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June 9, 2006

Lefty blogger gets radio gig

Posted by David Postman at 1:15 PM

David Goldstein of horsesass.org has gotten a regular talk show at 710 KIRO. Blatherwatch has the details and the congratulations to the KIRO staff for giving Goldstein a weekly spot.

And now that Goldstein is going mainstream, he wants his first official guest to be Tim Eyman, the inspiration for horsesass. In his invitation to Eyman, Goldstein says, "Now I know you might have some reservations about appearing on the air with a host who made his name by calling you names, but this is radio, and you are, after all, a media whore."

"Again, please remember that this is radio Tim, radio - tens of thousands of people hearing you talk - so if there really is no such thing as bad press, what do you have to lose? And besides, we're going to talk about you anyway, so why not be there to defend yourself?"

But wait, wasn't it Goldstein who was just telling us dupes in the press to ignore Eyman?

"So to my friends in the media I'd like to suggest that you take Timmy at his word one last time, and refuse to give him any coverage at all. Zero. Zilch. Nada. No clips on the news, no column inches in the paper... not even to curse him out. The guy just dissed you. (Again.) Don't reward him. Can the press resist? "

Apparently not.

Goldstein makes it seem like it'll be a hard sell, what with calling Eyman names and all. But don't be surprised if Eyman accepts the invitation.

UPDATE: Eyman responded to Goldstein and said he'd come on the show, but only if he could stay the entire three hours Sunday night. Goldstein says one hour is the best Eyman can hope for, and in the e-mail thread I just read (forwarded to me by Eyman), said, "Funny, Tim. I doubt the audience can take three hours of me, let alone three hours of the two of us." Responds Eyman: "Let me know if you change your mind, coward."

UPDATE UPDATE: Goldstein and Eyman send along the latest, and we'll assume, the last, of their e-mails.

To summarize, there's no way Goldstein gives Eyman three hours. "Truth is
you're not all that interesting. (snip) Whatever. If you want to pass up a chance to plug your car tabs initiative that's up to you."

Eyman says Goldstein has "chosen to crawl underneath a rock to hide from me after I accepted your pathetic challenge. Gutless coward."

You've got to feel a little sorry for Goldstein. He's clearly having a Groucho Marx moment trying to accept he's a member of a club he's never been a big fan of. As he told me in an e-mail last night:

"I guess I gotta get it through my head that I'm now kinda, sorta media too. Kinda sorta."

LAST UPDATE I PROMISE: Goldstein posts the entire e-mail thread at horsesass.org.

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