The Populist Propagandist
You may also recall the Oxycontin scandal of Rush Limbaugh.
Both of these events rallied not a small number of folks to arms, screaming and yelling about the right wing or left wing poster boy's hypocrisy.
See, just like my posts elsewhere bout there being no significant difference betwixt Republican and Democrat politicians I also see no difference between Rush Limbaugh and Michael Moore, Sean Hannity and Al Franken. All are a bunch of blowhard propagandists shouting, screaming, and cheerleading for their "side" so they can get better ratings and sell more books or movie tickets. And you better believe that the Republicrats and Democans at the top, armed with and bought off by their corporate feudal warchests, love these blowhards from both sides.
See, the corporate feudal state is the body of the two headed republicrat beast. All the top congressmen and senators and all the presidential candidates are owned by a chunk of said corporate feudal state. Halliburton or Heinz... hey it don't matter, its all the same.
Said corporate feudalists managed to gain a monopoly on the media a couple decades ago, so please don't get fooled into thinking it matters one bit to those at the top of the food chain whether you watch Fox or CNN... Its all part of the same deal.
Rush Limbaugh gave the corporate feudal state, corporate media, and the politicians they own an impressive new toy to play with... The populist propagandist. The populist propagandist makes a load of cash for himself and his sponsors by rallying the troops around the artificial left and right "sides". They earn their bread and butter by constantly pounding home the message that those who think differently than their audience are completely out of touch whackos with nothing worthwhile to say. The populist propagandist has managed to turn the once descriptive terms Liberal and Conservative into epithets for monkey men to hurl at each other, and as long as those monkey men are busy hurling epithets they aren't busy thinking. A thinking populace is exactly what the corporate feudalists and their politicians don't want.
They don't want you thinking about the corporate feudal state that controls the corporate media that sponsors the propagandist that helps shill its crap. They don't want you thinking about the politicians, on both sides, that have been bought off and are controlled by the corporate feudal state to further entrench themselves into their hegemony.
What they want is for you to spend your time being mad at Limbaugh or Franken or Hannity or Moore over some nonsense said blowhard spouted, so when it comes time to vote why, why, YOU'LL SHOW THEM! You'll emotionally charge into that voting booth and vote for your "side", not acknowledging that neither "side" has managed in your lifetime to make a bit of difference, they've only managed to maintain and strengthen their collective stranglehold on power.