Scott Adams wonders how much punditry is an act:
I enjoy sampling the content from the far left as well as the far right. When I listen to Limbaugh, I generally have two reactions:
- I don't agree with the viewpoint expressed.
- This man is an entertainment genius.
Talk show hosts have no legal or ethical obligation to do anything but entertain.
And judging by their successes, Limbaugh and Beck are brilliant at their jobs. I find it mind boggling that anyone believes a TV talk host is expressing his own true views.
You could make a case that the things Limbaugh and Beck say influences the gullible masses in ways that are not helpful to society. But that's probably true of every pundit, left or right. It's a price of free speech.
Do you think that Limbaugh and Beck have the same views in private as they spray into the entertainmentsphere?