Has it really escaped you folks that Kieth Olbermann, Neil Cavuto, Bill O’reilly, Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity and all the others like them are just reading? Thats what they do. You can idolize them all you want, but your time would be better spent cheering on a 7 year old that is having trouble with this endeavor. these people don’t write what they say. they just read it. I’ll grant that this helps employ several undertalented individuals that would be out of work if not for each little demagogues 1 hour a day of scatalogical vitriol, but other than that their contribution to society is an ability to read.
Of course for the millions of people that can’t think for themselves, that oversimplify every issue in the exact same way that the major news organizations do, these pontificators are the true leaders of our nation. They are the ones who determine what will be on the agenda. Lou Dobbs singlehandedly managed to keep the illegal immigration issue front and center day after day on CNN. You may think ths is ok, but harken back to my original premise. His only real ability is to read. He should shape our social agenda? Kieth Olbermann went on a rant against “24.” A fictional show that involves some fairly controversial issues, but none the less a fiction show. Thats the equivalent of you screaming at Homer Simpson. Yet this man is in the vanguard of the legions that consider the commuting of Scooter Libby’s sentence to be a travesty of justice. Again, this is ok, but it leaves out the fact that commuting sentences and even pardoning convicted federal felons is the purview of the president, and is nothing more nor less than use of executive privilege. It’s a minor issue at best, and certainly not one to divert attention from all the major issues facing our nation. Fortunately, we have that well known dramatic prose reader Kieth to sway the masses off a sensible course.
Sean Hannity, that paragon of enunciating virtue had built a veritable empire as a result of his ability to avoid the dangling participle. Even his look screams cookie cutter conservative wonk. When he reads though people stop and listen. They then wander out amongst the unaware, and repeat whatever pathological right wing fringe allegation that Sean has whispered in there ear. He’s not an expert on anything. He has the same basic knowledge of human events as anyone else has. The difference is he puts on a suit, has a makeup girl, and reads with a snide little “I’m smarter than you” look on his face. This may be so, but he is still just reading for a living.
Think. Immigration reform, social security and medicare, the war on terror and islamic fundamentalism, are all extremely complex issues. You could spend years studying economics and still not be able to get this country on a good economic track, yet you so willingly give up your autonomy in the free thought department to people who have never proven to be anything. Well, they’ve proven they can read. Outwit them. Think