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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Conservative dominance of talk radio

I have yet to see anyone even attempt to rebut the claim that talk radio is dominated -- monopolized would be a better word -- by conservative talk shows. As I said, it is often difficult or impossible to decide what is "liberal" and what is "conservative," but by any standard, conservative talk radio's dominance appears to be astonishing. One article says,

Nationally, virtually all of the leading political talkshow hosts are right-wingers: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Oliver North, G. Gordon Liddy, Bill O’Reilly and Michael Reagan, to name just a few. The same goes for local talkshows. One product of the post-Fairness era is the conservative “Hot Talk” format, featuring one right-wing host after another and little else. Disney-owned KSFO in liberal San Francisco is one such station (Extra!, 3–4/95). Some towns have two.

When Edward Monks, a lawyer in Eugene, Oregon, studied the two commercial talk stations in his town (Eugene Register-Guard, 6/30/02), he found “80 hours per week, more than 4,000 hours per year, programmed for Republican and conservative talk shows, without a single second programmed for a Democratic or liberal perspective.” Observing that Eugene (a generally progressive town) was “fairly representative,” Monks concluded: “Political opinions expressed on talk radio are approaching the level of uniformity that would normally be achieved only in a totalitarian society. There is nothing fair, balanced or democratic about it.”

For citizens who value media democracy and the public interest, broadcast regulation of our publicly owned airwaves has reached a low-water mark. In his new book, Crimes Against Nature, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. probes the failure of broadcasters to cover the environment, writing, “The FCC’s pro-industry, anti-regulatory philosophy has effectively ended the right of access to broadcast television by any but the moneyed interests.”

Instead of denying the dominance of conservative talk radio, conservatives try to excuse that dominance by claiming that it is counterbalanced or even overbalanced by liberal dominance in other areas. Columnist George F. Will said, "Conservatives dominate talk radio — though no more thoroughly than liberals dominate Hollywood, academia and much of the mainstream media." But what is "thorough" about liberal domination of these other areas? Will gives no examples of how these other areas are dominated by liberals. Do Hollywood movies and TV shows try to send a liberal message? Are Hollywood entertainers and executives mostly liberals, and if they are, then how do they exert liberal influence? As for the mainstream media, how biased are typical news reports? To conservatives, any negative news report about the Bush administration is evidence of extreme bias. Are the editorials, op-eds, and letters to the editor in newspapers and magazines overwhelmingly liberal? And what is the evidence of liberal bias in academia? I am not talking about moderate biases in these other areas -- I am talking about extreme bias such as exists in talk radio.

I tried to explain this conservative talk show dominance by claiming that the radio stations and commercial sponsors are trying to promote the conservative talk show hosts' pro-business positions on the environment, labor, business regulations, business taxes, the fairness doctrine (yes), etc.. But publicized commercial sponsorship of a very narrow-minded conservative talk show host could backfire by antagonizing many of the sponsor's potential customers. And conservative positions on many controversial issues -- e.g., abortion, separation of church and state, and gay marriage (except in regard to fringe benefits for gay employees) -- are of no use to big business but could antagonize many of a publicized sponsors' potential customers. So I suspect that a lot of commercial sponsorship of radio talk shows is secret -- i.e., not announced on the radio.
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Anonymous Voice in the Urbanness said...

> Will gives no examples of how these other areas are dominated by liberals. <

Nor does he give examples of how the Sun rises in the East. Some things are so obvious that examples are not needed.

Of course there are things where examples can't be given because they are rare or do not exist, such as your claims of "arbitrary" censorship on other blogs.

> Do Hollywood movies and TV shows try to send a liberal message? <

They may not consciously try but they always do send such messages.

> Are Hollywood entertainers and executives mostly liberals <

There are at least three Hollywood entertainers and no executives who are liberals.

> As for the mainstream media, how biased are typical news reports? <

Extremely biased. Open your eyes.

Thursday, August 02, 2007 7:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Nom De Plume said...

ViU, I believe you meant to say:

"There are at least three Hollywood entertainers and no executives who are not liberals."

Thursday, August 02, 2007 2:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Voice in the Urbanness said...

> ViU, I believe you meant to say:

"There are at least three Hollywood entertainers and no executives who are not liberals." <

Thanks for the correction. Yes, you are right.

Thursday, August 02, 2007 7:23:00 PM  
Blogger R.G. Miller said...

To the Blog Owner:
Correction, the talk radio, and all media in fact, is not dominated by "liberals" or "conservatives", it isn't dominated by "Republicans" or "Democrats", they are the same thing. It is dominated by cons of the Yankee Empire. Both sides, "liberal" and "conservative" are all united in one thing, they are imperialistic supporters of a socialist/fascist state. They are for unlimited Federal power, instead of State Sovereignty over nearly all matters. I am tired of this whole liberal vs. conservative thing, niether side supports true liberty, and niether side supports the freedom and self determination of my homeland. Now if there were more TRUE Conservatives like Ron Paul, it would be different, instead we have Limbauh, Beck, and Bush.

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Saturday, August 04, 2007 11:43:00 AM  

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