Kudlow, O'Reilly, Hannity - Let Guests Finish A Sentence

The three methods they use to muffle guests who do not spout their creed.

(2008 Oct blog post)

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Let your guests finish a sentence, Kudlow, O'Reilly, and Hannity (and many imitators on Fox News, CNBC, and multiple CNN outlets).

You guys need to take lessons from Larry King on interviewing guests.

Kudlow, O'Reilly, and Hannity - you must have gone through the same journalism (or spin) training classes. You use the same three techniques to muffle guests:

  • you shout over your guests who do not share your opinion, or

  • you tell them you need to go to another question, or

  • you say you need to go to a commercial (then you do not return to the guest or the topic).

It's so obvious, guys. Come on. Let's have at least some appearance of objectivity and open dialog during your interviews and forums.

O'Reilly, you say "the spin stops here". The spin stops with you alright --- and turns into a tornado of cyclonic proportions. You try to make many of your guests subscribe to one of your positions --- and if they refuse to, you insist that they must actually agree with you --- as you talk right over their protestations. You would be hilarious if you were not such a danger to the ideals of free speech and the concept of ethical (non-predatory) behavior of one citizen toward another.

By the way, where are the vast numbers of liberal media outlets to which you guys continually refer? On TV, the right-wing "freedom to prey" spin-machines are on 90% of the "news" channels (examples in the first line above). Those "pro-predation-on-fellow-citizens" spin-machines, working under the guise of a "pro-entrepeneur" stance, are apparently far better funded than any "liberal media" outlets on TV.

There is a list of the news channels on a blog page in the Media section of this blog.

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Posted 2008 Oct.
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