More Fun With Left-Wing Radio

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

This morning, I listened to about 10 minutes of the Stephanie Miller Show on Air America as I ran out to get a coffee.

During the mind-numbingly inane banter (Miller’s show makes Fox & Friends sound like the Oxford Union Debating Society), Miller and her sidekicks started talking about a sign at one of the tea party protests that apparently said, “Don’t Tax Me, Bro.”

Okay. Not very funny. But Miller’s take?

“Isn’t ‘Bro’ pretty clearly a slang reference to African-Americans?”

Miller’s sidekick: “Yeah, it’s pretty thinly-veiled racism.”

Or, dumbasses, it could be a play on the “Don’t Taze Me, Bro” kid from last year’s presidential campaign and the catchphrase he spawned. He was white, by the way.

This exchange, incidentally, came less than five minutes after an astonishingly racist bit in which one of Miller’s sidekicks read a love letter to Condolleeza Rice in the voice of Kim Jong Il. The bit managed to cram just about every Asian stereotype you can think of–along with a few black ones–into two minutes of unfunny radio. But you had to listen carefully to pick them up because of the guy’s exaggerated mispronunciation of Ls and Rs.

It was honestly worse than anything I’ve ever heard on Imus. But I guess so long as you hold enlightened, progressive views on tax policy, and the targets of your humor happen to be black Republicans, you get to do all the racist comedy bits you want.

What’s amazing is the complete lack of awareness from Miller and her dopey sidekicks as the show transitioned from the overtly racist love letter bit to them wrongly and moronically ascribing a racist message to a completely innocuous tea party sign.

(Obligatory disclaimer: I hate right-wing talk radio, too.)

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59 Responses to “More Fun With Left-Wing Radio”

  1. #1 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I think I have the left figured out. EVERYTHING is tied to racism if said by a Republican.

    “Rep. Jim Dunnam of Waco, joined by several fellow Texas House Democrats, said some people associate talk of secession with racial division and the Civil War and that Perry should disavow any notion of seceding.”

    “Talk of secession is an attack on our country. It can be nothing else. It is the ultimate anti-American statement,” Dunnam said at a news conference.”

    No, as a Texan (even tho’ in NH), the right of secession is a Texan birthright and condition of being American.

  2. #2 |  Lloyd | 

    Back in the day, when (Bill) Clinton was president, World Net Daily, Free Republic, (and sometimes even Fox News) etc. were actually sort of useful and interesting. Then W. was elected and *poof* that ended. Now ‘liberal’ radio, MSNBC, DailyKos, etc. have flipped from dissent mode to party-line mode.
    There are some progressive web sites that are still stubbornly independent — and are both good.

  3. #3 |  Windy | 

    Strangely, tho Beck is a native of my hometown (where I still live), I’ve never seen him on TV nor listened to him on the radio. Guess I’m going to have to check him out, just to see if he is a real libertarian or a right lib. I am a real libertarian’s libertarian, coming in at 100/100 on the Nolan chart. My local talk radio station has its local talk show in the morning, mostly concerned with local issues, it’s hosted by a flaming liberal and a self described independent who recently took the Nolan quiz and now calls herself libertarian (I still don’t call her that, she still leans too far right for my tastes), but she’s always promoting Beck, whereas her co-host constantly harps on how he supports Obama and Gregoire, big government and how important it is that we need to raise more taxes and create more rules and regulations to save our environment, make people treat each other with respect, and get cars off the roads. I get angry with them almost everyday and end up writing them emails nearly everyday, too. She is more willing to listen to alternate points of view than he, and occasionally she will even alter her stance when shown why her stance is incorrect for a libertarian.

  4. #4 |  pam | 

    Glenn Beck is just frightening, especially when he has Ted Nugent on.

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  6. #6 |  mattinCincy | 

    I really hope we can reach a point SOON where President Obama can be criticized without said criticism being called racist.

  7. #7 |  OGWiseman | 

    The only difference between the left-wing fringe radio and the right-wing fringe radio is that Democrats aren’t beholden to Stephanie Miller, et al. Rush is the dominant ideological voice in the GOP, but we on the Left recognize our fringe for what it is.

  8. #8 |  chiclegal | 


    When people stop carrying signs that are clearly racist we will have reached that point. As a black liberal…I am all about dissent. But the teabaggers made it hard for me to support them when I feel like I could be lynched at their little rally.

  9. #9 |  Andre Kenji | 

    C´mon, I live in Brazil. No one here listen to radio, whatever is talk radio or not. I download content in several languages to listen in my Ipod. It´s impressive. I sincerely asks who listens to talk radio in a much richer country. .-)

    Regarding mr. Beck, the problem is that he takes himself too seriously. He is a good showman, but every time that I watch him on television I think that I´m going to see some nurses suddenly appear to take him to the Insane Asylum….