“You are entitled to your opinion, but you’re not entitled to your own facts.” Daniel Patrick Moynihan:
"In 2007, Bain Capital bought a major interest in Clear Channel Communications. The media conglomerate's holdings included the billboard company displaying the vote suppression message in Ohio. Clear Channel owns more radio stations than any other company does by far. It heavily promotes on them a who's who of right-wing vote suppression advocates, including Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Clear Channel seemed to want more than advertising dollars. Clear Channel (like many media outlets) slyly exerts content control to ban some messages. At other times, it allows similar ads that advance the owners' political agendas." Presidential Puppetry: Andrew Kreig pg 212
For the residents of Minot, North Dakota, Clear Channel Communications is synonymous with disaster. When a train derailment sent a cloud of poisonous gas drifting toward the small town, Minot’s fire and rescue departments attempted to use local radio to warn residents of the approaching threat. But in the age of canned programming, there was no one at the six local non-religious commercial stations, all owned by Clear Channel, to take the call. The result for the people of Minot: one death and more than a thousand injuries. Fighting For Air, the Battle to Control America's Media: Eric Klinenberg
“Since the 1996 Telecommunications ‘Reform’ Act, conceived in darkness and signed in stealth, the situation has got even worse, ...Twenty, 30 years ago, broadcasters could own only a dozen stations nationwide and no more than two in any single market. Today the company Clear Channel alone owns more than 800 stations pumping out identical muck in all states.” Alexander Cockburn 2001
About Radio Personalities
It's not just radio, corporate Media should be held accountable for the exploitation, hate speech, misinformation, and right wing propaganda that is prevalent on US air waves. It is likely that broadcasters are not only responsible for large scale cultural decline, but falling educational standards as well. Massive concentration of the airwaves put much of our media in control of partisan, anti-intellectual Republicans who have undertaken a war on science.
People listened to talk radio, believed the misinformation, and voted for Bush Republicans. They have been scammed. You can see the wreckage everywhere now. Unless you are in the very highest income bracket, say the upper 1 percent, the Republican agenda is not in your interest. (your pension is shrinking or disappeared, healthcare coverage unaffordable or unavailable, 401k a fraction of its former self, tuition is on a usurious credit card, interest on your savings near zero, home value down, jobs scarce, union busted, but, in spite of the statistics, you know that the economy is shaky. See here.) It is probably the end of the middle class. The very wealthy made great gains, often funded by massive government deficits, and that was the scam.
As media companies attempt to increase profits, they downsize,
take on more debt, continue to consolidate, but never do they
consider that they should moderate their right-wing propaganda.
They are not at all influenced by the result of elections.
They cannot admit the failure of the Bush
Republican agenda. They think torture is ok.
They have been highly complicity
in killing journalism.They know that Jesus loves guns.
They are inciting
armed revolt. There is a run on stores
Shock jocks are agents of a wealthy elite who are perpetrating a scam on Americans. Wing-nuts like Rush, Hannity, Savage, Coulter, and others are operatives of the vast right-wing conspiracy financed by Scaife, Olin, Coors, and other wealthy oligarchs who are strongly motivated to reduce taxes. When they talk about downsizing government, they mean that they will cut healthcare, social security, welfare, elder care, or anything else that benefits people. They are virulently anti-union, so that it is no surprise that people are losing their pensions, healthcare, and wages are on a decline.They are tax dodgers: greedy, racist, war mongers, empire builders, fascists, conspiring to undermine the elected government. See David Brock's Blinded By The Right: . They are anxious to spend unlimited amounts on the world's largest military though. War is profitable.
If Limbaugh and Beck Weren't Bad Enough, the Granddaddy of Hate
Radio Is Back on the Air
Republicans brought on yet another gilded age, rolled back new deal stabilizers, allowed the financial sector to run out of control, and as a result we are again seeing financial collapse. This could be a Weimar moment.
It is not about keeping us safe, it is about world domination.
The US military is larger than the rest
of the world's combined and it is a security force for insatiable corporate interests. US empire
requires unlimited military expansion, a strong-man President, revocation of democracy, sharply curtailed civil liberties, financial
and, like all empires in history, is
headed for destruction. (See the summary.)
an End to Glenn Beck's Racist Antics and Apocalyptic
Performance of Talk Radio Rwanda. Where should WE draw the line.
Media Matters Misinformation of the year (12/2007)
It is not just Imus. "Media Matters for America has extensively documented, [that] bigotry and hate speech targeting, among other characteristics, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity continue to permeate the airwaves through personalities such as Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, Michael Smerconish, and John Gibson. http://mediamatters.org/items/200704120010
Gerry Spence's book Bloodthirsty Bitches and Pious Pimps of Power: is particularly passionate in examining hate speech that bubbles out of the broadcaster's news sewers.
See also BlatherWatch
Outrage Industry, Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility:
Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj
BlogTalkRadio Create your own talk network.
Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot: Al Franken
http://www.radioproject.org/archive/2004/3504.html">Listen to the National Radio Project's show "Documenting Torture: Holding the United States Accountable," featuring interviews with Carlos Mauricio and Father Roy Bourgeois.