Dylan Ratigan is an Annoying, Humourless Jerk
Dylan Ratigan has five hour-long rants, 4PM weekdays on MSNBC. His schtick is leftish economic populism that has morphed recently into quackish tin-hattery. As the slow death of sensible CNN attests, it is hard to attract ratings without finding cause for hyper-caffeinated hysteria, which can be summarised this way in Rantigan’s case:
The Federal Government is 28 gazillion dollars in debt — but that doesn’t stop them from stealing YOUR money to line the pockets of Wall St lobbyists, from whom they also receive campaign donations, not to mention surreptitious hand-jobs.
The ratings are flat-lining, so Ratigan sees no alternative but to double down. He has resorted to props — tin buckets and fake money mostly — to make his point:
Endemic corruption rapes our economy and fists our future. We need to fight this fisting, raping corruption.
Ratigan has always been a terrible interviewer (every question is a variation on “what do you say to what I think?”) and a humourless bore. But in his desperate and futile grasping for ratings, his show has become completely unwatchable bullshit.
He is a prime candidate for the world’s shortest telegram: