This one has bugged me for a while. It seems you can go just about anywhere and find a rack of free newspapers and magazines, but they are 99.9% of a highly liberal bent, be it straight communist/socialist politics, gay activism, hippie tree huggers, or drug-induced "spirituality". Even on the regular newsstand we can still find some cheap, thick, newsprint punk zines that are penned primarily by leftist ideologues who still think W is a war criminal. I know there are some conservative news and opinion magazines out there, but those subscriptions are awful high for some of us. And the occasional conservative newsletter that does pop up on those free racks tends to be photocopied, with lots of filler, either old quotes or patriotic clip art. Maximum Rock and Roll has been running for what 20 years? 2600 (not extremely political, but they lean left on most topics that pop up) started in 1984. I know Wichita had a nifty little city life magazine by the name of The Naked City that had been going for a while.
I have a couple of ideas for why this happens. One reason is simple, conservatives are usually capitalists, meaning we want to get paid for our stuff. Yes it's great to write and share our opinions, or record our voices and share those opinions, but we need to pay the bills, and most of the time, doing either one doesn't bring in the money. Libs tend to have that martyr spirit that's willing to go down in financial flames for the cause.
Another reason is related. I'm close enough to Vegas now that there are several free Vegas papers available. And when you flip through them and see the left wing politics, then you find all the ads that pay for the paper. Guess what large chuncks of those ads are for? Escorts, phone sex lines, classified ads for people looking for various oddities, adult video stores, ect. We know that these places pay pretty good for their ads (how many download sites pay for all that bandwidth with adult/dating site ads?). But many of us, even if we feel those business can go about their merry way, aren't going to give them any ink.
So, we find two issues, the desire to make a living doing something we enjoy, and the difficulty getting acceptable sponsors to fund us making a living putting these things out for free or cheap. Any other ideas? Anyone think I'm completely wrong on any of this?