In Rush’s case, he offended even loyal listeners and worse, he took a hit in his fat wallet when several advertisers dropped his show. The cause: slandering a college girl, calling her a “slut” and “prostitute” for testifying in favor of allowing contraceptives as part of student health services.
Even before using his powerful megaphone to slander a girl young enough to be his granddaughter, Rush had lost 33 percent of his listeners; Hannity was down by 28 percent.
This is good news because it means the Big Lie can’t take root in the porous mind of the vast, sensible public; a lie such as “Obama is Muslim and studied State Socialism in Indonesia,” a lie so big that to refute it gives it air and leaves lingering doubts about the president,
And, tah-dah! ... Decline in over-the-rainbow right commentary makes room for radio pundits like me who try to be fair and accurate — at least according to standards set by Fox News.
There’s lots to talk about and so, borrowing Walter Winchell’s intro line, let’s go to press. First …
The Election. Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are patriotic men with unusual gifts of mind and stamina required to do the job. Obama is a little more loose and down to earth and Romney is more stiff and certainly richer, but neither man would wreck the Republic.
Though they don’t seem to know it, they have a common enemy — Tea Party freshmen in Congress whose brains are frozen by an 18th-century ideology. It was the Tea Party that blocked a bipartisan “grand compromise” of cuts and taxes that could have jump-started the economy.
If the Tea Party is elected in tandem with Romney, the new congresmen will make Romney’s first term a living hell. He’ll be constantly struggling against them as Eisenhower did against the right wing of his party.
Ike even told his press secretary he had become so enraged by the right’s obstruction that he briefly contemplated changing parties. Romney is stuck with the Tea Party and would be in the White House, poor man.
Voter Fraud. As an undergraduate at Alabama, a political science professor answered a question I asked with a question, “Don’t you believe that the poor and minorities have the same right as you do to speak with their votes about how government is affecting their lives?” I couldn’t think of any reason to disfranchise minorities and the poor, and so I am now disturbed by Republican legislatures around the country erecting barriers to voting and purging voter rolls.
Florida is attempting to purge its voter lists of up to 180,000. The state has been ordered to stop by the Justice Department because many of the 2,600 names already erased were found to be legal.
Is there a plague of voter fraud sweeping the nation? How bad is it, an expert in voting was asked by U.S. News. I know the expert, Tova Wang, a fellow at the Century Foundation on whose board I sit. I trust her when she says you’re more likely to be hit by lightning than find serious cases of fraud.
Do you think those Republican legislators really just want to stop Democrats from voting? Blatant partisanship couldn’t happen, could it?
Our White Count. It finally happened last July; whites were no longer an absolute majority in the United States. We’re just another minority on our way to becoming more like Hawaii.
For those who blame the increasing de-Americanization of America on Hispanic immigration, don’t. There were more Hispanic babies being born in the United States than there were Hispanic immigrants.
For younger generations, the process of remaking our culture will increase since minorities accounted for 92 percent of the increase in population for the first decade of the 21st century.
This may be disturbing news to some, but they shouldn’t worry. It’s not so bad being a minority. As a liberal-minded Southerner, I can testify that the majority has treated me pretty decently — except for a few stinky letters to the editor.
In Hawaii, where everyone is a minority, there’s little reason for discrimination and no tolerance for racism. As any visitor can validate, Hawaiians are justly proud of their neighborly relations and hospitality.
The native population is now just under 10 percent, but how strange we whites first seemed to them. We did not greet each other by rubbing noses, thus sharing each other’s breath.
They called us “haoles,” or breathless, because we shook hands instead of noses and because we were so white we looked near death …
That’s today’s broadcast: Aloha to my fellow minority Haoles out there!
H. Brandt Ayers is the publisher of The Star and chairman of Consolidated Publishing Co.