Awakened Monday morning by the clock radio, the alarm mistakenly set for 2:45am, I was entertained by a program on Mark Kinsley’s beloved KZRG called, “Coast To Coast AM with George Noory
,” apparently broadcast each night from Midnight to 5:00am.
Part of the program involved a host, who was quite serious, taking calls from people with various accounts of strange powers or strange experiences. Like Julie in Oshkosh, who reported that the ringing in her ears correlated with various earthquakes around the world. Or Jacqueline, who described her abduction, in which she was taken into the sky, and her belief that the government was tracking her via microchips placed strategically in credit cards she receives in the mail. The host, helpfully, reminded her that they could just as easily be planted in her body, and he also advised her to get a body scan. “Maybe, I will get one next week,
” she said.
And there was Linda in Chicago, who speculated that the latest swine flu virus may have been engineered by the government, as a weapon. The host, in a rare moment of rationality, assured her that, as of yet, there wasn’t enough evidence to believe the government was involved.
Another part of the program featured a couple, Cathy O’Brien and Mark Phillips, whose story is, well, miraculous. It seems Ms. O’Brien, an alleged victim of the CIA’s MK-ULTRA research program, was “covertly rescued from her mind control enslavement by Intelligence insider Mark Phillips.” While it would take too long to go into the intricate details, here is a summary of the things the couple have alleged happened to Ms. O’Brien, some mentioned on the show on Monday:
O’Brien alleges that she was abducted by the CIA as a child and forced to participate in a mind control program named Project Monarch, which is said to be a subsection of MKULTRA and Project ARTICHOKE.
O’Brien claims that, as part of Monarch, she was forced to serve as “a top-level intelligence agent and White House sex slave” for (among others) Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter with West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd working as her handler for the latter part of her time in the program. She states that she remained in the program until 1988 when she was rescued by Mark Phillips, who she claims is a former CIA operative.
O’Brien alleges that her daughter Kelly (born 1980), currently a ward of the state of Tennessee, is also a victim of Monarch.
Of O’Brien, religion scholar Matthias Gardell writes:
O’Brien claims to have been abused since she was a toddler. Forced to partake in satanic sadomasochistic child pornography movies produced for Gerald Ford, she was eventually sold to the CIA, which was looking for traumatized children for their mind-control program … U.S. Presidents Ford, [and many other world leaders] all sexually brutalized her. She recounts in graphic detail how the elder George Bush raped her thirteen year old daughter and how she was forced to have oral sex with Illuminati witch Hillary Clinton … While being sodomized, whipped, bound and raped, O’Brien overheard the globalist elite planning a military coup in the United States and conspiring to usher in the satanic New World Order.
On websites, O’Brien claims she was rescued in 1988, which suggests that her daughter Kelly was no more than eight years old when last abused. Phillips stated in a Granada Forum lecture in 1996 that Kelly was in fact institutionalized when she was eight and has been raised in a mental institution.
Now, while I thought it strange and perplexing that any radio station that calls itself “News Talk, Radio You Can Depend On” would resort to such tacky overnight programming, I soon figured it all out.
On the “Links of Interest” page on the KZRG website, there are, understandably, links to local Republican representatives, who, after all, dominate our politics. But there is a link to the Missouri Republican Party and no such link to the Missouri Democratic Party. Further, the last time I checked, we had a Democratic Governor, whose website might perhaps qualify as a “link of interest.” But Gov. Nixon enjoys no such connection to the Joplin conspiracy-believing public.
So, I surmised that only Republicans—currently bewildered by their lack of political power—would be interested in conspiracies in order to understand and explain their electoral crisis. And to offer such paranoid Republicans some spiritual support, KZRG offers on Sundays from 8am to 11am a talk show hosted by perhaps the most famous Republican of all, Jesus Christ.
And then I realized the KZRG’s attempt to cater to the conspiracist crowd wasn’t just limited to overnight programming. I remembered that the story of the CIA-controlled, White House sex-slave, Cathy O’Brien, was told and presented as truth on the same station that carries Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
Voila! Of course! It wasn’t so strange that KZRG would carry wee-hour programs such as Coast to Coast, with its appeal to paranoics, because much of the daytime programming at KZRG is also about fear and paranoia, about Obama plots and Democratic schemes, about, well, government conspiracies.
Some of these daytime hosts entertain callers who also phone in with wild tales, most as nutty as Jacqueline’s account of being whisked skyward by her secret abductor. On the same day that Cathy O’Brien and Mark Phillips were guests on Coast to Coast, Rush Limbaugh took a call from Christine in Westchester :
CALLER: Thank goodness for you and the Heritage Foundation, otherwise I don’t know what we would do. The reason I’m calling you today is I’m commenting on your comment regarding Saul Alinsky and Barack Obama’s being a great student of his, and I think as a more contemporary person I would focus on George Soros. I mean, it just seems to me that the little bit that I know about him, it’s not just about the money, it’s just… If you look at everything that Obama is doing, it’s George Soros.RUSH: Well, we can argue about, you know, who is the man behind the curtain, but why do you think there is one?CALLER: (laughs)RUSH: Really, no, I’m serious.
RUSH: This is not a trick question. Why do you think there’s somebody, whoever it is, behind Obama?
CALLER: Because I don’t think he’s good enough to have done all of this all on his own.
RUSH: You mean at age 47 and as a community organizer, you’re not really prepped to be president?
CALLER: You betcha. Yes, I do.
RUSH: And after a hundred days working in the Senate, you’re not qualified enough to be president?
CALLER: No absolutely not.
RUSH: So you think that somebody picked Obama because they knew that the combination of things Obama is — his race, his eloquence, his ability to read the teleprompter — would sort of make him immune from any criticism, that nobody will have the guts to be critical of Obama?
CALLER: I think so. I think he’s been primed for a lot longer than most of us ever even imagine. Now, I may sound a little crazy, and maybe I’m a little bit of a conspiracy kook.
RUSH: Okay, so why do you… Well, this is what happened. She’s reacting, by the way, folks, to a comment I made a little over an hour ago. I had a bunch of houseguests in for the week, 15 people here from Wednesday night through Saturday night (they all left on Sunday) and at dinner every night, all these topics were discussed. One of the things that was discussed is it turned out everybody had a theory explaining Obama, much like yours, Christine. They just don’t think this guy could have risen himself from his own background, had to have a sponsor, had to have somebody orchestrating, directing it, so forth and so on. So everybody started talking about names, who might it be, and of course Soros is a popular one because his hatred of America is well known. His hatred of Republicans is well known. His pocketbook size is also well known.
One of the guests suggesting that it was even somebody like the king of Saudi Arabia after Obama’s bow, because Obama is eager to paralyze our ability to defend ourselves, which is what our enemies want. One person, just to show you how much fun we have when we get together — Christine, you’ll probably love this — one guy in the group said, “Everybody’s waiting on a second terror attack. There’s not going to be a second terror attack. There isn’t going to be one! The terrorists, they’re entertainers. They know performance requirements. They know theatrics. They know if they do a second terror attack. They’re going to have to make it much bigger than 9/11. Your second act has to be bigger than the first act.” He said, “Besides, they don’t need a second act. Obama is the second terrorist act!” I mean, I had opinions in my house going all over the ballpark. It was fascinating. And these are all, in their own right, involved, intelligent people.
But somebody actually thought Obama is terrorist attack number two. Obama is the follow-up to 9/11. So I find it interesting that among those who oppose Obama a lot of people think he couldn’t be doing this on his own. There’s gotta be somebody behind him, somebody writing the speeches. We know that’s Axelrod. Somebody putting words in the teleprompter. We know that that’s Axelrod. Somebody who may have chosen him, prepped him, groomed him, what have you, some man behind the curtain. So she thinks it’s Soros. In the discussion in the last hour, I mentioned, “It’s Alinsky! It’s Saul Alinsky. It’s Rules for Radicals. It’s the book.”
After hearing Limbaugh discuss his and his guests’ conspiratorial delusions, I concluded that the people on Coast to Coast, those who believe that they are routinely abducted by aliens or the CIA, didn’t seem so crazy after all. And at least those people are sequestered on nighttime radio, on programs with anemic ratings and inconsequential hosts, where their peculiar and paranoia-soaked theories do not enjoy much legitimacy.
But rightwing talk radio in the daytime is much different. In some markets it is quite popular, but that’s not the main reason it is so hazardous to our collective health. The fact that Republican politicians—among them future party leaders—refuse to criticize such programs and their hosts is the real danger in the proliferation of paranoia facilitated by stations like KZRG. There is apparently nothing that Rush Limbaugh can say or do that would cause a single Republican politician of consequence to criticize him, without later repenting in a fit of sycophantic prostration.
Sadly, Limbaugh is free from censure from the very people who might be able to rescue the Republican Party from its troubles. And as long as potential Republican leaders stand in his shadow, they will serve a party that is itself only a bit player in our national politics. And as long as they remain silent about comments like the following, made on Monday, they will give legitimacy to them:
LIMBAUGH: The reason that the swine flu and the torture garbage is out there is to cover up the mess that is the United States of America right now.
Is it any wonder that Linda in Chicago can believe that the government might be in the business of creating flu viruses?
From: Anson Burlingame
Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 12:57 PM
Paul Belaga called Tea Party attendees “whinning, something, weasels”. Not hard to find dopes on both sides.
A young, charismatic, smart, but extraordinarily inexperienced senator (forget the race) gives a great speech 5 years ago at the Democrat Convention and now is the President.
A young, charismatic, smart (maybe) but extraordinarily inexperienced governor (forget the gender) receives the Vice Presidential nomination.
No doubt Obama received strong support from the left wing, anti-war segment of the Democrats. No doubt Sara Palin received strong support from the right wing, religious segment of the Republicans.
Nothing wrong with either getting such support. But it sure would be interesting to know the details of the powers behind the throne in each case and how much control they continue to exert today.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 01:59 PM
I can only respond to you by pointing out the following:
1. Paul Begala doesn’t have a cult following.
2. Paul Begala doesn’t believe he is a leading voice for any kind of “movement.”
3. The fact that you imply that Limbaugh is a “dope” is exactly what the Republican leadership does not do, and is exactly what is wrong with the party.
4. Barack Obama’s support for an escalation of the war in Afghanistan and his refusal to immediately withdraw our troops from Iraq (which is what the “left wing” demanded) contradicts your implication that the left wing exerts any “control” whatsoever on him.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 02:07 PM
Just by reading the Belaga quote that begins your response, it appears you’re missing the point.
This is made especially obvious by the ridiculous parallel you attempt to draw between Obama and Palin.
It’s disappointing that you, of all people, would try and perpetuate the very fear and paranoia that Graham is criticizing in his blog with such a conspiracy-inciting comment as, “But it sure would be interesting to know the details of the power behind the throne in each case and how much control they continue to exert today.”