Air America Radio may have tried and failed to use washed-up comedians like Janeane Garofalo and Al Franken to make liberal talk radio work, but their rule seems to be that if first you don't succeed, flop, flop again. When wacky radical Randi Rhodes resigned over a nasty and profane denunciation of Hillary Clinton, Air America replaced her in afternoon drive time with ... Roseanne Barr.
And in no time flat Roseanne behaved like Roseanne. On April 28, she suggested leftists should ignite riots at the Democratic convention in Denver. "We should, a bunch of us, go there and repeat the Democratic Convention from Chicago. Like, let's just cause a bunch of trouble!" There's even a leftist group called "Recreate 68" building up the rioting nostalgia.
"Recreate 68" is no joke. It is trying to draw a raucous crowd: "Join us in the streets of Denver as we resist a two-party system that allows imperialism and racism to continue unrestrained." These troublemakers live to get arrested.
Is it newsworthy that Recreate 68 is talking about real violence at a national political convention? The Fox News Channel thinks so. The local media in Denver have covered this as well. But CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC? Not a peep. Nothing in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today. The New York Times had a mention, at the bottom of an article. "Recreate '68" is a concept they just don't want to acknowledge. None of these outlets noticed Roseanne's comments, either.
But what happens when a conservative talk show host talks about -- comments on -- this same subject, and does so not seriously, but humorously? On April 23, Rush Limbaugh declared that protesters making a scene in Denver would wake up America to see how the Democrats are dominated by the far left. He said, "Now, I am not inspiring or inciting riots. I'm dreaming. (Singing to the tune of 'White Christmas') 'I'm dreaming of riots in Denver.' Remember 1968? And which party did that? It was the radicals in that party, the anti-war radicals, the same bunch of clowns that are running around defining the Democrat Party today."
What happens is that in some quarters, all hell breaks loose. The local media in Denver quickly declared that Rush Limbaugh was rooting for violence, although some outlets like the Denver Post put the whole statement in its proper context, that Rush clearly said he wasn't inciting riots. Local TV stations took polls to underline the outrage. Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar of Colorado sent an angry letter to Clear Channel radio (which airs the Limbaugh show in Denver) asking for them to "reprimand" Limbaugh for talking up violence.