A recent article appearing at the blog of the website beliefnet.com, titled “George Noory, a Religious Talk Show Host?”, provided some rather interesting commentary on America’s favorite late-night radio host, pertaining to belief-based faith and collective systems of interest surrounding Ufology. According to author Rod Dreher, who cites a profile of Noory that recently appeared in Atlantic Monthly:

If you were to remove the explicitly political statements from the monologues of, say, Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity on a given day, what you’d have is a worldview that, in its understanding of the workings of power and its sense that some elusive but monstrous Truth is being withheld, very closely resembles George Noory’s.

Dreher cheerfully adds, “A lot of that makes sense. And it could be as well that people … notice things that our secular materialist paradigm denies could possibly exist, and when somebody like Noory comes along and says, ‘You know, you might not be crazy,’ they glom onto him.”

Looking at this from another perspective, something about the Coast to Coast format that really seems to “work” so well is the fact that it taps into the fringe consciousness of America (and the world) at large. Though UFOs and strange phenomenon are often featured, when crisis occurs somewhere abroad (as with the recent earthquake that devastated Haiti, or even during the weeks that followed the September 11th 2001 terrorist attack), the format can just as easily–and seamlessly–shift to news.

Rather than just becoming a circus that provides the strangest material available on a whim, C2C does a great job providing things that are on people’s minds without the prejudices that daytime “drive-by” media harbors, and also does so with integrity. Art Bell and George Noory, as well as George Knapp and the delightful weekend host Ian Punnett, all act more as fair-minded moderators, rather than polemicists wishing to stir the proverbial pot like so many other radio hosts, and rather than forcing their own ideas onto the masses, they invite them to call in and express their own views and beliefs, allowing them to act as a sort of pivot point for the cusp of “tomorrow’s news.”

In this way, Coast to Coast AM is, and will remain, at the forefront of being “the people’s news, and to once again cite the Atlantic Monthly feature on George Noory, in doing so “it confirms that what the historian Richard Hofstadter famously called ‘the paranoid style’ has reached one of its periodic peaks.”

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at info@micahhanks.com.

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