By Tim Graham | February 4, 2016 | 7:03 PM EST

One of the perks of having a weekend show on CNN is the ability to recycle your lamest talking points on – look no further than Michael Smerconish. Back in 2010, he complained mightily that moderates couldn’t find a spot in the national conversation, that politics is based on the political extremes of talk radio. 

Now in 2016, he's repeating his point, and insisting that conservative hosts really would like to see Hillary Clinton elected, since that would be great grist for their radio shows.

By Jack Coleman | January 26, 2016 | 6:51 PM EST

When in doubt, blame Reagan -- all-purpose ethos of liberal radio host Thom Hartmann.

Anyone listening to Hartmann's program, among the most popular in that increasingly desolate landscape known as liberal radio, won't wait long before he slams Ronald Reagan for all manner of economic sin.

By Jack Coleman | January 26, 2016 | 1:39 PM EST

Liberals continue their strenuous efforts to banish the term "illegal immigrant," despite its obvious utility in describing the unlawful, extended presence of a foreigner in a country not his or her own.

A recent example of this came during a conversation between radio host Alan Colmes and a caller to his show on Jan. 19 with the caller initially referring to the arrest of Sarah Palin's son after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend. 

By Jack Coleman | January 20, 2016 | 1:04 PM EST

After bellowing on demand for several years at MSNBC, America's version of the Russia Today television network, Ed Schultz starts work at the actual RT next week. 

But following his fair and balanced commentary about Donald Trump on last night's Alan Colmes radio show, Schultz might just as easily fit in at Fox News.

By Jack Coleman | January 10, 2016 | 7:20 PM EST

On the plus side, libtalker Thom Hartmann gave a shout-out for a provocative post written by MRCTV blog editor Craig Bannister.

On the down side, Bannister's subtle sarcasm was apparently too nuanced for Hartmann to comprehend -- and liberals love chortling about how only they understand nuance and conservatives aren't evolved enough to keep up.

By Jack Coleman | January 6, 2016 | 4:36 AM EST

First week of the new year and typically perceptive analysis from Rush Limbaugh about a new survey on anger that's all the rage in media.

The polling, commissioned by Esquire magazine and NBC News and conducted by SurveyMonkey, resulted in a slew of headlines about whites and Republicans as the angriest of Americans.

By Jack Coleman | January 5, 2016 | 3:31 PM EST

Bill Press is perhaps best known as one of the early hosts of the influential cable show Crossfire, but he's also a longtime radio talker and columnist for The Hill politics website.

In his most recent column, misleadingly headlined "Shining a Spotlight on media," Press joins a chorus of praise for the movie Spotlight that chronicles the efforts of a Boston Globe reporting team to uncover the sexual abuse scandal that enveloped the Catholic church in the early 2000s.

By Jack Coleman | December 25, 2015 | 6:52 PM EST

As Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) gradually fades among liberals after its decade-long stint atop their stack of pathologies, a newly diagnosed condition known as Completely Unhinged over Citizens United (CUCU)  is supplanting it.

Even though BDS is unlikely to wholly depart from the liberal psyche, which appears to draw sustenance from its presence despite the obvious toll on left-wingers' health, eruptions of the new malady still occur with alarming frequency. 

By Jack Coleman | December 18, 2015 | 6:32 PM EST

If Donald Trump or Ted Cruz are elected president, we're all going to die. So suggests liberal radio host Thom Hartmann in a premise notably unhinged even for a liberal radio host. Don't claim you were never warned.

Hartmann, among the most influential voices on the left through his books, radio show and YouTube channel, demonstrated little reluctance in violating Godwin's Law -- he who invokes the Nazis first in an argument, loses -- during his radio show Dec. 14.

By Jack Coleman | December 9, 2015 | 8:59 PM EST

If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes, longtime Hartford resident Mark Twain once remarked.

If you're skeptical of what a liberal is saying about guns, wait even less time for your doubts to be confirmed.

By Jack Coleman | December 6, 2015 | 8:34 PM EST

You're Definitely A Liberal When ... Assertion #7,546 -- You claim with a straight face that taxpayer-funded food stamps are wondrously stimulative for the economy. 

It's been so long since this one crossed my path that I'd begun to believe it was too delusional even for the left. 

But sure enough there it was, making its inevitable reappeance on Thom Hartmann's radio show last week. Perhaps it had something to do with the onset of the holiday season. While many if not most liberals no longer believe in Santa Claus, here's one who still believes in Santa Claus economics.


By Jack Coleman | November 28, 2015 | 9:49 PM EST

Ed Schultz should stick with his shtick as perpetually irritated working-class hero rather than ridicule others for their alleged ignorance of American history while at the same time displaying his flimsy grasp of it.

Since ending his radio show last year and getting shown the door at MSNBC in July, Schultz has taken to venting in a daily podcast he calls "Ed Schultz News and Commentary" that is accessible through YouTube and his website.