Diogenes of Sinope, as I'm sure you clever dogs know, is most famous for walking around with a lamp in broad daylight. And while, personally, such naked, public, prop-driven straight-line begging has always seemed to me more Susquehanna Hat Company than Soren Kierkegaard, Diogenes is nonetheless remembered 2400 years later as explaining that he was "looking for an honest man".
So, nice story.
But what to do about Diogenes' opposite? What to do about the Senegoid's among us? Those who devote enormous resources seeking far and wide, looking for amoral teevee-friendly monsters for the expressed purpose of giving them the largest platform possible to tell the most despicable lies imaginable?
Media Matters reminds us that the reason Roger Ailes put lying scumbag Sean Hannity in front of a teevee camera in the first place is precisely because Hannity had already built an impressive lying scumbag resume on local college radio:
Decades ago Roger Ailes made it his mission in life to aim the biggest gun he could lay his hands on right at the heart of American democracy and fire and fire and fire until it was dead....In his new book The Loudest Voice in the Room, New York magazine journalist Gabriel Sherman describes the start of Sean Hannity's career as a conservative radio personality, beginning with an hour-long morning call-in show at KCSB, the UC Santa Barbara college station. The short-lived show was canceled in 1989 after Hannity made a number of extreme anti-gay remarks during a segment featuring Gene Antonio, author of the book The AIDS Cover-up? The Real and Alarming Facts About AIDS. According to Sherman:In April 1989, Hannity invited the virulent anti-gay activist Gene Antonio on the air to promote his already widely discredited book, The AIDS Cover-up? The Real and Alarming Facts About AIDS. A Lutheran minister without scientific training, Antonio peddled paranoid fictions about the epidemic. He wrote that the virus could be transmitted by sneezes and mosquito bites and that the Centers for Disease Control and the American Medical Association conspired to cover up the "truth." At the opening of his hour-long interview, Hannity said: "I'm sick and tired of the media and the homosexual community preventing us from getting the true, accurate information about AIDS in this day." He went on to describe The AIDS Cover-up? as an "excellent book" that was "so full of facts" and added, "if you want the real truth about this deadly, deadly disease, he's not afraid to say what the homosexuals don't want you to hear." He gave his audience Antonio's mailing address, where they could order "autographed copies" and write to find out about "places where homosexuals can go for help if they want to change." [The Loudest Voice in the Room, pg 239]