As much as it pains me to say, mainstream journalists need to pay closer attention to these guys.
Yeah, they're a bit nutty, a bit fruity, and if I could come up with some other food-based description I'd use it too. We all know that. But they, and the minor league talkers, have come up with what eventually came to be major stories.
- Van Jones, the environmental adviser, resigned. Journalists acted a bit surprised by this, but if they'd been listening to talk radio they would have seen this coming a long time ago and would have covered the story sooner.
- ACORN, that wacky group of whatever the hell they are, got caught doing and saying stupid things. Hannity in particular has been all over these guys. There's embarrassing video out there and the feds have responded by slowly but clearly cutting ties to the group (Census Bureau, the latest I suppose).
- Czars. Can we ever have enough czars? Apparently not the president, and the talkers have been pissing and moaning about this for a while now. And guess what? CNN this morning, a story about how many czars there are in the Administration and congressional concerns about who they answer to, how they are vetted. Listen to the crazy talk people, CNN, and you would have had this story sooner.