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  • CNN's Smerconish: Benghazi is the Abortion of 2014 (VIDEO)

    05/11/2014 11:43:15 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 17 replies
    News Busters ^ | May 11 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    CNN host Michael Smerconish did his best to diminish the House Select Committee investigating Benghazi during an appearance on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, May 11. Appearing as a panelist, Smerconish claimed that " think nothing from Benghazi has received traction apart from the GOP base. It’s really the abortion of the 2014 cycle
  • Obama rebuts claims he’s lying about attack on US embassy in Libya

    10/26/2012 12:28:43 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 91 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Oct. 26, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully denied deliberately misleading Americans about the deadly attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, telling radio host Michael Smerconish, "I've always been straight with the American people." Speaking to Smerconish during a 15-minute Oval Office interview, Obama also declared he was "absolutely" prepared to kill those behind the assault but would prefer to capture them and "bring them to justice." Asked whether the Administration's shifting explanation for the September 11th strike reflected the intelligence he was receiving, Obama replied: "What's true is that the intelligence was coming in and evolving...
  • Boortz Not Buying Huckabee or Smerconish "Friendlier" Talk Angle (lukewarm talk a bore)

    04/23/2012 6:46:21 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 30 replies
    Radio Ink ^ | 4/23/12 | Radio Ink
    In the upcoming May 7th issue of Radio Ink magazine talker Neal Boortz discusses the recent push by Cumulus and others for a more toned down type of talk radio. Cumulus launched Mike Huckabee April 9th pushing the show as a friendlier conservative talk host. Boortz isn't buying that consumers have tired of the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and others and they want to see more talkers like Huckabee and Michael Smerconish. Boortz says listeners want to be entertained. "Mike Smerconish is immensely talented. Barack Obama likes him. But on the radio, he is not compelling or exciting....
  • Limbaugh leaves WPHT (Philly) [Replaced with Smerconish]

    04/10/2012 9:27:11 AM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 34 replies
    Radio and Television Business Report ^ | April 10, 2012 | Carl Marcucci
    The long-time CBS Radio talker in Philadelphia has replaced El Rushbo not with Cumulus’ newly syndicated Mike Huckabee, but with Dial-Global’s Michael Smerconish, who was previously on the station’s afternoon drive. The move did not appear to be related to the Saandra Fluke controversy, but who knows. Smerconish is based in Philly, so the move is understandable. Premiere Radio Networks had informed WPHT they will be syndicating Rush Limbaugh on a new station in Philadelphia. Rumor has it that Merlin-Media acquired WKDN-FM may be the station he ends up on—along with Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, who’ve been off the...
  • Limbaugh to Leave AM Station in Philadelphia

    04/10/2012 12:55:01 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 79 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/9/12 | Brian Stelter
    “The Rush Limbaugh Show” is leaving the dominant conservative talk radio station in Philadelphia, one of the biggest radio markets in the country. In its place on the station, WPHT, will go “The Michael Smerconish Show,” hosted by Mr. Smerconish, a native of the city.snip It is unclear when the change will take place in Philadelphia. The company that syndicates Mr. Limbaugh’s show, Premiere Radio Networks, declined to comment. But Premiere has indicated that it will be moving Mr. Limbaugh to a new station in Philadelphia. Radio-Info.com reported on Monday that it might be WKDN, a Christian programming station that...
  • Rumors of Major Syndication Changes in Philadelphia and New York

    04/09/2012 11:01:52 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 17 replies
    Talkers.com ^ | 4/9/12 | Talkers
    (RUMOR OF...)Smerconish to Bump Limbaugh from WPHT. And possibly more than that…but first things first. A very hot rumor out of Philadelphia has WYD Media-produced Michael Smerconish’s nationally syndicated program airing live 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm on CBS Radio’s news/talk WPHT– where Premiere Networks’ Rush Limbaugh does right now. Smerconish is currently delayed to PM drive on WPHT. Radio-Info’s Tom Taylor wrote about the other part of this rumor in his morning blast on 4/6: Merlin Media may be planning to go talk and not all-news on WKDN-FM, Philadelphia – its new property which is still airing Christian programming...
  • Philadelphia's "Big Talker" makes big changes with Smerconish, Beck, Hannity

    11/18/2010 11:23:19 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 33 replies
    radio-info.com ^ | 11/18/10 | radio-info.com
    First, there's Michael Smerconish, who has been doing seven hours a day of talk radio: mornings for WPHT (1210) and then his Dial Global-syndicated noon-3pm show (Eastern time). As of January, he'll come off of mornings, do a special Philadelphia-only 3-4pm hour for WPHT, then have his Dial Global show broadcast starting at 4pm. Smerconish says "as the new House comes into session and a whole new round of fireworks begins", he wants to focus on his national show, while "maintaining contact with my loyal fans in Philadelphia." Taking over mornings at CBS Radio's WPHT is Chris Stigall, currently hosting...
  • A surprising tune on Philadelphia officer Danny Faulkner's murder

    07/22/2010 6:17:04 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 07/22/2010 | Michael Smerconish
    MAUREEN Faulkner isn't used to having the cult of celebrity on her side. If actors, singers or intellectuals get involved in the case that's dominated her life for three decades, it's usually on the side of the man who murdered her husband, Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. That list is extensive, to say the least. It includes Maya Angelou, Alec Baldwin, Naomi Campbell, Noam Chomsky, Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's, Roger Ebert, Mike Farrell, Henry Louis Gates, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Casey Kasem, Spike Lee, Michael Moore, Paul Newman, Peter Norton, Sister Helen Prejean, Rage Against the Machine, Rep. Charles...
  • Head Strong: Sorry, but for me, the party is over

    02/22/2010 5:52:58 AM PST · by grace522 · 61 replies · 1,698+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 21 Feb 2010 | Michael Smerconish
    Head Strong: Sorry, but for me, the party is over By Michael Smerconish - Inquirer Inquirer Currents Columnist It took only the single tap of a computer key, and just like that I'd exited the Republican Party after 30 years of active membership. The context might sound impulsive, but I'd been thinking of becoming an independent for a long time. I just hadn't expected that a trip to renew my driver's license would mark the end. Just before my photo was snapped, I was asked if I wanted to register to vote. For me, the question was borderline offensive. I...
  • Head Strong: Sorry, but for me, the party is over

    02/21/2010 12:51:59 AM PST · by americanophile · 102 replies · 2,591+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 2/21/2010 | Michael Smerconish
    It took only the single tap of a computer key, and just like that I'd exited the Republican Party after 30 years of active membership. The context might sound impulsive, but I'd been thinking of becoming an independent for a long time. I just hadn't expected that a trip to renew my driver's license would mark the end. Just before my photo was snapped, I was asked if I wanted to register to vote. For me, the question was borderline offensive. I first registered after turning 18 in the spring of 1980 and haven't missed an election since. And I'm...
  • Here's a hard truth for the hard right

    11/11/2009 3:41:35 PM PST · by EveningStar · 92 replies · 3,071+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | November 8, 2009 | Michael Smerconish
    Who is Dede Scozzfava? ... "This is my party, too," she insisted. "There are a lot of moderate people - Republicans, like me - and I'm hearing from an awful lot of them. And I think the Republican Party needs to know if they don't have room for us and they don't want us working with them, we're going to find a way to work against them." She acknowledged that many in the GOP would differ with her support for abortion rights and same-sex marriage. But she maintained that she approached those views from a conservative vantage point - a...
  • Obama Mum On What's In 'Book Of Secrets' - Radio Host Asks President About Fabled Book (Smerconish)

    08/21/2009 11:30:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 1,229+ views
    KHOG-TV / The Associated Press ^ | August 20, 2009 | Ann Sanner
    Yes, President Barack Obama has seen the fabled book of secrets from the "National Treasure" film sequel. And he's staying zipped on what's in it. "I would tell you but I'd have to kill you," Obama joked in a White House interview with talk radio show host Michael Smerconish. Smerconish said his sons have seen "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," the Disney sequel to its 2004 hit, and know Obama has been provided the book of secrets that only Oval Office occupants are privy to. "I have," Obama said, going along with the radio host's reference to the fictional "book...
  • Obama: GOP conspiracy out to kill health reform

    08/20/2009 3:43:11 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 155 replies · 6,777+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2009 | Joseph Curl
    President Obama took to the conservative airwaves Thursday to charge that Republican leaders are engaged in a vast right-wing conspiracy to kill health care reform in order to repeat the 1994 mid-term takeover of Congress, which followed the defeat of President Clinton's reform plan. "I think early on, a decision was made by the Republican leadership that said, 'Look, let's not give him a victory, maybe we can have a replay of 1993, '94, when Clinton came in, he failed on health care and then we won in the mid-term elections and we got the majority. And I think there...
  • Obama Reaches Out To Conservatives Over Healthcare (Name of talk show host not mentioned.)

    08/20/2009 4:42:10 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 137 replies · 6,748+ views
    WCBSTV.COM ^ | 20 AUGUST 2009 | WCBSTV.COM
    President Discusses Reform On Conservative Talk Radio To Clear The Air PHILADELPHIA (CBS) ― President Barack Obama took his healthcare fight conservative talk radio Thursday. After weeks of often heated public debate, the president took to the airwaves to clear the air about what he does and doesn't want. It wasn't exactly Daniel in the lion's den, but to try to quell all the rancor, the President spoke to conservative radio listeners about his healthcare plan. One caller expressed doubt that the Federal Government was capable of administering such a huge bureaucracy. "A lot of us feel that the...
  • Obama Interview With Smerconish: Illegals Covered Under Health Care "Never Been the Case" (Video)

    08/20/2009 2:38:27 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 5 replies · 454+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | talkradio03
    How many lies can a man tell in one interview?, how many times can Smerconish give the President (who he endorsed) a pass?... Oh look, there's Smerconish on Hardball, Matthews just loves him...
  • Caller Asks Obama on Smerconish Show "Are Your Knees Buckling" on Passing ObamaCare - Video 8/20/09

    08/20/2009 1:05:10 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 6 replies · 662+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 20, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of President Obama being asked on the Michael Smerconish Radio Show broadcast live from the White House today, "Are your knees buckling" on getting a Health Care Bill passed. Obama guaranteed the caller, "We are going to get health care done." . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Smerconish to Storm The White House Over Health Care(Promises to 'Protect the President')

    08/19/2009 9:55:07 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 47 replies · 2,226+ views
    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com ^ | Aug 19, 2009 | By VINCE LATTANZIO
    Philly lawyer and national radio talk show host Michael Smerconish will be lighting up the White House Thursday as he interviews President Obama during a live broadcast. Smerconish plans to grill the president on his hotly debated health care plan, while also talking questions from callers -- turning the program into a de facto town hall meeting. Smerconish says he did not allow the White House to screen his questions, so the president's reactions cannot be scripted. “There are no ground rules," he said in a statement Wednesday. The Obama Administration's health care overhaul calls for a reformed system which...
  • Barack Obama To Be Interviewed By So Called Conservative Talk Show Host Michael Smerconish

    08/19/2009 9:57:14 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 11 replies · 532+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 8/20/09 | talkradio03
    The darling of MSNBC who thinks he looks great wearing the other Team's Jersey gets to go to the White House and interview Obama....awwww...I'm sure he'll ask some Hardball questions of his Dear Leader...
  • Obama goes talk show route to sell health care (Smerconish ALERT)

    08/19/2009 9:26:59 AM PDT · by pissant · 19 replies · 823+ views
    USA Today | 8/19/09 | staff
    USA Today. Title and link allowed only. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2009/08/68497302/1
  • WTKK adds Philly’s Michael Smerconish to Sunday lineup

    06/19/2009 7:23:13 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 13 replies · 1,023+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 06/18/09 | Jessica Heslam/WTKK
    Philadelphia radio host Michael Smerconish is coming to WTKK-FM (96.9) on Sundays. The station plans to air his “best of” from noon to 3 p.m. starting this weekend. Smerconish had filled in for WTKK afternoon-drive host Jay Severin during his month-long suspension. Here’s more from the station: ================= Boston’s Talk Evolution 96.9 FM, WTKK Adds Michael Smerconish to Weekend Lineup Smerconish’s Weekend Show Premieres this Sunday on 96.9 FM Boston, MA (June 18, 2009): Boston’s Talk Evolution, 96.9 FM WTKK, announced today The “Best of” Michael Smerconish Program, will be added to the station’s weekend lineup beginning on Sunday June...
  • What’s the word? (Words with a pro-Obama Republican)

    05/18/2009 11:06:42 AM PDT · by thomas16 · 26 replies · 916+ views
    Politico ^ | | 5/18/09 | By ANNE SCHROEDER MULLINS
    Michael Smerconish is probably what you would call a blowhard. When he’s not on the radio — on Friday, he did nine hours of talk radio alone — he’s on TV, doing much of the same. He’s kind of tricky: a Republican who backed Obama.
  • Smerconish: ‘We Need To Dilute Influence Of Conservatives In Primaries’

    03/02/2009 4:18:54 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies · 1,384+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Yo Smerc: who’s “we”? You voted for Barack Obama . . . But let’s leave aside Michael Smerconish’s presidential preferences and focus on the substance of his remarks. On this evening’s Hardball, Smerconish claimed that Republicans need to “dilute the influence of the conservatives in the Republican presidential nominating process, because we are nominating people who can’t get elected.” Smerconish was responding to a clip of Rush Limbaugh calling on RNC Chairman Michael Steele to do just the opposite, and do something “about our open primary system and fixing it so that Democrats do not nominate our candidates.” If you...
  • Is "The Big Talker" heading to Washington, DC?

    11/03/2008 1:46:13 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 17 replies · 912+ views
    radio-info.com ^ | 11/03/08 | radio-info.com
    When you think "Big Talker," CBS-owned WPHT-AM (1210) in Philadelphia with conservative-talk morning show host Michael Smerconish may come to mind. It appears very soon, you'll be thinking the same thing about Washington, DC. Radio-Info has found a webpage for "1580-AM, The Big Talker." That's the frequency of CBS-owned WPGC-AM (1580) in Washington which recently dropped "inspirational talk" to simulcast its FM sister-station. There have been rumors WPGC-AM would flip to talk, and this certainly adds fuel to the rumor. Meanwhile, the DCRTV.com website says Smerconish would be simulcast in mornings, and the talk lineup would include syndicated talkers Dr....
  • My Commentary on Smerconish Endorsement of Obama -Vanity

    10/21/2008 11:32:27 AM PDT · by Nichevo · 8 replies · 476+ views
    So talk radio personality and well known Philadelphian Michael Smerconish has endorsed Barack Obama. While this is completely within his right to do so, Smerconish has lost all credibility and has proven himself to be a man without integrity. One of the greatest causes he has championed has concerned the continued incarceration of convicted murderer and death row inmate Wesley Cook, AKA mumia abu-jamal. Smerconish has been a crusader in reminding people of the vicious murder commited by Clark when he murdered in cold blood Philadelphia police officer David Faulkner. Clark has been embraced by the left and other organizations...
  • Headstrong: McCain Fails The Big Five Tests

    10/20/2008 8:31:21 AM PDT · by TAdams8591 · 118 replies · 2,078+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10-19-2008 | Micahel Smerconish
    Head Strong: McCain fails the big five tests His aim is untrue in too many areas, so a longtime Republican is voting for Obama. By Michael Smerconish - Inquirer Inquirer Currents Columnist I've decided. My conclusion comes after reading the candidates' memoirs and campaign platforms, attending both party conventions, interviewing both men multiple times, and watching all primary and general-election debates. John McCain is an honorable man who has served his country well. But he will not get my vote. For the first time since registering as a Republican 28 years ago, I'm voting for a Democrat for president. I...
  • We must remember these "so called conservatives."

    10/17/2008 7:44:24 PM PDT · by brandon craig · 20 replies · 619+ views
    I read today where Philadelphia talk show host Michael Smerconish has endorsed Obama. Michael also worked in the Bush Administration and has been a frequent guest host for Glenn Beck. He will be paraded about as another "conservative" who is voting for Obama by the MSM. This is not like voting for Bill Clinton in 96 or voting for a local Democrat for governor or Congress. Any national "conservative" who supports a Marxist like Obama and thinks it would be best for America to elect him along with a Congress controlled by Pelosi and Reid has either lost their mind...
  • Smerconish: I'm for Obama (Bye-Bye RINO)

    10/17/2008 4:47:28 PM PDT · by pissant · 53 replies · 2,007+ views
    Philly.com ^ | 10/17/08 | Mike Klein
    Michael Smerconish lit up the phone lines and filled his in-box this morning at his WPHT show with word that he's planning to vote for Barack Obama -- marking the first time since he registered to vote 28 years ago that he'll pull the Democrat lever for president. He'll explain all in his Sunday column in The Inquirer's Currents section -- as much as he can do in 750 words. The intro reads: "John McCain is an honorable man who has served his country well. But he will not get my vote." In a chat this afternoon, Smerconish acknowledged that...
  • Wake up, PA. Philly Radio Host Endorses obama

    10/17/2008 7:29:04 AM PDT · by new cruelty · 103 replies · 1,739+ views
    Vanity and WPHTradio | October 17, 2008 | New Cruelty
    Bad News for McCain This morning, the talk radio guy, michael smerconish, stated he was voting for obama. WPHT airs Rush, Beck, and Hannity, but they have been shifting to the middle over the past couple of years, probably in order to bigger audience. They had Imus for a while, then replaced him with smerconish a few years ago. smerconish is a registered republican, served in the GHW Bush administration, and is a proponent of closed borders, the 2nd amendment, profiling, and has long advocated for Daniel Falwkner (the police officer murdered by mumia abdul jamail). He parts company with...
  • Quisling Smerconish Endorses Obama (vanity)

    10/17/2008 5:48:15 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 31 replies · 885+ views
    Absolutely no surprise of course. He styles himself as a macho guy who would be riding his horse in the lead of F troop into Tora Bora to root out Bin Laden , except the horse came up lame. This has been his phony rationale for "considering" Obama, that other synthetic terrorist fighter. The problem is by continuing the Hamlet act, "oh who am I going to vote for, " he has helped outlets like Hardball maintain a masquerade of balance and blocked any true conservative from those positions. For instance, he is guesting Bill O'Reilly radio show today, and...
  • Obama Talks Gun Control with Smerconish

    10/11/2008 11:30:24 AM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies · 2,850+ views
    KYW Newsradio ^ | 10 October 2008 | Lynne Adkins
    Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama talked about gun control and the Second Amendment during a radio interview in Philadelphia on Friday morning. Illinois Senator Barack Obama was a guest on KYW's sister station, WPHT-AM 1210. Obama told talk show host Michael Smerconish he's a firm believer in the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms -- but admits there must be some limits: "I do believe in some gun safety measures -- so, for example, with all the shootings in Philadelphia, most recently police officers, I want to make sure that we can trace back guns and bullets that...
  • Obama: I Assumed Ayers Had Been Rehabilitated

    10/09/2008 6:45:37 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 114 replies · 2,645+ views
    In an interview with conservative Philadelphia radio talk show host Michael Smerconish today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said his relationship with William Ayers is being questioned and his middle name is being invoked at events for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to distract voters from the economy. You can listen to the audio HERE, courtesy of Politico. "This is a red herring," Obama said of the Ayers story," because people don't want to talk about the fact that economy over the last eight years has been mismanaged to the point that we're teetering on a really,...
  • Michelle Bernard: McCain's Moves 'Like an Epileptic Fit'

    09/30/2008 6:08:53 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies · 991+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How unbalanced was MSNBC's "Race for the White House" panel this evening? The two Obama-friendly panelists—Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post and Richard Wolffe of Newsweek—were ostensibly offset by Philly radio talker Michael Smerconish and Independent Women's Forum head Michelle Bernard. But channeling Dem congressman James Clyburn on this morning's Today, Smerc called the House Republicans "sophomoric." That was nothing. One-upping Smerconish in the pejorative department, Bernard said that every recent McCain move has been "like an epileptic fit." Joe Scarborough, putting in a long day's work and subbing for regular host David Gregory, teed up Bernard's snipe with a...
  • Why this lifelong Republican may vote for Obama [Philly Talk Host Michael Smerconish]

    09/13/2008 4:52:52 AM PDT · by Doctor Raoul · 77 replies · 367+ views
    Salon ^ | 8/12/08 | Michael Smerconish
    Why this lifelong Republican may vote for Obama The party of Bush and McCain outsourced the hunt for bin Laden, failing to accomplish a vital mission since 9/11. By Michael SmerconishSep. 11, 2008 | Where the hell are Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri? And why does virtually no one ask anymore? What's changed since the days when any suburban soccer mom would have strangled either of them with her bare hands if given the chance? And what happened to President Bush's declaration to a joint session of Congress nine days after 9/11 that "any nation that continues to harbor...
  • Smerconish: I Might Vote for Obama

    06/27/2008 6:51:37 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 93 replies · 499+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Michael Smerconish is thinking of voting for Obama. The Philly talk show host made the admission in the course of subbing for Dan Abrams on tonight's "Verdict" on MSNBC. He actually did so, chatting with Ron Reagan, while criticizing Obama's flip-flops. But the bottom line is the bottom line. SMERCONISH: I want to think big picture, and I want to do so by showing you a piece of that which was published in today's Washington Post by Charles Krauthammer, if we can put that up on the screen: The truth about Obama is uncomplicated. He is just a politician ....
  • MSNBC Has Michael Smerconish (Philadelphia) On This Morning

    04/26/2007 4:13:03 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 39 replies · 1,487+ views
    26 April 2007 | vanity
    This week MSNBC is running Michael Smerconish in place of Imus. I watched about one half hour of the program. Smerconish is running with the same format as the Imus show and the topic today was the NBC and WSJ poll that shows 55% wamt is to withdraw from Irag. Among the first guests was a chubby, graying chap who claims we have lost both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The host and the guests seem almost frantic in finding ways to assert this view. Actually, if you look around there is very little evidence of a treasonous rebellion in...
  • Developing News.....Philadelphia's Michael Smerconish to get Imus slot tryout.

    04/20/2007 7:27:28 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 82 replies · 1,581+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 20 April 2007 | Drudge
    Developing story. Drudge to post more shortly.
  • 'Today': Matt Chides Dems, Mike Nips John, Meredith Lets Loose

    09/14/2006 5:26:53 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies · 2,146+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Matt Lauer had a chuckle at the expense of his guests - then took Dems to task. Michael Smerconish scolded a Republican. And Meredith Vieira gave further evidence of a style looser than that of her perky predecessor. That's the nutshell wrap on the first half-hour of this morning's Today. Politics first. Lauer opened his interview with the folliclely-challenged duo of James Carville and Philly radio host Michael Smerconish by rubbing his own less-than-hirsute pate and observing with a laugh in the shot captured here: "First time in a long time I feel like I have a luxuriant head of...
  • The Ghost Of Terri Schiavo

    08/24/2006 6:50:14 PM PDT · by wjersey · 112 replies · 2,128+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 8/24/2006 | Michael Smerconish
    THE EYES of the political world will be on us come fall. Pennsylvania is home to the hottest Senate race and three of the most contested House races in the nation. The outcome of the Santorum-Casey, Fitzpatrick-Murphy, Gerlach-Murphy and Weldon-Sestak races could determine control of Congress. The vulnerability of many GOPers is war-related. But there are also important social issues, notably the attempted intervention in the case of Terri Schiavo. Some clues on that might be found in Connecticut, which just had a bruising Democratic primary between Joseph Lieberman and Ned Lamont. Not only did they differ on the war,...
  • Peacock Correct to Call Smerconish 'Conservative'?

    07/03/2006 6:54:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies · 582+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 3, 2006 What do you call an Arlen Specter supporter who proposes a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq and accuses Republicans of 'chicanery' for introducing proposals on gay marriage and flag burning? Why, a 'conservative' of course - if you're NBC's Today show and your guest is Michael Smerconish. This is the MSM's way of convincing viewers that there is balance in their choice of guests. As I noted here, the mislabelling reached its pinnacle a while back when Today labelled Bush antagonist Pat Buchanan - someone who left the GOP seven years ago to run...
  • Smerconish: GOP Should Confront 'Appalling' Coulter

    06/14/2006 7:01:31 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 157 replies · 3,009+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein June 14, 2006 Talk radio show host Michael Smerconish appeared on tonight's Scarborough Country to tout his demand, set forth in this column, Cut Coulter Loose, that the GOP go out of its way to disavow Ann Coulter for the statements in her most recent book, 'Godless', about the 9/11 Jersey Girl widows . Smerconish told Scarborough that the Republican party needs to "make clear" that Coulter's comments are "appalling." Scarborough sympathized, saying that Coulter's Jersey Girl comments "need to be condemned." He complained that when you do criticize Coulter, "conservatives accuse people like us of being...
  • No Iraq Kool-Aid for Smerconish, Carville Condemns Dem Criticism of Jefferson Search

    05/30/2006 5:11:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies · 903+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein May 30, 2006 A bit of political gender-bending on this morning's Today, as ostensibly conservative radio talk show host Michael Smerconish called for a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq while the normally hyper-partisan James Carville did anything but ride to the defense of his fellow Democrat, Congressman William Jefferson, apparently caught with his hand in a $100G cookie jar. The pair were Katie Couric's guests largely for purposes of discussing the investigation into the possibility that Marines killed numerous Iraqi civilians in cold blood in the city of Haditha. Carville sought to exploit the subject for all...
  • Lauer Lays Low as Carville Claims US Military "Almost in a State of Rebellion"

    04/11/2006 4:54:47 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 59 replies · 2,457+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein April 11, 2006 Imagine you're a news show host, and a former presidential adviser just claimed that the United States military is near to state of rebellion against civilian authorities. Do you think you might have asked a follow-up question or two? Apparently not, at least if you're Matt Lauer interviewing James Carville, who made just such an inflammatory allegation on this morning's Today show. The topic was the source of the leak of the alleged plans for an attack on Iran to destroy its nuclear capabilities, such plans said to extend to the possible use of...
  • BIN LADEN: HOW CLOSE HAVE WE COME? (good read)

    03/09/2006 5:18:44 AM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 54 replies · 3,018+ views
    Posted on Thu, Mar. 09, 2006 Michael Smerconish | BIN LADEN: HOW CLOSE HAVE WE COME? RAFTER 9/11, IT WAS Gary Berntsen's job to get Osama bin Laden. Picture a real-life Jack Bauer. Strong. Focused. Committed. A guy who probably knows how to kill you with his car keys. More than 23 years as an officer in the clandestine service of the CIA. In his new book, "Jawbreaker," he says he stopped dozens of bombings and assassinations. He'd learned about al Qaeda when investigating the East African embassy bombings in 1998. In 2000, he was sent to Afghanistan to try...
  • Weldon has another witness

    09/07/2005 5:41:11 PM PDT · by SueRae · 37 replies · 1,483+ views
    9/7/05 | self
    Listened to Weldon today on Michael Smerconish at 1210. Paraphrasing but heard the following.. He said the following - he has another witness that will testify at the hearings that he was ordered to destroy the AD documentation and data. That person will testify as to who gave that order. Weldon indicated that the hearings may be postponed by a week due to the untimely death of Chief Justice Rehnquist. He has also spoken to Spector about issuing subpoenas to the two companies involved in the project to produce the equipment (servers) used in the project. There is a chance...
  • Smerconish: AS PLAIN AS THE NOSE ON THEIR FACES, DOT is more concerned about PC than Air Safety

    04/30/2004 5:31:40 AM PDT · by new cruelty · 10 replies · 282+ views
    www.mastalk.com ^ | Apr. 29, 2004 | Michael Smerconish
    POST 9/11, the U.S. Department of Transportation is more concerned about political correctness than air safety. They've even issued a statement saying that ethnicity, religion and appearance are not factored into who gets pulled out of airport security lines. (Somewhere in hell 19 guys are cheering.) The DOT pronouncement is the latest chapter in my inquiry into why those with nothing in common with the 9/11 hijackers are routinely pulled from airport security lines and subjected to random, heightened screening. My 8-year-old son got flagged when we flew to Florida for spring break. Strange, he sure doesn't look like any...
  • I, Your Federal Overseer, just need to know what you are working on

    04/29/2004 8:10:35 AM PDT · by bvw · 15 replies · 457+ views
    Michael asks the DOT for a copy of a statement he has learned that they have written regarding his initial column about John Lehman’s questioning of Condoleezza Rice in the 9/11 Commission. The DOT: In a recent column, a member of the 9/11 Commission was incorrect in telling your newspaper that the Federal Aviation Administration used a quota restricting the number of foreign passengers that could be subjected to secondary screening at one time. Despite the testimony from current and former airline executives cited in your column, secondary screening of passengers is random or behavior based. It is not now,...
  • THE SINS OF PETER ARNETT

    04/03/2003 1:35:04 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 13 replies · 236+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 4/3/03 | Michael Smerconish
    ON SUNDAY, Peter Arnett went on Iraqi TV said this: "Clearly, the American war planners misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces. Now America is reappraising the battlefield, delaying the war maybe a week and rewriting the war plan."
  • CONSPIRACY: The Okla. City-Sept. 11 Connection

    10/04/2002 6:16:46 PM PDT · by FreeperinRATcage · 49 replies · 835+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Oct. 03, 2002 | Michael Smerconish
    I'M NOT A conspiracy guy. I think Oswald killed Kennedy, and that he acted alone. And, like all Americans, I figured that the tragic bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City was the work of two sick ex-Army guys, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Now I'm not so sure. Last night, my radio station, the Big Talker 1210, brought three speakers to town for a remarkable presentation: Jayna Davis, a reporter from Oklahoma City; Larry Johnson, ex-deputy director of the State Department's office of counterterrorism, and Patrick Lang, Mideast expert formerly of the Defense Intelligence Agency. In a spellbinding...