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riverdeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 03:58 PM
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Laura Ingraham-behind the scenes and uncensored!
Somehow Harry Shearer got audio of Laura Ingraham behind the scenes of her radio show (I'm guessing someone on her show hates her), off-air conversations with and about her guest, one Dr. Diane Sollee, some family counselor. He played it on his marvelous, off-beat radio show, 'Le Show', airing on NPR and other stations.

Listen to her ridicule her guest because she had the nerve to tell her she has never heard the great Laura Ingraham Show. It's really harrowing, and gives some wonderful insight into how the conservative mind works, i.e. destroy your enemies.

Here is a link to Harry's March 2nd show. The action starts at 28:44 and ends at 34:20.

Take a listen to his other shows, they're all good.

Here is the piece excerpted.

And the target of Ms. Ingraham's scorn, Diane Sollee's site.

And, for those of you who can't get to these links, here is a transcript. Enjoy!


Harry Shearer: Uh, from the Found Objects Department...the, uh, the word to the wise is here,

don't tick off a conservative talk radio host by admitting that you haven't heard her show.

This is from the Laura Ingraham show, both on AND off the air.

(Off air)

Radio Staff: You're on with the guest.

Dr. Diane Sollee: Hi there.

Laura Ingraham: It's Laura, I just wanted to say hi off air before we came back.

Dr: Well, thanks for having me, I'm really happy to be on.

LI: Great, well we're gonna open it up to calls so you can be, uh...

Dr: Oh, I didn't know that...

LI: Dr. Diane for a, for a, uh...

Dr: No one, no one told me about the calls.

LI: Well, we're going to, uh, is that okay?

Dr: Yeah, I'm so sorry I've never listened to your show, but I've never listened to any show, so.

LI: Really? Well, here's a word to the wise-before you're going on a show with five million listeners, go online and listen to it.

Dr: Well...

LI: Do some homework.

Dr: ...I know, I know. But don't lecture me, 'cause I was up to three working two nights in a row so I don't have a second. I would've, I wanted to.

Staff: One minute.

LI: Okay, well uh, I'll try to forget that you've haven't heard our show. I usually would hang up on people who haven't heard the show, but...

Dr: Well, I haven't heard, I've never heard anyone. I have never heard a radio show.

LI: How do you, how do've never heard a radio show? How are you, how are you on the culture? You gotta listen to radio, you can't, you can't-

Dr: Well, obviously it's not true. I mean, I don't know when people listen, I'm never in a car and I work 24/7. I mean, literally.

Staff: Thirty seconds.

LI: That's the way to endear yourself to hosts, tell 'em you never listen to the show. Here we come.

(on air)

LI: So Diane is a very successful marriage and family therapist, and it turns out that, guess what, marriage is good for your health and divorce isn't. And Diane joins us now. Diane, how are you?

Dr: I'm fine. And you're annoyed because I told you that I didn't listen to your show, and I said I haven't listened to ANY radio show.

LI: Yeah, I actually, I, well, to be, since you want to bring up something that happened during the break, let's bring it up. Because I asked you, I said, have you, have you listened to the show? And yes, it's a pretty big radio show. It's not, it's not the biggest thing on
the earth, and who cares if you don't. But, I was, I WAS surprised that when you're in the business that YOU'RE in, where it's about values and connecting with people, that-and it's just interesting-you just have never listened to ANY talk radio in your entire life EVER, right?

Dr: I may have fifteen years ago before I started this thing I'm doing. But, I, I work 24/7, literally. You know, I worked last night 'till three o'clock, and the night before until three o'clock and I get up and I start working again. And I don't, I don't commute, I'm not in a car-

LI: You can have a radio, right? You don't need to commute, you put on the kitchen.

Dr: I don't turn on music, I don't turn on talk radio, I'm sorry. You know, I, I, and I thought I should be honest with you -I haven't- I haven't heard your show. I didn't realize there was call-in, even. No one told me that. Which I don't mind, I look forward to-

LI: Let'

Dr: I know about talk radio, I think it's incredibly (overtalk by Laura)

LI: Well, you're a, but you're a professional, you're a professional, and you're head of this big, ah, interesting, and I think a vibrant group and that's why we wanted to have you on. I'm just, I'm always interested that people, who, you know, want to get the word out about
your group, I mean, just, just a little research on, you know, with whom you're talking and to whom you're talking.

We're going to take a break. When we come back, more questions for our guest, Diane Sollee. She's the founder and director of Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education. You can go to for more information. We'll get to all your calls. Be patient, be brief. Stay with us.

(off air, talking to her radio staff)

LI: If you are supposedly tapped into the culture, what's happening, you've never listened to talk radio-you're completely out to lunch. I mean, she's out to lunch. Idiot. By the way-

Staff: An author.

LI: -really stupid for her, to, uh, open that door. Screw off, she revealed that, and so I'm going to friggin' destroy her. What else can you find out about her? This is, uh, I didn't really get any, this information about what kind of a person she is. So what else do we know about this woman?

Marriage and family therapist, let's find out more about her.

Staff: She's been in this-

LI: I don't care how long she's in it. She's a friggin' IDIOT.

Look at her...okay, I just saw a picture of her.

Staff: Two(?) minutes.


LI: This big liberal. She's a big liberal, I can tell.

Staff: Big, stinky, long-haired liberal?

LI: She's a...okay. She did something with Heritage, Tom, so can't be all bad. (imitating the good doctor) "You're just mad I don't listen to talk radio." Yeah, no, I just don't think you do your homework, sweetheart.

Oh, she quotes Maya Angelou!! Maya Angelou's on the front of the website! Oh my God! Oh, get out. (gibberish) What a, what's her, what's, she hasn't given one piece of common sense information.

First of all, don't PISS OFF one of the biggest talk show hosts in the United States...

Staff: One minute.

(on air)

LI: We LOVE Maya Angelou on the Laura Ingraham Show. We love, I love, if you'd listened, you'd know how much I love Maya Angelou.

Dr: Well, I wish you didn't, I wish you'd just realize, you know, that, this is a, a full time revolution.

LI: You're busy, you're busy.

Diane, I really appreciate it, thanks so much.

Dr: Thank you, bye bye.

LI: Alright, stay with us on the Laura Ingraham Show, we'll close it out.

(off air, to staff)

LI: Ah, was she annoying?

Staff: She's ridiculous.

LI: "Oh, if you'd listen to the show, you'd know how much I LOVE Maya Angelou." She didn't even know what I was talking about, I totally goofed on her.

Staff: Yeah, mean-meanwhile, the listeners are...

LI: You guys, when she said she'd never listened to radio, I just couldn't hold it back, I was so livid.

DON'T COME ON MY SHOW if you've never even bothered to even listen to it online. I just would never go a show that I've never heard before, unless it was like a local, you know, radio show that I had to do a book tour for.

Staff: Never.

LI: What's odd is that, this Diana, Diane Sollee is pretty conservative, but she's, she's just a dummy on how to push her stuff.

I love that, "You're just mad that you said, I said..." Well, big mistake, sweetheart.

What a nightmare! Alright, good job you guys. Good job.

Harry Shearer: Yeah, good job at recovering from the, uh, SLIGHT, Laura. Laura Ingraham, ladies and gentlemen, from the Found Objects Department.
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 04:04 PM
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1. Oh Boy. Mixed Feelings
Edited on Thu Mar-13-08 04:05 PM by Crisco
What Harry did is a total violation among radio professionals. OTOH, I don't know that I'd call LI a pro.

As for LI & her guest? What do you expect when you have two conservative women with really huge egos who start a conversation by offending each other?
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riverdeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 04:54 PM
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7. I guess it's revenge of the producers.
It's been going on for some time.
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 04:07 PM
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2. I have read that Ingraham woman's name here before...
but I never knew she was on the radio.

But then, I rarely listen to the radio either.

I hear enough of it in cars driving by on the street.
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 04:15 PM
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3. and I guess Maya Angelo is the devil too -- according to Ms. Priss Laura
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 04:29 PM
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4. Yip, that conversion to Catholicism really improved her spirituality. n/t
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 04:33 PM
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5. I used to work at a AM/FM/TV station.
A few (& only a few)on-air personalities had big egos. They didn't like it when I refused to polish their 'Brass Stars'. There wasn't a whole lot they could do, as I was in engineering and they needed me worse than I them.
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shain from kane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 04:47 PM
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6. Has anyone ever heard Casey Kasem's rant?
Edited on Thu Mar-13-08 04:50 PM by shain from kane
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riverdeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 05:03 PM
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8. Oh yeah, that's a classic.
Here's a link to many more classic rants. Howard Cossell's got a train to catch. Lee Elia, manager of the Cubs during the eighties going off and insulting Cubs fans (and obviously got paid by the f-word). Paul Anka really has something against tee-shirts. Jack Palance doing his best diva.
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 05:13 PM
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9. "First of all, don't PISS OFF one of the biggest talk show hosts in the United States"
You know what wins her all those fans? It's her charm.
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riverdeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 09:32 PM
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10. A last kick for the night crowd. n/t
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