The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

24 October 2007

Libtalkers On Wildfire Causes, Randi Rhodes, Harry Reid, Mike Malloy


In Wildfire Blame Game, Lefties Kick It Up Ten Notches

In their desperate effort to lay political blame for Southern California's wildfires, liberals are resorting to extreme rhetoric, kicked up at least 10 notches from yesterday alone.

The latest oral conflagrations began with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who tried to pin the fires on global warming:

“One reason why we have the fires in California is global warming,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Tuesday, stressing the need to pass the Democrats’ comprehensive energy package.

Moments later, when asked by a reporter if he really believed global warming caused the fires, he appeared to back away from his comments, saying there are many factors that contributed to the disaster.

Next, it was libtalker Randi Rhodes' turn to up the ante and she came through with flying colors. According to Ian Schwartz (who provides a clip here), Rhodes says Blackwater employees may have had a role in the fires themselves:

RHODES: I started just doing Google searches to try and figure out. You know, arson, arson, it was like crazy trying to figure out why is that being downplayed? Why is that, you know, just a small part of the story? And you know, every time I look for it what comes up, believe it or not, is that Blackwater wants to move to San Diego and build this giant complex in San Diego right where most of the evacuations are taking place and you know.

You just know wherever there is fire, this administration will be out there doing what it does best and that is fanning the flames, you know. It just spooks me, I can’t explain to you how creepy this whole thing is that you know, you’ve got these fires. Some of them are thought to be the work of arsonists and in the same breath you’ve got a community that’s on fire that just recently protested Blackwater West.

Just recently said no to Blackwater and apparently you don’t do that. I mean, I don’t even know what to think. You know, nobody is saying Blackwater set the fires, that is nobody that doesn’t want their house burned down. Nobody is saying that, but it is all so bizarre that this is America and you have to sort of sit there and wonder … arson, same place Blackwater West wants to be, people protesting. And then you find out that some of the guys that used to work for Blackwater are now in Schwarzenegger’s administration. It’s all so creepy.

Finally, not to be outdone, our old pal Mike Malloy took his own rhetoric miles above the previous day's, now blaming the "Bush Crime Family" for actually starting the fires (!!) as a way to divert attention away from other matters:

MALLOY (23 October 2007): It's being manipulated, we're all being manipulated, we are being shifted, refocused, not to minimize what's going on in California at all. But you know, the thought hit me today, God help me for this, or somebody help me, but the thought hit me today, um, all those fires, I had a thought, what the hell is causing the fires? They're all over the place, they're 40, 50, 60, 100, 150 fires, boom boom boom boom, what's causing that?!

They're not having electrical storms out there, they're not having any storms at all. What's causing it? But then the answer popped into my head, as easily as the answer about torture. The fires are being set, the fires are being set by elements of the Bush crime family. It's a great distraction, it's a wonderful distraction. And then I thought to myself, Jesus God! Did you really have that thought?! And the answer came back - yeah, loud and 'effing clear."

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What's next? We simply can't imagine.

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  • Fox News is now blaming al-Qaeda for the wildfires.

    I guess that means it really DOES make sense for the Guard's firefighting equipment in Iraq, fighting Iraqis, than it is to actually have it here to use?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 24 October, 2007 16:03  

  • If a meteor struck the earth, then the liberals would blame President Bush for the resulting devastation.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 24 October, 2007 16:16  

  • Man, the what, eight people who listen to Randi Rhodes' show must be totally blown away by that amazing insight!

    By Blogger Joe Liberty, at 24 October, 2007 21:25  

  • hashfanatic said...

    Fox News is now blaming al-Qaeda for the wildfires.

    Link, please.

    By Blogger Chromium, at 25 October, 2007 17:57  

  • Here's one of many links, Missouri.

    By Blogger Dave Carroll, at 25 October, 2007 18:15  

  • Hash,

    Found it on Michelle Malkin's site:

    Bathtub boy does not realize that when Fox News says they are fair and balanced, they actually have CONFLICTING POINTS OF VIEW on their programs from time to time. Listening to the audio from the Fox News morning program, it is clear that Kilmeade thought there was something to the al-Qaeda connection while Doocy clearly came up with several reasons why there is no significant connection.

    Enjoy Olbermann where all confrontations are done with videotape, never with a human at the same time. It is much easier to support your point of view that way.

    By Blogger Chromium, at 25 October, 2007 18:28  

  • Missouri, this took five seconds for me to Google.

    Do you believe your time is more valuable than mine?

    I might add, this happened YESTERDAY.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 25 October, 2007 19:25  

  • (Readers, please note that, with Brian's new policy of censoring leftist comments through comment moderation, the comments themselves appear out of sequence.)

    Missouri, may I ask what Olby or the shirt laundress have to do with the wildfires in California, or the fact that Fox attempted to connect them to al-Qaeda, a fact you are conveniently trying to cover up?

    Now, I like Olbermann's show, but, frankly, I am usually quite busy when it is on, or I am (gasp!) READING books, or other materials. Like many Americans on the left, I am not glued to the tube, or dependent upon any one source of ideologically homogenized information. Can you imagine such a scenario in your own life?


    Here's the best part.

    Theoretically, the fires COULD have been set by terrorists. With the open border policies that the Bush Crime Family promotes, their refusal to check incoming cargo through our ports (many of whom have been outsourced to foreign entities), and the fact that many swarthy Arab types are indistinguishable from Hispanics, who's to say it's impossible, or even unlikely?

    Unfortunately, years of your willingness to use our airwaves to cry wolf and promote the "Islamofascist" myth simply has ensured that any such speculation meets with a roll of the eyes, sneers, and acid-tongued rebukes.

    Now, who would be doing more damage to America's security: the levelheaded, objective, dissident liberal press, or the giant, multinational, one world government, corporatist, neocon Fox News Channel, presided over by Rupert Murdoch?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 27 October, 2007 01:03  

  • Hash:

    You and many others use "Fox News" as a noun. Brian Kilmeade, a Fox News employee, brought up the possibility of an al-Qaeda connection and as I noted, this was quickly shot down by fellow host Steve Doocy.

    So is it fair to say that "Fox News" blamed al-Qaeda for the wildfires, when the clip clearly showed it was Brian Kilmeade? Would it not have been equally consistent to post "Fox News shoots down al-Qaeda wildfire connection"?

    IMHO, when it is broadcast on the major newscast of the network (The Fox Report with Shepard Smith for FNC) or on one of their standard newsbreaks, THEN AND ONLY THEN should people say "Fox News claimed/said/reported" etc.

    I thought the connection to Olbermann was obvious: Olbermann Watch has "The List", which is a list of politicos followed by a D an R or an I. Monthsworth of Ds; when there is an R it is an event. Also, the "journalistic" guests are always from Air America or his broadcast partners like Newsweek and the liberal newspapers.

    So those of the liberal persuasion have the opportunity to watch and listen to an hour of unchallenged reporting and opinion. Enjoy!

    But please do not repeat KO's claims that he has no agenda and simply goes after "those in power". Democrats lead both houses of Congress, yet like Home on the Range, "never is heard, a discouraging word" about them.

    By Blogger Chromium, at 27 October, 2007 14:07  

  • Missouri.

    Like hash, I don't have a heck of a lot of time for TV because I usually busy myself with nightly human rights reports that take about six hours a night to compile and edit (

    I do, however, try to catch Olby during the rebroadcast and, it is obvious that you don't watch the show. Olbermann is very quick to criticize the Democrats, particularly for their gutlessness in facing down the President and the towel snappers across the aisle on funding for the War in Iraq. Poll after poll shows that they were given a mandate to end the war and they refuse. In fact as Air America and the MSM soft peddle the issue, Keith hammers it home.

    Is he partisan? Sure as hell is but his loyalties seem more to the liberal and progressive point of view than in support of the party like his rivals on Faux Noise. In fact, his opinions are much more populist than partisan. Keith figured out the Fox game. Speak to the basically apolitical in the heartland, stir up the outrage and reap the ratings and revenue benefits. Keith isn't reinventing the wheel, he is merely enjoying being on the upswing of the political pendulum that always swings both ways.

    By Blogger Dave Carroll, at 28 October, 2007 13:35  

  • Dave Carroll:

    Is it my turn to say that I usually do not watch much TV? As it turns out, I recently have been traveling for business and have seen much more TV than usual for me, being in a motel room. Normally, very little.

    The only time I have watched an Olbermann show start to finish has been when O'Reilly has had a repeat that I have seen or Kasich as guest host (my spelling may be off).

    I accept that he may criticize Democrats, but isn't that more like how a good friend would? I mean, look at his venemous rants about Bush, from a self-proclaimed person with no agenda.

    According to Olbermann Watch, an outfit that does watch every minute of his show, the last R on his show was Donald Rumsfeld. That tells me he has no Republican on with him to present the other side. He may have (perhaps mistakenly) had on journalists that were at least moderate, but from the daily listing of his guests, it seems like the usual gang of liberals, heavy on representation from from HCMMFA, Air America, Newsweek, and the liberal newspapers.

    By the way KO's "upswing" occurred last summer, ending last October for P2+.

    By Blogger Chromium, at 29 October, 2007 18:39  

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