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Media Matters: three “tippy tappy typists” vs. the “One Man Content Provider”

November 7, 2009


I write a weekly “talk radio watch” column for another website. All by myself, I listen to the big conservative talk radio shows, then assemble audio highlights and news bytes for folks who can’t keep up with Rush, Beck and company.

I only mention this because, in a bizarre inverse ratio, it evidently takes not one, not two, but three people to write a Media Matters column about just one talk radio show.

On Friday, Greg Lewis and “the Zacharys” filed their usual “Limbaugh Wire” offering. Author Mark Steyn sat in for Rush, and the George Soros Steno Pool clearly don’t relish their job quite so much when Limbaugh’s away.

In fact, no one on the Media Matters team could even be bothered to reach for a thesaurus. The trio used the word “rant” seven times between them to describe Steyn’s broadcasting style.

Now, I admit I’m biased. Full disclosure: Steyn wrote the intro to my book The Tyranny of Nice, and raised money for my legal defense fund. But “ranting” is not Steyn’s thing. Especially when compared to Mark Levin and Michael Savage (or even Limbaugh himself when agitated,) Steyn’s on air demeanor is mostly calm and low key:

But if you can’t mount substantive arguments against your opponents, then you’re forced to resort to lazy insults and fact-free cliches. As usual, the “Limbaugh Wire” (like so much of the “analysis” at Media Matters) consists simply of quoting Steyn word for word. No counterarguments are offered or required; Steyn’s “controversial” “rants” are self-evidently “shocking.”

Among the statements Media Matters objects to are these:

“Steyn said double-digit unemployment has been a feature of life in Germany and France for the past two decades.

“He also complained about media figures talking about post traumatic stress disorder in regards to [Fort Hood jihadist Major] Hasan, even though Hasan never served in combat. Steyn read a Newsweek blog post doing just that…

“Steyn said that we owe it to the victims of the shooting to address the motivations and impulses that underpinned the attack.

“Steyn claimed that the media would be quick to jumping to a conclusion about a theoretical shooter if there had been a shooting at the NAACP on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, or if Steyn himself were to shoot up a gay bath house on Judy Garland’s birthday.”

These are “controversial” statements, apparently.

And it takes three fellows to type them up for our edification. Are Steyn’s words like Kryptonite to leftwing beta males? Are these guys forced to take turns using the keyboard between fits of the vapors?

Or are they each assigned different letters of the alphabet? Do the other two munch Doritos while the third “works,” or is one tasked with hitting the rewind button on the RealPlayer pop up?

Steyn calls himself the “One Man Global Content Provider.” Odd that not even three “tippy tappy typists” (as Steyn calls them) are capable of landing a single blow in the dark Media Matters alleyway.

  1. flying permalink
    November 7, 2009 11:22 am

    Media matters and their bunch of loony commenters are all crazy.

  2. Mark J. Koenig permalink
    November 7, 2009 1:19 pm

    I caught most of the Rush’s show – guest-hosted yesterday by Steyn – on Rush’s podcast, to which I subscribe. I’ll listen to the remainder of it this afternoon on my iPod while at the gym. Kathy’s points are well-taken. The statements Media Matters cites are anything but controversial. They are typically articulate statements of fact from Steyn, of whom I am a HUGE fan. His wit and cogent analysis of current events, mixed with copious references to the arts never cease to entertain me. I always make a point of listening to Rush’s show when Mark guest-hosts it, something I’m much less inclined to do with other guest hosts. In fact, I’d say Steyn’s commentary is every bit as compelling and entertaining as Rush’s, which is high praise indeed. These Media Matters morons evidently can’t think for themselves or have no interest in doing so. Steyn ROCKS – no question about it.

  3. Revnant Dream permalink
    November 7, 2009 5:21 pm

    Media Matters , obama’s Communist watchdog front!
    I noticed they like to attack any Conservative with a bat. Like their Piñatas for the beating. They create a festive air like a party while lawyers, lying MSM, & picked Obamites beat there foes till they spew the verbal candy to use against people who treasure individual Liberty.
    This group has nothing to do with news . Its an attack & slander organization tarted up to look like an official purveyor of Information. In this case its douchbag Socialist central misinformation hammer, while the Democrats play the stolid anvil.

  4. Revnant Dream permalink
    November 7, 2009 7:13 pm

    PS: Loved your Pun in a Pic. Gotta watch tough your not instigating World riots depicting Muslims as Mark Steyn fans lol.

  5. Evergreen78 permalink
    November 8, 2009 4:39 am

    I love-love-LOVE the Undocumented Anchorman! Perhaps the Media Matters people (& I use that word loosely) were laughing so hard they couldn’t find their thesaurus. After all, Mr. Steyn IS as funny as Monty Python, IMHO. No?

  6. November 8, 2009 9:33 am

    I don’t get to listen to the full Three hours of the Limbaugh shows, but I do spend my 30 minutes on my lunch break sitting in my truck listening to as much as possible of the show. My daily dose of Rush helps me get through the work day. When Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush, I find myself wishing my 30 minute lunch break would last a little longer. Mark Steyn brings up a broader view of whats taking place across the pond in Europe. There’s certainly no let down when Mark fills in for Rush. In fact, Mark Steyn is like a breath of fresh air. And in this time of Politically correct global warming, a bit of fresh air is certainly well appreciated. Thanks Mark!


  7. jimdouthit permalink
    November 8, 2009 9:45 am

    I’d like to see Mark Steyn on the air full-time. He can’t replace Rush, but how about O’Reilly? What an improvement that would be ! Steyn has actual BRAINS and sound philosophical principles. How can we hear more of him?

  8. greyone permalink
    November 8, 2009 4:38 pm

    I don’t get to listen to all this radio. I am amazed that Kathy can do what she does, summarizing the shows and posting highlights. Always a good heads up for the rest of us.
    Steyn is great filling in for Rush, but I think it might nail him down too much to be on the air all the time. I certainly wouldn’t want to do without his guest appearances.
    I think that as it is with Media Matters not even attempting to refute points it is actually worse than doing nothing (for them). Since I already know that they don’t try to discuss the statements and issues, why would I or any one else go there?

  9. Carol Mickle permalink
    November 8, 2009 8:11 pm

    I am very thankful actually that Media Matters posts what they do, as I can’t listen during the day (I teach) and don’t want to pay for a subscription. Any time Kathy says Mark sat in for Rush, I head on over to Media Matters to read their summary of it. I get a few laughs and few good points. Great stuff. Thank you Media Matters: priceless!

  10. Colin permalink
    November 14, 2009 8:28 pm

    Kathy is a Goddess. Thank you Kathy for all your effort.



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