Why doesn’t the media report on lib-talker lunacy?

posted at 11:40 am on August 24, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

We’ll get to the answers to the question shortly, but meanwhile, the Media Research Center has put together a plea for some balance in media coverage of outrageous talk-radio and cable-shouter outrage.  In a new report titled “The Real Radio Hatemongers,” MRC notes that the media that never hesitates to put a spotlight on Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh somehow missed some “vile and vicious rhetoric” from liberal broadcasters like Ed Schultz, Mike Malloy, and others:

Since late 2007, the Media Research Center has collected numerous examples of the outrageousness of left-wing radio hosts. And, unlike the Left — which attempted to smear Rush Limbaugh with phony quotes — readers can find an audio or video of every one of these quotes posted at our Web site: www.MRC.org.

This report includes examples of over-the-top rhetoric from left-wing hosts Mike Malloy, Stephanie Miller, Randi Rhodes, Ron Reagan, Jr., Ed Schultz and Montel Williams, all of whom currently or at one time broadcast to a national audience on either the Air America network or via XM and/or Sirius satellite radio. Among the lowlights:

■ Conservatives Want to Kill Barack Obama: “I really think there are conservative broadcasters in this country who would love to see Obama taken out.” (Ed Schultz)

■ Conservatives Are Terrorists: “Do you not understand that the people you hold up as heroes bombed your goddamn country? Do you not understand that Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly are as complicit of the September 11, 2001 terror attack as any one of the dumbass 15 who came from Saudi Arabia?” (Mike Malloy)

■ Conservatives Want You to Die: “If, in fact, the GOP doesn’t like any form of health care reform, what do we do with those 40 to 60 million uninsured?…When they show up in the emergency room, just shoot ‘em! Kill them!…Do we have enough body bags? I don’t know.” (Montel Williams)

■ Conservative Congresswoman Would Have Liked the Holocaust: “[Representative Michele Bachmann is] a hatemonger. She’s the type of person that would have gladly rounded up the Jews in Germany and shipped them off to death camps….This is an evil bitch from Hell.” (Mike Malloy)

■ Dick Cheney Eats Babies: “Cheney, by the way, looks very ruddy. I couldn’t get over that. Like, he must have feasted on a Jewish baby, or a Muslim baby. He must have sent his people out to get one and bring it back so he could drink its blood.” (Mike Malloy)

■ Dick Cheney Should Die: “He is an enemy of the country, in my opinion. Dick Cheney is an enemy of the country….Lord, take him to the Promised Land, will you? See, I don’t even wish the guy goes to Hell, I just want to get him the hell out of here.” (Ed Schultz)

■ Rush Limbaugh Should Die: “I’m waiting for the day when I pick up the newspaper or click on the Internet and find that he’s choked to death on his own throat fat, or a great big wad of saliva or something, whatever. Go away, Limbaugh, you make me sick.” (Mike Malloy)

■ Michele Bachmann Should Die: “So, Michele, slit your wrist! Go ahead! I mean, you know, why not? I mean, if you want to — or, you know, do us all a better thing. Move that knife up about two feet. I mean, start right at the collarbone.” (Montel Williams)

If the establishment media were really interested in cleansing the airwaves of hateful rhetoric, they would not confine their criticism to conservative hosts. Instead, they would — and they must — make an equal effort to expose the nastiness that runs rampant on left-wing talk radio. Unless and until they do, they are participating in an act of journalistic hypocrisy.

Of course they are.  Despite the ravings of Schultz, Malloy, and others detailed on conservative websites for years — especially MRC and Newsbusters — the national media only takes an interest when they perceive something outrageous from Limbaugh, Beck, Mark Levin, and so on.  Why?  The MRC feels that it’s a case of bias, and that’s certainly a part of it, but it’s more than that.  The libtalkers highlighted in this report have almost no impact on politics, while the impact of Limbaugh is massive, especially in comparison.  Most people wouldn’t know these names at all, especially Malloy, who gets about half of the quotes in the report.

Hardly anyone listens to the libtalkers.  The combined radio audience of Malloy, Schultz, and Williams would not equal a fifth of Limbaugh’s reach, if that.  Montel Williams can get away with telling a mother of 23 to kill herself because the only people listening are Williams’ family and the MRC.


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Why doesn’t the media report on lib-talker lunacy?

Because the media is made up of mostly delusional liberals who agree with this lunacy.

You can apply the Costanza rule to this:

It’s not “lunacy” if you believe it.

Baxter Greene on August 24, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Montel Williams tried to kill himself a while back. Just sayin’.

Mojave Mark on August 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM

If lefty lunacy is broadcast over the airwaves, and there are no ears there to hear it……did it really happen?

ted c on August 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Montel Williams can get away with telling a mother of 23 to kill herself

Mother of 23!?!?! Wow! I’m even more impressed with Bachmann than I was before.

Rocks on August 24, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Gee, Montel Williams… why am I not surprised?

Even Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t like Williams much over the fit he threw about Goldberg’s roast at the Friar’s Club back in the early 90s. She and others accused Williams of making a big deal about the racial content of the roast in order to raise awareness of his new talk show at the time.

teke184 on August 24, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Bill Press the other morning compared the Catholic Church to the 9-11 terrorists, saying, “If we’re going to shut down every mosque because of 9/11, then we should shut down every Catholic Church because of priests who buggered altar boys.”

http://www.billpressshow.com/2010/08/17/sacred-ground-not-so-much/

Because, of course the pedophile priests are exaaaaaactly like the plane hijackers that killed a couple thousand people.

Abby Adams on August 24, 2010 at 11:47 AM

That’s just hate radio so its not a big deal, but conservatives have hate-hate radio which is completely different./

tommer74 on August 24, 2010 at 11:47 AM

i guess Rush et al. get reported on because its merely further validation of their impact, as Ed indicates—Rush has an enormous audience and can swing action with his wieldy influence. The failure of the media to report on the lefty lunacy consequentially either validates their internal bias as well as supporting the evidence that these talkers are pretty impotent—no one hears them. (remember what Hugh Hewitt said to that gal last week?)

ted c on August 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM

I don’t think Ed Schultz deserves any slack just because he has a fraction of Rush’s radio audience. He also has a TV show on MSDNC. If he’s claiming conservatives want Obama dead, he needs to either submit evidence or his resignation.

Doughboy on August 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM

the only people listening are Williams’ family and the MRC.

HA HA HA…

wipe tears….

HA HA HA HA HA HA

antisocial on August 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Probably because there are so many who fit that lunacy description.

Captain America on August 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM

If a liberal rants on MSNBC does it make a sound?

mankai on August 24, 2010 at 11:49 AM

because the only people listening are Williams’ family and the MRC.

Nah, they only say that they do.

MJBrutus on August 24, 2010 at 11:49 AM

It’s be like someone outing his loony relative. You just don’t bad-mouth a family member.

PaCadle on August 24, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Abby Adams on August 24, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Well what’s the figure for Muslims who support terrorism in the name of Allah, 20%? 20% of Catholics support priest’s abusing kids right?

Rocks on August 24, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Because nobody is watching the looney libs. It’s a ratings loser. And all of that media that refuses to report on looney libs are in fact looney libs themselves.

NotCoach on August 24, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Rush Limbaugh Should Die

Who says that’s extreme? Last time I noticed, that was “mainstream” thinking amount the JournoList crowd.

MNHawk on August 24, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Vacuum.

Exactly. An intellectual and moral vacuum.

UltimateBob on August 24, 2010 at 11:52 AM

So no one should cover the rantings of MSNBC simply because their audience is such a small number of idiot lib/dems?

d1carter on August 24, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Poor old Ed Schultz he still hasn’t gotten over the Scott brown victory in MA.(I’d vote ten times if i could).

SHARPTOOTH on August 24, 2010 at 11:54 AM

(I’d vote ten times if i could).

SHARPTOOTH on August 24, 2010 at 11:54 AM

See: http://www.acorn.org/

Abby Adams on August 24, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Montel Williams is still alive? Who knew?

GrannyDee on August 24, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Bill Press the other morning compared the Catholic Church to the 9-11 terrorists, saying, “If we’re going to shut down every mosque because of 9/11, then we should shut down every Catholic Church because of priests who buggered altar boys.”

Abby Adams on August 24, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Who ever said anything about shutting down every mosque????

Where does that claim come from? Just because New Yorkers (and in fact the majority of Americans) do not support building a mosque (ONE mosque) just a stone’s throw away from Ground Zero?

This kind of distortion does not help the left gain credibility. Bill Press is a total idiot.

UltimateBob on August 24, 2010 at 11:57 AM

So no one should cover the rantings of MSNBC simply because their audience is such a small number of idiot lib/dems?

Half the MSNBC audience is conservative/libertarian watchdogs keeping an eye on their idiocy for us.

The Monster on August 24, 2010 at 12:00 PM

“Most people wouldn’t know these names at all…”

You can find me in that camp…

Seven Percent Solution on August 24, 2010 at 12:00 PM

So the LSM condones such lunacy by its silence…

d1carter on August 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Montel Williams can get away with telling a mother of 23 to kill herself because the only people listening are Williams’ family and the MRC.

Well I doubt his kids are listening to him. His kids say he is like a stranger to them.

Joe Caps on August 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Where does that claim come from? Just because New Yorkers (and in fact the majority of Americans) do not support building a mosque (ONE mosque) just a stone’s throw away from Ground Zero?

A “stone’s throw”? I see what you did there. That’s a dog whistle. RAAAAACIST!!!!!!!111eleventy

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The Monster on August 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Montel Williams is still alive? Who knew?

GrannyDee on August 24, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Yes, and it’s all thanks to medical marijuana.

Rocks on August 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Why doesn’t the media report on lib-talker lunacy?

Because the problem is where do you start? And if you point out some of the lefty lunacy, where do you stop?

rbj on August 24, 2010 at 12:02 PM

This kind of distortion does not help the left gain credibility. Bill Press is a total idiot.

UltimateBob on August 24, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Typical liberal style of argument, however. They only have the brains to take on straw men, so of course, they revert to fighting what they know.

mr.blacksheep on August 24, 2010 at 12:04 PM

MRC notes that the media that never hesitates to put a spotlight on Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh somehow missed some “vile and vicious rhetoric” from liberal broadcasters like Ed Schultz, Mike Malloy, and others

In MRC’s defense, pretty much everyone else missed all of that too.

There are – and always will be – fifty times more liberal broadcasters than conservative ones. Of course liberals could not possibly care less about what conservatives say. All liberals care about is that so many people are LISTENING to conservative broadcasters.

logis on August 24, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Montel Williams can get away with telling a mother of 23 to kill herself because the only people listening are Williams’ family and the MRC.

Too funny.

sammypants on August 24, 2010 at 12:04 PM

You wanna know why the media doesn’t report on Left Talkers the way they whine about Conservative radio?

Easy: NOONE LISTENS TO LIB TALKERS.

Here’s a sad little fact: Alex Jones and his weird tribe of conspiracy addicts almost DOUBLE the audience of Schultz and the whole of Air America at its prime combined.

Maybe if they had anywhere near the numbers that Limbaugh and Beck command we could have a good reason to complain about the media’s neglect, but come on.

Khorum on August 24, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Mother of 23!?!?! Wow! I’m even more impressed with Bachmann than I was before.

Rocks on August 24, 2010 at 11:46 AM

This might be a bit of confusion here. Specifically, she’s the mother of five children, but has raised another 23 in foster care.

KingGold on August 24, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Half the MSNBC audience is conservative/libertarian watchdogs keeping an eye on their idiocy for us.

The Monster on August 24, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Yeah, and the other guy’s a libtard.

mr.blacksheep on August 24, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Bill Press the other morning compared the Catholic Church to the 9-11 terrorists, saying, “If we’re going to shut down every mosque because of 9/11, then we should shut down every Catholic Church because of priests who buggered altar boys.”

http://www.billpressshow.com/2010/08/17/sacred-ground-not-so-much/

Because, of course the pedophile priests are exaaaaaactly like the plane hijackers that killed a couple thousand people.

Abby Adams on August 24, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Well using this fantastic liberal logic….I guess we should go ahead and shut down all the schools due to the large amount of teachers sexually abusing the students all over the country.

Typical liberal idiot..

Baxter Greene on August 24, 2010 at 12:07 PM

How much longer will the media be around and relevant? Isn’t that the real question.

tarpon on August 24, 2010 at 12:07 PM

“The MRC feels that it’s a case of bias, and that’s certainly a part of it, but it’s more than that. The libtalkers highlighted in this report have almost no impact on politics, while the impact of Limbaugh is massive, especially in comparison. Most people wouldn’t know these names at all, especially Malloy, who gets about half of the quotes in the report.”

All true, Ed. But … the LSM highlights Rush, Beck, Levin, etc, then often worries their pretty little heads about violence.

Well, you don’t need a huge audience to rant to in order get a one or two or a few nutty lefty listeners to go and do it. All you need is a libtalker blatantly talking about it. This ought to be of special concern to the LSM since the wacko fringe libtalkers’ set of listeners has winnowed down to the a demographic of, you guessed it, mostly wacko fringers.

Dusty on August 24, 2010 at 12:10 PM

If it weren’t for HA and MRC I wouldn’t have a clue who
Mike Malloy is.

Firmworm on August 24, 2010 at 12:11 PM

The lib talkers get a pass because Alex Jones gets away with talking about our food and water supply being injected with carcinogens, growth hormones, and 9-11 being an inside job coordinated with the IMF, the New World Order and the United Nations to reduce the worlds population through science.

fourdeucer on August 24, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Bill Press the other morning compared the Catholic Church to the 9-11 terrorists, saying, “If we’re going to shut down every mosque because of 9/11, then we should shut down every Catholic Church because of priests who buggered altar boys.”

http://www.billpressshow.com/2010/08/17/sacred-ground-not-so-much/

Because, of course the pedophile priests are exaaaaaactly like the plane hijackers that killed a couple thousand people.

Abby Adams on August 24, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Bill Press also believed that the “Lovenstein Institute” was real. He’s like the crazy old uncle who lives in the attic.

Del Dolemonte on August 24, 2010 at 12:13 PM

I never know what to make of Montel Williams. He served 22 years as an enlisted Marine and US Navy officer. Retired as a Lt. Cmdr.He has been active in the Stolen Valor effort and has appeared on conservative producer, Don Bellisario’s JAG as a continuing character. Then he goes and rants like he’s like he’s Ed Schultz on roids.

xkaydet65 on August 24, 2010 at 12:16 PM

People still listen to Stephanie Miller?

victor82 on August 24, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Montel Williams? From failed talk show to hyper-frothing fringe lunatic; quite the journey that man has taken.

Bishop on August 24, 2010 at 12:19 PM

No Olby?

AndrewsDad on August 24, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Isn’t Randi Rhodes the one who got plasterd in a bar, went outside and tripped over a curb smashing her face in and then blamed it on right wing nuts attacking her? I thought she was long gone.

Johnnyreb on August 24, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Isn’t Randi Rhodes the one who got plasterd in a bar, went outside and tripped over a curb smashing her face in and then blamed it on right wing nuts attacking her? I thought she was long gone.

Johnnyreb on August 24, 2010 at 12:21 PM

I figured she was out of work ever since Air America went bust.

teke184 on August 24, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Though they have small audiences, what kind of sick mind would sit, and listen to this sick commentary day after day? I can’t even imagine.

capejasmine on August 24, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Hardly anyone listens to the libtalkers

….now theres some iron clad logic! Sounds like a quote from Robert Gibbs.

All Hail……..

dmann on August 24, 2010 at 12:25 PM

I thought Montel Williams just did infomercials.

Air America’s station in DC could barely be heard even if you we parked next to the antenna, their entire audience must consist of internet radio listeners.

NoDonkey on August 24, 2010 at 12:26 PM

If it weren’t for HA and MRC I wouldn’t have a clue who Mike Malloy is.

Firmworm on August 24, 2010 at 12:11 PM

What’s so scary is that he used to be both a news writer and producer at CNN

He’s also a racist-see page 16 of this report.

And he said the Right Wing “murdered” the Kennedy brothers.

Del Dolemonte on August 24, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Well, at least we won’t read any manufactured news about Rush today since Walter Williams is hosting the show.

JammieWearingFool on August 24, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Bill Press the other morning compared the Catholic Church to the 9-11 terrorists, saying, “If we’re going to shut down every mosque because of 9/11, then we should shut down every Catholic Church because of priests who buggered altar boys.”

Because, of course the pedophile priests are exaaaaaactly like the plane hijackers that killed a couple thousand people.
Abby Adams on August 24, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Why even bother to make the distinction? Do you have any idea how many children are raped by the average imam every week?

No liberal would ever even think of criticizing that. Because raping children and murdering infidels is what Muslims are SUPPOSED to do.

In the liberal theology there is no such concept as “right” or “wrong.” The only sin their church recognizes is that of hypocrisy. And, since the overriding tenet of Islam is to expand its territorial boundaries by any means necessary, absolutely any atrocity Muslims commit in the name of Jihad will always be endorsed by liberals.

logis on August 24, 2010 at 12:33 PM

No Olby?

AndrewsDad on August 24, 2010 at 12:19 PM

This is about talk radio. Thankfully Olby doesn’t have a radio gig. Yet.

Abby Adams on August 24, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Montel Williams is still alive? Who knew?

GrannyDee on August 24, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I see him doing juicer infomercials and ads for some quickie-loan outfit–no doubt appealing to those without any financial literacy whatsoever. Nice going, Montel, stick it to those who can afford the usurious interest rates that those places charge.

BuckeyeSam on August 24, 2010 at 12:44 PM

What I enjoy the most, is that Red Eye at 3am is doing better than ALL BUT TWO of the Prime Time shows on CNNN and MSNBC. Way to funny.

barnone on August 24, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I figured she was out of work ever since Air America went bust.
teke184 on August 24, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Just head to 5th and Broadway in Brooklyn every night and you will see Randi, she’s the one with the gold hot-pants standing on the corner beckoning to passerby.

Bishop on August 24, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Montel Williams came to my high school many years ago as a motivational speaker. We busted our a$$es raising the money to pay his fee, which I don’t remember the exact amount, and were excited that we did it. He wore his Naval uniform, flashed his Onyx AMEX card a few times and gave a pretty rousing speech about MOUNTAIN, Get outta my way!!!

Shortly after that, he started the Montel Williams show, which was a cross between Jerry Springer and Maury Povich. We felt so slighted and lied to about what we thought we were paying for. Now to see that he’s turned into such a POS, it makes me regret that hard work even more.

Montel, count your stars that my school busted their a$$es so you could have plenty of money to battle your disease that could’ve killed you in the country with the worst health care system in the world. Douchebag.

Sponge on August 24, 2010 at 1:02 PM

People on the far left have a debilitating disease effecting their ability to see, think, listen, and draw reasonable conclusions.

“Good jugement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad jugement”. These loon liberals lack the intellegence to learn from experience and keep plowing ahead in fantacy land. Their goals will destroy our country and what’s worse is destroy our people.

Self reliance and personal responsibility are the underpinings of our great achievements as a nation, and these fools are hell bent on converting the population into a bunch of dependent government trough sloppers totally helpless and dependent on government handouts.

Our poor people are the only poor people in the world that are fat. There are no winners when the public at large is a bunch of government money crack heads.

saiga on August 24, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Mike Maolloy is the Michael Savage of the left, albeit less entertaining.

He’s so over the top, that nobody thinks his comments are worth dignifying, let alone rebutting.

YYZ on August 24, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Had Glenn Beck wished publicly that, oh, I dunno, Barbara Boxer would kill herself, I’m sure it would have gotten the same amount of attention Montel Williams’s ravings got. None, right?

Dude does payday loans, right? I mean, his audience is a bunch of unemployed losers or they wouldn’t be watching his [email protected] show.

Akzed on August 24, 2010 at 1:26 PM

“So, Michele, slit your wrist! Go ahead! I mean, you know, why not? I mean, if you want to — or, you know, do us all a better thing. Move that knife up about two feet. I mean, start right at the collarbone.” (Montel Williams)

Which Michelle was Williams talking about? Didn’t our amazingly awesome liberal President marry a Michelle?

Steve Z on August 24, 2010 at 1:30 PM

The problem is that when the left distorts a statement by Rush or Glenn or Mark, it is picked up by the MSM and unfortunately that means a lot of Americans hear that lie.

If the MSM fails to report what these loony libs actually say, no one hears about it.

Jvette on August 24, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Mike Maolloy is the Michael Savage of the left, albeit less entertaining.

He’s so over the top, that nobody thinks his comments are worth dignifying, let alone rebutting.

YYZ on August 24, 2010 at 1:17 PM

I don’t believe Savage has ever wished for anyone’s death. I’m sure if he had said 1/2 of what Molloy said we would have had the quote on P1 of the NY Times.

Nice try though.

angryed on August 24, 2010 at 1:48 PM

angryed is 100% right. I’ve never heard Savage say anything like that.

Thank you, MRC (and HotAir)… I’m saving this article for just the right argument.

princetrumpet on August 24, 2010 at 1:58 PM

I don’t believe Savage has ever wished for anyone’s death.

Well, actually, that’s exactly what cost Savage his show on MSNBC.

YYZ on August 24, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Back in ’07 Bryan covered Montel’s ambush of a bunch of military families on his show. He is a nut.

Dawnsblood on August 24, 2010 at 3:35 PM

If no one is watching, is Ed Schultz really talking?

flytier on August 24, 2010 at 3:37 PM

It has nothing to do with audience. They don’t get mentioned as examples of outrageous statements because liberals do not consider them to be outrageous. They’re true. And when a liberal believes something to be true is is true and therefore can never be considered hate.

Jaynie59 on August 24, 2010 at 4:56 PM

It has nothing to do with audience. They don’t get mentioned as examples of outrageous statements because liberals do not consider them to be outrageous. They’re true. And when a liberal believes something to be true is is true and therefore can never be considered hate.

Jaynie59 on August 24, 2010 at 4:56 PM

This. The media never mentions the lunacy of Shultz or Malloy or Montel because they don’t see it as lunacy — they see it as speaking truth to power. Big Media agrees with everything they say.

holygoat on August 25, 2010 at 4:53 PM