CNN asks psychiatrist: Why do people listen to Rush Limbaugh?

posted at 9:13 pm on October 19, 2009 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart. I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you her answer, but suffice it to say, it’s not much of a surprise. I’m not sure why they stopped with a psychiatrist, though. Wouldn’t Jane Goodall have had some potentially valuable insights here? Or an FBI criminal profiler?

Remember, this is the “objective” cable news network.


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What a crock! The reason there are no Liberal talk shows are because they can only speak lies for so long before people turn off the radio. Even liberals can,t listen to themselves lie every day…every other day maybe. They speak NO truth, oh, and an added item here, they don’t have Bush in the White House.

royzer on October 20, 2009 at 11:04 AM

CNN desperately pretending to be relevant while attacking anyone who threatens their world view or opposes their statist ideology. They are listing severely to port and will eventually capsize. It will be fun to watch their keel get some sunshine before it sinks to the briney bottom.

SKYFOX on October 20, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Hey, Wibawells!

Be Afwaid. Be vewy, vewy afwaid….

ExpressoBold on October 20, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Wouldn’t a more accurate name for the MSM be the WHAM (White House Approved Media)?

miles on October 20, 2009 at 11:55 AM

The most telling part of the report:

“Randi Rhodes, who many consider to be a liberal talker….”

No, Rhodes is a far left wing lunatic.

joshleguern on October 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Decline is a choice, CNN

drjohn on October 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM

The most telling part of the report:

“Randi Rhodes, who many consider to be a liberal talker….”

No, Rhodes is a far left wing lunatic.

joshleguern on October 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Yeah, I saw that too. Laughed so hard I almost choked on my haggis.

Del Dolemonte on October 20, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Hey CNN,

Ed Murrow Joe Stalin called. Says he real proud of the job yer doin’.

Keep those journalism “standards of excellence real high now.

dissent555 on October 19, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on October 20, 2009 at 12:13 PM

What’s always been a little curious to me is the left considers conservatives as A) some bizarre enigma wrapped in a riddle, a nut they’ll never be able to crack or understand or, B) dispicable hate mongers that are more dangerous than Chavez, Dinner jacket and Kim Jon Il rolled into one that must be destroyed at any cost.

And when conservatives look at the lefties, we just see them as naive, teen-age like, utopians, or just flat out mentally ill.

silenced majority on October 20, 2009 at 12:33 PM

This “conservatives in the mist” crap is step one in dehumanizing one’s opponent.

When the other guy is barely a person at all, but instead a deeply disturbed or even primitive individual, you can excuse away all manner of atrocities. Suddenly, taking power from such people – for their own good – is not only permissible, but a moral imperative. This is a movement laying the ground work for a totalitarian power grab.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 20, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Q: How many Feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: It takes one – that’s not funny.

The reason people don’t listen to lib talk radio, is that it’s not funny, it’s not entertaining, it is just mind-numbingly, soul-drainingly -earnest-. Like CNN ‘fact-checking’ a comedy routine, the less important something is, the more it -matters-.

‘If it saves one ___’
‘___ parts per trillion, its killing us’

Even for politically inclined folks, Life is just too short.
.

wkgdyw on October 20, 2009 at 12:40 PM

So people don’t listen to conservative talk radio because the message resonates with them, or it’s their way to get news not covered by the MSM — no, they are crazy and angry. Very Soviet, wouldn’t you think?? No need to explore why the message resonates with tens of millions, or why liberal talk radio has failed in almost every market out there. Nope. Anyone who listens to it is crazy and angry, and thus can be not just dismissed, but righteously opposed and even silenced.

EasyEight on October 20, 2009 at 12:41 PM

This is just getting started, like the fines coming on FOX News
FOX Facing Nearly $30 Million in Indecency Fines

orfannkyl on October 20, 2009 at 12:42 PM

“No, Rhodes is a far left wing lunatic.”

She is indeed. Recall that she was forced off the air after she made jokes about killing President Bush, then got drunk at a nightclub in NYC and fell down in the gutter and busted up her face — but claimed that right wing thugs had beaten her to silence her. Now she’s back on radio, what a waste of airtime.

EasyEight on October 20, 2009 at 12:43 PM

This is a movement laying the ground work for a totalitarian power grab.
TheUnrepentantGeek on October 20, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Conservatism is a mental disease, just like non-conformity to The New Soviet Man in the USSR was.

Frightening that a psychiatrist would agree to lend creedance to this angle. Not surprising, just frightening.

Akzed on October 20, 2009 at 12:43 PM

As if people never get a buzz from indulging in their three minute hate a day. That’s been Limbaugh’s beat, and he’s welcome to it.

starfleet_dude on October 20, 2009 at 12:46 PM

This is just getting started, like the fines coming on FOX News FOX Facing Nearly $30 Million in Indecency Fines
orfannkyl on October 20, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Ok, I’ll be that guy: why is there no indication that this is a spoof?

Akzed on October 20, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Off subject but just read on Rush site supreme Court gave Obama power to enact Cap and Trade without going before Congress. Why is this not on every news channel? This will destroy whats left of the economy.

LSUMama on October 20, 2009 at 12:53 PM

LOL at asking a Liberal Shrink about why people listen to Conservative Radio, and expecting a non-biased answer.

Does CNN really believe they are accomplishing anything other then massaging their own egos?

ARom on October 20, 2009 at 1:03 PM

The Shrink was actually a small part of that hit piece. Under the title of ‘who’s listening’ they defame conservatives by getting this supposedly conservative Wagler guy to describe his reasons for listening because the host is; a fireball, stirs things up, and goes off on tangents. Real deep and intelligent reasons, ya think? Never mentioned the words accuracy or truth which are my main reasons. Next conservative listeners are described as intensely loyal (stupid dogs)?
Then we get to the whacked out Shrink who describes Rush as a schoolyard bully and his followers as nothing more than a bunch of cowards.
Then they get this Durgan guy to say that conservatives like strong and aggressive leaders while liberals are generally more COMPASSIONATE?????
They go to the compassionate (gag) Rhoads who absolutely agrees that liberals are more compassionate.
We are finally treated to the fact that conservatives are angry and distrustful.
Those oh so compassionate liberal socialists: National Socialists, Stalinists, Maoists, obama(pbuh), etc.

cjk on October 20, 2009 at 1:20 PM

As if people never get a buzz from indulging in their three minute hate a day. That’s been Limbaugh’s beat, and he’s welcome to it.

starfleet_dude on October 20, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Thanks for admitting that CNN is about as “objective” as an admittedly conservative talk radio entertainer.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 20, 2009 at 1:20 PM

“We hear it all the time … talk radio — especially conservative talk, it’s so powerful. Some say it’s made our country viciously partisan. Some also say it’s become so influential it can actually determine who we elect to public office!”

Over the next three days our goal is to examine if that’s all really true!”

I am absolutely speechless. Viciously partisan? What planet is this woman living on?

And after going on her little feverish mission, seeking out the (ughhh!) “listeners,’ she concludes her first day’s segment –first by quickly glossing over the fact that talk radio listeners are better educated, more affluent and more engaged politically than the average bear — winding up by breathlessly noting the fact that 74% of those talk radio listeners vote . . . and thereupon intones that

we’ll examine that issue tomorrow!”

Whoa, Nellie! . . . Issue? ISSUE?

So . . . the reason that Carol Costello notes an “issue” with the fact that three quarters of talk radio listeners vote would be what?

That she secretly wishes they wouldn’t?

Perhaps she does feel that way because then the toad stools who follow her way of thinking would somehow thereby regain the ascendency come the next election day?

Do these jerks ever really listen to themselves talk?

Guess what? Carol has a feevaaah!

Here’s what her story reminds me of . . . More Cowbell! (i.e., CNN)

Trochilus on October 20, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Sounds like those that believe her crapola should check themselves into therapy and find out what deep, dark experiences of the past have brought them to this weakened state of mind.

DL13 on October 20, 2009 at 1:33 PM

I love the “more people don’t listen to liberal radio because there isn’t much liberal radio to listen to”. They’ve got it backwards – the lack of liberal radio is not the problem, it’s the result. Here’s to the free market!

miConsevative on October 20, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Q: Why do people listen to Rush Limbaugh?

simplesimon on October 20, 2009 at 1:53 PM

A: Because if you are listening to AM radio at noon on a week day you probably don’t have much going on in your life. Rush, the hero of the unemployed, shut-ins and retirees. Great…

simplesimon on October 20, 2009 at 1:55 PM

LIBERALS: You never fail to make all of us feel like we’re living as the little boy in a “The Emporer Has No Clothes” fable.

Captain Obvious could glean enough material from one evening’s dose of MSM to run his own TV network for a year.

landlines on October 20, 2009 at 1:57 PM

A: Because if you are listening to AM radio at noon on a week day you probably don’t have much going on in your life. Rush, the hero of the unemployed, shut-ins and retirees. Great…

simplesimon on October 20, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Hello down there in cartoon world.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 20, 2009 at 2:05 PM

She must of gotten her degree where krugman got his economics
degree………….facts don’t matter U.

lilium on October 20, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Hello down there in cartoon world.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 20, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Shut-in?

simplesimon on October 20, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Shut-in?

simplesimon on October 20, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Don’t you guys on the left have a thing about stereotyping? I seem to recall someone mentioning it once or twice.

Hypocrite.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 20, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Don’t you guys on the left have a thing about stereotyping? I seem to recall someone mentioning it once or twice.

Hypocrite.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 20, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Can’t get a job, huh?

simplesimon on October 20, 2009 at 2:24 PM

I don\’t know. What\’s Dr. Goodlib\’s opinion on what makes people read the Op-Ed page in the NY Times or the Washington Post? Perhaps it\’s a desparate need to blame others for problems that they cause? A congenital inability to link actions with consequences? A delusional belief that more government equals a better society? A bizarre urge to hate people who think differently?

morganfrost on October 20, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Psychiatrists are some of the most insane people on the planet.

nelsonknows on October 20, 2009 at 2:36 PM

SimpletonSimon,

Here is the demo for Rush:

http://www.quantcast.com/rushlimbaugh.com

34% – $100K a year (average American is 45K)
53% college educated (average for US is 25%)

So the average Rush listener makes 2X as much as the average Americans is 2X as likely to hold a college degree.

But they’re all unemployed shut-ins.

angryed on October 20, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Now here is Air America’s Demo:

http://www.quantcast.com/airamerica.com

Less college, less income, less grad school.

Once again the lib is proven wrong.

angryed on October 20, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Notice who is listening to Air America…those making under $30K make up 1/5 of listeneers. Not surprising really as those on welfare and food stamps will always support the Dems.

Simplesimon…are you on welfare, food stamps or both?

angryed on October 20, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Can’t get a job, huh?

simplesimon on October 20, 2009 at 2:24 PM

In jobs not involving deep fryers, trusted employees are often afforded a high degree of autonomy, trusted to provide product on time without babysitting from a supervisor.

Maybe when you finally get your degree from DeVry, you’ll land a job where you get that level of independence. Dare to dream, knucklehead. Dare to dream.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 20, 2009 at 3:46 PM

There are more conservative talk radio shows than liberal shows because there is a bigger market for conservative talk radio shows. More people want to listen to conservative talk radio than to liberal talk radio.

Why? – no one really knows.

So it’s the free market that is determining the relative amounts of conservative and liberal radio talk shows. It’s not some vast right wing conspiracy restricting “access” to liberal shows. It’s just supply and demand. Bigger demand for conservative shows produces a bigger supply.

westerncanadian on October 20, 2009 at 12:31 AM

Oops! The why? question hit a tender spot.

I’m just one conservative that finds all talk radio kind of boring.

But I’ll say again – there are more conservative talk radio shows because that’s what the free market is producing. That is the way things are supposed to work. Randi Rhodes can’t understand that.

westerncanadian on October 20, 2009 at 4:06 PM

This is a movement laying the ground work for a totalitarian power grab.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 20, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Ground work? Really? I’m not sure you’ve noticed, but they’re telling you what kind of light bulb you’re allowed to use. Anyone who doesn’t already think we’re a totalitarian nation hasn’t been watching.

runawayyyy on October 20, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Ground work? Really? I’m not sure you’ve noticed, but they’re telling you what kind of light bulb you’re allowed to use. Anyone who doesn’t already think we’re a totalitarian nation hasn’t been watching.

runawayyyy on October 20, 2009 at 4:10 PM

There are degrees to these things. You ain’t seen nothing yet.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 20, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Did anyone else catch how the CNN commentator refers to Randi Rhodes as a talk show host whom some people find to be liberal”?

The CNN reporter couldn’t even bring herself to call a strident uber-liberal a liberal.

Then they examine the psycho-pathology of conservatives.

And they wonder why so few viewers watch their liberal echo chamber of a network as it circles the drain?

People choose to listen to conservative talk radio in numbers which dwarf the audiences of liberal talk radio in even greater proportions than Fox News clobbers the viewership of CNN (which, having been surpassed by MSNBC, is down to close friends and family).

molonlabe28 on October 20, 2009 at 4:34 PM

The interview could have extracted the same quality of response from a Chimpanzee, Dolphin a Chihuahua, a skunk, a toad, or a cow bird.

In other words, the statement made by that “psychiatrist” is meaningless and not scientific or objective. It is strictly her opinion, and a clearly biased opinion.

She is not “Speaking as a psychiatrist” but as an opinionated person with a bias against Rush Limbaugh and against people who enjoy listening to Rush Limbaugh and any other conservative radio talk show hosts who are enjoyable, smart, well informed, and entertaining.

Where did that “psychiatrist” get her degree and her license”? Toys ‘R Us, or was it the vending machine from the boardwalk at Atlantic City New Jersey, or Coney Island?

William2006 on October 20, 2009 at 5:02 PM

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 20, 2009 at 3:46 PM

He wasn’t smart enough to get into Devry that’s why he still lives in his mother’s basement.

chemman on October 20, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Quack, Quack, Quack

bill30097 on October 20, 2009 at 6:56 PM

He wasn’t smart enough to get into Devry that’s why he still lives in his mother’s basement.

chemman on October 20, 2009 at 5:42 PM

That whole Hope and Change thing carries special resonance when you’re all about how you really Hope you’ll find some Change in the couch for today’s Hot Pocket.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 20, 2009 at 7:11 PM

This is a great piece because it effectively illustrates the bias that is inherent in CNN reporting. A couple of easy examples demonstrate that this report is nothing more than advocacy. I am all in favor of advocacy but NOT when it is presented as objective as in this piece (this word chosen purposely).

Those who repeatedly state that FOX News is biased should spend five minutes thinking about this report so they know how to recognize actual bias rather than the conspiracies born of a fevered mind.

#1 This reporter expects viewers to believe that there is a mystery behind why people listen to conservative hosts. The reporter presents her “investigation” (scare quotes can be used by us as well). Using a psychiatrist to explain why it happens is the journalistic equivalent of the question “Do you still beat your wife?” The psychiatrist (no doubt fresh from her photo-op at the white house) is happy to oblige and paints conservative hosts as bullies and listeners as dupes and toadies. It appears that this psychiatrist did her residency at the DNC.

#2 The reporter accepts the explanation given by Rhodes that the only reason more people listen to conservative voices is due to access. Ignore the fact that she has serious credibility baggage AND that Rhodes just might have an axe to grind and let’s get to her business acumen. Her understanding of the talk radio business plan seems to consist of pin the tail on the donkey. My five year old might buy her explanation but the only people who think that business of talk radio is arbitrary are probably fashioning a thicker foil hat for the upcoming winter months. Companies don’t simply fill the airways with conservative voices by happenstance. The voices that succeed do so because of popularity and profit. Pretending that the deck is stacked against liberals is demonstrably false and there are enough failed business models involving Al Franken to make it clear.

Those who like to pretend that CNN and FOX are just two sides of the same coin are either ill informed or willfully mislead. FOX commentators are biased – that is their job. But from my experience they don’t do this kind of underhanded reporting. It is also unnecessary for the channel to try to balance the number of viewpoints to meet some arbitrary standard of liberal representation.

If Ailes and the powers that be figure a way to change the line-up in a way that adds more liberal voices it will be because they have a model showing that it will make more money.

Mormon Doc on October 20, 2009 at 7:17 PM

This is the kind of analysis you get when you filter the data through a bovine sphincter. Then again, most of what you hear on the old mainstream media is filtered through a bovine sphincter as well. Add that to the fact that the old MSM and most likely liberal talk radio won’t report on anything unless they can make something out of it for their agenda. When they run short on that stuff, they’ll make it up as they go, like the bogus quotes that supposedly came from Rush….

Woody

woodcdi on October 20, 2009 at 7:52 PM

As I said on the other board:
“It sucks when you can’t tell the news apart from SNL”.

Is this woman a clueless tool or what?

mad scientist on October 20, 2009 at 9:27 PM

I thought Randi Rhodes was a wrestler.

jarhead0311 on October 20, 2009 at 9:45 PM

These cnn people and their interviewees have one thing correct: I listen and support Rush Limbaugh because he answers the traitors and 5th column scum with the same thoughts and words I would use.

Limbaugh acts like my senator or congressman should: speak for me.

jarhead0311 on October 20, 2009 at 9:49 PM

90% of shrinks are non-science liberals who administer what is voodoo counseling. There is nothing scientific that substantiates their “therapies”, it’s “feel good” fakery. Dog bites man, liberal shrink thinks there is something flawed with conservatives you _______ fill in the blank. Quack.

ray on October 20, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Shut-in?

simplesimon on October 20, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Tard? Or Communications (the shop class of college) major?

MNHawk on October 21, 2009 at 7:51 AM

Does Lib Radio
Failing because of access?
Maybe vice/versa?

Haiku Guy on October 21, 2009 at 8:33 AM

SIMPLE
BECAUSE WE DON’T LIKE BEING CODDLED AND LIED TO!

Cybergeezer on October 21, 2009 at 9:05 AM

I shudder at the thought of this woman having patients with a mental illness.

Paul-Cincy on October 21, 2009 at 9:40 AM

crazy

workingforpigs on October 21, 2009 at 11:37 AM

New “mainstream media” sobriquets: 1. Lapdog media; 2. ORK media (Obama ring kissing)

Help me out here… anybody… anybody….

lionheart on October 21, 2009 at 1:07 PM

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