As a political blogger, I write about people in the news. Some of these people include Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. It’s not surprising that articles on this particular group usually get a lot of attention—they conjure up a strong emotional reaction. These types of articles get the most views and comments. A common comment from readers is that if we just ignore them, they will go away.
I hate to break it to you, no they won’t.
Liberal media is not the reason any of these lunatics have a voice. They have a loyal following in place. The right-wing electorate is their audience. Republican politicians like Speaker of the House John Boehner take cues from Rush Limbaugh.
FOX News also falls into this category. They lie regularly and promote hatred and racism. They have an audience of millions. As long as they have a voice and influence, they NEED to be held accountable. Their lies must be exposed. Liberal media and everyday people will not always—or even often—have the ability to change the minds of their rabid followers, but we can help to educate those who are open to truth. Fortunately there are more truth seekers out there than we give credit to. They voted in 2008 and 2012.
These GOP pundits generate millions in revenue and the politicians want and depend on that money. The beautiful irony is that after BILLIONS of dollars failed to win this election, the GOP will be forced to change their tactics or face extinction. Limbaugh, Coulter and the like will always exist. They will never completely go away because there will always be a fringe audience that needs to suckle from their teat. Always.
It won’t always be necessary for liberals to call them out. When the GOP lays down to die and a new and improved party emerges—one that does not allow deception and fear to dictate message and strategy—liberals will find something else to focus on. It’s as simple as that.
Last, as a rational and critical thinker, I understand you are frustrated that hate mongers and the knuckle draggers get any attention. So am I!!!! I would prefer they go away too. You have the option of not reading the articles and paying them no mind. For those of us who report on the happenings in the world of politics, we will continue to stand up against the few who have too much power, call them out and hope that inch-by-inch, we can help to eliminate them from the public lexicon.
Kimberley A. Johnson – A.K.A. The Anti Coulter is the author of The Virgin Diaries and an activist for women’s rights.
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