Medved-Chocola Smackdown Update!
We're trying to keep close tabs on the emerging war of bamboozlement between talk radio host Michael Medved and Congressman Chris Chocola (R) of Indiana, aka 'The Count'.
Actually, I don't want to prejudice the question, since, as you know, yesterday on Medved's show, Medved claimed Chocola was not in fact a real member of Congress. That was after guest Hans Riemer quoted the Count's famous call for 100% 'privatization' of Social Security.
But now, we need to appeal to you, the TPM masses, to help fully report the story. In an exclusive interview this afternoon, conducted via the latest in IM technology, Riemer told TPM: "When I quoted Chocola to him he was like, Choco-who? What? Who is that? I've never heard of him. Where is he from? What? Indiana? C'mon. I've never heard of him and frankly I doubt that he's a real Congresman."
When he contacted the Medved show today trying to get a copy of the segment in question, though, the diligent Riemer was told that they would send him a copy on a CD which wouldn't arrive for a week.
Now, we don't know whether that means the Medved show still uses one of those old-fashioned steam-powered CD forges or whether they're sending it via the pony express. But one way or another we'd really rather not make you wait a week without getting to the bottom of the Medved-Count feud.
So, if someone out there has a recording -- perhaps a producer from a local station or someone else who just happens to have a copy -- please let us know.
A TPM Privatize This! T-Shirt for whoever can get us a tape or a transcript first.
Late Update: Riemer adds to the bounty! Riemer has now announced that the person who produces the aforesaid record of attempted bamboozlement will receive not only the T-Shirt but two free tickets (count 'em, not one but two!) to the Rock The Vote Awards Dinner after party in DC on June 8th.