20 August 2004

Limbaugh drew an extended "analogy" between Tom Daschle and Satan

KFNX John Dayl has been devoting a good bit of his show to calling out the host in the time slot preceding his shift. A theme repeated is his mocking Dr. Newcomb and/or Newcomb's callers for disparaging GW Bush and Bush supporters. Thursday evening, a caller challenged him by pointing out that liberals have been dealing with such name calling and rhetoric for some time from many of the prominent right wing radio and television talk show hosts. Dayl refuted that, and asked for proof.

Well, I could write entire volumes on the matter, but here's one incident that leaped to mind regarding a popular right wing host who recently drew the wrath of Flordia officials for a drug addiction problem.

How many different versions of Satan, the devil, have you seen in your life? I mean, the comic book devil with the red face and the horns, seen that one. We've seen the Satanic devil of the horror films. We've seen the devil portrayed as just an average man, a human being, in the movie "Rosemary's Baby". We've seen the comic devil of TV shows. We've even seen the smooth, tempting devil in Hollywood moves. Is Tom Daschle simply another way to portray a devil?...

Consider another radio talker, who has written a book titled Deliver Us from Evil : Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism.

If Dayl really takes umbrage at Dr. Newcomb's on air diatribes, perhaps he should arrange a debate and address his complaints mano to mano. I listen to all the local talk shows, and Dr. Newcomb consistently permits dissenting viewpoints, allowing opposing callers to speak their piece, except perhaps in the show's last segments, where he tries to jam in as many calls as possible. Mr. Dayl's remarks are totally off the mark, as on most other shows (of which most all are of a conservative bent), callers with differing views than the host are fodder for the host's own soapbox. Unless a screener determines that they would make an easy target for the host to denounce. I don't get that vibe from Dr. Newcomb's show whatsoever.
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