Saturday, March 10, 2012

Could Talk Radio Be Seeing Their Lights Turned Off Soon?

Premiere Networks, which distributes Limbaugh as well as a host of other right-wing talkers, sent an email out to its affiliates early Friday listing 98 large corporations that have requested their ads appear only on “programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity).”
H/T to The Daily Beast.

Well, it is about time, if you ask me.

You know, I was having a "friendly" discussion with one of my bar mates the other day, and I was taken aback by the level of misunderstanding of current events this person had that I literally told him to stop watching Fox or listening to his radio talk shows for a week, and read only Crooks and Liars. He, in turn, gave me a 9 hour list of different talk shows that he wanted me to listen to, which included all of the above except Limbaugh. Since I work during the day, it was not possible to actually think about my work and think about the talk shows, so I ended up only listening in the morning and some in the evening. What I discovered was that about 50% of these shows are ads, pure and simple. Then there is a brief two to three minute news recap, followed by maybe a three minute segment on a "topic" and then back to the advertising. The little I did listen to (was right after Breitbart died) was filled with platitudes and heaped praise on "da bastard" raising him up to saint like idolatry. Suffice it to say, I could not take much of it, and I lamented the reality that those people who listen to this crap day in and day out, followed with Fox News programs, were sufficiently lulled into these false (ok, lies) stories, claims, and news items. It made me feel that there is really nothing a sane and intelligent person can do or say to someone that is insistent on getting their "information" from shows like these.

And, I was surprised that my friend had no clue of the Limbaugh/Oxycontin connection, or Mr. Limbaugh's penchant for little boys. Shit, I thought that was common knowledge!


Bob said...

Having done so much radio, I know you can say anything, anything bat shit insane thing at all. I used to tell flat out lies about records, when & where they were made, what the weather was outside. Another guy had characters he did & never said they were fictional, & although I could hear his voice in the characters, some people thought they were actual lunatic live guests. Michael Savage regularly calls President OBama a socialist, with communist allies (yeah those Wall Street folks surrounding him, I suppose), & so on.

Carrie said...

Right now, it's just baby steps. I'll get more excited once they actually remove the Limbaugh show from the Armed Services Radio Network.

I remember these angry voices starting around the late 1980's, on TV and radio (like Morton Downey, Jr.) and generally wrote them off as just trash. Who knew they would create and morph into today's version of non-stop talk radio of the right wing nut jobs? I personally thought they were crazy, and could not see what appeal they had to anyone. But, then again, I was not a conspiracy theorist, ever, and so, I was a person who took responsibility for my life, and never blamed God, my country or my neighbors for my trials and tribulations. Well, maybe I did hate one of my ex-husbands, but I digress LOL!