A friend called today to say that Lars Larson called me a "nut" on-air yesterday. Is this true? Who knows why he would say it but we disagree on most issues and I find it ironic that this Washington State resident drives into Oregon every day where he uses the public airs ways (for free - a massive form of corporate welfare) to bash people living in poverty - along with just about everyone else in the great state of Oregon. Most responsible Oregonians refuse to go on his show. I've known Larson for nearly 25 years and tried to give him every benefit of the doubt as he made the transition from journalist to right-wing radio talk show host. But I finally had to say enough is enough and decline requests to appear on his program as his voice became more shrill and hateful. As we begin the 2012 election cycle, however, I'll make this offer to Lars: I'll debate you on the issues of the day - the issues you talk about on your show and that I talk about in my sermons, blog posts and op-ed pieces for The Huffington Post - in a neutral forum, such as one of Oregon's fine public universities. I know, I know. You won't have control of the mute button and a moderator might actually require that you answer questions instead of simply shouting out sound bites but serious times call for serious conversations, Lars. Can you engage in a real debate or is being stuck behind a microphone making disparaging remarks all that is left of Lars Larson?
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