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  •  it would be ineffective if the left challenged it (1+ / 0-)
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    BruinKid

    it's basically a bunch of cowardly protected bullies and carnival barkers yelling from every corner and stump in the country.

    all the left has to do is stop giving them a free speech free ride. thinking americans have been walking by, listening to music or turning it off, as if they're not there.

    the rush boycott is helping but is specifically targeted. dems have a lot to gain in 2014, and in all their efforts at reform, if they got active re talk radio.

    but it's not happening.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:42:31 AM PDT

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    •  Tune in to lefty radio (2+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean, BruinKid

      It's not so easy to find on the dial, but it's easy on the internet.

      Stephanie Miller and the mooks, Thom Hartmann, Norman Goldman, Ed Schultz, the unique Randi Rhodes. Seek, find, listen ... and support their advertisers, btw (particularly those who bypass RW hatie radio.)

      •  i do but they need to be on a lot more stations an (1+ / 0-)
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        and that won't happen unless the left challenges the monopoly. it needs to happen soon.

        the 95 -5 ratio is not a reflection of the 'market' for talk radio and dems and all progressives would have a lot to gain by pressuring their state universities to stop endorsing RW radio.

        even the declaration that a uni would look for alternatives and not renew would force a station to dump RW talk or offer balance.

        all pressure, protest, monitoring, etc re those stations will hurt the monopoly and help progressive radio- it won't come by legislation with 1000 coordinated radio stations screaming "free speech threatened!!"

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 02:14:01 PM PDT

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        •  True, but (1+ / 0-)
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          lefty radio is easy to find on the internet, and either to tune in on the computer in real time or to purchase podcasts (cheap) is also easy over the i-net. Colmes, e.g. just got booted from satellite radio, and could use some subscribers. Norman Goldman similarly has had to take a turn toward profitability, as has Mike Malloy (for truthseekers!)

          You make an excellent point about the 95/5 and RW hate radio squawking about "Freedom of Speech", since by definition, it is the 5% not getting their (our) fair share of fos.

          Best way to challenge for air time is to contact the RW radio station advertisers and tell them you won't do business with them until they support LW radio equally.

          Biggest a$$hole RW radio sponsors in my market are the FORD dealerships. I'm up for a new car in the next couple years, and it won't be a FORD.

          •  internet radio won't catch up before the planet (2+ / 0-)
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            BruinKid, Jaboo

            burns up though. we can't wait a generation, we can't even wait till 2014.

            in most parts of the country there are no free alts for political talk when driving or working. until it's as easy as turning on the AM radio it's going to be politically dominating in many low pop states with too many senators.

            the debt ceiling 'crisis' and benghazi are just two recent talk radio successes for the RW that wouldn't have happened without their talk radio advantage.

            in any emergency or major news event (which they can often create) it is those 1000 coordinated radio stations that will often dominate the MSM's interpretation or at least waste democracy's time with distortions and distractions only it can push large scale.

            the advantage they've had for the last 25 years requires action from the democratic party and the major progressive orgs now- but there is none.

            This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

            by certainot on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 03:34:22 PM PDT

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