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Common sense and truth are supposed to rule in a democracy but right wing talk radio stations dominate the public airwaves in most areas of the US.

Aside from the national blowhards like Limbaugh and Hannity they also have local talkers who have been getting regular GOP talking points and a lineup of think tank guests and paid callers to help them attack local Democratic candidates and progressive ballot initiatives, spread rumors, and generally lie their asses off for Romney. The main function of those radio stations is to be a 24/7/365 advertisement and facilitator for all aspects of the new corporate Republicanism.

During emergencies and when the lights go out and the battery powered radios take over for internet and TV, those carnival barkers are going to get louder. As Sandy approaches, the low-information and well-disinformed voters will be getting a big dose of pro Romney, anti-Obama, no-global-warming-to-see-here crap.

Highly paid PR pros in the GOP think tanks have already spent days on all the scenarios and how to use them to their advantage- like Katrina. The RW talk radio stations do the groundwork barking and repetition for whatever they will do to blame Obama and Democrats and sway voters their way. Instead of a warning of the future to come, Sandy will become a PR tool to increase GOP votes. And any election results confusion and challenges whether due to Sandy or not will also be influenced by those pillars of the community- our local right wing talk radio stations- lying and shouting over legitimately concerned citizens. As was the case in previous elections.

Those radio stations are licensed to operate in the public interest. They're supposed to be using our public airwaves to give their communities information that voters can use to elect representatives to serve them in Washington (as opposed to lying us into a climate disaster). But instead of informing citizens as to a possible connection between global warming, a warmer Atlantic, and this unusually large and dangerous storm national talkers like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, as well as their local wannabes, will continue to use those soapboxes to deny global warming and intimidate meteorologists and anyone in the mainstream media who might try to make that link. As they have been doing for over 20 years their corporate scriptwriters will use those stations to bypass the feedback mechanisms a healthy democracy needs to recognize and respond rationally to problems like climate change.

I don't have TV but a couple of 'redneck' friends who do and have been following the Sandy approach on the usual channels and the weather station tell me they have not heard any reference to global warming.

Ironically, many of the loudest of those partisan, anti-science, anti-education right wing radio stations (and possibly as many as a third of all right wing radio stations in the country) depend on university sports programs for acceptability in their communities and to attract advertisers. If those institutions of higher learning took their own mission statements seriously there might not be a talk radio monopoly.

But thanks largely to right wing radio tens of millions of Americans and the apathetic, ignorant, and often overworked people they influence will vote for the guys who guarantee more storms like Sandy. More death and destruction. More flooding and drought. Lower lows and higher highs. Earlier fall freezes and later spring freezes. Bigger hail and snow storms. More powerful tornadoes and hurricanes.

Activists like Richard Myers on Kos and anti Limbaugh action sites like Flush Rush on Facebook and the StopRush Database have done great work cutting into Rush Limbaugh's sponsors and right wing radio's profitability. But there is still no organized effort by the Democratic Party or major progressive organizations to know what is being repeated on those stations or to respond to the GOP's primary media weapon. Nothing. Nothing at all. As if they expect free market forces to take care of it. Not a thing.

And every time I make a local or nationally targeted donation I think about how much farther it would go and how much less important the Citizens United ruling would be if the Democratic Party and the Left's organizations gave the right wing radio monopoly the attention it deserves for kicking their ass the last 20 years.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, MartyM, wasatch, Richard Myers

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

    by certainot on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 12:44:05 AM PDT

  •  certainot - "They are supposed to be using our (2+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA, certainot

    public airwaves to give communities information can use to elect representatives to serve them in Washington".

    I have, on behalf of my employer at the time, acquired broadcast properties, have written license transfer applications, conducted "needs, interests, and aspirations" interviews with local influence leaders, and done everything required to comply with all FCC laws and regulations running broadcast properties. I have never read anything regarding holding a FCC license that has any requirement to comply with your quote. Some stations just play music. There are no requirements regarding the content of radio shows as long as they don't violate any specific FCC regulations.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 03:11:08 AM PDT

    •  as written it was disconnected from the context (2+ / 0-)
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      wasatch, VClib

      of the entire paragraph so i modified it. thanks for  pointing that out.

      generally, using those stations for systematic denial of global warming for the purposes of obstructing government action needed to avoid world wide species extinction and human suffering is not operating in the public interest.

      limbaugh was named climate change denier of the year for 2011 by media matters. he was the primary tool (with those stations) used to create the "climate gate" East Anglia email fraud that climatologist Michael Mann recently 'credited with setting us back two years on climate action and for sabotaging the Copenhagen climate talks.

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

      by certainot on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:46:06 AM PDT

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  •  No it wouldn't. (1+ / 0-)
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    RationalThoughtProcess

    In a healthy democracy a single weather event that hasn't happened yet wouldn't do anything.

    Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

    by Rich in PA on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 05:00:01 AM PDT

    •  we're incapable of rational discussion on national (2+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, wasatch

      scale of issues like global warming. that should be clear.

      for most of the rest of the world there is no 'global warming  debate'. it is accepted and they're trying to deal with it. some in this country are trying to deal with it.

      if the words 'global warming' and 'climate change' are used in association with Sandy by a local or national weather personality in the mainstream media that event may be noted (especially if on the national level) and the name of that person (show, network) may be passed to national or local talkers.

      a mention like that can result in harassment of the person, the producers, staff, etc. that is the kind of feedback right wing radio has been generating on this topic, or any other topic the think tanks deem politically incorrect (the real PC cops), for 20 years.

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

      by certainot on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 07:03:15 AM PDT

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  •  This has never ever been a democracy; this was (0+ / 0-)

    Always a plutocracy with brief respites. The "framers" made it this way. We are trying to fix it but the forces of evil are winning.

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 07:28:26 AM PDT

    •  reagan killed the fairness doctrine in 87 and that (0+ / 0-)

      made a huge difference- it gives them the ability to short circuit the feedback mechanisms democracies need to discuss and correct.

      we've had money influence in government and media but it hasn't been this bad in a long time IMO.

      prior to that there was progress- slow and back and forth, but with the radio monopoly they gained the ability to completely dominate messaging.

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

      by certainot on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 08:04:47 AM PDT

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  •  Don't be fooled. (2+ / 0-)
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    Whilst the airwaves sputter and spew a tremendous amount of garbage, you might be surprised at just how rational and common-sense the average "low-information voter" really is about issues that affect him/her directly: like the weather.  They can blather all the distraction they wish in Mediaville.  On Main Street, people open the door and look up at the sky for themselves occasionally.  Also, they usually grow a few flowers or veggies of their own, and they have to drive long distances regardless of weather -- no telecommuting or calling in flextime for truck drivers, farmers, road workers and linemen, or for nurses and medical assistants.  Working-class people can't ignore reality; it kicks them in the ass too often.

    After spending a decade deliberately cultivating working-class contacts, I can tell you: while there are lots of Christian nut-jobs among them, even THEY mostly are convinced that global warming is real and anthropogenic.  They're also convinced that they can't do a damned thing about it because the Big Corporations and Bankers rule the world and won't let little things like floods, fires, hurricanes and blizzards interfere with their profits.  Ordinary blue-collar people have moved into the acceptance/mitigation/accomodation phase of learning what they can do to cope.  But don't think for a moment they believe the bull.  The Common Man (or Woman) is quite capable of smelling shit when his nose is rubbed in it.

  •  We should make a poll (0+ / 0-)

    How long before a super majority of Americans disavow the dangerous absurdity that is the global warming movement?

    Globe hasn't warmed for 16 years

    •  i think we need regular polling to show that (0+ / 0-)

      people who believe obama is a socialist fascist muslim from kenya, that global warming is a commie hoax, or why solyndra is a household word, or why voter ID laws became so popular despite only about 10 cases of voter ID fraud the last decade, and so on, are people who listen to RW radio or get their info from people who listen to RW radio.

      i think that would be very useful, but it doesn't happen, and the analysts just scratch their heads.

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

      by certainot on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 01:15:48 PM PDT

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    •  PS if you're being paid to sell/troll GW denial (0+ / 0-)

      you a fucking traitor (it is a national security threat) and you threaten my clan and my planet.

      if you are just a RW idiot who graduated from the limbaugh school of science, well, get a life.

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

      by certainot on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 01:20:14 PM PDT

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      •  My goodness (0+ / 0-)

        It would be fantastic to be paid for this.  No, I do this because cultists engender disgust in me, especially when they threaten me with violence.

        I think I'll adopt traitor as my new label.  It very neatly sums up my world view.

        •  oil worshippers denying science are the cult (0+ / 0-)

          not believing 98% of climate scientists is your right. or you may think of it as your duty or mission.

          sudden climate change will be a disaster for humans as well as nature- it means species extinction and loss of diversity, human suffering unseen before-  and people who spread denial merely for a paycheck in order to help a dinosaur industry keep its dominance, or to delay action until the emergency increases the demand for centralized solutions benefitting those same people and industries, or to melt the caps to enable resource extraction are the lowest form of debris.

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

          by certainot on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 08:57:13 PM PDT

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  •  PPS - on another tone, (0+ / 0-)

    do you put your seatbelt on when you get in a car?

    if it wasn't the law, would you?

    if you would, is it because there's a possibility that you might be in an accident or because you know for sure you're going to be in an accident?

    ignoring the preponderance of scientific evidence on the hope they might be wrong, maybe due to a need for certainty or a fear that it could be true, or religion, is irrational.

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

    by certainot on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 01:26:01 PM PDT

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