Monday, January 10, 2005

Liberal talk radio

Howard Kurtz's Media Notes column profiles Ed Schultz, a "prairie-dwelling, red-meat-eating, gun-toting former conservative" liberal radio talk show host.

The show was developed with $1.8 million from Democracy Radio, a New York nonprofit run by Tom Athans, the husband of Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), with a board composed of three Clinton administration veterans.

And people were mad about Armstrong Williams being paid $241,000 by Bush. I guess liberal radio doesn't stand up by itself without massive funding from party insiders. How can anyone respect the guy's opinion after receiving such huge backing from partisan sources?

He also opposes abortion but doesn't talk about it on the air, calling it "a lousy talk radio topic."

Or maybe he doesn't want to offend his backers? It's a shame he's anti-abortion, that's one of the few issues where I agree with liberals.

Why do we need another liberal radio show anyway? Liberals already have NPR, all liberal all the time, and conveniently funded by the taxpayer.


Micah said...

For all their talk of tolerance, there is no place in the Democratic Party for one that is pro-life.

Don't forget Air America. I listened to one full Al Franken show once - talk about a show filled with hate! Love him or hate him, at least Rush Limbaugh puts on callers who have opposing viewpoints to his. Franken and the callers he puts on the air make the show sound like a big liberal circle jerk. Maybe his show's changed since I last heard it, though, but I doubt it.

bob d said...

Liberals HATE Rush Limbaugh, but he's just an entertainer that people listen to because he's fun. He makes a lot of money doing his show.

Liberals are mad that there aren't any liberal talk show hosts that are entertaining enough to make a profit. Maybe it's because liberals just aren't fun. Who wants to listen to a guilt trip on their way to work?

Ocean lover said...

This post may upset some people, but as this is my blog, I really don't care. I'm really suprised that people have made such a big "to do" about Tim Roemer putting his bid in on the Democratic party. For the 2nd term now not only have Democrats lost the bid for President, but they have also lost out on more seats within the Legislative branch. So many people are saying that the Dems are losing touch with mainstream society, so why would an attempt to reach out to the mass of Pro-Life people in the country be seen as something going against the fundementals of the Democratic platform? The last time I checked, the Dem. platform mainly deals with Pro-Choice issues because a mojority of their members believe in this. This does not mean all of the members believe in this and indeed as Tim Roemer shows us, there are high level Dems. who do not. The point is, democrats have found out that sticking to one point and not changing is leading them into a deeper and deeper hole. Now as a conservative myself, I don't really care if they dig deeper, but Dems do have certain points that I agree with and side with them on. (No, abortion is not one of them. As a God fearing man, I can't see how performing abortions without knowing for sure whether the baby feels pain or whether you are killing a life, can be done withou a guilty feeling. What ever happened to erring on the side of caution???) At any rate, my point is that democrats do need to try and grab more of mainstream society as a whole, rather than focus on one belief and sticking to it. To not do so will just shut them out of politics each and every election.

Beltway said...

Here's a pretty key difference. Armstrong Williams was being paid with public funds from the Department of Education [is that what a libertarian wants done with tax money?] and private monies being used to fund a media company. Are you similarly contemptuous of The Weekly Standard and The Washington Times, two money-losing enterprises funded by rich people? Somehow, I think not.

mikeca said...

> JMBLYA said…
> For all their talk of tolerance, there is no place in the Democratic Party
> for one that is pro-life.

I believe if you check, you will find that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is pro-life.

Jeremy said...

Give me a for profit radio show or station that has the format and professionalism of NPR and I'll switch immediately.

At the moment, NPR is the best radio on the air and while that may not jive with our free market principles, I prefer radio that doesn't suck to that which does.

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