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Political Hitman Roger Stone Cuts and Runs on L.A. Radio Talk Show

Schadenfreude is a dish best served hot. So it was with great relish we learned that one of our least favorite people, Nixon protege/apologist and political hitman Roger Stone, folded like a cheap suit on L.A. talk radio last week at the first sign of resistance to Stone's current scam, a book on the JFK assassination.

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Even more tasty was that Stone himself put us on to his wimp-out, tweeting to all the world that he'd "never been interviewed by a more ignorant, offensive jerk than Douglas McIntyre at KABC in LA. A real asshole." (He's never been interviewed by yours truly.)

Political Hitman Roger Stone Cuts and Runs on L.A. Radio Talk Show

Hoping to capitalize on the 50th anniversary of the Bad Day in Dallas, Stone is making the rounds with a warmed-over treatment of the long-running fever dream that Lyndon Baines Johnson was the man who ordered the hit. It's a theory also favored by Illuminatiphobes, but Stone isn't certifiably nuts, except like a fox.

As fate (cruel fate) would have it, it was on the very morning of the anniversary, Friday, November 22, that Stone, a part time Miami Beach resident, was slated to yak it up in drivetime with talk show host McIntyre. Also a columnist with the L.A. Daily News, McIntyre does not suffer fools -- or foolishness -- gladly, and he and Stone clashed immediately, as soon as Stone began spouting pseudo-history. Here's how it went down, beginning at 2:44 of the 7 a.m. segment here:

McIntyre: Lay it on us. How did LBJ get JFK killed?

Stone: Well, first of all, the classic way: motive, means and opportunity. Lyndon Johnson blackmailed his way onto the 1960 ticket to begin with. JFK didn't want him.

McIntyre: That's not true. Roger, it's simply not true. Robert Kennedy didn't want LBJ on the ticket...

Stone: If I may, Lyndon Johnson and House Speaker Rayburn went to JFK with a dossier which they got from J. Edgar Hoover...

McIntyre: That's nonsense.

Stone: You clearly haven't read my book.

McIntyre: No I haven't. But I've studied LBJ my whole life...[unintelligible, arguing over each other]...Let's set some ground rules here.

Stone: Okay.

McIntyre: We can plug the book and people can read the book. I'm not gonna read the book. I'm gonna throw it out the second -- in fact, I'm gonna throw it out [sound of book landing in waste basket]...

Stone: Good.

McIntyre: It's thrown out now. But here's the deal.

Stone: This segment's over.

McIntyre: Okay.

Stone: This segment's over. Have a great day.

After a short exchange with his co-host, McIntyre said he has "a tolerance for conspiracy theories" but that guests "can't come on and make statements and claim them to be true when I know them not be true." He then offered an explanation of LBJ's presence on the 1960 ticket in terms of garden-variety political calculation: JFK needed to keep Texas in the Democratic column, thus LBJ.

Stone, a hardened cynic by trade (and cynicism not to be confused with realism), prefers a more byzantine and lurid version of the tale, of course, being well-schooled in political cynicism by the master himself. (It doesn't hurt that it sells more books.)

But Stone also sells himself as a political tough guy, a hard-nosed operative. Not tough enough to stand his ground when an interview turns combative, apparently.

We've tweeted Stone (actually, we twitter-taunted him) for some comment. No reply yet.

We emailed Doug McIntyre for his response to Stone's tweet calling him the "asshole of the day." McIntyre replied that "We re-Tweeted it with the following: "Badge of honor!"

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