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Watch: Rep. Anthony Weiner Rips House Bill to Defund NPR



Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) spent two and a half minutes on the House floor yesterday sarcastically ripping House Republicans for their crusade to defund NPR, using Car Talk hosts Click and Clack, to mock them.

Ranted Weiner: "The American people are not concerned about the economy around the world. They're staring at their radio station saying, get rid of Click And Clack. Finally my Republican friends are getting rid of them. Kudos to you."


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Watch: Ted Williams, the Homeless Man with the Golden Voice, Appears on The 'Today' Show


Ted Williams, the man who was plucked from panhandling by YouTube, discusses the past meteoric couple of days.


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Dr. Laura Signs Deal for Satellite Radio Show with Sirius XM


Dr. Laura Schlessinger, who said she was giving up radio back in August after her much-publicized N-word rant, has signed a deal with Sirius XM (which has previously broadcast a syndicated version of her terrestrial radio show), according to an AP report, published prematurely.

The HuffPost reports:

"Schlessinger will begin on Sirius XM on January 3, just three days after signing off from terrestrial radio."

Said Schlessinger in August: "Well, I'm here to say that my contract is up for my radio show at the end of the year and I have made the decision not to do radio anymore. The reason is: I want to regain my First Amendment rights. I want to be able to say what's on my mind, and in my heart, what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is a time to silence a voice of dissent, and attack affiliates and attack sponsors...I'm sort of done with that. I'm not retiring. I'm not quitting. I feel energized actually, stronger and freer to say the things that I believe need to be said for people in this country...I write books. I have blogs. I have my Web site...This is the area -- this is the era of the Internet."

According to the report, Schlessinger's new show will be three hours long, broadcast daily.

Texas NBC Affiliate Apologizes for Re-Airing Segment Surveying Listeners About Whether Gays are Destroying America

Yesterday I posted the hideous segment from KETK, an NBC affiliate in Tyler, Texas, which re-aired a segment from KTBB radio surveying listeners about whether gays were destroying America. Listen to it HERE.

Texas_gays KTBB radio posted this apology on its site today:

The Talkback question that aired on KTBB Radio and was simulcast on KETK NBC 56 television in Tyler on Wednesday, October 27 was unfortunate in its wording and unfortunate in the perception that it created among a large number of thoughtful individuals. The question, “Will the acceptance of homosexuality lead to the fall of America?” is poorly worded at best and inappropriate altogether at worst. For that, we apologize.

There are many issues surrounding homosexuality that are fair game for discussion in the media and in opinion journalism. The proper role, if any, for openly gay individuals in the military, the legitimacy of same-sex marriages and the public behavior by some individuals at gay and lesbian events held outdoors in public view are among topics about which reasonable people may disagree. These and other topics surrounding homosexuality are topics that talk radio hosts and opinion journalists may legitimately pose to their respective audiences.

With that said, the way our Talkback question was posed might be seen as asking, “Do homosexuals, by their very existence, threaten to bring down America?” We believe that such a question, posed in such a manner, is likely to generate more heat than light.

I understand how those who either heard, or heard about, KTBB’s Talkback question on Wednesday might have been offended. For the offense that was taken, we sincerely apologize.

Paul L. Gleiser, President
KTBB Radio

GLAAD also followed up with the station, which is attempting to make amends in various ways. KETK has removed the piece form its website, and will also air an upcoming interview with Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns, who has become something of an anti-bullying icon in Texas and around the country after his statement to the City Council in Fort Worth. KETK General Manager Dave Tillery is considering appearing on-air to apologize, and the station is rethinking how they repackage the KTBB content.

Clear Channel Distances Itself from Anti-Gay Iowa Radio Host

Last week I posted about Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson's remarks that homosexuality is "intrinsically promiscuous" and that AIDS is God's "invention" to punish it. Clear Channel, the parent of WHO-AM, on which Mickelson broadcasts, this morning distanced itself from Mickelson:

Mickelson "In a statement read shortly before Mickelson’s program began Thursday morning, Clear Channel said Mickelson’s statements 'confused strong opinion with medical fact, and contained factual errors regarding HIV/AIDS, it’s spread and current efforts to inform the public about this disease.'  ... 'Mr. Mickelson’s comments do not reflect the opinions of Clear Channel, nor do they reflect the ongoing support Clear Channel provides to public service campaigns, such as Greater than AIDS, that works to convey the message that AIDS does not discriminate. We regret any confusion about HIV/AIDS that may have resulted from Mr. Mickelson’s remarks.' In the week since news broke about Mickelson’s statements, One Iowa — the state’s largest LGBT-rights organization — worked with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), urging Clear Channel to correct the misinformation."

San Diego DJ Agrees with Ugandan 'Kill the Gays' Pastor Martin Ssempa That Gay Sex is Disgusting


A couple San Diegans have emailed me angry after having heard this.

San Diego morning show DSC on radio station Jack FM 100.7 had a good laugh over Uganda "kill the gays" bill supporter Pastor Martin Ssempa and his presentations at churches where he shows gay porn and describes anal sex in order to ratchet up anger, violence, and hate toward gay people.

But at least one of the shock jocks wasn't laughing at Ssempa's ridiculousness but agreeing with Ssempa at how disgusting gay anal sex is.

The mockery begins at 56:18 in the third podcast down (8/23 7am). And continues at the beginning of the second one (8/23 8am).

Asks one of the DJs: "Are we for or against gay relations? I am 100% against it. Bad bad bad bad bad bad bad. Since I listened to this Ugandan minister talk about the lifestyle of gay men. Are you ready to be convinced?"

They've also posted Martin Ssempa's 'Eat Da Poo Poo' video on the station's website, and a poll, below.

Phone numbers, if you're interested in calling the station, AFTER THE JUMP...


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