Ask a Stupid Question

On our local talk radio station this week, the host said he couldn’t fathom why people don’t join him and the millions of others who support Donald Trump. He asked, “Do they think we’re stupid?”

Yes, actually, you hit the nail on the head: we think you’re stupid. Any other questions?

And not merely stupid, but dangerous.

I’ve made fun of these local radio goofballs before, but it was just harmless fun. They’d rant and say dumb things, but it was just entertainment. That was before they pitched a madman to be our next president.

It’s easy to be dismissive of local talk radio when you hear the numbskulls who call in to agree with the host, but it’s those who don’t call who worry me. In this town, many influential people listen to this garbage and some of them even advertise on the station. Business is business.

If you need proof that ignorance sells, there you have it: talk radio and Donald Trump. In the oft misquoted words of H.L. Mencken:

“No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”

6 thoughts on “Ask a Stupid Question

  1. You mean advertisers like CDTA? Many of their customers are the very people Trump and Vandenburgh hate: the poor, minorities, immigrants…

    Where I come from, that’s called irony.

    It’s revolting that public funds are used to advertise on the Talk 1300 cesspool, and one must ask why it goes on. Vandenburgh himself says that his listeners are white and affluent, not exactly the sort of people who ride the bus, no matter how many times they’re told that “Carm” wants them to.

  2. I’ve been a temporary Brooklyn-ite this week, and it’s just a little scary to see how embedded Trump is here, across a wide range of ethnicities and income levels. Doctor’s for Trump? Would have thought that paying about $400K for an education would buy some common sense. Nope. On the other hand, one particular Uber driver was wearing an ‘I Like Ike’ button. Too bad he wasn’t driving a Delorean with a flux capacitor.

  3. C’mon, man. Lots of important businessmen and big companies supported Hitler. Some of them are still around today.

  4. If I hear Vandenburgh call Trump “The Trumpster” one more time, I’m going to drive down there and punch him in the throat. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

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