Sunday, November 04, 2007

No Thanks, I'd Rather Listen to Dr. Dean

Yesterday, I was reading Cunning Runt's cunning rant about the gaseous right-wing commentators dominating the radio airwaves in today's hell-bound America. He focused on Rush Limbaugh, which is appropriate, I suppose, because he's been around the longest and is the best known, but I don't think he's the worst of the rabid pack. Granted, Rush is a loudmouthed, obnoxious blowhard, and I am distressed by the amount of influence he exerts. But, I believe he is intelligent, and knows what he's doing, and he's doing it for the money. In other words, he has no soul and no heart, but he does have a brain.

Now...let me mention the loudmouthed, blowing asshole whom I would like to banish to the hinterlands. SEAN HANNITY! I'm pretty darned sure that this man actually BELIEVES what he says. He excoriates the "Liberals" and "Democrats" as though they are the spawn of Satan. EVERYTHING the L's and D's say or write is stupid and/or evil, in his opinion. And so much of what he says is so blatantly hypocritical that I cannot understand how he doesn't realize it. e.g. "The Libs want absolute power. They want to force their beliefs down our throats. They're so convinced they're right that they won't listen to anybody else." (These are not literal quotes, but summarize the essence of his diatribes.) Substitute "ultra-conservative' religious-right-wing nut jobs" for "Libs," and you and I can see that those characteristics apply even better to that camp. Of course, Rush makes equally hypocritical statements, but at least he injects some humor (though not as much as in his pre-druggy days) into his blather.

Does anyone here know why the Right Wing dominates the airwaves to the extent they do? The only liberal viewpoints I’m exposed to are here in the blogosphere.

5 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

They dominate the airwaves because the "Fairness Doctrine" was shot down in the late 80's. They live in fear of it ever coming back.

Distributorcap said...

they smartly took over the radio airwaves and with the help of some right wing ownership and the relaxing of the rules by the FCC....

(it used to be you could only own 14 stations -- now it is virtually unlimited)

and Clear Channel is clearly a right wing run company that owns 59 million stations

as for Rush v Hannity -- they are both equally disgusting and influential --- i cant say which is worse since it would be a no win

actually i think Rush is worse -- he has more lemming followers

Writeprocrastinator said...

As a local radio analyst explained it in the Chronicle, they get their own audience, plus all the people from the left and the middle of the road that like to get pissed off.

Note also that people that stay home and listen to the radio all day, tend to skew affluent and conservative.

Madam Z said...

Dr. M: Okay. We're fucked.

DC: See above.

WP: "they get their own audience, plus all the people from the left and the middle of the road that like to get pissed off"

Which explains why *I* listen to them, occasionally.

"people that stay home and listen to the radio all day, tend to skew affluent and conservative."

Which does *not* explain why *I* listen to them.

DCup said...

Dang it. The smart boys ahead of me said all the good stuff. So I'll pretend to be a Rush Limbaugh listener and say "ditto."