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  •  They don't have public support. Why would you (0+ / 0-)

    think this was about winning public support when policies that are opposed by 80 or 90 percent of the public are shot down and policies opposed by 70 or 80 percent cannot get forward motion?

    The problem is not that the people are duped, by radio or any other media, into accepting right wing policies.  The people reject those policies already.  

    Setting aside how archaic and irrelevant AM radio is, and how few people under 50 ever listen to it for any purpose, we already convinced the public.  The majority is on our side, whether we're talking about background checks or a Public Option or a minimum wage hike or protecting Social Security.

    The Money Power still has what it takes to buy senators.  And fighting over who gets to draw cave paintings doesn't change that.

    income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

    by JesseCW on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 07:57:07 PM PDT

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    •  1% uses 20% and the radio gives them the volume (0+ / 0-)

      of 50%. that's all they need.

      variously over the last 20 yrs 15-25% of people say they get their news from talk radio. yes it is fading. but ignoring the weapon that's beating the crap out of dem politicians and media and pushing them right is bad strategy.

      the groundwork volume and repetition for all major opposition to progressive reforms starts on radio. maybe you live in a coastal city with plenty of alternatives but if you head inland you'll hear the local RW stations that often dominate local politics.

      the left has allowed the 1% to put carnival barkers on every corner and stump in the country to scream all day that liberals are liars and thieves and traitors and distort their ideal and principles and the left just walks by with their iPods in their ears- it's fucking stupid not to get in their face.

      radio completely dominates many small pop states with 2 senators each.

      if it was about what the people want why are elections that should be no brainers so close?

      why have neanderthals taken over the GOP? why do they win elections?

      democracy was designed to handle billionaires/kings. senators can't work directly for billionaires in large numbers without being thrown out. the last 25 years RW radio has allowed the billionaires and their think tanks to short circuit democratic feedback mechanisms and  create made-to-order constituencies to enable and intimidate media and politicians. that's what the talk radio base/teabaggers are- a fluid well-disinformed fear-motivated constituency that listens to radio, get visual reinforcement from fox and internet, and misinforms people around them who are apathetic and ready to vote out of fear at the last minute.

      many of the major reforms progressives want now have been on the agenda for decades but you won't get no-brainers like media or election or campaign finance  or single payer soon while ignoring radio.

      and global warming won't wait for talk radio to fade away.

      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 Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:17:05 AM PDT

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