I’m dreading the coming months.
As a radio talk show host, I should be thrilled for the content and conversation that an impeachment probe will provide, but I’m not.
It pains me to think what the country will have to go through. An already deeply polarized citizenry will become even more entrenched.
Think about this: An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll conducted last week found that half of Americans (49 percent) approve of the House of Representatives starting an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. However, while 88 percent of Democrats support the inquiry, 93 percent of Republicans disapprove.
Last week, I listened to live radio coverage of congressional testimony of acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph McGuire on the whistleblower complaint. I could easily tell whether a committee member was a Democrat or Republican based on how they framed their question; Democrats acted like prosecutors harassing a witness, while Republicans tossed softballs.
Yesterday, I flipped back and forth between CNN and Fox and Friends morning shows. You would have thought they were covering entirely different stories.
Could we be more divided? And that’s before months of daily, hourly, sometimes minute-by-minute media saturation coverage. Those of you who have already chosen sides are going to be baited into getting even angrier at the opposition. The rest of you who want to avoid the acrimony will find it hard to ignore.
We’re all living in the impeachment media flood plain now and the water is rising.
I will keep up with the news, interview guests and offer my opinion on Talkline on the subject because, well, that’s my job. Also, I realize many of you will want to talk about impeachment, but the topic is not going to dominate every show.
Maybe I’ll change my mind later, but right now I don’t have the emotional energy to argue every day about impeachment, especially when it feels like such a waste at a time when Americans have many other concerns—health care, jobs and the economy, public education, immigration, guns and gun control, the drug epidemic, climate and the environment, race relations, and, of course, our faith, or lack thereof, in government.
Alexander Hamilton said, “Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.” However, today it feels like government has lost the ability to provide that constraint and people have lost the desire to have it. Passions prevail over reason and justice.
So, yes, I’ll talk about impeachment and write about it—I just did. It would be a disservice to ignore a story of such magnitude. However, there is more to life—and news—than impeachment, especially in West Virginia.
Just so you know, that’s where my interests lie.