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Al Franken's Mental Disorder Given a Pass by Media?
Newsbusters ^ | January 24, 2007 | Warner Todd Huston

Posted on 01/24/2008 6:58:46 PM PST by Clintonfatigued

"Comedian" Al Franken is running for the U.S. Senate seat from Minnesota, this the media is happy to report. But, for some unexplainable reason, the media isn't so interested in reporting Franken's odd behavior. It seems that an ungovernable rage is always just under the surface with Franken, a rage that has several times broken free and resulted in assault and other violent or antisocial behavior. Why the media doesn't highlight this man's unstable behavior can only mean that they are lending him as much cover as they can to assist his campaign.

His unprofessional and intemperate language is well-known, of course. He has titled books by childishly calling people "big fat liars" and he has utilized his uncivil tongue as a talk-show, shocker. It all makes for a rather angry, uncivil fellow, but if that were all there were to it, one might at least be able to excuse it as mere bravado utilized to make some cash. Still, there is an always lurking anger that is detectable in his ranting. There is just something unstable about the man.

The most egregious example of Franken's crazy behavior happened during the 2004 election cycle as Franken attended a Howard Dean rally in Exeter, New Hampshire. A heckler was giving Howard Dean a spot of trouble and Franken strangely thought that he'd act the part of Hulk Hogan and bodyslammed the heckler to the ground. In any normal world this would have been called assault and someone who acted like this would not only be hauled away by the police but serious aficionados of politics would shun him afterward. Democrats, however, loved it... and that says quite a bit about them, doesn't it?

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: 2008; alfranken; howarddean; minnesota; newhampshire
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1 posted on 01/24/2008 6:58:47 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: MplsSteve; MNJohnnie; fieldmarshaldj; LdSentinal; Extremely Extreme Extremist; ...

Clever and incisive editorial from the alternative media.


2 posted on 01/24/2008 7:01:14 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Why would they think this behavior is odd? Most wish they could do the same.
3 posted on 01/24/2008 7:02:32 PM PST by ThomasThomas ( /|\_/|\_/|\)
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To: Clintonfatigued

So how does his behavior differ from other leftists?


4 posted on 01/24/2008 7:04:33 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative; California Patriot; goldstategop

Good one!

Maybe Franken’s is more flagrant than that of most of his co-horts.


5 posted on 01/24/2008 7:05:43 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I think they’re waiting (and hoping for) a complete Technicolor melt-down.

I know I am!


6 posted on 01/24/2008 7:06:20 PM PST by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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To: Clintonfatigued

oh we need a video of the body slam


7 posted on 01/24/2008 7:07:40 PM PST by spanalot (*)
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To: Paleo Conservative

8 posted on 01/24/2008 7:10:15 PM PST by diverteach (http://foolishpleasurestudio.com/eyewool/slap_hillary.html)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The media will portray him as a compassionate Frankenstein.


9 posted on 01/24/2008 7:12:31 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Clintonfatigued

He needs to stand in line behind Rosie, Joy Behar, Roseanne Barr, and Olbermann for a lobotomy. They’re all nuts.


10 posted on 01/24/2008 7:13:01 PM PST by rbosque ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Ummmm....that’s assuming the drive-by media isn’t

1. afflicted with a mental disorder themselves...

2. would somehow be able to recognize a mental disease if they didn’t have one...

3. would report it even if they weren’t nuts, and somehow knew nuts when they saw it.


11 posted on 01/24/2008 7:13:45 PM PST by tpanther
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To: rbosque

He is taken seriously in Minnesota.


12 posted on 01/24/2008 7:15:02 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: diverteach

Absolutely loved that character. In fact, ran into Franken at the GOP convention in 2004 and told him I thought Stuart Smalley was one of the funniest characters in TV history. Surprisingly enough, he was very gracious about it. He should have stayed in the role.


13 posted on 01/24/2008 7:15:20 PM PST by lapster
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To: Clintonfatigued

“In your gut you know he’s nuts.”

no Republican will have the stones to turn that one around on them. Too bad.


14 posted on 01/24/2008 7:15:44 PM PST by cdcdawg
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

http://youtube.com/watch?v=FZiy0A1eEU8

;-)


15 posted on 01/24/2008 7:16:16 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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To: cdcdawg

Sad thing is if Sen Coleman tries to talk about this *he* will be made into the bad guy.

Meanwhile at the top of the ticket we might get a candidate who prides himself on working with the Dems, being collegial, ending the partisanship and all that garbage. Pretty sad.


16 posted on 01/24/2008 7:26:20 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: Clintonfatigued

Mental disorder? More like, mental defect.


17 posted on 01/24/2008 7:29:41 PM PST by clintonh8r
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To: Clintonfatigued

18 posted on 01/24/2008 7:31:26 PM PST by Main Street (Stuck in traffic)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Maybe by all the leftists in the Cities, but in the suburbs people think he is nuts! This Minnesotan isn’t voting for Franken EVER!


19 posted on 01/24/2008 7:33:50 PM PST by jurroppi1 (I Know How The DUmmies Cheated The 2007 Weblog Awards!!!)
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To: cdcdawg

“In your gut you know he’s nuts.”

Ah, someone who remembers the 1964 Goldwater slogan (In your heart you know he’s right.) and the Dem response!

The thing is...Goldwater was right!


20 posted on 01/24/2008 7:34:34 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Only infidel blood can quench Muslim thirst-- Abdul-Jalil Nazeer al-Karouri)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Al Franken is an idiotic, druggged-out joke. If we actually have to consider this nut as a realistic canidate for anything, we are hopelessly uninformed and stupid.


21 posted on 01/24/2008 7:38:32 PM PST by Kryn-Man (Self-righteous, gun-totin', military-lovin', redneck)
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To: lapster
You gave him a great compliment and you are surprised he was nice about it? Am I missing something?

Surprisingly enough, he was very gracious about it.

22 posted on 01/24/2008 8:02:54 PM PST by DManA
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To: Kryn-Man

Dry drunk?


23 posted on 01/24/2008 8:03:30 PM PST by DManA
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To: Clintonfatigued

“Mental disorder” implies that he has a mind to be disordered in the first place.


24 posted on 01/24/2008 8:08:13 PM PST by RichInOC (God, you took John Belushi and left Al Franken. Can we make a trade?)
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To: RichInOC

Someone messed with Chairman Dean.


25 posted on 01/24/2008 8:12:09 PM PST by BerryDingle (With friends like the media, who needs enemas ?)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Sad.


26 posted on 01/24/2008 8:16:36 PM PST by rbosque ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: DManA
Dry drunk?

Or has he replaced sauce with prescription drugs?

27 posted on 01/24/2008 8:21:32 PM PST by Zevonismymuse
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To: Clintonfatigued
It seems that an ungovernable rage is always just under the surface with Franken

That seems to be a symptom of liberalism.

Seriously

It explains why they want such tight control of the people. They quite reasonably figure that if they are always on the edge of violence, (and they are the good and peaceful people!) then everyone else must be ready to explode at any moment.

Small wonder they want everyone disarmed!

28 posted on 01/24/2008 8:27:33 PM PST by null and void (We're tired of being sucked up to once every 4 years and stabbed in the back the rest of the time.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
From the headline, I assumed the mental illness was delusions of funniness. He came up with one or two sketch characters that were moderately amusing, but his books are chloroform in print. And he's always been a nasty, arrogant SOB. Check out Jay Mohr's book about backstage life at SNL during his time there. He depicts Franken as a bitter egomaniac, seething that everyone he'd started with 15 years before had moved on to bigger and better things while he was still a writer and "featured player," i.e., still not ready to be a "Not Ready For Prime Time Player." He took it out on the younger writers by constantly belittling them, telling them he had to rewrite their stuff because they didn't know what was funny, and trying to insert himself into their sketches (Rob Schneider warned Mohr never to let Franken into one of his sketches if he wanted it to be funny).

Franken became the court jester for the Democratic Party because it was the ONLY way he would ever have broken through to become a highly-paid celebrity. He doesn't need to have any mass appeal because liberals snap up his boring books and pay him $25,000 for a 20-minute after-dinner speech full of nasty remarks about Republicans, and they don't even have to be particularly funny. It's his dream job.

29 posted on 01/24/2008 8:28:18 PM PST by HHFi
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To: TNCMAXQ
Sad thing is if Sen Coleman tries to talk about this *he* will be made into the bad guy.

The sad thing is Coleman is too much of a gentleman to say anything.
30 posted on 01/24/2008 8:33:02 PM PST by swatbuznik
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Umm, no he’s not. Even with a Democratic headwind, Coleman is beating Frankenstein handily. We’ve had our fill of loudmouth celebrities in Minnesota politics.


31 posted on 01/24/2008 8:54:31 PM PST by TypeZoNegative (I'm An American Engaged To Another American, we're not a mixed couple.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Is a man who cannot even have a civil conversation with a mere college student the sort of unstable man we want sitting in the Senate of the United States of America?...it would seem to be a man who underneath it all doesn't think he's good enough, smart enough, or well liked enough to be able to risk exposing his beliefs to criticism from others or to consider with an open mind what they have to say for fear it might destroy all he is and stands for........
32 posted on 01/24/2008 9:22:55 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Clintonfatigued
He has gone crazy against Bill O’Reilly. I wonder if he would do the same thing on the Senate floor if provoked. Would he make fun of a Robert Byrd’s shaking head? No, but he might mock a Southern accent. It has become obvious that he mocks people physically because he doesn’t have the intellectual depth to confront them on policy matters. He couldn’t get away with that kind of shallow understanding in the Senate. His appearances in hearings would be either silence, an embarrassment to himself and his state, or a joke. That leaves mocking and physical violence as alternatives. If he physically accosted someone, could he be removed from office?
33 posted on 01/24/2008 9:38:59 PM PST by MHT
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To: jurroppi1

Do you think that there are going to be debates? Also, is he already the nominee?


34 posted on 01/24/2008 9:40:42 PM PST by MHT
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To: MHT

Sounds like a Boardline case.


35 posted on 01/24/2008 9:55:32 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: rbosque
He needs to stand in line behind Rosie, Joy Behar, Roseanne Barr, and Olbermann for a lobotomy. They’re all nuts.

I'll bring the ice picks.

36 posted on 01/24/2008 10:29:36 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Support Scouting: Raising boys to be strong men and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: MHT

To my knowledge (admittedly very limited on this specific subject) he isn’t the nominee yet. I would imagine that there would be debates, but then again that would be tantamount to Coleman letting Franken drag him down to the level of sub-idiot.


37 posted on 01/24/2008 10:58:46 PM PST by jurroppi1 (I Know How The DUmmies Cheated The 2007 Weblog Awards!!!)
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To: jurroppi1
Coleman is no intellectual slouch.

Liberals have a special way of arguing if they don't know what they are talking about. First, they repeat their idiotic (usually baseless) ideas more loudly than they did the first time. Then they interrupt the opposition and shout them down, usually with distracting questions. When that doesn't work they shut down and pretend that they have won the argument. Someplace along the line there is usually a personal criticism when a fact would work better. Franken is a master at this b.s.

I think in a real debate, which he really didn't have on Air America, he will not be as impressive. Even his Air America opportunity wasn't a winning venue for this bellicose style.

38 posted on 01/24/2008 11:04:06 PM PST by MHT
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To: MHT

Right, I agree that Coleman is no intellectual slouch - all I was trying to say is that Franken might just drag him down to his level and beat him with experience [you know the old axiom - never argue with an idiot...]


39 posted on 01/24/2008 11:21:20 PM PST by jurroppi1 (I Know How The DUmmies Cheated The 2007 Weblog Awards!!!)
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To: rbosque
I think that these weirdos in speedos have in them the urge to kill the father. By this I mean a post-Freudian will to dismantle authority, logic, even sanity itself. The result? Self congratulations, a drug more powerful than crack itself.
40 posted on 01/24/2008 11:59:24 PM PST by ashtanga
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To: TypeZoNegative

well, for some reason the Minnisota Republican party called me here on the West coast for a donation for Coleman.....I did give a little....I’d like to think it helps....


41 posted on 01/25/2008 12:31:22 AM PST by cherry
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To: Clintonfatigued

Maybe MN should elect “Pranken Al” Franken to the position of court jester.


42 posted on 01/25/2008 4:13:52 AM PST by syriacus (HUCKIAVELLIAN : (adj.) hypocritical; slick; glib; charming and, yet, sneakily nasty.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
I was at CPAC the year that Franken was being interviewed and got upset when Michael Medved wanted to do an interview with him and John O'Neill. He threw a chair, which wound up hitting a talk show host from Fox Radio.

Quiet a few FReepers saw it, since he was being interviewed right in front of the FReeper display.

43 posted on 01/25/2008 4:23:34 AM PST by mware (Americans in arm chairs doing the work of the media.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Liberalism is a mental disorder.
44 posted on 01/25/2008 4:27:57 AM PST by bmwcyle (McCain Sucks!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

45 posted on 01/25/2008 4:39:56 AM PST by DaveMSmith (fred08.com (sigh))
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To: TypeZoNegative

$10 says Franken carries the Range, Mpls and St. Paul. Coleman will take the suburbs, western and southern MN.


46 posted on 01/25/2008 6:11:20 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Yes, I’ll give you the cities, and possibly Saint Louis Park, but he might have trouble in Da Range. His elitist liberal attitude doesn’t fly well in a place full of Reagan Democrats like the Iron Range.


47 posted on 01/25/2008 6:22:52 AM PST by TypeZoNegative (I'm An American Engaged To Another American, we're not a mixed couple.)
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To: TypeZoNegative

I dunno. Da Range has always voted Lib. They turned out for Wellstone something like 80 or 90 percent...


48 posted on 01/25/2008 6:47:14 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Franken was into weightlifting and bodybuilding for years. The behaviors noted remind me of “roid rage.” Reporters worthy of the name would be inquiring about this. But we seem to be fresh out of those.


49 posted on 01/25/2008 7:42:45 AM PST by RightOnTheLeftCoast ([Fred Thompson/Clarence Thomas 2008!])
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To: ashtanga

Yup. They just never grew up.


50 posted on 01/25/2008 1:59:33 PM PST by rbosque ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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