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Attempt to Build a National Liberal Talk Network

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Fed up with the conservative “monlogue” on national talk radio, a group of $$ libs is tryong to create its own network starring Al Franken:

    The group, led by Sheldon and Anita Drobny, venture capitalists from Chicago who have been major campaign donors for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, is in talks with Al Franken, the comedian and author of “Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot.” It hopes to enlist other well-known entertainers with a liberal point of view for a 14-hour, daily slate of commercial programs that would heavily rely on comedy and political satire.

    ….Many conservatives who assert the news media in general is infused with liberal bias say the premise of a liberal radio network is silly to begin with. But liberal Democrats say even if a liberal bias does exist, the mainstream news media strives for balance and fair play. They say their concern is that there are far fewer successful, outright partisan voices on the left than there are on the right.

    “I feel like there’s a monologue out there,” Ms. Drobny said. “I just had this tremendous feeling with great passion that we had to make sure we’re heard and make sure having a dialogue in this country of ours.”

    The list of successful conservative radio hosts is, in fact, fairly long Rush Limbaugh; Sean Hannity; Michael Savage; Michael Reagan. And there is no equivalent list of liberals. Past attempts, such as the programs of Mr. Hightower and Mario Cuomo, have failed.

    ….A representative for Mr. Franken, Henry Reisch of the William Morris Agency, said Mr. Franken was seriously considering the offer, and was mostly focusing on whether he could handle the commitment of a daily radio program. Judging from his comments as a guest last month on Phil Donahue’s program on MSNBC, Mr. Franken would probably take a far different approach from that of Mr. Limbaugh. “I think the audience isn’t there for a liberal Rush,” he said. “Because I think liberals don’t want to hear that kind of demagoguery.” [NY Times]

Ofcourse demagoguery is exactly what many listeners are looking for.

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