Talk Show Host Not Torn Between Money and Doing the Right Thing

usnavy/5445949984Ralph Hudson says he knows he’s not doing the country any favors by exploiting wedge issues between people but the money he earns in exchange for making the country a more violent and less tolerant place is too good to refuse.

“In a perfect world would I want to make our country a crappy place to live? Probably not,” says the radio veteran, whose conservative talk show is syndicated nationwide and attracts a daily audience of some 15 million listeners. “But my first responsibility is to myself, because even though I’m probably going to die in another 20 years or so, and won’t be around to enjoy it, I want to amass as much wealth as I can, and doing what I’m doing enables me to do that.”

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Hudson’s daily radio show, called “Taking Back America,” is influential among political and religious conservatives, analysts say. “He can really move the needle on issues,” says Hans Creighton, a professor of politics and media at the University of Virginia.

Creighton cited several instances in which Hudson incited conservatives to action, including one in which listeners assembled and demanded the criminalization of homosexuality. “No matter what your political beliefs, that’s not good for the country,” says Creighton. “Yet that’s the kind of influence he has.”

Hudson says he sometimes snickers in the shower for getting people so riled up, especially since deep inside he doesn’t really care one way or the other if conservatism wins the day. “At root I’m essentially a-political,” he says. “In fact, when I was younger, I was actually pretty liberal. I still harbor liberal tendencies, but there’s no money in that. The money is in getting conservatives riled up, so that’s what I aim for.”

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004KBFFHI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004KBFFHI&linkCode=as2&tag=daily031-20&linkId=ZPPVBU66YJYKL4AQ“Do I sometimes think it’s bad that I incite people to action, including hostile action, by exploiting people’s intolerances and hate? Sure. I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t. But I like money, and I like being famous. So, I do what I have to do.”

When his conscience bothers him, Hudson says, he just drinks a little more or takes drugs, including sometimes illegal drugs, even though he condemns “lefties” for being soft on drugs and knows minorities are disproportionately incarcerated for drug offenses. “Am I being hypocritical? Of course,” he says. “If people knew half the crap I did, they’d be shocked, especially since I do things far worse than the poor blacks who are always landing in jail. It’s hardly fair, but I hardly care, because my measure of success if whether I’m rich and famous, and, since I’m both, I’m a success.”

Hudson thinks he has the talent, the charisma, to be just as effective at bringing people together, but there’s no money in that. “If I wanted to, I could help people see others through a more tolerant, forgiving lens,” he says. “I could be a force for peace and understanding rather than a force for hate and intolerance. But people don’t pay good money for that and I’m not in the charity business. I’m in the ‘Me’ business, so, sorry about that. You’ll just have to find another person to give up wealth and fame to make the world a better place. I don’t have achieving high principles as one of my priorities before I die.”

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