Joss Whedon attacks "hate radio"
And we’re not that. We’re more interesting than that. The way that we go into the world understanding is to have these contradictions in ourselves and to see them in other people and not judge them for it. To know that—in a world where debate has kind of fallen away and given away to shouting and bullying—the best thing is not just the idea of honest debate, the best thing is losing a debate. Because it means you’ve learned something and you’ve changed your position.He may not have named his scapegoat directly, but I doubt he's referring to NPR, which is liberal. And even if he didn't intend it, I think he's insulting the audiences of the radio hosts he doesn't have the courage to identify. What if any of the radio hosts he's against praised his film directing? Is that how he thanks them? His tirades have the potential to alienate some moviegoers, and a real pity he's still keeping on with this unproductive path he's on.
The only way, really, to understand your position and its worth is to understand the opposite. That doesn’t mean the crazy guy on the radio who’s spewing hate, it means the decent human truths of all the people who feel the need to listen to that guy. You are connected to those people. They’re connected to him. You can’t get away from it.
Update: Whedon was also interviewed by the Village Voice, and told them that:
"Marvel comics are so influenced by Shakespeare,"But what's Whedon influenced by? Nothing even remotely similar, I fear.