talk radio for the kids
Conor revisits the talk-radio conundrum at his new Atlantic digs. I was thinking about this the other day actually. (surprise!) I sometimes try to watch a bit of Hannity or listen to some Limbaugh just to stay up to snuff on the latest talking points. I usually only last a few minutes. But what strikes me about these guys is how family-friendly they are. Or rather how not family friendly they are.
Isn’t there just a little irony in that? Aren’t these guys supposed to be representing the generic “family values” coalition to some degree? And yet, the things they say – not just the way they say them – but just the gross dishonesty and disengenousness of it all as well as they really over the top, at times racist or even marginally violent things they say…is that really family friendly? Would you want your kids to listen to Mark Levin tell a woman that her husband should blow her brains out?
I’m not saying that conservatives should necessarily be obliged to represent the family values people, but if they do, or if they say they do, then they should at least try. But what I think keeps them from this is that family friendly tv and radio just doesn’t pay the bills. So they have to be sort of racist and outrageous and over the top because that’s what keeps ratings high. And it’s odd to me that so many people who are ostensibly worried about family values can listen to these guys. Such disconnect. I don’t get it.