The recent uproar about Pres. Obama's speech to school children was fueled by talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh, etc. Nashville has its share of those--Infamously, Phil Valentine.
The classical station in Nashville has recently decided to drop a lot of its classical programming in the daytime and substitute talk shows of various kinds.
If I had my way, all talk-show hosts would be fired and their shows dropped from programming. Yes, I do believe in free speech--Yes, I do believe that people have the right to express what they believe even when I do not agree with it. But thinking people surely see that the process has gotten out of hand--in fact, out of control.
I don't know what can be done about it--except to say that if one chooses to listen to this type of program, listen with educated ears and open minds. Whether conservative or liberal, there must be a civil balance from which important topics can be discussed with cool heads.
I guess this is pie-in-the-sky thinking. But one can only wish.