March 22, 2009 02:30 PM
KURTZ: Come back to this sort of scapegoat argument, because we had some conservative pundits -- I mean, the thing here is that both liberals and conservatives are equally ticked off I think about the bonuses. We had some conservative commentators like Sean Hannity saying Tim Geithner, the Treasury Secretary, should be fired. And then within about a day or two, I would see stories that would say, "Tim Geithner: Can He Survive?" So, again, are we stepping out of the reporting role, into the role of trying to nail some of these officials? ARAVOSIS: I think what is interesting in this case with Geithner is you see a lot of liberal critics as well. And Paul Begala, this morning on CNN, compared Geithner to Rumsfeld going into the war. And not in a good way. The fact that you have so many liberals bringing up the fact that they're not sure that Geithner should have been there to start with and that he should remain -- Sean Hannity is irrelevant. I mean, he's like Rush Limbaugh. KURTZ: But he's not irrelevant. ARAVOSIS: Of course he's going to criticize. I know, but my point is, Sean Hannity and the right will always say those things. They don't create the news. What's created the news is the fact that liberals have also joined in. That's newsworthy and that's interesting.John makes a good point. And you wonder why our country is so messed up. I'd like Howard Kurtz to explain to us why anything Sean Hannity says about Democratic politicians or anything in politics is relevant? He's a right wing talking point machine that misquotes and lies at every turn and gets paid millions of dollars to do so, but to Howard, he's relevant. Relevant to whom and/or what? I'll tell you. Hannity is relevant to the Village insiders because, as Howard said, as soon as Hannity said Tim should be fired, the media picked up on it immediately. Why does that happen? Is Glenn Beck relevant too? Will the media be looking for those FEMA camps with him? We highlight on C&L these right wing propagandists to expose how insane their positions are and how they influence the "liberul press." It's basically been part of our mission statement from the beginning. Before liberal blogs came aboard, the right wingers were able to run roughshod over the media and our country without any critical analysis or context for the most part. That has changed dramatically, as most of America is turned off by the likes of The Limbaugh National Committee.