O'Brien: There is a whole school of thought, as you well know, that says that musicians -- I mean you see it with the Dixie Chicks -- you know, go play your music and stop.'circumstantial evidence' is generous.
Springsteen: Well, if you turn it on, present company included, the idiots rambling on on cable television on any given night of the week, and you're saying that musicians shouldn't speak up? It's insane. It's funny.
O'Brien: As a musician though, I'd be curious to know if there is a concern that you start talking about politics; you came out at one point and said, I think in USA Today, listen, the country would be better off if George Bush were replaced as president. Is there a worry where you start getting political and you could alienate your audience?
Springsteen: Well that's called common sense. I don't even see that as politics at this point ... You don't take a country like the United States into a major war on circumstantial evidence. You lose your job for that. That's my opinion, and I have no problem voicing it.
there's also something creepy about soledad, a journalist, asking "Is there a worry where you start getting political and you could alienate your audience?" - perhaps we could extrapolate that to journalism - where they dress up faux objectivity into 'objectivity' - precisely so that they don't alienate their audience. sad. dangerous. "that's called common sense. "