Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Talk radio

Talk radio thrives on confrontation and recrimination. When Rush Limbaugh said that he wanted President Obama to fail, he was intelligently explaining his own interests. What he omitted to say – but what is equally true – is that he also wants Republicans to fail. If Republicans succeed – if they govern successfully in office and negotiate attractive compromises out of office – Rush’s listeners get less angry. And if they are less angry, they listen to the radio less, and hear fewer ads for Sleepnumber beds.
That's David Frum on conservative media's role in the failure to stop the Obama health reform.

It doesn't really matter if you think Frum isn't a real conservative. This is an analysis of media, and a convincing one at that.

It seems many of us tuned in and ripped the knob off, which was great for Rush, but I'm not sure what it did for the rest of us.


J. Strupp said...

....and it's Frum's refusal to act like a Republican zombie that got his rear-end fired from the AEI today.

That that be a lesson to all conservatives.

Dad29 said...

When did Frum become a "conservative"?

Jeremy R. Shown said...

Dad - Good question. He certainly wasn't when he was cheerleading for the Iraq invasion.

Strupp - I'm skeptical that what you describe is what actually happened. Good narrative often makes for lousy reality.