Posted by: al66888 | June 21, 2007

We can’t beat ’em, so let’s invoke law to help us

I just wrote earlier today about how the main stream media (MSM) leans towards the left. It is talk radio that leans towards the right. There’s a huge difference between the two is that the MSM pretends that it is unbiased and working for the American people, whereas radio talk show hosts have no problems letting you know where their allegiances lie. The problem for the left in this country, is that their message doesn’t match the core values of Americans, and hence, their ratings suffer. MSNBC has nearly no one watching, and powerhouse CNN was passed in the cable market in a relatively short time by Fox News. Even the networks are struggling as their audience numbers decrease while the median age of their audience increases.

So what can you do? Well, they’ve tried to compete straight up, and that doesn’t work. The left brought in it’s big guns and formed Air America, the left leaning radio company with such hosts as Al Franken. And what happened? No one tuned in, sponsors left, and the Air America went bankrupt.

So now what can we do if we cannot compete in world of ideas? The Fairness Doctrine, giving away stations to owners that have Left views, and limiting market-share of successful companies. If you can’t beat them fair, try and use laws to choke out free speech. The Center for American Progress and Free Press- which is just a name (like Media Matters) to make you think they are doing something non-partisan for the American people- released it’s leftist survey today. And boy were they so happy to show you how they are getting their butts kicked on the radio

The Center for American Progress and Free Press today released the first-of-its-kind statistical analysis of the political make-up of talk radio in the United States. It confirms that talk radio, one of the most widely used media formats in America, is dominated almost exclusively by conservatives.

I love that- first of it’s kind statistical analysis! I like how they chose radio instead of say, network TV, but then again, I guess that wouldn’t help the agenda. These stats must drive the lefties nuts:

– In the spring of 2007, of the 257 news/talk stations owned by the top five commercial station owners, 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming was conservative, and only 9 percent was progressive.

– Each weekday, 2,570 hours and 15 minutes of conservative talk are broadcast on these stations compared to 254 hours of progressive talk — 10 times as much conservative talk as progressive talk.

– 76 percent of the news/talk programming in the top 10 radio markets is conservative, while 24 percent is progressive.

I also love their solutions, I can’t help but laugh.

Our conclusion is that the gap between conservative and progressive talk radio is the result of multiple structural problems in the U.S. regulatory system, particularly the complete breakdown of the public trustee concept of broadcast, the elimination of clear public interest requirements for broadcasting, and the relaxation of ownership rules including the requirement of local participation in management. […]

Ultimately, these results suggest that increasing ownership diversity, both in terms of the race/ethnicity and gender of owners, as well as the number of independent local owners, will lead to more diverse programming, more choices for listeners, and more owners who are responsive to their local communities and serve the public interest.

Along with other ideas, the report recommends that national radio ownership not be allowed to exceed 5 percent of the total number of AM and FM broadcast stations, and local ownership should not exceed more than 10 percent of the total commercial radio stations in a given market.

So their suggestion is to forget about capitalism and the free market- to give away stations to those who have their views, and prevent companies who are successful from grabbing more than a 10% market share.

To quote the Guinness boys- Brilliant!

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Responses

  1. Point well taken. I would like to point out that most liberals (and remember I live in Portland) don’t really rely on CNN and MSNBC or other major media outlets. In fact they find these organizations to be biased and corrupted by Rupert Murdoch and big business. Liberals tend to rely on sites like commondreams.org, npr, salon etc. So you are right-if liberals aren’t watching CNN and conservatives aren’t watching CNN that means either no one is watching or centrists and apolitical people are tuning into the mainstream media.

    As far as talk radio is concerned, the left just doesn’t get it. The reason conservative am radio is so popular is that it’s entertaining and it doesn’t pretend to be unbiased. As a “common sense liberal” if you will, I was against the Iraq war from the get go and I was at first excited when Air America went on the air only to be embarrassed, annoyed and disappointed that my representative was Al “Stewart Smalley” Franken. Air America is not successful because its not a good product. It’s just not engaging. They couldn’t even maintain their liberal base because listeners were bored and unimpressed. Randi Rhodes is the the only liberal talk radio host that can even remotely compete with the conservative personalities like Rush, Savage and Drudge merely because she actually does have a personality and that is what draws people to talk radio in the first place.

    You raise an important issue in that many liberal sites and news organizations do try and purport to be unbiased and there is a reason that liberals do this and it’s called political correctness. Conservatives are not crippled by this phenomenon and they should be happy about this.
    Liberals often come across as hypocrites because they want to please everyone (ahem, Hilary). They tend to spread themselves thin and wind up saying little, or nothing that impresses anyone (ahem, Gore). Liberals want a strong leader but a strong leader needs to stand for something and maintain that stance, right? We’re just as disgruntled with our leadership as conservatives are.

  2. I forgot to address your major point and yes, liberals rely on laws, laws, laws to get their way at times. In many ways, it is an abuse of the system. If liberals can’t persuade people on their own accord is it fair to go straight to the legal system to get people to listen?
    I’m a liberal but I hate nanny laws. I hate that the government is telling me what to do for my own good. For instance, an anti-smoking bill is about to be passed in Oregon banning smoking in bars and restaurants. Now if cigarettes were illegal I would understand this bill. But not only are they legal they are heavily taxed and where is this tax money going? If liberals cared so much about our health shouldn’t they ban cigarettes, alcohol, fatty foods, cars, (oh yeah that’s already happening in NY). What is next. Where is the line drawn?

  3. […] look to reign in talk radio Wow, I just wrote yesterday in We can’t beat ‘em, so let’s invoke law to help us, how the left of this country cannot win on the airwaves so they are going to try to legislate […]

  4. Yeah, that’s why I’m so surprised people are taughting Bloomberg. The guy is a classic govt needs to control everything that you do candidate. I don’t know who would be fooled by his ‘I’m an independent’ schtick. He jumped from Dem to Rep, to ride Rudy’s coattails to the Mayor’s house.


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