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Listen Up, While You Still Can

Posted by Sandra on February 19, 2009

A 2008 report by the Culture and Media Institute, “Unmasking the Myths Behind the Fairness Doctrine,” provides striking evidence that liberals dominate all but talk radio:

  • Broadcast TV news (liberal, 42.1 million daily viewers vs. 0 conservative)
  • Top 25 newspapers (liberal 11.7 million circulation vs. 1.3 million conservative)
  • Cable TV news (liberal 182.8 viewers per month vs. 61.6 million conservative)
  • Major newsweeklies (liberal 8.5 million weekly circulation vs. 0 conservative)

Conservative talk radio has an estimated weekly audience of 87 million listeners vs. liberal programs reaching 24.5 million. The top 13 talk shows are all hosted by conservatives such as Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin. Only four liberal talk show hosts even crack the top 20: Ed Schultz (14) Alan Colmes (17), Thom Hartmann (18) and Lionel (20). Liberal radio network Air America is on life support.

The American people still have a Constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech. But it will become much less meaningful if a revived Fairness Doctrine or its equivalent deprives them of the freedom to listen.


One Response to “Listen Up, While You Still Can”

  1. Kathy said

    Hmmm — if the (un)Fairness Doctrine gets pushed through, does this mean that the liberal shows will have to have a conservative on equal time?

    Can you hear the sarcastic laughter all the way from my computer to yours? 🙂

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