The whole telvision business is such a preposterous thing. A quick Google search indicates that at most, Mr. O'Reily gets 4 million viewers. Let see, that is 1.3% of the poplulation of our nation. Of those 4 million how many are true believers? This puts some perspective on the bragging rights of media blow hards who want us to believe that their world is ours. If Mr Limbaugh gets 20 million listeners that is still only 6.6% of the USA poplulation.
Granted that there is a rotating attendance so to speak, so the total number of poeple exposed is greater. The point is it is quite likely these people think they exert far more influence than they do. They are far more inside a self re-enforcing echo chamber than they either admit to or actually believe.
My television has been cold and dark for years now. The mainstream TV culture is sick, commercialistic brainwashing. I refuse to participate.
commentary tangentially supports my view that buying into the "Liberal vs Conservative" story line is laying the cornerstone in the foundation upon which a person's brainwashing is built.