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“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 ChannelCommunications 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

Most radio stations now also broadcast on the internet, so your internet-connected computer is an even better radio than conventional ones. Internet radio receives 1000's of stations from virtually every genre and country. Some are listed on the right. Search for your favorite.

Glenn Beck frequently spews violent rhetoric on Fox News (10/11/2010)

Beck's "preachers and pastors" panel: straight from the fringe (7/2/2010)

Noam Chomsky listens to talk radio (4/22/2010)

10 Most Outrageous Right-Wing Freakouts Over the Health Care Bill (3/23/2010)

Help Rush Remember to Leave the Country (3/22/2010)

Hannity’s Hoaxes: The Uncharitable Scamming of the Gullible (3/21/2010)

Internet Radio

Project Censored Radio

Clearing The Fog




1000's of Internet Radio Streams Shoutcast Internet Radio

Create Your Own Internet Radio Station

Media Matters

Connecticut Radio Stations on-line

Radio Locator

National Radio Project


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Hate Radio

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Why Glenn Beck is So Repulsive (2/26/2010)

The Scum of the Earth (1/17/2010)

Roger Ailes: the Real Head of the GOP

Living in a Culture of Cruelty: Democracy as Spectacle.

Is it ok for Republicans to call for rebellion on talk radio ?

Glenn Beck Peddles Populism for Rich Guys (10/31/2009)

Rush is a Racist (10/13/2009)

Noam Chomsky Compares Right-Wing Media to Nazi Germany (video 3 minutes or so.) 10/16/2009

A Note About 'Conservative' Talk Radio

Money talks. The US Supreme Court ruled that it has the right, and its voice is never louder than on talk radio.

Be very concerned about its message because it is, not surprisingly, in the Corporate interest...not yours. For example they would have you believe that the corporate marketplace is a better way to organize than is democratically elected government. Likewise, Christian radio advocates theocracy. Carefully compare those ideas with your copy of the Constitution. Democracy as a determinate of our direction, is in decline, and we are on a path to destruction.

In the last few years, as a result of the 'conservative' agenda, there has been a massive transfer of wealth to the richest 1%, real wages have stagnated or declined, working hours longer, pensions are quaint, sick time is optional for employers, vacation a vanishing benefit, and the middle class is shrinking rapidly. (Europeans get universal health care, four to six weeks of vacation, plus generous sick time, often free higher education, quality eldercare unlike US gulags, etc).

Decades of media consolidation, paid for by the vast right-wing conspiracy, have not only dumbed down broadcasts, turned up advertising, produced programs corrosive of all cultural values, and made hateful divisiveness part of US everyday values. It is fair to attribute violence, declining educational standards, misinformation, exploitation, and the attitude that ignorance is cool to corporate broadcasters.

Talk radio's strong anti-union positions enable the Walmart southern plantation style, and the rest of the race for the bottom.

Right now the shock jocks are loudest when attempting to undermine reform efforts for our badly performing healthcare. Whether you think healthcare is a right (I do), it is never denied anyone that is truly in need. (At least you won't hear about it if it is.) So expenses for the uninsured, after the bake sales and the victim's bankruptcy, trickle down to the taxpayer anyway.

Corporations, since they own media, have become so powerful that they can now pretty much buy the Congress, control any government initiatives, and reward themselves obscenely. They have crashed the market, but paid no penalty yet. Instead, another round of consolidation and bonuses have been funded by taxpayers, new regulations have not appeared, so it is all the more likely to crash again. By the way, the dictionary definition of Fascism is government controlled by Corporations.

Talk radio brought out the brownshirts in Germany in the 1930's, it incited genocide in Rwanda, and it brought out the teaparties at the town meetings for the healthcare discussion. Many insist on being armed. That's 'conservative' ?

Broadcasters may not say a few 'dirty' words, but that seems to be about their only speech limit. You cannot falsely cry 'fire' in a crowded theatre, but shouldn't there be some other limitations of the first amendment ? For example, there should be strong sanctions for incitement to violence. Particularly for licensed broadcasters who are supposed to be serving the public interest ? Michael Powell, John McCain's choice for FCC Chairman and son of Colin, didn't believe in the public interest. That's, apparently, what being a 'conservative' is all about. It's the YOYO agenda. Your On Your Own.

Seriously threatening demagogues will likely emerge from talk radio.

About Fox.

The Big Lie

Is it ok to call for rebellion on talk radio ?

About Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck's Party

How Mormonism Created Glenn Beck (10/22/2009)

Van Jones and the Boycott of Glenn Beck

Is Glenn Beck Finished ? (8/24/2009)

Glenn Beck and the rise of Fox News' militia media (4/7/2009)

Obama, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News: A Look at Media in 2009 (See this page on Fox News.)

Conservative radio's vitriol not reserved for Obama it includes Women, minorities, autistic children:

Obama is the target of talk show hosts

Michael Savage Banned In The U.K. (5/6/2009)

It's not just Limbaugh and Hannity

Rush is a Racist

Rush Limbaugh Is Less Popular Than Jeremiah Wright (2/7/2009)

Right Wing Media and the Politics of Vitriol (1/2009)

Why Limbaugh is a Republican icon (3/9/2009)

Limbaugh Mocks Recession at Heritage

Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Obama (1/28/2009) Rush has a $400 million contract with Clear Channel...which is in deep financial trouble. Clear Channel, like the troubled right-wing newspapers, deserves to fail.

Limbaugh's $400 Million Contract Is an Even Match for Clear Channel's Layoffs

Limbaugh's $400 Million Contract Is an Even Match for Clear Channel's Layoffs

What does Limbaugh think when he reads about the collapse of his radio employer while lounging in his 24,000-square-foot Florida estate? Read more »

(Bill) O'

About Radio Personalities

Hint: Let Home Depot know what you think because it is a major sponsor of Rush. See this note.

Bill Moyers: Uncivil Discourse (9/6/2009)
Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers Journal: "Bill Maher asked me on his show last week if America is still a great nation. I should have said it's the greatest show on earth. Forget what you learned in civics about the Founding Fathers - we're the children of Barnum and Bailey, our founding con men. Their freak show was the forerunner of today's talk radio."

A Note About Media

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 selling ammunition.

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.

As If Limbaugh and Beck Weren't Bad Enough, the Granddaddy of Hate Radio Is Back on the Air

As If Limbaugh and Beck Weren't Bad Enough, the Granddaddy of Hate Radio Is Back on the Air

Bob Grant taught a generation of conservative talkers how to channel white rage, until a listener boycott helped push him off the air. Now he's back. Read more »

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 overextension, and, like all empires in history, is headed for destruction. (See the summary.)

Putting an End to Glenn Beck's Racist Antics and Apocalyptic Rhetoric

Putting an End to Glenn Beck's Racist Antics and Apocalyptic Rhetoric

The Fox host's attacks on Obama are beyond the pale. How much longer will his advertisers, like GEICO and Proctor & Gamble, accept this? Read more »

Performance of Talk Radio Rwanda. Where should WE draw the line.

No One is trying to silence right-wing fear mongers - but it is time to stand up to them. (4/6/2009)

Why the US Media is a Whore.

A Note to Lou Dobbs (see CNN)

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.

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.

Former News Radio Staffer Spills the Beans on How Shock Jocks Inspire Hatred and Anger

See also BlatherWatch

The violent language of right-wing pundits poisons our democracy

Reclaiming Civil Discourse

The Fairness Doctrine: How we lost it, and why we need it back

Consolidated media leads to fascism and we are seeing that.

Future Of Music

Guide to Payola


The 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

The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right, David Neiwert

Right of the Dial: The Rise of Clear Channel and the Fall of Commercial Radio: Alec Foege

The Most Savage Shock Jock of Them All

The Most Savage Shock Jock of Them All
An excerpt from AlterNet's newest book, Shock Jocks: Hate Speech & Talk Radio. Read more »">Listen to the National Radio Project's show "Documenting Torture: Holding the United States Accountable," featuring interviews with Carlos Mauricio and Father Roy Bourgeois.

Americans For Radio Diversity.

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