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  •  In a nutshell, (16+ / 0-)

    My sister fell under the spell of RW radio. She identified me as the target because I'm liberal. Started blaming me and people like me for all imagined ill in the country. We live in different states and she tried e-mailing me propaganda. I never responded, not even once. The e-mail's stopped.

    After trying to draw me into her arguments when I was up for visits, I finally put my foot down and said, "if you start with this stuff, visit is over and I'm leaving". She tried to keep it under control, but at some point the snide remarks would start. When at one point she started, I said I had to go, and left. She stopped. Before my flight home I told her that we were sisters and she knew me. That it was absolutely crazy that she was trying to pin the ills of the world on me. I said she was in danger of losing herself to all the hate she listened to, that most people were basically the same, trying to good for their families. I said stop listening to Rush Limbaugh, he is a poison and is no good for you or anyone else.

    Our dad died a while ago and while I was there, she actually said she was sorry. That she stopped listening and felt happier and more at peace since she stopped. It has been several years and she has not stared to listen again. I hope they succeed in taking him off the air.
    From this diary it seems I am not the only one to be affected by the bile.

    Truth is harmonious, lies are discordant.

    by Babsnc on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 04:54:33 AM PST

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    •  I have family members who turned off Limbaugh (4+ / 0-)

      Several years ago and Fox about two years ago.

      They're not the same people I knew growing up, but they are far nicer, more reasonable and most importantly, far happier people than they were during the Bush years.

      What made them turn off? They got disgusted by the ever increasing casialties of the Iraq war. They just wanted our troops home, and the non-stop drumbeat of war on Fox (along with Limbaugh's truly vile speech) became too much. War in Iran? No, they didn't want it. And they saw what the neocons were doing.

      They don't like President Obama at all. But they're happy we're drawing down in the Middle East and acknowledge that neither McCain nor Romney would have done so. And they like how he handled Libya, and aren't buying this manufactured "Benghazi-gate."

      They're tired of b.s. politics. They tend to do the false equivalency "both sides are bad" thing. But compared to right wind media paranoia and conspiracies, that's (almost) acceptable.

      I think the rightsing media has gone so far to the crazy extremes that even many of its loyal consumers start to think, wow, this is too much.

      It's kind of like watching "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure:" our time-travelling  heroes pick up Socrates, Billy the Kid, Sigmund Freud and Beethoven in their magic phone booth. But when they get to the pillaging Gheghis Khan who agrees to travel with them, you start to think, "wow, this movie isn't so realistic. "

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 08:03:27 AM PST

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      •  Well... (0+ / 0-)

        Ghengis Khan probably was far more personable in a 1:1 situation that history gives him credit for.

        Thanks for the story - there is indeed hope!

        Freedom isn't free. So quit whining and pay your taxes.

        by walk2live on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 09:51:38 AM PST

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