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   The dumbing down of America

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5/28/2004 12:00 am

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Entered 5/28/2004, Updated 5/28/2004

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After 35 years hosting a talk radio show I’ve become habituated to being labeled as everything but a child of God. Offensive? Certainly, sometimes. Insensitive? You bet! Guilty as charged. Life is insensitive, so is the truth. I don’t hide from either. Well, this column ought to certainly stir the puddin’. I wish to make an observation that I dare say most of you are going to find both offensive and insensitive. I really don’t expect to make any friends here, but I may just cause a few people to think for a few minutes. One day in the late 1970’s I asked my listeners to call and tell me what they thought was the most important thing that they had learned listening to talk radio. At some point during that show a caller turned the tables. He asked me to share the most important thing I had learned hosting a talk show. My self-editing mechanisms were on the blink that day – not an unusual situation – so I immediately blurted out the first thing that came to mind. I told the caller that the most amazing thing I had learned was how truly stupid the American people are. Sorry folks. It’s was just the first thing that came to my mind. Maybe it would have been better if I has said “obtuse” instead of “stupid.” At least then the truly stupid ones wouldn’t have understood, and I might have kept a few listeners.


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