Have you seen today's Boston Globe?...
Sat Nov 8 10:38:31 EST 2008
As one person correctly points out in the comments, the Limbaugh
crusade "Operation Chaos" was set to derail Hillary and nomimate
Obama whom they thought was a weaker candidate (the writer said it
was to derail Obama).
Talk radio is not totally irrelevant. Events such as Bush's "Dubai
ports deal" were criticized by Ingraham, Carr,
and Savage (IIRC) and pressure from talk radio listeners helped to
derail it (also this shows that conservative
talk hosts weren't necessarily "in the tank" for Bush; Ingraham also
came out strongly against the nomination of
Harriet Myers to the Supreme Court, and this pressure may have helped
derail that nomination).
We do remember when Jerry Williams helped to stop the prison on New
Braintree and, for awhile at least,
the mandatory use of seat belts. He used to have Ralph Nader on a
lot, talking about stopping the
"Congressional pay grab" by having people call or write (this was
pretty much before e-mails/the Net!)
Pressure was also put on the State Legislature, Governor, etc.
One comment mentioned that Fox News was part of the Mainstream Media.
Some on the right now disagree, as the
channel has generally expressed support for the new President-elect
and some are wondering (on forums, etc.)
if maybe Fox wants the government to back off from coming after them
due to cross-ownership. A "boycott Fox"
effort was recently launched on the Right, believe it or not!
The point was made about Air America in another comment to the
article. There was a comment wondering if
Elman, etc., was angry that AAR didn't survive, and: "We need talk
radio to offset the BS that is coming from the liberal media".
The comment pointed out that despite the huge fundraising advantage
of Obama and the huge support he got from
the media, he only won in the popular vote by a few percentage points
It is true, though, that many talk shows don't take as many calls as
they should. In some cases maybe there just
aren't too many people listening to call, or maybe the host prefers
to wage his or her opinion most of the time.
I was listening to Talk Radio Network's Tammy Bruce and wondering why
she hardly took any calls! (Bruce, btw,
does some fill-ins for Laura Ingraham--and she does take more calls
in that capacity--and her bio shows that
she's not totally "left" or "right". "...an openly gay, pro-choice,
gun owning, pro-death penalty, voted-for-President Bush authentic
feminist. A lifelong Democrat, in the 1990s she worked to help elect
Senators Feinstein and Boxer..."
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