posted on Mar, 5 2009 @ 12:08 AM
Hang on... I don't watch TV nor listen to radio. I'm kind of an Internet denizen, I get all my news and commentary here on the World Wide Web. So,
while I don't listen to Rush Limbaugh or Al Franken or Alan Colmes or Sean Hannity, et cetera, I know who these people are and I know,
basically, about their impact on the media.
Um. Look. The conservative talk radio business isn't about a bunch of rich bigwigs spewing their capitalist hate speech out upon the unsuspecting
masses, okay? If you know anything about radio, you know that radio stations live and die by commercial advertising. Commercial advertisers direct
their revenues into the radio formats that attract the most listeners. So, the listenership shapes radio programming — wherever the listener
interest goes, the radio programming follows, and commercial advertisers pour their money into the most successful formats. It just makes sense.
Have you heard of radio stations changing formats? It happens all the time, stations switch from Lite Rock to Tejano, or from Pop Music to
News Talk, or from Classical Music to Hip-Hop. The audience determines which radio programming survives.
Just so, Rush Limbaugh is a very, very successful radio personality who sells a hell of a lot of mattresses and cold remedies on the air. I
mean, that's all Rush Limbaugh does. That's his job. He recites a 15-second radio commercial for a nose spray, and money changes hands all over
the world. The rest of the noise he makes is to keep his listeners enthralled until the next advertising spot comes around.
That's how commercial radio works.
Rush Limbaugh is only doing his job. He's preening this one, he's pissing on that one, he's pooting and farting and making obnoxious noises, and
his audience loves it, and his advertisers are rolling in cash, and The System Works.
Now, why is that a threat to some people? Think about it. Why is speaking your mind and making a stand and making a profit considered