As any left-lib worth their salt knows, Air
America launched last week – an effort to bring a liberal talk show radio
channel to the masses. I am glad to know that liberal commentators can be just
as abrasive as conservative talkies. I think Al Franken is so much better in
print than heard. Randi Rhodes is as abrasive as Comet cleanser (though her
renaming of Meet the Press as Beat My Meat did make me laugh),.
Out of all the broadcasters in the show I think I’m mostly glad about Chuck
D because he seems like a welcome voice to the cause – and not a professional
pundit. Janeane Garofalo has always puzzled me. She seems to have gone really
far and gained visibility with relatively minor output. She’s got the wise-ass
broad act down pat and she is sometimes funny.
I do wish they’d use Democracy Now as their news source – that would be great.
I just feel like there’s a big lack of scholarship behind the channel – that
they are going to get in the same trouble as the conservatives. The whole schedule
seems so New York-centric (note lack of timezones on the website). Maybe I’m
just a bitter Hoosier but I really get tired of the bi-coastal dichotomy of
media (especially online).
Note to all commentators. Potshots at appearance get old fast (says I who got
mileage out of this). Condi Rice doesn’t look reptilian – she looks tired and
Major points off for only having their streaming in RealAudio. If they really
were into freedom and democracy they’d have it in MP3 or Ogg.
If they were super-smart, they’d snap up Bob Edwards to do their news.
One thing I don’t understand about radio hosts is why they scream to get heard.
You really don’t have to do that. You have mics and you have volume – just cut
the caller off. No need to scream. And having each team do a three-hour block
gets really… long.
In other news I just used shea butter before I went to bed last night on my
hands and feet. I had a giggle fit as I realized I’d just buttered myself. It
reminds me of the Seinfeld where Kramer butters himself to moisturize.