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Euphemism [May. 24th, 2008|09:53 am]
morricone1900
Beautiful weather in NYC today, but I had to laugh this morning when I heard the weatherperson on WABC radio say "We have some summertime-like conditions today." Um...okay.

Incidentally, speaking of WABC, may I just say that although Mark Simone is, on the surface, a smooth-voiced, upbeat celebrity-schmoozing interviewer, politically he is as full-blown fascist as any ultra-conservative on the air. The juxtaposition always strikes me as rather jarring, on those rare occasions when I hear him.

Back before Ron Kuby was fired from WABC, I used to listen to the "Curtis & Kuby" show as my drive-time radio listening here in NY. But whenever Mark Simone substituted for either host, I found I couldn't listen to the show, so smug and full-of-shit did Mr. Simone seem in his offhandedly dismissive, war-mongering, corporatist ultra-right-wing, intolerant on-air persona, even as hidden behind his superficially pleasant voice.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-24 04:47 pm (UTC)
My God, you sound nuts! Mark Simone is not a conservative or a Republican. He's pretty middle of the road as many of his positions indicate.
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[User Picture]From: morricone1900
2008-05-25 12:43 am (UTC)
Perhaps compared to some of his more zealous compatriots on the station he sounds middle-of-the-road because of his somewhat casual demeanor and on-air persona. But I remember him vividly from the days when he used to substitute on the old morning drive-time show, and his comments (even veiled behind the patina of congeniality) were as insidiously ultra-conservative as they come.

The only true "reasonable" middle-of-the-road host that I ever recall encountering on WABC was John Gambling. He was also a conservative and a Republican, but he treated people fairly and decently and seemed pretty sincere and fair-minded. My point about Mr. Simone is that he definitely APPEARS to be laid-back, conciliatory or a voice of reason, but that most of the political statements he makes, and the way he attempts to deflate anyone challenging them, show him very much to be a right-wing wolf in sheep's clothing, at least on the air. (If you know him privately and find him more reasonable, that's another matter).

That being said, I enjoyed his interview with Mel Brooks this morning.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-27 01:38 pm (UTC)
Simone on the air is pro choice, pro gun control, often critical of Bush and Cheney, so your description of him as an ultra-conservative was totally false, and your idiotic, childish name calling of him (fascist!, etc.), besides being ridiculous, said more about you than it did about him.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-06-11 05:46 am (UTC)
Gee, Mark... glad you stopped by to post anonymously.

How many more substitute shifts are you going to have to work before you can afford a new toupee?

Seriously, tens of listeners want to know.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-27 06:35 pm (UTC)
"....and the way he attempts to deflate anyone challenging them...."

Listen to Simone's shows. All the guests that he invites on -- Frank Rich, John Kerry, Jonathan Alter, Jack Cafferty, etc. -- are all liberals and he gets along just fine with them.

You sound like a silly knee-jerk partisan with your angry name calling, attacking anyone who doesn't agree with you. You made a series of false accusations in your mental kangaroo court. Calling Smone a war monger, a fascist, etc is just you getting hysterical when someone doesn't agree with you on evry last issue.

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From: (Anonymous)
2008-06-11 05:22 am (UTC)
Nice to see Simone is trolling the internet, filling up this LJ page with unsuccessful defenses of himself.

Simone's a failed deejay, and reads his political "views" off daily RNC fax missives. If WABC changed formats tomorrow, Simone would just as happily read DNC talking points.

They won't even give him his own weekday show. He's a sub host, now working at a greatly reduced salary.

He's also an asshole; but hey, why state the obvious?
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-06-11 05:47 am (UTC)
No, he's just a hack. And one relegated to weekend shifts.

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[User Picture]From: morricone1900
2008-06-11 06:41 am (UTC)
Just for the record, the second "anonymous poster" is not me, but...um.....another anonymous poster.

If Mark Simone has learned to be critical of Bush and Cheney in recent years when any thinking person (including many prominent conservatives) would pretty much have to be, I give him some credit belatedly, although back between 2003 and 2006 (when I listened to WABC pretty regularly), he was quite the glib defender of their needless wars and indefensible activities, and was often rather snarkily dismissive of anyone who was against this war. If I had airchecks of those years, I'm sure I could find many examples of his party-line intolerance.

But then again, this was the era in which, on the morning the Iraq War began, Sean Hannity (as a guest on the Curtis and Kuby show) spoke glowingly about the kind of quick and decisive action this war was going to be. Ron Kuby said something like "I hope you're right, but I fear it's going to become a tragic and long-term ordeal like Vietnam that lasts for years and from which we can't extract ourselves and which drags the country down with it." Hannity then said he'd bet Kuby a steak dinner at the restaurant of his choice that Hannity's prediction would be correct and Kuby's wrong.

I wonder if Ron ever got that steak dinner?

Yes, I know that Mark Simone is no Sean Hannity, and also that Mr. Simone is perfectly capable of conversing in a very cordial way with celebrity guests of every political stripe. I will readily acknowledge that he has had numerous entertaining on-air conversations with Frank Rich, for example.

But I can vividly remember countless times when, especially as a substitue host for the morning show, he would ridicule callers for having viewpoints that disagreed strongly with what the Bush Administration were doing, and by his dismissiveness at least regularly created a sense of intolerance for views that dissented from the questionable mumbo-jumbo we were being fed regularly by the White House. If he's eventually wised up as to the essentially criminal nature of this administration, then more power to him. And admittedly I have little reason to listen to WABC any more, so I haven't really heard Mr. Simone at any great length for a couple of years now, as I had moved away to another state, and by the time I returned to NY last year, most of my radio listening had moved on to Air America, with all its unevenness. But I will stand by my very strongly negative impressions of his political approach on-air between the years of roughtly 2002-2006.

And given how generally ignored my modest little lj blog is, it does seem clear that you only discovered my words of displeasure about Mark Simone due to a google alert having been placed on his name. Surely there's no other way you would have ever found my original post. So that definitely implies that, whoever you may be, you are certainly enormously invested in Mr. Simone.

I'm sure he must be very grateful for your fierce defense of him.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-06-11 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yet ANOTHER anonymous here.

I work at WABC, and rest assured Simone has himself on a Google alert. It's kind of a joke around here, as he spends his (excessive) downtime surfing the net for criticism of him, and refuting it anonymously, or under sockpuppet pseudonyms. Apparently, that's what he's done on your LJ page.

He's really a pathetic character. At least that's what Phil Boyce thinks. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: morricone1900
2008-06-11 09:22 pm (UTC)
It's certainly interesting to have had such an animated flame war playing out on my modest little page. The most excitement I've had around here for years! ;)

Incidentally, I still listen to WABC occasionally in the mornings, especially between 9 and, say, 11, if I haven't yet left the apartment. I still have some residual affection for Curtis, and since there is absolutely nothing else of worth taking place on New York talk radio between 9 and 10 AM on weekdays, I sometimes listen to the inexplicable Mr. I*m*u*s (I'm trying to prevent attracting any more google alerts), who at least has some interesting guests at times.

I had found, for example, a recent moment on his show one of the funniest things I've heard on the air in decades: Warner Wolf was attempting to do the sports and Mr. I started telling this anecdote about a strange email he had received. After a minute or more of this long, rambling anecdote, a young woman on the show interrupted D.I. to ask if this had anything to do with the Mets or the Knicks or the Nets. Mr. I said no, why did she ask -- and she pointed out that this was actually the sportscast and perhaps Warner was a busy guy and had some other things to do so could Don perhaps let him finish the sports?

Moments like that are worth still tuning in. ;)
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-12-30 09:48 am (UTC)
To call Simone a conservative is to say he stands for something.He,s a lying self-serving hack doing his own bidding. He,s a rotten rich kid who wants a tax cut before his Armenian mommybags dies.Maybe then he can afford a better toupee
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[User Picture]From: morricone1900
2009-12-30 12:53 pm (UTC)
I heard him yesterday subbing for Hannity and I have to admit I thought of this thread (which was from over a year ago!). Pleasant-voice doing total smears of Obama and smarmy revisions of reality.

I'm enormously disappointed with Obama these days over his weak-sauce, corporatist lack of leadership on health-care and financial reform. I'm no Obama fan. But I still can't support the kind of reflexive lying about him that comes from the likes of Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh and yes, smooth-talkin' liar Mark Simone.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-12-30 07:19 pm (UTC)
Ironically,I prefer the rantings of the naturally baldheaded zealot MarkLeVin to the disingenuous transplantheaded opportunist simone.LeVin at least has legal knowledge,and has been a dedicated conservative since Reagan,s first run .If MSNBC offered the cipher simone
a fulltime show you,d see him literally kissing KeithOlbermann,s ass -demonstrating not only his loyalty to his new master,but more importantly his newfound support for gay marriage
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-12-31 03:27 am (UTC)
If Simone the Whore goes to msnbc, he would still end up what he,ll always be - a two-bit backbencher.Can you imagine "I,m Mark Simone ,in for the great Keith Olbermann" I can!
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-12-31 06:42 pm (UTC)
He hides the fact that his mother is an Armenian heiress worth possibly $1 billion ,which may explain why an ugly illiterate scumbag like him has such access to VIPs.He also will never tell you that his sister Christine Simone is a contributor to all things Armenian and -get ready- LIBERAL! Either her brother is a closet lefty or he is taking a sibling rivalry out on the talk radio public.
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[User Picture]From: morricone1900
2009-12-31 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'm still amazed that so much discussion of Mark Simone is happening on my livejournal page, which is otherwise nearly moribund.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-12-31 10:24 pm (UTC)
I found this page by simply typing in: mark simone
toupee.You don't know how valuable you are! This pretender has been walking around in,among other disguises,the silliest piece of fake fur that has gone unnoticed except by those of us who remember him as an insecure youth losing his hair faster than Joe Garagiola.I hate that he has used this prop to make himself presentable onTV -another medium where he doesn't belong.At least he has a head for radio
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-01-02 11:03 am (UTC)
On this NewYears occasion, go to Dan Lacey,Painter of Pancakes. I've discovered something. It never crossed me who MrSecond Rate really reminds me of - David Berkowitz in a toupee! Son of Samone!
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[User Picture]From: danlacey
2010-02-26 08:30 am (UTC)

Thanks. My 'Happy New Year Mark Simone' painting

was inspired by this Simone creep filling in for Right-Wing host Mark Levin on his radio show and completely setting up someone who either had a speech impediment or was too nervous to speak and therefore shouldn't have been on the air in the first place as his first caller following a bit he did about Max Baucus possibly being drunk on the Senate floor. He just mercilessly and repeatedly mocked the caller, saying that he was probably drunk as well and interupting whatever he was trying to say with 'Max Baucus is drunk' soundbites. I tuned in the following evening and it didn't take very long for him to turn on another caller in a similar fashion-and these weren't callers who had taken any sort of opposing political opinion, they just weren't very eloquent and Simone felt he could easily mock and insult them for chuckles and/or ego-strokes and get away with it. Mark Simone -truly a low-class jackass.

http://www.faithmouse.com/a_happy_mark_simone_new_year.jpg



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