The center made its debut sponsoring a conference along with the Century Foundation, which has been around since 1919. Among the headliners was Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark.
The liberals think they’re being persecuted. They believe that nobody is listening to them. Every where we here about conservatism dominating the public’s minds. They attribute this to successful conservatives and conservative news outlets like Anne Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, Bill O’Reilly and Fox News.
Conservatism is probably the most popular ideology in the United States right now, thanks in part to each of the people and organizations I just mentioned. The amazing thing is, however, that the liberals think the American public is being forced to be conservative. They think that if the liberal message got out we would all instantly change our affiliation. They cast Fox News as some kind of evil monster that invades the minds of the viewing public and forces them to be conservatives.
That sort of thinking is just plane insulting. What they’re saying is that the general public is too stupid to form our own opinions. The liberals think we’re too dumb to change the channel if we don’t agree with what’s on it. Even liberal radio’s new-comer Ed Schultz has talked about conservatism being “crammed down the throats” of the public. Here’s his quote from the Bismarck Tribune:
“The Democrats are getting the tar beat out of them constantly by Limbaugh and Hannity, and they feel they don’t have a platform,” Schultz said. “There’s this conservative mantra that’s being jammed down the throats of the American people, and the other side of the story is not being told.”
How can he say that the other side of the story isn’t being told? Every day we see people like Tom Daschle and Ted Kennedy on the television bashing our President. CNN and NBC as well as channels like MTV are all well-known supporters of the liberal cause. How, exactly, is the liberal side of things not getting out?
Also, what’s this about the “conservative mantra” being crammed down our throats? Does it not occur to Mr. Schultz that the reason conservative media is so popular is because people like it? That maybe people listen to Rush Limbaugh, utilize their brains a bit, and then make the conscious decision to like what he’s saying? Anne Coulter writes books because people buy them. Fox News stays in business because people watch. Rush Limbaugh stays on the air because people listen to him. There are no evil plans involved in this equation, people simply agree with conservative ideals. Yet evil plans are exactly what people like Schultz insinuate when they make comments like the one quoted above.
Many liberals have tried to establish themselves in today’s market but none have been able to go the distance. Tavis Smiley on National Public Radio is a definite liberal voice and Alan Colmes was on the radio in New York City long before he was picked up by Fox. Colmes obviously was not successful until being associated with Sean Hannity and Tavis Smiley only stays on the air because of public funding. A great example of the public’s lack of interest in a liberal talk show is Phil Donahue who was fired from MSNBC after his show did poorly.
Those examples prove that the only reason liberals aren’t that popular is that the public just doesn’t choose to tune in.Powered by Sidelines