Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Going, Going, and Gone

Air America is making a mistake if it fired Nick Coleman for low ratings. Coleman is a charter member of the Formerly Funny Club (FFC). His columns over the last decade have been mostly bad. It is fair to say that he is not exactly a trained voice talent. Still, they are making a mistake (unless there was some sort of scandal).

The droll, biting commentary of Coleman is just the kind of thing liberals need to create an alternative to conservative talk radio. Al Franken of the FFC takes the issues too seriously, while fellow FFC-er Garrison Keillor takes himself to seriously. Then there's that whole dry NPR thing.

It is one thing for a newspaper columnist to be mean and to oversimplify complex issues. It is quite another for a radio host to do so, with plenty of opportunity for callers to respond. The latter may be just the niche that liberal talk radio can fill.

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