TOM EDSALL: [T]he Democratic Party and liberals have, through a lot of whatever you want to call it, politically correct and other values and programs, made themselves highly vulnerable to criticism that is difficult to voice in the workroom, because it’s kind of verboten. But on talk radio, you can say a lot of things that you think and feel.
HUGH HEWITT: For example, you got anything in mind? I think that’s a caricature, Thomas Edsall. I think…
TE: Oh no. I’m saying that favorably.
HH: I know you’re saying that favorably, but I think that’s…that’s not really what goes on on talk radio. Do you listen…
TE: I’m just saying that’s one part of it. And when Limbaugh first became famous…now, he’s become much more of a Republican. When he first went on the radio, one of his strengths was pointing out the foibles of the Democratic Party and liberalism.
HH: A proposition. The reason talk radio exploded, followed by Fox News, followed by the center-right blogosphere, is that because folks like you have been the dominant voice in American media for a long time, and you’re a pretty thoroughgoing, Democratic favoring, agenda journalist for the left, and you’ve been the senior political reporter of the Washington Post for a very long time. And people didn’t trust your news product…not you, personally, but the accumulation of you, throughout the L.A. Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and they got sick and tired of being spoon fed liberal dross, and they went to the radio when an alternative product came along.
TE: To a certain degree, I agree with that.
Really has his finger on the pulse, doesn't he?