I'm blogging tonight from our nation's capitol, but I am still locked on to what's going on back home.
There's not much to say about the controversy regarding the Dan Shelley article in Milwaukee magazine. It strikes me as, at best, hyperventilation over the uninteresting and, at worst, wrong headed. Talk radio tends to come from a certain perspective. On the right, folks like Sykes and Belling and, on the left, people such as McNally and whoever hosts on what's left of Air America, are candid about their bias. Bias is not a weakness, it is a fact. We have them. We deal with them better when we acknowledge them.
If I know someone is a conservative or liberal, then I can assess their comments in light of that. On the local scene, I think that, for example, Sykes and Von are hosts with a perspective but who conduct themselves in a way that make them worth listening to. There are others as well.
This doesn't mean that you can't mine their shows and find objectionable things that they have said. Let someone talk enough (including me) and that will happen.
This doesn't mean that I think that all talk show hosts, including the locals, conduct themselves honorably. It's ok to talk politics in an entertaining way, but one should always remember that it is serious business and our country is not a cartoon made up of heroes and villians.