Talk radio

Even though I consider myself a liberal snowflake, James O’Brien’s show on LBC is extremely hard-going. Unlike his truncated rants frequently liked and shared on Muslamic social media, for his apparently piercing insight and compassion, listening to his show is like wading through treacle. He is so tiresome to listen to, and so repetitive and self-absorbed, speaking at length between calls and then constantly interupting when he finally allows his callers to speak. I’m sorry to admit, however much I agree with him, that I prefer listening to the broadcasters on the right with whom I disagree. At least they get to their point and don’t bore you to tears. Ah, but not my old friend, who still behaves exactly as he did 20 years ago, although his arguments have changed. Another self-absorbed bore. Oh, but give me a right-wing demagogue any day: their callers are far more entertaining. At least you will die from the adrenaline rush of disagreement, rather than senseless boredom. Such is the joy of talk radio.

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