Liberal talk radio hosts, including the new liberal talk network, Air America Radio, trended ahead of Rush Limbaugh in key Florida demographics.
Advance trend numbers for spring radio ratings in the Miami market, leaked to the website RAW STORY, reveal that liberal talk posted giant gains against the, once-powerhouse, now oxycontin-addicted hypocrite Rush Limbaugh. The Ed Schultz show passed Limbaugh among the 25-54 age range in the nation’s twelfth largest radio market. Schultz scored a 3.4 rating to Limbaugh’s 3.2, climbing 1.1 ratings points from the winter figures.
“In his own backyard, how can Limbaugh lose to a liberal talker? What am I doing with a 3.4 and he’s sitting with a 3.2?” Schultz asked RAW STORY in a telephone interview this morning. “We’ve coming a long way from being the poor little guy from North Dakota.” Al Franken, whose Air America program runs head-on with Rush in the noon to 3 p.m. slot, also made strides, posting 2.1 ratings among 25-64, up from 1.5 in the winter. The two programs posted gains in every single age category.
These trends show what has been obvious to many Americans. Regressives like the GOP and their right-wing allies are becoming personally offensive to many Americans and a relic of the past. Most of these right wing talkers are such hypocrites there is little value in listening to their opinion. People like Rush Limbaugh, who once posited that talented African American NFL player Donovan McNabb was only a starting quarterback because of his color, pretends to reach out to people of color on behalf of the GOP with the likes of radical, anti-civil rights quack Jesse Lee Peterson. Moreover, Rush Limbaugh, who does not believe in a right to privacy, underwent a huge flip-flop suing all the way to the Supreme Court to protect his right to privacy in a costly and failed frivolous litigation to apparently try and conceal evidence of his doctor-shopping from prosecutors.
Bill O’Reilly claims to espouse moral values while sexually harrasing his underlings when the camera is turned off or making indecent propositions to porn star Jenna Jameson when he thinks noone will find out. The moral values talkers like Pat Robertson and James Dobson spit on the bible while lining up to back thugs under criminal investigation, like Tom Delay, Karl Rove, Ralph Reed, and Randy “Duke” Cunningham, simply because it will help advance the GOP agenda ahead of any biblical commands that “though shall not steal” or “though shall not bear false witness.” Thus, the right-wing has shown that the GOP agenda is much more important to them than biblical commandments, the US Constitution, or the well-being of the American people.
Faux-patriots like Sean Hannity, a spoiled, east coast, rich-kid, who never served in the military and never found a caviar he didn’t like, prances around like a warrior from the heartland, and has the nerve to attack the credentials of silver starred war hero John Kerry or General Wesley Clark. This is the very same general who managed to stop an ethnic cleansing in Bosnia without the help of Republicans, who at a time of war (when our troops were at risk) went to the House and Senate floors screaming “no blood for Monica.” These chickenhawk Republicans, and their allies like Sean Hannity, demoralized our troops and their mission, and did harm to America’s purpose in advancing human rights, simply because they hated Bill Clinton and thought they could get political gain from it.
Other right wing talkers like Matt “I go to gay bars, but I’m not gay” Drudge have advanced the GOP’s homophobic agenda only to be outed as closeted homosexuals or tied to homosexuality.
This trend is becoming increasingly common after Mayor Jim West of Spokane was caught in a gay Internet chat room looking for minor boys and White House correspondent Jeff Gannon was found spread-eagled on gay escort website hotmilitarystuds.com. With accusations swirling around RNC head Ken Mehlman (who refuses to deny he is gay), and the sexually ambiguous White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove, more hypocrisy is sure to follow. Advice from such hypocrites on talk radio stretches the bounds of reality.
Even further, other GOP talkers have promoted a fictional “strong on terror” label for their party, while refusing to acknowledge that for years during the Clinton administration, as Al Qaeda was planning to attack us, all they could do is investigate Bill Clinton’s sex life. When Bill Clinton sent a cruise missile to try to kill Osama Bin Laden, the GOP shouted treason from every corner of the room. Had they been as focused on stopping Al Qaeda as Bill Clinton was, and not finding out whether Clinton had sex, we might not have been attacked on 9/11. Not to mention, the right-wing does not care about lead chickenhawk Dick Cheney’s attempts to evade sanctions against Iran in its dealings with Halliburton, nor Karl Rove’s undermining of national security by allegedly outing an undercover CIA agent over a petty catfight when her husband discredited one of the Bush administration’s rationales for invading Iraq.
Thus, right wing talk, the talk of hypocrisy, is in for a long slow decline while left wing talk that is more in line with American values will continue to gain popularity. On Air America one can hear real news, not the typical right wing substitute for news in which the host savages and libels his fellow American citizens as being traitors. On Air America, a more objective truth is aired that shows the Democratic party’s strong plan for the future unfiltered by the GOP’s hatred for a plurality of Americans.
Here, discussions are held on how the Democrats want to help us wean off foreign oil with electric, solar, wind, and other new energy sources, while on right wing radio all they can do is kiss up to Bush (the human incarnation of Mad magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman) for holding hands on his ranch with a Saudi dictator and hope he will decide to pump more oil if Bush wears enough makeup.
On Air America, we hear of the Democrats’ plan to stop the reckless spending and come back to fiscal responsibility so the Social Security trust fund will remain intact. On the right, all we hear about is new catch phrases to hide the fact that the GOP wants to cut benefits for all Americans, while maintaining huge tax breaks for the top 1%, and having deficits indefinitely, while refusing to acknowledge that these are the root causes of the Social Security problem in the first place.
On Air America, we hear how health care access and prescription drugs can be more easily available and cheaper for all of America. On the right, all we hear is how we are going to stop the re-importation of perscription drugs and abolish personal bankruptcy, while refusing to acknowledge that 75% of all personal bankruptcies are because of a catastrophic sickness to an American with no health care. Yet the right wing talk shows have no problem with or no comment about letting companies like Enron file bankruptcy, get off scott-free, and abandon their workers’ pensions to boot–the very pensions those workers need to retire and not be in jeopardy of bankruptcy. Such rank hypocrisy must stretch the bounds of logic for even the most hard-core Republicans.
On Air America, one can hear from the soldiers in the field and their families about how they feel about the war. On the right, all we see is a sick, giddy excitement every time there is a terror attack, since it will purportedly help Bush’s approval rating. With a crew of talkers and their followers who express joy and happiness every time there is a terrorist tragedy, it is no wonder Americans are starting to tune them out in droves.
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