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Saturday, June 26, 2004

Pet Peeve 

Saw Fahrenheit 9/11 last night. Good movie, you should see it. Not going to say more than that (god knows there are enough people spouting-off about this one on both sides, no need for me to join the fracas).

What bugged me was on my drive home. I was listening to Erin Hart on 710 KIRO, and she's taking calls about people's reaction to the movie. She is an unabashed liberal. One of two or three in talk radio in Seattle (I know! How fucked up is that? The city has elected Jim "Congressman for Life" McDermott - one of the most outspoken liberals in congress, but can't support more than a couple liberals on radio? Doesn't make any damn sense!). Anyways, one of the callers starts out with this line "I don't agree with Mr. Moore's movie, but I'll fight to my death to defend it".

First off, I used to be a producer/call-screener for a nationally syndicated radio talk show - the chances of me letting that cliche get on the air is very small (he'd pretty much have to be the only person calling in).

Second, if you're calling a radio talk-show, and you disagree with the movie (he didn't say if he saw it or not - I'm guessing "not") then say why you disagree with it. Don't pull out this tired, beaten cliche just because you know the host will have to agree with you. It makes shitty radio, and shitty debate. Free speech is important, but that line is so old, it really needs to go. It's only used by conservatives to appease liberals, and comes across as terribly condescending. They might as well say "You can say any dumbass thing you want, but I'm a big and better at fighting than you, so I'll protect your weak, liberal speech spouting ass".

spouted incoherently at Saturday, June 26, 2004 by Willis


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