Friday, June 22, 2007

That darned right-winged media

This is causing all kinds of swirl in the right-wing punditry circles.  It's nothing that we didn't already suspect but the imbalance is staggering, especially when the majority of Americans support positions which are not in line with the majority of the right wing punditocracy.  Read the linked summary to see just how imbalanced it is (e.g. 91% conservative vs 9% progressive programming)

Think Progress » REPORT: The Right Wing Domination Of Talk Radio And How To End It
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.

The new report — entitled “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio” — raises serious questions about whether the companies licensed to broadcast over the public radio airwaves are serving the listening needs of all Americans.
And Ed Schultz (one of my favorite talk radio show hosts) provides some hard facts that are hard to deny that provide rationale for the criticism:

Think Progress » Ed Schultz: ‘How Many Markets Do I Have To Beat Hannity In Before I Get 200 Or 300 Stations?’
Schultz — the host of the most popular progressive radio show in the country — debunked the right-wing myth that conservatives dominate simply because they are winning in a “free market.” Schultz explained that the market is being controlled by a few ownership groups that are forcing conservative talk shows into local markets:

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