Talking the talk: the story of an influential conservative radio personality, against the backdrop of a presidential race

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Michael Smerconish hosts a daily program on SiriusXM Radio and a weekly show on CNN. Smerconish talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about his new novel, "Talk" - the story of an influential conservative radio personality, against the backdrop of a presidential race. The novel is distributed by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS.

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This is funny. The guy writes a book of fiction and they treat it as though it not. Of course when he was on air he believed everything he said, but not the other guys.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

A life of fiction portrayed on the radio. Thinks of himself as a self reliant Libertarian Tea Party member but lives the life of a divorced near homeless Social Security dependent moocher. A regular Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde persona.

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Uh I'm not homeless, nor am I on SS until I retire. I am divorced however so you got part of right this time. Trying to figure out how this ties into a work of fiction written by another radio host.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

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Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

I think I'll put that one on my reading list.

I came to this conclusion long ago, after reading Rush's first biography, and after observing Rush on the old Phil Donahue talk show. It was so obvious that Rush would say almost anything to get more listeners! And he doesn't care if those listeners love him or hate him. It's Show Biz!
Using a much different theme, Rush is exactly like Howard Stern. When Stern's former station manager, who hated everything Stern did on the radio, wanted to fire Stern, he couldn't because Stern attracted listeners, and that translated into higher ad revenues for the radio station. "Who listens to him [Stern]?"
"Well about half of the listeners love him and about half of the listeners hate him."
"Why do those who love him listen to him?"
"Because they never know what he's going to say or do next."
"Why do those who hate Stern listen to him?"
"Because they never know what he's going to say or do next."
It's Show Biz! It's entertainment. It's all about producing revenue for the station(s).
For the record, I find Smerconish to be an unapologetic hypocrite. At least he could admit that he did it all for ratings. To me, this book is just another way to enrich Michael Smerconish! "Oh, NOW I'll write a tell-all 'fictional' book about an allegedly right-wing talk show host who doesn't really believe in half of what he says. It's not really me. It's based upon many of my experiences, but, unlike this "fictional" character, I was always faithful to my true beliefs."
RRIIGGHHTT!!

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