The Intellectual Vacuum of Right Wing Talk Radio

So I had a long drive on Thursday and listened for a bit to Sean Hannity’s radio show, against my better judgment. His guests were Jay Sekulow of the ACLJ and Terrence Jeffrey of Human Events and they were discussing the announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder was stepping down. The next 10 minutes provided a perfect example of why right wing talk radio is so utterly vapid.

Hannity kept expressing his fear that Holder was only stepping down so that Obama could appoint him to the Supreme Court when a vacancy inevitably appears in the next few months. He never did explain why Holder would need to step down for that to happen or why he thinks there will be a vacancy any time soon. But he was just sure this was the reason, despite the fact that Holder is 63 years old and thus a highly unlikely nominee for the court (none of the last four nominees for the court have been older than 56 as presidents have sought younger nominees to lengthen their legacy).

Sekulow kept saying over and over again that there must be some reason why the resignation happened today. Why today and not tomorrow, he wondered? Why now and not 6 months ago? There has to be some reason for it, he said repeatedly in conspiratorial tones, though he never even attempted to offer any reason why that day was of any significance at all. At one point, Hannity asked him why he thought it happened today rather than some other day and he repeated Hannity’s speculation about a Supreme Court appointment.

At no point did either of them even attempt to come up with a coherent argument as to why his resignation on that particular day would have anything at all to do with whether he would get a Supreme Court nomination. If he had resigned 6 months ago, would that increase or decrease his chances of being nominated? I can’t imagine why and they didn’t seem to care, even thought that was the reason they were offering for why it happened that particular day.

The whole thing was utterly devoid of anything remotely approaching a coherent or logical analysis of the situation, just vague and conspiratorial speculation that something must be going on.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    Intellectual analysis would have detracted from the main point: Obama is conspiring to do evil. Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.

  • Chiroptera

    The next 10 minutes provided a perfect example of why right wing talk radio is so utterly vapid.

    So you’re saying that talk radio is representative of the the right wing’s intellectual abilities?

  • thebookofdave

    The Muslim Marxist Traitor-in-Chief has had almost six years to work on the final destruction of America, and Eric Holder is just a cog in his machinations. No one knows his end-game strategy, but by the time he reveals it, it will be far too late for us to do anything about it. This will be like BENGHAZI TIMES A HUNDRED!!!1!!!!1!!ELEBENTYGAJILLION!!!!!!!!!1

    God help us all. Only not us of course, because we’re a bunch of evil atheists.

  • blf

    I’m surprised those ten minutes was filled with ads for guns and other penis enhancers.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed states:

    The next 10 minutes provided a perfect example of why right wing talk radio is so utterly vapid.

    Chiroptera responds:

    So you’re saying that talk radio is representative of the the right wing’s intellectual abilities?

    With a very strong feedback loop.

  • hunter

    It’s gotten to a state where pointless speculation is its own reward.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Vacuum is merely emptiness, a nothing.

    We need a better metaphor for wingnut radio/mentation – a word signifying not a zero value but a negative range, something which annihilates positive values of any kind. “Black hole” comes close, but only when factoring in the original (anatomical, scatological) Russian meaning of the phrase.

  • dan4

    @4: Huh? Hitting the bottle a little early today, blf?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    If you thought he was dangerous before, he’s going to be even more dangerous now. He’s Obama’s appointee to head the New Black Panthers. And he’s got a seat on the Nation of Islam’s board. And he’s Al Sharpton.

  • dhall

    #7 – negatrons? We could have a scale of anti-value for them.

  • D. C. Sessions

    People, people. Why are you trying to reinvent (badly) quantum bogodynamics?

  • John Pieret

    The whole thing was utterly devoid of anything remotely approaching a coherent or logical analysis of the situation, just vague and conspiratorial speculation that something must be going on.

    Coherence and logic interferes with the frisson of the black boogeyman in the night.

  • blf

    @4: Huh?

    Oops! Just one of my frequent typos, a missing not: “I’m surprised those ten minutes [were] not filled with ads for guns and other penis enhancers.”

  • himurastewie

    “You can’t win, America. If I step down today I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

    -Super Saiyan 4 Holder

  • dan4

    @13: Still doesn’t make sense.

  • lorn

    The right is always sure that ‘there is evil afoot’ and so everything the evil ones do is sure to be part of a nefarious and diabolically clever plot. Which explains why it is so alarming to them when Obama agrees with something they have proposed.

  • thebookofdave

    @dan4 #15

    Depends on where you stick the not.

  • magistramarla

    I think that Eric Holder was deeply affected by the social injustice that he witnessed in Ferguson, Mo.

    I read somewhere that he stated that he was planning on doing something about social injustice.

    I wish him well and I hope that his next endeavor gives him a good platform for doing just that.

  • scienceavenger

    They right-wingers pretty much jumped the shark on motivational speculation when they implied that Obama orchestrated World Cup coverage to distract from Benghazi.

  • birgerjohansson

    OT, but this is an example of what radio hosts in the reality-oriented community *should* be talking about:

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    (klaxons, whistles and bells going off)

    .

    (Chinese economy overtakes USA!)

    I dag växer Kina om USA (Swedish text) http://www.dn.se/ekonomi/i-dag-vaxer-kina-om-usa/

    USA’s *nominal* GNP will remain higher for a few years, but since the Chinese currency is undervalued, the World Bank estimates the shift to Chinese economic supremacy takes place today.

    ”Måndagen den 29 september blir ett datum att minnas.”

    (Monday the 29th will be a date to remember)

    .

    OK, now back to the usual talk anout the black impostor….