Posted by: greeningwashington | April 20, 2009

Talk to Talk

By a strange turn of events, radio talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh have somehow made a name for themselves on the political stage.

As a testament to Limbaugh’s (inflated, and undeserved) political clout, the RNC Chairman Michael Steele has even had to apologize to the conservative ‘Boss’ who believes that feminists and environmentalists are a bunch of ‘wackos’.

It is probably no coincidence that the only AM station that is clearly broadcast in College Station is 1620 WTAW news talk, which happens to play Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham.

What do all three of these people have in common besides being affiliated with Fox News?

They purposefully, and sometimes maliciously, use aggrandized one-liners in place of facts or evidence. Haven’t we learned yet that by simply stating, ‘global warming is a lie, invented by a bunch of environmental wackos,’ nothing has been disproved?

This post is not meant to demonize talk-show hosts who feed off the ignorance and complacency of the masses. Instead, it is to point-out that there is a real lack of critical thinking in the political arena.

In his book, The Way Things Ought to Be and See, I Told You So, Limbaugh makes broad, sweeping statements about the environment which are based on nothing at all.

The following are clips from his book:

What “environmental wackos . . . really want to do is attack our way of life” in the effort to limit CFC’s.  “Their primary enemy: capitalism.”

“Scientists say a supernova 340,000 years ago disrupted 10 percent to 20 percent of the ozone layer, causing sunburn in prehistoric man.  Wait a minute – I thought only man could destroy the ozone. . . . And if prehistoric man merely got a sunburn, how is it that we are going to destroy the ozone layer with our air conditioners and underarm deodorants and cause everybody to get cancer?  Obviously we’re not…and we can’t …and it’s a hoax.”

Oh how I sometimes wish I were a scientist, so I could rip him a new one.

Until next time.

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