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The democrats are lying about conservative talk radio ... (Updated)

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the ultra-liberal Los Angeles Times displays a far left bias in its political reporting. So what are we to make out of the Congressional brouhaha over re-establishing the so-called fairness doctrine, albeit under another less politically charged name, when the Los Angeles Times claims that “Conservative talk radio on the wane in California?”

There is no doubt that California is the second largest radio market in the nation and that the far-left liberal/socialistic activists in Congress like John Conyers, Nancy Pelosi and others are claiming that they need to restore “locality” into radio broadcasting to present a fair and balanced political picture to the American people.

Of course, there is nothing fair and balanced about the hyper-partisan democrat party with a media enemies list that would rival that of  former President Richard Nixon. And little mention is made of fundamentally leftist National Public Radio as well as other mainstream broadcast outlets.

What they object to is syndicated block programming by broadcast powerhouses like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and others who are able to answer their critics and the left-wing democrats in an effective manner. A manner which allows the far left loons to espouse their drivel for what it is: far-left drivel.

So a good case could be made for the position that syndicated talk radio shows fill an economically viable function in providing critical commentary to the American public.

If left-wing talk radio with it’s shrill harangues, “lie per minute” style and fundamental unfunny comedians can’t economically compete in the marketplace, why is Congress ignoring the listeners who vote with their dials and seeking to impose “broadcast controls?”

According to the Los Angeles Times …

“The economy's downturn has depressed ad revenue at stations across the state, thinning the ranks of conservative broadcasters.”

Which is the way it is supposed to work in an economic democracy as opposed to a socialist environment based on central control and planning.

Proving it is about political power …

“Tune in to conservative talk radio in California, and the insults quickly fly. Capturing the angry mood of listeners the other day, a popular host in Los Angeles called Republican lawmakers who voted to raise state taxes ‘a bunch of weak slobs.’"

Wait a minute, isn’t this conservatives attacking those Republican legislators who are complicit in ruining California’s economy with their support of democrat spending policies and social engineering? That sounds like a public advocacy position to me – and one that is fair and balanced.

“With their trademark ferocity, radio stars who helped engineer Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's rise in the 2003 recall have turned on him over the new tax increases. On stations up and down the state, they are chattering away in hopes of igniting a taxpayers' revolt to kill his budget measures on the May 19 ballot.”

Again, that sounds like a public advocacy issue that serves to counter out of control spending which is the hallmark of liberal/socialistic democrats – and the past year’s Republicans who broke from Reagan-style conservatism to engage in Rockefeller-style spending.

“But for all the anti-tax swagger and the occasional stunts by personalities like KFI's John and Ken, the reality is that conservative talk radio in California is on the wane. The economy's downturn has depressed ad revenue at stations across the state, thinning the ranks of conservative broadcasters.”

Again, isn’t this the way things are supposed to work in the media world. No audience = no advertisers = no revenue = no program! If you cannot deliver a profitable audience, you do not deserve to be on commercial radio. Perhaps that’s why the liberal democrats support public radio – for programming and political positions that couldn’t attract flies with their pseudo-honeyed rhetoric. 

“For that and other reasons, stations have dropped the shows of at least half a dozen radio personalities and scaled back others, in some cases replacing them with cheaper nationally syndicated programs.”

As much as the democrats hate “reality,” cost-effective programming is an answer to the profitability issue which drives the media. It’s not that they object so much to the on-air personalities, than the positions they espouse. Especially when the point the fingers at corrupt politicians and their programs which benefit their self-serving special interests.

“Casualties include Mark Larson in San Diego, Larry Elder and John Ziegler in Los Angeles, Melanie Morgan in San Francisco, and Phil Cowen and Mark Williams in Sacramento.”

I don’t know about the others cited, but if I recall correctly, John Ziegler’s demise was said to be orchestrated by a fellow talk show host. In fact a web site chronicles the story and reveals much about two of the most listened to talk show hosts in the mid-afternoon drive-time lineup.

“The immediate question facing the state's conservative radio hosts is whether they can wield enough clout to block Schwarzenegger's ballot measures in May. They portray them as reckless proposals that would hasten California's economic decline. The worst, they say, is Proposition 1A, which would extend billions of dollars in tax increases for an extra two years, even while it imposes a spending cap long sought by conservatives.”

“In a special election likely to draw a dismal turnout, they hope that those most upset by the $12.5 billion in new taxes will be the ones most strongly motivated to cast ballots. Their inspiration is Proposition 13, the 1978 ballot measure that capped property-tax increases.”

So what’s the problem?

It’s the democrats who want to keep taxing and spending us into the position where capitalism no longer works and socialism, with its elite political rulers, comes to the fore. Welcome the King and Queen of the Prom, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Two dunderheads who believe they are above it all and whose profligate spending is more of the problem and less of the solution to today’s financial crisis?

If the politicians on both sides of the aisle are complicit in raping the American Treasury, who will stand up for the average taxpayer, if not talk radio?

Union bullshit …

It is the socialist-style public employee and trade unions that are the beneficiaries of most of the largess being distributed to politicians; of course, in a quid pro quo support of their candidacies. In California, it is the teachers, prison guards, trade unions and public service unions who have the most to lose if the California taxpayer turns their back on tax and spend politicians.

“Unless organized labor -- which is divided on the budget measures -- spends millions of dollars to get its supporters to vote, "the only other ones who are going to show up at the polls are the die-hard, true-blue American voters, and those are the ones who listen to talk radio," Barks said.”

So what is the problem?

“Conservative radio reached its peak in California in 2003, when stations prodded listeners to sign petitions for an election to recall Davis, then drummed up GOP support for Schwarzenegger as his replacement. Since then, it has been a favorite ad vehicle for Republican candidates and causes, such as Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage last November.”

The people have spoken. They no longer want to be financially raped by corrupt politicians with their own self-interest agenda and liberal ideologies. They no longer want to elevate illegal aliens above legal, law-abiding taxpayers who are being frozen out of emergency rooms as illegals bring children with colds to compete against truly sick and injured people with major life-threatening problems. They no longer want to see infrastructure construction prices be driven through the roof by the legislatively-mandated use of union labor with its large salaries, benefits and onerous work rules. They are tired of being raped by government employees who have a lifetime job, outstanding health benefits and a retirement package which far exceeds what is available to the average taxpayer.

Why should the private sector suffer and the ordinary taxpayer face hardship – only to support a class of pampered non-productive poodles – who are not subject to the economic problems faced by those in the real world private sector?

Conservatives: a lie?

“Leading the charge against Proposition 1A are John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, whose afternoon drive-time show on Los Angeles' KFI-AM (640) draws 670,000 listeners a week, according to the Arbitron ratings agency. That makes them the most popular conservative talk radio hosts in the state.”

Note:  John and Ken have demanded that the Los Angeles Times correct their erroneous 670,000 listeners a week to a more accurate number of 1.1 million listeners per week. (3/16/09 -- John and Ken Show)

These powerhouse broadcasters are more opportunists than they are committed conservative ideologues. In fact they reject the label altogether. If anything, John Kobylt is more about having his pocket picked and daily life inconvenienced than he is about political theory. And Ken Chiampou is the more moderate of the two. Both reflect the outrage of the average citizen who is faced with multiple-layers of corrupt and self-interest bureaucracy. And as John openly admits, all to drive ratings and make money.

“Day after day, they pound Schwarzenegger and the Republican lawmakers who joined Democrats in approving the tax increases. They are encouraging recall drives against the legislators. Their website features pictures of the governor and the lawmakers -- with their severed heads on sticks.”

So why aren’t other radio hosts similarly outraged over the decline of California’s economy and a taxpayer base which is steadily declining while illegal aliens are increasing? Political correctness? Corporate policy? Friendships with the politicians they report on? Or a personal liberal bias or ideology? Or perhaps they lack the guts to reveal their true feelings?

The audience has spoken …

“And apart from KFI, whose morning show with Bill Handel draws 652,000 listeners a week, the California shows are far less popular. The only hosts of conservative programs with a weekly audience of more than 100,000 are Doug McIntyre of KABC (790) in Los Angeles, Lee Rodgers of KSFO (560) in San Francisco and Rick Roberts of KFMB (760) in San Diego.

Bill Handel is far from being a conservative talk show host. He appears to be another opportunist and one who describes himself as a “commercial whore” as he appears to be an equal opportunity insulter. Just another way they slant the story to fit their own agenda.

Now, if the far-left liberal democrat/socialists manage to kill syndicated conservative talk radio, who will stand up for the people?

The President – who is spending more and taxing more than even George Bush in his wild excess?

The Congress – who has spent more money faster and without oversight than any other Congress in history?

The California State Legislators or Governor – who mirror national politics when it comes to tax and spend policies?

Without syndicated conservative talk radio which discusses both sides of the issue and makes a mockery of the liberal positions, no one stands up for the law-abiding taxpayer as this country rushes head over heels into socialism.

I often listen to Los Angeles drive-time radio as I drive to work. I find that the music stations are repetitive and filled with nonsense. Most of the talk shows are inane and boring. And those with the big ratings are amusing as well as informative. Perhaps the real secret to their success.

What can YOU do?

Do not vote for any politician who would deny your free speech rights and your right to hear both sides of the argument. The liberals want to control talk radio because they know that the mainstream media is already leans left and has compromised their journalistic ethics to support a President with suspect motives.

If we are to survive, we need a smaller government, less spending, less taxes, less unionism and more exposure of those who are corrupting the system for their own personal profit or ideological positions.

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

Quote of the day: “If the government can turn the radio station knob for you – you have lost yet another freedom.” -- steve

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Conservative talk radio on the wane in California - Los Angeles Times

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