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Commentary - A star is rising on right-wing radio
Washington Examiner ^ | 5/10/05 | Harry Jaffe

Posted on 05/10/2005 5:41:11 AM PDT by Salo

Michael Graham wants to start a war in Washington. And Maryland. And Virginia.

Why? It's good for ratings, which is good for business, which is good for Graham - and his corporate patron, ABC Radio.

At the moment he's getting assistance from an unlikely ally - the Montgomery County police.

Graham is the new right-wing talk radio jock in the D.C. area. You can hear him on WMAL in the midmorning. He's the setup guy for Rush Limbaugh. WMAL is to WTOP what Fox News is to CNN. Rush does national issues. Graham sticks to enraging locals on local topics.

Graham's weapons are the standard fare of conservative talkmeisters: riffs on gay marriage and illegal aliens and stupid liberals. WMAL program director Randall Bloomquist calls it "right-wing screaming brain vomit."

The reviled liberals surround Graham in his "Ronald Reagan Studio" at Friendship Heights, snug in the swank corner of Northwest Washington, hard by the Maryland line. If Maryland is a blue state, Northwest D.C. and Montgomery County are royal blue.

"It's hard to find more insanity than in Montgomery County," he tells me.

Graham, 43, is a tall, sinewy guy, married with two kids, native of South Carolina, a graduate of Oral Roberts University, veteran of a Pat Buchanan presidential campaign, author of "Redneck Nation: How the South Really Won the War." He had lived in Maryland, but he moved to Virginia - "God's side of the river."

On Sunday, Graham took his act to Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. The school was hosting a rally by Latino immigrants protesting the Real ID Act, a federal law that would deny drivers licenses to illegal aliens. Maryland is one of 10 states that issues licenses even if applicants don't prove they are legal residents.

Proponents of the law say it will make it harder for terrorists to get licenses and legal status; critics argue that it will discriminate against immigrants - in particular illegal ones.

You know where Michael Graham comes down on this one. So do the organizers of Sunday's rally.

Graham strolled up to the high school. He was wearing his black T-shirt with INS in white letters, which translates to "I Need (Border) Security." He held a tape recorder and a camera. What happened next is a subject of interpretation and perhaps litigation:

Security people stopped Graham and asked for identification.

"Funny for them to ask me for ID," he tells me.

He flashed his ABC credentials and tried to walk in. They jumped him. A struggle ensued. Someone alerted the police officers standing nearby. "Finally," Graham figured, "they're going to pull these illegals off of me." But no. They took him into custody and asked him to leave.

"Makes sense, actually," he says, "if you consider the whack jobs who run the Montgomery County Police."

Monday morning he made verbal mincemeat of the county, the cops and CASA, the group that organized the rally, which he referred to as a front group for illegal aliens. Actually, CASA is a well-respected advocacy group for immigrants of all kinds. They are known, for instance, for rescuing enslaved domestic workers.

Everything was going according to script until the Montgomery County police went to extremes. Lt. Eric Burnett told Graham's boss, WMAL president Chris Berry, that police were planning to "file a complaint against Graham."

I asked Burnett about the charges. Failure to shut up?

"Graham was acting unprofessional as a reporter," Burnett said.

But as Chris Berry says, Michael Graham is an entertainer, not a reporter. The cops did their job on Sunday. Now they are just giving Graham more material.

Make his day:

Arrest him.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Maryland; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 2006; 2006elections; aliens; az; ca; crookedpolice; ct; drugwar; fascistpigs; gangs; healthcare; illegal; illegals; immigrantlist; immigration; laraza; lawenforcement; maldef; mecha; mexa; michaelgraham; ms13; nolicenses; nomorefreebies; nv; smuggling; talkradio; taxes; the2006issue; tn; tx; ut; voterfraud; wmal
CASA is respected? I heard the tapes on his show - they sound like a bunch of greasy, gang-banging thugs.
1 posted on 05/10/2005 5:41:12 AM PDT by Salo
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To: suspects; Doctor Raoul; Travis McGee

Courtesy ping, and illegal alien ping.


2 posted on 05/10/2005 5:44:12 AM PDT by Salo
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To: Salo
Graham is the new right-wing talk radio jock in the D.C. area.

Michael Graham has been on-and-off-the-air in the DC area for four years. Hardly qualifies him as 'new'. While some of the motivation is a grab for ratings, how crazy is it that at a meeting of illegals, a citizen gets hassled? I wouldn't live in Monkey County for anything!

3 posted on 05/10/2005 5:48:38 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Salo

Criminals and liberals are starting the inevitable civil war that will be taking place.


4 posted on 05/10/2005 5:48:59 AM PDT by Ron in Acreage (Democrat or Communist? Is there a difference?)
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To: Salo
He had lived in Maryland, but he moved to Virginia - "God's side of the river."

He's got that right!

5 posted on 05/10/2005 5:49:34 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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I asked Burnett about the charges. Failure to shut up? "Graham was acting unprofessional as a reporter," Burnett said.

Better start rounding up reporters around the country from the MSM then!

6 posted on 05/10/2005 5:52:29 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Salo
WMAL program director Randall Bloomquist calls it "right-wing screaming brain vomit."

That's the program director's opinion of HIS OWN programming? Maybe he should look for another job.

7 posted on 05/10/2005 5:53:10 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: Salo
critics argue that it will discriminate against immigrants - in particular illegal ones.


uhmm...how can you discriminate against someone who is not supposed to be here in the first place?
8 posted on 05/10/2005 6:06:37 AM PDT by Kidan (www.krashpad.com)
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To: Ron in Acreage
A US citizen is detained for not showing *proper* id at a public and publicized rally by *illegal aliens* who are protesting about having to have proper ids? And then threatened with arrest?

At the very least, it sounds like a good reason to carry a gun and be prepared to shoot cops in those parts. I could certainly see it happening.

Oh, and where is the ACLU?

Criminals and liberals are starting the inevitable civil war that will be taking place.

9 posted on 05/10/2005 6:12:19 AM PDT by Salo
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