Liberals prefer to suppose that conservatives are very closed-minded and might’t deal with listening to an opposing opinion. However each time “mainstream” journalists begin discussing speak radio and the way it’s “dangerous for America,” you may surmise that they usually can’t deal with the opposite aspect.
On September 16, the CBS Information present Sunday Morning devoted the entire present to exploring “A Nation Divided.” CBS would really like you to suppose they don’t like division and usually are not divisive. That’s false.
Fill-in host Ted Koppel started: “Tens of thousands and thousands of Individuals get their political marching orders from the radio.” Now how insulting is that? How divisive is that? Anybody who listens to conservatives on the radio is (to borrow the previous Washington Submit insult) “poor, uneducated, and straightforward to command.”
Democracy is meant to be about persuasion, and also you’re not going to influence somebody or unify the nation by saying half of us are taking “marching orders” from talk-radio generals. It seems like CBS liberals are annoyed that their “marching orders” aren’t adopted.
The CBS reporter was Jim Axelrod. He is no relation to Democrat strategist David Axelrod, however they sound like brothers. He started with extra insults: “35 years after the speak radio revolution, on the air remains to be usually an train in off the rails.” This, from the Dan Moderately Channel that by some means by no means went off the rails into pretend information.
Axelrod’s first speak radio professional was Brian Rosenwald, a liberal whose 2019 ebook on speak radio carries blurbs from CBS’s John Dickerson, CNN’s Michael Smerconish, and Eric Alterman, the socialist crank who wrote the unintentional humor ebook titled What Liberal Media?
Rosenwald whined that speak radio “has unquestionably divided Individuals. It has unquestionably hardened our politics.” Axelrod then requested Rosenwald “how is that good for America?” He replied “It is not! It’s dangerous for America.” This underlines what a deeply dishonest phase that is. Solely conservatives divide and “harden our politics.” CBS and the opposite liberal channels by no means do.
Subsequent up was Michael Harrison of Talkers Journal, recognized as a “bible” for talk-radio folks. Harrison mentioned America could be “higher served” if liberal speak radio was as fashionable as conservative speak radio. That is dopey. CBS then turned again to Rosenwald, who precisely in contrast the Limbaughs to Jon Stewart and late-night lefty entertainers. However by some means their polarizing speak – like Colbert sneering Trump was Putin’s “cock holster” – by no means “harden our politics.”
CBS additionally surprisingly famous that “the one a part of the dial that’s liberal turf” is NPR, which “attracts massive numbers” and is “comparatively restrained” in comparison with industrial radio, which is in search of “ever extra excessive approaches to attracting listeners.”
That is the way in which liberals see NPR, nevertheless it’s flat improper. NPR promoted the ebook “In Protection of Looting” and one other ebook that insisted left-wing riots for “racial justice” must be welcomed and referred to as “rebellions.” NPR simply placed on radical-left creator Anand Giridharadas to complain Joe Biden ought to have by no means mentioned in 2020 that “rioting is just not protesting, looting is just not protesting.”
CBS Sunday Morning itself has aired some excessive commentary. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Nancy Giles ripped President George W. Bush, and mentioned if the victims had been largely white, “their our bodies wouldn’t have been left to drift in putrid water.” When the Republicans took over Congress in 1995, CBS TV critic John Leonard in contrast them to a “slash-and-burn Khmer Rouge.”
To sum up, CBS journalists suppose conservative radio is dangerous for America, however after they examine conservatives to Cambodian communist crackpots who slaughtered about two million folks, that’s not divisive. It’s a satchel of candy cause.