The truth is leftists aren’t always stark raving mad. Once in a blue moon a leftist will have a brief moment of clarity and will say something that is both rational and true.
Recently, Bill Maher had such a moment on the Charlie Rose Show when he said that people who claim Islam is like other religions are naive and plain wrong. And back in 2009, CBS’s Late Night host David Letterman had his brief moment of clarity during an exchange with Bill O’Reilly.
In the back and forth, Letterman quoted from a New York Times feature on Glenn Beck where he had said, “if you take what I say as gospel, you’re an idiot.”
With the meekness and charm of a Vogue magazine editor, Letterman then said that O’Reilly was too smart to actually believe those populist, conservative views that he espouses to the folks.
“I think Glenn Beck, and maybe he got caught up in the moment of candor, but I think he speaks to this. I think you guys [O'Reilly, Beck, and Rush Limbaugh] know exactly what you’re doin’. You’ve been very successful at it, but the truth of it is you’re not speaking your conscience,” Letterman said.
“We’re charlatans is what you’re saying?” O’Reilly asked.
“It’s not charlatan; it’s show business,” Letterman said. … “This is why wrestling is popular,” he added.
This brief exchange between Letterman and O’Reilly is telling. Between the lines Letterman is saying that O’Reilly and the others have adopted personas, and that the majority of the people who listen to them do not know that. He also knows that many people have been conditioned by the media to adore these personas and to clap like trained seals when they’re around them.
Letterman is saying that the people who listen to talk show hosts believe that their personas reflect who they truly are in real life. Letterman is saying that when they’re not hosting a show or in the public eye, they may hold opinions and beliefs that actually contradict those they express on their shows.
O’Reilly, Beck, and Limbaugh know their niche audience, and they created personas to reflect the values, beliefs, and ideals of that audience. If they actually held the principles and convictions they espouse on their shows, they’d be working feverously to save this country from destruction instead of lining their pockets.
For the uninitiated, David Letterman exposed the underbelly of the beast, and the beast is show business. Like it or not, talk show hosts are entertainers in the entertainment industry and are not principled patriots whose love of country supersedes their self interest.
The following lyrics are meant to be sung to the tune of The Byrds’ “Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man“:
They’re America’s friend, they talk on week days
But they sure do think different from the words that they say.
They’re political commentators who pine for this land
And why they’re successful, I can’t understand
This 17:29 clip is from The Millstone Report web cast that aired April 11, 2014, on the Resistance Radio Network.