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The Tally Ho

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

New "Liberal" Radio

Speaking of the newly forming liberal media infrastructure, Air America's Al Frankin Show was pretty good today. They had on Ed Shultz (who would be a great addition to AAR), followed by currently my favorite journalist and Atlantic correspondent James Fallows, and ended with one of my favorite repeat guests, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who actually has his own AAR show.

I was skeptical of liberal talk radio when it first arrived on the scene. Despite understanding that it would have growing pains, it too often was labeled as a left wing Rush Limbaugh (or Hannity/O'Reilly). Seeing as I can't stand his show or his mailings (which I find time to time in my grandmothers house - and they are equally as nauseating as the show), I didn't want a left wing Rush. While I only listen to AAR (to be fair, Frankin, b/c To The Point, The World, and Fresh Air are on various local public radio stations) while in the office - I have found it to be a nice mix of humor with real guests like Fallows, Kennedy, Schultz, and the gentleman I missed who directed the Kerry film. I have concluded that when the phrase "talk radio won't work for liberals" they really meant was that the model for right wing talk radio can't be imposed on liberal radio (well, perhaps Randi Rhodes). In any case, I assume that liberal commercial television and radio will expand.

Oh, in case you missed this - The Lone Star Iconoclast, based in Crawford, Texas, endorsed John Kerry, wholeheartedly.
Few Americans would have voted for George W. Bush four years ago if he had promised that, as President, he would:
• Empty the Social Security trust fund by $507 billion to help offset fiscal irresponsibility and at the same time slash Social Security benefits.
• Cut Medicare by 17 percent and reduce veterans’ benefits and military pay.
• Eliminate overtime pay for millions of Americans and raise oil prices by 50 percent.
• Give tax cuts to businesses that sent American jobs overseas, and, in fact, by policy encourage their departure.
• Give away billions of tax dollars in government contracts without competitive bids.
• Involve this country in a deadly and highly questionable war, and
• Take a budget surplus and turn it into the worst deficit in the history of the United States, creating a debt in just four years that will take generations to repay.
These were elements of a hidden agenda that surfaced only after he took office.
The whole piece is worth reading.

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