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Oh, Brother: 'Car Talk' Guy Puts Mouth in Gear
The Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2005 | Mark Leibovich

Posted on 05/04/2005 5:34:05 AM PDT by MississippiMasterpiece

The guys who host "Car Talk" on National Public Radio -- brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi -- were in Washington yesterday to visit with some of the powerful government officials whose support for public radio is so vital. They also sat for a rare interview.

"George Bush is a [unprintable vulgarity]," Tom Magliozzi says, about three minutes into the interview.

Rule Number One: When you're trying to ensure government funding, it's best not to refer to the head of said government as an unprintable vulgarity.

Maybe this is why the "Car Talk" guys rarely give interviews.

"Yeah, you probably shouldn't say that," says Doug Berman, executive producer of public radio's most popular weekend show, who is sitting across the breakfast table at Cafe Luna on P Street. NPR spokeswoman Jenny Lawhorn agrees. As do Ray and Tom, aka "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers" at least until Tom essentially repeats himself, twice.

This is the part of the story where NPR officials make it clear that the views of the show's personalities do not reflect those of its management.

"I'd like to point out that 'Car Talk' is editorially independent," Lawhorn says.

"Their jokes and jabs," she further states in a follow-up e-mail, "aren't in any way the official views of NPR and its member stations."

This is an important distinction, since local public radio stations rely partly on the largess of Congress, some of whose members are Republicans. These stations, in turn, pay fees to NPR for programming. So NPR executives are understandably sensitive to what they call their "perception problem" -- that NPR is often considered a bastion of liberal sensibilities that are winning little love from Washington these days, or, for that matter, funding.

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1 posted on 05/04/2005 5:34:06 AM PDT by MississippiMasterpiece
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Yeah, well I took my car to their garage for a 60,000 mile checkup. It cost over $1400 and they forgot to put a thermostat in the radiator. Liberal thieves.


2 posted on 05/04/2005 5:36:28 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
"Their jokes and jabs," she further states in a follow-up e-mail, "aren't in any way the official views of NPR and its member stations."


Just the NON-official views of NPR and its member stations! Click and Clack are now official history in my book. Idiots!
3 posted on 05/04/2005 5:37:00 AM PDT by poobear
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

You know, I actually liked (past tense) these guys because they're funny and entertaining. When will entertainers learn to keep their political opinions to themselves?


4 posted on 05/04/2005 5:37:08 AM PDT by Arkie2
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To: poobear

Ditto here


5 posted on 05/04/2005 5:39:02 AM PDT by SMARTY
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
"perception problem"

Ya think?

6 posted on 05/04/2005 5:39:44 AM PDT by Calusa (itís a mere fig leaf of fairness.)
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To: Arkie2

Amen to that! Will become harder and harder to continue listening if they continue flapping their traps.


7 posted on 05/04/2005 5:39:53 AM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected (Be nice, I'm new here)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Arrrrrgh.... Will the Republicans ever find the balls to cut the funding for NPR?


8 posted on 05/04/2005 5:39:58 AM PDT by demkicker (Support DeLay, the Hammer, and the filibuster ban on judicial nominations!)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

I figured they were liberal, but at least they were keeping their mouths shut about it before this. . .


9 posted on 05/04/2005 5:40:01 AM PDT by ahayes
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To: ladyjane
Yeah, well I took my car to their garage for a 60,000 mile checkup. It cost over $1400 and they forgot to put a thermostat in the radiator. Liberal thieves.

They really do own a shop? What city?

10 posted on 05/04/2005 5:40:03 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (In God We Trust. All Others We Monitor.)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Sorry to hear this. I have enjoyed them for years. Sayonara.


11 posted on 05/04/2005 5:40:38 AM PDT by Actually_in_Tokyo
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To: VeniVidiVici

I think it's in the People's Republic of Cambridge.


12 posted on 05/04/2005 5:42:43 AM PDT by ChuckShick (He's clerking for me...)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
Instead of a tune-up, I'm opting for a tune-out.

Leni

13 posted on 05/04/2005 5:43:11 AM PDT by MinuteGal ("The Marines keep coming. We are shooting, but the Marines won't stop !" (Fallujah Terrorists)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Cambridge, Our Fair City..............


14 posted on 05/04/2005 5:44:06 AM PDT by Red Badger (Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make liberal.....................)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi

Liberal Massholes

15 posted on 05/04/2005 5:44:51 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Too bad. Frick and Frack are the ONLY thing worth listening to on NPR. I will still enjoy their good humor and car advice. Just because I don't agree with their boorish insults to W, doesn't mean we should not enjoy their talents. How many liberals miss out on great John Wayne movies because of his conservatism?


16 posted on 05/04/2005 5:46:55 AM PDT by dparx
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To: VeniVidiVici

Yes, they own a shop in Cambridge, MA. It's either the Good News or the Good Times Garage. It's located between the BU Bridge and Central Square.

I don't think they're very good, however. And they charge huge amounts of money.

I know someone who was buying a car and took it to them to have it checked. Click/clack said it was in perfect condition. In fact it needed a new air conditioning system.

Do I sound like I recommend them?


17 posted on 05/04/2005 5:47:48 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

kudos to WP for publishing this story.


18 posted on 05/04/2005 5:48:39 AM PDT by NautiNurse ("I'd rather see someone go to work for a Republican campaign than sit on their butt."--Howard Dean)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Paging Air America, your next show is ready.


19 posted on 05/04/2005 5:50:10 AM PDT by anonymous_user (Not everything's a conspiracy.)
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To: dparx

...I suggest a call in with loads of car problems that turn into political lessons...


20 posted on 05/04/2005 5:50:45 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberals believe in their good; a good that is void of honesty and character)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
NPR broadcasting session.


21 posted on 05/04/2005 5:51:13 AM PDT by Bear_Slayer
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

"Yeah, you probably shouldn't say that," says Doug Berman, executive producer...


What? say it again? It had already been said. How about - "Those comments are inappropriate in this forum."

Instead he just let those comments hang in the air and added some weak disclaimer.

I've enjoyed the topics on their show, but the personalities always grated on me, so now with this, it will be hard to listen without my mind wandering into politics.

Give me a good redneck mechanic anyday.


22 posted on 05/04/2005 5:53:10 AM PDT by Sax
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Click and Clack? Weren't they part of the Dixie Chicks?

I've got my rules!


23 posted on 05/04/2005 5:54:22 AM PDT by OldEagle (We might be in the end times, but it looks like we are finally moving in the RIGHT direction.)
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To: demkicker

"Arrrrrgh.... Will the Republicans ever find the balls to cut the funding for NPR?"

The Pubs first have to explore their groin and then they might realize they have balls.....


24 posted on 05/04/2005 6:04:27 AM PDT by Conservatrix (He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Let's call them!


25 posted on 05/04/2005 6:08:11 AM PDT by stevio (Remember 9/11 by buying a 1911)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

I really like Car Talk. The brothers are very funny and clever. Maybe they are better talk show hosts than mechanics....
We can't get so stuffy that we can't enjoy the talents of people of difference politics, or religion, for that matter.
Even if NPR is one big liberal circle jerk...


26 posted on 05/04/2005 6:09:21 AM PDT by Conservatrix (He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.)
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To: Conservatrix
The Pubs first have to explore their groin and then they might realize they have balls.....

Ha, good one!
27 posted on 05/04/2005 6:16:22 AM PDT by demkicker (Support DeLay, the Hammer, and the filibuster ban on judicial nominations!)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Send them an email at Cartalk.com

Two words: Dixie Chicks

...Birdland


28 posted on 05/04/2005 6:33:31 AM PDT by Birdland
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

I long ago tired of these two losers' show.

Seemed to me that the typical call went as follows:

Car Guys: "Hi, caller -- what're you driving?"

Caller: "I drive a [insert car name here]."

Car Guys: "UGH! That car SUCKS! HA! HA! HA!"


29 posted on 05/04/2005 6:34:39 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Fingers of Furyô)
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To: Arkie2
You know, I actually liked (past tense) these guys because they're funny and entertaining. When will entertainers learn to keep their political opinions to themselves?

Another pair of liberal meatheads I won't ever be listening to again.

30 posted on 05/04/2005 6:35:09 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Not Elected Pope Since 4/19/2005.)
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To: dparx
Too bad. Frick and Frack are the ONLY thing worth listening to on NPR. I will still enjoy their good humor and car advice. Just because I don't agree with their boorish insults to W, doesn't mean we should not enjoy their talents.

To me, it does.

I vote with my actions.

31 posted on 05/04/2005 6:36:13 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Not Elected Pope Since 4/19/2005.)
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To: ladyjane
It cost over $1400 and they forgot to put a thermostat in the radiator

You just donated to the DNC....

Ugh..!!

32 posted on 05/04/2005 6:38:36 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Short OVTI.......& CYTC)
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To: Conservatrix; dparx

Maybe we discuss whether or not they're worth listening to AFTER they stop stealing our tax money.


33 posted on 05/04/2005 6:41:09 AM PDT by Sloth (I don't post a lot of the threads you read; I make a lot of the threads you read better.)
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To: Sloth

I agree on that!


34 posted on 05/04/2005 6:42:06 AM PDT by Conservatrix (He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.)
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To: martin_fierro

My son and I like the show, but you're right about the "editing" of car types -- I wonder if it's the call screener or simply the kind of listeners they have. I have NEVER heard anyone call up and ask about a Cadillac.


35 posted on 05/04/2005 6:42:31 AM PDT by MoralSense
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To: poobear
I've read & listened occasionally to these two morons in the past.....

They were entertaining.....

If memory serves me....they both have advanced degree's. I'd guess that was where they were infected with the socialistmarxistliberaldemo virus.

Idiots..!!

36 posted on 05/04/2005 6:42:33 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Short OVTI.......& CYTC)
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To: Lazamataz

Ha Ha. I listen to them on Sunday afternoon. It works better than anesthesia. Before they take their first caller, I am out and don't wake up until they are doing their credits. I highly recommend them for a Sunday afternoon nap!


37 posted on 05/04/2005 6:42:45 AM PDT by CobraJet
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
They are funny to listen to and over the years I knew their schedule but I think they attempted to go commercial with their show and as far as I can tell it never took too well.

If anyone out there knows commercial stations they are on please inform.

If they can't make it commercially then why should I or you finance a failing venture through public radio funding?

See, I think I know why they wouldn't make it commercially. It is because their humor is too Cambridgian, too cute, too sophomoric, too dumb, for real men and women not the University crowd that they appeal to.
38 posted on 05/04/2005 6:42:48 AM PDT by Final Authority
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To: VeniVidiVici
They really do own a shop? What city?

Probably Ithaca, N.Y.

39 posted on 05/04/2005 6:43:25 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Short OVTI.......& CYTC)
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To: Osage Orange

Yeah, they went to MIT in engineering or something like that. They are not dummies. Just liberals.


40 posted on 05/04/2005 6:43:55 AM PDT by Conservatrix (He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.)
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To: Arkie2

The Dixie Chicks of car repair?


41 posted on 05/04/2005 6:44:07 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Never corner anything meaner than you. NSDQ)
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To: Sloth

I don't listen to welfare radio no matter what their POV is. The opinion of theives is automatically discounted.


42 posted on 05/04/2005 6:45:18 AM PDT by TigersEye (Are your parents Pro-Choice? I guess you got lucky! ... Is your spouse?)
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To: ladyjane

"Hi Guys - Love your show. 1985 Volvo 240 wagon makes noises whenever it passes by a car with a "Bush/Cheney" sticker on it. I'm a teacher in Rye, New york".

- A typical Car Talk Segment


43 posted on 05/04/2005 6:47:23 AM PDT by GungaLaGunga
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To: dparx
How many liberals miss out on great John Wayne movies because of his conservatism?

Probably very few...true libs....They are watching Fahrenheit 911

Lot's of sheeple I'm sure don't even know anything about "The Duke's" politics...Besides that...the political times were different back in J.W.'s day...many Dem's were more conservative then, than most Repub's now.

So...the heck with Frick and Frack.

44 posted on 05/04/2005 6:49:10 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Short OVTI.......& CYTC)
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To: Osage Orange

They are VERY funny.

Even rabid foam-at-the-mouth liberals can be amusing sometimes.


45 posted on 05/04/2005 6:49:40 AM PDT by JusPasenThru (http://giinthesky.blogspot.com/)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

I never listen to NPR or watch PBS. I try to support for profit stations and their sponsors...


46 posted on 05/04/2005 6:50:18 AM PDT by tubebender (We child proofed our house but they still get in...)
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To: Puppage
Liberal Massholes

You got that right! The state is full of glib dumbells.

47 posted on 05/04/2005 6:50:34 AM PDT by johnny7 (Ever wonder what's the 'crust' in 'Ol Crusty'?)
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To: Conservatrix
Even if NPR is one big liberal circle jerk...

I'll pass on being a participant...........

48 posted on 05/04/2005 6:51:55 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Short OVTI.......& CYTC)
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To: johnny7

And, it's not much better here in CT,either.


49 posted on 05/04/2005 6:53:25 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: Osage Orange
"socialistmarxistliberaldemo virus", you think this virus might be in the water reservoir in NYS or is it just cool to dish anything conservative? This water supply gets to NJ too doesn't it?
50 posted on 05/04/2005 6:55:40 AM PDT by poobear
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