Posted by lex on September 28th, 2007
I’m not a particular fan of Rush Limbaugh’s. Don’t listen to his radio, don’t go to his website. It isn’t any so much that I have particular philosophical issues with him, so much as it is the tone. He’s one of these guys who thinks people who disagree with him aren’t just wrong, they’re evil. Or stupid. Or both.
Me? I find that off-putting. Not wrong, not bad. Just not my cuppa.
But Rush makes a pretty good living off it I guess. And it’s certainly fair to say such tactics are widespread on both sides of our political divide. It’s worth remembering that while conservative talk radio was born out of anger with “mainstream media” biases, a lot of the angry left commentary ends up on the blogs. For whatever reason, there isn’t quite the market for a commercially successful leftish talk radio. What with NPR flooding the airwaves on the taxpayer dime. Talk about government driving out the private sector.
And I’m an NPR guy. I like shouting at the radio. You’ll never get to savor the savage joys of changing the station on (or blogging about) Robert Reich or Daniel Schorr unless you wade in the same pool for a bit.
With all that said, it’s hard to escape the conclusion today that the angry left blogs have whipped themselves up in a fury of outrage over the fact that Rush said soldiers who disagree with the war are somehow “phony” soldiers.
Manufactured outrage, that is. Since it turns out that, taken in context, Limbaugh’s comments about phony soldiers referred to soldiers that were, you know: Phony. Jesse McBeth phony.