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Born_a_Democrat Donating Member (329 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 08:28 PM
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Poll question: Has Phil Hendrie become a right wing nut?
Edited on Sun Sep-14-03 08:47 PM by Born_a_Democrat
For those of you that have been listening to Phil for a long time you probabbly remember that he has always been left of center but frankly ever since 9/11 it has seemed that he has gone off the (right side) of the deep end...

I stopped listening when he endorsed the IRAQ war and went as far as to say that we needed "to get Saddam out of there"...

He then blasted one of his callers that said that he had turned on them (proving that he has indeed turned on them) and just tonight I thought I would listen in and see if I was wrong and I hear him talking about how right to privacy is no reason to repeal the powers that the government has now to spy on us...His argument was that no one that has a computer has privacy since it is so easy to get our personal info from an internet connection.

Be that as it may I think we need to ensure privacy even more now...

So tell me...have I gone nuts or is Phil Hendrie now a right wing nut?

EDIT: Sorry guys didn't use a link...Even going here you won't know a lot about him if you haven't listened to him but he uses different voice characterizations to imitate guests on a radio show
www.philhendrieshow.com

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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Prodemsouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 08:37 PM
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1. Who is phil hendrie?
n/t-take it he has a radio show, but what kind-talk, he takes caller I guess.
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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 10:25 PM
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11. He's on after Tom Leykis in Seattle.
I'm not that familiar with him but what little I did hear was so pro-Iraq war I genererally turn off the radio when he comes on.
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Prodemsouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 08:42 PM
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2. i guess we won't find out,
Edited on Sun Sep-14-03 08:44 PM by Prodemsouth
n/t
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 08:54 PM
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3. Okay, okay.
I was hoping to let this thread putter out but...

Hendrie is a radio talk show host here in Los Angeles, but I guess by now he's quite broadly syndicated. I stopped listening to him after his debut evening, but then again, I don't happen to enjoy in-yer-face talk show stuff. That's just a personal opinion. His schtick is to fake calls from guests who are deliberately off-the-wall and as provocative, nonsensiccal, offensive, neanderthal, or fool-hardy as they come, merely for the sake of stirring things up. No other reason. But JEEZ everybody's trying to do that. It's exhausting and I just don't get into it. He does have many rabid followers who think he's an absolute genius, and he was recently voted one of the top ten on-air personalities in L.A. on the website larp.com - which stands for Los Angeles Radio People.

There are people who are addicted to him and think he's outrageous and funny and brilliant and quick-on-the-uptake. I find the whole schtick tiresome and pointless. But then again, in-yer-face solely for the purpose of being in-yer-face is something that makes me roll my eyeballs to the back of the planet. He's kind of like a mean-spirited radio Madonna. But then again, there are many people who wouldn't miss him for the fools he makes out of his listeners, and some of them are prominent in show business. If he weren't considered "hot," he wouldn't be syndicated. He has a big following of loyal listeners. I'd rather do something else. Like give a pill to my cat.

That said, I've also read that his stuff, politically, is schtick and that he's personally quite the liberal. This is what I've heard. I can't attest to this as a fact because I don't know that much about him and don't care to listen to find out. Rush Limbaugh, too, often hides behind "I'm an entertainer!" as a way to pawn off the way he brainwashes people on the right. Lots of people try to excuse their schtick by saying it's just entertainment. I'm not even saying Hendrie is a right wing nutcase like Limbaugh, but I've never cared for those who bail out of the responsibility for the content of their mass-media connection to people by excusing it as "just entertainment."

Hope that answers your question.
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Born_a_Democrat Donating Member (329 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 08:56 PM
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4. Phil Hendrie is:
A Radio Talk show host that has voice talents...he uses different voices to imitate guests on his show. The guests usually have outrageous positions on current issues and then unsuspecting listeners call in and argue with the guest (Phil) while Phil, as the host, agrees with the caller....

You have to listen at least once to get it but it use to be very funny.

One such "guest" use to be :

Larry Grover, chairman of the conservatives of kern county

(a made up guest of course)

On one such occasion:

Instead of blaming the republican-backed deregulation of the utilities, larry thinks the increases are all due to erin brochovich taking pg&e to court, winning $300 million for people who were hurt by pg&e and getting $2 million herself, which larry is sure that she spent on breast enhancement.


Of course this gets people to call in and he made Republicans look like ASSES...but recently he's stopped that and is all right wing and shit...anyway...that's a little about Phil Hendrie...just so you'll know who I'm talking about
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Prodemsouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 09:08 PM
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5. Thank you.
If he is syndicated and runs on talk radio stations it makes sense why I never heard of him.
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jsw_81 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 04:13 AM
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6. I don't know about his politics...
...but his show about the guy who wanted to ban outdoor food consumption was absolutely hilarious.
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alphafemale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 04:26 AM
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7. Phil's still being Phil. Tearing down curtains. Right wing radio exposed
Sounds as if he was play-acting.
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einsteins stein Donating Member (398 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 04:37 AM
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8. Hendrie Is Insane!
Edited on Mon Sep-15-03 04:40 AM by einsteins stein
but, I mean that in a good way.

Whatever your politics, he's bound to offend you at some point.

I heard one episode where he pretended to be a religious nut, selling plastic icons of the balcony at the moment MLK Jr. was assasinated, claiming that if we didn't worship an image of King (which we could buy from him for $20), King's spirit would grow angry, and cause an earthquake to kill off the unbelievers.

It was awful. People called in, defending MLK, not knowing the guest religious nut was the actually host disguising his voice. They said terrible things on the air about this character, and the character said terrible things about the callers.

I'm not sure if any of it was funny, but it certainly made a point about religious hucksters saying insane things and being taken seriously, and about how people will simply believe something just because they heard it on the radio.

It was offensive, embarrasing, and a bit cruel, but one of the most thought provoking hours I have ever run into on radio.
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Democat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 04:52 AM
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9. He's on AM radio
Does that answer your question? :)
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Isome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 05:40 AM
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10. He used to be on a Miami station.
Phil's show was right before the mean queen Neil Rodgers. It was quite a contrast.

He had some really funny days, but other days were very "ho hum". If he's acting like a rabid right winger, my first instinct would be to think he's doing another bit. Unfortunately, nationalism is like a disease that lays dormant in some people until the right set of circumstances triggers it. One never knows for sure.
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