Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Case For Not Ignoring Beck and Palin

The Case For Not Ignoring Beck and Palin | Media Matters for America

There's a reason so much ink, digital and actual, is spilled chronicling the foibles of Beck and Palin. Part of it has to do with their popularity -- for better or worse, they are the faces of today's right -- but it's also a question of what they represent. Beck and Palin straddle the divide between the mainstream and the fringe. They boast deep connections to the activist right and have media platforms from which their messages reach broader audiences. As such, they serve as a sort of conduit for extreme ideas and rhetoric to seep into the broader discourse.

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