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The Washington Post has been poking sticks in our collective eye for way too long.  Their hiring of Ben Domenech, coming right on the heels of the Deborah Howell/Jack Abramoff fiasco, was salt on our wounds.

Think about it for a second.  That hire, that blog...  well, at conservative establishment media institutions like the WP - that shit just doesn't get done overnight -  especially at a time when they are laying off real journalists...  I'm betting they starting planning this while licking their wounds from our last dust-up.

We can't roll over on this.  It's time for some push-back.  Follow me over the flip for the plan.

As many of you know, I've kind of fallen into being a talk radio "specialist".  Recently, in addition to making my own calls, I've recruited others to join in "call-ins" to Bill O'Reilly's show.  Our efforts resulted in a huge embarrassment for Bill.  We provided fodder for Olbermann's show and even Howard Stern ridiculed O'Reilly for his hubris and arrogance. Not to imply causation, but O'Reilly's ratings are tanking while he watches Olbermann make serious gains.  Today, added their substantial weight to the effort.

Anyway folks, this situation with the Washington Post cries out for talk radio action.  Consider the O'Reilly affair "proof of concept".  A committed troupe of talk radio callers can make a huge difference in shaping public opinion.  Public opinion, in turn, can influence events.

Here's the plan.

  • First, we need people that live in or near Washington DC
  • Use this thread to post names and phone numbers of local radio show hosts (post the hours of their shows as well).
  • Post everything you can about these guys and gals...  Tell us about their personalities, behavioral tics and any other minutia you can think of.

  • The next step, beginning in due course, will be getting people to make use of that list.  Again, we're going to take over the airwaves - only this time, instead of it being one show, we're going to blanket a city.
  • I'll orgainize the information and post a diary soon with the follow-up actions.


We need to start asking some hard questions.  

Why in the world would the Post hire a person that called Coretta Scott King a "communist"... on the day of her funeral?  

Why would they hire a guy who counts Jefferson Davis amongst his heros?  

Has the Post totally lost any sense of responsibility towards their readers?  It can't possibly think their readers would embrace Ben Domenech as one of their own?  So why hire him?

If these questions come to dominate the DC talk shows, the Post will have to answer.  Until now, they've done a great job of ignoring us.  Talk radio is one of the only venues of truly egalitarian media.  Anyone can call, anyone can be heard.

It's our time.

Update [2006-3-30 19:7:50 by Mike Stark]: I wasn't clear. This IS NOT another wingnut operation. The point of this is decidedly NOT to call into right wing talk radio shows. Instead, we want to blanket the DC airwaves with discussion of this topic. We want our voices to set the agenda. We, after all, are "the people".

To that end, we want to work with the stations and hosts that will work with us. This is not to say that we don't want information regarding right wing talk in DC (that is also important), rather, this action is focused differently than the O'Reilly action was. We're the Roots. We're nimble like that... most nimble roots you've ever seen.

Update [2006-3-30 20:22:20 by Mike Stark]: firedoglake and Crooks & Liars are both part of this effort. (truth is that Jane Hamsher at fdl put all of this together... the rest of us are proud as hell to be her acolytes)

Taylor Marsh (the next firedoglake/glenngreenwald/name your favorite new blogger) and Steve Gilliard are key players too.

Originally posted to Mike Stark on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 02:55 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Hold them accountable (18+ / 0-)

    Their lame excuse of "balance" doesn't hold water--sounds like Fox envy.  Oh lord whatever happened to the paper of Watergate? Everytime I read about the Post I'm thinkin they must be talking about the Washington Times (rightwing rag extraordinaire), but no...

  •  WP (31+ / 0-)

    Washington Post serves the interests of the Ruling Class, currently represented by the GOP.

    The Post move to the right is nothing new. It has been going on for the last two decades, going back to the Reagan years. People forget how cozy WP was with the Reagans. They persecuted the Clintons for 8 years over a pseudo scandal called Whitewater. WP not only carried water for Kenneth Starr but they never missed a chance to praise his "integrity" in their news and editorial pages all the while knowing he was illegally leaking to their reporters. And of course the Post has been a handmaiden for the Bush regime, first legitimizing the "selection" of Bush in 2000 and then cheering on his Iraq war and endorsing extremist judicial nominees.

    The Post coziness with the GOP has everything to do with their business interests and the govt contracts they receive from the GOP. It is not going to change. Just look at their editorial page. It is not fully neocon. Their op-ed page leans right as well.

    What should liberals do? Stop paying for it. Cancel your subscriptions. You can get your news online for free. And if Dems really want to influence the conversation in DC they should get their rich  friends to launch a liberal paper in DC. I am guessing such a paper would do very well in DC since most DC residents are Dems and would appreciate an alternative to the Moonie Times and the Republican Post.

    •  WAPO was an initial investor in Bush Sr.'s co. (0+ / 0-)

      They go waaaaaaaaaay back with the Bush family--don't expect any Bush-bashing from them

    •  crazy thing is (0+ / 0-)

      that there just are 3 daily papers in Washington, and ALL of them are on the right:
      There are two far-right conservative papers (Moon's Times and Anschutz's Examiner(started last year), and one center-right paper(Don Graham's Washington Post).  Only the Post makes any money, the others are subsidized.  But there is no liberal/progressive daily  -- unlike in other national capitals.
      But the Times and Post have a lot of interlocking promotions and synergies with radio/TV and other media.  Doing a start-up liberal paper would require the equivalent of what billionaire Anschutz did -- and even he did not start from scratch but bought up a chain of suburban papers as the initial base.

      The Post has never been the same since Kay Graham's demise.

  •  Mike you are great! (11+ / 0-)

    I don't live in DC so I can't help but I will pass this along to anyone I do know from the area!  

    Keep up the good work.

  •  Is it just fantasy for libs to buy papers? (6+ / 0-)

    I mean, come on...if the reichwing can buy the Post (and now the LA Times, of all papers, which then promptly fired Robert Scheer)...can't a Soros or somebody step up and buy a few back?

    •  Already there (19+ / 0-)

      Believe it or not, there are a number of papers out there that are owned by real, honest to goodness news people.  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (my father's employer for the last forty years) here in Texas is now owned by a family run company that truly believes in balanced and nothing-but-the-facts news.  Yes, there are still going to be some reporters that are able to sneak their own political leaning into a story they cover, but it is going to be harder to do now.  I'm excited about the possibilities.

      Truth is the icing on the cake of knowledge

      by amike hitome on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 03:30:59 PM PST

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    •  Who wins that game? (9+ / 0-)

      If it becomes a game of money vs. money, who do you think will win?

      I think what you suggest is helpful in the short term, but it will still be a long term losing strategy.

      You have to take money out of the political process.  This includes news reporting since that is what the electorate needs for informed voting.

      By the way, I believe my initial question also applies to netroots fundraising.  It's great in the short-run, but will ultimately not be enough.

      When it is money vs. money, the only inevitable winner is whatever policy maximizes profit.  The public good isn't even in that contest.

      Is it just me, or does Scott McClellan fail the Turing Test on a regular basis?

      by evil twin on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 03:53:16 PM PST

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      •  Ok, but maybe the rules have changed? (2+ / 0-)
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        buckhorn okie, KiaRioGrl79

        If they buy, and we don't, is it surrender before the battle really gets underway? And also, I'm thinking that when we buy, all it's really for is to push the newspaper back into "truth" mode (as opposed to "truthiness" or outright rethug shilling) we're not really compromising our principles as we would be if we just inaugurated another Fox clone.

        •  useful tactic but not enough (4+ / 0-)

          If they buy, and we don't, is it surrender before the battle really gets underway?

          Yes, it's a useful tactic, but it is not an ultimate solution.

          And also, I'm thinking that when we buy, all it's really for is to push the newspaper back into "truth" mode (as opposed to "truthiness" or outright rethug shilling) we're not really compromising our principles as we would be if we just inaugurated another Fox clone.

          I understand that, but I'm not worried about us giving up our principles or anything like that.  My point is that even purchasing a paper just to put it back into its proper "truth" mode would still a battle of who has more money.  And those that care only for profit are always going to win any contest governed by money.

          Is it just me, or does Scott McClellan fail the Turing Test on a regular basis?

          by evil twin on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 04:24:32 PM PST

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      •  I Disagree Totally (0+ / 0-)

        You have to take money out of the political process.

        Oh? good luck with that one.

        we're not going to remove money from the process.

        this is a classic case of the need to fight fire with fire. Dean's campaign, MoveOn, and others have already demonstrated there's plenty of money available in the grassroots.

        do the math.

        what is more powerful in terms of votes:

        10,000 people giving $10,000 each to their party, or 1,000,000 people giving $100 each?

        "Think of Iraq as a military base with a very large oil reserve underneath.... You can't ask for better than that." Fadel Gheit

        by Superpole on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 08:00:29 PM PST

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  •  I'd help but (6+ / 0-)

    the only call in shows I listen to on a regular basis here are Diane Rehm and Kojo Mnandi on WAMU.  They are the paragons of reasonablness.  

    Maynard G Muskievote

    by calipygian on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 03:26:47 PM PST

    •  we need them too! (7+ / 0-)

      this isn't about taking right wing talk down...  this effort isn't suited to that...  instead, we are looking to reach as many people in DC as we can...  Right wing talk show hosts just won't talk about Domenech...  but reasonable people will.

      So yeah, by all means...  phone number, website address, hours, etc

        •  Thanks (15+ / 0-)

          We absolutely need the reasonable ones.  In fact, in this particular instance they may be more important to getting the message out than the wingnuts.

          We need emails of producers of radio shows (which we'll gladly contact), radio time slots, station names, anything you can come up with

          As Mike says, what are the profiles of the shows you listen to?  What topics do they like to cover?

          And Mike Stark is a hero :)

          Just my opinion, of course.

          - jane hamsher

          •  Both Diane and Kojo (5+ / 0-)

            are liable to cover anything.  Diane is from 10-12.  The first hour tends to be "hard" news.  She tries to get very reasonable people from "both sides" to comment, especially on Fridays during the "News Roundup".  Norm Ornstein, EJ Dionne and a woman from USA Today tend to be regulars (her name escapes me).  The second hour, as a rule, is "artsy fartsy", but no less good.  Obscure authors are the rule there.  Kojo, on the other hand, tends to be much more local.  He is on from 12-14 and has local DC people and people probably passed on from Diane on.  He has great local DC connections though and city councilpeople are regulars on his show.

            Maynard G Muskievote

            by calipygian on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 03:48:21 PM PST

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            •  Does Diane Rehm take callers? (2+ / 0-)
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              Dr Seuss, drewfromct

              1260am is our Progressive Talk 1260 radio station.  They do these promos with people calling in saying how happy they are to hear liberal talk radio.  I think you can call in to that line and maybe get on a promo...

              They follow most of Air America's programming but Ed Schultz is live from 3-6pm.   I know it is talking to the "inside", but I don't think that is such a bad idea here in the DC market.  

              Last I checked, Bush's approval is under 10% in DC - another reason I always say that the rest of the country should really consider paying attention to who we vote for for president in this little territory :) - as much as people like to say things about those of us "inside the beltway", those of us who aren't on TV ain't half bad at judging the elected officials we live with here...

              I think that WTOP is the right wing voice and it is the biggest station in the market, but I don't know if they have call ins.  They just moved to an FM signal.

              •  Usually Diane Rehm takes callers (2+ / 0-)
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                inclusiveheart, Dr Seuss

                after the first 20 minutes.  She usually doesnt read her first e-mail until after the first 20 minutes either.  I honestly didnt even realize that DC had explicitly liberal talk radio - Ive been too glued to NPR out of habit.  WTOP is just a news station, parroting whatever corporate line is needed to be parroted that day.  I only hear it in cabs.

                Maynard G Muskievote

                by calipygian on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 04:18:10 PM PST

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              •  Coincidince? (3+ / 0-)
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                calipygian, inclusiveheart, Dr Seuss

                Hmmm. At the same time that WTOP just moved to an FM signal only (one of the 3 transmitters they used to use) they turned over the other two to a new "sister station" called Washington Post radio.

                Is there some market research that told the Washington Post it could sell more newspapers to a big untapped conservative suburban market after a conservative image make-over? I can't imagine that they've really lost that much market share to the Washington Times.

                "Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good." --Mohandas K. Gandhi

                by SLJ on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 04:18:49 PM PST

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                •  Interesting - I hadn't heard that... (0+ / 0-)

                  I thought it was rather quizzical that a talk radio station would be able to afford / pay for an FM signal.  Starts to make sense.

                •  Well I listened a bit today to WTWP... (1+ / 0-)
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                  Dr Seuss
                  ...on the way to the sheep farm in Berryville. It was Hillary Howard on in late morning. Far, far from  wingnuttery -- rather it was women's issues and parenting stuff and NOT from a Dr. Laura perspective.  I suspect that the station will be more like the old WRC before it went off the deep end and into oblivion.

                  Wingnut central in DC is WMAL.  WTOP is more "both sides even if one is a raving lunatic" than wingnuttery.

                  •  agreed (1+ / 0-)
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                    Dr Seuss

                    Well said. I agree that WTOP definitely isn't wignuttery. It is more the corporate/conservative/establishment side of DC. I feel like they really cater to suburban commuters more than DC citizens.

                    "Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good." --Mohandas K. Gandhi

                    by SLJ on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 05:56:08 PM PST

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            •  Kojo (2+ / 0-)
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              calipygian, Dr Seuss
              Don't forget that Kojo frequently has open phones for an hour as well as the weekly DC Politics Hour and the monthly Virgina and Maryland Politics Hours.
          •  Diane is fairly quick to correct a guest (5+ / 0-)

            if they say something outragous AND she has verifiable infomation to correct her guest with.  I have seen instances where a wingnut guest has said something and we have sent a flood of  e-mails to her, and within minutes, she is challenging her guest with the e-mails.

            Maynard G Muskievote

            by calipygian on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 03:57:05 PM PST

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        •  Rehm & Nmamdi (5+ / 0-)

          These are exactly the kind of shows you should go after. (a) They both cover the local scene (esp. Nmamdi) and would certainly be interested in the bigger picture re the Post. (b) They're both fair and openminded. And © there are a lot of moderates and liberals who listen to those shows but who don't read blogs and aren't as up on these issues as we are. Telling them about the problems with the Post could make a big difference.

          You should also look into the African-American talk show hosts. DC is something like 75% African-American (plus lots of people in Prince Georges County, MD), and I think the residents have a right to know about and will be very interested in these issues.  

          •  kojo sucks (0+ / 0-)

            Half the time he doesn't even listen to the person he's interviewing. His follow up is lousy.

            WAMU used to have a great local guy whose show was in the evening, but he moved to Boston. I forget his name.

            Frankly, I'd go after talk radio in the heartland. DC is just an echo chamber.

      •  JMJ, who could forget Neal Conan? (4+ / 0-)
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        Mike Stark, boadicea, Dr Seuss, ER Doc
        Talk of the Nation airs on WAMU daily from 2-3 pm in DC metro. i have assumed the call-ins are live, tho the show's in NPR syndication (simulcast?).

        to paraphrase, "his broadcasts are marked by" his supercillious attention to authority figures invited to tea.

        grrrrr, can't dial in myself for want of throwing the phone outa window every time i hear his voice ...

        btw, diane's vanguard is extra careful.

        Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

        by MarketTrustee on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 04:28:50 PM PST

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        •  I was stationed in Spain for years (3+ / 0-)
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          Mike Stark, Dr Seuss, MarketTrustee

          I moved back to the states in 2001.  I called in to TOTN in Dec 01 to rant about Enron since I lived in Monterey at the time.  Years later, 2005 I think, I met some friends that I knew from when I was stationed in Spain in the 90s and they told me that they had heard me on the radio in Spain ranting about Enron!  Yes, TOTN is heard on Armed Forces Radio...

          Maynard G Muskievote

          by calipygian on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 04:44:00 PM PST

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  •  Mike - this looks like a site your need to know (12+ / 0-)

    Looks like it covers the D.C. area and is of the ilk you are looking for.

  •  Go team go! (1+ / 0-)
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    I wouldn't be much use even if I was in the DC area, because I consume little radio and no TV. But I DO read the local papers, and do what I can to hold them accountable.  

    And if my local paper was the WaPo, I would feel I was serving the whole nation by doing so!

    So thank you, and happy calling!  

    I love that you guys make this stuff happen.  

    The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function -- Edward Teller.

    by lgmcp on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 04:00:40 PM PST

  •  GAve you a RECOMMEND (2+ / 0-)
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    mataliandy, ER Doc

    on the advice from John at Crooks and Liars.

    But Mike, you need to edit so that the Action section stands out. It's lost in there. You need numbers or bullets or something.

    Jst a thouhgt.

    You didn't do it.

    by Earl on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 04:02:24 PM PST

  •  When you get around to calling into the shows (3+ / 0-)
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    Radiowalla, CocoaLove, Fire Dog Lake

    You might want to point out that the D.C. area is overwhelmingly liberal.

    Then ask why a paper that serves such a liberal aream with overwhelmingly liberal readers, feels the need to hire a plagiarizing right wing hack of a blogger as a columnist.

    •  WaPo online (0+ / 0-)

      is trying to reach a national audience, and that is why they are reaching for the right in the "heartland." The marketing for online is decidedly different than the paper editions.

      From WashPost Blog:

      Understanding that our national, international and local audiences have different needs and priorities, we launched unique home pages targeted to location. With Technorati we opened up our news pages to bloggers, allowing you to see who's saying what about issues around the globe. We launched a new Opinions page, a revised and updated City Guide, more than 30 blogs on a range of issues and a Congressional Votes Database that allows voters to easily keep track of the decisions made on their behalf. One of the most recent blogs, On Balance by Leslie Morgan Steiner, has generated a lot of discussion around work and life balance, an area that many of us who are juggling raising a family and working understand. More recently, we have added "tags" to our articles, a service that lets you bookmark individual articles for sharing and future reference.

      News has never existed in a vacuum. But before the Web, your opinion about the news was limited to your immediate sphere of influence -- coworkers, friends, family. Now with the tools that we offer on, that sphere can include the reporter, the editor, the newsmakers and in a very real sense, people in nearly every nation around the world.

      What we have planned in 2006 will take that concept even further, with a focus on innovations that will increase the utility of news and information on the Web as a tool for daily living, with greater integration of our award-winning multimedia, and provide more effective ways to communicate your views and the views of others to a broader audience.

      I think it will be exciting. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

      Caroline Little
      CEO & Publisher, Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive

      Against silence. Which is slavery. - Czeslaw Milosz

      by Caneel on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 06:13:06 PM PST

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  •  Get the Word To Cathy Hughes! (3+ / 0-)

    Radio One Inc.
    100 St. Paul St.
    Baltimore, Md. 21202
    (410) 576-7609
    (410) 576-0318 fax

    Savvy entrepreneur is the most powerful woman in the industry

    For most of her working life, Cathy Hughes has lived, breathed and sweated radio. She has sold advertising, collected payments, answered the phones, hired on-air personalities, served as general manager, and even hosted her own talk show. Through it all, one thing has remained constant: She loves radio. She is enthused by radio. She is energized by radio.

    Her passion has paid off. Today, this hardworking, hands-on entrepreneur is sitting atop a $2 billion enterprise that includes 29 radio stations in nine of the top 20 markets for African-American listeners. She is the most powerful woman in radio and heads a business that she built from scratch--one listener, one employee, one community project and one radio station at a time.

    Hughes' Radio One raised $172 million in an initial public offering in May 1999, establishing her as the first Black woman to head a publicly traded company. Radio One stock originally opened at $24 a share; it has risen as high as $97 per share. Negotiations to purchase additional radio stations are in progress.

  •  hey, mike (3+ / 0-)
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    Radiowalla, RunawayRose, Dr Seuss

    excuse me while I ask a favor of this DC focused effort.  Mike is very familiar with our Republican congressman John Sweeney up here in NY so I'm going to be forward and off topic and appeal to you DC people on his thread.   Bush calls Sweeney "congressman kickass" because of how he helped shut down the Florida recount.   He has been pretty much bullet proof in a safe Republican district but the scandal has been piling up as of late and today the Albany newspaper said he might be considering retiring.  The DOJ has been reviewing his finances.   But he's still planning on having a fundraiser at Buffalo Billiards next week and we would love some photos of Sweeney boozing, smoking a fat cigar (he spends a lot of dough on cigars according to his financials), and shooting pool.   It would help the cause.  If any kind person in DC could make this happen it would be much appreciated.  

    April 5, 2006 7:00 p.m. Congressman John Sweeney's 3rd Annual Eight-Ball Tournament
    Buffalo Billiards 1330 19th Street NW
    Washington, DC
    Casual Attire $1,000 PACs $500 Personal

    Now get back to the business at hand doing Mike (and god's) work.

    thank you all.

  •  not any radio, black talk radio (8+ / 0-)

    The Washington Post acts like local African-Americans only read the Metro section, and the rest of their paper as well as the blog are for whites.

  •  A couple more thoughts... (7+ / 0-)

    NewsChannel8 has some call ins - beware Kathleen Matthews is an anchor for the ABC station that owns this relatively conservative conglomerate now.  

    Of course there is always CSPAN's morning program that a lot of people watch here in DC and that uses the Post all the time as a reference - reading news items etc.

    Our PBS stations are WHUT - Howard University - MPT - Maryland Public Television - WETA - both tv and radio.

    To be honest there aren't that many "local" outlets here in DC.  We are a very national city.  If you get on Limbaugh or Hannity or Schultz or Randi Rhoades you are going to reach people here.

    What you probably need to understand better are the dynamics of this city and how we average people feel about our institutions.  As a native Washingtonian, I often turn off the minute anyone says "inside the beltway".  The Post is our local paper and a lot of us are unhappy about its performance of late, but it is still our local paper.  So there are dynamics that if you want a swarm locally, you need to understand.

  •  I like the sound of this! (1+ / 0-)
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    Sadly, I'm not in DC, so I can't offer much in the way of suggestions but this is a great idea.  Guerrilla (sp?) marketing in a way.

  •  We should do this all over... (2+ / 0-)
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    Mike Stark, CocoaLove

    At least for major metropolitan areas.  Set up the infrastructure ahead of time (e.g. informaiton on the shows and schedule, and list of callers who can participate).  When an issue comes up, we can mobilize the pre-established infrastructure...

    I live in Denver, if anybody is interested...

  •  I live outside DC (2+ / 0-)
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    Mike Stark, Fire Dog Lake

    Silver Spring. We have WAMU 88.5FM(American University) which is NPR.The number is 202-433-8850 We have Diane Reem at 10-12 in the morning. On fridays is the news round-up and calls are taken. Guests are usually someone from the Post, someone from the Wash. Times and maybe someone from USAToday and sometimes David Korn of the Nation. Then we have Kojo who is local at 12-2:00 PM. he usually does local stuff the first hour, sometimes DC sometimes VA, sometimes MD. Then after that, he may do a specific subject. He plays middle of the road, but left leaning.  Then it's TOTN (talk of the nation)which is nationwide, so that's out.

    But better> We have pacifica WPFW radio.89.3FM 8-9AM is DemocaracyNow! so that's out, but community comment is 9-9:30 AM and that is call-in.This is a primarily DC station and as left as it gets.The number is 202 588-0893.

    Then we have Airmerica 1260 AM. But all the programs are outside DC all though they all take calls. What else you want to know?

    "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted"

    by donailin on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 04:41:06 PM PST

    •  And C-span. I forgot (3+ / 0-)
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      The Journal is 7-10 AM and taking calls is what they do, but you have to be on topic and you can only call once a month. However, a designated day to bombard with a certain message would be a good idea.

      Let's do it on a Friday because i can't stand Brian Lamb and I would love to see his ox gored, whatever the hell that means.

      Here are the C-Span Numbers

      "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted"

      by donailin on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 04:48:17 PM PST

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    •  oh 89.3 is as left as it gets (3+ / 0-)
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      Mike Stark, calipygian, donailin
      they're at it on SUNDAY too while Jonetta (Kojo's alter ego) restin up for next friday's DC Politics Hour. she's a bull dog with a looooong memory.

      Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

      by MarketTrustee on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 04:58:54 PM PST

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      •  Call WPFW, 9-10 a.m. tomorrow (0+ / 0-)

        A good call-in program on WPFW (the local Pacifica station) is "Community Comment," with Ron Pinchback, Monday through Friday, 9-10 a.m. A particularly good day is Friday, when he asks callers about "the most overlooked story of the week." The program has a good mix of black and white and conservative and progressive callers. I think describing Domench's calling Coretta Scott King a communist would sure get a response.

  •  While I'm not ready to chuck... (3+ / 0-)
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    Mike Stark, calipygian, Dr Seuss Post subscription for the Washington Times, I have to say that the paper seems to have lurched the direction of the Beltway establishment, which is most decidedly Republican these days.

    Although I've been poking a little fun at the Post for some time (you might enjoy: "Society of Co-opted Journalists Presents Inaugural Judy Miller Award to Bob Woodward," the Domenech debacle convinced me that there's more to it than lefty paranoia.

    Mr. Stark, you've made me a fan by pushing Fox's buttons, so count the Muse among the rabble rousers for this enterprise.

    Long live the (independent) Fourth Estate!

    •  If you need an alternative paper in DC... (0+ / 0-)

      ... try the Baltimore Sun for awhile. I'll be the first to admit it's been getting worse in the last decade* as it's been bought out by Tribune and the LA Times, but it's never been as full of itself as the Post.

      *when the Sun let go of their cartoonist KAL, it was a travesty.

  •  I live in DC (2+ / 0-)
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    Mike Stark, Dr Seuss

    count me in, please...

  •  NPR's On Point plays on WETA at 10am (1+ / 0-)
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    Dr Seuss

    Tom Ashbrook is the host, and the show is is actually out of Boston.  However, I hear a lot of DC area callers on it.  It's a one hour show, and he takes calls through out.

    On Point

    NPR talk program “On Point”, hosted by Tom Ashbrook (WBUR – Boston), confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

    The broadcast opens with a news brief analyzing the day's biggest stories, followed by an in-depth conversation decoding a single topic with newsmakers, thinkers, and callers, and closes with compelling personal reactions to news and important issues, including radio diaries, excerpts from speeches, or special series segments.

  •  I would recommend calling 93.9 WKYS (0+ / 0-)

    and 95.5 WPGC

    I think you want to target AA in particular correct? You'll get your target audience if you contact them. I haven't listened to either station in a LONG time but Donnie Simpson is the DJ in the morning. He talks about the news of the day. I would call him an opinion leader for people who don't follow news too closely, but most likely will vote on Election Day.

    I don't think that Donnie Simpson is a talk show but if people emailed his producers the info, he MIGHT report on it--especially given his audience....

    •  Both those stations have young audiences (0+ / 0-)

      They play mostly hip hop, rap etc.

      I would also recommend people emailing or calling into the Joe "the Black Eagle" Madison show. It airs on XM's The Power station. I can't recall what the DC call number for the show is. Joe is based in the DC metro area and he talks about various issues, including Katrina, Sudan/Darfur, local DC issues like the DC stadium, the flap over the Joe Lowery remarks at the Coretta Scott King funeral. He's talked about immigration this week. He often reads articles from the Washington Post, so maybe this might be the perfect fit for your campaign, Mike....

    •  Donny (0+ / 0-)

      Donny is the elder statesman of DJs in DC and has a huge amount of gravitas - even while he plays modern urban music.  WPGC in generally is very politically and socially active - unlike a lot of other music oriented stations.  The evening drive team regularly has on-air discussions and call-ins regarding important social issues - locally and nationally.  I second calling WPGC.

  •  Marc Steiner in Baltimore (0+ / 0-)

    Marc Steiner has a 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm (Eastern Time) public affairs call-in show on WYPR in Baltimore. He's awesome - very intelligent and informed, and willing to listen to people.

    From his page on the WYPR web site:

    On-air comments for the Marc Steiner Show can be e-mailed to or listeners can call 410-662-8780 during the show. Listeners in Frederick can call toll free 1-866-661-9309.

  •  Don't forget the commuting area (0+ / 0-)

    Try the Marc Steiner show on WYPR (NPR in Baltimore and Frederick). Good talk show host, covers a wide range of topics. This is one he might like to take a crack at. There's nothing a Baltimorean likes more than getting one up on Washington.

    Here's a link:

    WYPR's Marc Steiner Show

    Here's a link to the on-air staff and producers. Fraser Smith is worth a call, also.

    WYPR Contacts

  •  Washington Post just took over DC radio stations (0+ / 0-)

    The Post station will be at 1500 am, where WTOP used to be.

    This is pretty brand new, in the last couple of months or so.

    "In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill." - Churchill

    by William S Martin on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 05:58:09 PM PST

  •  your talking points are already written (0+ / 0-)

    jamison froser at wrote a simply spectaculr disassemble of the WaPo last week.

  •  Another idea: (1+ / 0-)
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    Dr Seuss

    If you live in the area, they will probably offer home delivery. If they call, you can tell them that you would love to subscribe, but you can't do so until they fire Deborah Howell and whoever else was responsible for hiring Ben Domenech.

    If you already take home delivery, you can cancel your subscription and tell them the same thing.

    That worked for the NYT -- tons of people were refusing to subscribe because of Judith Miller.

  •  still don't see problem (0+ / 0-)

    The only real journalistic crime their republican blogger was guilty of is plagierism. That's a big one, granted, but the fact that he called Scott King a communist (on the day of her funeral) and claimed to admire Jefferson Davis is all irrelevant and protected under the first amendment. It's all opinion and he's entitled to his as you're entitled to yours.

    Frankly, I'm constantly offended by Chicago Sun Times Sunday writer Mark Styn. I think he's a fucking crazy nutbag  but I also think he's a very entertaining writer worthy of his own, protected opinions.

    Not everyone can be Michael Moore.

    •  Oh, I think AA who make up nearly a majority (2+ / 0-)
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      bosdcla14, Dr Seuss

      in the DC area would like to know that the Washington Post online thought nothing of one of their employees saying that Coretta Scott King was a communist, given the history of racists making those same claims back in the 1960s to invalidate she and MLK's civil rights work.

      If this is made a big to-do as I think it could, the Washington Post could lose a lot of business over this, especially over this little comment by their editor:

      Domenech is a board member and one of three founders of, which bills itself as a "Republican community Weblog." Under his regular pseudonym, Augustine, he questioned President Bush's decision to attend King's funeral because she is a "communist."

      "I regret using the term because I think it's been way overblown," Domenech said. But he said King worked with organizations affiliated with communists in the 1950s and 1960s. Brady called it "a silly comment" but said he is satisfied with Domenech's admission of error.

      I guarantee you that a LOT of AA would not call that CSK=commie line a "silly comment". Trust me on that one!!

      •  ... (0+ / 0-)

        Still, though, it's his opinion and I'm sure a lot of Washington DC conservatives grin and agree with his opinion.

        •  That's fine. (0+ / 0-)

          But the Washington Post online editor didn't have to dismiss the concerns of people who raised the issue with the "silly comment" line. I expect conservatives like Ben D. to be racist. As an AA from Southern MD, my history with conservatives hasn't been too pleasant. But I don't expect the leadership at the Washington Post to act as if saying CSK is a communist (an old race baiting charge) is nothing. The least they could have done was say we are aware of Ben's comments and we take these comments seriously and then go from there.

          But Jim Brady's nonchalant attitude about the comments pissed me off more than anything than Ben had to say....

          •  Also this isn't a 1st Amendment issue (0+ / 0-)

            This call to action by Mike is simply trying to put commercial pressure upon the Washington Post to rethink their attitude that calling CSK a communist is ok and just a "silly comment."

        •  Free Speech (0+ / 0-)

          The right to free speech doesn't guarantee freedom from criticism. Any American has the right to spout whatever silly crap comes into their head but other Americans are just as free to call them ignorant bastards or take other (legal) action for saying it.

          In this case, the Post's online operation hired someone who -- only a few weeks back -- used the same type of language about Coretta King as racists in the 50s and 60s used about her husband. They hired him after that comment was made. He hasn't apologized for it. Nor has the Post apologized for hiring someone who'd use the language of mid-20th century racists, saying instead that it was "silly".

          Those who do not learn from history are stupid. --darrelplant

          by darrelplant on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 10:50:07 PM PST

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  •  Yes! (1+ / 0-)
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    I remember mentioning that the real problem was not with Domenech, who's just a run-of-the-mill Culture Warrior footsoldier, but with the WaPo's hilariously inept (or dangerously malicious) hiring practices.

    It's not over just because BD resigned. It says worse things about WaPo that they let him resign than if they would have fired him--at least firing him would be taking responsibility for their mistakes. They made some nice talk about learning their lesson, but it was all empty. Nobody was fired for this, so far as we know the underlying practices and policies have not changed. The very same problem that allowed BD to be hired to begin with still exists within the Post.

    The Shapeshifter's Blog -- Politics, Philosophy, and Madness!

    by Shapeshifter on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 06:33:33 PM PST

  •  C-SPAN Don't leave out their call in shows (1+ / 0-)
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    Brian B
    everybody in D.C. listens to them.

    To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men~~ Abraham Lincoln

    by Tanya on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 06:49:00 PM PST

  •  Hey Mike, one of your biggest fans here... (1+ / 0-)
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    Upper West

    again blown away by your grassrootsieness, as Colbert might put it.  I've been off Dailykos excerpt in spurts because I'm cramming a lot of work into a little time, lately...

    (You can do me a big favor in a week; I'll be posting on that later.)

    In the meantime, I'm actually just now learning that I'M GETTING MARRIED IN DC - on or around the 23rd of April.  It was supposed to be somewhere else completely (a beach in South Carolina; Central Park, NY); it's a long story; it's our second marriage each, so we're a lot less into the "wedding" than we are the actual marriage.  In other words, no dress yet, no dieting, no mother in law worries.  It'll be a quick Justice of the Peace/photo op moment with me, my betrothed and my future stepchild.  Anyway, that week will be a perfect time to send the editorial you suggest.  Being that I'm making the ultimate lifetime committment in Our Nation's Capitol, and all.  WAPO is an embarassment to that city.  So much of an embarassment, I think ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN should be re-edited to take place in NYC.  (snark)

    Thank you for the guidelines on the op ed...I will begin it now.

    By the way, all kossacks should know that there has been another great blow to democracy - it is impossible to get married on the steps of Our Nation's Capitol - meaning Capitol Hill.  Even if you are a senator.  Trust me, my "inside the beltway" friend asked a senator who's a client and was laughed off the phone.  National monuments are a no-no right now, as well.   Of course, I've tried filming (both dramatic and doc) projects at them over the past 20 or so years and had varying political infights to deal with - from the park service to interior - and now, "post 9/11" (I hate that phrase) homeland insecurity.

    Guess I'd better expect a "no" from Laura Bush about having our nuptials in the Rose Garden?  Hell, not even a champagne reception!  And I got an advance copy of her authorized bio, too!

    Carry on, Mike!  We need you out there!

    Your eternal fan, hopesprings.

    "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice." - Montesquieu, 1742

    by hopesprings on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 07:06:34 PM PST

    •  Congratulations (0+ / 0-)

      (But Central Park would have been a better choice>)

      Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out -- Emperor Claudius

      by Upper West on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 07:46:42 PM PST

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      •  I know but (0+ / 0-)

        we have lots of family in NY who would then have felt left out and...

        ...etc etc. etc... would have become "a wedding"!

        Man, how tough is it to get married without everyone in the world wanting to stick their noses into it?  

        Maybe we'll have our "NY reception" in Central Park.

        "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice." - Montesquieu, 1742

        by hopesprings on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 08:05:28 PM PST

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  •  Posted above but worth repeating.... (0+ / 0-)

    WOL is owned by Kathy Hughes...predominant African American talk radio station in DC...

    And WFJK used to carry Howard most of their shows are local comedy but nationally syndicated, such as Sport Junkies and Don & Mike...but they take political calls here and there...

    I think they have someone named Peter Rosenberg who is willing to delve into liberal politics if someone calls in on the topic...I think he is on 10-12, but I think he is live on weekends as well..they also carry O'Reilly and Severin, but hey, you can't win em all...

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you...then you win -- Mahatma Gandhi

    by justmy2 on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 08:28:16 PM PST

  •  Hold the phone (0+ / 0-)
    •  Post everything you can about these guys and gals...  Tell us about their personalities, behavioral tics and any other minutia you can think of.
    •  The next step, beginning in due course, will be getting people to make use of that list.  Again, we're going to take over the airwaves - only this time, instead of it being one show, we're going to blanket a city.
    •  I'll orgainize the information and post a diary soon with the follow-up actions.

    There's something about this campaign I don't like.... tell us about their personalities?  behavioral tics?  other minutia?  I don't like this strategy.... it smells of personal vendetta and smear..... it smells like harrassment....and there is the potential that it will backfire....

    This part seems reasonable to me:

    This IS NOT another wingnut operation. The point of this is decidedly NOT to call into right wing talk radio shows. Instead, we want to blanket the DC airwaves with discussion of this topic. We want our voices to set the agenda. We, after all, are "the people".

    I have big issues with the Washington Post, and have, in the past, been a part of a successful letter-writing campaign to get them to cover the news..... I have NOT been successful, however, in getting them to change their editorial policy that lets Dana Milbank smear Congressman Conyers, or the truly obnoxious that hired and promoted Domenech.....

    Somebody tell me, please, is Michael Getler still the ombudsman at the Washington Post, or has he gone on to greener less stressful pastures?  

    Ron Suskind is a great writer. I'm not him.

    by suskind on Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 10:07:39 PM PST

  •  domenech supports a democrat??? (0+ / 0-)

    jefferson davis was a democrat.

    just sayin...

  •  Mike, suggest adding an action tag (0+ / 0-)

    In fact we should agree on a common tag for action diaries, and put it on all of them, so that if someone is in the mood to do something proactive, they can just set the tag and find all the most recent action diaries.

    "Major action" and "Minor action"?  (E.g. I would count this one as major.)

    The truth doesn't hurt unless it should. -Church marquee

    by Karen Wehrstein on Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 04:03:17 AM PST

  •  Washington Post's New Radio Station (0+ / 0-)

    You know there new radio station began broadcasting yesterday.

    Don't push me 'cause I'm close to the edge

    by Cat4everrr on Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 09:44:37 AM PST

  •  My list (0+ / 0-)

    WMAL 630 is a big problem around here

    12:00 to 3:00  Limbaugh
    3:00 to 6:00 Hannity
    6:00 to 9:00? Levin

    and then there's 580am.  Not as bad as 630.  You've got Glen Beck and another Gary Doyle.  To me they are right but pretty close to center right...not wingnuts.  But then you got Savage on 580 at night.  You know the story on him

    Don't push me 'cause I'm close to the edge

    by Cat4everrr on Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 10:03:40 AM PST

    •  Favorites- (0+ / 0-)

      89.3 Community Comment with Ron Pinchback.  There's this one wingnut named Bo who calls in once a day.  I don't know how this guy does it.  He's like the only wingnut who calls in to a show that is clearly liberal...sorta the reverse of what you do.  Strickingly, it his calls are often the most insightful albeit out of touch

      90.1 CSPAN

      Don't push me 'cause I'm close to the edge

      by Cat4everrr on Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 10:07:25 AM PST

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