Brian Maloney at The Radio Equalizer has the scoop on Al Franken’s painful performance at the Talkers Magazine radio hosts’ convention on Friday night. Maloney also points to this amusing account of the evening from the NY Post:
Al Franken became the guest who wouldn’t leave — at a talk-radio convention held in his honor.
The talk-show host (WLIB/1190 AM) was forced off the stage after his award-acceptance speech became a nearly half-hour rant against TV commentator Bill O’Reilly and the war in Iraq.
“Al, hurry up,” said Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, the convention sponsor.
“It’s freedom of speech,” replied Franken, referring to the Freedom of Speech Award he’d just been given by the magazine.
“It’s not freedom to kill everybody’s evening,” Harrison shot back.
Franken seems to have fared better in Minnesota on Saturday night, according to this report from Power Line’s Scott Johnson. Minnesota’s House DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor, i.e., Democratic) Caucus indulged him for a full 70 minutes. Hopefully, he got the daily affirmation he craves and won’t be pulling one of these acts again.