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patriot45
04-20-2009, 10:48 AM
Get a load of this sissies screed!

Moonbat and a half (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/19/INUO170I8P.DTL)



You turn the AM on and there's Rush, or Savage, or another of the army of right-wing radio talk show hosts. You may not be listening hard, just working, driving, doing busywork or the laundry. Yet if you listen day after day, year after year, your brain will begin to change.

Words, even those heard casually and listened to incidentally, activate frames - structures of ideas that are physically realized in the brain. The more the words are heard, the more the frames are activated in the brain, and stronger their synapses get - until the frames are there permanently.

All this is normal. It is how words work. And the right-wing message machine has found a way to take advantage of it - activating, as it were, a conservative system of thought.

The problem is, those thoughts on the radio are hate city. Savage rails against what he calls "the weakening of the military" by "affirmative action," "illegal immigrants," and "Marxist politicians." What proves it? The submarine accident in the Gulf of Hormuz.

Tune in to Rush. On the one hand he's pitching "rugged individualism," "liberty," and the absolute free market against Obama's call to unity and a sense of national responsibility.

Then he's hammering the AIG bailout and its bonuses, not mentioning that it was the conservative destruction of reasonable regulation that lay behind our economic disaster.

One diatribe after another, the crucial facts left out or lied about, day after day, city after city. It has an effect.

Where are the progressives? Largely absent. Or talking issue by issue, not about general themes. We have some icons: Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert. But they only talk to us. They are not omnipresent.Hahahahahahaha!!!!!
Can President Obama overcome all this? He is by far the best communicator in politics today. But what we get of him are sound bites, an occasional major address, and a five-minute talk Saturdays on You Tube. Meanwhile, the reporting in the media is about positions on issues, not about general principles that get repeated.

Rockntractor
04-20-2009, 11:03 AM
Exactly progressives lack an intelligent voice. All of them.

Gingersnap
04-20-2009, 11:35 AM
Progressive radio doesn't have a following outside of niche markets because the ideas touted by liberal talkers generally defy common sense and personal experience. The audience cannot relate to someone who seriously believes that "gender" is attitude while same-sex behavior is a life sentence. They don't believe that promoting incompetent minorities is more important than promoting competent people - period. They can't relate to pacifists. They don't believe that New York will be under water in 3 years. They think that Katrina victims need to get over it. When it comes to rape, they'd rather have a gun than a phone.

Even most self-styled liberals believe all this and find "progressive" shills and academics to be out of touch.

enslaved1
04-20-2009, 02:00 PM
Meanwhile, the reporting in the media is about positions on issues, not about general principles that get repeated

Lots of stuff to laugh at there, but I'll pick this one. The reason liberals can't repeat their prinicples day in and day out it because they don't have principles. Libs don't have any foundation to stand on because they flutter in the wind, basing each days decisions on the present attitudes and popular ideas. Violent force against the Taliban was horrible under Bush, but it's perfectly alright against pirates under Obama.

The libs tried thier hand at it folks. It was Air America, and it failed miserably, because it lacked ratings and advertiser support. Conservative talk radio is engaging, entertaining and educational. That is why it stands.

YupItsMe
04-20-2009, 04:00 PM
Conservative radio works because of the vacuum created by the over saturation of "lib speak" in the print and TV Media. Until Fox News gets someone to try something besides a left wing slant on cable news they will "Own" the market share there also.