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{{Infobox person | name = Lionel |image = |caption = | birth_name = Michael William Lebron | birth_date = {{birth date and age|1958|08|26}} | birth_place = [[Tampa, Florida]], United States | residence = [[Manhattan]], [[New York (state)|New York]], United States | nationality = [[United States|American]] | education = [[University of South Florida]] [[Stetson University College of Law]] | employer = [ The Lebron Firm] | occupation = Trial lawyer<br />Legal analyst<br />Media analyst | known_for = American radio & television personality | awards = 2015 [[Emmy Award]] for Writer: Commentary/Editorial | spouse = Lynn Shaw (producer) <ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Catching Up With Lionel|date=March 2014|publisher=Talkers Magazine|accessdate=2016-11-16}}</ref> | children = | parents = | relatives = | signature = | website = [ Lionel Media, Official Website], [ Lionel Media, on Twitter], [ Lionel Nation, on YouTube] | footnotes = }} '''Michael William Lebron''' (born August 26, 1958), popularly known as '''Lionel''', is a trial lawyer; nationally [[Broadcast syndication#Radio syndication|syndicated]] American radio and television personality; media, political, and legal analyst; actor; author; stand-up comedian; bluegrass musician; motivational speaker; lecturer and voice actor. == Career == Born in [[Tampa, Florida]], he attended [[Jesuit High School (Tampa)|Jesuit High School]] where he was voted Class Wit. After graduating ''magna cum laude'' from the [[University of South Florida]] in 1980, where he was a member of [[Sigma Alpha Epsilon]] fraternity, Lionel worked as a District Aide for Florida United States [[United States Senate|Senator]] [[Richard Stone (politician)|Richard "Dick" Stone]] and in his unsuccessful campaign for reelection. Lionel graduated from the [[Stetson University College of Law]], and as trial lawyer worked as both prosecutor for the Hillsborough County Florida State Attorney's Office (13th Judicial Circuit), and a criminal defense trial lawyer thereafter. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, New Jersey and New York as well before the [ U.S. Supreme Court].{{Citation needed|date=August 2016}} He began his radio career hosting a show at [[WFLA (AM)|WFLA]] 970 AM in his hometown of [[Tampa, Florida|Tampa]] from 1988 to 1993. {{Citation needed|date=October 2010}} ''The Lionel Show'' debuted in Tampa, Florida, on weekends on [[WFLA (AM)|970 WFLA]] in October 1988. For years, Lionel had been a frequent caller to local shows, eventually becoming a "chronic", which is industry vernacular for frequent callers. He was noted for using various aliases and personas to get on the air. His most enduring [[Nickname|moniker]], "Lionel", alludes to Francis Lionel "Lion" Delbuchi, the character played by [[Al Pacino]] in the movie ''[[Scarecrow (1973 film)|Scarecrow]]''.{{Citation needed|date=August 2016}} When [[WPLP]] (WFLA's rival station across Tampa Bay) offered Lionel a talk show, he declined, due to WPLP's rather meager offer—and his trepidations about how a radio show would affect his law career. In October 1988, WFLA management gave him an irresistible offer to move behind the microphone as a Sunday afternoon radio host. In January 1989, his show moved to middays (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), Monday through Friday. Seven months later, he took the afternoon drive slot, where his lively mix of current events and dry humor proved to be a ratings success. In 1993, he was hired away by [[WABC (AM)|WABC]] 770 AM, a major talk radio station in New York City when a former [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] network president, Jim Arcara, heard Lionel's show while vacationing in Florida and lured him to the Big Apple. Lionel manned the morning drive slot on New York's heritage WABC 770 AM in early 1994. He set ratings records for WABC as its morning-drive host during the mid-1990s{{Citation needed|date=October 2007}}. For a time, Lionel did both morning drive and afternoon drive for a period immediately following talk radio legend [[Bob Grant (radio host)|Bob Grant]]'s departure from WABC.{{Citation needed|date=October 2010}} In the late 1990s, toward the end of his tenure at WABC, Lionel also hosted the [[TruTV|CourtTV]] law show ''[[Snap Judgment (legal comedy show)|Snap Judgment]].'' He also provided daily updates on WCBS 880 AM during the [[Impeachment of Bill Clinton|Clinton impeachment]] process. In 2000, he began his national radio show, ''The Lionel Show,'' originally syndicated by [[Premiere Networks|Premiere Radio Networks]] through 2001. His show was then syndicated by independent Rex Broadcasting until 2003, when it was picked up locally and nationally syndicated by the WOR Radio Network in New York City. It was broadcast six days a week (9 p.m. to midnight [[Eastern Time Zone|ET]] weekdays, and 5 to 8 p.m. ET Saturdays). In 2000 and 2001, in addition to his radio work, Lionel was a morning host on an [[Internet]]-based talk radio site, '''' until 2001.{{Citation needed|date=October 2010}} ''[[Talkers Magazine]]'' included Lionel In their list of [ Talkers Frontier Fifty] and the "[ HEAVIEST HUNDRED: The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America]" at number 23, and estimated the show's audience at 1.75 million unique listeners per week.<ref>[ "The Top Talk Radio Audiences"]</ref> The magazine described him as "a uniquely witty and intellectual personality" and "defying categorization".<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=2009 Talker's 250, Featuring the Heavy Hundred|date=February 2009|publisher=Talkers Magazine|accessdate=2009-03-21}}</ref> He released a comedy album titled ''[[You Don't Look Like You Sound]]'' in 1996, and fronts a [[Bluegrass music|bluegrass]] band called [[Lock 'n' Load (bluegrass band)|Lock 'n' Load]]. Lionel wrote a book, "''[ Everyone's Crazy Except You and Me...And I'm Not So Sure About You: America's Favorite Contrarian Cuts Loose]''". It was published by Hyperion and was released on August 5, 2008. On March 22, 2010, Lionel began a nightly commentary<ref name=wpix>[ Lionel bio at the WPIX website]</ref> on New York's [[WPIX]] Channel 11 and was a regular contributor to the morning and late night newscasts, as well as the station's legal analyst. He then launched [] on June 23, 2010, containing podcasts, audio, video, essays as well as his YouTube channel "''[ Lionel Nation]''." In August 2012, Lionel began hosting the morning show on [ The New IQ 106.9] in Philadelphia. In 2015, Lionel began regularly appearing on [ RT] and [ RT America] as a legal and media analyst.{{Citation needed|date=August 2016}} In 2015 Lionel won a commentary/editorial writing [[New York Emmy Awards|New York Emmy Award]].<ref name="">[ PDF — New York Chapter Of The National Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences Announces Results Of The 58th Annual New York Emmy Awards, May 2, 2015 — listed 3rd from bottom, Writer: Commentary/Editorial — Lionel, September 25, 2013. (WPIX-TV).]</ref> Lionel has appeared on Court TV, PBS, Tribune Media, C-SPAN, CBS, ABC, NY1, BBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, Newsmax TV, HuffPost Live, RT America, RT International, Arise America, Food Network, CrossTalk, The Alex Jones Show, Stone Cold Truth, Air America, Coast to Coast AM, SiriusXM, Cumulus, iHeartMedia, France's Canal+, Radio New Zealand, Rossiya 24, Radio Belgrade, NTV and 92nd Street Y. Lionel also appears in the 2016 fourth season of the Netflix television series ''[[House of Cards (U.S. TV series)|House of Cards]]''. == Philosophy == Originally espousing a largely [[libertarianism|libertarian]] political philosophy, Lionel describes himself as a political atheist.<ref>{{cite web |title=Lionel On Trial for Anarchist Thought Crimes |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=James Corbett and Lionel on [[The Corbett Report]] and Lionel Nation |date=2015-05-14 |accessdate=2016-08-17}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |title=We're Anarchists! |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2015-05-10 |accessdate=2016-08-17}}</ref> He personally eschews such labels and repeatedly criticizes those who hold opinions simply out of allegiance to a word like “conservative” or “liberal”. He repeatedly professes the notion that the left–right paradigm is but an illusion. He opposes the death penalty on the grounds that the justice system is far too unreliable to be entrusted with that power,{{Citation needed|date=August 2016}} and favors decriminalization of drug use and possession as well as prostitution, gambling and victimless offenses.{{Citation needed|date=August 2016}} He long supported gay and “intragender” marriage and strongly opposed the Iraq War since around 2004.{{Citation needed|date=August 2016}} He asks callers to take the Lionel Challenge: Try explicating or describing a political philosophy or point without using a label. Some, he contends, find it impossible.{{Citation needed|date=August 2016}} Lionel appears as a political commentator and news decoder, legal analyst, renaissance lawyer and (out)spoken word artist around the country. He performs with his trio named “Lock 'n' Load.” Lionel is a [[Voice acting|voice actor]]<ref>{{cite web |title=The Voices of Lionel |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2014-09-06 |accessdate=2016-08-18}} from 0m00s to 2m55s</ref> sought-after emcee and speaker and provides lecture series around the country.{{Citation needed|date=August 2016}} [[Newsweek]] described Lionel as “[a]n intellectual known for his irreverent political and social humor.”{{Citation needed|date=August 2016}} Famed record producer [[Jerry Wexler]] describes Lionel thus: “He wears the mantle of [[Lenny Bruce]], with Lenny's own tropisms: The Oblique, The Irreverent, The Tangential, The Concupiscent, The Polymorphous Perverse, The Arcane, The Numinous. And yet Lionel brings to the table his own savory: A love of the mother tongue and a gonzo vocabulary that puts his logo on all his works, whether talk-show hosting, standup-comic spritzing, or hanging out — with himself a minor art form.”{{Citation needed|date=August 2016}} == The Lionel argot and assorted miscellany == * '''Theme song''': For years Lionel adopted "''[[Nina Morena]]''" by the [[Gipsy Kings]] as his theme song. [[Mondegreen|The song's opening line, which sounds like "Lionel" repeatedly]],<ref>{{cite web|title=Gypsy Kings — Nina Morena|url=|website=YouTube|publisher=Daman Chadha|accessdate=2016-08-21}}</ref> caused him to "fall out of his chair" the first time he heard it.{{Citation needed|date=October 2010}} The closing theme song was for years "''[[Soul Makossa]]''" by [[Manu Dibango]].<ref>{{cite web|title=Manu Dibango — Soul Makossa|url=|website=YouTube|publisher=M-YAMI|accessdate=2016-08-21}}</ref> * '''Barstool Diplomacy''': The type of diplomacy advocated by those who endorse the use of overwhelming military force, not excepting nuclear weapons, as the first move. A ham-handed and bellicose approach to any world event where critical analysis and strategy prove problematic.{{Citation needed|date=October 2010}} * '''The monkey's dead, the show's over ... Sue ya!''': Lionel's end-of-show catch phrase, used since the early 1990s. "Sue ya" is a reference to his former profession. "The monkey's dead, the show's over" was originally spoken by a defeated political candidate in Tampa when asked for an election-night comment about his failed campaign (this phrase is an inversion of a quotation from the [[Tennessee Williams]] play [[Orpheus Descending]].) Lionel saw the quote in the next day's newspaper and has used it since.{{Citation needed|date=October 2010}} * '''Comment as you see fit!''': Lionel's signature valedictory following his television, YouTube,<ref>{{cite web |title=Lionel Nation YouTube Channel |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |accessdate=2016-08-15}}</ref> and audio commentaries and analyses. * '''The myth of the left–right paradigm.''' Inspired by the works of Professor [[Carroll Quigley]],<ref></ref> it speaks to the myth that real choice exists between and among political parties.{{Citation needed|date=October 2010}} * '''Lionel's Law''' is a rule he coined that says, "The law always lags behind technology."<ref>{{cite web |title=The Cops Don't Need No Stinkin' Warrant for Cellphone Location Data |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2016-06-01 |accessdate=2016-08-11}} from 1m25s to 1m32s</ref> Lionel is alarmed by society distracted by immediate novelty without future consideration of rapidly developing and unregulated technologies (iPhones, drones, robots, bio-signatures, artificial intelligence) with profound potential for [[Orwellian]] [[deep state]] [[Computer and network surveillance|cyber-surveillance]] abuse. * '''Attributed quotes''' frequently used by Lionel include: ** "Give a man a reputation as an early riser and he can sleep till noon."<ref>{{cite web |title=Our American Voter Ignorant, Clueless, Confused and Misinformed |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2016-09-04 |accessdate=2016-09-09}} from 0m00s to 0m10s</ref> — misattributed to [[Mark Twain]],<ref name="Wikiquote — Mark Twain">{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — Mark Twain}}</ref> originally from [[James Howell]]<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — James Howell}}</ref> as "He that hath once got the fame of an early riser, may sleep till noon."<ref>{{cite web|last1=Howell|first1=James|title=Epistolae Ho-Elianae|url=|website=Google Books|publisher=1655 Edition|accessdate=20 September 2016}}</ref> ** "History would be a wonderful thing, if only it were true."<ref>See for example: * {{cite web |title=Trump's Blueprint for Destroying a Hillary Presidency |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2016-03-20 |accessdate=2016-08-26}} from 0m14s to 0m24s * {{cite web |title=Hillary's Reckless Red Scare Blather Endangers America |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation on [[RT (TV network)|RT]] |date=2016-09-06 |accessdate=2016-09-09}} from 5m36s to 5m45s * {{cite web |title=United States of America v. Hillary Rodham Clinton |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2016-09-05 |accessdate=2016-09-09}} from 30m02s to 30m09s * {{cite web |title=Pathetic Hillary Despots Try in Vain to Derail the Trump Revolution |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2016-12-01 |accessdate=2016-12-03}} from 25m37s to 25m47s * {{cite web |title=Government and Sockpuppet Rodeo Clown Media Whores Lie, Distract, Distort and Redirect Attention |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2016-12-06 |accessdate=2016-12-06}} from 10m53s to 11m13s * {{cite web |title=Free Speech Under Attack Deep State Promotes Fake News and False Flag Putin Election Hacking Myths |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2016-12-11 |accessdate=2016-12-11}} from 23m17s to 23m23s </ref> — [[Leo Tolstoy]]<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — Leo Tolstoy}}</ref> (unsourced attribution as of 2016-08-18) *** "History is a myth that people agree to believe."<ref>See for example: * {{cite web |title=Pathetic Hillary Despots Try in Vain to Derail the Trump Revolution |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2016-12-01 |accessdate=2016-12-03}} from 25m47s to 25m57s * {{cite web |title=Government and Sockpuppet Rodeo Clown Media Whores Lie, Distract, Distort and Redirect Attention |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2016-12-06 |accessdate=2016-12-06}} from 10m53s to 11ms13 </ref> — [[Napoleon|Napoléon Bonaparte, aka Napoleon I of France]] (originally, "What then is, generally speaking, the truth of history? A fable agreed upon."<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — Napoleon I of France}}</ref>) *** "History is written by the winners."<ref>{{cite web |title=Pathetic Hillary Despots Try in Vain to Derail the Trump Revolution |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2016-12-01 |accessdate=2016-12-03}} from 25m57s to 26m06</ref> — misattributed to Churchill or Bismarck, originally from [[George Orwell]]<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — George Orwell}}</ref> **** "For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all Parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history." — [[Winston Churchill]] ****: This quote may be the basis for a statement often attributed to Churchill : ''History will be kind to me. For I intend to write it.''<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — Winston Churchill}}</ref> **** "Concerning the blunders which had been made in our foreign policy public opinion is, as a rule, first enlightened when it is in a position to look back upon the history of a generation, and the Achivi qui plectuntur are not always immediately contemporary with the mistaken actions." — [[Otto von Bismarck]]<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — Otto von Bismarck}}</ref> **** "History is almost always written by the victors and conquerors and gives their viewpoint; or, at any rate, the victors' version is given prominence and holds the field." — [[Jawaharlal Nehru]]<ref>{{cite book|last1=Nehru|first1=Jawaharlal|title=The Discovery of India|date=1946|location=first paragraph of chapter 7|edition=(reprint edition)|accessdate=7 December 2016|ref=The Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations}}</ref> ** "If voting made a difference it would be illegal." — unknown (often misattributed to [[Emma Goldman]],<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — Emma Goldman}}</ref> [[Mark Twain]],<ref name="Wikiquote — Mark Twain"/> and [[Philip Berrigan]]<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — Philip Berrigan}}</ref>) ** "I'm not a conspiracy theorist — I'm a conspiracy analyst."<ref name="youtube">{{cite web |title=Lionel and Alex Jones Globalism's Worst Nightmare |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation on [[Alex Jones (radio host)|InfoWars]] |date=2014-08-12 |accessdate=2016-08-26}} from 8m44s to 9m22s</ref> — [[Gore Vidal]]<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — Gore Vidal}}</ref> *** "There will come a day where it is an article of faith to be an American to say that there are no conspiracy theories."<ref name="youtube"/> — [[Gore Vidal]] (originally, "Post-9/11, the American media were filled with pre-emptory denunciations of unpatriotic 'conspiracy theorists', who not only are always with us but are usually easy for the media to discredit since it is an article of faith that there are no conspiracies in American life."<ref name="within">{{cite web |title=The Enemy Within |url= | |publisher=''The Observer'' (London) |date=2002-10-27 |accessdate=2016-08-31}}</ref>) *** "[[Conspiracy theory]] has become a code word for the unspeakable truth."<ref name="youtube"/> — [[Gore Vidal]] (originally,"Apparently, 'conspiracy stuff' is now shorthand for unspeakable truth."<ref name="within"/>) ** "Never believe anything until it's officially denied." — [[Claud Cockburn]]<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — Claud Cockburn}}</ref> via [[John Pilger]]<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — John Pilger}}</ref> ** "When the facts change, I change my opinion." — [[John Maynard Keynes]] (originally, "When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?"<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — John Maynard Keynes}}</ref>) ** "When you remove all that is impossible, the remains, even though they're improbable, tends to be the truth."<ref>{{cite web |title=Lionel on RT's 'Breaking the Set' with Abby Martin |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation on [[RT (TV network)|RT]] |date=2014-09-26 |accessdate=2016-08-17}} from 7m07s to 7m21s</ref> — [[Arthur Conan Doyle]]'s<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — Arthur Conan Doyle}}</ref> [[Sherlock Holmes]]<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — Sherlock Holmes}}</ref> featured several variations ** "You only take flak when you're over the target."<ref>See for example: * {{cite web |title=Trump Media Lies, White Supremacist Bullsh^t and Sharpton Paid Off to Back Off |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2 December 2016 |accessdate=2 December 2016}} from 20m41s to 21m21s * {{cite web |title=Free Speech Under Attack Deep State Promotes Fake News and False Flag Putin Election Hacking Myths |url= |website=YouTube |publisher=Lionel Nation |date=2016-12-11 |accessdate=2016-12-11}} from 23m17s to 23m23s </ref> (alternatively "If you're not catching flak, you're not over the target." or "You know you're over the target when you're catching flak.")  — (unsourced attribution as of 2016-12-07) ** "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts." — [[Daniel Patrick Moynihan]]<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Wikiquote — Daniel Patrick Moynihan}}</ref> == The Lebron Firm == In 2015 [ The Lebron Firm] was launched with headquarters in New York. Described as a "renaissance law firm" dedicated to the representation of plaintiffs in civil actions, including auto accident, medical and professional negligence, products liability and civil rights violations including police misconduct and wrongful conviction. == External links == {{colbegin}} * [ Lionel Media, The Official Website] * [ Lionel Media on Twitter] * [ Lionel Nation YouTube Page] * {{C-SPAN|M Lionel}} ** [ C-SPAN ''Q&A'' interview with Lionel, September 21, 2008] * [ Talkers Magazine — The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America] * [ Talkers Magazine — Heaviest Hundred — The Most Important Talk Show Hosts of All Time] * [ Talkers Magazine — Frontier Fifty (Outstanding Talk Media Webcasters)] * [ MP3 — Lionel on the Iraq War May, 2005 on WOR, WFMU] * [ MP3 — Aircheck from Lionel's first-ever radio show] — bad link? {{colend}} == References == {{colbegin}} {{Reflist}} {{colend}} {{Authority control}} {{DEFAULTSORT:Lionel}} [[Category:1958 births]] [[Category:American talk radio hosts]] [[Category:American television personalities]] [[Category:Emmy Award winners]] [[Category:Hispanic and Latino-American people]] [[Category:Living people]] [[Category:Radio personalities from Tampa, Florida]] [[Category:University of South Florida alumni]]