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  •  The story that's being spun on RW radio (11+ / 0-)

    is that artic ice was much thicker this past winter than normal and that temperature has decreased worldwide for the past 15 years and they declare climate scientists saying that they were wrong.  It's incredible to hear lies being promoted as the truth.

    The RW has a gigantic megaphone that saturates this country and they need it to spread their neverending series of whoppers.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 02:37:24 PM PDT

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    •  which is why dems need to own rural radio. (10+ / 0-)

      why can't the left understand how important radio is to two-thirds of the country that don't commute on public trans?
      long distances and long commutes rule the west.
      we need alternative radio for those who can't afford sirius.
      and ALSO we need spanish language left wing radio!!!

      i just got back from a long cartrip vaca allover the west, and christian radio blares thru the megaphone, and then there's crap talk radio, a little bit of country music and that 's it.
      owning radio stations in the west would be so smart...
      it doesn't take much money.

      I am tired of laughing at the irony of their stupidity.

      by stagemom on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 02:47:38 PM PDT

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      •  Not just rural radio (5+ / 0-)

        The megawatt radio stations the RW owns enables them to have 2 high power stations in many cities, including mine, to broadcast their hate and lies to large numbers of people.

        Add in corporate media that is so afraid of the GOP and their whining about "librul bias" or cowering to the will of their 1% owners that they never counter with the truth and you have a country that believes climate change is a hoax, ObamaCare is bad, and tax cuts for the rich promote jobs.

        We need to have multiple ways of spreading the truth and reality in a nation of low information voters who keep being lied into voting against their own interests.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 02:53:32 PM PDT

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      •  I'm afraid we'd still be at a disadvantage (0+ / 0-)

        even if we had as much radio access as the RW. The problem is that the RW's "fantasies" can be "understood" without a lot of thought or background knowledge; they can be easily expressed in sound bites, and that lends itself well to radio being listened to during a car commute where you don't have (and can't realistically expect) the listener's full attention.

        Reality isn't like that, and it doesn't help that our default response is to try to regard our audiences as students to be educated rather than customers to be persuaded. The problem with the education model is that every educator reasonably expects his/her students to work at learning and to pay full attention to their studies. That's simply not something most people are willing to do unless they see a direct benefit to themselves from doing it. Most people simply aren't nerds, and our messaging has to reflect that.

        We must realize that the RW is selling rather than educating, and the only way we can compete with them is to be better at selling than they are. Selling is morally neutral and we need to quit turning up our noses at it. Sure, selling can be done immorally, as the RW is doing by selling harmful fantasies. But you can also sell reality.

        Personally, as a physician, I would be very concerned at a child becoming febrile after having ingested bleach or had it shot up his rectum—Orac (Respectful Insolence)

        by ebohlman on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 03:49:54 AM PDT

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