10:20am Eastern update: The Left wants increased regulation to address the lack of ideological diversity in talk radio. What do they have to say about the lack of ideological diversity in America’s newsrooms?
MSNBC.com identified 144 journalists who made political contributions from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign, according to the public records of the Federal Election Commission. Most of the newsroom checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes. Only 17 gave to Republicans. Two gave to both parties…The pattern of donations, with nearly nine out of 10 giving to Democratic candidates and causes, appears to confirm a leftward tilt in newsrooms — at least among the donors, who are a tiny fraction of the roughly 100,000 staffers in newsrooms across the nation.
“Appears” to confirm? Snort.
10:00am Eastern 6/21 update: Mark Levin strikes back.
Update: More on the Center for American Progress below and a look at their vested interest in grabbing radio airwaves…plus: Fox News in the “progressive” crosshairs…and La Shawn Barber mocks the Left’s airwave envy…
Well, we know that Trent Lott ain’t gonna come to the defense of conservative talk radio. Remember: He thinks it’s a “problem” that he has “to deal with” because of many right-leaning talkers’ opposition to the Bush-Kennedy shamnesty bill. Lott will probably cheer this new report from the nutroots-pandering Center for American Progress trashing talk radio. Instead of blaming the lousy, incompetent performance of liberal talk radio and acknowledging the market triumph of conservative talk radio, CAP blames nefarious owners who aren’t “diverse” enough:
Yep, it looks like they’ll be playing the race card on top of their Fairness Doctrine card to try and topple conservative dominance of the medium. And the likes of Nancy Pelosi and John Conyers will be at their disposal to help them, no doubt.
Here’s the far Left’s Big Government regulatory agenda, laid out in handy, bullet-point form:
More details on their Hugo Chavez approach to the radio airwaves:
Who will come to the defense of the Loud Folks on talk radio? Don’t bother asking Sen. Lott or Sen. Graham or any of the fair-weather Republicans whom conservative talk radio hosts have gone to bat for so many times over the years.
Will President Bush stand up for conservative talk radio hosts? Sad to say: Don’t count on it.
What is the Center for American Progress and why are they proposing this Government Talk Radio Grab? It’s a left-wing think tank headed by Clintonite John Podesta. It manages a radio studio used daily by left-winger Bill Press’s syndicated radio show. The syndicator is the nutroots Jones Radio Networks. CAP officials appeared frequently on Al Franken’s show and Air America’s airwaves. Seed money for the think tank came from–where else–George Soros, among others, according to the Washington Post.
Unless I missed it, none of that information is disclosed in CAP’s report.
On a related note, the same ilk that are gunning for conservative talk radio are gunning for Fox News Channel. CNS reports on the plotting at the Take Back America conference:
Liberal activists who claim Fox News Channel is not a legitimate news source said that cooperation by several groups was key in preventing the network from hosting debates by Democratic presidential candidates.
Robert Greenwald, a producer/director who hosted a panel discussion Tuesday at the liberal Take Back America conference in Washington, D.C., called collaboration “the C word” — the element without which their “victory” would have been “totally, completely impossible.”
Greenwald’s earlier film “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism” accused Fox News Channel of a right-wing bias. He began Tuesday’s discussion by showing a video posted at his FoxAttacks.com website…
…The video shows Adam Green, civic communications director for the liberal group MoveOn.org, saying that his organization learned of the proposed debate from online bloggers. “We immediately issued a call to action” and started a petition drive for Nevadans to tell the state party not to allow FNC to host the debate.
On his website, Greenwald then posted video clips of what he calls “erroneous and slanted stories Fox ran” about Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), a candidate for his party’s 2008 presidential nomination.
“We decided to bring these campaigns together,” Green says on the video. MoveOn.org joined local and national bloggers in distributing Greenwald’s videos – an example of what Green called “mutually reinforcing activism.”
The first candidate to withdraw from the planned debate was former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who cited “a scheduling conflict.” Other candidates, including Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), soon pulled out as well.
When the debate was canceled, Greenwald said his reaction was “joy, screaming out loud.”
Green from MoveOn.org told the audience Tuesday his next campaign would be to try convince the owners of the Wall Street Journal not to sell the newspaper to FNC founder Rupert Murdoch. He accused Murdoch of wanting to buy the WSJ “to legitimize Fox” and to get “a seat at the gentlemen’s table.”
Flashback: Kucinich To Bring Back The Fairness Doctrine
Maggie’s Notebook has been keeping tabs on the Fairness Doctrine resurrection movement.
Flashback: David Limbaugh on the Un-Fairness Doctrine.