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  •  This phenomenon actually predates RW radio. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's weird, but I just thought about it now.

    I lived with my grandmother from 1991-1995, before Fox News, and when right-wing talk was in its infancy.  Grandma didn't listen to the radio, except for the local classical music station.  And yet, the right-wing conspiracies of the time had a decent hold on her, through the mail.

    Grandma would get multiple fliers each and every day, each promoting some conservative, right-wing cause, most asking for money.  And she'd read every one of them.  It got to the point where my aunt, who'd moved in as well, started going through her mail and tossing the political stuff before Grandma could see it.

    If Fox News had been a thing back then, if 24-hour a day right-wing hysteria radio had existed, I have no doubt Grandma would have gotten sucked in.

    The fear merchants on the right have been around for a long time.  They've just since learned to use radio and TV to make them even more powerful.


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