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  • Orcinus
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  • HistoryLink
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right-wing blogs we like

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  • The Radio Equalizer
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March 05, 2009



Read "the rest of the story," Michael. Here's Jim Farley PD and vVP at WTOP's respnse to Chuck Todd:

"93% of Americans listen to radio every week. Radio added three million listeners last year.
Does this sound like a dying medium? WTOP reaches people on FM Radio, AM Radio, HD Radio, worldwide on streaming audio, cell phones and podcasts. Radio and Radio News will migrate to all new platforms because it is versatile. Some wag predicted the end of radio when the first talking motion picture came out. Other wags predicted television would kill radio. Then others said cable would kill radio. Thirty years ago the Buggles sang,
"Video Killed the Radio Star." Other folks predicted satellite radio would kill free terrestrial radio. And yet 93% of all Americans listen to this "dying" medium every week. Check our pulse, Chuck!


I don't mean to be a broken reacord but there is a very clear distinction between a 'dying' medium and a 'declining' medium. Radio is declining, not dying. If someone can figure out how to blog and drive down the freeway and be a productive employee and browse facebook then I'll concede that radio is dying.

I'm not trying to shill for radio either. Fuck radio. Fuck their arrogant sales departments, egotistical hosts and their self satisfied business model. Having said that if it disappeared tomorrow I and many people be at a great loss.


Chuck Todd is a moron. Period. Want proof? His comment on the radio biz does the job perfectly.

Todd thinks he's the second coming of Tim Russert but Todd has .001% of Russert's talents. Any wonder why he didn't get the MTP gig?


And I remember the death of radio when Larry King gave it an infusion of "talk" which brought it back.

I, too, will believe it when I see it.

Also, network TV declined with the advent of cable but it still commands the largest percentage of viewers.

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.>/i> Mark Twain


Uh-oh. I hope I didn't screw up the thread with my failure to turn off the italics!!! Let's see.

Sorry if I did.


Chuck Todd strikes me as a perpetual intern. It's pretty hard to take him seriously. He seems kind of floaty up there.


Todd was talking with co-host Mika Brzezinski about Limbaugh’s role as a leader in the Republican Party, and he also suggested a linkage between the radio host and far left bomb thrower Michael Moore. He insisted, "They [Democrats] want to do to the Republican Party what Republicans tried to do to the Democrats with Michael Moore and all that stuff."
He's a pompous little guy who was promotyed too early in his career.


And his first question to Obama at his first press conference was a zinger predicated on a falsehood - but I can't remember what it was!!!

I posted about it when it happened.

I agree, he's full of himself. He'll be humbled eventually.


I didn't realize Chuck Todd was such a rank amateur, much in the mold of others on MSNBC, like Bathtub Boy, Chris Matthews (who I used to respect). Objective reporting is dead and MSNBC is the poster child for that.


Do you realize how often you use the phrase "poster child?"


This should keep talk radio alive for at least a week or two.

I got a good laugh at how the gift exchange between the Obamas and the Browns went the other day on thier first meeting. How embarassing this must be for the White House. Here are a couple of lines that pretty much sums up the Obama's experience on such matters.

"As for Fraser and John (the Browns two boys), their parents’ trip to America will always be remembered as the time that “Mum and Dad went to see the President, and all we got was this lousy plastic helicopter”.


"despite being leader of the world's most bountiful nation, President Obama handed over nothing more thought-provoking than 25 classic American films on DVD. It was the equivalent of receiving a pair of socks from an unfamiliar aunt at Christmas"

And here you Libs trust this guy with the Economy. ROFL. Boy are we in trouble. I'm starting to think that instead of 2012 being the end of the world as some wacko group claims, but instead it will be the end of the Democrat Party as we know it.

woody held

Abe Lincoln noted that for God, one 'd' was enough, but the Todds felt that one was not good enough, so they added a second 'd.'

Woody Held Statistics


Steven, nobody cares what the poofy British Press thinks. That includes most British people. I emailed a friend of mine in Oxford and she said nobody over there cares, they are just relieved that Bush is gone. The average Brit is just trying to survive like we are, and the quality or price of "gifts" exchanged by wealthy people is of no interest to them.
Sorry you won't get an international incident out of it.


Steven, you rightwingers all read the same misinformation rags, don't you? You know, the ones who talk about irrelevant gift-giving crap and other non-items, photoshop first-family faces and have a running gag-not about teleprompters and birth certificates.

And it is on that merit of that non-essential gossip that you form your opinions and beliefs about the future of the United States of America.

Thank Allah there are so few of you.


Catching up on podcasts of Ross yesterday, I heard on Sirota's guest spot that he might be getting his own MSNBC show at 10 pm. That would be great

I'm keeping my fingers crossed. He is a true progressive. Just like Rachel but more so. He's smart and wears his progressive hat a little more prominently that she does. Rachel is amiably direct; Sirota does it in earnest.


Gee Sparky, I would have thought you would be in disgust over what the Obamas did. I remember this from you back in July about Bush and his 'Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter' statement that was circulating. It went something like this...

"I am tired of having President who has no tact, social graces, or whatever."

Posted by: sparky | July 16, 2008 at 03:50 PM

Sending an aide to the White House gift shop for a last minute gift to the Prime Ministers sons clearly shows a lack of "tact, social graces, and whatever"

And as far as the Brits not caring, well you had a different view back then also of the Brittish Press when I called you on where that story came from. And what was that you said then. Oh yeah, sarcastically you said...

"Yeah, steven, the only reliable source of news in the world is American."

Posted by: sparky | July 17, 2008 at 08:39 AM

Something tells me your friend is not giving you the whole story.


Joanie, you still missing Randi I see. Why do you like Socialists so much like David Sirota?


Umm, social graces means - I think - you don't give female world leaders uninvited neck massages, Steven.

You're still an idiot. You're comparing a tiny rivulet of opinion reported in an obscure right-wing rag to the GRAND CANYON of social faux pas?

Did you ever graduate elementary school? Did they have GED's for elementary in your day? One has to wonder...


steven you get so confused...this is not good. If you knew anything about the Brits, its only the low-brows who make an issue of the quality of the gift. The Queen gets handed thousands of bouquets and trinkets from the public every year and she accepts them graciously, regardless of their monetary value. Have you even noticed that it is only the British rags that are complaining? Is this the biggest issue you face this afternoon. If so, please count your blessings.


An embarassment still the same Sparky. You for one should see it as that. Did I mention the helocpters were replicas of Marine One. Its as if he was bragging.

"Look kids, thats my helicopter, its bigger and better than your dads".

(I wonder if he would need a tele-prompter for that exchange)


"You're still an idiot"

"Did you ever graduate elementary school?"

Joanies back. And better than before.


Sparky, do you think the Queen has ever gotten a "fistpump" from a First Lady.


Madame Tolerance is back at it... Careful, Steven - Joanie is fixing to invoke the Fairness Doctrine on this blog by court order and torpedo all non-progressive dissenters outta here. Just because Bla'M operates it won't keep her from trying...

Sid Vicious

Does that make you horny nevets?


uh steven...better be careful you dont get your pumps mixed up with your bumps. It could have serious medical consequences.


Nice dodge Sparky, but thanks for the advice.

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killing the stray italic

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