The vaunted "October Surprise" turned out as none other than the porcine Karl Rove.
Otherwise, the day's events happened to contain a bunch of interesting media twists.
- Radio talk show caller Mike Stark getting pummeled by George Allen's stooges.
- ABC's Mark Halperin trying to brown-nose radio wing-nut Spew Spewitt for 3+ hours before realizing that the Spew has some serious character flaws. "Hugh, did you have some bad childhood experience?"
- Brave Stephanie Miller calling up a stalker on-air who essentially threatened to kill her in a creepy monospace-typed letter.
- Kerry getting ballsy and Bush getting stupider.
- A weird ABC radio network memo claiming an advertising blacklist on Air America Radio.
"Thank you for contacting REI regarding the Air America advertising blackout.In the meantime, erstwhile Air America host Marc Maron and second banana Jim Earl made a triumphant return to the AAR airwaves and guest hosted the Springer show last week, hijacking the first hour with talk about energy efficient transportation alternatives [listen here]. The rumor mill has it that Maron may join fellow AAR outcast Mike Malloy on the NovaM radio network, and may also go over to Sirius satellite radio. Malloy had a great rant on how Bush has gone from his self-proclaimed role of King of America to King of the World, but eventually a caller had to correct this title and extend it to King of the Universe with the new Bush space policy.
Today, an internal memo on ABC Network letterhead was posted on the Air America website and picked up by various blog sites. The memo lists companies that refused to have their radio advertising supporting Air America and Al Franken?s programming. REI was listed as one of the companies declining to advertise; however this information is incorrect.
REI has not refused to advertise during Air America?s programming. In fact, REI has placed radio ads on stations carrying Air America programming.
It is unfortunate that this misinformation has been widely distributed. We are currently working with our advertising agency and the ABC radio network to track down how this happened.
You are a valued member and I hope you will give us another opportunity to serve your future outdoor needs.
Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
REI Online Customer Service"
Update: I sent the REI memo to Mike Malloy for an appraisal. Nothing gets past him as he replied succintly:
" In fact, REI has placed radio ads on stations carrying Air America programming."
Weasel words, as always. No one said these advertisers wouldn't advertise on STATIONS that carried Air America programming. The charge is they refused to be on Air America PROGRAMS.