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I agree that this is a fruitless endeavor, but for some reason Ferguson and others raised it nonetheless. Jonah writes, “What Andy is slamming, I think it is clear, is the tendency of movement conservatism to have become an industry rather than an intellectual school.” The two top editors of the very magazine to which Ferguson contributes are on the payroll of the Fox News Channel. Moreover, Brit Hume is contributing editor to the Standard. Folks on the Corner appear regularly on cable. Some are on the payroll as well. In fact, they announce their appearances right here, on the Corner. I think that’s great. It demonstrates maturity and growth. Some appear on CNN (thankfully, few appear on MSNBC). Now, are they part of an industry or an intellectual school? Maybe both since there’s a synergy, I would argue, not an intellectual decline. The very first people the “intellectuals” in our movement seek out when they’re promoting something, like a book, are Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and 100 other talk show hosts. This is how ideas are communicated to a mass audience. I think the entire premise of the Ferguson argument is questionable. What hasn’t been said here is that Ferguson has routinely taken cheap shots at talk radio, and especially Hannity. And his reference to Savage as one of his examples of a conservative talk host demonstrates a lack of informed analysis. My reference to Ronald Reagan should have been better explained. As I recall, Reagan got his start in radio, hosted GE theater, did Borax commercials, and so forth. But he consumed information from National Review, Human Events, and numerous books and articles. Of course Ferguson supported Reagan. He’s the epitome of what Ferguson complains about.


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