It’s been, what, six months? — I’m only guessing because I couldn’t care less — since the announcements of the changes in employment of three people: David Letterman, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert(1).
I haven’t stopped hearing about all three of these truly trivial personalities ever since the first announcement.
Honestly, in my experience, never has so much meaningless blather been bandied about over three such inconsequential people. Seriously, six long months of obsessing over … truly no one of any real substance, meaning or actual importance whatsoever.
Wonder where it’s coming from?
The ones who were by far the most ridiculous, the most gushingly brainless in their reactions, were the ones who consider themselves the most cerebral: National Public Radio, MSNBC, Public Television, etc. They all wasted hours and hours and hours of mindless “analysis” on the three hyper-conventional, thoroughly pedestrian, aggressively safe comedians/liberal commentators.
Safe? Yes, safe. If you’re an entertainer in Hollywood, nothing is less bold, less courageous, less envelope-pushing, less rebel-like, less transgressive…nothing is safer than to be a liberal commentator. Stewart, Letterman and Colbert spent all their time and all their effort doing and saying things that they knew pushed no boundaries, would offend no one they cared about, would receive raucous applause and cheers, were not dangerous or daring in any way.
Think I’m exaggerating about the over-the-top, excruciatingly long coverage of these three insignificant people? Care for a little thought exercise?
Item 1: Ask yourself this: if Rush Limbaugh — an actually consequential public person(2) — were to announce that he’d been named to replace, oh, I don’t know, Craig Ferguson, tomorrow, how much time do you think the media would spend on it?
Item 2: When William F. Buckley died, the old media spent maybe two days on the story of the life and passing of one of the most consequential thinkers, writers and media personalities in American history.(3)
Simple: the vast majority of the liberal media — which is to say the vast majority of the media — fantasize about being the next Letterman, Colbert or Stewart.
That’s just sad.
(1) – Did I spell their names correctly? I don’t know, and I couldn’t care less.
(2) – Rush Limbaugh, officially an entertainer just like the subjects of this piece, is considered to be one of the top ten most influential voices of American Conservatism in the past century. Many put him at the top of the heap. While Conservatism is an intellectual movement, before Rush, its expression consisted almost exclusively of written publications. Limbaugh gave Conservatives an actual audible presence in America.
We’ve often stated a painful truth in these pages: Margaret Thatcher’s bromide that “the facts of life are Conservative,” is obviously true. To which, we added the reason the left is successful: “but society’s white noise is leftist.” Rush Limbaugh came along and guaranteed that the white noise would not be unanimously leftist.
Furthermore, his example exposed another great truth about America: there is a vast appetite for broadcast Conservative thought in America. Limbaugh’s example produced other influential Conservative commentators, who, without Limbaugh, would likely be toiling in obscurity today: Hannity, Ingraham, Liddy, Malkin, Coulter, Beck, Levin and more.
(3) – You and I both know that they were really high-fiving each other and shouting “Good riddance!” behind the scenes.