Grant made national headlines in 1996 when he was fired again for mocking the plane crash death of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. You may (or may not) remember that there was a slim chance of hope for survivors of the crash and Grant speculated that he thought Brown might be alive. Then he added: "That's because I'm essentially a pessimist".
It's odd to hear how much more moderate old 'conservative talk' was--the below clips are from the early 1990s and, save for some prickly nationalism and insulting third world slurs, Grant sounds basically like a right-leaning liberal. But it was really something of an act--the joy of Grant's show is his increasingly irascible and unreasonable attitudes toward the callers, many of whom appear to enjoy the abuse. Like him or loathe him, Grant is an excellent example of what makes a true broadcaster; he has the ability to make you want to stay and here what he's going to say next.
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