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Talk show host bounces back -- but perhaps not quite so high

Last summer, DC-area talk show host Michael Graham said during the course of his show that there seems to be a "special relationship" between Islam and terrorism. The Council on American-Islam Relations (which took three months to decide that Osama Bin Laden was a bad man) set speed records in denouncing Graham, demanding he apologize and retract his statements, and be fired -- not necessarily in that order.

ABC Radio cowed before CAIR, to their eternal shame, and suspended Graham. They said that he would remain off the air until he apologized. He said he stood by his words, and was soon out of a job.

The stir hardly made him a pariah, however. He snagged several temporary talk gigs around the country, affirming and repeating his charges. But he finally found a permanent job, and New England's got him.

(Yes, the station's a Boston station, but I pick them up at home, so I'm claiming him for the region.)

I've haven't heard much of his show, and don't know much about his style and positions apart from royally pissing of CAIR, but I've liked what I've heard so far. And anyone who CAIR apparently thinks is worse than Osama Bin Laden MUST have something good going on. I'm gonna give him some more listening.

Comments (16)

He's a heck of a lot better... (Below threshold)

He's a heck of a lot better than Sean Hannity. In some ways better than Jay Severin. It would be great to have Jay on at the same time to be able to bounce between the two of them... however it sounds like the new Severin show will be on 7-10pm and who knows if it will be in Boston yet.

We'll miss him down here in... (Below threshold)

We'll miss him down here in the Dee Cee area.

CAIR, along with the Jewish... (Below threshold)

CAIR, along with the Jewish Defense League, are crazy people with a huge amount of money. I am always grateful when I read that other people are aware of their excesses and mercenary tactics.

I, too, enjoy Michael Graham. The wealthy, fringe groups that operate by seeking the ruin of others who don't cowtow to their ugly mercenary ways do more to disservice those they allege to represent than anyone else ever could.

How about CAIR apologizing (and NOW!, I say) for the rude and nasty Muslims I heard yesterday in the local market laughing loudly enough to be heard by everyone anywhere near, ridiculing "stupid, fat Americans," calling an advent calendar on a store display "completely disgusting."

They never seem to consider that their own membership is responsible for some very, very bad feelings on the part of many of us.

Would true conservatives co... (Below threshold)

Would true conservatives countenance the fiscal rape of their children and grandchildren?

One thing the Bush Administration clearly has been very good at is focusing the attention of the press (and by extension the American people) on issues that they want to highlight. This has had the effect of advancing the Bush agenda, but has had the added effect of deflecting focus away from things that the Administration does not want to highlight. One of those issues is clearly the rampant, runaway spending of your tax dollars by Bush and the Republican majority congress. At this point there can be no doubt that, as they try to focus your attention on issues like stem cells and Supreme Court nominations, Bush and the Republican Congress are spending us all into a hole from which it will take us, our children and our grandchildren years to recover.

You don’t need to take my word for this, nor the words of any democrat or Bush-hater. You need only to read what conservatives like George Will are saying, or the people at conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute. The Cato Institute recently completed a report on the spending habits of all US presidents during the last 40 years. If you’re interested in reading the report I’ve included a link at the end of this post.

If you want to continue to believe that Bush and Congressional Republicans are “on your side” or if you care only about saving stem cells and banning gay marriage perhaps you should read no further. But if you’re interested in the truth and are concerned about your financial well-being and that of your children, perhaps you should read on. Here’s some of what the Cato Institute report had to say about presidential spending over the last 40 years:

All presidents presided over net increases in spending. As it turns out George W. Bush is one of the biggest spenders of them all. In fact he is an even bigger spender than Lyndon B. Johnson in terms of discretionary spending.

The increase in discretionary spending in Bush’s first term was 48.5% in nominal terms. That’s more than twice as large as the increase in discretionary spending during Clinton’s entire 2 terms (21.6%) and higher than Lyndon B. Johnson’s entire discretionary spending spree (48.3%).

Adjusting the budget trends for inflation Bush looks even worse; his spending rate is much higher then Lyndon Johnson’s. In other words, Bush expanded federal non-entitlement programs in his first term almost twice as fast each year as Lyndon Johnson did during his entire presidency.

George W. Bush is the biggest spending president of the last 40 years in both the defense and discretionary spending categories by a long shot. He beats Johnson by almost 4% in defense spending growth and more than 3% in domestic discretionary spending growth.

And conservative columnist George Will points out that in his column today that federal spending has grown twice as fast under President Bush and congressional Republicans as under President Clinton. And with respect to the argument that this profligacy is related to 9/11 and homeland security, Will and the conservative think tanks have noted that over 65 percent of the spending increase is unrelated to national security.
Will further reports that Congressional Republicans (who achieved their majority by promising fiscal discipline) have presided over an orgy of pork spending with your tax dollars the likes of which have never been seen before. In 1991, the 546 pork projects in the 13 appropriation bills cost $3.1 billion. In 2005, the 13,997 pork projects cost $27.3 billion.

You may support Bush and the congressional Republicans because of some vague promise of “progress” on social issues with which you and the Republicans agree. In that case perhaps you are entitled to refer to yourself as a “social conservative.” But nobody who calls themselves a fiscal conservative could support Bush and the Republican Congress who are spending your tax dollars in an orgy of profligacy the likes of which has not been experienced in our lifetimes. You can continue to deny yourself this truth, but be assured that true conservatives know the truth. Bush and the Republican Congress are asking you to mortgage their futures and the futures of their children and grandchildren in exchange for soft “promises” on social issues. You are justifying the fiscal rape of your children and grandchildren perpetrated by your “moral” leaders in exchange for a vague promise of gains on social issues. Do yourself and your kids a favor; look them in the eye and explain to them why you have chosen to saddle them with these financial burdens, explain to them your reasoning. Then look in the mirror and explain to yourself how you can continue to support the people who you know in your heart are screwing you and to your kids. Is that morality? Is that conservatism?

Read the whole Cato article here:

Read the Will column here:

Phil, Perhaps you should ge... (Below threshold)
Madfish Willie:

Phil, Perhaps you should get your own blog... or stick to the subject of the post...

I'd vote for banning Phil, ... (Below threshold)

I'd vote for banning Phil, or at least removing the post.

I have little tolerance for intolerant racists that demand tolerance of their racist views.

Thank you for that very inf... (Below threshold)

Thank you for that very informative comment Phil. I had no idea. It looks like I'll be taking down the shrine to George W. Bush that I put up in my back yard. In fact, I'm ready to start touring with Cindy Sheehan, Jimmy Massey and the "true patriots". And I owe it all to you, Phil, and your amazing ability to post way OT.

Would you pass the bong now?

Jay, the one thing to remem... (Below threshold)

Jay, the one thing to remember about Michael Graham is that he was once a stand up comedian so sometimes his mouth outruns his brain. That said I think he is great to listen to. He was here in Charlotte, NC, on WBT, until he made an "insensitive" remark which he immediately (like as soon as he said it) apologized for and said he should not have said following the Columbine shooting. Regardless WBT pulled him off the air during that show and fired him. I wish he were still here. He is a darn sight better than the morning and evening guys they have now.

Phil - to quote a man I am sure you admire, Bill O'Reilly -
"keep it pithy, no bloviating".

Lucky you, Jay. I'm still ... (Below threshold)

Lucky you, Jay. I'm still sorry WMAL fired Michael Graham. The guy who replaced him is only so-so.

The thing I liked most about Michael was that he was funny and he had balls. He's the same guy who showed up at a protest by illegal aliens who wanted drivers licenses wearing a t-shirt that said "INS" in big letters on the front.

Well, no secret that I'm no... (Below threshold)

Well, no secret that I'm not going to agree with Graham's politics. But I actually listened to Jay Severin a fair amount, both because he was certifiably insane and because he was pretty good on the radio. He had a certain glibness and speaking style that worked for him, even though I disagreed with almost everything he said (although he was refreshingly critical of Bush at times, so I didn't consider him a knee-jerk Republican.)

So far, my biggest complaints about Graham, besides his politics, are that he seems way too intense for radio, and the problem is exacerbated by the fact that he has a really annoying, whiny voice. I can't imagine that wearing well.

Michael is a friend of mine... (Below threshold)

Michael is a friend of mine - we met just as he was starting the gig at WBT in Charlotte and I was working in radio in Columbia.

His writing style is what I noticed about him first when he was still just doing syndicated columns before radio.

I almost caused a friend of mine to wreck back in '98 driving down the road because he was laughing so hard at something I read from one of Michael's columns.

ABC radio caved in and it's... (Below threshold)

ABC radio caved in and it's pretty sad. It's sad when the same type of opinion that is common with liberals towards radical Christians is highlighted in this way. At least he stuck to what he said.

On another topic...

Would true conservatives countenance the fiscal rape of their children and grandchildren?

I've actually heard a lot of that here, but not in such eloquent words. So if you're trying to imply hypocrisy, you're dismissed. That chain letter you posted (and plagiarized) touches on one of the biggest problems that "Conservatives" have now and have always had with Bush.


I think it's a good thing when an anus like phil steps on his own dick like he's just done. When this is found on Wizbang by the original author someday, if said author has any shred of decency, then he or she will give phil the spanking he (or she) deserves. Maybe a 'fold' linked something like this would solve the problem...

There's More! Read The Rest Of The Story that phil just dishonestly jacked from some other random jackass »

JT, just to put a bit more ... (Below threshold)

JT, just to put a bit more precise point on it, Michael said, "Islam is a terror organization."

Personally, I think that's a rather extreme statement.

That being said, I did enjoy listening to his program whenever I got the opportunity (which wasn't very often; he was on from 9-12 a.m.).

Michaels' is show good an e... (Below threshold)

Michaels' is show good an excellent stand in for Jay with some differing view points.

He certainly has a mind of his own and knows how to use it. He covers a broad range of topics and strives to listen to all points of view.

Their loss is our gain.

michael graham was the loca... (Below threshold)

michael graham was the local afternoon guy here in charleston, sc when i moved in and he was great to listen to. he's from south carolina originally, so his observations on the southern way of doing things were hysterical. i was bummed when he went to DC and there hasn't been a decent local host since.

I live in RI and listen to ... (Below threshold)

I live in RI and listen to Greater Media's WTTK 96.9FM Talk. I am a huge fan of Jay Serverin, he keeps you on your toes and you never know what he'll say next. Most liberals don't like him, not because he's a 'conservative' but because he's HONEST! And, well, the truth hurts! I'm glad Jay's back. (I was suprised however to find out he lived in NY, I always assumed he was in Boston and it was the local aspect I liked.)

Michael Graham is awesome. In some respects I like him better than Jay because he gets to the point. (Jay spends most of the time trying to impress up with his outstanding vocabulary and it seems like he likes to hear himself talk...sometimes I say to myself "get to the point Jay). Anyway, Michael puts on a great show. I'm hoping he'll stay w/ WTKK for a long time.






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