July 29, 2010

Al Mascitti: Mr. Contradiction

I used to like listening to WDEL's Al Mascitti. When he started, he was pretty much down the middle, ripping both sides when they needed it (despite his personal liberalism). But now he ... tries too hard to be the yin to conservative [afternoon talk-guy] Rick Jensen's yang. He's forcing it. It doesn't fit him well, in my opinion. I don't know if he (and Jensen) consciously planned this (a morning tit for an afternoon tat) or if Al has done it on his own, but ...

Jensen has always been predictably conservative. Mascitti, on the other hand, wasn't always a knee-jerk lib.

That being said, the problem with becoming a knee-jerk lib is that you start becoming as nutty as you claim the conservative wingnuts are. This morning, on my drive back to north Wilmington from Bear, Al was [once again] discussing the Arizona illegal immigrant law. In the space of 2-3 minutes, he ripped conservatives for "wanting simple solutions to complex problems" ... and then soon after contradicted himself while falling into the typical "progressive" playbook tactic of crying "racism": He said the whole Arizona situation is "simple" -- it's white people blaming brown people for their problems.

Uh, OK -- the situation in Arizona is "complex," but at the same time it's "simple": white people angry at brown people. Check! LOL!

Please call Al's show.* The more other people do the talking, the less of a chance he'll sound silly.

(* No, this isn't a knock at his popularity or his ratings.)

Posted by Hube at July 29, 2010 11:26 AM | TrackBack

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Mary Frances Berry (super lefty)
Professor of American Social Thought and History, U. Penn. :

"Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness."

from Politico

Posted by: anonni at July 30, 2010 02:52 PM