Yet dialing-up local radio, Saturday, to the places where we hear the weekdaily cries of rape, criminality, and treason, we heard only the chirps of the radio crickets that are syndicated reruns and brokered “shows” huckstering vitamin supplements, brake jobs, and floor tiles.
(KIROFM’s running the fascinating and important Adam Bold’s Mutual Fund Show®; Lofty Bob Brinker who dips his own financial oar in the water for three hours; and Gardening with Cisco (Jesus, and what more can he say this time of year except “Rake your leaves, already!) KVI is all brokered crap: something called New Vitality, two car shows back-to back starring the proprietors of two shops; and the creepy Dr. Mixon (who isn’t above mixing a little right-wing politics into his dubious infomercial). KTTH also lets Dr. Mixon sell for three hours; then Rajiv Nagaich, an advertising lawyer who hucksters “elder law.” Then it’s refried Rush or sporting games simulcast on their AM sporting game station).
(photo: Dr. Mixon "he's a real doctor!")KOMO is news-business as usual, any wonder why this format is winning in this town when the non-music competition bows out for two days a week? Easy for PPM-ers to get stuck on a station that doesn’t stray from its m-f programming.
Besides that the alternatives we're given is terrible radio, how can these patriots be taking a day off while this rape is perpetrated so publicly on the land that they love??? Right in the well of the Senate!
We’re re-reminded just how removed and uninvolved these heat-seeking, ratings-driven gas-bags are in real politics and public policy.
For all of Limbaugh and Glenn Beck’s blarting about patriotism and service, and denunciations of liberals and Democrats for lack of same, they’re 5-days-a-week-weekends-and-holidays-off kind of revolutionaries. (thanks for your service).
Rush Limbaugh, makes more than $40 million a year, to lodge his large backside in an upright chair for a few hours day, to brilliantly identify traitors and thunder for insurrection. Then he backs away from his real gold-plated microphone, and hits the golf course. Weekends he heads out ‘cross the fruited plain for more challenging golf courses on his private jet… to be back Monday morning to lead the revolution.
Sarah Palin is building a constituency (unless it’s raining) and selling a shitload of discounted, best-selling books, by spouting right wing clichés from the 11 pages of “policy” she had written for her and addre$$ing clutches of billionaire Chinese business men in Singapore… Monday through Friday of course. She has a brilliant future as a Republican candidate (unless the GOP powers-that-be can help it).
No lean and hungry revolutionary is Glenn Beck whose chins grow in size and number by the day, and is said to be starting a third party for 2010. He announced his battle plans Saturday: the oft maddeningly objective Politico.com writes that it's “short on specifics and long on self-promotion…” as well as timed with the release of his 2010 book. What a surprise.
Politicians work so much more, are paid so much less and are held so much more accountable. It’ll be fun to watch the clash between the lazy giants of media entertainment who are leading this angry moment and those who are in charge of actually getting candidates elected.