Paul Finebaum’s radio show is relevant because people get to share their opinions. These opinions are often wrong, but that is the great thing about Finebaum and his show—he gives everyone a chance to speak their mind. Everyone includes doctors of theology, doctors of philosophy and averages Joes. It is the level playing field Finebaum provides which threatens the elites. After all, it was Finebaum’s show that launched the late Shane from Centerpoint on his quest to be a sports writer—something the sports journalists didn’t like because he had the temerity to do it without wasting time in some liberal College of Communication. The Finebaum show gave Robert from Waterloo, Iowa a venue to share his thoughts. And we are all better for listening to Robert.
Shouldn’t university professors like Wayne Flynt approve of the diversity showcased on Finebaum?
This openness makes Paul Finebaum’s show a true marketplace of ideas. When you have this type of open market, you get your share of nutcases.
However, the bigger nutcases are usually the guests (ie: experts) and not the callers.
Larry Langford? Tim Brando?
I’d take I-Man and Jim from Tuscaloosa any day of the week over those turkeys, err, experts.
But not Wayne Flynt. According to this story at Weld, Flynt doesn’t care for the Finebaum show. According to Weld, “The main thing is that we should respect our enemies,” Flynt said. “But at the same time, we have to forcefully go after them in the public arena, because we can’t continue living in a society where opinion trumps information. I don’t want to see Alabama governed by the Paul Finebaum Show.”
Flynt continued, “Much of what these opposing groups say is so clearly absurd that no rational person can accept it. But as irrational and paranoid as they are, it behooves us to realize that this rhetoric is coming from a great deal of anger in their lives, and from a deep well of fear about the future. Many of them are not well-educated, or their jobs have been outsourced to other countries, and they don’t have the skills to cope with the new world a-borning.”
How can you “respect” your enemy and then spend so much time calling names? Paranoid? Irrational? Anger? Fear? Not well-educated?
Give me the Paul Finebaum Show over this paternalistic nonsense.
Or, as William F. Buckley once said, “I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.”
I’d rather live in a state governed by ordinary people than elites who believe different opinions are the result of fear, paranoia, anger and the fact we aren’t all doctors of philosophy.