Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, etc.

My purpose in including those individuals in the title is not simply to attract google traffic (but that is a good reason).

I have been meaning to post this item for more than a month. After listening to the above talk radio hosts over the holidays, I came to the conclusion that conservatives have a deep bench. Each of those talk show hosts was on vacation for part or all of the Christmas/New Year holiday season. Each of them had guest hosts. The guest hosts were at least as conservative as the regular hosts.

They may not have been as entertaining, but they performed well. It is possible that some of them may have opted to sound conservative out of opportunism. Even if that is true, that possibility reflects the growing strength of the new media.

Conservative talk radio shows this strength at the same time that CBS has difficulty finding a replacement for Dan Rather. This difficulty reflects the unique circumstances of television as well as the MSM/DNC broadcast requirements. MSM/DNC TV focuses on style, propaganda and image over truth and substance. Television requires attractiveness. CBS must find someone attractive and stylish enough to make MSM/DNC propaganda palatable.

Talk radio doesn't have that problem. Talk radio focuses on facts and ideology. Facts speak for themselves in the absence of a MSM/DNC media monopoly such as existed in the 1970's. As long as we remain focused on the issues instead of style or short term popularity, our bench will become deeper.

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