Critiquing liberal “feel tanks” is often like shooting your puppy; it’s too easy, too defenseless, and ultimately no challenge at all. That’s why dogs are used to help you hunt other animals and are not animals you hunt.
Or think of it this way: As a slam, many bloggers refer to the old Talking Heads album title “Stop Making Sense” to suggest that that’s what liberals have done in terms of their capacity to engage in intellectual debate… they’ve lost the ability to form cogent, logical arguments.
Trouble is, liberals would have to START making sense for a while – in fact, for the first time in a few decades – before it could honestly be said that they’ve stopped making sense.
Case in point: A liberal “feel tank,” the Center for American Progress and Free Press, has released a “report” that claims America is completely overwhelmed by conservative talk radio, and if only we could break up the dominance of the top five owners of radio stations and get a few minority owners involved, conservative talk radio would get tossed out like used bathwater and they could have their “total media dominance” utopia back the way it was 20 years ago.
Here’s the talking points:
– In the spring of 2007, of the 257 news/talk stations owned by the top five commercial station owners, 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming was conservative, and only 9 percent was progressive.
– Each weekday, 2,570 hours and 15 minutes of conservative talk are broadcast on these stations compared to 254 hours of progressive talk — 10 times as much conservative talk as progressive talk.
– 76 percent of the news/talk programming in the top 10 radio markets is conservative, while 24 percent is progressive.
Of course, the math of all that doesn’t add up, and it makes you wonder how they define “conservative” and “liberal.” (Sorry, not gonna play along with your “call a liberal by any other name and we won’t be feared as much” reindeer games.
Well, hey… if liberals will buy into rainforest deforestation rates that, if true, would have the entire surface of the planet, including the ocean beds, harvested in the matter of a couple years, then they’ll buy anything.
Unlike student loan consolidation, there is no real need for liberalism. Liberalism is all about feeling, not thinking.
So this report will help liberals FEEL dominated by conservatives on talk radio, and therefore FEEL justified in attempting to legislate it out of existence, and then FEEL the need to buy up all the radio stations that go under and turning them into nice, obedient little NPR stations that no one but Al Franken and a couple of folks in full body casts who can’t change the channel will ever listen to by choice.