Monday, October 22, 2007

Confessions of a Blogger

The right-wing noise machine has been having a field day with Randi-gate. Once, they smelled blood in the water they attacked Talking Radio and other liberal blogs (here and here) like a school of piranhas going after fresh meat. They shouted with glee over the apparent discrepancy between what actually happened to the liberal talk radio host (which we still don't know) and how it was initially reported.

Randi Rhodes spoke out for the first time at the beginning to her October 18 show. The lib talk show host told her listeners that she "was watching football in an Irish pub. I went out to smoke a cigarette, and the next thing I knew I was down on the cement, face down, bleeding. I don't know if someone hit me from behind, or if I fainted because I hadn't eaten all day."

Talking Radio was responsible for those initial reports. Not the New York Times, the Washington Post or CNN. Not Keith Olbermann, Wolf Blitzer, or Chris Matthews. Just this "tiny little blog" as Brian Maloney AKA the Radioequalizer has smugly reported.

Here’s how it happened. We were about to close up shop in the evening of October 15 when we picked up on a string started on Democratic Underground about how Jon Elliott, Air America Radio’s late night talk radio host, had reported that Rhodes had been attacked outside her New York City apartment.

We recorded a delayed broadcast of Elliott’s show and posted a report including some of his comments about the attack. We are not going to repeat those comments because Elliott has subsequently issued of retraction. (You can see Elliott’s comments here and his retraction here)

Early on the morning of October 16 we noticed that a story was posted on the on-line edition of the New York Daily News by radio reporter, David Hinckley. The story claimed that "cops and [Rhodes’] lawyer say reports that she was mugged near her Manhattan apartment were bogus."
("Bogus"? That's unsual language for a cop or lawyer to use)

What reports were they referring to? That’s right -- it was the article that we posted in Talking Radio late the previous night. So how did the Daily News, one of largest newspapers in the U.S., find out about a report generated by a "tiny little blog." Well, most likely they read about it on the Drudge Report. It seems that Drudge picked up on our story almost immediately.

We know this because we started receiving hundreds of comments starting at about 5 AM. According to Google Analytics, 80% of those comments were linked to the Drudge Report’s web site.

Well, once the Daily News article was released, a media feeding-frenzy erupted. The story was reported in all of the New York papers – the Post, the Village Voice, Newsday, and even the Times. The Associated Press filed a story, which was carried in dozens of American newspapers.

Several right wing talk radio hosts picked it up including Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, and it was featured on several segments of the Fox News Channel. Needless to say the story was hit in blogosphere. Just Google <"Randi Rhodes" "Talking Radio"> and you get over 300 hits! And just think, if we closed up shop like we usually do after the Colbert Report, this probably wouldn’t have happened.

Sorry Jon and Randi.

Now right wingers love to be righteous. They love to catch the "liberal media" f—king up." Liberals don’t really get all worked up when conservatives mess up. We have this web site called Media Matters, which reports on right wing lies and misinformation on a daily basis. Check it out right now. Media Matters is currently reporting on about a dozen faux pas's by right leaning TV personalities and talk radio hosts that occurred during the past 24 hours. Just another day in the office.

However, the right wing pundits were not happy just blasting Talking Radio and Jon Elliott. They couldn’t just take their shots and move on. No, they have now become the purveyors of bad information about Randi’s Manhattan tumble.

Here are a few of the embellishments and out lies that our friends in the right-wing media have put out over the last few days

Gawker.com reports that Randi had imbibed 14 Ketel bloody-Marys before plunging to side walk. This was also reported in the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post. (If I drank four Bloody-Marys I'd be flat on my back.)

One right wing blogger suggested that the whole matter was just a publicity stunt by AAR.

The conservative publication the American Spectator listed several examples of crazy liberal outrage over the alleged attack on Randi. One of the targets, was yours truly. Shawn Macomber wrote "the proprietor of Talking Radio wailed, ‘These whack jobs appear determined to do whatever it takes to silence the opposing point of view’."

Well, we did say that, but not in reference to Randi’s misfortune. Our comment was about right-wingers, who shoot up talk radio stations, issue death threats, and beat and kill lib talk show hosts. I presume that the editors of the American Spectator would agree that such psychos are "whack jobs."

On his radio talk show earlier this week, Fox News commentator John Gibson, addressing John Elliott’s accusations that right-wingers attacked Randi Rhodes, identified Elliott as Rhodes’ "sometime substitute host." For the over a year now, Elliott has worked full time as a late night host on AAR. He rarely, if ever, has substituted for Rhodes.

But our favorite was the Maloney’s feeble attempt to gain some attention at the expense of Rhodes’ misfortune. In his latest post on the matter, Maloney said "in this exclusive, Radio Equalizer- created video, listen as Randi digs a deep hole for herself."

What exclusive? Maloney was referring to a recording that he made of the first seven minutes of Rhodes’ October 18 show. You could have listened to it live at 1 PM PDT on Thursday or if you missed it, you can pick it up right now on the Whiterosesociety.com or watch it on You Tube.

As of 12 midnight PDT, Maloney’s "huge blog" had 1 post, that’s 1,402 less than our "tiny blog."

For a much more detailed account of right wing hypocrisy over this matter check today's post on Liberal Talk Radio.

As New York Magazine said regarding Randi-gate.

"Oh Talk Radio fans! You are all so insane"

10 comments:

ubercheesehead said...

I know you are just thrilled at all the traffic you are getting right now. Your gushing about your four-digit thread counts is positively endearing. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the overwhelming majority of us are not bookmarking your site and will not be coming back once the Irish Pub debacle plays out. We've already pretty well moved on past this, what with Harry Reid's smear letter fetching $2.1M on the ebay auction and all. But next time one of the Airhead America whackjobs does something funny enough to attract the attention of more than the 57 people who listen to AAR we will be happy to come back and ridicule your insane rantings some more.

Robert said...

The thing about it is, as much as we "right-wingers" love to point out screw-ups like this one, you libs certainly aren't exempt from your share of self-righteousness.

As for what Media Matters most of their reports are "lies and misinformation." Only an ignorant fool would believe a Media Matters report.

The ironic thing is that most liberal self-righteousness results from Media Matters lies.

barooosk said...

I know you are just thrilled at all the traffic you are getting right now. Your gushing about your four-digit thread counts is positively endearing. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the overwhelming majority of us are not bookmarking your site and will not be coming back once the Irish Pub debacle plays out.

Actually, we are quite happy with our regular readership. When we attend talk radio meetings everybody is familiar with Talking Radio. Actually, we got 20 new subsriptions out randigate -- that's what we usually get in a month. No we will be happy when you right wingers crawl back into the cave from whence you came.

barooosk said...

As for what Media Matters most of their reports are "lies and misinformation." Only an ignorant fool would believe a Media Matters report.

Just curious. Of the dozen lies that right wing tv commentators and talk radio host told over the past 24 hours which ones are untrue or incorrect?

ltr said...

Robert, hate to spill logic on your book of "1,001 Conservative Talking Point Cliches," but perhaps you are not familiar with the Media Research Center. Their online organ is called Newsbusters.org, and they are basically the right-wing version of Media Matters. The guy that runs them is Brent Bozell.

Now, I've read a whole lot of silly revisionist history over there. Unlike you guys, who don't seem too tolerant of dissenting voices, I love Brent Bozo! He keeps my fingers mighty happy as I always have a wealth of material to write about. Some of the funniest fiction on the web.

Anyhoo, guess what? They linked my blog today. Not bragging about it. I've been linked by better. The funny part is that they spun my article like a top, taking completely new meaning out of what I wrote, in a way completely the opposite of what I wrote. In fact, I know that they flat out lied. Imagine that!

Here's what I mean:

link

So before you cast stones, make sure your glass house can stand the repercussions.

ubercheesehead said...

"Anyhoo, guess what? They linked my blog today. Not bragging about it. I've been linked by better."

They like me. They really like me! I'm somebody. And you know what...what I say is important! Woo hoo!!!!

interested reader said...

During all the excitement about Randi Rhodes falling down you overlooked my inquiry about your assertion that Randi "gets better ratings" that Ed Schultz.

We agree that Ed is not on in New York and has a poor time slot in L.A. We also agree that Ed is on considerably more stations than Randi.

What puzzles me is the claim that Randi "gets better ratings." In the context you stated this it appeared to mean that she gets better ratings in direct and comparable circumstances.

Is there a market where both are on the air live on the same signal or at least a comparable signal? If so what are their respective ratings? (Ratings not shares please for reasons which I am sure are obvious to you.)

Anonymous said...

So Randi fell: Wither by fainting or an attack, and this blof reported it. Funny thing though, no one died. Can't say the same about Mission Accomplished

Emacee said...

> ltr said...

> Unlike you guys, who don't seem too
> tolerant of dissenting voices ...

Pot calls kettle black.

> Perhaps you are not familiar with
> the Media Research Center. Their
> online organ is called
> Newsbusters.org, and they are
> basically the right-wing version
> of Media Matters.

If you got to Fighting Irish's blog, you get spy/tracking cookies from Media Matters. Maybe now you'll get them from MRC, too.

Bozell, by the way, is a flack for the Vatican.

Vigilante said...

What a GR8 photo of Rockin' Randi Rhodes! She makes my drive-time for me! Every damned day.