Talk radio is dominated by, “conservative” personalities. We all know the names we love, hate, or love to hate. Rush Limbaugh, the 800 pound gorilla of AM talk radio has been around for decades. But others are popular as well: Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Neil Boortz, Todd Schnitt and many others. Listening to any of these hosts, on any day, will definitely have commentary on, “the Main Stream Media” (MSM). The MSM is, “liberal…biased…hides the truth…are shills for the democrat party…always help the liberal and condemn the conservative…” But how scared are conservative radio hosts? Are they shills for the Republicans, regardless of the candidate?
These great thinkers and orators are sure that they are men of ideas and that their ideas are superior, in every way, to those of others. They present the conservative view in such a way that it would be foolish to disagree, or actually, impossible to disagree with their presentation of the logic of their conservative position and ideals. Well, not so fast. Apparently, there must be some weakness in their argument or some fear of presenting guests who may present some viable options for the listening audience.
We are in election season: Obama vs. Romney. There are other candidates, but the most viable third party candidate is the Libertarian, Gary Johnson. Johnson is not some unknown Alpaca shearer; he’s the 2 term governor of New Mexico. But every talk radio host is terrified to have Johnson on for an interview. Why? Why wouldn’t these beacons of infallible ideas and pillars of truth refuse to interview or even whisper the name, “Gary Johnson?” Because, in their minds, it would pull from Romney. There are basically two explanations for this thinking.
First, they really are not so sure of their conservative ideas being perfect and bulletproof. Having Governor Johnson on their show would only benefit their views because when the subject of marijuana legalization would come up, the host would use their pure genius to prove to the listening audience how absolutely ludicrous Johnson’s ideas of legalization are. If anything it would shore up, even stronger, their positions by showing how ludicrous the idea of legalization might be. The same would be true for Johnson’s views on ending the wars, repealing PATRIOT, NDAA, abolishing the IRS. The host would basically use Johnson as a showcase for proving their positions and views are better by shutting him down.
Second, their hatred of Obama is so palpable, that any possible mention of something that would hurt Romney (as if Romney himself is not good enough at that) is unspeakable. If any talk radio host were to interview Johnson it would somehow, in their eyes, legitimize him which would pull from Romney and favor Obama. The most libertarian of those hosts, it is generally acknowledged, is Neal Boortz. Yet Boortz himself has basically ignored Johnson; the single presidential candidate who is virtually in lock step agreement with him. Why? Boortz’s hatred (yes the word “hatred” is appropriate) of Obama is unbridled. In Boortz’s view, it’s better to avoid Johnson, than to run the risk of costing Romney a vote.
So, in the end, the vicious cycle of keeping any third party candidate out of the conversation is fostered by both the MSM and by those vocal critics of the MSM, talk radio. The great protectors of the public, who shine a light on the MSM for being the shills of the American left, are in the end, nothing more than shills for the Republicans. How sad that Boortz himself is so blind by his hatred of Obama that he is unable to have a reasonable discourse on his show with Johnson. How sad that Rush Limbaugh has such palpable fear of, “the other” that even discussing a viable third party option is unspeakable.
While it may be argued with great certainty that in our present system there is no third party who will break the political duopoly, the radio hosts consider themselves the groundbreakers, the frontiersmen who take the arrows, the thinkers who can articulate their great thoughts to educate the masses; yet can’t even mention the name Gary Johnson. Maybe they are not as sure of their ideas as they would like you to believe.