June 14, 2005

A Funny Moment Sponsored by Al Franken

From the New York Post:
June 13, 2005 -- Al Franken became the guest who wouldn't leave — at a talk-radio convention held in his honor. The talk-show host (WLIB/1190 AM) was
forced off the stage after his award-acceptance speech became a nearly half-hour rant against TV commentator Bill O'Reilly and the war in Iraq. "Al, hurry up," said Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, the convention sponsor. "It's freedom of speech," replied Franken, referring to the Freedom of Speech Award he'd just been given by the magazine. "It's not freedom to kill everybody's evening," Harrison shot back. "I have about two pages left,"Franken said. "There are people walking out" Harrison noted. "Everyone who wants to leave can leave," said Franken, who was addressing hundreds of talk-show hosts and radio execs Friday night at the Embassy Suites hotel in Battery Park City. "Now, don't leave!" Harrison urged the audience, then pleaded with Franken, "We honored you; now honor us. Don't kill our party." Some shouted, "Keep going!" and, "Let him finish!" but the "Air America" star cut his speech short.

For years, I was a huge fan of Al Franken. I loved him on Saturday Night Live. As a comedian and writer, I thought that he was absolutely brilliant.

When he first became more outspoken on politics, he was anti-Republican, but certainly more moderate in his approach than he is now. In the 90's, I bought his book "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot" and enjoyed it. The name of the book notwithstanding, it was a very thoughtful-although one-sided- analysis of the Republican Party and the blatant hypocrisy practiced by Newt Gingrich and co (after all, there was plenty of hypocrisy on the part of the Democratic politicians as well).

It is really disheartening to see that Al Franken has taken a turn to the extreme left... His commentary now is often more incendiary and mean-spirited than funny. While he may be immensely entertaining to the folks at the Democratic Underground and MoveOn.Org, he comes off as nothing more than an angry partisan to most moderates.
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