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03/16/2009

Audio: Great moments in religious right broadcasting

by Jeremy Hooper

We give Matt Barber and Mat Staver's "Liberty Live" radio show lots of grief. When callers suggest that they are going to take gays out in the woods and do unknown things to them, we question the show's listenership. When Matt/Mat take on matters like Prop 8, we point out their fallacies. When Staver presents Westboro Baptist as if they are merely "traditional family values" conservatives, we become shocked that he would willingly connect such dots. And when they bring on guests like Tim Wildmon, Peter LaBarbera, Tony Perkins, and Jerry Falwell Jr. for chats, we wait for the new and nuanced ways that the conservatives boys club will say "we don't care for gay people" without actually saying it, and then we eagerly highlight some of the more egregious moments. Fans of the show, we are certainly not.

But ya know, we have to give credit where credit is due. On Friday afternoon, the show aired what may be the best, most productive one and a half minutes of far-right radio that we've ever heard. Listen in:

(guest is CWA president Wendy Wright)

*Audio source: Liberty Live -3/13 [AFR]

Easy target? Sure. But considering they paint our whole life as a technical difficulty, we have zero problem guffawing at theirs.

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Your thoughts

I must say the Michael/Michelle bit was pretty funny.

Posted by: Jenn | Mar 16, 2009 6:05:14 PM

The whole thing is a Schadenfreudastic comedy of errors.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 16, 2009 6:13:01 PM

That was absolutely priceless.

Posted by: Dale | Mar 16, 2009 6:35:44 PM

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