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September 25, 2006

The Voice Of Billmon

Billmon is going to be on the radio tonight:

I'm supposed to be on a program called Open Source Radio this evening talking about one of my personal heroes -- the late, great independent journalist I.F. ("Izzy") Stone...

Open Source's host, Chris Lyndon, tells me tonight's guests will include former Washington Post reporter Myra MacPherson, who just published a biography of Izzy, and former Washington Post national editor (and Stone intern) Peter Osnos, who's edited a new compilation of Izzy's articles, The Best of I.F. Stone...

MacPherson and Osnos are supposed to discuss Izzy's life and times, then I'll come on for a few minutes and bloviate about Izzy and the blogisphere -- i.e. are bloggers the true and legitimate heirs to Stone's stubborn independence, or just a feral pack of blogfascists in search of a few cheap thrills?...

Anyway, if you want to listen in, here's a list of public radio stations that carry the program. The podcast link is on the same page (itunes required).

I'm genuinely curious to hear what Billmon sounds like. What I think would be great is if everyone listens and it's clear he's actually Joe Lieberman, filling an anonymous blog with all the razor-sharp progressive political analysis his handlers won't let him say out loud.

Posted at September 25, 2006 04:40 PM | TrackBack

Hey if you miss the live stream, is there a way to download it after the fact?

NPR publishes the show to the web so that you can listen to it any time. Does Open Source radio do the same?

Posted by: patience at September 25, 2006 09:12 PM

In my mind he sounds like Tom Waits.

Posted by: laughingsong at September 26, 2006 05:54 AM

From :

or you can use itunes to download the podcast.

Posted by: abb1 at September 26, 2006 07:51 AM


Much thanks. Gosh I love the internet overmind.

Posted by: patience at September 26, 2006 12:04 PM

Bilmon is more than snark, more than an incisive political commentator, more than a quick and cutting wit or an intelligent satirist of the satanic and infernal drift of the spiritus mundi.

But let us go forward, speaking/writing our minds, showing the vital reality of free speech is that it opens minds to reality.

Posted by: Chuck Cliff at September 26, 2006 01:00 PM

Gosh what a terrible show,

I'm about 1/3 in and we are still talking fluff with the headliners, man so much to say and so little being said. No wonder Bill Mon saw this as a waste of time.

"Was he optimistic? A war-profiteer?" Gosh it's like listening to how People magazine would cover Chomsky. "What was his sould like? What kind of souflee did he want?" So much talking about nothing. "You'd never know on what page you'd find a page one story." An obvious cliche these days, with a 3-minute intro.

And now focusing on Vennona. What a waste. Those dirty bloggers who are propigating the Izzy spy-scandal!!! The blogsphere is the same as the Anne-Coulter sphere according to the headliner- amazing.

Can we just get a webcast of Bill Mon chatting with Josh. What do we need a radio program for? Seriously. Call it blog-radio. Set up Josh and Bill for a chat, publish it. We can work around Bill mon's schedule. Would be faster than writing.

Finally we get to Bill Mon and Josh. Bill comes right and spoils the theme!! Go Bill. Of course this means he will be cut off and now we have a sound bite to cover what I'm guessing will be a transition back to fluff. Josh is well spoken as usual.

Also what a shitty introduction for Bill Mon.

CL: Hey Bill how does it feel to be a contrarian?

BM: I'm not a contrarian! I'm not even a journalist. I am unfit to tie the shoes of real journalists.

Question for Bill: Where are these so called real journalists? Can you find me one? I don't think I've ever seen one.

Peter tries to play nice and bring Bill back into the conversation and Bill stalwartly refuses to conform to the theme, which is Izzy as parent to blogsphere.

BM: Blogging is a truly new thing.

Bob and Josh? Cough from Bill Mon.

Josh much more willing to play along. Myra - way out of her league.

CL:I'm going to throw to Bill Mon but provide lot of direction to frame the response. And Bill drops it like a lead balloon.

BM - smart as heck, but not made for modern radio. Certainly made for the more intimate direct conversational style of web radio.

Myra displays naked anger at Josh for taking adds vs subscription. A little anger from the older liberals eh?

Again Bill Mon overly negative, but probably with good reason.

So here's the proposition Bill. How about you arrange to record free-form discussions, you and Josh, you and Juan Cole, you yourself. Just talk, I mean really talk. Not radio framed 1 hr block talk. I'm sure we'd all be willing to listen. Screw the whole journalism facade. You aren't a journalist great. I accept that but you've got a heck of mind. Please share it with those of us who may never have the opprotunity to have a beer with you in person.

Posted by: patience at September 26, 2006 01:02 PM

on the quasi-ad:
I recall that Ramparts printed a Boeing "ad" on their back cover -- just so that people would take them more seriously...
Don't think Stone ever did that...

Posted by: sam -- err -- osama at September 26, 2006 02:51 PM