Manicheanism, American Style!

Andrew Sullivan on watching Sean Hannity:

It’s like listening to Hugh Hewitt. Or reading Pravda in the old Soviet Union. But somehow watching a human being so brainwashed and engaging in conscious brain-washing makes it worse. Hannity is a pathological level of propagandist, because his entire reality, his entire mindset is programmed for ideology and partisanship. There is no world for him but politics; and no perspective within politics except conflict and warfare. He greets views that do not comport with the opportunistic ideology of the moment as threats to be extinguished, not ideas to be engaged. Whatever else this toxic, shallow and brutal perspective is, it is not now and never will be conservative – unless that word has now been so corrupted it has no meaning at all.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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