Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio.
During the second hour, Carmichael weighed in on Jeff Sessions’ Senate loss in Alabama and The New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss’ resignation.
Leahy: We are joined this morning as we often are on Wednesdays by our good friend, the original all-star panelist, and who’s been on the airwaves here in Nashville, Tennessee although not consecutively but for a least 35 years I think it is Crom.
Carmichael: Long time. Good morning.
Leahy: Long time. Good morning Crom. I just want to bring to your attention what happened yesterday in the Alabama Senate race. Tommy Tuberville won. Stomped Jeff Sessions.
Carmichael: Well, I was expecting that.
Leahy: You were expecting him to stomp Sessions.
Leahy: I was not. It was 61 percent with 100 percent precincts reporting. 61 percent and only 39 percent for Sessions. I thought Tuberville would win but I thought it would be in the single digits. 21 percent or a 22 percent victory.
Carmichael: Well, Jeff Sessions is the single person that made the Russia hoax mess possible. I would never have voted for Jeff Sessions. Never. I wouldn’t vote for a Democrat who would have done the same thing. But I probably would have stayed home. Here’s the thing. He doesn’t even understand what he did. So he capitulated without thinking because he decided that his personal honor…
Leahy: His personal honor.
Carmichael: His personal honor was at stake without thinking. It reminds me of a little bit of Mitt Romney marching with Black Lives Matter. Because he thought it was the right thing to do so he did it before he thought about what Black Lives Matter actually stands for.
Leahy: You mean the socialist Marxist agenda thereof?
Carmichael: Yes. So Sessions did what he did without thinking through the ramifications of what it would do to the country. He put himself truly above the interests of the country because he wanted to say I’m noble. And so I’m glad he lost.
Leahy: He got stomped.
Carmichael: I’m glad he lost. I don’t know if Tommy Tuberville will be a great senator. And if I were Joe Biden I would say that Tuberville will do a good job at calling balls and strikes having been a former football coach.
Leahy: (Laughs) That’s good Crom. You’re pretty good at this hour in the morning.
Carmichael: (Snickers) Thank you. Until Sessions did what he did to the country, I liked Sessions. But after he did that and then still made it clear he didn’t even understand what he did.
Leahy: The thing about that is that you really need to have self-knowledge. And Sessions probably should have realized that he was in a good spot in the Senate but he just didn’t have the skill set to be the attorney general. He made a big mistake.
Carmichael: He didn’t and still doesn’t understand that this is how Washington has become.
Leahy: Utterly vicious.
Carmichael: Now I’m not saying Republicans are completely pure but on the scale of viciousness one side clearly outweighs the other.
Leahy: By a huge margin. Huge margin.
Carmichael: It’s at least 90/10 if the total number of units is 100. And by the way that’s a big part of what’s going on in the entire country.
Leahy: Yes. Viciousness and hatred.
Carmichael: It goes even beyond that. It is inequality under the law. Inequality in even debate. It is truly my way or the highway. The highway is kind of like this lady at The New York Times.
Leahy: Oh, I want to talk about Bari Weiss.
Carmichael: That is just one of many examples. Another example is the couple in St. Louis.
Carmichael: So here they are defending their home and their lives.
Carmichael: Yes. They are doing that. The people who are attacking them are doing so illegally. And yet the actual authorities reverse it.
Leahy: Are citing with the illegal actions.
Leahy: And it is rumored that this couple who defended themselves in their own house with guns just brandishing them are about to be indicted.
Carmichael: Well that’s the rumor.
Leahy: That’s the rumor. And their guns have already been taken.
Carmichael: The guns have already been taken under the true pretext. But the people who were actually the criminals in the matter are getting off scot-free. And this reporter for The New York Times, she wasn’t even a reporter. What was her position?
Leahy: She was an editorial writer named Bari Weiss who graduated from Columbia University.
Carmichael: But her job was?
Leahy: Opinion columnist and editor.
Carmichael: So she wasn’t a writer per se, she was an editor whose job was to try to make sure that all sides were represented in the opinion section. Now that didn’t mean that she controlled the editorial position that the paper was taking. But the other writers in there, for example, Tom Cotton was invited to write an opinion piece and for that, some other people higher up got fired.
Leahy: Was forced to resign. Two people actually.
Carmichael: Was forced to resign. What’s the difference between fired and forced to resign. Maybe one is you get your pension and the other you don’t. In her case, she resigned because of what? What did she say?
Leahy: She was being bullied.
Carmichael: Because she’s being bullied. Now the Left claims that it is the right that is bullying. Well, there aren’t any conservative people at The New York Times bullying this lady. So The New York Times here has a bullying problem and they don’t care. And nobody else on the left cares.
Leahy: She’s self identifies as left of center.
Leahy: And she is a woman.
Leahy: She also publicly says she’s bi-sexual. So she fits in that group as well.
Carmichael: I didn’t know that part.
Leahy: I didn’t know that until I started researching her. The point is that she’s in a group that has been bullied many times.
Carmichael: Here’s the key point. She is trying to be reasonable.
Leahy: She’s trying, yes.
Carmichael: That’s the box that if you check the box that I’m going to try to be reasonable. I don’t care what other boxes you check, you are gone. And that’s what I’m talking about here. This is incredibly dangerous for the country because it is now everywhere in the Democrat Party. It just is. You have the governor of Minnesota and the mayor who said let them burn the buildings. Let them do whatever it is that they want to do. And now he goes to the federal government and asks for money to rebuild.
Leahy: From my bad decision that caused it.
Carmichael: It’s like giving a drug addict the cash to buy drugs from the dealer that is literally standing next to that person.
Leahy: Here’s a little bit of what Bari Weiss who is in her late 30s and a graduate of Columbia University School of Journalism and is also a self-identified left of center. Left of center.
Carmichael: Well, you can’t be in that position if you are not. But she is.
Leahy: “Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery,” she wrote. She also wrote that she was bullied by colleagues in an illiberal environment. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences and intellectual curiosity is the liability at The New York Times.
Carmichael: Yes. But this is not a one-off. And I want to discuss this more because we can give issue after issue after issue where reason, logic, and the facts have disappeared. I’m sure that the people who are going to write stories about Trump’s speech wrote it before the speech.
Leahy: Absolutely. Here’s the good news Crom. Reason, logic, and the facts are brought to the floor here every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by Crom Carmichael building the edifice of logic.
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