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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Whatever happened to Air America?  

Wasn't liberal talk radio supposed to be the next big thing? It's an election year for God's sake! Jonah Goldberg weighs in, he says, out of Frankenfreude, which he defines as "a state of restrained glee at the failures or setbacks of Al Franken."

The setbacks, of course, are real, as anyone who has fruitlessly spun the dial in search of the promised "Liberal alternative to Rush" knows only too well. Of course anyone with brain, even a liberal leaning one, knew that this enterprise was doomed from the start if only because of the fierce competition it faces from existing media.

What the creators of Air America fail to grasp is the fact that conservative talk radio is the alternative media. It became popular because conservatives lost the battle for the political culture, not because they won it.

Conservative views — and conservatives — were, and are, unwelcome at
ABC, CBS, NBC, Time, the New York Times as well as Harvard, Yale, and academia
in general. That's why conservatives created everything from National Review and
The Weekly Standard to the American Enterprise Institute and The Rush Limbaugh
Show.

Duh.

The Al Franken decade is, thankfully, well behind us.


4 Comments:

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Tue Aug 24, 06:49:00 PM:

The other reason for the success of conservative talk radio is the demographic of its audience. To paraphrase the immortal Ann Coulter on this subject, people listen to talk radio when they are driving to and from their jobs. The people without jobs are not sitting in their cars listening to the radio.  

By Blogger tellymunster, at Mon Aug 13, 09:37:00 PM:

I needed Air America.
In these troubling times, the radio station was a way to make sense of the chaos on my drive home. I believe that someone who feared Air America killed Air America.  

By Blogger charles, at Wed Sep 26, 11:14:00 AM:

air america was a joke, and it wasn't killed by anyone.

it died of no listeners syndrome!

i hope people see that the majority of Americans don't believe psycho rantings of "actors" and what they "feel" deep inside of their empty souls.

look at the ratings of fox news compared with the decline of cbs, nbc, the new york slimes dying circulation!  

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