More commentators are voicing concerns about the recklessness of conservative talk show hosts. Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan (in photo) said ranters aren’t responsible critics. “This isn’t debate, it’s more like incitement,” she warned. Columnist David Brooks said the undeserved influence of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hanity is “the story of media mavens who claim to represent a hidden majority but who in fact represent a mere niche — even in the Republican Party. It is a story as old as ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ of grand illusions and small men behind the curtain.” Steven F. Hayward of the conservative American Enterprise Institute worried that “the brain waves of the American right continue to be erratic, when they are not flat-lining.”
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