Friday, April 29, 2005

Left Wing Extremist Deceptions

Wow! That's a loaded title.

Allow me to explain.

As an activist and soon to be author, I am on a number of conservative and Left wing email lists in order to keep up with the latest news and opinions.

One of these bloggers, is a member of the Center for American Progress, CAP, a Left Wing think(less) tank, David Sirota.

Sirota is an occasional guest on Franken's radio show when CAP regular, Christy Harvey, is unavailable. In other words, he's bench warmer, and his blogs and opinions reflect that.

Here's an email 'alert' I received this afternoon:

Alleged Visa Violator Bashes Immigrants

In the last two weeks, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has unleashed a series of vicious attacks on immigrants, demanding the border with Mexico be closed, and trumpeting the so-called Minutemen, a group so radical even President Bush has denounced them. Republican immigrant bashing isn't interesting unto itself - sadly, it's standard operating for conservatives. As one California state legislator noted, "Scapegoating and immigrant-bashing is the last refuge of a wounded politician" like Schwarzenegger, who is plummeting in the polls.

Let's go through his points:

1. Unleashed vicious attacks on immigrants: Sirota provides no examples of any of these attacks, not to mention that these people are not "immigrants", but foreigners who are attempting to infiltrate our country illegally. Even Hillary Clinton has called for tougher border controls.

2.....so-called Minuteman, a group so radical...: So radical? says who? These are law abiding citizens acting as patrol and lookouts for the authorities. Notice how Sirota provides no examples of their "radicalism"?

3. ...Immigrant bashing is the latest refuge of a wounded politician: The fact is, an overwhelming majority of Americans support border control and more vigilance against illegal's coming to our country.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Franken interviews author of South Park Conservatives

I have to tip my hat to Franken. Today he interviewed South Park Conservatives author and member of the Manhattan Institute, Brian Anderson.

Anderson, you'll recall, wrote an op-ed which recently appeared in the LA Times, which among other things, exposed Air America's lackluster ratings.

A few observations of the interview.

Anderson correctly pointed out Franken's sagging ratings right here in New York City, the bluest of blue cities nationwide, while conservative Rush Limbaugh's numbers remained steadily high.

Franken then said, as he always does, that he was beating O'Reilly in NYC (I guess beating O'Reilly is now the standard by which Franken can guage his success), and since Rush's numbers remain high in NYC, that's proof that there are conservative listners here. Extrapolating from that - conservatives can't say, well this is a liberal region, hence, Franken's higher numbers are a sign that he is more popular than O'Reilly.

WRONG!

There are limited conservative listeners in NYC, most of whom listen to Rush, who BTW, his show begins 2 hours earlier than O'Reilly's.That said, there are more people listening to conservative talk radio (Limbaugh, O'Reilly) from 12:00 pm - 3:00pm than those listening to progressive radio - in one of the most liberal cities in the country.

Secondly. Anderson cited the negativity emanating from Air America as the reason for it's poor ratings. He cited night time talk show host, Mike Molloy, comparing Dr. James Dobson's group, Focus on the Family, to neo-Nazi's. Whike Franken did not condone such vitriol, he went on to say thet Rush calls feminists, femi-nazi's. As I write in my upcoming book, Pants on Fire, Franken misled his readers in his earlier book on Rush, by writing that Rush denigrates feminists by calling them feminazis - feminists who believe that heterosexual sex as rape.

What makes this so appaling is that Franken claimed to have thoroughly researched Rush's program and his book, The Way Things Ought to Be ,before writing, Rush Limbaugh is a.... Rush defined feminazi in his book as being a very small radical group of feminists, for whom the most important thing is abortion, and that there are perhaps 25 known feminazis in America.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Franken: My numbers are up, Rush's are down

As they say, Denial isn't just a river in Egypt. On todays program, during the "resident dittohead" segment, Franken played a clip of Rush and a caller, where the caller invoked Franken's name. For the first time I've ever heard, Rush actually responded and acknowledged Franken, by reminding his caller that Franken (Rush did not actually say "Franken", but alluded to him) is a failed comedian and failed talk show host.

After citing his comedic successes, Franken said that his ratings were up, while Rush's were down.

Here are the facts (part of the article) as reported by NRO's Byron York:

April 26, 2005, 4:33 p.m.
Air America’s Year of Decline

Between the hours of 10 A.M. and 3 P.M., for example, the daypart that includes Al Franken's program, Air America drew a 1.4-percent share of the New York audience aged 25 to 54 in Winter 2005. That number is the latest in a nearly year-long decline. In Spring of 2004, Air America's first quarter on the air, it drew a 2.2-percent share of the audience. That rose to 2.3 percent in the Summer of 2004, then fell to 1.6 percent in the Fall of 2004, and is now 1.4 percent — Air America's lowest-ever quarterly rating in that time and demographic slot.
The numbers are just as striking when narrowed to the specific period from noon to 3 P.M., when Franken's program airs on WLIB opposite Rush Limbaugh on WABC. Even though Franken once claimed to be beating the conservative host in New York, in the Winter 2005 figures, his program attracted a 1.9-percent share of the audience to Limbaugh's 3.2 percent in the 25 to 54 age group.
Franken's performance against Limbaugh in the most recent ratings is significantly lower than in Air America's first months. In Spring 2004, Air America's first quarter on the air, Franken scored a 2.6-percent share to Limbaugh's 3.2-percent share. In Summer 2004, he scored a 2.8-percent share to Limbaugh's 3.2 percent. But in Fall 2004, Franken dropped to a 1.8 percent share to Limbaugh's 4.1-percent share, all within the 25 to 54 age group.
That last number surprised some observers because it showed Air America faltering in October and November 2004, the period when the presidential election was reaching its finish and political passions were presumably at their highest. But even then, Air America's decline continued. http://www.nationalreview.com/york/york200504261633.asp

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Franken responds to criticism over AA''s hype

Franken and supporters of Air America, responding to critics correctly pointing out that Bill Bennett, whose talk show began around the same time as Franken's, back in 2004, has more than double the affiliates.

Franken says, "they already had an infrustucture in place to expand his show."

Okay, Al. What about Rush Limbaugh, whose show began in the late 80's, had no infrastructure in place, and had more than 100 affilaites in just 3 month's?

What about the fact that you had more media attention and hype, than most hosts could ever dream of?

What about the fact that Bennett is just 1 of many conservative hosts already on the air, and you were the new kid on the block waiting to fill an untapped niche? That alone should have been reason for networks to run to grab you.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Franken don't like criticism

Brian Anderson, author of 'South Park Conservatives' was interviewed by O'Reilly this past Monday to talk about his op-ed, which was featured in the LA Times, questioning all the hype and so-called success of Air America.

The criticism was mild.example: according to Anderson, and I'm paraphrasing, AA is not setting any records in San Francisco, to which Franken replied, "we are doing very well there". Good come back, Al.

When Anderson pointed out that AA is # 24 in New York, Franken replied that he was beating O'Reilly from 2-3pm.

If Franken and AA can't even break into single digits in the bluest of blue states, does it really matter if he is beating O'Reilly or not for 1hr?

Even in Byron Yorks new book, 'Vast Left Wing Conspiracy', you can see how frazzled Franken gets anytime he or his arguements are questioned.

What will he do when 'Pants on Fire' is published and really comes down on him?

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Franken's anti-Semitic guests?

Last Month,while a guest on "Scarborough Country", Franken blasted Hannity and Scarborough for promtoting a guest, Dr. Hammesfahr, a neurologist of 23 years, who examined Terri Schiavo, as a "Nobel prize nominee", when in fact his nomination did not follow the proper protocol or process. Franken berated Scarborough for not properly researching Hammesfahers background, and furthermore telling his audience that he was a noble prize nominee.

But Franken the hypocrite got busted yesterday. Well sort of, by me. He had a guest Rashid Khalidi, who is the director of the Columbia University Middle East Institute.
According to "Campus Watch" this Khalidi fellow and his institute, have just sent out invitations for an event to honor Amiri Baraka.

Who is Amiri Baraka? He is the former disgraced NJ Poet Laureate who wote the poem, Somebody Blew up America, which accused Israel of having advance knowledge of the 9-11 attacks.

Did Franken do his "background research" on his guest? Or does Franken embrace the ideals of his his guest, Rashid Khalidi.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Franken Can't Take The Heat

One thing about Al Franken - he can't stand being called a liar, smear merchant, or having his well - thought - out opinions ignored.

In Byron York's new book, "The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy" York writes of his frustration in getting Franken for an interview for his book. Franken was hesitant to speak with him because he had written an earlier column, criticizing Franken's book, as well as gloss over what Franken thought was irrefutable evidence that President Bush had used Cocaine in his younger years. In his book, York really exposes Franken's short fuse and ill temper for anyone who doesn't see things the way he does.

On today's radio program, Franken talked about Mary Matalin's recent interview in which she was asked if she has ever read Franken's book. According to Franken, Matalin responded that she would not read a book that was chock full of lies (I'm paraphrasing). Franken then spent the next few minutes attacking Matalin. First for calling his book "full of lies",(which my book will certainly prove) then questioning how she could say that if she hadn't read the book. Franken was ticked.

He paused, and waited, then a chorus from his live audience in North Carolina, screamed out...LIAR!

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Franken calls Israeli Prime Minister a "bastid"

While I have completed writing and researching for my book, Pants on Fire,I still have to monitor Franken's show because I never know when he or one of his regulars will say something stupid or moronic that deserves it's place in the book.

So today, during the oy, oy, oy segment - a g-d awful segment that Franken passes off as comedy, and is elaborated in my book, Franken referred to Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, who is visiting and consulting with the President at his Crawford ranch, as a "bastid" that's Franken's hardy har har funny Jewish accent for bastard. But Franken quickly qualified it with, "I'm a supporter of Israel."

Does this type of disclaimer sound familiar?

"The war in Iraq is immoral,...but I support the troops"

"Terri Schiova is a tragic story,...but Tom Delay is a hypocrite"

"The Israeli Prime Minister is a bastard,...but I support Israel."

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Franken critiques 'Taking Heat'

Not much to report today on Franken's show. Though, in his second hour, he did introduce a new segment, "the Franken Book Club." (I can't wait for him to review my book on him)His first book review is of former Bush Press Secretary, Ari Fleisher.

What could only be explained as tortured analysis, Franken actually accuses Ari of painting a great picture of his former boss. Franken said,according to Fleisher, "If you just came here from another planet, you'd think Bush was just a great man"

Is Franken serious? Is this an honest critique? Is he really "shocked" at Ari's portrait of his former boss?

Well, what do you expect from a man who thinks that "Bill Clinton only lied about sex?"

In my own book review, Byron York's new book, 'The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy', York writes accurately,how Franken is someone who can dish it out but can't take it.

Monday, April 04, 2005

HBO's Left of The Dial

I watched, for the second time, HBO's Left of The Dial. This documentary, unlike Micahel Moore's, was in context, and didn't involve cutting and splicing clips to portray AUA in a positive light.

One of the things I noticed which really stood out, are the "personalities" of some of these AUA personalities. And while I want to try to keep this blog about Franken, as my upcoming book, titled - "Pants on Fire", is about him, the one thing I couldn't help but notice is that when liberals, and particularly the Left, get stressed or visibly upset, the frequency with which they swear, especially using the "F" word.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a prude, nor do I have virgin ears, but there is just something about "F this", "F that" or "just f" for the sake of it.

These are supposed to be the "intellectuals" who are so more superior to us conservative neandrethals.

Friday, April 01, 2005

HBO's Left of the Dial

Last night, HBO played a documentary "Left of the Dial" - a basic riches to rags to riches story on Air Un-America, AUA. Don't be fooled, AUA, will always be "rags" even with cash infusion from millionaire left wing activists.

An early clip features Franken's first day on the air with, "Today is both an ending and a beginning: an end to the right-wing dominance of talk radio, and a beginning of a battle for truth, a battle for justice, a battle indeed for America itself..."

Well, my friends, as AUA has just celebrated it's 1 year anniversary, let's see just how prophetic Franken was.

1. "An end to right wing dominance"-Rush Limbaugh has 600 affiliates (100 in his first 3 month's), Sean Hannity has about 400, and Laura Ingraham has over 200. Al Franken has 51. Mind you. Not all afilaites that carry Al Franken, carry the rest of the AUA lineup.

2. "Beginning...for truth"- In my upcoming book, Pants on Fire, due out in the fall of 2005, you'll read just how "truthful" Franken has been.

3. "...Battle for America" - On his first day, Franken declared, "Bush is going down". November 2004 elections, President Bush was re-elected and Republicans picked up seats in both Houses of Congress. (In my book, I cite more examples of Franken's "influence")

I will have more posts after the weekend on the HBO doc.