Tim Flannery, the Australian scientist who wrote The Weather Makers, has an interesting take on Michael Pollan and Bill McKibben in the New York Review of Books. But when he veers into media matters, he reveals that he’s been drinking way too much liberal Kool-Aid:

“One suspects that were they confined to truly local radio, the likes of Rush Limbaugh would be more clearly seen as nothing but the offensive, bigoted buffoons that they are. If, that is, they could get anywhere near a microphone in the first place.”

Deal with it: there really are very large numbers of Americans who adore offensive, bigoted buffoons. Not even a wildly impossible reform (like confining talent to a single local radio station) will make them go away.