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  •  talk radio is even more effective (2+ / 0-)
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    Fox News is the network of choice for the Right, and many smaller channels/websites are even more micro-targeted, all of which exacerbates the Confirmation Bias problem.
    a recent dkos diary with an interactive history of polarization in congress shows a very close correlation between when talk radio got going right after reagan killed the fairness doctrine in 1987 and this near-record setting polarization.

    talk radio gets even less challenge, is less self-limited (there are many things you can get away with on radio than on fox), and is harder to avoid (most places in the US there are no free alternatives for politics while driving or working).

    and those massive stations are even easier than TV for the ALEC stink tanks to micro-manage- and are, regularly. it's a lot harder to find people capable of looking the viewer straight in the eye and lying than it is to find sociopathic/natural liars for radio.

     i'd say it is the single biggest factor in keeping the GOP reps in line, weeding out moderates in primaries, and increasing the polarization the last 25 years.

    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 Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 11:01:25 AM PST

    •  PS challenging RW radio will reduce the polarizati (0+ / 0-)

      tion.

      it's by far the best tool they have for motivating the base to enforce their extremism and it works because the left does not challenge it.

      i think regular visible picketing to call out their lies, hate, racism, etc, when it happens, at appropriately located rw radio stations will reduce the ability of the stink tanks to use rw radio to enable and intimidate politicians and media.

      rw radio is constantly micro managed to attack protestors in most progressive issues- teachers, education, unions, anti war, sexuality, abortion, voter suppression, etc)

      rw radio is very good at enforcing polarization/obstruction because it is ignored- they do it from a distance. i'll bet many GOP reps and blue dogs would change their tunes on a lot of issues, as well as media, if they saw someone stand up to that 2x4 the stink tanks beat them with when they get out of line.

      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 Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 11:14:16 AM PST

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