I made a surprising discovery today. I know why Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity are both rich and famous. They scare people!
Think about it, people love to be scared. That is why scary movies make so much money, scary rides are so popular and why Stephen King (my favorite author) is both rich and popular. Imagine making a fortune just by taking current events and altering them just enough to make them appear threatening and getting people to pay you to say it. That is the key. You must make people afraid, therefore they get angry, and you have a constant audience. That is why liberal talk radio never does well, it does not scare anyone. As a matter of fact it is the fodder used, by those who do scare people, to create an alternate reality that is scary.
How can liberal talk radio use this formula and still inform the public of the facts. This is not to say that everything coming from Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and others has no basis in fact. It is just that they leave out a lot of stuff, and fill the void with rumors (they created), innuendoes, and sometimes down right lies in order to create the scary picture they present to their listeners. Reminds me a lot of Orson Wells radio show "War of the Worlds", that scared a great many people in its day. Can you imagine what the followers of Rush, Glenn and Sean would do today if they reported the "War of the Worlds" story as Mr. Wells once did? There would be chaos! People would be terrified, and would hang on every word they said and make these guys even richer than they are now.
Now I find that to be a scary thing. The three of them doing their own version of War of the Worlds, it would be even scarier if they did a radio show of George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead". Then they could add in the religious right aspects of fear and really scare the hell out of everyone. I suppose I could create my own radio show, using these men and others like them, where they are the leaders of a fascist movement hiding under the guise of serious talk radio hosts. I'll bet I could find enough of their own words splice them together and play it as if they were plotting to overthrow the United States government and turn it into a country ruled by them and their ilk. I don't know about those who love these guys, but I am sure it would scare a lot of my liberal and progressive friends. It might even scare those on the right if I added their queen Sarah Palin, as the defacto leader of the New America.
Okay, now that I have explained why these guys are getting rich, I think I am going to create my own show and get rich too. I hope you will all tune in and enjoy the ride. The more of you who call in, the richer I will get. So keep those calls coming, and until the next time, I will see you all on the web.