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We Lose Money On Each Unit, But Make It Up Through Volume

May 13th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Jerry Taylor notes in passing that he doesn’t much care for the offerings of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, causing a dozen or so conservatives to lose their minds.  I’m relieved of any obligation to weigh in by Conor Friedersdorf, who pretty much nails it: When blowhards who alienate moderates and poison political discourse have lots and lots of listeners—making them the face of your movement—that is a bug, not a feature.  There’s nothing very impressive about “getting the message out” to lots of people if it’s a dumb message.

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  • 1 There’s A Neil Peart Joke Here, Somewhere « Around The Sphere // May 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm

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  • 2 Doug // May 13, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    While we’re counting bugs and features, attacking each other for lack of solidarity makes a fun subroutine.

  • 3 pragmatic idealist // May 14, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I started listening to Rush during his long impassioned defense of Bob Packwood. All those female employees accusing him of sexual harassment were liars.

    Later I heard an endless attack on Daniel IN-NO-WAY when he faced a single accusation.

    It didn’t matter that Packwood was guilty, because he was a Republican. It didn’t matter that Inouye was innocent, he was a Democrat.

    After that I decided to turn off Rush whenever I heard him make a statement that was blatantly stupid or misleading. I haven’t heard him much since.