Every once in a while some leftist dimwit bemoans the fact that liberals don’t get good gigs running talk shows.
That’s right, dimwit.
Fact is, liberals will never be a force in talk radio, not for a long time, if ever. Any more than you will see Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Or Gene Simmons at a Snoop Dawg concert. (Which may be the more correct analogy.)
As I have said before, talk radio is right wing rock and roll. Liberals are no good at that kind of hate. When they try it, as at Air America, it generally falls flat.
Why? Because liberals, by and large, don’t want to be yelled at. We prefer to speak for ourselves. Conservatives all want to cheer a parade. Liberals all want to lead it.
Until the rise of the blogosphere, a few years ago, liberals had no
medium to call their own. Now they do. So despite the fact that 60% of
Americans agree with liberals on practically everything (including
the War in Iraq) MSNBC has just hired a right-wing bloviator, Michael Smerconish, to replace the departed Don Imus.
Smerconish brings nothing to his new gig that 1,000 other right-wing
talkers do. For MSNBC it’s like replacing Dick Clark with Cousin
Brucie. And that’s really what we’re talking about.
The real news is that liberals don’t need to listen to these jerks, and
don’t need to read them in the newspapers, in order to get validation
for their views. They’re getting plenty of validation on the Internet,
and getting it personally, each time they write something and get an
"atta boy" from someone else.
So stop bitching about the media. Replace it instead. Which is what those who aren’t screaming about it are doing anyway.
If it makes you feel better, think of Internet liberalism as political hip hop. Monster rock’s days are numbered.