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All I can say is "wow".
I tuned in three different times. It was a Bush bashing fiesta. There was little humor to be found, and I am one who will laugh heartily poking fun at either side (Jon Stewart is extremely funny when lampooning Bush)
It was a deep seething undercurrent.
Here is the summary of what I heard (which keep in mind, is a small sample of 20 minute blocks when I randomly tuned in):
Jeaneane Garafolo -
She also interviewed Atrios, who was praised for raising over 100K for the Kerry campaign. That apparently makes him a "vice-chair" of the democratic committee. "If you were a Republican, you'd be part of the Reischstag... or the 43'rd Reich for raising that money for Bush"
Marc Maron this morning went on a 5 minute, dopey (he's usually insightful with his comedy-- he's very talented) monologue about why we leave a guy in office when 9/11 happened on his watch. Ok. Fine. Whatever-- but it was boring and unfunny.
Overall, I think the problem is one of stacking the deck with comics. As a former standup (metioned above) I can attest that a comic entertains with generalities brought down to specific observations-- this makes for a fun Friday night at the club if everyone checks their intellectual honesty at the door. When you start trying to pass this off as fact or newsworthy you get in to trouble.
It all comes off very wacky conspiracy.
I'll keep listening. The shock of how bad it is is entertaining for now.
Oh, and I loved the gem about the Jersey woman who is cancelling her vacation because gas prices are too high. Her pooooor kids.
Posted by: Ed at April 1, 2004 12:24 PM
FWIW, Randi Rhodes is also the only person with commercial talk radio experience.
Posted by: Cam at April 1, 2004 12:30 PM
Cam ... yeah, I mentioned that in my first post about this "Air America Debuts".
Ed ... excellent accounting. I'm listening to Franken right now. I missed him yesterday. We're 40 minutes into the program and its essentially been a bash Limbaugh day. They've yet to get their first caller.
Posted by: McQ at April 1, 2004 12:37 PM
Is there something wrong with my unquenchable thirst for Schadenfruede?
Go Franken, Go!
Posted by: Ed at April 1, 2004 12:47 PM
Heh ... nope, not at all. They just got their second caller of the hour. The caller challenged the "die-hards" about the Florida vote by citing the "consotium" of newspapers who did their own recount and found that Bush won.
Franken, of course, simply dismissed that as a 'Republican myth' and claimed there were counts which, if done (counting the "over" votes) would have seen Gore win.
News to me. But its apparent, speaking of mythology, that the Florida count is firmly in the Left's anti-Bush mythology.
Posted by: McQ at April 1, 2004 01:01 PM
Also, of course, Gore would have won had they only counted the Martian absentee ballots. But, nooooooo!
Posted by: JorgXMcKie at April 3, 2004 12:31 AM
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