Limbaugh, as I've pointed out during this series, gives more than token time to listeners critical of his views. As the king of national talk radio, he could help WABC redeem itself by giving a history lesson to its talk-show hosts and their bosses about Jefferson, Madison, and other creators of our free-speech tradition.
In 1931, President Herbert Hoover rejoiced that broadcasting had not been made a government operation-as advocated at its birth. Under private companies, he said, "free speech has been preserved for the country." Sean Hannity, Steve Malzberg, and Phil Boyce missed the point of free-speech radio.