The New York Times has a piece on a group of liberal investors trying to create a left-wing radio network. They believe that since there’s a such a lack of left-wing partisans in the media (other than Dan Rather, James Carville, Ted Turner, the Times own editorial staff, etc…) that there needs to be a left-wing alternative.
The major problem with that logic is that there is a glut of liberal voices in the media, and even on the airwaves. One wonders if these people haven’t heard of National Public Radio before, whose programs are anything but conservative.
While the article claims that the liberals are going to take the high road and avoid the kind of "demogoguery" of Rush Limbaugh et al, they obviously aren’t doing a great job of it. Even in the article, we have this gem of a quote:
"Individuals who are liberal in their viewpoints can be all-encompassing," he said. "It’s very hard to define liberalism, unlike how easy it is to define conservatism. So, as a result, it doesn’t evoke the same kind of passion as conservative ideologies do."
Already we have claims of "Look at how close-minded those nasty conservatives are! Why we’re the real party of intellectual diversity!". Not only does such an attiude make me want to gag, it also makes me want to hit that person over the head with a copy of Russell Kirk.
Considering that the highlight of this new network will be Al Franken, whose idea of political discourse consists of calling people "a big fat idiot" I wouldn’t be holding my breath for the kind of high-minded political discourse that these supposedly noble liberals want to inject into the American radio scene. Instead, expect more shrill attacks on the President and more complaints about how evil conservatives are. What liberals fundamentally fail to realize is that they don’t win in the new media because of some conservative cabal, they lose because people just don’t like their ideas. Luckily, I have a feeling that such a message will do about as well as the new Donahue show…