Just got off the phone with CRTV and asked them not to renew my program subscription …
With approximately one month to go, I have seen every episode of Mark Levin’s program to-date and have viewed the offerings of the others on his CRTV platform: Mark Steyn, Michelle Malkin, and Steven Crowder. And, I cannot bring myself to invest any additional time, effort, and money in an enterprise that only produced a few noteworthy shows over the period of a year. Some of the offerings were educational, others were entertaining, and some even entertaining and educational. But, at least to me, it is a video recreation of the talk show in a longer format that allows Mark to expound without meeting the demands of commercial breaks.
- Mark Levin -- there is no question he is a smart, articulate, passionate, and committed, constitutional conservative. But, his program is devolving into a blur … a conservative reacts to the news; something he does on the radio for hours each day. When he goes into teacher mode, he tends to read from his own books. And, as for being commercial free – there is always the self-promoting CRTV pitch and his subtle book plugs. While I also like dogs, it is just another example of the social media “cat video” meme. In fact, the entire social media segment is simply a graphic representation of a caller’s question or comment. Personally, I find Levin's yelling to modulate his rather monotonic voice a bit fatiguing.
- Mark Steyn -- he is a much better writer than talk show host, especially unscripted in a longer format.
- Michelle Malkin -- Sixty Minutes meets Fox News and its flashy graphics. Like Steyn, Malkin is much better in shorter segments.
- Steven Crowder -- the weakest link, whose humor is loud, boisterous, and not all that funny in a longer format. He is not the conservative version of the witty and polished John Stewart.
And, I still don’t get the television set: frat boy games meets serious politics -- with tchotchkes everywhere. But, I do love his opening "Liberty's Voice -- Levin TV" introduction.
Bottom line …
Since there is no real penalty for taking a break – and there is no FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) – I am not renewing my subscription. I may reconsider some time in the future or, then again, something bright and shiny will have captured my attention.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius