RADIO CALL — TAPES #698 THROUGH #700 EXCERPTS
Q: Mark Russell Bell
S: “Coast to Coast AM” radio show operator
I: Ian Punnett, host of “Coast to Coast AM”
J: John, caller from Goodland
S: spot announcers
M: Matt Drudge
G: George, caller from Colorado
C: commercial spokespersons
L: Lynn, “The Matt Drudge Show” screener
R: Ron, caller from Georgetown
K: Mike, caller from Pennsylvania
A: Ann, caller from Philadelphia
D: Doug, caller from Madison
B: Barry, caller from Florida
H: Andre, caller from Houston
S: Mark. Where are you calling from?
Q: From Los Angeles.
S: All right, Mark from Los Angeles. I think you’ve been on before, haven’t you?
S: Okay, you know the drill then. Just hang on and we’ll get you — (broadcast begins to be heard) . . . Our guest coming up next hour Dr. Elliott Katz will discuss the implications of human beings being merely the guardians for all animals; that we have no pet ownership, contrary to popular belief or perhaps even your own experience; that pets should be granted rights as animals equal to humans’. And therefore just make us their guardians coming up next hour. We’ll get to that. Open lines all across America. For the rest of this hour, you take us anywhere you want to go. You can pick up any of the topics we’ve started already, including ones that we mentioned earlier in the week on Art’s show or last week with me and — other than remembering that there are millions of people listening so be fun, entertaining and original. There is no such word as irregardless. Let’s pick it up with the first time caller line. . . . Let’s go to the wild card line, John in Goodland, Minnesota. Are you listening to AM 1500 KSTP The Talk Station, John?
J: Well Ian I’m a little bit farther north here but welcome to Minnesota when you come this week.
I: Thank you. I’m looking forward to it. And where are you going to take us?
J: To the seas, Ian. And maybe your guest if he when he comes on possibly might address the question (of) low frequency active sonar . . . deploy this here by the navy to search for UFOS or underwater submerged objects like enemy subs. I believe the coming holocaust within fifteen miles of, say, just one ship or maybe (“FI”) forty to fifty miles the hearing of sea mammals can be damaged or sensitive tissue around the ears and brain exploded. But (or “BUT”) within 300 nautical miles or an area the size of Texas it’s unsafe for even human divers. It can be disruptive of sea mammals’ breathing, eating and nursing, navigating and pushing even endangered species over the edge. What’s even worse, this year on March 20 Vice Admiral James Amerault before the Senate Armed Services Committee testified that low frequency active sonar is already employed by Russia and France and Britain in 2006. I believe what we need — coming up is going to be a world oceans acoustics treaty of some kind.
I: You know, you just sound well too informed to be the casual caller on this topic.
J: (small laugh)
I: So it sounds to me like you’re —
J: Well I’ve written — I’m a thousand miles from any ocean but no, it’s an issue that I mean — like, Ian —
I: But you’re linked with one of these groups, aren’t you?
J: I am not. I mean it's the Indians who say, you know, we’re everybody’s neighbors. Everybody’s a relative of ours. (“NO”)
I: I understand. But having information like that at your fingertips is a (“A”) — (you’re) going to make a marvelous contribution. I appreciate the heads up and I will try to make a point to mention — I can only imagine he will agree with you. I can’t imagine for a second that he’d take issue with that but we’ll see what he says coming up next hour. Let’s get to Mark in L.A. (BEEP) listening on — what are you listening to, Mark? (“I”) We’re carried on Sunday nights on KFI, aren’t we?
Q: It’s real late (on KOGO) so I listen on the Internet.
I: Ahh, glad to have you. And where are you going to take us? (“WELL”)
Q: By the way, in follow-up to that last call, I would say you’re either part of the solution or part of the problem. But I have an observation that leads into a question I’d be curious to see how you would answer. (“AND”) As opposed to maybe Barbara or Whitley or Art — with your divinity background. But as one of those who has experienced a spiritual awakening, it wasn’t really until then that I perceived (“SS”) how primitive society really is. Despite all the technological advances. I mean look what’s happening to the whales. There’s been a few divers found drowned off the coast, for that matter. But um (or “BUT UM”) I think it’s a very basic step to go from being preoccupied with taking and enriching one’s self (“IN”) then going to realizing that there is a Oneness of Spirit and thus true success is not concentrating on one’s own gains yet instead helping to make sure others share the same benefits. And, of course, that goes for wisdom as well as just monetary wealth.
I: Well (“AN”) it’s an interesting point. I mean (line disconnected so the following was recorded from the Internet archive edition of the show) — and I certainly am not going to disagree with the fact that we don’t always do a great job giving more than we take. I would say, however, that if you look at the great (“NO”) sort of story arc of history, we’re pretty good givers. But let’s pick that topic up some other time too. That might make an interesting show — just how primitive are we? We (or “WE”) think we aren’t but maybe we really are. I wonder if there’s an expert on that we could look for, for the future too. Where are you going to take us on open lines next on “Coast to Coast AM”? My name’s Ian Punnett.
. . . in the haze But every now and then I feel so insecure I know that I just need you like I never . . .
(bumper music is “Help” performed by The Beatles)
Q: (speaking into tape recorder) Well if I hadn’t been cut off so quickly, I think I would’ve made myself a little bit more clear. And that is, basically, to say that God is an unlimited source for gifts. (“YET”) Many realize that life affords opportunities to also be giving to God in return in ways suited to our individual circumstances. I’d be curious how you, Ian, perceive this predicament of having the opportunity to be giving to God or proving one’s love for God. Well I think I said that in a more subtle way and Ian, being so quick on the draw, I think he understood that. But, unfortunately, not everyone in the audience is as wise—or perhaps other adjectives apply—as these talkshow hosts (“SUN” or “SON”) in their position of ‘power.’
(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: I CALLED THE 800 NUMBER FOR CALLERS TO MATT DRUDGE’S NATIONAL RADIO PROGRAM ON MAY 20, 2001. I RECORDED MOST OF THIS TAPE #699 ON THE SLOWEST SPEED BECAUSE IT WAS MY LAST BLANK TAPE AND I WANTED TO MAKE CERTAIN THERE WAS ENOUGH ROOM FOR MY CALL.)
Q: (while on hold) Well I called Matt Drudge. The usual screener put me on hold. I want to follow-up about the topic of the news stories on his Web page. My tape recorder cuts out sometimes when the speaker unit becomes detached.
S: 77 WABC.
M: It is Drudge on Sunday night. (gives number twice) Here’s your chance (to be) heard nationwide tonight live and I just want to get into just for a second because I don’t know why no one picked this up as the weekend progressed. I was waiting. I saw this Friday night in the wires out of Financial Times — Paul O’Neal — and I know we’re reorganizing ourself but he, ladies and gentlemen, happens to be the U.S. Treasury Secretary. Top guy. He has laid out a vision of radical reform. Maybe we’re getting somewhere now. This isn’t an eleven cent tax cut coming in the year 2011. A sweeping revision of Social Security where he says able-bodied adults who have the ability to earn income have an obligation not to pass part of their own responsibility on to a broader population meaning they should forego the checks. That’s pretty bold. So all those able-bodied adults who have the ability to earn income have an obligation not to pass part of their own responsibility onto a broader population meaning don’t take the checks. So he said in this interview with the Financial Times — and it gets better. You know, this isn’t about, “Oh, is it going to be a 39% or a 36% or a 33% top level?” He is now raising the possibility of a complete — a complete vanish of all corporate income tax. Complete. Abolishing corporate tax would inevitably lead to higher personal income taxes but O’Neal believes such a move would reduce the overall tax burden in the most economic way. So this is controversial stuff. You’ve got the U.S. Treasury Secretary coming out there saying well I think . . . is coming soon. You’re not going to have any corporate income tax at all as we all rush to get incorporated. So we’ve still got the link over at the Drudge Report on this. This is some interview and I don’t know if Bush knows he’s even given this. . . . saying cut off all contact with the Chinese who by the way are reportedly about to send our spy plane back in crates. You know, swack, sealed with a kiss. Here’s your plane back in crates. So what do you think? Is this a plum or what is it? Or is O’Neal just shooting off at the mouth — laid out a vision for radical reform of the U.S. tax structure. I am finally — your Drudge is finally getting excited with this Bush crowd. I wasn’t out of the gate excited. I said, “Oh another Bush.” But here we go. Somebody now suggesting we abolish all corporate income tax and maybe you don’t need that Social Security check if you don’t need it. This is hot stuff, controversial stuff, I assure. If anybody cares. Line one, George in Colorado, you’re on the air with Drudge.
G: Yes. About the vandalism story on the White House. Apparently Bob Barr the baby killer had enough trust in the GSA to find the truth.
M: Have you ever killed any babies, sir?
G: Bob Barr did.
M: . . . Bob Barr the baby killer?
G: Bob Barr did.
G: You do — you don’t — you do agree with that, don’t you?
M: I don’t know if I agree with that. He never came out and said he did it.
G: He didn’t deny it. What I would like you to do is find (“WELL WE KNOW”) out how did this story generate anyway? This false story?
M: So you’re believing the government report?
G: Bob Barr the baby killer did. Or he — who he thought they would get the truth.
M: How did this story originate? There were Bush sources inside the White House who were telling reporters such as myself that my God we’ve got a mess in here.
G: Could we find names?
M: Oh okay you want some names, right? You want a dirty dress, right? You want your absolute proof? You want a DNA test? Grow up, sir.
G: By the way, Tony Snow just doesn’t need to post the ten commandments in public places, he needs to read them too.
M: Boy, you’re just a barrel of monkeys tonight. We’re off to a great start. It’s Drudge.
(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: BETWEEN COMMERCIALS FOR GYCO DIRECT, PRICELINE.COM, HAIRPRIME, ELIMINEX AND THE LAW FIRM OF WEITZ AND LUXENBERG, THE SCREENER CHECKED BACK WITH ME.)
L: You’re still hanging in there?
Q: Sure. I’m glad to wait.
L: Okay, great. Stay. (broadcast is again heard)
M: Matt Drudge on a Sunday night. (gives call-in number twice) On this night where I can report to you — and this is also a clarification of last week. Boy, I’m really hitting all fours. “Planet of the Apes” July 27, Twentieth Century-Fox, home of the beautiful ‘Moulin Rouge’ — about the rumored love scene between the human astronaut and the chimp — yeah, they were planning a sex scene. Did you hear that one? Between the astronaut — the human astronaut and the chimp. Eat your heart out, Cannes Film Festival, you may have the cannibal sex scene but we’ve got the sex chimp scene or do we? Director Burton now — Tim Burton, ‘Mr. Scissorhands,’ is now saying there is some sort of romance in the film between the human and the chimp but it’s not like it’s the actual animal penetration. This is a direct quote now. Getting ready for the summertime. “Yes, there is some sort of romance in the film but it’s not like you see any actual animal penetration. There’s no bestiality. Nothing like that.” Well this is between Marky Mark and Bonham Carter so safe to say we’re on our way there. Another $100 million film. Another $100 million film that has to—what?—make $400 million to break even? All right, so for the record I stand corrected. I went on last week and said what about this sex scene? Now they’re saying it’s not like you see actual animal penetration. Just thought you’d like to know. No bestiality. Nothing like that. Well we’ll see what Burton rips up this summer. (gives call-in number twice) Ron in Georgetown, line two, you’re on the air with Drudge.
R: Hey, Matt. Wrong.
M: Good evening.
R: The big picture is that this “Pearl Harbor” movie and all promotions of this and the patriot sovereignty of this country is instigated by Clinton’s operatives in Washington to put the American people who are already asleep — that our sovereignty is intact and that we are the strongest nation in the world. Conversely, communist Russia and China are the strongest and our sovereignty is dissolved. What do you think? . . .
M: What are you — what did you begin this statement saying? “Girl — ”
R: The big picture is — about this “Pearl Harbor.”
M: What is “Girl Harbor,” sir?
R: P — E — A —
M: Oh, “Pearl Harbor.”
R: “Pearl Harbor.” I said Pearl. P — E — A — R — L.
M: Got it. Yes. “Pearl Harbor.” Yes.
R: The big picture is “Pearl Harbor” — the movie and all the promotions of the sovereignty and patriotism of this country is instigated by Clinton’s operatives in Washington to put the American people who are already asleep — that our sovereignty is intact and that we are the strongest in the nation in the world. Conversely, Russia — communist Russia and China are the strongest and our sovereignty is dissolved. What do you think, Matt?
M: Thanks for the call. Are we having solar flares? Is it the solar flare? What in the world is happening out there tonight? Is it — what is happening to us? This is two back-to-back callers. Somebody out there preaching that Tony Snow needs to read the ten commandments and the baby killers and all this mess. And now this caller is screaming about Clinton and “Pearl Harbor”? We can’t even do a talk show anymore. What is happening to us? I mean we can go back to screen calls — heavily screen these calls out. Just thought it’d be nice to have an American sort of town hall. Everybody else screens. When’s the last time you heard a spontaneous anything on, let’s say, a show like “Larry King”? You ever heard anybody on that show even remotely sound spontaneous? They all sound so scripted. Well maybe we need to just do that. We’ll script you. Call up and we’ll give you the questions to ask. We’ll give you a little you know — we’ll flash you with the messages as what you must ask Drudge. What is happening? This guy is hooking “Pearl Harbor” to Clinton? Now this is low. I was kind of turned on that the Pentagon sailed the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis from San Diego to Pearl Harbor for the movie premiere. Yeah, the Pentagon. We’re at peace now so there’s nothing better to do with our ships than just leave them around for movie premieres. Repeating — the Pentagon sailed the USS John C. Stennis from San Diego to Pearl Harbor to hold the movie premiere on the flight deck. So don’t cry to me that we’re in too many places and there are too many things going on. We’ve got enough time to send aircraft carriers out to the movie premieres. And while I’m at it I’m reading some of the British press and they’re not being kind to “Pearl Harbor.” No wonder. You know, the Brits don’t like us anymore. They’re trashing all our pop culture. An audience at a pre-premiere preview offered scattered applause at the end. The Newsweek critic said that almost every line of the dialogue sounded like it came from an old movie. Critics torpedo “Pearl Harbor.” Now see I’m getting into “Pearl Harbor.” I’m looking forward to this one. I think it probably does actually work. I think it probably does make you proud to be an American and it gets back you to some basic values — as the Cannes Film Festival they’re watching cannibal sex and as Tim Burton is planning some love scene between ape and man. Alright, well maybe we need to get back to basics, Mr. Newsweek. But check this out, there’s always something to spoil it. Listen to this. This is the theme song from “Pearl Harbor.” This Faith Hill — just a sample, please.
. . . When I look back on these days I’ll look and see your face You were right there for me In my dreams I’ll always see you soar above the sky
M: And if that doesn’t make you wish you were bombed — what is that? See, in Hollywood now they can’t even make a proper theme song. Listen.
. . . I’ll keep a part of you with me
And everywhere I am, there you’ll be . . .
M: You know, bring back Maureen McGovern. Bring us back “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Towering Inferno.” Bring us back some theme music, guys. What is this? Shame on them — whoever did that one. That is a complete bomb. I don’t know about the movie. I don’t know about the Brits trashing our little “Pearl Harbor.” I don’t know about all that. I’m inclined to think it’s a pretty good film and it’s going to clean up on Memorial Day weekend. I’m inclined to think it’s probably the first hit that makes some sense unless you think “Mummy Returns” is . . . This theme song — this Faith Hill theme song of “Pearl Harbor” — what a mess. What a complete mess. What a disappointment. I was expecting something big. You know, maybe something sweet like a Diane Warren or something. Oh, that was Diane Warren? I’m all confused about it. Let’s go back to these phones. Line six, Chris in Columbus, you’re on the air with Drudge. Let’s try another one. Line three, Mike in Pennsylvania, you’re on the air with Drudge. Hello Mike.
K: Hey, Matt. How are you doing tonight?
M: You’re on the air. You follow Faith Hill. You’ve got a big act to follow.
K: Oh man, I don’t know if I can handle that.
K: Hey —
M: I feel sorry for the radio jocks who have to play that in heavy rotation because their boss told them to.
K: Oh God help them all. Hey, listen, I’ve got something to say. When are the American people going to wake up and realize that our government is selling us out to the UN? Slowly but surely, we are losing our land, our freedom to a globalization of the world. What do you think of that, Matt?
M: Well we’re on a roll. You fit right in with the line-up of calls tonight. So now it’s the UN coming after us tonight, sir? What have you lost to the UN tonight?
K: We’ve lost land. We have policies — environmental policies based on UN policies, sir. And I don’t know if you call it . . .
M: We’ve cut off their dues. Haven’t we cut off their dues?
K: No, we haven’t.
M: Well —
K: We haven’t cut off their dues yet. And I don’t think we ever will.
M: So let Ted Turner bail them out again. Let’s let these Richie Richs who think it’s such a great system — this United Nations, which is a phony, phony concept. What’s united about any of this?
K: Not a thing. But they’re trying.
M: We’ve all got different motivations. Ours happens to be freedom for the most part. Other countries aren’t so into that.
K: Right. Well I just know that Bush Sr. has talked about it before in speeches. He called it the New World Order. I haven’t heard Bush Jr. say anything but it wouldn’t surprise me if he . . .
M: Well they’re getting — Colin Powell has been out there and if you compare a Colin Powell speech to a Madeleine Albright speech and you flip the names around in the text, you couldn’t tell the difference. I’m very, very concerned about Colin Powell. Very concerned. I think he’s one of these globalists, sir. And I think he loves the trappings of his office. And very — I’m watching him closely. Going to see if brings his friend AOL in, where he sat on the board of directors, to remodel the State Department computers without contracting that project out. We’ll watch him.
K: Keep an eye out for —
M: Too much money in Washington.
K: Let us know, Matt.
M: Will do. Thanks for the call there, Columbus. So everybody’s got the conspiracy tonight. Everybody’s up. We’d make great Indians. You know, if we were in New Delhi tonight we’d all be saying there’s the Monkey Man outside of the room coming after us with those day-glow eyes. Yes, we would. The mass psychosis. I mean what happened to this country? I thought we were a country of individuals who stood firm. We got a caller in Georgetown putting Clinton behind “Pearl Harbor” film. This is absolute madness tonight but it’s just America so why don’t we just keep the lines open? Let’s keep this party going, get a good taste of it. In real time. A real good taste. There’s an Email coming in: “Monkey Man is so over, Drudge. Get on with other things. This obsession is really slowing you down.” Well come on. You got a whole — you got the nation’s — the world’s number two populace nation, India — the capital Delhi caught up in mass psychosis claiming to see a monkey creature outside their dwellings. Why isn’t that news? Why can’t you deal with that? But maybe it reminds us a little bit too much of ourselves. You don’t think it could happen here? You don’t think somebody could start that here? You don’t think the CIA could do a little experiment with that here? There would be many people who were gullible enough to follow it. On a side note, now the Indians think its the Pakistanis who have set these monkey men off or these rumors of Monkey Man or all this other stuff. And all weekend I’ve been running the photos of the victims all scraped up and bruised up and bitten up. These people just making it up? Are they doing it to themselves? What is the mystery behind a mad psychosis like this? Commotion? So I think it happens to be an interesting story. Here’s another one. Time magazine is out with a report that Reverend Al Sharpton plans to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. Jesse Jackson too bust changing diapers there is losing his position as the preeminent African American leader according to this report. . .
(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: AFTER READING FROM THE TIME STORY, MATT WENT TO JEAN IN ILLINOIS ON LINE FOUR WHOSE COMMENTS INCLUDED EXPRESSING CONFUSION ABOUT JANET RENO BECOMING A GOVERNOR CANDIDATE IN FLORIDA. COMMERCIALS FOLLOWED SO I TURNED THE TAPE RECORDER OFF. I TURNED ON THE TAPE RECORDER AGAIN WITH DRUDGE DISCUSSING A CANNES FILM FESTIVAL CONTROVERSY. HE THEN SPOKE TO RACHELLE IN PORTLAND, OREGON ON LINE ONE. HER QUESTION CONCERNED THE TRUE WORTH OF THE DOLLAR. I DECIDED TO TURN OFF THE TAPE RECORDER YET I TURNED IT BACK ON WHEN I HEARD FROM THE SCREENER AGAIN.)
L: Hi, Drudge Radio?
Q: Hi. Still here.
Q: Mark in L.A.
L: Is this Ed? Oh no, it’s Mark. I’m sorry. I pushed the wrong button. Okay, you can hold and we’re going into the news now.
L: Can you stay?
L: Okay, great.
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M: Matt Drudge Sunday night live. (gives call-in number) Here we go. Hour number two of this one on this late May evening, getting ready for the holiday, getting ready for the summer of our lives, the summer of love, getting ready for the summer where the lights go off in California and hopefully come back on. And it is yours truly, Matt Drudge, reporting now, coming off the wire from France, bouncing over the oceans in real time. And I am your number one Internet reporter. As a matter of fact, are there any other Internet reporters? Please stand up. I thought by now there would be some people making a name for themselves in a big way; not all these anonymous websites. These Democrats dot com, these media whores dot com. Who are these people? Show your face. I dare you. At least when we report stuff out here at the Drudge Report, we’ve got a face to it. And I’ll answer to anyone. But we’re reporting tonight that at some point—I guess this is going last Friday—Israel planned to stop Arafat by force from going to Cairo to that Arab summit where they announced in unity that they were going to cut off relations with Israel — all the Arabs. . . . and again repeating you’ve got the Israeli defense minister going on nationwide television late tonight saying they had plans to physically block Arafat from traveling to Cairo. Now wouldn’t that (have) been something? Did I tell you that two people fainted during a cannibal sex film in — at Cannes? Line two, Jim in Oakland, thanks for holding. You’re on the air with Drudge.
(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: JIM EXPRESSED OUTRAGE CONCERNING THE REPORT OF O’NEAL’S PLAN TO ELIMINATE CORPORATE INCOME TAX WITH DRUDGE REITERATING HIS EXCITEMENT WITH THE PLAN AND STATING “I’M ALL FOR IT.” MATT THEN WENT TO LINE FOUR TO HEAR ED IN LONG BEACH WHO QUIPPED, “FOR A WHILE I THOUGHT I WAS HOOKED UP WITH THE ART BELL SHOW.” HE SUGGESTED REDUCING ALL FEDERAL TAXES AND GRADUALLY REPLACING THEM WITH NATIONAL SALES TAX. DRUDGE RESPONDED, “YOU’RE TRACKING RIGHT WITH THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION.” A COMMERCIAL BREAK FOLLOWED. MATT THEN WENT TO LINE THREE AND SPOKE TO GARY IN CHARLESTON WHO ASKED HIM FOR HIS TAKE ON PROBLEMS WITH EDUCATION AND IF HE HAD ANY SOLUTIONS OR IDEAS OF MAKING IT BETTER. DRUDGE EXPRESSED PUZZLEMENT AT THE NATURE OF THIS CALL AND THEN THERE WAS ANOTHER COMMERCIAL BREAK. I TURNED OFF THE RECORDER AT THIS TIME AND TURNED IT BACK ON WHEN I HEARD THE SCREENER’S VOICE AGAIN, TELLING ME THAT THEY WERE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET TO MY CALL.)
L: . . . get to you.
Q: You’re not?
L: No. I’m sorry. Thank you though.
Q: Okay, I’ll send Matt — tell Matt I’ll send him an Email.
L: Okay, I’ll do that. Thank you.
Q: Okay, bye.
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Q: (speaking into tape recorder) (twenty?)-five more minutes to the hour. I guess he knows who I am.
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M: Matt Drudge Sunday night. (gives call-in number) And if the world is boring, I am boring and it surely isn’t tonight. Did you feel that Foot and Mouth was over, you thought it was finished — if you really even cared to begin with. Well I care. . . . a dynamic story — the panic of the Foot and Mouth. All part of that panic of ’01 that I’ve been talking about. It started on the very first business day of the year when the Nasdaq fell 7%. That kind of panic. It turned out to be quite a year. Foot and Mouth slaughter toll hits a new high. More animals are being culled than at the height of the Foot and Mouth epidemic, new figures revealed on Sunday. Slaughtermen killed 79,000 livestock on Thursday in the U.K., most of them showing no signs of the disease. That’s more than double, coming close to triple two months ago at the peak of the epidemic. Now there are many in the U.K. say the cull has become a mindless bloodbath, clearing out a vast swath of the countryside of all animals. The government’s attitude is that Foot & Mouth doesn’t exist anymore but farms are still being taken out at a horrendous rate, said one farmer. Meanwhile, Tony Blair’s men say it’s important (to) maintain the slaughter to avoid any (“NO”) resurgence, specially at election time. . . . how that story just sort of disappeared as the election heated up and now they’re just — you know, they’re spitting on each other and punching each other over in the U.K. and it’s getting them going. More people now interested — they were headed for a record low turnout in this U.K election. More people now interested because of that punch. After somebody through an egg at somebody and (“THE THEN”) one of the Labor top . . . there threw a punch. That got them going. And, no, we never did get that picture of Clinton being egged. Somebody — was it the Associate Press or Reuter’s? Somebody didn’t want that picture out there. We never did get that picture. But, you know, there was a picture once — and I’ll reveal this for the very first time because, you know, we’re far enough away from this where I’m not going to blow a source for telling you this. There was a picture of President Bill Clinton urinating on a golf course. I saw the picture myself. It’s quite a photo — with his member in hand urinating on the golf course. And one periodical — they ended up thinking they’re a family periodical — decided — they were in possession of it — decided not to run the picture. You talk about a picture that would’ve bloomed across the world. Imagine Dan Rather, haircut and all, announcing the picture? I was going to go with it on the Drudge Report. I was all set, licking my chops, some girl with the enter button ready to go. So I feel that about summed it up. It didn’t happen. So, you know, it’s these pictures that you don’t get that are the heartbreakers. (gives call-in number) Let’s get back to these busy lines tonight. Number two — Ann in Philly, you’re on the air with Drudge.
A: Hello. Do you have anything new on the missing intern from Washington?
M: I have been watching that so close and looking for any development. It’s a lot like the Blake mystery. They don’t — there are not many clues. They (or “THEY”) — This intern in Washington has just completely vanished.
A: Do you know much about the congressman —
M: . . . moral of the story is don’t send your kids to Washington.
A: Well of course.
M: (small laugh)
A: But do you know much about —
M: . . . the Bush administration. (“YEAH”)
A: How about the congressman? Do you know much about him?
M: The one from California.
M: No, I don’t. I don’t know much about him. I know there’s swirling intrigue around all of this. We’re watching it closely. She seems to have just vanished off the face of the Earth. Yes, another intrigue intern in Washington. I know the local stations have been playing it up but (“NO”) it’s the May sweeps down there in Washington so they’re really digging deep. But there doesn’t seem to be many clues.
A: Ahh. Well maybe you’ll come up with something.
M: We’re looking. It’s hard to do when there’s nothing — there’s no trail. I mean what are we going to do here with the Robert Blake thing? It’s another — it’s one of these other mysteries. And you’ve got a police telling the press to back off. And the press will be the ones to crack this. Don’t you remember the National Enquirer and the O.J. shoes?
A: Yeah but — you’re right.
M: Marcia Clarke and Darden — they could’ve dug for 5,500 years they could’ve found those shoes.
A: But there seems to be a little bit more on the Blake thing, don’t you think?
M: Ah well I’ve got my opinions on that Blake thing. Whenever you’ve got an attorney come out there even before the body is buried — even put the tag on the toe, you’ve got their smearing the woman. You have to wonder what is the — why — what is the upside of the smearing a woman so publicly, so viciously as this attorney — this Blake attorney? You have to wonder what was that about? Out of the — even before most of us heard about the murder, we were hearing about this woman and her reputation and her past has finally caught up with her. Oh? Very intriguing. If it comes in fact that somebody murdered her — somebody close — and I’m not going to mention names over these airways. I just got finished with one lawsuit successfully where the person who sued me ended up paying and I’m going to be kind out there and save somebody from writing a check this time.
A: Well, you know there’s another attorney that’s been doing the same thing to the woman and that’s — Rudy Giuliani’s attorney has been saying some pretty nasty things.
M: It’s smear the women month, I know. It’s smear the women month and especially if they’re dead. If you can get somebody dead, that’s the best time to smear them.
A: Of course. Well it was good talking to you.
M: Thank you. Thanks for the call there. Yes, we must stop sending our sons and our daughters to Washington as interns. That’s my view on education, sir, for the caller that called up last half hour. Line four, Doug in Madison, you’re on the air with Drudge.
D: . . . Regarding Paul O’Neal’s proposal to do away with all corporate income taxes, you know one theory is—it’s more than a theory—corporations simply don’t pay income taxes. It’s another cost of doing business and it’s passed on to the consumer like any other expense. Corporations may collect taxes for the government and do it more efficiently than the government does it . . . you know, the whole thing is a great concept —
M: But I love that — I feel the good thing about Bush is he’s brought people in who are thinking this way. You’ve got an O’Neal who is getting in to say we’ve got to rework this entire system. You’ve got as Ashcroft saying yes, we’ve got to fry the Russian spy if convicted. We’ve got to start killing people who are doing this degree of damage to this country again. Bravo. It’s about time we bring back everything so we’ve got these nominees who are at least doing this but then it’s perceived in the media — Judy Woodruff by the time she drinks her vinegar and puts on her white horror vampire makeup — and by the time they turn it through the house and then the senate, the 50/50 with Trent Lott who’s on the phone with Dick Morris who’s probably on the phone with Hillary and back again — and you don’t get anywhere.
D: Yeah. You’re so right. And the media supports them all.
M: Oh, the media loves the State. You ever see Tim Russert sit next to somebody in power? He shivers and shakes. They love the State. The Washington Post — they love the State. All of these organs of the main press —
M: — they’re counting on their big — you know, their big mergers to come so they’re not going to offend anybody on Capital Hill.
D: Yeah. Matt, I’m glad you’re here — on the air here in Madison.
N: Thank you, Doug. I appreciate it. Yes, I’ve said it before. If you just watch, again — if you’re ever up early and you see “Meet The Press,” watch how Tim Russert loves to be next to somebody in power, whether it be a leftie or a rightie. That’s it. It’s not that the media is liberal anymore and it’s not Howard Kurtz with his vast right-wing conspiracy in media either. It’s not neither. It’s suck up to power. That’s what it is. In a big, big way. And you had recently McCain under his breath saying, “Oh Murdoch and your direct TV deal — oh, this is pretty dangerous stuff and I’m going to be watching this closely.” Well where was McCain on the AOL/Time-Warner where everything is AOL/Time-Warner now? Everything. It’s an assembly line of Time-Warner products in our media and we don’t — there are no checks and balances on any of it, whether its the REM album or “A.I.” opening up — all of it debuting on the AOL screen. Click here. Click here. Download now free. And McCain doesn’t say anything on that. It’s like us — you know, with for(eign) — taking on little foreign governments but when it comes to China and Russia and the big stuff, we wimp out. They send our plane back in crates. Why don’t we go to line six, Barry in Florida, you’re on the air with Drudge. Hello, Barry.
B: Hello Matt.
M: You’re on the air.
B: How are you doing, bud?
B: Hey, listen. Better cover yourself on this one.
M: I’m covered.
B: Alright. There’s something wrong with this whole Reno thing down in Florida. (“I[T]”) It doesn’t make any sense. She’s not electable down here.
M: Well she seems to think she’s electable.
B: Well she does but the reality is the whole punch card system is gone so you can’t stuff ballots anymore. . . .
(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: AFTER THE FOLLOWING COMMERCIAL BREAK, THERE WAS ONLY A SHORT SECTION OF TAPE LEFT ON THE CASSETTE.)
M: Alright, let’s go to line two. Andre, Houston, you’re on the air with Drudge.
A: Hey, greetings from Houston.
M: Good evening.
A: Hey. I was just — I just got off the plane a little bit ago and I heard something about Al Sharpton running for President and it scared the hell out of me.
M: . . . Well he announced it. He’s announcing in Time magazine that he was sitting under a tree, I guess meditating, and he decided it’s time. It’s time for Al (end of tape)
(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: I DECIDED TO CALL IN TO KFI-AM 640 TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FINAL HOUR OF THE MATT DRUDGE RADIO SHOW HEARD IN THE WEST. WHILE ON HOLD, I RETRIEVED THE CASSETTE WITH SAMPLE EVP I HAD USED AT THE PSYCHIC FAIR AND USED THE BLANK SECOND SIDE TO RECORD THE BROADCAST. NEARING THE END OF THE HOUR, MY CALL WAS RECORDED ON THE SLOW SPEED AFTER PRECEDING CALLERS DISCUSSED CALIFORNIA’S ENERGY CRISIS ALONG WITH SUCH OTHER TOPICS AS ISRAEL; “PEARL HARBOR,” FILM SCRIPTWRITER-TURNING-DIRECTOR RANDAL WALLACE, AND THE FAITH HILL SONG FROM THE FILM; THE 18TH STREET GANG; MISS CLEO; THE BROADCAST NOT BEING AVAILABLE VIA THE INTERNET DUE TO AFTRA; THE MONKEY MAN IN CONNECTION WITH NIGERIAN PENIS PANIC, KEN RUSSELL’S “ALTERED STATES” AND TIM BURTON’S “PLANET OF THE APES”; AND SUMMER MOVIES. DRUDGE ALSO PLAYED AN EXCERPT OF ANOTHER RADIO SHOW WITH A SATIRICAL RELIGIOUS SUBJECT THAT HE DESCRIBED AS “MY FAVORITE PHIL HENDRIE.”)
M: . . . So, yes, Marky Mark will fall in love with the chimp Bonham Carter and, boy, she does look like a chimp. Especially after Brad Pitt knocked her up in “Fight Club.” She looked real jiffy. This Hollywood crowd — this is beautiful. This material is beautiful. It’s a gift. (gives call-in number) . . . here in Los Angeles county. Line three, Mark in Canoga Park (BEEP) . . . here with Drudge.
Q: Hi. The headline story/link about the cruelty done to the kitten at your website this week I felt was very important because it made me realize how —
M: Well slow down. Slow down.
Q: Okay. (or “OKAY”)
M: You’re talking about a link on my website about ‘Stubs’ the cat.
M: Right? I don’t know how many people in this audience — has any other host dared to bring up this topic?
Q: Exactly. It made me think that the media’s becoming too much of a commercial commodity to have the goal of educating people about even the most basic spiritual truths.
M: Right on. Right on. Well shall I — do I dare read this? I don’t know. Do I read this story?
Q: Well I would preface it by saying that every religious tradition upholds in one way or another that each living thing is an incarnation of God yet there are many who have no concept of this. (pause) Isn’t that — that’s a good preface.
M: I can’t find the story. I think we have vanished the story on the website. I’m going to look it up here because I had printed it out but I chickened out on the national show. It was about the cat that had been blown up with a torch or something and it started chewing itself up and we’re rescuing its stubs. There’s even an Internet site I’ve seen for Stubs the cat but I can’t find the copy. (“W[ELL IT] JUST SHOWS”) I appreciate the call. I’ll see if I can find it here it in my mess. (line disconnected)
(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: I BEGAN RECORDING FROM THE RADIO BROADCAST WITHOUT TIME TO ADJUST THE ANTENNA.)
M: See, this is what they’re worried about in Canoga Park tonight. A six-month-old kitten believed to have been set on fire with a blowtorch chewed off a burnt front leg and part of a hind leg out of pain. Cat’s name Stubs. It took eighteen days to capture the wild kitten so he could be treated. This is near Harbor Gateway. (He) has been on intravenous fluid, antibiotics and other medications. Woodland Hills. Stubs needs surgery on what remains of his leg. The medical could cost about $8,000. A home is being sought for Stubs. I’ll take in Stubs. A San Pedro woman who found Stubs said it took rescue groups and Animal Control eighteen days to trap the kitten in storage. “I honestly thought a pit bull nearby had gotten him but I looked at him and thought there was no way a dog could do that.” On the Net: stubsthecat.com. Finally the Internet put to a good use. “Kitten Chews Off One Leg.” See, there’s a story for Paul Moyer on Channel 4 — get those May numbers up. Do an expose on that. All these animal stories break my heart. All the foot and mouth — people laugh and they say, “Oh those Brits burning up all their cattle. They’re burning up all the little piglets . . .”
(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: HERE IS THE EMAIL I SENT DRUDGE FOLLOWING THE CALL.)
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