Right-Wingers Are on the Defensive About Talk Radio Dominance

On its face, quantifying the conservative domination of talk-radio is about as valuable as studying the leftward lean in women’s studies departments at American universities. The conventional wisdom is that during the 1980s, talk-radio tapped into a substantial group of angry, white and mostly male listeners who blamed their perceived loss of influence on what they believed were real powers in American society: feminists, gays, black kids applying for affirmative action programs and potty-mouthed Hollywood screenwriters. It was a niche market — AM radio was a dying format waiting for an infusion of energy — and the Limbaughs and Hannitys gave the people what they wanted.

Published in: on June 29, 2007 at 6:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

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