Tuesday, November 23, 2004

 

G. Gordon Liddy interview

Johann Hari interviews G. Gordon Liddy in the Independent. There are lots of crazy Liddy quotes, on subjects ranging from Hitler, to Watergate, to the War on Drugs, but I thought the most revealing part of the article was toward the end. Hari writes:
I'm not sure how much of this I can take. I am becoming desensitized to his madness; I haven't even furrowed my brow for the past five minutes. Does he really mean this stuff? And what's better - if he is spewing all this hate for effect, or if he really means it?

But this is how Hate Radio works in America. It numbs you to far right positions; it makes the most depraved politics banal and commonplace. So Ann Coulter talks affectionately of "the benefits of local fascism" and nobody blinks. Michael Savage describes Lindy England as "an American hero" and tells gay listeners, "I hope you get AIDS and die," and we simply avert our gaze. Even a mad criminal like G. Gordon Liddy is accepted as a normal part of the political furniture. Republican politicians appear on his show happily and nod along to his far-right patter. These 'hosts' have created a political culture where even John Kerry - who is, in European terms, pretty conservative - can be savaged as "far left" and denied the White House.
Indeed, this is how Don Imus can have a show on MSNBC and have regular guests call Palestinians "stupid," "stinking animals," and advocate "kill[ing] 'em all." Yes, we can blame it all on G. Gordon Liddy. Well, maybe not all of it. But it's still scary to think that there are people like him out there. And that people want to listen to him.

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