by Scoobie Davis
Talk Radio Can Be Hazardous To Your Liberty And Finances
Those of you familiar with this site know my opinions about talk radio. I have nothing but contempt for the demagogues who are behind the microphones. Although I view many devoted listeners as sheep, I have sympathy for them. The advertisers who bankroll talk radio know who the audience is; accordingly, there are numerous ads for gold and other commodities as "investments," overpriced diet aids, get-rich-quick schemes, etc. (If the baldness cure sold on O'Reilly's radio show is so good, then why is the hair on the front part of Mr. No Spin's head thinning out like the Brazilian rainforests?) I was listening to O'Reilly call war opponents "anti-American" today and noticed that Irwin Schiff is one of O'Reilly's advertisers. Schiff is a libertarian tax protester who argues that Americans are not obligated to pay federal income taxes. Apparently the courts disagree because Schiff has been convicted twice on federal tax charges. O'Reilly is willing to take money from Schiff to peddle his worthless and irresponsible seminars to gullible radio listeners, but one thing is certain: O'Reilly is not willing to take Schiff's advice when it comes to his own taxes; O'Reilly has admitted on his show that he overpays his federal income tax in order to avoid any hassles.