excellence? maybe not.
February 4, 2003 10:23 PM

I've been travelling mid-day at work more often lately. And so, I'm listening to the local talk radio station (NPR locally shifts to classical music during the workday, and that's just not enough for the drive).

Most of the shows on this particular station are part of the "EIB" network, which is, as far as I can tell, a network of shows that Rush Limbaugh approves.

Rush Limbaugh. Ugh. I do not understand the people who claim he's brilliant and insightful. Maybe he once was - I don't recall him being as simple-minded on his television show years ago - but he certainly is not now. Fully eighty percent of every show he's done has consisted of simply bashing liberals for things like blankly hating conservatives and refusing to come up with effective solutions to the problems they identify.

Um. Excuse me.

"This is Kettle. You're black."

So, no surprise, I find Rush entirely pointless.

But. There are some much better shows on this network. One Glen Beck, for instance. Glen seems to take particular delight in accepting calls from idiots who've heard too much Rush [no, not that Rush, silly!] and stewed in their own prejudices - Glen takes these guys and mocks them furiously. I like that.

He's still conservative, but in a way that would encourage conversation if more liberal-minded folk listened to his show.

Another thing I find fascinating about this whole radio station, oddly enough, is this weird advertising quality. They have the announcers read the actual ads - so, it comes across as these trustworthy figures who just happen to be paid to sell you some idiot product (i.e. Herbalife, I kid you not).

Basically, they use the same methods as older-style radio announcers. Compared to the loud, undisguised quality of most contemporary advertising (surely everyone has at some point had to turn the radio or television down for commercials and back up for the program), it's harder to ignore. It's also strangely disillusioning - and almost creepy.

Trust no one, the trusted radio voice seems to say. Creepy.

TrackBack : in books & tv & internet stuff « fat people are dangerous | Main | why i hate "liberals" »
your wicked thoughts

You're misremembering Rush; he was always pointless, including on his TV show, which I would occasionally turn on when I was simply in the mood to get pissed at something.

I still remember one bit where he played some footage of a speech by Jocelyn Elders; I don't remember the topic, but I remember that, while I agreed with what she was saying, I could at least see how the other side could refute the points she made.  Rush's response?  Making fun of her voice.

But at least I have Al Franken's book and Dave Letterman's "hot gas" zinger to keep me warm at night.

these are the thoughts of Ashley on February 8, 2003 11:04 AM

I am ashamed to admit that I listen to rush all of the time, simply to be annoyed. This is definitely some sort of congenital character flaw, as I also find myself visiting warblogger sites to see what the chickenhawks have to say about today's protests.

But, yeah. Rush also has a habit of wondering out loud why "those liberal women" are so ANGRY all of the time. They're never saying anything positive, they're just always COMPLAINING about something or other.

Um...insert pot/kettle comment here.

these are the thoughts of drublood on February 15, 2003 11:48 PM

Glen Beck IS cool, he used to be local where I live (Tampa Bay), now he must be syndicated.

these are the thoughts of Karen on February 20, 2003 08:21 PM

please note that your IP address is logged when comments are posted, and comment abuse including spam will be investigated and reported to your internet service provider.

in this section
miss anything? (monthly)
artsy stuff
books & tv & internet stuff
fat & health stuff
feministy stuff
generally political stuff
nerdy & silly stuff
sexually liberated stuff
vaguely personal stuff
work & money stuff
i have a livejournal, too
more info
email me
design by seven ten


about the site wicked thoughts edge of the season arts links we have brains