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RUSH: Here’s Cindy in Chicago. Great to have you on the Excellence in Broadcasting Network. Hi.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Oh, it’s great to talk to you.

RUSH: Thank you very much.

CALLER: — long, long, long, long, long, long time, and happy national junk food day.

RUSH: Uhhh, thank you very much.

CALLER: I know you’d like that. Listen, I’m one of your many spies because I know you say that you don’t watch other networks and programs and whatnot. So anyway, I’m talking about the Shirley saga, of course. I was watching CNN and I’m having a senior moment, I can’t think of the guy, the host’s name, but he’s a tall black bald guy.

RUSH: What time of day? What does it matter? They’re all the same.

CALLER: Well, it’s just so that you could zero in.

RUSH: Did you say a tall black balled guy?

CALLER: Yeah. You played a clip of him earlier today.

RUSH: What’s a black balled guy? Oh, you mean a bald black guy.

CALLER: A bald black guy. (laughing)

RUSH: I was going to say, I’m sitting here, my gosh, what am I —

CALLER: I’m sorry. I’m nervous, I’m nervous, I’m nervous.

RUSH: You’re telling me you’re having a senior moment, you knew a term I don’t know about, I’m saying, ‘What? I never heard of a black balled guy.’

CALLER: I’m having a senior moment.

RUSH: I mean, you wouldn’t believe what I’m envisioning here.

CALLER: Okay, you know who I’m talking about.

RUSH: Well, no. I don’t know who you’re — was he fat?

CALLER: No. No. You quoted him earlier today. You played a segment from his show. Anyway, he’s in the middle of the day. He starts like maybe in an hour from now or something. Anyway, he was the first person —

RUSH: I’m stuck here, you’ve got me trying to picture somebody bald and —

CALLER: From CNN, you can’t think of it in the early afternoon?

RUSH: I don’t have CNN. I’ve got two monitors here. One of them has the NFL Network on it, the other has Fox. I don’t have CNN on. So I don’t know who’s on CNN at what time of day. Pick one. It doesn’t matter. They’re all interchangeable.

CALLER: Okay. But can I just tell you what happened?

RUSH: Well, yeah, I mean that’s the point.

CALLER: Yeah. Okay, I just thought that if you wanted to verify what I’m saying, you know, so that somebody doesn’t say that I said something that wasn’t true. Anyway, it was CNN and there’s this black guy, and he was interviewing Shirley. Now, he was the first person to interview her, the first one, so you have to say that he did better reporting than other people. So this is before she got handled and now she’s doing nuances and whatever. This is original, original, original. Well, of course she was livid, and she mentioned three people that she was furious with. Number one was Cox (sic). Now, I watch these channels, nobody mentions Cox, how come nobody’s interviewed Cox, you know, the undersecretary person who told her to pull over on the side of the road —

RUSH: You’re talking about Peter Cox?

CALLER: No. Well, whoever the undersecretary is. That was the person that told Shirley to pull over to the side of the road so she could resign.

RUSH: Yeah, Peter Cox, okay.

CALLER: Okay. How come nobody’s interviewed him? Okay, so she was mad at Cox, she was mad at the NAACP, and you will love this — and that’s why I wish you would find the tape — you’d love this, she was furious with Roland Martin. That was the third person. And those are the only three people. And if you find the tape, it’s a CNN tape, you will see where she says, ‘And Roland Martin,’ and of course the guy, ’cause she’s talking to a CNN person, says, ‘Why are you mad at Roland Martin,’ or I forget how it went but anyway she says —

RUSH: Snerdley, why?

CALLER: Pardon? He threw her under the bus! She says, ‘He didn’t bother to call me, he could have called me.’ And so now —

RUSH: Oh, she was upset that Roland Martin, is that the black bald guy that you talk —

CALLER: No, Roland Martin is not — is he bald? I don’t think he’s bald.

RUSH: He’s the fat guy.

CALLER: Yeah, he’s a fat guy. No, no, no. The host is the bald guy. The host. You played the tape —

RUSH: Let’s see.

CALLER: — of what she said —

RUSH: Campbell Brown.

CALLER: Huh?

RUSH: Campbell Brown.

CALLER: No, that’s a woman. Campbell Brown is a woman.

RUSH: Larry King.

CALLER: (laughing) You’re so funny. I just love it. You’re so funny. The point that I was trying to make, Rush, is that CNN, I don’t know how they could do this with a straight face. Roland Martin is sitting there with John King, and they’re playing a clip of you about the Shirley thing, and Roland Martin’s sitting right there, and about two or three hours —

RUSH: Okay, we played that. Now I finally know what you’re talking about since you mentioned they were talking about me. We played that sound bite earlier, I think. Thank you, Cindy, very much.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: You know, this is in incredible. It never ceases to amaze me the things that light people’s fire. My e-mail is overflowing with people guessing who the black bald guy is on CNN that Cindy was talking about. And I’m thinking, ‘How many can there be?’ Everybody, ‘Who was it, was it Joe Johns, was it Tony Harris, was it Roland Martin?’ I wouldn’t know. I really do not have CNN on here. My whole point is, what does it matter which anchor it is on CNN? They’re all cardboard cutouts. They’re all apparatchiks. What does it matter? John King, Candy Crowley, Larry King, Campbell Brown, Roland Martin, Tony Harris, whatever, they’re all the same. What comes out of each of their mouths is identical. (interruption) Yeah, I think Larry’s still there. Just say it was Tony apparatchik. That’s all we have to know. Joe apparatchik, Campbell apparatchik, Larry apparatchik. If it’s CNN, I’m telling you, it’s a robot. They’re all obedient servants. They’re all identical. They’re all the same.

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