We were talking to Sam Seder Tuesday as the news was breaking in Knoxville that the crazed shooter of Unitarians hated liberals, had the collected works of O'Reilly, Hannity and Savage by his bed, and was on food stamps.
The story didn't have much in the way of legs outside Tennessee, but surely that was because there was no mention of it by Fox News stars Billo or Hannity. Michael Savage had another more pressing fire to put out.
"It's obviously an extreme case." Seder said "He was a major head case. Right wing media foments this kind of anger at the world, and at liberals. It lays bare that the conservative ideology really has nothing to do governing -- it really has to do with an anger that there's a whole world of people who are not you."
Sam Seder will be in Seattle August 16 for KPTK's sold-out “We The People” forum. We'll be there along with Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Rachel Maddow, Randi Rhodes, and Mike Malloy. Seattle's own Ron Reagan will modulate.
Sam, 41, is on-line editor for Air America, and does fill-ins and promotional work but he's a comedian, writer, actor, film director, television producer-director, and seminal talker on AAR as co-host with Janeane Garofalo on Air America Radio's The Majority Report.
He says progressive talk had "a huge impact" on the 2006 election. Jim Webb, who became a senator from Virginia (and mentioned as a veep candidate for Obama) got his first national exposure on The Majority Report. "Ned LaMont announced his candidacy on air with me filling in for Randi Rhodes, he says.
The so-called "Fighting Dems" the non-incumbent military veterans running for Congress in 2006 as Democrats began on air-on The Majority Report with Markos Moulitsas (of DailyKos) a veteran.
The Sam Seder Show which followed TMR, had several iterations and slots on AAR, and he says there's another in the talking stage. "Mark Maron and I are trying to figure out -- at the very least -- an Internet show."
Right now, he's digging his online job: "It's hard to know when, but [the net] will be the major distribution platform for audio content -- it already is -- but we're only five years away from having the internet in the majority of new cars, and a only a couple of years from everyone listening on their phones."