December 30, 2003
Subtle, Very Subtle
I was in Half-Price Books the other day and, since I had enjoyed their previous political satirical works, decided to look for Al Franken's new book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them or Molly Ivins latest work, Bushwhacked. Both Al and Molly are nationally-recognized liberal political commentators, so I looked in the political section but couldn't find them. I did, however, notice Rush Limbaugh's diatribes there.
Strangely enough, I later found both Al Franken and Molly Ivins' books in the comedy section, even though they are both largely the same tone and certainly as political as Limbaugh's books. I even saw Jim Hightower's books there, and he's a serious populist speaker, albeit with a down-home sense of humor.
I don't want to read too much into the choice of placement of books, but the obvious disparity in how liberal and conservative thought and commentary is treated is disturbing. Rush is taken seriously while Molly Ivins is a comedienne?Posted by tat at December 30, 2003 06:58 PM