The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz reported Monday that "President Obama may be riding high in Washington, but OBAMA 1260 is not. The area's only progressive talk station is changing formats, dropping such syndicated liberal hosts as Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller and Bill Press in favor of financial news, starting next week." Kurtz continued:No one wants to listen to leftist radio -- why should they? Almost all of American media -- from comics to news to movies -- is completely devoted to the leftist Obama reich. Radio has become the haven for malcontents and conservative revolutionaries. The left is now the establishment, with all that entails.
Program Director Greg Tantum says he thought the station could work because of enthusiasm over Obama, but that ratings collapsed to a level that could not be measured after the election. But ratings nearly doubled, he says, at...conservative station, WTNT, which features Laura Ingraham and Bill Bennett.
Right wing talk radio thrives in the environment of government menace. The Obama government is the most menacing face of threat to freedom since the days of the great depression of the 1930s.
American conservatives tend to be small business owners and others with a stake in the economy. Leftists in America often tend to be tenured professors, trial lawyers, union activists, public employees, and others who typically live as parasites on others who actually produce something of worth. Obama policies appear to be tilting the advantage to parasitic forces such as trial lawyers and public employee unions. Such economy-bashing tendencies are seriously misplaced at any time, but are particularly misplaced in a significant recession and credit collapse.
When a nation's media behaves in a subservient and worshipful manner toward one particular political party, one of the most crucial checks and balances against government oppression is neutralised. When that particular political party also dominates almost all of the government agencies and planning functions, checks and balances are further destroyed.
The public may be slow to learn, but eventually the smarter members who have the most to lose from confiscatory and oppressive government policies will begin seeking out oppositional points of view to the monolithic media's suicidal appeasement to a budding tyranny. Talk radio is an outlet for growing societal unease with what it now, finally senses may have been a disastrous election.
Obama and Pelosi may attempt to shut down talk radio using various approaches of questionable constitutionality. The Constitution may not be an obstacle if they play their cards right. But if the O / P reich misunderstands the nature of talk radio as "safety valve", they may bungle themselves into the worst nightmare of their political careers, if not their entire lives.
The public can turn on its leaders in a heartbeat. The tyrannies of communist Europe learned that lesson 20 years ago.