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March 4, 2004 |

Dear Mr. Keillor,
I have been a fan of your show ever since I discovered it in 1998, and listen every week from my living room chair with my pipe and slippers. I know you are a Democrat. I am a Republican, but our ideological differences never prevented me from enjoying your show, since the political humor was infrequent and usually good natured. Until this season. Over the past few months, the show's political humor has built to a crescendo and taken on a vicious edge. Finally, during last week's show from Hot Springs, I had enough and turned the radio off during Guy Noir (erstwhile my favorite segment, being a devotee of Ramond Chandler). I felt no desire to listen this week, and left my radio off for the first time in years (excepting re-runs I had already heard). If you want to turn the show into a two hour Republican-bashing anti-Bush hatefest, why it's your show and you are free to do that. And it's fine with me... I won't be listening.
—Scott A. Miller, M.D.

Dr. Miller,
I can't imagine you being offended at Guy Noir travelling to Hot Springs and sitting around in a steam bath with Bill Clinton and getting chased up into a tree by a couple of yellow dogs. The very same Hot Springs show drew a tide of bitter mail from Democrats complaining about my making fun of Mr. Clinton and (horrors) singing "Dixie". I must be doing something right. As for a "two-hour Republican-bashing anti-Bush hatefest," I don't know how you could possibly hear that. If I were you, I'd check the pipe tobacco.

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