I eschew the religious concept of “evil” as both morally and intellectually lazy and corrupt. In part I hate the concept, because all too often it is meant to demonize opposition without regard the history or process which brought two sides into conflict. hardly does that position ignore, overlook or forgive injustice, corruption or criminality at any level or scale. Understanding process and history offers the best way of rendering judgment and justice, and in preventing, or helping to prevent the mistakes and ignorance-s of the past. That said, Rightwing zealot and political-religious talk show host Dennis Prager leaves me at such a loss for words with his historic dishonesty that I am tempted to use that word to describe him.
Examples perhaps provide the clearest view of a level of, what I can only conclude from the available evidence, dishonesty on the part of the propagandistically pompous and elitist Prager. Take for an example of a harassment lawsuit against Youtube(A private company) by Prager. I say harassment, because we see regularly attacks by the Right against media to force minority, and most often socially abhorrent views on the majority under the auspices of freedom of speech. None of those agitators, like Prager ever make mention that the giant media companies they pander for have purposely and maliciously eradicated, or virtually eradicated Progressive programming from public airwaves. For example, Progressive talk show host Stephanie Miller, when adjusted for the number of stations she is on compared with Sean Hannity, or Rush Limbaugh or Dennis Prager garners more than 20% more listeners, according to Arbitron, than Limbaugh or Hannity. Prager, she leaves in the dust. Miller is on fewer than 50 stations, while the lower rated Limbaugh is on hundreds. It isn’t about money or ratings . It is about saturation of dark and cruel sides of the human heart.
Prager is propped up by a great fraud in the modern consolidated radio business. That is monster Rightwing media companies forcing their message upon the nation. They are pandering to their base while polluting the nation’s more civil, inclusive, forward thinking and moderate voices.
On his show today he attacked feminist men, musing aloud what women want a feminist man. As a Leftist, who owned a weapon, went to war and is an avowed even militant feminist. I am married to, for 25 years, unlike the divorced Prager(Who pontificates on so-called traditional marriage), an unapologetic, strong, brilliant and gorgeous feminist. being a feminist man, Mr. Prager, is an ascension for men. You, Mr. Prager, are propagandizing and selling, a Taliban style of regressive-and might I say, weak masculinity.
He blathers about abortion in America, while portraying the unquestioned allegiance to Israel by American taxpayers as essential. He conveniently ignores that abortion is legal and free in Israel. Although, which brings me to the next example, for an abortion a woman must go before a government termination board. that said, virtually all abortion requests are granted(“It was reported in 2012 that about half of all abortions in Israel were performed in private clinics, i. e., without committee approval. Women who undergo such an abortion do not face criminal penalties, but physicians who perform them face a fine or up to five years’ imprisonment; however, there have been no known prosecutions of physicians for performing non-committee-approved abortions. It was also reported in 2007 and 2011 that about 40,000 abortions take place in Israel every year, about half of the committee approved.” http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/22647/Default.aspx).
So, let’s talk about healthcare, which Prager says he fears will be taken over by Communists in America. Are we back in 1964? How about asking a rhetorical question about healthcare? He asked if Americans wanted Canadian healthcare, with a side comment about the wait time for procedures in Canada. he relies on the ignorance and laziness of his audience. I have family in Canada and they would not trade it in a second for US healthcare. The wait time, for the curious, depends upon many factors in both countries. The biggest factor in the US is the penny-pinching and profit motive of insurance companies. I personally waited for more than 6 months, battling an insurance company for approval for neck surgery from an injury. In America!
Moreover, my own father-in-law has had three kidney transplants(two rejections). The Canadian healthcare system not only installed a dialysis machine in his home, but comes weekly for regular maintenance, and arrives within and hour for any emergence repairs. In America, Mr. Prager, a for-profit insurance company would have cut him off years ago, which would have likely led to his death. at the very least it would have bankrupted the family. My father-in-law and his wife were war refugees. Prager would have argued to keep them out of the US, but their daughter went on to graduate with honors sans student debt and now is a contributing member of a civilized society.
Prager and his ilk would take us in the opposite direction. But that isn’t the worst part, and brings me back to the original premise. Either he knows he is selling America’s cancer of hate as an elixir, or is so fundamentally misguided as to be dangerous to be allowed on the public airwaves. My conclusion is that he represents to messaging end of what is emerging as cult of control. In that regard he is doing it because a dirty company like Salem is paying him enough to compromise of sell his soul. I am also in radio, but there is nothing and no one who could ever compel me to sell my soul to the detriment of my neighbors and community. That he does it behind the guilty veil of religion is just, well, as close to evil and I can conceive.
I have top guests on my show and I have challenged Prager and others on the Right to debate. I have offered to sweep my schedule clean. They refuse to debate me, because they don’t care for debate. When was the last time they truly had a debate, a sustained real debate, not talk radio circus-playing with a substantial member of the opposition? they have no interest. It isn’t Prager’s job to honestly debate, but rather push the message he’s told to sell.