Michael Smerconish

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Michael Smerconish is the conservative talk radio host of Philadelphia's 1210 AM "The Big Talker" morning show. Since 2001, he has been a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. In 2007, Smerconish's show was simulcast Monday through Wednesday on MSNBC,[1] between the time that Don Imus' Imus in the Morning was canceled and a new permanent morning host, Joe Scarborough, was selected.

Smerconish has been a guest host for MSNBC's Scarborough Country and Bill O'Reilly's radio show.[2]


According to Media Matters for America, Smerconish "has been a guest host for MSNBC's Scarborough Country and Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, and has opined on a number of issues, including alleged detainee abuse, immigrants, and Muslims", to include (as stated):

  • "Smerconish trivialized reports of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, referring to the alleged abuse as 'naked pyramid pictures.' He also referred to alleged mistreatment at the Pentagon detention facility at Guantánamo Bay as 'play[ing] Christina Aguilera music a bit too loud.'"
  • "Smerconish suggested that 'maybe law enforcement ought to step in' at pro-immigration demonstrations and consider 'gathering ... up' illegal immigrants."
  • "Smerconish repeatedly discussed 'the sissification of America,' claiming that political correctness has made the United States 'a nation of sissies.' Smerconish also claimed, several times, that this 'sissification' and 'limp-wristedness' is 'compromising our ability to win the war on terror.'"
  • "Smerconish took issue with a decision by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to provide a designated prayer area at Giants Stadium. The decision was in response to a September 19 incident involving the FBI's detention and questioning of five Muslim men who were observed praying near the stadium's main air duct during a New York Giants football game."

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