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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011

In other news: Rahm meets Fake Rahm; Beyonce, Mariah, apologize over Gaddafi concerts; Fred Grandy out at WMAL

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Rahm Emanuel meets Twitter impersonator Dan Sinker. (AP/Chicago Sun-Times, Richard A. Chapman)

  • Rahm Emanuel, meet Faux Rahm. Chicago's mayor-elect on Wednesday made a $5,000 charitable donation in the name of Dan Sinker, a Columbia College professor who confessed to being the anonymous wit behind @MayorEmanuel, a Twitter account as hilariously and unquotably vulgar as the man himself. Emanuel joked that while reining in his rich vocabulary during the campaign, he found an outlet in reading Sinker's tweets, so "now that he ends this, the 'Calm Rahm' may have to go away." Sinker's gift will go to an after-school writing program, the Sun-Times reports.


    Beyonce (AP)

  • Oh, wait, you mean that Moammar Gaddafi??? Music stars are professing regret over concerts for hosts whom they say they didn't realize at the time are part of the Libyan leader's clan. Nelly Furtado announced she's giving to charity her $1 million fee for a 2007 Gaddafi party; Beyonce said she donated her check for a 2009 gig as soon as she learned of the connection. Mariah Carey, meanwhile, told the Associated Press Thursday she was "naive and unaware" of her 2008 hosts' identities, and called on her fellow artists to take "responsibility regardless of who books our shows."

  • Fred Grandy -- the "Love Boat" star turned Iowa congressman turned morning drive-time talk-radio star -- is leaving his gig as star of WMAL's "The Grandy Group." Grandy's ratings have lagged behind the station's other conservative hosts, and he has clashed with management for months over how to boost them.

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    Comments

    Fred Grandy did not leave because ratings, which were fine. Where do you get your information?

    He was forced to leave because of CAIR, which objected to his repeated criticism of terrorism.

    Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 4, 2011 5:22 AM | Report abuse

    Wait wait wait...an expensive blowhard that got crap raitings (14th place in DC drive time?) resigned instead of doing a show people wanted to listen to...where's the news here?

    I betcha dollars to donuts this guy would have a job still if he'd been entertaining. I mean it's not like CAIR likes Limbaugh, but he's still on. And have you heard Chris Plante's show? He goes after radical islamatists, AND is fun to listen to.

    Posted by: eddiebirk | March 4, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

    You are lying, Bitter Bill. CAIR had nothing to do with it. You only wish that you could pin it on CAIR. I, for one, am glad that right-wing drivel is gone. Fred and his shrew are both embarassments as Americans. We don't need their bigotry.

    Posted by: barnabytwist | March 6, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

    You are lying, Bitter Bill. CAIR had nothing to do with it. You only wish that you could pin it on CAIR. I, for one, am glad that right-wing drivel is gone. Fred and his shrew are both embarassments as Americans. We don't need their bigotry.

    Posted by: barnabytwist | March 6, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

    How do Grandy supporters not realize they're getting played? Instead of being honest about why he left (frustration over low ratings, capitulating to his wife), Grandy pulls out the ol' muslim boogie man, knowing he can work them into a frenzy. Do they really think muslim clerics are taking over the same radio stations that play Rush for three hours a day?

    Posted by: eddiebirk | March 6, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

    Grandy was canned because of his truth to power segments on islam.

    No, the moslems will not take on Limbaugh - not yet.

    They will however feel very bold in taking down Grandy and Graham.

    As long as there is cowardice in American media - islam will triumph.

    WMAL just painted themselves into a cowards corner they may never get out of.

    Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 6, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

    Fred resigned when WMAL would no longer air "Mrs. Fred." Not sure if CAIR is actually responsible; however, they did play a part in the departure of other on-air personnel.

    Posted by: CubsFan | March 7, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

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