The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

17 February 2007

Ed Schultz, Air America, Liberal Talk Radio Hosts


In Weird Dispute, Hosts Turn Against Each Other

After so many recent affiliate losses for liberal talk radio, was it inevitable that so- called "progressive" hosts would eventually turn against one another?

Considering that Air America Radio's slow and painful disintegration has also damaged the careers of unaffiliated lefty talkers, it was probably only a matter of time before tensions reached the boiling point.

Though the mainstream media still refuses to admit to the accelerating loss of stations carrying liberal talk (Reuters still falsely claims Air America has 81), with new format changes in both Sacramento and Fresno, among other locales, it's been a tough week.

Because non- AAR talkers Ed Schultz and Stephanie Miller have had moderately more successful results to date, it's hard not to have a bit of sympathy for them, given station losses that were caused by Franken & Co's failure to generate a substantial audience. Both are syndicated by JonesMediaAmerica of Denver.

Oddly, however, Schultz and Miller get little credit from the left for their better performance, with the former actually the target of Internet conspiracy theories about his backers and real political leanings.

In recent days, the sniping between Air America's hosts and Schultz have become especially heated, with the on- air battle generating a great deal of attention on lefty blogs. As far as we're aware, Miller has not joined in on the fun.

From the Daily Kos, here's contributor Diana04:

Jesus H. Crist

I'm getting really sick of the back-and-forth public bickering between and among Air America Radio hosts and progressive hosts on other networks. It's really unprofessional and it's getting WAY out of hand.

My Clear Channel-owned progressive station carries a variety of hosts from different networks. I like and listen to many of them. I like Al Franken, Ed Schultz, Sam Seder and Rachel Maddow.

What these self-centered personalities don't seem to realize is that many of us are fans of BOTH AAR and hosts on other networks. They are all part of the same line-up! It's obvious that they are all battling for power and influence, and it is getting really frustrating as a listener.

I've heard my local (liberal) Clear Channel hosts beat up on Air America, because one of the guys wants his own show and hasn't gotten it. I've heard Randi Rhodes beat up on Al Franken. Mike Malloy (whom I can't stand) beats up on Ed Schultz.

Sam Seder has been publicly attacking Ed Schultz (according to both Ed and his callers), so Ed Schultz finally blew a gasket on his show today and has been railing against Air America for the last hour:

"Air America sucks! Their programs are horrible. Their business practices are an embarrassment. They can't sell a single advertisement! They haven't made a dime! Al Franken leaving is the best thing that could have happened to talk radio."

WAAYY overboard, Ed. Simmer down.

We're all on the same side here. Can't you just get along?

Enough is enough, from all of you. Grow up!

TC of Leather Penguin points to this audio clip of Schultz ripping Air America's hosts to shreds.

For Schultz, Miller and other libtalkers who have never been a part of Air America, the loss of these stations could prove career- ending, as there soon may not be enough outlets remaining to justify the expense of syndication and attract advertisers.

Some Radio Equalizer emailers have speculated that this might be the reason why Schultz recently returned to hosting a local show in Fargo, which he had dropped after taking on the national program.

If any additional stations drop libtalk in the next several weeks, this could get even uglier.

Classic AAR image: David A Lunde

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  • Pass the popcorn. Libs eating their own for lunch. Surely there will be more defections from the format are contracts with stations across the country expire. Has there been any additions? Seems like its all in one direction. Cant be a good indicator when all you can hope for in the near term is to staunch the bleeding with a tourniquet.

    By Blogger Seriouslyunserious, at 17 February, 2007 12:48  

  • You're only three days late on this.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 17 February, 2007 13:14  

  • "Libs eating their own for lunch..."

    'Cept Schultz ain't no librull...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 17 February, 2007 13:26  

  • DAMMIT! Where's ToPee!

    I DEMAND to be denigrated.

    PS: (keep this under the covers) Hashie's a tool.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 17 February, 2007 15:51  

  • I meant "MoPee"
    miniscule minister of JAKING OFF IN THE VESTIBULE.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 17 February, 2007 15:54  

  • Brian, I'm shocked.

    You mean you're letting your minions do your homework for you, now??

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 17 February, 2007 16:05  

  • "tool"...a term of endearment!


    For the unschooled...either from
    a: PBA delegate
    b: firehouse punk
    c: sanitation slowhand
    d: corrections trainee
    e: laid-off Reagan era Pershing trader, 1980s
    f: outer-borough 9/11 industry blogger with unresolved "tensions"

    common denominator: they had the gospel, when they were shackled to a they have THEIR freedom, what do they sing for??

    I'll pass a kitty around to send "Timmy the Traitor" BACK to the tenements, for "re-enlightenment"...

    Enough Franken-stein, clowns:

    Who's guilty? Seder, or Schultz?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 17 February, 2007 16:52  

  • And the right wing never eats their own? How about McCain calling Falwell and Robertson and their knuckle-dragging ilk (reviled by the whole world as worse than the Taliban) mentally ill after they spread rumors about him having a illegitmate Asian child he had adopted overseas? Kinda makes Schultz-Seder sound like small potatoes.

    By Blogger gregrocker, at 17 February, 2007 20:28  

  • Greg, this is a crew that gets their morning news from Curtis Sliwa, considers Warner Wolf an entertainment reporter, and would install John Stossel as head of the Federal Reserve, if given the chance.

    Try McCain letting his wife and child be smeared for political expediency.

    If that doesn't chill the cockles of your soul, just imagine what kind of anti-Islamist master of the universe they'll trot out next....

    Worry not. Have pitchfork, will travel....

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 17 February, 2007 20:52  

  • 'Cept Schultz ain't no librull...

    He certainly claims to be, which makes him one of the few (Most try to hide behind a Moderate Label.)

    By Blogger BF, at 17 February, 2007 21:14  

  • He can claim to be a Whirlpool double loader in the middle of a laundromat, but that doesn't mean he's capable of getting your clothes clean....

    Go to the buffoon's very own website, and you can literally pluck out by TITLE the wingnut-inflected positions (equivocation on Lieberman is a oft-debated example) and you'll SEE this in action. If anything, the furthest left he's gotten (if he can squeeze his carcass past the bar) are lame-o DLC talking points and neocon appeasement...

    Frankly, I'd cream myself if the wannabe salt-of-earth, standup guys of what's left of America would actually develop independent positions on real-world issues, stop parroting pathetic politicians, and speak from whence THEY came.....

    But this takes time and effort. Schultz's target audience can barely walk and chew gum at the same time. This greenhorn palaver fills the simpleton's gut, makes him think he's a "radical" out-of-the-box thinker...reality is their hero has feet of clay.

    As I've mentioned, Schultz was bought and paid for a loooong time ago.

    Keep it in'll never fly here, not even amongst discontented Rushbots.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 17 February, 2007 22:06  

  • I am glad to see you someone finally giving TC some link love.

    By Blogger none, at 17 February, 2007 22:08  

  • Was Sam out of line, for promoting the cause of a fellow AAR progressive talker, over one of another network and another alternate universe?

    Methinks if Sammy had, you'd be all over his posterior for hypocrisy, and "selling his soul for the bright lights of success"....

    In truth, I've never heard of any talker at any network speak well of Schultz apart from....Stephanie Miller??

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 17 February, 2007 22:18  

  • ", la, la la la la..."

    By Blogger Unknown, at 17 February, 2007 22:21  

  • and hash owes me a farkin dollar.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 17 February, 2007 22:22  

  • Square biz??

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 17 February, 2007 23:06  

  • One site already has some tongue in cheek Franken bumper stickers, like
    he'll "do for Minn. what Air
    America did for radio!".

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 17 February, 2007 23:09  

  • Rac...

    Sponsored by "V the K", or Schlussel-Gelt?

    (Always watch the sponsors, the sponsors...)

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 17 February, 2007 23:15  

  • Okay....wingnut head count.

    How many here have actually listened to Thom Hartmann?? Huh??

    Are you THAT addicted to a stone-cold opiate junkie's rantings that you NEVER would listen to anything else?

    How did you find out about Franken?

    Did you jump on the bandwagon, take the cool blogger's word for it, or were you ever able to stomach it?

    Can you even differentiate between Malloy's brand of shtick, and, let's say, Garafalo's, or EVEN Schultz?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 18 February, 2007 00:02  

  • hashie: "He can claim to be a Whirlpool double loader in the middle of a laundromat, but that doesn't mean he's capable of getting your clothes clean...."

    THAT, SIR, IS A DOUBLE DOG,"just fucking funny!" retort.

    I GOLF CLAP YOU, SIR... and hope you copyright it....

    or I'll damn well steal it.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 18 February, 2007 00:41  

  • Has this blog ever been anything but another wingnut rag? Once, just once, it would be nice to see a clear eyed blog. Why not wish AAR good luck, and mean it. We are all just Americans, hate begats hate. I hope Ed, Stephany, Sam, Randy et al, concentrate on whats wrong with our country. We should not let the Limbaugh bunch affect us or our programs,

    By Blogger dudeson, at 18 February, 2007 01:26  

  • Oil companies, Drug companies, and big business will always support right wing media. That is their right. We view it as unfair, and it is in some ways. It is unfair in that when the tape is played out to the end, the middle class is gone. Just the rich and the poor remain. The rich abandon the scar that was America and enjoy their livee in Europe or elsewhere.

    By Blogger dudeson, at 18 February, 2007 01:38  

  • dudeson?
    walk-no, wait, RUN away, dumbass. No one invited you and no one asked of you anything remotely resembling an opinion to be enjoined in this environ.

    So STFU and DIAF.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 18 February, 2007 02:37  

  • TC. Who made you the High Sheriff of comment? I think you need an upgrade, perhaps a brain chip would help.

    By Blogger dudeson, at 18 February, 2007 09:04  

  • want my address, pissant? It's lookable up if you know your stuff. You can come try your"upgrade," you willy-nilly Andy Sullivan wannabe.

    I eat your likes for breakfast, Skippy.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 18 February, 2007 10:42  

  • By Blogger Unknown, at 18 February, 2007 10:50  

  • and who the HELL are you calling a "MINION," hashie?

    Everyone knows I'm an Overlord.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 18 February, 2007 11:42  

  • If I may say among these liberal...pardon PROGRESSSSSSSIVVVVVE hosts (retching)...SO MUCH FOR HONOR AMONG THIEVES!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 18 February, 2007 11:58  

  • tc, I quake in my boots when I think of you eating me for breakfast. Is after dinner ok ?

    By Blogger dudeson, at 18 February, 2007 12:15  

  • feh, you're more a light snack, Skippy.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 19 February, 2007 04:32  

  • is TC the board's Hannial Lechter?

    By Blogger PCD, at 19 February, 2007 09:08  

  • TC, you looking for me???

    I have been busy, trying to republish our blog, problems!!!!

    What are you shrieking about anyway?

    As far as this story
    Schultz started it
    sedar just was encouraging affiliates to run his show, since he works for A.A.R

    Schultz is a lame host, I catch him once in a while on 1520 out of buffalo, 50K watt lib talker, comes in loud and clear in NYC evenings.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 19 February, 2007 13:45  

  • seeing as how you claim that 81 affiliates is a lie, how many do they actually have? i noticed that you didn't bother to correct their lie, just chose to claim that it was.

    i'm not saying they have 81 affiliates still, but if you make a claim, you need to back it up with facts. journalism 101.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 19 February, 2007 15:33  

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