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Author Stephen King offers left-leaning talk show
Sacramento Bee ^ | Aug. 23, 2011 | AP

Posted on 08/23/2011 12:07:39 PM PDT by ZGuy

Stephen King is offering an antidote to what he sees as the biases of right-wing radio talk shows by hiring a former Green Party vice presidential candidate to co-host a morning talk show on two stations he owns.

In a rare public appearance, the horror writer held a news conference Tuesday in Bangor, Maine, at the headquarters of his three-station Zone Radio network.

"The Pulse Morning Show" will be co-hosted by 50-year-old Pat LaMarche and 43-year-old Don Cookson, a former television reporter. LaMarche ran for vice president as a member of the Green Party in 2004.

During the news conference King said, "We're a little to the left, but we're right."

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: doncookson; greenparty; leftradio; patlamarche; stephenking; talkradio; thestand
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1 posted on 08/23/2011 12:07:41 PM PDT by ZGuy
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To: ZGuy
Real original. Nobody ever thought of that one before.

"We're a little to the left, but we're right."

2 posted on 08/23/2011 12:12:38 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ZGuy

Hasn’t this been tried?


3 posted on 08/23/2011 12:14:26 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: ZGuy

I switched to Dean Koontz long ago.


4 posted on 08/23/2011 12:14:53 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: ZGuy

‘Err Amerika’ Lite? Yeesh.

Glad I stopped reading his books decades ago...


5 posted on 08/23/2011 12:15:04 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: ZGuy

Always knew I didn’t like him. Crass and overblown. Perfect spokesman.


6 posted on 08/23/2011 12:16:53 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: ZGuy
Liberal Stephen King is using his own money to promote liberal talk shows?
Damn! This really may cause the big one Elizabeth.
7 posted on 08/23/2011 12:17:07 PM PDT by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTYER but no longer a Republican)
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To: DManA

“We’re a little to the left, but we’re right.”

Wow! This guy ought to quit writing books and start writing campaign slogans!(S)


8 posted on 08/23/2011 12:17:19 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: ZGuy

Perhaps he can get Randal Flagg or the Clown from It to host the show. It would be entertaining...


9 posted on 08/23/2011 12:17:28 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: ZGuy

Well, he DOES have a reputation for scaring the bejesus out of people.


10 posted on 08/23/2011 12:18:40 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: ZGuy

Move along...typical liberal...nothing to see here!!!


11 posted on 08/23/2011 12:19:04 PM PDT by ontap
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To: ZGuy

Another doofus lefty who cannot get it thru his head that the left is splintered into various sub-cults that must be rigidly segregated lest they fight for the spoils. Yeah I’m sure the racist left who clamors for bling is going to listen to a green crackpot telling them they have to go back to farming with donkeys.


12 posted on 08/23/2011 12:20:21 PM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: ZGuy

Haven’t read any books by King since Christine and The Stand.


13 posted on 08/23/2011 12:21:25 PM PDT by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Glad I stopped reading his books decades ago...

I did too. Then last week at the library on a whim I picked up an audio of "The Dome". My opinion is that guy has some serious issues with Christianity.

14 posted on 08/23/2011 12:21:49 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Randall Flagg is currently serving as our President.


15 posted on 08/23/2011 12:22:29 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: ZGuy

Ha! I bet you wish you thought of this idea MSNBC!


16 posted on 08/23/2011 12:23:29 PM PDT by MNDude (so that's what they meant by Carter's second term)
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To: A_perfect_lady; Fantasywriter

In the fall, after the Autumnal equinox when the days get longer with a hint of melancholy and umber, pamper yourself with something by Algernon Blackwood. He will not disappoint.


17 posted on 08/23/2011 12:23:44 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: ZGuy

I’ve never read a single one of his books. Are they any good?


18 posted on 08/23/2011 12:24:38 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: ZGuy

This clown still alive?

What was the last thing he wrote that was worth a damn?

I quit reading his recycled garbage back when I was in high school in 78.

What a tool.


19 posted on 08/23/2011 12:24:49 PM PDT by RickB444 (What one receives without working for, another must work for without receiving.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

LOL


20 posted on 08/23/2011 12:24:49 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: ZGuy

I hope that he sees the errors of his way before it is too late. He has made a fortune off of capitalism; yet he rails against it. So very sad.


21 posted on 08/23/2011 12:25:41 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: DManA

The more I learn about King the more I wonder how he could have possible written ‘The Stand’.


22 posted on 08/23/2011 12:26:02 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: ZGuy
Ah Yes Good Ole' Stephen King, His Plots are Great but his stories are Crap, he has great build up but disappointing pay-offs, He creates great characters and you Get to see them Over and Over and Over and Over and Over and Over again.

Here is clue for Mr King,

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT THAT LEFT WING CRAP NO MORE!!!!

Now Mr. King, If you take my advice I will have spared you and us alot of time, money, and aggravation. So go play the Stephen King Drinking Game!!

23 posted on 08/23/2011 12:26:21 PM PDT by KC_Lion (If Sarah can't be elected in 2012, then Phase II will fall into place, may G-D have mercy on us all)
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To: ZGuy

King’s gone loony, and it shows in his book.
Duma Key had a few anti-Bush slaps, but “Under the Dome” was insane. Pastors cooking and dealing meth, while the insanely right-wing town boss controls the town and the northeast drug trade. He even has a signed picture of Sarah Palin on his desk.

Of course, the heroes are a disaffected Iraq vet (of course), and a liberal-leaning “republican” newspaper owner/editor and a female pastor of a unitarian-style church.

I’d love to see King try to logically defend his viewpoints and get his ass handed to him.


24 posted on 08/23/2011 12:27:04 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Jeff Chandler
"Are they any good?"

I stopped reading King in the late 80's/early 90's. Moved on to other things. However, my opinion is that he has great ideas, most stories start off slow getting the scene set and all the characters introduced but overall worth the read. One other problem is that he doesn't follow sentence structure well. I like to say he doesn't write run on sentences, he writes run on paragraphs.
25 posted on 08/23/2011 12:28:35 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: ZGuy

Steve King....Larry King......horrors!!


26 posted on 08/23/2011 12:29:04 PM PDT by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

He’s a lib loon but I have thoroughly enjoyed his books through the years. It must be his style or something. “The Stand” is the best piece of fiction I have ever picked up and read. If you would like to read a shorter book that is nonetheless very, very good try “Pet Sematary”.


27 posted on 08/23/2011 12:30:04 PM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: ZGuy

Rush is no doubt shaking in his boots!


28 posted on 08/23/2011 12:30:04 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: Kartographer

I thought the exact same thing! Great minds......


29 posted on 08/23/2011 12:30:41 PM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: ZGuy

He used to have a nice sports station in Bangor, the only local sports channel in the Bangor area with lots of local broadcast of high school sports and stuff. Now it’s all lib talk but he has still hijacked the Sox, keeping them on his crappy station.


30 posted on 08/23/2011 12:31:18 PM PDT by sox_the_cat
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To: ZGuy

Now if King hosted a show himself, he’d have a shot at getting some ratings. Hiring a Green Party VP candidate? Yeah, whatever you say, Steve.


31 posted on 08/23/2011 12:31:52 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Psalm 144; Kartographer

Thanks for the ping, Psalm.

Kart, here is my analysis of The Stand. It’s a story about what it would be like to be a Christian in a world where there is no God. Can you point to one incident in the novel [haven’t read it; saw the movie] where God supernaturally intervenes in response to prayer/faith? To me, the story is what Christianity looks like to an atheist.

Am I wrong?


32 posted on 08/23/2011 12:32:14 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: ZGuy

I read a number of his early fantasies, but I feel absolutely no urge to re-read them, as I often do with writers that I like.

He has a natural imaginative talent, but I think he has misused it, so it has abandoned him.


33 posted on 08/23/2011 12:34:01 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: ZGuy

“The Pulse” like the horrible novel that he wrote a couple of years ago?


34 posted on 08/23/2011 12:36:14 PM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: ZGuy
King said he respected his Mom for her refusal to "go on the Government" even though she suffered poverty.

Now here he is pushing others to do that very thing.

Stephen, listen to your Mother!!

35 posted on 08/23/2011 12:38:35 PM PDT by Justice
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To: Tupelo
Liberal Stephen King is using his own money to promote liberal talk shows?
Damn! This really may cause the big one Elizabeth.

Actually, King has always used his own money in support of his causes. It's a considerable saving grace.

36 posted on 08/23/2011 12:40:19 PM PDT by Grut
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To: ican'tbelieveit

***He has made a fortune off of capitalism; yet he rails against it. So very sad.***

How was he before he got half his brains knocked out by being hit by a van while walking?


37 posted on 08/23/2011 12:40:22 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS & PAINTINGS)
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To: Kartographer
The more I learn about King the more I wonder how he could have possible written ‘The Stand’.

What? You didn't think it vain of him to put all the bad old "technicians" in Vegas, and the good little mush-heads in Boulder?

That little piece of rationalization, that "techs" are soft headed and easily lead because they'll embrace any worldview as long as it's "firm," has got to be the most asinine piece of conceit in all of American literature.

Besides, read some of his work about the "craft" of writing. His personal work habits come a little too close to "automatic writing" for my tastes.

38 posted on 08/23/2011 12:41:24 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: KC_Lion

That is a funny video


39 posted on 08/23/2011 12:43:05 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: ZGuy

Mr King has a perfect right to throw his money away in whatever manner pleases him. We have a perfect right to laugh at him for it.


40 posted on 08/23/2011 12:44:19 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Fantasywriter

The hand of God was in the plot in the end I believe. But King LOVES to bash Christians.


41 posted on 08/23/2011 12:47:45 PM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: ZGuy

From Wikipedia on the plot synopsis of 2009’s “Under The Dome.”

Shortly before noon on October 21 of an unspecified year after 2012 (evidenced by mention of a faded bumper sticker for Barack Obama’s successful 2012 re-election campaign

Now that scares the sh*t out of me right there!


42 posted on 08/23/2011 12:50:15 PM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: Fantasywriter
Lots of places. In fact the hand of God becomes visible at the end of the novel and sets off the nuke that destroys Las Vegas and the bad guys.

The book is filled with great exchanges like:
Ralph Bretner: Uh, Nick says that… he says he don't believe in God.
[Mother Abagail laughs.]

Mother Abagail: God bless ya, Nick! But it don't matter! He believes in you.
Mother Abagail: Father, mother, wife, husband. Set against them… the Prince o' High Places! I have sinned in pride! So have you all! That's passed now. It's time now… to give over your will… to the will o' God. It's time to make your stand.
43 posted on 08/23/2011 12:51:32 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: erod

It’s been a while since I saw the movie, so I’m not arguing with you; I’m not personally well informed enough to argue. I am curious, though. Does the hand of God do anything transcendent? I.e.: is there a specific, supernatural event brought about by God in response to the prayers of His people?


44 posted on 08/23/2011 12:55:32 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Kartographer

So God detonates a nuke? That must be King’s idea of God’s kind of power, I guess.


45 posted on 08/23/2011 1:11:15 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Kartographer

I hate it when writers write “o’” for “of”. Really clunky attempt at ‘rural’ speech.


46 posted on 08/23/2011 1:13:26 PM PDT by squarebarb
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To: ZGuy
The network headquarters will be moving soon to THE DARK TOWER. The new radio programs will be staffed with a SKELETON CREW until the NIGHT SHIFT has been hired. Programming hasn't been finalized; but it's expected that it will be divided into DIFFERENT SEASONS. CHRISTINE and CARRIE were among the staff, who had problems getting to work on time, because of all the ROADWORK nearby.
47 posted on 08/23/2011 1:17:32 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Fantasywriter

You have to read the book to understand why it fit. It was really about how doing evil often comes back to bite you.

But something tells me you have made up your mind already and I am wasting my time.

But I still say that ‘The Stand’ has a postive Christian message to it and that alone makes me wonder how/why he wrote it. By the way it is the ONLY King book I have ever read and I have read it multiple times.


48 posted on 08/23/2011 1:18:35 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: ZGuy
Limbaugh used to be carried by WZON...King purchased the station and changed it to a sports format to drive Limbaugh off the air in that area. Natch; another station picked him up, and that station carries Rush to the present day.

Oh, and Steve..? How about those Rangers last night?

49 posted on 08/23/2011 1:20:01 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

gosh, I just don’t know, but that could be it, at least a worsening.


50 posted on 08/23/2011 1:20:29 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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