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Talk Radio is a Cancerous Blight on the Nation; Not "Entertainment".

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Talk Radio is a Cancerous Blight on the Nation; Not "Entertainment".

September 14, 2009

For months radio lout Steve Malzberg screamed 10 times a day that "Folks, Barack Obama HATES! this country and his WIFE HATES! this country".

And when for over ten years, every day, Hannity couldn't survive a fact check in the average kindergarten class, and when he violated Abner Louima with the equivalent of a verbal plunger after Louima had been worked over with a physical plunger, that was nothing else but Vile Poison.

Prior to low-brow, right wing, dishonest, and hate fueled talk radio, the political culture of our country would have prevented Joe Wilson from screaming insults at the President of the United States in the midst of an address to a joint session (or anywhere else).

This culture of relentlessly dishonest and utterly ignorant pure hate which is ubiquitous all over low-brow, rightwing radio is nothing other than Vile Poison, even though right wing apologists try to cosmeticize this swill as merely "entertainment".

These transparently political apologistsareno doubt descended from those fine folks inancient Rome who made the casethat throwing Christians to lions was alsomerely "Entertainment".

While it ispossible to do a radio program that is truly entertaining, honest, intelligent, funny, and informative, doing that requires some amount of ethics and talent and diligent application, and that does not describe the low-brow, right wing, hate fueled, dishonest, and power hungry slobs who bleed pure poison all across our public spectrum.

Employing the most ugly and persistently untruthful political slurs about crucial public policy questions along with ugly and false personal character assassination in furtherance of a bigoted and feudal political agenda that couldnever existon the meritsabsenttheir relentlesstsunami ofcalculated lying,would not in anyrationalenvironmentbeconsidered even remotely as"entertainment".

As but one illustration,on this idiotic and malicious low-brow, right wing radio the President of the United States is a Marxist who HATES! this country along with his wife. What I ask any decent citizen can be the purpose of repeating such a statement multiple times a day on an individual's radio program? And what can be the purpose of sponsors who purchase advertising on such a "show". And what can be the purpose of an station licensee who right now features this Malzberg in addition to Savage, Dobbs, and Beck all on one station; WOR-AMin New York.

Color of Change, are you listening !?

That's just one example...some others: Death panels, birthers, the USA couldn't live without attacking and occupying Iraq (3 Trillion dollars later of tax payers money), Sarah Palin is a genius who loves America even as she makes speeches of love to the Alaska Independence Party whose whole existence is devoted to LEAVING the country she makes believe she loves.

And an endless torrent of theseirresponsiblegargoyleshurlingthered meatof hateand slanderto the least informed, most hate filled cadres in an increasingly ignorant demographic consumed in the malice and stupidity that makes license holders money today as it eats the country up from the inside in the long term.

This is the message that goes out all over talk radio on the Public's Air, minute by minute, day after day after day.

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