Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Err America Hijinks!

Brian C. Anderson in the LA Times (!) - Why the Liberals Can't Keep Air America From Spiraling In:
The liberal Air America Radio, just past its first birthday, has probably enjoyed more free publicity than any enterprise in recent history. But don't believe the hype: Air America's left-wing answer to conservative talk radio is failing, just as previous efforts to find liberal Rush Limbaughs have failed.

Wait a second, you say, didn't I read that Air America has expanded to more than 50 markets? That's true, but let's put things in perspective: Conservative pundit and former Reagan official William J. Bennett's morning talk show, launched at the same time as Air America, reaches nearly 124 markets, including 18 of the top 20, joining the growing ranks of successful right-of-center talk programs (Limbaugh is still the ratings leader, drawing more than 15 million listeners a week).

And look at Air America's ratings: They're pitifully weak, even in places where you would think they'd be strong. WLIB, its flagship in New York City, has sunk to 24th in the metro area Arbitron ratings — worse than the all-Caribbean format it replaced, notes the Radio Blogger. In the liberal meccas of San Francisco and Los Angeles, Air America is doing lousier still.
Randi Rhodes or steel drum music? It's so hard to choose!
So why do liberals fare so poorly on air? Some on the left say it's because liberals are, well, smarter and can't convey their sophisticated ideas to the rubes who listen to talk radio.
So that's why Al Franken's comedy isn't funny!
Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, whose own stint as a talk-show host was a ratings disaster, gave canonical expression to this self-serving view. Conservatives "write their messages with crayons," he maintained. "We use fine-point quills."
Based on observing Mario over the years, I'd say his only fine-point is on his head.

More low amusement by following the link, but I liked:
If some liberals had their way, Congress would regulate political talk radio out of existence. Their logic is that scrapping Air America would be no loss if it also meant getting Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and Bennett off the air.

To accomplish this, New York Democratic Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey has proposed reviving the Fairness Doctrine to protect "diversity of view," and John Kerry recently sent out some signals that he too thought that might be a good idea.
Oh gosh, it's the Lurchster and wingnut Maurice! C'mon Maury, tell us again how Rathergate was a Karl Rove plot.

But it turns out that Maury is late to the party - Democrats long for 'Fairness Doctrine': Congresswoman seeks to lessen impact of talk radio by resurrecting law. For those of you too young to remember the 'Fairness Doctrine," it was a joke in view of persistent MSM bias. It was just another way of regulating speech that the limousine liberals didn't want to allow. Which is, of course, why they want it back.