Posted by: David Kiley on March 28, 2006
I confess. When I’m driving home, and my satellite radio kicks out because of interference from the airport, I go up the dial to WABC AM radio to hear the rants and ravings of the stations conservative talk-show hosts.
So, the other night, a looney by the name of Mark Levin was on, and played excerpts of an interview done by a different show host with Alec Baldwin. Levin and Sean Hannity called in to the show to ambush Baldwin about bomb-throwing statements he has made in the past about the Bush Administration.
Then, Hannity played the same excerpts on his nightly Fox News program. What an ego. Baldwin refused to go on his show and be subjected to Hannity’s clock and button on the mic, so the guy ambushes him on another show and then runs the audio clips on his TV show.
What struck me was how sad the whole thing is. Hannity and Levin are popular, as is Baldwin. All three sounded like childish, adolescent jackasses without a clue of civility or intellect. The whole thing degenerated into a bunch of name-calling. Comically, Levin and Hannity excoriated Baldwin for not only being un-American, but chicken and an idiot who resorted to name-calling. I was speechless. They actually thought they were better than Baldwin. It’s laughable.
And I thought…what the hell happened here. When did this transformation take place when nightly political discourse took on the flavor and spirit of a knife fight and argument over a pair of sneakers. It’s deflating to care about politics and the country and know that such a large percentage of the radio airwaves are given over to this fifth-grade, fifth-rate level of discourse.
Listening to Sean Hannity and Alec Baldwin argue even for a few minutes over who is more right and the more Patriotic American reminds me of the story I once heard of “actor” Bob Denver (Gilligan) and “actor” George Lindsey (Goober from the Andy Griffith Show) getting into a fistfight after a Hollywood party over who acted better.
The instrument has yet to be invented to measure how stupid and childish these people are.
Where have you been kiley? I know. I know. Ever since Rush Limbaugh’s rise, these other clowns figure they need to be just as childish and stupid to get ratings and their big houses. By the way, the knuckleheads on Air America are just as bad.
As we head into a mid-term election that looks to drain some House and Senate seats away from Republicans, and a wide-open 2008 Presidential race, I fear that all we political junkies have to look forward to is one bad, boring fight between jackasses over sneakers after another, after another, after another.