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Invasion of the loudmouths

Discussion in 'Politics' started by HAF2, Mar 19, 2017.

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    HAF2

    HAF2 Well-Known Member

    How some radio hosts set the agenda
    Invasion of the loudmouths

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    Alex Jones has said the shooting at Sandy Hook, Conn., was staged.
    Joe Walsh, a U.S. talk-radio host, last week tweeted to gun-control advocates whose children were killed in the horrific Newton, Conn., shooting in 2012: “I’ll just say it: Sandy Hook Parents: Your 15 minutes is up.”

    Alex Jones, a U.S. talk-radio host, has said the shooting at Sandy Hook was staged. He says the moon landings were faked.

    Mark Levin, a U.S. talk-radio host, this month alleged, without evidence, that the Obama administration used “police state” surveillance tactics against the Donald Trump presidential campaign. He has said “the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated our government.”

    Michael Savage, a U.S. talk-radio host, once said of autism: “In 99 per cent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.’”

    Sean Hannity, a U.S. talk-radio and Fox News TV host, once claimed that Obama “went to a Muslim school” and “grew up in Kenya.”

    These are the kinds of people from whom the president of the United States gets his information, and worse, rebroadcasts it. U.S. talk-radio hosts were hugely influential before Trump’s election, and they are even more so now.

    Trump has called Jones “amazing.” He gets advice from Hannity. His infamous tweets alleging his predecessor ordered wiretaps against him were based on the report by Levin.

    Despite Trump’s many attacks on the mainstream media, it is these people and their ilk, none of them journalists, who help give the media a bad name.

    Even their less outrageous (and less famous) colleagues are fond of prescribing simple, poorly considered solutions to complex problems.

    They have been multiplying since 1987, during the Reagan administration, when the U.S. Federal Communications Commission stopped enforcing the so-called Fairness Doctrine, which obliged broadcasters to devote air time to contrasting views on matters of public interest.

    The abandonment of the doctrine did not likewise cause so-called “progressive” radio shows to multiply, perhaps because “progressives” are lousy at it. Maybe they don’t shout enough.

    Few people want to listen to leftwing dullards when right-wing fabulists are available, apparently.

    Perhaps also progressives are not interested in the fame and fortune such shows can generate for their hosts, although it’s hard to believe.

    After all, the granddaddy of them all, Rush Limbaugh, earned $77 million in 2015, according to Forbes. Sean Hannity made $29 million. Glenn Beck made $16.5 million.

    Sometimes, these people back off a bit. Savage said he was taken out of context on autism. Limbaugh has apologized on occasion, and Beck admits he has said “stupid things.”

    But their apologies and clarifications rarely resonate with listeners, or the president for that matter. The misinformation these loudmouths spew somehow finds its way into some circles of conventional wisdom, where normal thinkers are obliged to actually refute it.

    https://www.pressreader.com/canada/the-hamilton-spectator/20170318/281513635968684
     
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    schuylaar

    schuylaar Well-Known Member

    I wonder how much time he spends practicing this:

     
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    heckler73

    heckler73 Well-Known Member

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    Unclebaldrick

    Unclebaldrick Well-Known Member

    Nevertheless, I think the Fairness Doctrine was some bullshit.
     
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    dagwood45431

    dagwood45431 Well-Known Member

    These people are like charlatan preachers of phony gospel for the stupid masses. Tits Limbaugh started out as a total put-on and knew what bullshit to say to get his "talk show" phone to light up although even he didn't believe what he was saying. At some point, he started buying his own bullshit and his idiotic persona took over. None of these people is bright beyond knowing that whipping the stupid into a frothy frenzy can be lucrative. Upon learning that someone I've met is a Limbaugh or Hannity fan (or any of the others) I dismiss them as idiots instantly.
     
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    HAF2

    HAF2 Well-Known Member

    If people took the opinions of these "entertainment personalities" as they should, just their fucking opinions, it would be ok.
    But trump spouts it as fact, without due diligence of checking sources or credibility.
    It's a gong show.
     
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    dagwood45431

    dagwood45431 Well-Known Member

    The very genesis of fake news.
     
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    tampee

    tampee Well-Known Member

    Looks to me the real loudmouths are the liberals.
     
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    HAF2

    HAF2 Well-Known Member

    How very unbiased of you.
     
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    dagwood45431

    dagwood45431 Well-Known Member

    You voted for the King of Loudmouths, jackass.
     
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    tampee

    tampee Well-Known Member

    I voted for Johnson actually.
     
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    dagwood45431

    dagwood45431 Well-Known Member

    No, on election day, you played with your johnson.
     
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    Unclebaldrick

    Unclebaldrick Well-Known Member

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    HAF2

    HAF2 Well-Known Member

    Just locker room talk.
     
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    dagwood45431

    dagwood45431 Well-Known Member

    Tampee is actually one pussy I'd love to grab (and then shake the shit out of).
     
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    HAF2

    HAF2 Well-Known Member

    He's a North Korean Jew who doesn't beleive in the holocaust.

    That dude's got more problems than he can count.
     
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    Justin-case

    Justin-case Well-Known Member


    You have to be eighteen to vote, kid
     
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    tampee

    tampee Well-Known Member

    Good thing I'm 34.
     
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    schuylaar

    schuylaar Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Or someone who still has a Trump bumper sticker proudly displayed.
     
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    tampee

    tampee Well-Known Member

    That's just one of my personalities and I'm a proud gun owner.
     

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