Liberals still whining because liberal talk radio isn’t very popular

Posted by: ST on June 20, 2007 at 6:35 pm

Jonah Goldberg received a press release from the Center for American Progress (also posted at Think Progress). Here’s what it said:

ADVISORY: New Report Documenting Conservative Domination of Political Talk Radio

Conference call to discuss new CAP, Free Press report

Washington, DC – A major new study of all the news/talk radio stations controlled by the top five commercial station owners documents in detail the massive imbalance between conservative and progressive talk radio broadcast each weekday.

The study, set for release this Thursday, June 21st, 2007, by the Center for American Progress and Free Press, raises serious questions about whether the companies licensed to broadcast over the public airwaves are serving the listening needs of all Americans and providing a range of information on important public issues.

Statistical analysis of all 10,506 licensed-stations reveals how media ownership and consolidation over the past decade has contributed significantly to the one-sided nature of political talk radio. The report outlines specific policy solutions to address the imbalance and ensure that the commercial use of public airwaves serves local and community needs.

Goldberg’s response:

Let’s stipulate that the report is accurate about the fact that conservatives dominate talk radio. Who among us is shocked by this very old news? What I find simply amazing is that liberals see nothing wrong with using the state to police media content when they don’t like the content.

Does anyone really believe liberals would even entertain this renewed passion for the fairness doctrine if talk radio were overwhelmingly liberal? It just strikes me as so transparently opportunistic and unprincipled. If a conservative were to argue that the state should get involved in making Hollywood, or the biggest newspapers, or the broadcast news networks, or leading museums, publishing houses, or universities less liberal, liberals would justifiably scream bloody murder about censorship and propaganda.


…. I’m sure if we conservatives thought about it for a few minutes, we could come up with all sorts of ways the state could use its power to strong-arm other bastions of artistic and political expression to provide more “balance.” But (with the exception of public broadcasting) you don’t hear much of that from conservatives, do you? Meanwhile, in the one area of the media where liberals are at a disadvantage and can’t compete in the marketplace, they want to draft the state to do what Air America couldn’t. What sore losers. Suck it up for Pete’s sake.

Dem party logoIsn’t it interesting how liberals supposedly want to protect ‘innocent Americans’ from the state when it comes to accusations of terror ties, yet will turn right around and advocate that same untrustworthy state regulate the airwaves to make them more ‘fair’ to the left? These people are more than just ‘sore losers.’ They’re fascistic idiots.

You can fight back against this attempted resurrection of the Fairness Doctrine by contacting your House and Senate reps and expressing your concern. The sooner the better.

Updated to add: Just thought of something: If the left was really interested in their side getting ‘equal time’ on the airwaves, then they wouldn’t have demanded that the Democratic hopefuls for president avoid Fox News. After all, doesn’t “Faux News” need that ‘balance’, too? I smell the powerful, foul odor of hypocrisy in the air …

Thur AM Update: Much more extensive coverage of this developing story can be found via Michelle Malkin.


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11 Responses to “Liberals still whining because liberal talk radio isn’t very popular”


  1. The un-fairness doctrine as reported by Sister Toldjah (she rocks)

    Every Time I think this issue is dead…

    Thanks for the information ST, hope I did the trackback thingy right! :d

    And you do rock! :)>-

  2. Drewsmom says:

    Stop whinning you pansy waisted moonbats.:((

  3. Tom TB says:

    If you can’t make it in the marketplace, you change your presentation and way of doing business. You don’t just blame the competition, but then I’m not a socialist!

  4. Great White Rat says:

    From the TP post referenced:

    The report outlines specific policy solutions to address the imbalance and ensure that the commercial use of public airwaves serves local and community needs.

    So, in their minds, “local and community needs” are only served if talk radio trends left.

    Typical leftists….all for free speech, as long as you agree with them. Everything else must be silenced.

    By the way, if you want to see how the left discusses a topic and have a few minutes to waste, take a peek at the comments to that TP post. The resident “progressives” there can’t seem to finish a thought without profanity or advocating total government control of everything. It’ll make you REALLY grateful for the civil exchanges you find here.

  5. Severian says:

    Ultimately, talk radio is one of the most “democratic” institutions in the country. Instead of being a monolithic MSM (more so in the past then now), liberal dominated, “push” system, where the information is pushed out regardless of whether or not anyone wants to listen or hear the “message” it survives or fails dependent on whether the people want to hear and participate. Talk radio almost uniformly takes calls from the audience, this spurs the subjects that they talk about, it’s a push-pull, two way system. Unlike the major network news systems, where they decide what they want to cover and attempt to shove it down the throats of the consumers, talk radio would die if the radio hosts didn’t talk about what the audience wanted to talk about, which is the problem with liberal talk radio.

    The liberal talk radio “experiments” were failures because they adopted the same, elitist attitude of “we know better what you should hear.” Unlike Err Amerika, conservative talk radio doesn’t have to pay stations to broadcast them or steal money from inner city youth clubs to survive, what they offer is desired enough to have the stations pay them not the other way around.

    Talk radio exists because of the liberal monopoly over the large legacy media outlets, broadcast and print. It arose and found a ready, willing market due to people’s frustrations with the existing media outlets, and if it ever stopped it’s quid pro quo of responding to and discussing what people want to discuss, it will die.

    As the most arguably democratic and egalitarian of formats, it naturally runs against the grain of the “we know best what’s good for you” liberals.

  6. G Monster says:

    why would anyone need liberal talk radio, when they get thiere fill of from the liveral news media on tv and in the paper?

    that’s the reason conservative radio, and fox news are so popular. the half of this country that has conservative viewpoints are starved to hear others with similar viewpoints, and don’t hear it in the msm.

  7. G Monster says:

    sev…looks like we have identical points…mine was typed, but not posted. i went to the grocery store before i hit the “Say it” button.

  8. paladincolorado says:

    Severian has an excellent point. Talk radio is a give-and-take format. The last thing a liberal wants to hear is a differing opinion, ergo, liberal talk collapses for lack of participants.
    If there were a significant public desire for “liberal talk-radio”, some liberal moneybags like Soros would be in the business in a heartbeat.