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Leading Cause Of Murder In American? Gays -- Dean and McMillan

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Sons of Liberty radio

EDITED TO CORRECT:

I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry hearing Sons of Liberty Radio, hosts Bradlee Dean and Jake McMillan from last week. Among their jaundiced claims are that gay people are responsible for half of all murders committed in large US cities, among other crimes.

Don’t take my word for it. Save your souls. Listen to this yourself so I’m not accused of misquoting:

Snarkatude, cynicism, sarcasm—they’re all part of my arsenal in handling things that seem so outrageous. I’m faced with great alarm when radio outlaws promote violence and retribution. I’m pretty calloused when it comes to right-wing stories and opinions. Anger is something that takes a little more motivation.

Well, I’ve got anger right now.

There’s way too much discrimination and distrust going on within all communities. To propagate such hatred with lies and fabrications is nothing new – for haters. But how is it we can give a forum to such zealots? The answer sadly is they have an audience. People who eat this crap up for lunch and poop it out to their friends and neighbors post-dinner.

The best way to show your displeasure with these hate-mongers is to find out who sponsors their shows – then avoid those products. Advertising money is how these programs succeed. So I visited the Right Wing Watch to see who sponsors them. And here’s the interesting part. There are no sponsors. None listed, that is. So they are deep-pocketed by alternative means.

That most likely is the 501-c at work -- maybe Mr. Issa should look into this.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Thanks to @Pattibbs for the correction on this post. DG

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Audio- Fox's Mike Gallagher Tells Chris Wallace To "Throw A Bucket Of Water" On Pelosi And "See What Happens"

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I once spent alot of very expensive cell phone minutes waiting on hold to speak to Gallagher. I've never called into a radio talk show before but he was ranting and raving about how all the housekeepers (don't think he called them that) don't speak English and that he wasn't leaving tips unless they spoke English and why in the WORLD are they taking Real "Muricans jobs? I was lived. My folks came over from Ireland and Poland by way of South America in 1960. When they got here the only jobs that were available to them were manual labor picking apples and cherries on a farm in Michigan. My mom spoke 5 languages (including English with an accent), my Dad 3 (including English with a HEAVY accent). That. Was. All. That. Was Available.

Manual labor and unskilled work is the stepping stone for those who don't speak English. How do you get instructions from a boss if you don't speak English? You don't unless the the boss knows Spanish, which is more common now but still is a sticking point. If you're hired as unskilled it's pretty clear what you need to know, so no special instructions need apply and if they do you can work it out. I wonder what kind of jobs Mr Gallagher's forebears worked when they first got here?

Sorry, I tend to get worked up over that second rate piece of slime. Via.

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Video- Radio Host Alex Jones, Who Wants Piers Morgan Deported, Gets Crazed On CNN

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Why is CNN giving this whackjob a platform? Ugh. Via.

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"The moment that media legacy forfeited its monopoly on credibility"

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When CNN and Fox got their reporting on the Supreme Court individual mandate decision humiliatingly wrong, David Shuster got it right.

How many times have I tweeted "there is no news" or "the news is dead" or simply mocked the so-called "news" [sic] media right here at TPC?

That's why so many alternatives have sprung up, including blogs, podcasts, smaller news organizations and papers, and other great sources. I am very proud to say I am part of the We Act Radio family, along with Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Cliff Schecter, Lizz Winstead, Shannyn Moore, my wonderful hosts Nicole Sandler and Angie Coiro, and so many others, including of course, David Shuster. Via The Georgetowner:

CNN and FOX News’ misreporting that the healthcare mandate had been overturned could be viewed as the moment that media legacy forfeited its monopoly on credibility.... Bush v. Gore had set a precedent as to why you should never rush reporting a Supreme Court ruling. It’s like stepping in the puddle that you know is there — and yet they stepped right in, anyway. [...]

No more big names setting the agenda for what is right and good in journalism. [...]

David Shuster, a former MSNBC anchor reported from of the grandiose plaza outside the Supreme Court, live online for a new venture called Take Action News. He proudly noted that while both CNN and FOX got it wrong, his team had taken the time to get it correctly — suggesting openly that if you want accuracy, turn off the networks and turn on Take Action News. [...]

This event certainly won’t be the end of the brand name networks, and this process has been underway for a while, but the fateful Thursday at the Supreme Court may come to be remembered as the day the “credibility superiority” claim finally came undone.

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AUDIO- Republican Arizona radio host: "I call him a monkey... I voted for the white guy."

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Meet Republican talk radio host Barbara Espinosa who calls President Obama a monkey and then loudly and clearly declares, "I voted for the white guy" on her show.

"I call him a monkey, and I don’t believe in calling him the first black president... I voted for the white guy myself.”

To make matters worse, she's proud of her vile comments, and admitted as much in her "Yes I did!" post here.

However, as Think Progress noted, Espinosa think she's "anything but racist" because of her last name.

 

Um, yeah, me neither.

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If you care about Progressive voices in the media, you'll want to read this

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I am livid. But even worse, I'm very, very concerned about the slo-mo destruction of what was once a fantastic Progressive radio station here in the Los Angeles area, KTLK 1150. I've been a loyal listener, have even been invited on to some of the shows from time to time, and was beyond thrilled when they debuted a few years ago.

Their seven-day a week line-up in the early days was stellar, but before we could say, "librul media my ass," they scrubbed Progressive programming on weekends, losing wonderful hosts like Frangela.

Over the past year or so, they've replaced more liberal-leaning programs with "mainstream" consumer reporting shows, and soon the only shows that aired on Saturdays and Sundays were what amounted to hours-long infomercials.

Last week, Thom Hartmann was gone (he announced weeks earlier that his show was moving to the more preferable 3-6 pm ET) and his slot was temporarily filled by a self-described conservative.

The other day, I wrote to the station (in the good old days, I would correspond with the station manager, who is now also long gone, a guy who told me I was his "ears" and actually cared about broadcast quality and content) to protest the devolution, and here's the response I just got:

Thanks for the note. We are sorry to hear you are not enjoying the direction of KTLK AM - 1150. Thom Hartmann has made the decision to move the air time of his show to Noon - 3p, Pacific Time. This will put his show on the air in Afternoon Drive on the east coast, which is an important move for his show.

KTLK is excited for Thom that he is able to bring his show to a larger audience. However, because of our commitment to Randi Rhodes, and the rest of the KTLK shows, we are not be able to air his program after he changes times.

No changes are being made to Randi Rhodes' show. She is still airing every Monday through Friday, Noon - 3p. Our commitments to our other programs prevent us from running Thom's show on a delay in a later time-slot.

"Diverse LA" will air 9a – Noon through Friday, March 30. Starting Monday, April 2, we will air The Ray Lucia Show from 9a - 12p. Ray's show is a financial-based program.

Best,

Clear Channel Talk LA
DP

Yes, it's Clear Channel. But I do give them props for responding and for continuing to carry Stephanie Miller, Randi Rhodes, Bill Press, and Mike Malloy.

However, as I wrote back to them in response, they did not allay my concerns, they heightened them.

KTLK used to be my go-to station, I told them, but they've gradually replaced progressive hosts with ho-hum programming, including decidedly NOT-liberal hosts.

I reminded them that I will be turning my radio off during those hours.

I added that the one lone station that provided a badly needed voice for Progressives is morphing into bland, non-destination droning. I'm bitterly disappointed. Conservatives have shows airing all over the country, that of course, Clear Channel provides, but the single liberal station, in Los Angeles of all places, is not on their, er, agenda.

I also informed them that I'll be sharing their response all over social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook in hopes that they'll hear from more listeners, and even non-listeners. Clear Channel is intentionally silencing the one remaining avenue, the sole source of left-leaning talk available to a huge swath of the population.

But despite their efforts, we will not be silenced.

And I told them as much.

Here is their contact information:

Main Address:

KTLK AM 1150
3400 W Olive Ave Ste 550
Burbank CA 91505 

Main: (818) 559-2252
Programming: (818) 566-6476

Department Email Addresses:

Programming: Programming@KTLKAM1150.com

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How a Handful of Progressive Activists Brought Liberal Talk-Radio Back to the Nation's Capitol

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My now-radio-colleague, a pal in general, and excellent journalist, Joshua Holland, has a post at Alternet that I hope you'll read. In short, there's a new AM radio station in town, specifically DC, hosted by a whole lot of top notch talented Progressives.

I am honored, more than I can say, to be a part of this new venture*, brought to you by my dear friend and mentor Cliff Schecter, as well as Alex Lawson and Kymone Freeman.

So, three cheers! We now have another outlet, more opportunity to get our message out, and you'll be hearing a lot of familiar, and new, even *gasp!* Liberal-- with a capital L-- voices. Joshua tells you all about it here (Please read the whole thing for all the info):

[I]f you're stuck in traffic on the infamous Beltway and want to tune into some political talk, you've only had the option of listening to right-wing bloviators like Limbaugh and Hannity. Since Air America Radio's demise in 2009, Washington has been without a liberal alternative to right-wing hate-radio.

That is, until last month, when three long-time progressive activists – Cliff Schecter, Alex Lawson and Kymone Freeman -- took over WPWC 1480 AM, and rebranded it as We Act Radio.

Awhile back, I was asked to produce a video to illustrate how it all started:

See you on the radio!

*You can hear me weekly on 1480 AM with the always-excellent Nicole Sandler (you can also hear us together every Tuesday morning online at RadioOrNot.com, my podcasts here) and starting next week, on Angie Coiro's We Act Radio show every week, too. (Angie is absolutely wonderful, and was my very first radio host when she was on San Francisco's Progressive AM station Green 960. I owe her big time.)

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