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26 February, 2009

Aiming for the Middle Brow

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 16:43

John Derbyshire with good thoughts to chew on: How Radio Wrecks the Right.

With reasons for gratitude duly noted, are there some downsides to conservative talk radio? Taking the conservative project as a whole—limited government, fiscal prudence, equality under law, personal liberty, patriotism, realism abroad—has talk radio helped or hurt? All those good things are plainly off the table for the next four years at least, a prospect that conservatives can only view with anguish. Did the Limbaughs, Hannitys, Savages, and Ingrahams lead us to this sorry state of affairs?

They surely did. At the very least, by yoking themselves to the clueless George W. Bush and his free-spending administration, they helped create the great debt bubble that has now burst so spectacularly. The big names, too, were all uncritical of the decade-long (at least) efforts to “build democracy” in no-account nations with politically primitive populations. Sean Hannity called the Iraq War a “massive success,” and in January 2008 deemed the U.S. economy “phenomenal.”

Update:

Derb has found some thoughts from Terry Teachout on the subject of the Middlebrow Moment.

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2 Comments »

  1. I do not concur that conservative talk radio is somehow responsible for the “great debt bubble” and our “sorry state of affairs”. I am an avid listener and have never heard anyone of them encourage people to live beyond their means. To say these hosts, especially Savage, had yoked themselves to President Bush without citing specific examples, leads me to believe you are not a regular listener.

    Comment by Toby Buttle — 27 February, 2009 @ 10:52

  2. I wonder if you followed the link to read all of what Derb wrote. Apparently you didn’t read carefully enough to note those were Derb’s words, not mine.

    “Thoughts to chew on” means worth considering thoughtfully. It doesn’t mean a blanket endorsement of what the author wrote.

    Comment by buttle — 28 February, 2009 @ 8:56


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