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Michael Medved

The obvious question is “Why?” Why is Medved lecturing Rush and other “conservative” talk radio hosts on the content of their show and their approach? 

I listen to Michael Medved regularly and subscribe to his podcasts, mainly for his member exclusive commentaries. For the most part, I enjoy his show. He respectfully engages people who disagree with him on political issues (which I like) and he has interesting topics and guests. He is highly intelligent, almost to a fault. At times, he comes across as condescending and snooty, borderline elite. (He often reminds his audience of his educational pedigree and going to Yale with Hillary and Bill Clinton). He is a liberal turned conservative. I think his living in Seattle, a bastion of far-left liberalism, colors his perspective (think Stockholm Syndrome). 

Rush Limbaugh

Medved was the only conservative who supported and embraced John McCain for the Presidency from the beginning of the ’08 campaign. This is telling as his support for McCain discloses his moderate Republican leanings. Reading Medved’s recent editorial and listening to his subsequent commentary on his radio show exposes the fact that Medved doesn’t actually listen to Rush. If he did, he wouldn’t make the suggestions and statements about Rush that he does. But everyone knows that mentioning Limbaugh’s name gets media attention, which is why Medved does so. If Medved and Rush have ideological differences, then so be it. But Medved wants to redefine Conservatism with moderate principles and that puts him at odds with Rush. In my opinion, that is one of the chief reasons Medved takes aim at Rush, as well as Medved wanting to generate some traction for his position.  

 

h/t Hot Air

 

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