08/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

I Understand Lou Dobbs

Does Lou Dobbs feel sheepish about finding himself the troglodyte of American broadcasting?

That is a rhetorical question. To be the troglodyte of American broadcasting -- TAB -- is to have broken through to the sweetest spot in the media business. You've reached the heights of the form. You're going for immortality in your profession.

Curiously, it looks easy. Any Neanderthal, it seems, could do it. You don't have to be smart, you have to be stupid. Just let all your bias and anger hang out. Don't filter.

Actually, reasonableness and nuance are easy, conflict is hard. The TAB is that person, on radio or television, who, through mind-numbing repetition, is able to articulate and represent a point of bitter conflict in American life. Making this more difficult, the TAB has got to do this before America knows it's a point of bitter conflict. The TAB has got to become one of the main characters of this conflict.

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