This morning's Washington Times contains a special ode to RFD-TV, written by Ken Tomlinson, former editor of Reader's Digest and hardcore Imus fan.
"So how did this hopeless news junkie spend the mid-morning after the stunning news from the Iowa presidential caucuses?" he asks. "Watching recreational tractor driving in Nebraska — on RFD TV. I mean watching geezers riding vintage 1940s John Deeres while touting the joys of tractor riding and the beauty of the Nebraska countryside made possible because the tractor caravans top out at 13 miles per hour."
How did Mr. Tomlinson become such a convert? Well, he's been an Imus fan for 20 years, and he discovered the channel when Imus returned. He's like a lot of city people - as well as people interested in current events - who have since become addicted to the rural programming.
"I never really understood how irritating are the news bunnies of Fox and MSNBC," he adds, "until I experienced the soothing rhythm of three consecutive hours of cattle auctions from Nebraska and Texas and Arkansas." (There is no mention of the "Recto Rocket," alas, but I suppose they don't want to scare off the Beltway people. Or to give Bob Packwood any ideas.)
Finally, Mr. Tomlinson poignantly describes why he and many others discovered the channel:
"Then came Bernie and Mr. Imus and the young women on the Rutgers basketball team — and what followed was a fate arguably worse than death: Morning Joe and Mika Brzezinski in the Imus slot on MSNBC."