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Monday, February 11, 2008

Talk Radio: Don't Think Too Hard

Example 1

When people call Sean Hannity, a lot of times they say, "Sean, you're a great American." Without fail, Hannity responds, "Thank you sir, you're a great American."

Isn't the bar set rather low to be a patriot? If somebody emails me and says, "Dr. Murphy, you're a great Austrian economist," I just say, "Thanks."

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Example 2

Rush Limbaugh often starts his show by saying, "Greetings everyone, this is the Excellence in Broadcasting Network. I'm your host, Rush Limbaugh, meeting and exceeding audience expectations every day."

If that's true, aren't Rush's listeners a bit slow on the uptake? Some of them have been listening to him for over a decade. And they keep underestimating his performance 5 days a week? Maybe for tomorrow's show, they should imagine how good Rush is going to be, and then double it. They need to try something to break out of this cycle of biased forecasts.

8 comments:

  1. John Petrie4:49 PM

    Man, Bob, what are you, a masochist? I can't stand listening to those neocon fascists. I hope you get some good material to write about from your suffering.

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  2. Bob, you're just mean. There was a time in my life--yes, long ago--when I would spend almost every weekend afternoon lying in the bathtub (in water as hot as I could stand) drinking scotch, doing math, and listening to RL. He was funny (and the more I drank, the funnier he got).

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  3. You're awfully optimistic, looking for sense where there is none. Talk radio is the political equivalent of professional wrestling, and tends to pull in the same demographic.

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