I have a friend who listens to this garbage every day. I encourage her to try public radio, as an alternative that really does try to cover at least more than one side to every issue they discuss. and welcomes dissention and intelligent debate. She just does not get it. We are polar opposites, politically. What kills me, though, is that, as a Muslim, she can sit and listen to Rush and all the Rushalikes bashing her religion and way of life, and KEEP LISTENING, and buy their books, etc.
We cannot have intelligent conversation about anything...the war in Iraq, for instance, or possible solutions for peace in the ME, or global warming, or the economy.
It's especially hard, since she has never really been in a position of supporting herself. She married fairly young, and never had to work outside the home more than a couple of hours a week...she managed to shelter herself from a lot of experience in life. But she sure is opinionated!
Whenever anything remotely related to politics comes up in conversation, she whips out her belligerent talk radio jargon and bascially insults my intelligence. Unless we're in a larger group, where she knows she has no chance of being heard. Then she clams up.
The sad part is, behind her talking, I can SEE the FEAR in her eyes--she IS afraid of Hispanics (She thinks Plaza Sesamo is just wrong to have on public TV), of foreigners who speak other languages in her presence, of the "government's control over her life" (which, now that her man is in office, we SHOULD be afraid of), of all kinds of things. She is so scared and paranoid, and this is her reaction. And she is passing narrow-minded supremacy attitudes on to her kids, who also spend the whole day in her house with her, listening to that crap on the radio, and watching Fox News at the end of the day.
I know they want to develop a left-wing talk network. I just wish all people would require more sides to each issue to have air. But, as long as there are bigots, there will be a market.