Competition or Communism

21 06 2007

Filed under: Talk radio, Politics, Liberalism, Conservatism

Liberals are resorting to whining to the government since they can’t compete. This behavior is unbecoming of a free enterprise society. It is more reflective of communism where the government controls it all.

The liberal thinktank, Center for American Progress, published “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio.” In liberalese, How the Right is Hijacking Radio and How We Can Stop It.

As this report will document in detail, conservative talk radio undeniably dominates the format:

Our analysis in the spring of 2007 of the 257 news/talk stations owned by the top five commercial station owners reveals that 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming is conservative, and 9 percent is progressive.

Each weekday, 2,570 hours and 15 minutes of conservative talk are broadcast on these stations compared to 254 hours of progressive talk—10 times as much conservative talk as progressive talk.

A separate analysis of all of the news/talk stations in the top 10 radio markets reveals that 76 percent of the programming in these markets is conservative and 24 percent is progressive, although programming is more balanced in markets such as New York and Chicago.

Read the full report (PDF)

La Shawn Barber calls it, “Airwave Envy.”

Liberals are hopeless. On the one hand, they seem to hate concepts like “business” and “market.” On the other, they have no problem taking advantage of the jobs and capital created by businesses or the opportunities created by a particular market. In fact, they want to piggyback off the success of conservative talk radio.

When they can’t get what they want through competing with others, what do liberals demand? Government, government, government regulations, entitlements, handouts, preferences, perks…

Do you see what’s going on? In order to balance out liberal and conservative talk radio, liberals are suggesting we impede progress with more government regulations, in the name of public interest, instead of allowing the market and technology to boldly go where no man has gone before. And they call themselves progressives?

Captain Ed:

If Hillary gets elected President and the Democrats gain a few more seats in Congress, the Fairness Doctrine will return — and that will end political talk radio. Broadcasters will not risk their licenses in the hoop-jumping that will be required to demonstrate “balance” and “fairness” in political rhetoric, where every interest group will file complaint after complaint in an attempt to harass hosts with whom they disagree off the air.

This gave me my laugh of the week. Liberals control the TV networks, print media, academia, and even Congress. Yet here is an inkling of a niche in media that is dominated by conservatives because that is where we happened to be effective in competing. Not good enough for liberals. They have to have it all and they’re willing to sacrfice their freedom to gain control by demanding that government silence regulate conservative talk radio.

Isn’t that the basis of communism? Forfeiting freedom for security? The problem with this behavior is that it is often done without true consideration, or “counting of the cost,” for what the forfeiture of freedom for more government control will really translate into. For example, you don’t see conservatives whining about the liberal domination of the TV networks, print media and academia. Instead, conservatives compete. Certainly FoxNews, NewsMax, and Liberty University are not “dominating” their fields, but they are competing successfully.

The presence of this competition should inform liberals that Americans, some, not all, wish to have different view points presented. If they sacrifice that freedom of competition in order to gain control, they will be ignoring the people they represent. The Constitution reads, “WE THE PEOPLE,” for a reason and should not be ignored, no matter how much it hurts liberals’ pride. Compete, don’t control.

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