The masses must be fed. Their anger stoked. The money rolls in. Perfect!
The poor victims, though, like my brother-in-law, have no clue about the ponzi-like scheme in which they participate. No clue. They think it is a reality show. They believe what the hucksters are pitching. In fact, that is why the corporate sponsors love this audience- it will 'buy' anything. Gullibility incarnate.
If my brother-in-law hears it on the radio, it is true. Really. Absorbed like a ShamWow. I must give him some slack, though, that I will not give to younger right-wingers. As he is in his 70's, he grew up with radio news when the newsmen reported factual information. He learned to trust the radio broadcasters.
The younger group, the 20 and 30-something, on the other hand, surely must know that people like Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, Beck and others are right-wingers just like themselves, not middle of the road, honest newsmen. Or do they?
Whatever, old or young, the radio and TV stations and the personalities are making a fortune pimping their audience with the spice, hate and emotional jargon that seems to 'satisfy' their audience. Pimps, prostitutes, and johns. A perfect match.
"Hey, mister, want to hear something about Nancy Pelosi...?"