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June 13, 2005

Get Out The Hook [John from WuzzaDem]

Man, I bitch about Drudge, then he gives us this gem:

AL FRANKEN OVERSTAYS WELCOME AT TALK FEST

AIR AMERICA's Al Franken became “The Guest Who Wouldn’t Leave” after receiving an award at a talk-radio convention in New York over the weekend.

NY POST's John Mainelli reports Monday: The liberal talk-show host was finally forced off the stage -- amidst shouts from supporters and detractors -- after an acceptance speech became a nearly half-hour rant against Bill O’Reilly and the Iraq war.

“Al, hurry up,” said Michael Harrison, publisher of TALKERS mag, the convention sponsor.

It’s freedom of speech,” said Franken, referring to the Freedom of Speech Award he’d just been given by the magazine.

I realize he was (probably) joking, but had he been forced to leave the stage at this point, I'm sure Franken would have had one of his trademark tantrums and found a way to blame Karl Rove for not allowing him to exercise his constitutional right to bore the crap out of his audience.

“There are people walking out,” said Harrison. “We gave you the award and it’s time to leave.”

Everyone who wants to leave can leave,” said Franken, addressing hundreds of talk-show hosts and radio execs at a cocktail reception in a downtown hotel.

And people wonder why Air America is still struggling.

With that -- while some shouted “keep going, keep going” and “let him finish” -- the Air America star wound down his rant by talking about his visits with Iraq-war vets.

“The soldiers were so magnificent,” Franken said, appearing to suppress sobs.

ACK! Sorry, had to suppress a gag.

Maybe people were actually afraid to leave because they know that Franken has interpreted the first amendment to mean that he can tackle people whose speech he disapproves of.

Fellow Al Franken fans might want to check out frankenlies.com.

Yes, another crap post. Hey, I'm at work - what do you want from me?

[Posted by John from WuzzaDem.com]


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