Why Does SA Constantly Criticize Talk Radio?

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Because it breeds this:

Subject: UNPATRIOTIC ... hunter

Since mr. hunter...obviously does not listen to Sean Hannity...  he or she is obviously NOT QUALIFIED TO MAKE AN INTELLEGENT COMMENT... since intelligence is not his strong suite.....ha, I will continue....exactly when is it that it will be OKAY of us to leave Kosovo???? an oft' commented lement of the lunitic LEFT!

 

Hey, I could go on and on....but, since your a unintellegent liberal communitst.....I'll just end by saying that I have had enough of your stupid paper and will avoid the pain any longer....please do not reply...as I get enough of the liberal left as it is.......

 

You may carry on...deluding yourself.....not, me. 

 

 T. Hennessee, Summerville, SC

This is an email that was forwarded to me by my Charleston City Paper editors, completely unedited.

I am often asked why I frequently inject criticisms of talk radio into my columns, or even devote entire pieces to criticizing the medium, like the one which obviously upset Mr. Hennessee. As someone who works in the same business (although I despise Hannity, I listen to him regularly, as I do Limbaugh, Beck, Levin, etc.) it is crystal clear to me that a sizable portion of the voting public is influenced more by talk radio than political speeches or mainstream news (both of which are also suspect on their own accord).

Do I believe people like Mr. Hennessee are stupid? Perhaps they are, but I wouldn't base their intelligence on their spelling, bad grammar or even their views. I sincerely believe that there are millions of patriotic, decent Americans who simply want to do "what's right" based on the general consensus of "what's right." Their instincts are wholesome and noble.

But when "what's right" is completely wrong, as defined by the corporate boot lickers and war propagandists who speak in conservatism's name who dominate talk radio, I not only take offense - but attack them as a matter of principle. Men like Sean Hannity not only consistently give disinformation - they manipulate and pervert the patriotic instincts of average Americans for a living.

For example, I'm willing to bet that Mr. Hennessee, if he is a Summerville native with substantial roots, had Confederate ancestors. Even H.L. Mencken, who rarely had a kind word for the South, believed the following of Southern "rebels:"

"The Gettysburg speech was at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American history... the highest emotion reduced to a few poetical phrases. Lincoln himself never even remotely approached it. It is genuinely stupendous. But let us not forget that it is poetry, no logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it. Put it into the cold words of everyday. The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination -- that government of the people, by the people, for the people, should not perish from the earth. It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves."

The U.S. invaded Iraq, and the aftermath is nothing less than the attempt to reconstruct a nation by another who never had the political or moral authority to do so in the first place. I have no doubt that men like Mr. Hennessee are completely incapable of comprehending such a notion. Hannity equates empire with patriotism, and more often than not, his listeners agree.

The main point of my recent column criticizing Hannity, is that he supports foreign intervention and the damage it entails, so long as it's orchestrated by a Republican president. That Mr. Hennessee, who in all likelihood is a decent man, can't comprehend the immorality of such a position is exactly why I attack so-called "conservative" talk radio. Such thinking it's sinister. And Hannity and his ilk deserve it.

Thank you to Mr. Hennessee for reminding me why it's so important to keep attacking those subvert, manipulate and pervert the good intentions of folks like yourself.

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