Crosstalk America is not a religious show. Anyone who listens to even the smallest snippet of it should come to that conclusion. The show is about dogma and fear. What little religion that pokes its head up from the slimy depths of the studio serves only to enforce the hatred du jour. When hosting, Vic Eliason, the head brown-shirt, acts as grandpa with a tri-cornered blade and basement full of crosses marking the graves of the sinners he correctly garroted in the name of Jesus.
Vic cannot have an honest debate. When backed into a corner and called on his bullshit he defaults to the following steps
- The caller makes their point
- Vic tries to spin it
- The caller begins to push back
- Vic interrupts the caller in his folksy fashion to play the “we’re having a dialog” card
- The caller, annoyed about the interruption, continues to try to have the dialog that Vic just effectively ended
- Vic, the taste of blood and victory in his mouth, terminates the call, blaming the victim for his own rudeness in interrupting.
- He then laments that “some people” (code word the un-godly) care nothing about “dialog” and only call to push their evil agenda.
Of course, no mention of their own agenda makes it into that statement. This happens over and over on the show and I’ve talked about it before. What makes this clip different comes during the sermonette at the end.
Three things to listen for –
The first is the word “filibuster”. During the bush years, filibuster meant evil. It’s what “lie-berals” did to hold up the nomination of racist, though xtian, judges. It’s what “dumbo-crats” used to attempt block legislation to stop funding of the effective program of giving condoms to countries with high rates of HIV in favor of the ineffective program of abstinence only. Now, with the advent of socialist health and the destruction of America (TM), “filibuster” is a good word again. Vic’s negative use of the word points up the bastardization of the language and the adaptability of true believers to switch contexts at the drop of the hat. It’s a nice little Pavlovian trick. I don’t mean to imply that my side of the fence doesn’t do the same thing – but Vic’s mastery of verbal cues approaches evil brilliance.
The second points out the de-facto fascism of the show. “I happen to be the person that holds the control here.” Pretty straight forward – disagree with me and break my arbitrary decisions as to how much dialog I allow you and you’re gone. Doing radio myself, though, this is more of a slip than it sounds like. The point he wanted to make was his fingers decide whether or not he’ll allow you to speak. As such, he works the “controls”. In switching from the proper plural use to the singular use implying action, rather then object, he betrays his true agenda – xtian Stalinism
The third illustrates the basic hypocrisy of Crosstalk America – “We’re not going to let you abuse the program just because you want to be rude”. Really? Listen to the call again.
Vic: …Wouldn’t you agree that that’s a problem?
Caller: But that’s the way it’s always been…
Vic: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, wait a minute Maria. Take a breath. We’re going to have some dialog…
After the break, Vic turns on the condescension, explaining to Maria, whose call has been terminate, the rules of dialog. “I wish Maria had stayed on the line because we could have had dialog. Which means you make a statement, take a breath and let someone respond.” Obviously, Vic doesn’t have to play by his own rules. He made a statement (to which Maria respectfully listened), asked a question and then cut off her response.
In the eyes of Crosstalk America, Jesus, apparently, was a passive-aggressive hypocrite.
Shut Up – We’re Having A Dialog And You Kept Talking
PS: If you’re new to the horror that is Crosstalk America, this show acts as a perfect primer, containing all the wingnuts talking points including the old “let’s stop blaming bush’s incompetence for state we’re in. After all, Obama promised to fix everything right away and we’ve successfully stopped him from doing that.” As an added bonus, you’ll get “Obama kind of sent more troops to Afghanistan and kinda listened to the generals BUT HE DIDN’T DO IT WHEN WE TOLD HIM TO SO HE IS EVIL” meme.
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