«BILL MOYERS: You say in this book-- you say that invective works today, that we have become a politics of invective, and that-- well, who's better at it, the liberals or the-- or the right?
DAN T. CARTER: Well obviously-- I think the right is. There's-- you know, the standard line is that liberals see three sides to every two sides. And that-- it's very difficult under those circumstances to get really worked up.
But conservatives certainly do have a sense of anger. And I want to-- I want to emphasize that this anger comes from so many different sources. And much of it is simply a response to modernization.
BILL MOYERS: Modernization being?
DAN T. CARTER: And to the media. I mean-- talking to people I'm struck again and again, those who are so angry by how much they're responding to things they see on television.
And I find this extraordinary. Back in the 1950s, I could remember being around whites who would go into a rage when a black person would come on television. Well now, they respond with rage whenever a gay couple comes on.
In both cases, it seems to me, they're powerful symbols of this sense that modernization, television, the whole thing that we're experiencing in the consumer culture, is undercutting traditional values.»