Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"If Hitler were alive today, he would be a talk show host"

What a brilliant quote from this Politico article.

I like listening to talk radio because it reminds me of how insane people can get, but I've always took comfort in the fact that it was simply a platform for the fringe and not a serious reflection of the American "mainstream". That said, hearing more and more of the same vitrol reported as factual news during the past two years has been disturbing, but the signal-to-noise ratio has gone completely off the top lately. I mean, I'm getting emails from people comparing Obama to Joseph Stalin, for Christ's sake. It always drove me nuts when my liberal friends called Bush a fascist, as there was so many more valid reasons to dislike Bush than making up crap about him wanting to just bomb brown people and make America a totalitarian state.

IMO, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Keith Obermann, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, Ed Shultz, Bill O'Reilly, and pretty much any cable news channel should be labeled as propoganda and treated as the faux-infotainment that it is. Alas, news and talk shows are driven my advertising dollars and not ideology, because if people wouldn't tune in if they didn't like it. Clearly, the public loves hysteria-generated news...