Union money, liberal big donor start-up spiced by a bad case of Hannity-envy.
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Interestingly if inadvertently, this problem with selling liberalism on the radio or television was underlined recently by two very different people.
The first was one-time MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who has a famous habit of being fired by his various employers. But the last one — Al Gore’s Current TV — elicited from Olbermann a remark that wasn’t quite as absurd as many took it to be when he made it on David Letterman’s show. Olbermann compared himself to a “a $10 million chandelier” in a house — meaning Current TV — that didn’t have a room to put it in.
The second person to touch on this problem was comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who took his turn trying to make Washington political and media elites laugh at Saturday night’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Said Kimmel, in a jibe that seemed aimed Olbermann but spoke volumes about liberalism:
I’d like everyone to look under their seats. You’ll find a copy of Keith Olbermann’s resume. I didn’t know Current TV existed, because I don’t get Channel 1,000,000.
In other words, getting past Olbermann’s ego and Kimmel’s joke, the point is exactly the same as it is when discussing Ed Schultz. To wit: Liberalism doesn’t have an audience to speak of. Or perhaps, period. Whether it’s for Al Gore’s Current TV. Or Ed Schultz.
It’s been tried. It’s been tested. It has been found to be — yet again — a failure.
As Schultz inadvertently communicated when lashing out obsessively at Hannity yet again, there are more hungry people in the Obama era than “ever before.” Because liberalism has a long and decided track record in inducing poverty and hunger in America. Or, as we observed in this space last week, whether the man in charge is Jimmy Carter or Barack Obama — the results of liberalism are always, always the same.
Which is why GQ (of all publications) grudgingly newsflashed that Ed Schultz is no Sean Hannity.
Which is why Sean Hannity didn’t need conservative donor funding for his show.
Which is why Sean Hannity isn’t on a union payroll.
Which is why Sean Hannity has huge ratings.
Which is why Sean Hannity doesn’t have to have outside groups write his television scripts.
Which is why Sean Hannity earns the big bucks.
Which, taken all together, is why MSNBC’s Ed Schultz spends his time spluttering about Sean Hannity.
What else is there to do if you’re the third least influential person alive?
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