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  •  just a reminder.... RW radio may be their most (4+ / 0-)
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    important tool, helping them push legislation, set up the pretext for it (years of voter fraud fraud, anti-immigration, racism, ACORN, etc. set up for voter ID laws for eg), work the primaries and elections, attack their opponents, work the media, creating made-to-order constituencies, etc.

    so with that many dem members ... it's sickening... it's clear RW radio is not just a preacher for the wing nut base.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 08:48:23 AM PST

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      ALEC published a compilation of what they called "Legislative Issue Briefs" which were basically canned talking points.  Maybe even more than the model legislation, this allowed ALEC to have a huge degree of message control in state legislatures.  This is all inside lobbying, though.

      Back in the early 1990s, ALEC got the States Policy Network off the ground, so now you have dozens of think tanks in the states parroting the same talking points.  

      Again message control.

      Right wing talk radio didn't really take off until the early 1990s, during the Clinton administration.  To be totally honest, I think that right wing radio is of highly limited use as a tool.  Sure, it's useful for mobilizing the right wing faithful, but everyone know which way Rush swings.

      With the SPN, you have staff from groups like the Texas Public Policy Foundation writing up articles for mainstream magazines which parrot the talking points being generated by ALEC and the gang.  And few people are able to make the connection between these thinktanks with legitimate sounding names and the whole vast right wing conspiracy.  So you end up with people  repeating these talking points that got their start back with ALEC, supporting their legislative agenda, with out even realizing who they're quoting.  

      Again message control. And, because they are able to get ordinary people who wouldn't listen to talk radio to repeat all this they gain the appearance that they are merely following public opinion, instead of manipulating it.

      by ManfromMiddletown on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 10:33:41 AM PST

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      •  i bet ALEC successes directly tie with RW radio pr (0+ / 0-)

        proliferation. if there's an way to map their legislative successes  since they started i think you'll find it meshes very well with the growth of RW radio. while they probably got most of their stations lined up early their ability to fill those hours with suitable trained talkers coordinated with the local/state think tanks has been growing over the last 20 years.

        the recent diary on GOP DEM polarization with the handy slider shows a direct relationship timing-wise. few periods in history show such polarization as happened the last 20 years. with control of the main local RW stations they had a big advantage in local elections and primaries- pushing through their preferred candidates- the ones who repeated the limbaugh hannity talking points (tea party) advanced and moderates were purged.

        it's a lot easier to get politicians to repeat the talking points and to push them along if there's a well timed and mobilized constituency to repeat the talking points at fundraisers and calls and emails. that's what all these 'scandals' and outrages are about.

        you'll find representatives from the main state think tanks doing regular guest appearances on local call in shows. in CO one of the main local talkers- jon caldera is the president (or was) of the independence institute. here in NM the main station has regular visits from one of the main guys at a main RW think tank. it happens all over the country and has been many years.

        RW radio stations are anchored by the same national guys doing the groundwork repetition and setting things up but local coordination and timing has been used to kick dem ass for 20 years.

        progressives often make the mistake of limiting RW radio influence to the die hards but in most parts of the country there are no free alts for politics while driving or working. possible as many as 40% of those ALEC megaphones piggyback our college sports mascots for community cred. the secondary effects are huge- people spreading the talking points to family and coworkers and friends.

        if ALEC successes skyrocketed since the early 90s you wouldn't have to look much further than the local and state radio stations. if there's a graph of ALEC successes i'd love to see it.

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 06:03:17 PM PST

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