When given a level playing field, the conservative message always resonates with the American public far more than leftist rhetoric. Since the repeal of the absurd Fairness Doctrine and subsequent rise of conservative firebrand Rush Limbaugh, right-wing talk radio has consistently trounced its competition on the other side of the aisle.
Even Air America, a radio network funded by numerous liberal activists and populated with some of the movement’s most recognizable names, never gained a following and soon went off the air completely.
A precious few left-leaning talkers have managed to eke out a living by trashing conservatives and propping up the failed ideology of the modern Democrat party. Even these voices, however, will find it more difficult to reach an audience as the 2014 begins.
Recent reports indicate major markets across the U.S. will no longer offer such programming next year. For instance, New York’s WWRL will become a Spanish station, leaving hosts such as Ed Schultz and Alan Colmes with no outlet in the nation’s most populated city.
Even more damning, two major metropolitan areas in California are dumping leftist radio with Los Angeles’ KTLK switching sides to present proven conservative hosts. San Francisco’s lone liberal station, KNEW, will also leave its stable of hosts without an audience in that city.
Despite leftist programmers’ desire to force their ideology onto the public via airwaves, the hosts themselves cannot attract listeners. Whether due to the fallacy of their position or the shrillness of their argument, stations propagating such content routinely wind up at the bottom of ratings lists. At a certain point, station managers must realize they are operating a business. As such, they must make rational decisions to support their bottom line.
One notable exception, however, is NPR. Despite sagging ratings and uninspired programming, taxpayers are still forced to subsidize a network that cannot survive in the marketplace of ideas on its own.
For far too long, network television news and the mainstream press has largely been the playground of leftist ideologues. Within media open to free expression – such as talk radio and the Internet – conservative views consistently dominate the landscape.
–B. Christopher Agee
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