News & Politics  
comments_image Comments

Talk Show Hosts

Why aren't there any liberal talk show hosts?

Let me get this straight. Talk show hosts are running around criticizing actors for expressing anti-war opinions? Talk show hosts? Disc jockeys without discs flacking Double Acting Medicated Gold Bond Powder? Future infomercial hosts using the same make up people as the moving mannequins they're disparaging?

They call artists anti-American for speaking out on the war because of a lack of expertise. And they themselves are qualified how? Masters degrees from San Francisco State in International Relations? A lifetime of experience in diplomacy and government service? Or just some blow dried teeth who hired above average agents and excelled in freedom kissing Roger Ailes' butt deeper and more often than the other guy?

You tell me, what is more anti-American than polarizing citizens into "us" and "them" conveniently avoiding the fact that most of America lies in the middle? Oh, you don't want I should change the subject to anti-constitution here.

You know why there are no liberal talk show hosts? Forget the big corporations. That's another column. I'll tell you why there are no liberal talk show hosts. The American Heritage Dictionary defines liberal as:

"1.a. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. b. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded."

Does that sound like the enemy to you? No, but it does mean you have to consider an opinion other than yours before you start ranting and bullying and labeling dissenters betrayers of your version of patriotism. And in the electronic media, being tolerant enough to consider opposing opinions takes time and means sometimes saying "I don't know" or "you have a point there" which causes our national treasure, the zombie legion of soul dead media consultants, to cry and wail about a perceived ratings drop. Contemplation doesn't sell. Ask Phil Donahue. No, wait, he was boring.

The problem is fancy millionaire artists are a red meat hot button to fancy millionaire talk show hosts. Can't wait to see how they denigrate the elite Robbins and Sarandon in their next 7-figure book deal. I'll tell you another reason why there aren't any liberal talk show hosts. Because as soon as a liberal talk show host started gaining a little bit of traction, some right wing nut job would shoot him. I'm not saying left wing nut jobs wouldn't do the same thing. Except they smoke too much pot. But that's another another column.

Will Durst says "I don't know" and "you have a point there" a lot.