Sunday, April 29, 2007

Worst Talk Show Hosts of the Week

Week Ending: April 27, 2007

Our worse talker of week is Sean Hannity. Hannity was interviewing former Republican V.P. candidate, Jack Kemp, on the April 24 edition of his nightly TV Show, Hannity & Colmes, when the subject of Senate Majority leader Harry Reid’s comment about the war in Iraq came up.

Reid stated at a recent press conference that the “war [in Iraq] was lost” and that “at this stage, can only be won diplomatically, politically, and economically."

Hannity was outraged. He said "I think [Reid is] a propaganda minister for our enemies. He's emboldening our enemies, and he's taking away the morale of our troops. They're out there fighting that war, and he said it's lost."

Well, the “propaganda minister our enemies” must be doing a good job since more than half of the American people agree with him.

Our worser talker this week is Michael Savage, who just can’t stay away from those Hitler analogies. This time Savage compared Hillary Clinton with Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels. It concerned a remark that Clinton made about the Supreme Court's partial birth abortion decision during a speech at Rutgers University on April 20.

Referring to the ruling Clinton said, "what message does it send when the Supreme Court decides that women's health doesn't matter?"

Savage called Clinton’s statement “rubbish” and an “Hitlerian dialogue". On the April 23 edition of his syndicated radio talk show The Savage Nation, the former Michael Weiner said, “Goebbels would be proud of you, Hillary Clinton. I know [former Chinese communist leader] Mao Tse Tung would have been proud of you." Savage also referred to Clinton as a "liar" and a "sickening person," and added, "this is life and death you are talking about. It's not about women's health."

However, our worst talker of week is Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh wins the top award this week for having a real bad sense of humor. El Rushbo has drawn much attention over the past few years for racist and other insensitive comments that he regularly makes on his nationally syndicated radio show.

First, on July 11, 2005 he repeatedly referred to Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as “Obama Osama” and “Osama Obama” Then, on March 19 he played a musical bit called “Barack the Magic Negro” to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon.” As if this wasn’t tacky enough he repeatedly referred to Obama as “Barack the Magic Negro" 27 times during his three-hour show.

Finally, as reported in Talking Radio last week, he accused Seung-Hui Cho, perpetrator of the Virginia Tech shooting, which claimed the lives of 33 people of being a “liberal.” Limbaugh said "If this Virginia Tech shooter had an ideology, what do you think it was? This guy had to be a liberal. You start railing against the rich and all this other stuff -- this guy's a liberal."

Now we find out that Limbaugh’s comments about Obama and Cho were jokes that the "drive by media" just didn’t get.

He said, on the April 23 edition of his show, that Media Matters which posted all three of these comments on it is website, was "taking these comment out of context" and that "they obviously didn’t understand that he was joking".

We realize that Obama does not worry about being attacked by right wing talk radio host, but wonder if the family and friends of the dozens of people killed and injured at Virginia Tech, appreciated the fact that their loved ones where used by this sick "wanna be" comedian in effort to make a joke.

Rush Limbaugh, once again, the worst talk radio host of the week.


Emacee said...

I'd feel a little better about this if you nailed liberal hosts when they put their foot in their mouths. If you allow the Hitler metaphor when Randi does it, then you aren't in a position to complain when Savage does it.

Anonymous said...

The parody on Limbaugh's show about Obama is funny as hell, but as usual the bozo who's complaining didn't bother to even listen to it. It doesn't rip on Obama at all, it rips Sharpton, The LA Times (who's BLACK reporter coined the phrase "magic negro") and Joe Biden. If anything, Obama's response in laughing it off as 'entertainment' humor impressed the hell out of people making it a net positive for him and his campaign.