Incite -- (v) 1: give an incentive; 2: provoke or stir up; "incite a riot"; 3: urge on; cause to act
Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Self flagellation
Written by: Beck

So I finally forced myself to listen to Air America Radio. Inasmuch as they only broadcast in three markets (memory fails, but I think the three are Los Angeles, Paris, and Havana--feel free to correct me if I'm wrong). This stuff is terrible. I listened in to arch-moron Janeane Garofalo's show. She was interviewing some gentleman who wrote a book about how terrible the Bush inner circle is. Round about the point where she started talking likening the Bushs' fondness for extra-constitutional war (her words) to followers of Ayn Rand, I had to turn it off. I mean... these people have no idea what they're talking about. Ayn Rand? Yeah, objectivists are all about initiating acts of aggression against foreign states.

I've tried to stay away from the topic of Air America Radio. Not because it isn't relevant, but because EVERYONE else has already had a lengthy say on the matter. Having listened to some of it though, I just have to unleash. I remember watching Garofalo do stand up on tv once. She was actually pretty funny, but I remember being shocked when, at one point, she pulled out a crib-sheet with some notes on it and started making sure she'd gone through all her bits and hadn't forgotten any. Any funiness she may have had went out the window when Gen X grew up and got white collar jobs. In the 20 tortuous minutes I listened to her, she had not one humorous, amusing, witty, or clever remark to make. All that's left is some bitter bile left over from when she did the anti-war talk show circuit at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom and received for her troubles some of the most thorough (and much deserved) derision in history from pretty much every pundit to the right of Chomsky (she rates Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky as two of her intellectual guiding lights).

Even the liberal media has caught on to what a joke this entire foray into manufacturing a phenomenon. Take this article from the Alternative Press Review (apt headline: Air America Radio is a Joke). You don't have to surf much further on the Alternative Press Review website than the article titled "Global Warming as a Weapon of Mass Destruction" to see what side of the political spectrum they call home. Their strikingly honest impression? Air America Radio: NOT GOOD. A quote for you:
Sadly, it seems that nothing will be there to balance the utter whiteness of the network's format. Considering that the Democratic Party would be a political nonentity without the support of black voters, the fact that they are shut out and marginalized at every turn is beyond insulting. Air America Radio is just another episode in a long history of callous indifference and clueless misunderstanding the Democratic Party and white liberals in general have shown toward the black community. White liberals need to wake up and realize that this sort of business isn't going to cut it any longer, and black liberals need to speak up loudly and let them know it. Refusing to tune in to Air America Radio would be a good place to start. I know I won't be.
My favorite bit of the article is when the author details a screaming match between Randi Rhodes and guest caller Ralph Nader. See for yourself.

Update: Byron York deconstructs the pathetic showing of Air America.

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