Why All The Vitriol On Talk Radio?
David Frum wonders why there seems to be so much vitriol on conservative talk radio in the days since the attempted murder of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and comes up with a theory:
Question: why? Genuine indignation at the thought that anybody might attribute violence to people who did nothing more than exercise, day after day, night after night, their constitutional right to describe the president of the United States as an alien Muslim Marxist determined to overthrow the Constitution, despatch the disabled to death panels, and impose a socialist, fascist regime on the country? Or maybe … some nervous awareness that they have been thrust into a vulnerable position by the Tucson shooting? The killer proved deranged. But you have to wonder if something did not turn over in the pit of the stomachs of people like Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin when they first heard the news.
Frankly, I doubt it. These people thrive on controversy, real or imagined, and you can bet that the last several days have seen a jump in their ratings, which is, after all, the primary thing that they care about.