WLW talk show host Bill Cunningham has a problem. He doesn’t understand why John McCain “threw me under a bus” with the national media. Apparently, McCain didn’t cotton to Cunningham’s trademark confrontational remarks before a political rally yesterday.
Here’s my problem. Cunningham is one of Cincinnati’s biggest crybabies. Criticize him, and he has to go on the warpath to discredit his detractors. This time out, he’s insulted because McCain, like, yanno, doesn’t want to play politics as usual, doesn’t want to be one of those Republican candidates who toe the Far Right line to microscopic tolerances. I don’t want to tell tales out of school, but I suspect John McCain has never knocked on the wall of a men’s room stall or shown any interest in Congressional pages. Some of Cunningham’s heroes seem to run into problems with that. (Full disclosure: I know enough people who know Cunningham to say that he doesn’t have that problem either. One listen to his old night show on Fridays is enough to prove that.)
But that’s not Bill Cunningham. Since the 1980’s, Cunningham has made his fortune in radio as a True Believer to the right of Rush Limbaugh. Sometimes, in the context of Cincinnati culture, he’s pretty damned funny. Like when he went on vacation, and WLW’s general manager came on the air to say she was offended by his comments and had suspended Cunningham. With a liberal he respects, like Mayor Mark Mallory or Governor Ted Strickland, he’ll gladly play the buffoon. But…
Knowing full well he was being asked to introduce John McCain, knowing full well what kind of campaign McCain wants to run, Cunningham took it upon himself to try and kick McCain further to the right than the people voting for him wanted by crossing the line in his remarks about Barack Obama.
Cunningham likes to say he was just using Obama’s middle name, like he does with Hillary Rodham Clinton or any other politician he discusses. However, Cunningham is on record as saying the closet Muslim myth and the black separatist myth, both long since disproven and discredited, are facts “not reported by the mainstream media.”
Now he’s upset McCain took him out to the woodshed. Excuse me, Bill, but you weren’t on your dime, you were on McCain’s. If anyone should be apologizing, it should be you. Seems like every time you open your mouth anymore, I feel embarrassed to live in Cincinnati.
Bill, you may be a fine American, but you’re a total asshole sometimes. This is one of those times.