So somewhere in the midst of brilliant journalism...CNN has assigned Carol Costello to the job of monitoring talk radio. You can imagine this game as it's played out. Carol has to find people to say certain things that the CNN management or production team wants said.
So this is what transpired earlier in the week, on the air:
CAROL COSTELLO: Talk radio, especially conservative talk, is so powerful, some say it's made our country viciously partisan. Ten of the top 11 radio talk shows are conservative. The king? Rush Limbaugh, with 15 million (sic--20) listeners. Psychiatrist Gail Saltz says Limbaugh's style appeals to those who feel they have no voice.So I sat there....mostly laughing. Did you catch what Carol said? Basically....people that listen to liberal talkers on talk radio...do so because they like a weak, wussy, hopeless message?
GAIL SALTZ: He's essentially kind of operating like the bully. And if you're on the playground, do you want to be the bully's -- you know, under the bully's wing and go along with him and get therefore some power by proxy, too? Or do you want to be like left out alone on the playground where, you know, who knows who's going to take you out?
CAROL COSTELLO: Saltz says conservative talkers are more popular than liberal talkers because they attract the kind of person who likes strong, aggressive messages.
Carol basically tore up her entire original argument with the comeback that was supposed to attack Rush Limbaugh. Instead...if you grasp precisely what she hinted....liberals want weak messages from talk radio. It apparently makes them feel better.
The thing is....I really dislike Rush's message about 90 percent of the time. He will....once a day....come up on a major story and really lay it down correctly....but you'd have to listen for three hours to get that one great story.
As for the crowd that bashes Rush? Well...they are just as bad. In this case....Carol is mostly serving her bosses drama requirements....putting up some guy they found to use the word "bully" as much as possible. And the CNN management? Well....they basically are trying to figure up the next expert witness they can bring out of the woodwork....to hint their next message against Rush, Hannity, or Glenn Beck.
In this case....I'd like to suggest a 17th Century English literary analyst to analyze Rush's use of verbs and adjectives....and grade him against Shakespeare. It might be entertaining.