Talker's Magazine The quirky talk radio trade mag. Check the Talk Radio Research Project- it's not very scientific, but places on the top 15 talkers list (scroll down to Talk Radio Audiences By Size)) are as hotly contested as Emmys (and mean just about as much).
The Advocate No, not THAT Advocate... it's the Northwest Progressive Institute's Official Blog.
Media Matters Documentation of right-wing media in video, audio and text.
Orcinus home of David Neiwert, freelance investigative journalist and author who writes extensively about far-right hate groups
Hominid Views "People, politics, science, and whatnot"
Darryl is a statistician who fights imperialism with empiricism, gives good links and wry commentary.
Jesus' General An 11 on the Manly Scale of Absolute Gender, a 12 on the Heavenly Scale of the 10 Commandments and a 6 on the earthly scale of the Immaculately Groomed.
Irrational Public Radio "informs, challenges, soothes and/or berates, and does so with a pleasing vocal cadence and unmatched enunciation. When you listen to IPR, integrity washes over you like lava, with the pleasing familiarity of a medium-roast coffee and a sensible muffin."
The Maddow Blog Here's the hyper-interactive La Raych of MSNBC. daily show-vids, freakishly geeky research, and classy graphics.
Northwest Broadcasters The AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasters of Northwest Washington, USA and Southwest British Columbia, Canada. From Kelso, WA to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC - call letters, formats, slogans, networks, technical data, and transmitter maps.
Plus "recent" news.
The Moderate Voice The voice of reason in the age of Obama, and the politics of the far-middle.
News Hounds Dogged dogging of Fox News by a team who seems to watch every minute of the cable channel so you don't have to.
HistoryLink Fun to read and free encyclopedia of Washington State history. Founded by the late Walt Crowley, it's an indispensable tool and entertainment source for history wonks and surfers alike.
right-wing blogs we like
The Reagan Wing Hearin lies the real heart of Washington State Republicans. Doug Parris runs this red-meat social conservative group site which bars no holds when it comes to saying who they are and who they're not; what they believe and what they don't; who their friends are and where the rest of the Republicans can go. Well-written, and flaming.
Orbusmax inexhaustible Drudgery of NW conservative news
Western Washington residents, and assorted tourists who travel
Interstate 5, are well aquainted with the large sign that sits on the
east side of the freeway, just outside of Chehalis. Once owned by
Hamilton Farms, the billboard offers pithy statements from a right wing
point of view on everything from state government to the U.N. But this
sign is not the only politically charged message board in the country.
In the small town of Hanson, Massachusets, the local merchant who put controversial anti-Obama signs outside his
store has added two placards showing U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth
Warren in a Native American headdress with war paint on her cheeks.
“Elizabeth Warren is a joke. Princess Little Big Liar. Vote Scott Brown
United States Senate,” state the signs outside Sullivans Inc., a
motorcycle accessories distributor at 121 Franklin St.
“We’re $16 trillion dollars in debt and these politicians don’t seem to
care and somebody’s got to pay the tab, right?” owner Robert Sullivan,
64, said Thursday.
Warren, a Harvard Law School professor, stirred a controversy after it
was disclosed she was listed as Native American in several law school
Warren has said her “family lore” described Indian ancestors, and the
New England Genealogy Association said it found indications – but not
proof – that Warren had a Cherokee great-great-great-grandmother, which
would make her 1/32 Indian. She never sought proof of ancestry, Warren
has said, because she had not felt it necessary. Warren says her
father's family objected to him marrying her mother because she had
"Indian blood" in her.
Alethea Harney, press secretary for Warren, declined comment on the
signs Thursday. A spokeswoman for Brown, Warren’s opponent in the
November election, did not return a request for comment Thursday
The anti-President Obama signs, still there, sparked controversy in recent weeks.
One large sign shows a young girl giving the middle finger to the
president. Another shows President Obama and says: “Somewhere in Kenya a
village is missing its idiot. Obama One Big Ass Mistake America, Vote
Mitt Romney for 2012!”
Hanson officials say the signs violate town bylaws. A Zoning Board of
Appeals hearing has been set for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 and the issue could
end up in federal court.
“I don’t want it to go there,” Sullivan said.
Police have received more than 45 calls about the signs, which town
officials said are a safety hazard at a dangerous intersection.
Sullivan said he’s doing it to make his voice heard – and has no plans to take them down.
“They call the signs obscene and I think the way the country’s being run is obscene,” he said.
Sullivan, a former Hanson resident who now lives in Hingham, said he’s
spent more than $2,000 on the signs. He also has security cameras,
recording 24 hours a day, on trees near the signs, which have been
vandalized. The sign with the girl was stolen and replaced.
Sullivan has since chained the sign with the young girl to a tree nearby. He said he has three copies of each sign as backup.
A married father of two and grandfather of two, Sullivan said he sees
nothing wrong with using the young girl’s image to promote his message.
“Somehow you’ve got to shake somebody once in a while and say ‘Look, wake up,’” he said.
Hanson building commissioner and zoning enforcement officer Robert P.
Curran said he’s fielded calls from people who refuse to shop in Hanson
until the signs come down.
Sullivan said he has received “hundreds” of emails from people
nationwide and internationally, most of which have been positive. But
he’s also heard from people who oppose them.
He received emails from as far away as the United Kingdom and Kenya, where people “are not real happy with me.”
“But that’s OK,” said Sullivan. “It’s hitting home.”
Sullivan said he built his business in Hanson 38 years ago and now
employs 100 people between his company’s three locations in Hanson,
Birmingham, Ala. and Reno, Nevada.
He also said he’s contributed to several fundraisers in town, and to the town food pantry, over the years.
“I’m voicing my opinion. As an American, it’s a right that we have and
I’m going to use that right,” Sullivan said. “So we’re not bad guys
On Thursday, some motorists honked their horns and gave a thumbs-up as they passed by the signs.
But Robbi Rotondo of Whitman, a mother of two, stopped to photograph the signs, calling them “pathetic” and “derogatory.”
“It’s making Hanson look worse” said Rotondo, 45, a former Hanson resident.
Each time Eric Folsom drives by the anti-President Obama campaign sign
in Hanson, he tries to shield his young children from seeing it – that’s
because it shows a young girl giving the middle finger to the
“If (my 6-year-old daughter) saw that, she’d say ‘Why is that little
girl doing that? What does that mean?’” said Folsom, 27, of Whitman.
“How do I explain that?”
"Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the
Obama economy. As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned
about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal
government, including the record number of people who are on food
stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million
Americans who are struggling to find work," Romney spokesperson Gail
Gitcho said in a statement. "Mitt Romney's plan creates 12 million new
jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of
government dependency and into jobs."
That would be the completely non-responsive response to the jaw-dropping no-longer-secret video of Mitt Romney saying:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the
president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with
him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are
victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for
them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to
housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government
should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter
what…These are people who pay no income tax.
My heritage, my dad as you probably know was the governor of
Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico,
and, uh, had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I'd have a better
shot at winning this. [Rich donors cracking up]
But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He
lieved there for a number of years. And, uh, uh, I say that jokingly,
but it would be helpful to be, uh ... Latino.
We ... we, uh, use Ann sparingly right now so that people don't get tired of her.
And it took the Romney campaign a whole lot of hours to come up with
that non-response response. To be fair to Mitt, of course, it's not like
knowing exactly how to respond when Americans are under attack in
Libya. That's easy! Just blame President Obama. But when Mitt's caught
on tape being a dick, even for Mitt? Yeah, well, they'll have to think
about that one and then spout out some completely unrelated talking
points about America and stuff.
Thanks to our faithful reader BT for his head's up on some local raydeeoh news:
"KOMO radio weekend anchor Val Stouffer has resigned to take a
full-time gig at KIRO FM. For Val, it's a homecoming, of sorts. She
formerly anchored the KIRO Afternoon News with Tony Miner, but was fired
when the station jettisoned the 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. news-block in Jan.
2005. In the ensuing years, Val did fill-in at KPLU and KZOK before
moving to KOMO.
KOMO has also cut Gary Burleigh's weekend sportscasts, opting for
canned sports from Total Traffic (formerly Metro Traffic). Gary brought a
seasoned broadcaster's personality, energy and style to the weekend
programming, (and notwithstanding the fact that he's an old friend, it
seems a shortsighted, cheap decision) .
So, Ryan’s primary job was to introduce himself and make
himself seem likeable, and he did that well. The personal parts of the
speech were very personally delivered, especially the touching parts
where Ryan talked about his father and mother and their roles in his
life. And at the end of the speech, when Ryan cheered the crowd to its
feet, he showed an energy and enthusiasm that’s what voters want in
leaders and what Republicans have been desperately lacking in this
To anyone watching Ryan’s speech who hasn’t been paying much
attention to the ins and outs and accusations of the campaign, I suspect
Ryan came across as a smart, passionate and all-around nice guy — the
sort of guy you can imagine having a friendly chat
with while watching your kids play soccer together. And for a lot of
voters, what matters isn’t what candidates have done or what they
promise to do —it’s personality. On this measure, Mitt Romney has been
catastrophically struggling and with his speech, Ryan humanized himself
and presumably by extension, the top of the ticket.
On the other hand, to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to
facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record
for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped
into a single political speech. On this measure, while it was Romney
who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold.
(Ok we have to stop here, and remind you this is on the Fox News website.)
The good news is that the Romney-Ryan campaign has likely created dozens of new jobs
among the legions of additional fact checkers that media outlets are
rushing to hire to sift through the mountain of cow dung that flowed
from Ryan’s mouth. Said fact checkers have already condemned certain
arguments that Ryan still irresponsibly repeated.
Fact: While Ryan blamed President Obama for the shut down of a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, the plant was actually closed under President George W. Bush. Ryan actually asked for federal spending to save the plant, while Romney has criticized the auto industry bailout that President Obama ultimately enacted to prevent other plants from closing.
Fact: Though Ryan insisted that President Obama wants to give all the
credit for private sector success to government, that isn't what the
president said. Period.
Elections should be about competing based on your record in the past
and your vision for the future, not competing to see who can get away
with the most lies and distortions without voters noticing or bother to
care. Both parties should hold themselves to that standard. Republicans
should be ashamed that there was even one misrepresentation in Ryan’s
speech but sadly, there were many.
And then there’s what Ryan didn’t talk about.
Ryan didn’t mention his extremist stance on banning all abortions
with no exception for rape or incest, a stance that is out of touch with
75% of American voters.
Ryan didn’t mention his previous plan to hand over Social Security to Wall Street.
Ryan didn’t mention how his budget would eviscerate programs that
help the poor and raise taxes on 95% of Americans in order to cut taxes
for millionaires and billionaires even further and increase — yes, increase —the deficit.
These aspects of Ryan’s resume and ideology are sticky to say the
least. He would have been wise to tackle them head on and try and
explain them away in his first real introduction to voters. But instead
of Ryan airing his own dirty laundry, Democrats will get the chance.
At the end of his speech, Ryan quoted his dad, who used to say to
him, “"Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you
can be part of the solution."
Ryan may have helped solve some of the likeability problems facing
Romney, but ultimately by trying to deceive voters about basic facts and
trying to distract voters from his own record, Ryan’s speech caused a
much larger problem for himself and his running mate.
In the lead up to the conventions full of more hot air than that being pushed ahead of a hurricane, Rush claims gubmint weather modifications were used to cancel GOP convention and Robertson says the big guy did same to protect Tampa. Plus, GOP grassroots members may be forced out of convention starting today, according to Red State
"At 2:00 p.m. today in Tampa, the Republican National Committee, led
by Team Romney, is moving to shut down conservative grassroots
activists. I’ve been on the phone with several individuals involved in
the fight who tell me that the fight is not over, it is only just
"Specifically, the media is reporting that the rules fight is over
because Team Romney is abandoning Ben Ginsberg’s effort to allow
candidates to control delegates. Under an initial proposal, delegates
would, in effect, be chosen by the presumed nominee’s campaign and not
based on votes in the states and delegate selection processes in the
Will Rand Paul sell out his dad for 30 pieces of end times silver/gold?
This is an Open thread folks as the next 2 weeks promise to be a doozy of a storm, so hang on to your parasols and straw hats.
Some Updates tonight from twitter:
@ GingerGibson :
Number of times "I" appears in Christie's prepared text:37. Number of times "Romney" appears: 7
@ howardfineman :
A tough, harsh, nasty speech by Chris Christie -- but effective for the GOP base if nowhere else.
@ jbendery :
20 mins into his speech, Chris Christie actually stops talking about himself and says Mitt Romney's name for the first time.
@ howardfineman :
Ann said nothing in particular by way of a narrative; did not mention
her MS or their charity or any direct mention of the Mormon Church.
The "Big Surprise" up the expensive sleeve of Donald Trump is rumored by the kids in the know to be an appearance of The Donald with Reggie Brown, a semi-famous Obama impersonator. Apparently the plan is for them to come out on stage and The Donald will point to "obama" and shout "YOU'RE FIRED!!!" This is sure to cause spasms of delight among the faithful.
My first glimpse of Reggie Brown was his “debate” against perennial GOP straw poll champ Ron Paul, using verbatim President Obama quotes. Engineered by Fox’s John Stossel,
I was struck by how sad the shadow-boxing spectacle was for Paul, but
also by Reggie’s spot-on impression of Obama. Weirdly, many of the blog
posts about the “debate” didn’t mention Reggie by name, identifying him
only as an “Obama impersonator,” and it took me a few minutes of
googling to track him down.
It shouldn’t be a problem for Reggie going forward (his 186 Twitter followers
also figure to multiply). His performance at the Republican Leadership
Conference catapulted him to molten-hot status in the perpetually
overheated news cycle. Initially, his performance was panned, by liberal
blogs, as “racist” and a “minstrel show,” but as video emerged of an RLC organizer pulling Reggie off the stage when the jokes turned against Republicans, the narrative changed. RLC President Charlie Davis pulled Reggie in the middle of a chuck about Republican candidates, but insisted that
it was because of the “racially insensitive jokes” from earlier in the
act. Reasonable people acknowledged that Reggie’s racial jabs were mild,
and not all that different from humor that the President himself has
employed. The tide quickly turned in Reggie’s favor, especially with
those who have no ax to grind, politically.
Before joining William Gold Entertainment’s “Politicos” impersonator troupe (along with Bill Clinton lookalikeTim Watters, Sarah Palin ringer Patti Lyons, and Tim Northern as Juan Williams),
Reggie Brown was a regional Emmy-winning broadcaster in his own right,
following a stint as a model. A native of Chicago, Reggie first learned of his resemblance to
Barack Obama in 2001, from his brother, Lawrence, and others who told
him “you look like my professor, you should google him.”
It wasn’t until 2008, though, that Brown turned his resemblance to
Obama into a career, one which he describes as “the best job in the
Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin said that even in the worst-case scenario — when the supposed natural protections against unwanted pregnancy fail — abortion should still not be a legal option for the rape victim.
“Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something,” Akin said. “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
The 162-year-old newspaper—once considered one of the nation’s best—is losing readers and advertisers in a state where it dominated the media landscape for decades.
Soon, the newspaper may no longer be publishing every day of the week.
The newspaper’s New Jersey-based owner, Advance Publications Inc., has declared it is moving to a Web-based model and publishing schedules are likely to change at many of its newspapers.
Advance—controlled by heirs of press magnate S.I. Newhouse—has already announced the end of daily publishing at eight newspapers in Michigan, Alabama and Louisiana.
The most stunning act of this emerging strategy came in May, when The New York Times broke the news that Advance would publish New Orleans’ storied Times-Picayune only three days a week, fire nearly half the staff and leave the remaining reporters and editors to focus on publishing news on its website.
For years, editors and executives at The Oregonian denied Portland’s newspaper would ever be less than a daily. But in the newsroom, the announcement in New Orleans shattered any illusions.
Staffers here say Oregonian editors now indicate the paper is likely to follow suit, although no one is saying when that will happen or how many days the newspaper will drop from its publishing schedule.
“There’s just not enough advertising,” says Ken Doctor, a news industry analyst for Harvard University’s Nieman Journalism Lab. “Newhouse is acknowledging that daily print has ended its lifespan. They definitely are looking at doing it in Portland and other places, but I don’t think a decision has been made about whether or when.”
In many ways, the change would allow The Oregonian to adapt into a more nimble and relevant news organization. The paper says its website, OregonLive.com, got more than 4.9 million unique visitors in June.
The change would also allow the paper to get out from under the high costs of printing and its large newsroom staff. One longtime Oregonian employee says the paper’s staffers are dreading imminent cuts and layoffs—and senior editors don’t have any information to calm them.
“The managers are just as blind as the rest of us,” the employee says. “We are living with the reality that any day might be the day when the people from Jersey walk in.”
Jack Hart was an Oregonian editor for 26 years, serving as lead editor on two series that won Pulitzer Prizes before he retired in 2007. Now the interim director of the Turnbull Center, the University of Oregon’s Portland campus for journalism, Hart says resignations, buyouts and layoffs have already weakened the newspaper.
“It’s still a big, highly skilled, powerful newsroom,” Hart says. “But I don’t think anybody at the paper would argue that there hasn’t been a loss of reporting power.”
Hart says the crucial barometer is not how many print editions The Oregonian publishes in a week, but how much of the newsroom is preserved.
“It’s not that my Monday morning would be ruined by not having a thin newspaper dropped on my doorstep,” Hart says. “It’s that it would suggest more serious cutbacks in the offing.”
This new reality was hard to imagine in the newspaper’s Southwest Broadway offices a decade ago. Led by publisher Fred Stickel and editor Sandra Mims Rowe, The Oregonian reached its zenith in quality: five Pulitzers, and eight finalists for journalism’s top award, in the 16 years Rowe ran the newsroom.
The Oregonian’s circulation numbers—like those of many large dailies—have spiraled, falling by a third since 2002. These declines, and abandonment by advertisers, have already triggered big changes.
The newspaper offered buyouts, cut pay and—violating its longtime pledge to full-time employees—laid off 37 people, mostly from the newsroom, in 2010. Other layoffs throughout the company have followed.
The Oregonian’s current publisher, N. Christian Anderson III, tells WW the newspaper has no plans to change its publishing schedule. Anderson says he’s talked to employees about what changes in New Orleans might mean for The Oregonian, but has told no one at the newspaper that such a change is coming here.
“I have not told people that we’re changing our publishing schedule,” Anderson tells WW in an email. “Nor have I hinted at that. Any characterization to the contrary is simply incorrect.”
Several sources tell WW that The Oregonian newsroom is being restructured to make its affiliated website, OregonLive.com, the first priority, with staffers evaluated primarily on their online productivity. A recent memo from editor Peter Bhatia said six new positions would be created to feed the Web—a move away “from our traditional devotion to print deadline work at night.”
Some Oregonian editors have begun sending daily emails to congratulate reporters whose posts get the most traffic.
But the loudest hints that change is coming in Portland come from one of Advance’s top executives.
Advance’s media holdings include Condé Nast publications, The New Yorker, American City Business Journals and newspapers in 34 cities. Forbes pegged the privately held company’s revenues last year at more than $6 billion.
Steve Newhouse—chairman of Advance.net, the company’s digital division—has defended the Web-first strategy after howls of protest in New Orleans about losing a daily Times-Picayune.
“The rapid rise in digital adoption by consumers and advertisers is irreversible,” Newhouse wrote in an Aug. 3 editorial for the Poynter Institute, a journalism school. “We are in the midst of a digital revolution and instead of constantly being disrupted by our numerous online competitors, we decided to re-invent ourselves.”
When a Poynter reporter asked him about plans for the company’s other newspapers, Newhouse replied: “We’re facing the same conditions everywhere. We’re looking at every market and trying to figure out what the right model is.”
KIROFM 97.3 Multi-format: news and nearly all local talk. This is where classic KIRO AM news talk radio went... hopefully, not to die. The home of Dave Ross & Luke Burbank, Dori Monson, Ron & Don, Frank Shiers, Bill Radke, Linda Thomas, Tony Miner and George Noory.
KVI am 570 KHz Visit the burnt-out husk of one of the seminal right-wing talkers in all the land. Here's where once trilled the reactionary tones of Rush Limbaugh, John Carlson, Kirby Wilbur, Mike Siegel, Peter Weissbach, Floyd Brown, Dinky Donkey, and Bryan Suits.
Now it's Top 40 hits from the '60's & '70's aimed at that diminishing crowd who still remembers them and can still hear.
KTTH am 770 KHz Right wing home of local, and a whole bunch of syndicated righties such as Glennn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Lars Larsony, and for an hour a day: live & local David Boze.
KPTK am 1090 KHz Syndicated liberal talk. Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Ed Schultz, Randi Rhodes, Norman Goldman fill in the large hole to the left on Northwest radio dial.
KLFE AM 1590 kHz Syndicated right-wing 2nd stringers like Mark Levin, Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Dennis Miller and Hugh Hewitt inhabit this timid-voiced neighbor honker for your radio enjoyment (unless you're behind something large like Costco).
KOMOAM News, traffic, Ken Schram and John Carlson.