Although I agree with them much of the time, shows like Beck and Hannity are grating. They give the illusion of meaningful discussion but they are in reality a carnival where highly-charged political words and phrases get thrown around in order to elicit an emotional response. Even if one is right of center, these guys are painful.
One is forced to seek refuge in places like C-SPAN and Fareed Zakaria where at least someone is given the time to develop a point without being mowed down by a host merely seeking to validate the sermon of the evening.
They have incredible guests. But the guests are treated more like witnesses. They are led by the hosts to reinforce the evening’s central thesis.
It’s like asking Clapton to come on and then grabbing his guitar and singing your own song. What’s the point? I often hope against hope that they will let people like Arthur Laffer calmly share some thoughts. But no. They interrupt people like that to insert their own take. They should get blow-up dolls with guest’s faces on them so they can talk to themselves. They do it anyway.
I suppose one can say that these shows are a “product” aimed at a consumer so I guess, in that context, they are doing what they were designed to do…:shrug: