    You're such a freaking failure!!!

    By Blogger BWTechnical, at 15 September, 2006 21:36  

  • Brian, do you notice the irony of being called a "nut" and "boring," among others, yet the moonbats still come and comment?

    By Blogger William Teach, at 16 September, 2006 08:59  

  • I have long said that Gallagher was an embarrassment to the conservative base, and have never been able to figure out why he has a nationally syndicated show. Frankly, the guy's basically an idiot. When I was the program director several years ago, of a small news/talk station in Pennsylvania, and had to run his show because the station owner was one of his mentors, Daniel Pearl had just been kidnapped. Before we found out that he'd been brutally murdered, Gallagher went on the air and claimed that it was all a publicity plot cooked up by Pearl and his wife. I was furious, and I sent an email telling Gallagher that I thought that was WAAAAY over the top. For some reason that escapes me now, I also mentioned in the email that I was a part-time hypnotherapist. So when he went on the air the next day, he read my email and mocked me pretty harshly. To his credit, when Pearl was killed, Gallagher did apologize. He realized he had no choice.
    In any case, I do not understand why he's on the air. He's just a not-very-intelligent blowhard.

    By Blogger Bandicoot, at 16 September, 2006 13:28  

  • Headhunter [above] said;
    "Corruption and bribery... FAILURE"

    I would have called that a SUCCESS

    By Blogger ronfnf, at 16 September, 2006 16:22  

  • Every time I see Gallaghers visage on TV, actually I get the same feeling with Michael Reagan, I think of overdone baked apples.

    By Blogger ronfnf, at 16 September, 2006 16:25  

  • the case against liberal talk radio

    Let's hear it Baloney. There's only one case and it's financial viability, it's ratings. How many right wing hacks and nutcases like you have gone down the toilet?

    By Blogger BWTechnical, at 16 September, 2006 19:14  

  • "Corruption and bribery ... FAILURE"???

    Wow, I didn't realize Rep. William "Cold Cash" Jefferson (D-Louisiana) was a member of the Bush administration.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 20 September, 2006 15:45  

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