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Conservatives celebrate fall of Air America Radio

Air America RadioBlaming its demise on a decline in radio industry ad revenue for ten consecutive quarters, Air America Media has decided to file under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code, effectively ending its six-year broadcasting run as of 9PM EST tomorrow. Created as a liberal / progressive radio response to conservative talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Air America has hosted a number of relatively prominent liberals, such as now United States Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) and Rachel Maddow (MS-NBC).

So how have people taken the news? Like any decent blogger, I turned to the Internet to find out.

The fall of Air America Radio is being hailed as a triumph for conservatives, wrapping up a two-day series of unfortunate events for American liberals, including the loss of Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat to Republican Scott Brown and a recent decision by the Supreme Court to essentially destroy all limitations on corporate contributions to political campaigns. Transforming the downfall of Air America Media into a political issue, many conservatives seem to be attempting to use the company’s situation as a symbol for the general decline and failure of liberal talk shows, often citing pay discrepancies and total number of listeners as evidence.

Mark Krikorian, a blogger for the National Review, even went as far as stating, “Air America and Camelot snuffed out in the same week! So maybe the work does not go on, the cause does not endure, the hope does not live, and the dream really can die.”

Are these individuals on to something? Does the fall of Air America symbolize the dominance of conservative talk show hosts over broadcasting? To be honest, I’m not sure, although I’m certain that many individuals disagree with the aforementioned arguments. Regardless, one thing that people seem to agree on is that the fall of Air America was no surprise, particularly with the company’s highly publicized decision to apply for bankruptcy protection in 2006. In 2009 revenue for radio dropped by about 21%.

So, what now? Dana Loesch, a conservative talk show host from St. Louis, seems to believe that liberals will use this event as motivation to renew the Fairness Doctrine. Only time will tell, but it should be interesting.

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7 Responses to Conservatives celebrate fall of Air America Radio

  1. Sam January 24, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    I thought Air America was one of the ultraconservative channels, not a liberal one. I think it’s less a sign of the death of liberalism and more a sign of the death of radio.

  2. Jimmy January 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    If there was a market for crazy liberal talk, the show would continue on. The problem for liberal radio hosts is that other liberals don’t want to listen. It’s the same when it comes to best-selling political non-fiction; conservatives sell books and liberals just don’t read.

    AirAmerica isn’t the first liberal talk station to fail. There have been plenty of start-ups, but they disappear for lack of listenership. That’s the way the “marketplace of ideas” works: good ideas rise to the top and continue; bad ideas fall away and disappear.

    What’s frightening is that the left tends to disagree with the Supreme Court’s analysis of the marketplace of ideas. They want to FORCE ideas down our throats via the “fairness” doctrine. If that happens, totalitarianism has arrived.

  3. Helen Yamamoto January 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    I hope that you don’t mind me asking, but what about the Fairness Doctrine makes you think that there’s a direct relationship to totalitarianism?

  4. Helen Yamamoto January 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    Also, you might both want to check out another article we just posted here.

  5. Matthew Lasar January 25, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    I have to agree with Helen Yamamoto’s response to the Totalitarianism comment. As I’ve said many times, there’s no good reason to bring the Fairness Doctrine back, but it was the policy of this country for almost 40 years without turning the White House into the Kremlin. It was there from Harry Truman through Joe McCarthy, John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and the first term of Ronald Reagan. As far as I can tell, the Fairness Doctrine never killed anybody.

    The vast majority of Tea Party ravers who swing around the “totalitarianism” line do so because they have no idea what real totalitarianism was like. I hope they never find out. But if they did, rest assured, they’d use the T-word no more.

  6. California Girl January 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    The demise of Airheads Amerika! Honestly I heard Rachel Maddox say Dick Cheney and Ron Paul in the same breath the other day. (in the two minutes between stations) What an insult. To compare a great patriot like Ron Paul with that murdering War Criminal. It made me sick. Good riddance.

    They failed not because of left or right, but because of right or wrong. The mainstream media is out of touch with the truth, and Americans are not. We are tired of the crap media doles out and calls “news”. We are not idiots as they would think, we are just, busy but we can speak with our dollars, still, Thank God!

    Alternative news is the real news and that is where we are going. Alex Jones is so busy he is pulling his hair out. Why?, because he reports the truth, not government political agenda (aka bullsh-t). A revolution is coming! Be it peaceful, or violent, it is coming. America is waking up! Hallelujah!

  7. fgoodwin February 4, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    @Helen: we don’t need the “Fairness Doctrine”.

    Its up to Liberals to support their own news & opinion outlets. Just because Air America didn’t survive is no reason to force liberal viewpoints on conservative stations.

    Find your own darn stations!

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