I hit the wrong button the radio today while driving to get the kids and was transported to AM Radio Land. Let me tell you, it's different out there. On one station, the host spent ten minutes screaming at the top of his lungs about how Kerry insulted the nation during the second debate when he looked around and said that no one in the audience looked like they were earning over $200,000 per year. “He called you losers!!!” the guy kept shouting, “He said you are all losers!!!” over and over and over again. (Is everyone who makes under $200,000 a “loser” in AM Radioland?)
Three stations to the right, there's a female evangelist saying that many people have asked her if the storms lashing Florida might be some chastisement that G-d has aimed at Florida. No, of course not, she replies, these storms come from the Enemy and are part of a plot to distract people into caring too much about daily life, and ignoring the really important thing we must all do. And what is that? Why, we must elect the right people to office come November 2: “G-dly people, not liberals.”
I am not making this up.
As an insomniac, I’m often in the car when the only available talk radio is on the AM dial, and its often a quite refreshing trip along the Lunatic Fringe Highway…although lately there has actually been a lot more in the way of liberal democrats screaming at me instead of conservative republicans screaming at me…takes a minute to tell the difference, tho…
By the way, that hurricane map has already reached urban legend status, and the corrected version is floating around the web…
I’m a loser because I make less than $200,000 in taxable income per year? I knew I was a loser but missed the reason completely.
On the right wing radio here this morning they had ann coulter on. Shockingly, they were raking her over the coals for moronic statements.
Here in Polk County we have a cross between the two: The former PR spokesperson for the county sheriff’s office now has a time lease agreement with a local megachurch (Carpenter’s Home Church; you may have heard of it) to operate it’s AM station. She is a hard core right wing Republican, and she hosts a two hour afternoon talk show where she regularly has guests from Bush-Cheney ’04, Christian Law Association, American Family Association, and other like-minded groups along with local conservative politicos. The rest of the time is mixed between syndicated conservative talk, local paid talk/infomercials, and Carpenters Home Church and other religious programming.