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A Star is Rising On Right-Wing Radio (Commentary)
The Washington Examiner ^ | 10May'05 | Harry Jaffe

Posted on 05/10/2005 6:07:28 AM PDT by tgslTakoma

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: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: South Carolina; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 2006; 2006elections; aliens; az; ca; crookedpolice; ct; drugwar; gangs; graham; healthcare; illegalaliens; illegals; immigrantlist; laraza; lawenforcement; maldef; mecha; mexa; michaelgraham; ms13; nolicenses; nomorefreebies; nv; smuggling; talkradio; taxes; the2006issue; tn; toolate; tx; ut; voterfraud; wmal
Graham is the new right-wing talk radio jock in the D.C. area.

I don't know how new he is in the DC area; I think he's been on WMAL for at least a year, IIRC.

In any event, his show today is likely to be another fun one. You can listen live online HERE

1 posted on 05/10/2005 6:07:28 AM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma

Michael Graham ROCKS.


2 posted on 05/10/2005 6:10:26 AM PDT by nuffsenuff
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To: tgslTakoma

Morning, Tiggles!

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3 posted on 05/10/2005 6:13:18 AM PDT by BufordP ("I wish we lived in the day when you could challenge a person to a duel!"--Zell Miller)
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To: tgslTakoma
"Graham was acting unprofessional as a reporter."

I see English is a second language for Lt. Eric Burnett. Beyond that, please o please arrest Graham. He will make mincemeat of MC and they will end up spending (wasting) even more of the tax dollars of their MC subjects.

4 posted on 05/10/2005 6:14:35 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: tgslTakoma
Jail Michael poll

Mash on Question of the day.

5 posted on 05/10/2005 6:15:28 AM PDT by lizma
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To: BufordP

Mornin' Bufe.


6 posted on 05/10/2005 6:17:06 AM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma

Bump for another right-winger.


7 posted on 05/10/2005 6:17:39 AM PDT by stevio (Red-Blooded American Male)
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To: tgslTakoma

Mike Graham is a prety bright fellow. But I had no idea that he was so goofy looking. Yep. He's got a face for radio. I enjoy his show. Graham has a lot of enthusiasm.

The Monkey County Police? Meatheads. Superb meatheads.

Go get'em, Mike!


8 posted on 05/10/2005 6:19:01 AM PDT by RexBeach ("I can see it now. You and the moon. You wear a necktie so I'll know you." -Groucho Marx)
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To: Truth29

BUMP


9 posted on 05/10/2005 6:19:21 AM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: tgslTakoma

"The cops did their job on Sunday"

Er no. They pulled the equivalent of "her skirt was too short, she had it coming". Morons.

I live in Montgomery County. Police: your job is to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens. Protestors threatened Graham with violence, and the police claim *he* is the one causing trouble.

Michelle Malkin's blog is on this one.


10 posted on 05/10/2005 6:19:58 AM PDT by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: nuffsenuff; SC Swamp Fox

Graham is seriously funny. I got "Clinton and Me" as a gift several years ago, and it's howlingly hilarious. Not bad from a country boy from Pelion, South Carolina.

Ping to the SC ping list for a favorite son.

}:-)4


11 posted on 05/10/2005 6:20:11 AM PDT by Moose4 (Richmond, Virginia--commemorating 140 years of Yankee occupation.)
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To: Moose4
Graham is talking on the phone with "Mr. Ruiz," of CASA de Maryland, one of the men who refused to take his ABC radio ID at the gate of the event.

What a riot.

12 posted on 05/10/2005 6:25:16 AM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma
critics argue that [the law] will discriminate against immigrants - in particular illegal ones.

Gee, the last thing we would want to do is discriminate against illegal aliens. I mean, it's not as if they're, uh, illegal or anything.

13 posted on 05/10/2005 6:30:53 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: tgslTakoma

And once again, when the "wrong" type of person's rights are being violated, the ACLU can collectively be observed putting its fingers in its ears and singing, "La la la la la la la...."


14 posted on 05/10/2005 6:31:57 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Freeping since March 1998. This is my blessing. This is my curse.)
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To: tgslTakoma
CASA is a well-respected advocacy group for immigrants of all kinds.

Respected by whom? Graham was right about them; they're a front for illegal aliens. Whatever other work they do is secondary at best.

Graham's biggest problem is that he's on opposite Laura Ingraham on WTNT.

15 posted on 05/10/2005 7:13:07 AM PDT by TBP
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To: tgslTakoma

Thanks for posting this. I hope to see more of how this shakes out. Micheal Graham is super! I wish he could switch his timeslot with Hannity.


16 posted on 05/10/2005 7:33:13 AM PDT by Lichgod (Means testing is wrong! (my first use of a tagline))
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To: tgslTakoma
..Reads/Sounds Good...btw, there are many like him, Mike McConnell of WLW-700AM or Elders of LA, for instance...giving the Liberals and/or Nutjobs FITS :D
17 posted on 05/10/2005 7:57:09 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: tgslTakoma
Graham should have had one of these ids to show the Montgomery Kounty Klown Kops when asked for his id:

Did the Montgomery Kounty Klown Kops ask anybody else or the known illegal aliens for their ids?

18 posted on 05/10/2005 9:02:10 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 5 decades.)
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To: tgslTakoma

bump


19 posted on 05/10/2005 9:27:40 AM PDT by RippleFire ("It's a joke, son!")
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To: RippleFire

I used to teach at BCC in Mont. Co. in 1959-60. Md. is a Blue state but has some chances to get some red in it with Steele. Perhaps Mike can persuade some voters. The funny thing is , Mike was on Fox just a few days ago and came across as reasonable not as a nut. If his program is a winner in DC, and MD. and perhaps even N. Va., how can he be just be supported by 'right wing listeners to vomit'??? Someone is making his program a winner and it just isn't being Rush's caddy.


20 posted on 05/10/2005 10:06:53 AM PDT by phillyfanatic
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To: Truth29

>> "Graham was acting unprofessional as a reporter." <<

If that were a crime, Dan Rather would be swinging from the gallows. :^D


21 posted on 05/10/2005 10:56:47 AM PDT by dangus
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To: tgslTakoma

There are so many good "right wing" conservative talk shows these days, maybe the 24 best should be syndicated, and each host given his/her own one hour spot. Ratings would determine who got the best spots. Of course, Rush would be grand-fathered in.


22 posted on 05/10/2005 12:53:24 PM PDT by pawdoggie
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To: Moose4; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; Abbeville Conservative; ...
Native son ping.


South Carolina Ping

Add me to the ping list. Remove me from the ping list.

23 posted on 05/10/2005 4:56:10 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: tgslTakoma; SC Swamp Fox

Now this is a great story. I grew up in Bethesda, just 4 miles from the DC line. Used to take the public bus home from school down Wisconsin Ave but went down River Road instead of continuing on to Freindship Heights.
Cool, I hope he keeps on kickin' butt! Sounds like a great show.
I'll have to email my sister about it.


24 posted on 05/10/2005 5:13:46 PM PDT by visualops (Leftists are lunatics.)
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To: tgslTakoma
Don't really care much for him. I liked his replacement, Greg Alan much better. Graham claims Bill Maher as a good friend. Enough said.
25 posted on 05/10/2005 5:19:29 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Pray for us all.)
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To: tgslTakoma

I love Michael Graham. Does anyone else think he looks like a young Rush Limbaugh?


26 posted on 05/10/2005 6:05:42 PM PDT by LibertyGirl77
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To: LibertyGirl77

Love the guy - but he looks like Kurt Busch.


27 posted on 05/10/2005 6:15:43 PM PDT by Salo
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Like Michael Graham - caught his show while driving by DC a couple years ago.

Liked Greg Alan too - miss him, actually. Wish he was still on in Charleston.

Rocky D is bearable - Murph was TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sucked and blew at the same time - shouldn't have lasted an hour.

Latest replacement is better, but not by much..

28 posted on 05/10/2005 7:22:20 PM PDT by ImProudToBeAnAmerican (Tom Daschle is deeply saddened... Remember him? Bahahahahahahahahaha!)
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