Thursday, May 12, 2005

Even as I was rooting for Air America to fly, I kept hearing last summer that it had trouble finding advertisers because many people considered liberal talk radio just a pre-election fluke that would wither after Nov. 2. Well that was hogwash. The market is there.
Now the question occasionally asked about that network is whether its most grating, sometimes lewd voices will be more of a burden than a boost to Democrats. Jerry Springer has joined the lineup; it remains to be seen what tone he'll take. And nobody would call Janeane Garofalo prissy. Recently, for example, she discoursed on "ass babies."
Ass babies are infants conceived by buttfucking young women who will do anything of a sexual nature except have their hymens broken by a marauding penis before marriage to, presumably, a person of another gender.

No doubt plenty of listeners appreciate Garofalo for exposing hypocrisy, but
with Springer's reputation and Garofalo's mouth, is there a danger that Air America may be a hit among a white-boy, 14-to-24 demographic and Smut America to political fence sitters in Ohio, Washington and New Mexico? Air America could be a commercial success and a political zero.

Even with that question yet to be settled, though, liberal talk radio is here to stay. Whatever course Air America takes--and it may turn out to be a great contributor to the national discourse--Democracy Radio avoids any smuttiness. It will be around, as will Amy Goodman. Progressive radio will grow.
Not that such growth alone will solve our problems. It will help, but we must also concentrate, as Dean so presciently planned more than a year ago, on getting progressives elected. No amount of liberal talk radio could cure the kind of dumb Democratic behavior Molly Ivins recently declaimed against:
I can guarantee you where [the Dems] are going wrong for the next election: 73 Democratic House members and 18 Democratic senators voted for that hideous bankruptcy "reform" bill that absolutely screws regular people. And it's not just consumers who were screwed by the lobbyist-written bill. The Wall Street Journal shows small businesses are also getting the shaft, as the finance industry charges them higher and higher transaction fees. If Democrats aren't going to stand up for regular people, to hell with them.

That's a thorny problem all right, and we'll have to solve it. But right now, I'm getting ready to attend the National Conference on Media Reform at the Millenium Hotel in downtown St. Louis Friday through Sunday. I expect to learn a lot, and even before attending, I know that optimism about media reform is warranted.
Hey, Rush, we're coming.
P.S. No more blogs till next week.

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