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Al Franken Flips Out on CNN
NewsMax.com ^ | 8/26/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff

Posted on 08/26/2003 12:24:18 AM PDT by kattracks

Al Franken must be having a hard time these days.

The liberal media have been parading him on all the shows -- to claim that the liberal media is not liberal at all, but really a right wing propaganda machine.

These liberal media outlets (along with a silly lawsuit from Fox News), have helped to propel Al Franken's new book into the bestseller lists.

But it would only be fitting that when appearing on a liberal network Franken would complain he is being censored.

Decent folks were aghast at such chutzpah on CNN's Crossfire Monday, when Franken subbed for James Carville as the show's co-host, pitted against conservative Tucker Carlson.

As anyone who watched the program saw, Franken was given more than enough time to air his baseless complaints about a right wing cabal taking over the major media.

All was fine while Franken and ally, Joe Conason, also out with a book claiming -- you guessed it -- the right wing control the media -- monopolized most of the conversation.

No doubt they were reveling in the good old days, when a typical TV talk show had four liberals and no conservatives, or one token conservative who was rudely interrupted anytime he dared challenge the prevailing p.c. sentiment.

So when Carlson and fellow conservative, talk show host B.Q. Cullum, began challenging the notion that somehow the major media like the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the three major networks, CNN, MSNBC, and practically every other media outlet in the country are and remain -- liberal, Franken clearly had a panic attack of seismic proportions and flipped out -- on air.

Franken's hysterics began as soon as B.Q. challenged his claim that the Clinton administration "were building the military that won the war in Iraq and that won the war Afghanistan."

B.Q. responded, accurately, that the Clinton administration was "not funding -- they were not funding the military."

Co-host Carlson tried to add his two cents, when Franken clearly became unglued and began screaming, no less than four times, "I am the co-host of this show. I am the co-host of this show. I am the co-host of this show. Let me say one thing. I am the co-host of this show. I get to say this. Now, Dick Cheney ..."

Franken's unusual behavior drew some nervous laughter from the audience, and even his co-host Carlson was taken aback, saying, "Al, your face is actually twitching, so you're starting to make me a little nervous."

Later, after returning from a commercial break, Carlson again noted Franken's freakish behavior.

Carlson said to Franken, "Your face is starting to twitch again, Al. You are making me nervous, I have to say. I love having you here, but ..."

When Carlson went to wrap up the show, and fade out for the final break, Franken started again, in his nasally high pitched voice, "No, no, no."

A baffled Carlson, who handled himself with great poise, looked at Franken and again tried to end the show.

Here's the transcript:

Carlson: "I know. I'm sorry. We're totally, completely out of time. I'm getting it in my ear. They're saying they're going to cut us off."

Franken: "No, no, no, no."

Carlson: "Yes. No. It's true."

Franken, unrelenting: "Because I've got to say this."

Carlson ". . . I'm sorry."

Clearly, after this show Franken has more evidence of conservative bias for his next book, "How CNN's Conservative Censored Me and Other Ways Right Wing Enterprises Silence Paranoid Liberals Like Me."

We're not finished with Franken.

Let's put aside his dramatics and review the subject matter at hand.

Is the press biased in favor of conservatives?

As Carlson stated, the evidence is not anecdotal. Studies show the press to be very biased, to the liberal side.

Carlson cited one study: "This is a survey from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. And it asked journalists to describe their own political leanings. This is self-reporting: liberal/Democrat, 61 percent; conservative/Republican, 15 percent."

Another baseless claim made by Franken:

"Now, Dick Cheney said that any secretary of defense fights with the military that was given to him by his predecessors. And he said that after the Persian Gulf War in 1991, the first person he thanked was Ronald Reagan. I think Bill Clinton is entitled to that same call from Donald Rumsfeld."

First, Bill Clinton needs to call America and explain how he allowed al-Qaeda to grow for more than a decade.

In the same call he could also apologize for emasculating the CIA and FBI -- to the point that 19 foreigners could penetrate our borders and hijack four jets on Sept. 11, 2001.

There is no question that Mr. Bush, just months into his presidency, truly did inherit this disaster from his predecessor.

More to the point, Clinton also needs to make a second call to Mr. Bush and explain why he reduced America's military capability by almost 50 percent during his eight years. Unlike you Al, the numbers don't lie.

Clinton could also tell him why military stocks had been so depleted after his war in Kosovo and bombing aspirin factories that the Pentagon's arsenal was practically depleted of smart bombs or cruise missiles when Mr. Bush arrived at the White House.

A little story the press has not fully reported: it took more than a year for the Bush administration to go to war against Iraq, partly because it had to keep munitions factories running 24/7 for a year to rebuild stocks depleted during the Clinton years.

Yes, America "won in Iraq and Afghanistan," as Franken says.

But we won because of smart bombs and hi-tech equipment developed largely during the Reagan build up of the 80s -- a build up so vociferously opposed by Franken and his ilk.

We also won because of the greatness of our troops and their commanders -- many of whom persevered during the 90s to serve their country under a commander in chief they did not respect.



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1 posted on 08/26/2003 12:24:18 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Ha ha ha ha ha! Too bad his big head didn't actually pop off of his little body in his hissy-fit!
2 posted on 08/26/2003 12:27:49 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: kattracks
Franken's hysterics began as soon as B.Q. challenged his claim that the Clinton administration "were building the military that won the war in Iraq and that won the war Afghanistan."

Now I'm really confused. I thought the left has decided we have not won the war in Iraq OR Afghanistan and that we are losing on both fronts.

3 posted on 08/26/2003 12:33:13 AM PDT by hotpotato
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To: Yaelle
Remember "vote for me, Al Franken". LOL
4 posted on 08/26/2003 12:33:38 AM PDT by meanie monster (hooked on phonics werked for me.)
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To: kattracks
He has a reputation for being unable to control his temper, and for nearly getting into physical confrontations with people.

He debated my pastor once on a local (Seattle) afternoon show. My pastor is very cool, very calm, very big (was in the NFL before his ministry) and pretty much nailed Franken to the wall - and Franken was visibly ummmm...unhappy.
5 posted on 08/26/2003 12:39:45 AM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet ("I'm just a caveman. Your modern world frightens and confuses me...")
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To: Yaelle
His big head is obviously mostly empty space - big head; pea brain.
6 posted on 08/26/2003 12:46:06 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: kattracks
Carlson cited one study: "This is a survey from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. And it asked journalists to describe their own political leanings. This is self-reporting: liberal/Democrat, 61 percent; conservative/Republican, 15 percent."

What was the remaining 24%? Communist?

7 posted on 08/26/2003 12:51:23 AM PDT by weegee (I am embarassed for adding this to the thread...)
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To: meanie monster
It seems to have something to do with guys named "Al"...
8 posted on 08/26/2003 12:51:33 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
He debated my pastor once on a local (Seattle) afternoon show. My pastor is very cool, very calm, very big (was in the NFL before his ministry) and pretty much nailed Franken to the wall - and Franken was visibly ummmm...unhappy.

I'd've paid ca$h money to see that.

9 posted on 08/26/2003 12:55:15 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: kattracks
Libs love these baboon-a$$ed histrionics.

They call it "passion."
10 posted on 08/26/2003 12:59:38 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: hotpotato
Yeah, I thought Iraq was a QUAGMIRE !!
11 posted on 08/26/2003 1:05:29 AM PDT by CyberAnt ( America - "The Greatest Nation on the Face of the Earth")
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To: kattracks
Anybody get a vidcap of this?
12 posted on 08/26/2003 1:14:37 AM PDT by strela ("Each of us can find a maggot in our past which will happily devour our futures." Horatio Hornblower)
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To: kattracks
This is a ``dog bites man'' story.
13 posted on 08/26/2003 1:15:35 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
If they really wanted to boost ratings, they'd have put Frankenstein against Ann Coulter. Frankenstein would have gone Jerry Springer on them all.

Someone please ping me if they find a video of this. Thanks.

14 posted on 08/26/2003 1:23:02 AM PDT by RandallFlagg ("There are worse things than crucifixion...There are teeth.")
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To: RandallFlagg
If they really wanted to boost ratings, they'd have put Frankenstein against Ann Coulter.

That's too scary! The emotional trauma could have made Al permanently revert to his ``Stewart Smalley'' character!

15 posted on 08/26/2003 1:29:14 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: kattracks
It's been obvious for years that Franken is seriously deranged. And yet Harvard and CNN can't get enough of him. What does this say about them?
16 posted on 08/26/2003 1:37:31 AM PDT by Bonaparte
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To: kattracks
I saw part of this as I was surfing. I thought Franken kept yelling "This is my show" over and over. Since I never watch CNN, I didn't know he was a sub, but he is still nuts. On another subject; did anyone else see Brit Hume go after Karen Tumulty (sp) from Time last night? She was visibly angry.
17 posted on 08/26/2003 2:39:59 AM PDT by patj
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To: kattracks
Its obvious from him mocking God in his new book, he has some demons using his brain as their playground.
18 posted on 08/26/2003 3:08:22 AM PDT by Russell Scott (Without massive intervention from Heaven, America doesn't have a prayer.)
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To: hotpotato
Now I'm really confused. I thought the left has decided we have not won the war in Iraq OR Afghanistan and that we are losing on both fronts.

Maybe I can explain...

Rule 1 of Liberalism: Facts, logic, and consistency are irrelevant.

19 posted on 08/26/2003 3:17:32 AM PDT by Samwise (There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil.)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Damn. Now I wish I had watched.

Is CNN gonna yank his sorry butt for tonight?

Just damn.

If you want on the new list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

20 posted on 08/26/2003 3:20:53 AM PDT by mhking
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