Left wing shock jockery hits the rocks…

Looks like the end of a brave attempt by the left in the US to emulate the success of right wing shock-jocks is at an end with bankcrupcy declared on Air America. It is, it seems, determined to restructure and fight on.

  • Harry Flashman

    Er, Mick, what the heck was “brave” about it? It was set up to counter the right wing talk radio, completely unaware that the reason for the success of the talk radio, and the cable news companies and the internet blogs was that millions of people were sick to the back teeth with the left wing bias of the mainstream media.

    When you’ve got a twenty-four hour liberal dronefest on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, not to mention the New York Times, LA Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post and Hollywood, why would anyone need to tune in to Air America to hear exactly the same left wing talking points aired again?

    By the way did you not think that stealing money from New York orphans was worthy of mentioning in relation to Air America (or Air Enron as it became known on the blogs)?

  • aquifer

    Media workers expropriate the investing class.

    Another victory.

  • Oh No! Such sad news!!!

    I wonder if the problem is that Leftists need to see pictures to sustain their attention? As Harry says, but for the exception of Fox, liberals have a 24hr uberdronefest to watch, so trying to pay attention to radio may have been a bit too…challenging!

    Thanks for covering this Mick, I love happy endings.

  • Henry94

    Mick may mean brave in the sense of promoting a leftist agenda without the benefit of a licence fee.

  • Bushmills

    First Daily Ireland, now Air America. Great. If I want liberal, bush-hating, pro-democrat bias, I’ll read the New York Times, thank you very much.

    Viva El Rushbo!

  • willis

    Guys

    Sorry to spoil the party but it looks like Fox are part of that nasty liberal dronefest reporting on the Good ole Boys at Disney/ABC

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,212935,00.html?sPage=fnc.specialsections/waronterror

    It is so hard to deal with the world outside the playground!

  • Wilde Rover

    Interesting point Bushmills, but perhaps a slight edit is in order.

    “If I want liberal, bush-hating, pro-democratic bias, I’ll read.”

    Or maybe the saying that Democrats read and Republicans watch TV is just outrageous stereotyping.

    I should point out that I have derived immense entertainment from reading the kaleidoscope of viewpoints on slugger for many months.

    This is my first time to blog Bushmills. Be gentle ;o)

  • Rory

    CNN, the Mew York Times – right-wing!

    Wow! Looks like we’ll be able to set up our own branch of the John Birch Society here on Slugger.

    Still we must be grateful to Fox for at least one programme that provides insightful commentary on current affairs. I wouldn’t miss what Homer and Barney had to pronounce on world events for anything.

  • Greenflag

    Shock -Counter Shock . The shock jocks of the right are on their way out too .

    Americans have had enough ‘shocks’. The November elections will IMO show a return to the centre . Colin Powell’s letter to the Armed Services Committee is just a portent of things to come . I don’t know if the Democrats will be able to fully capitalise on the growing rifts within the Republican Party but if they don’t then they have only themselves to blame .

    The born again evangelical wing of the Republican Party may have been too successful for their own good . They could yet achieve the pyrrhic ‘victory’ of turning the GOP into the party of the South ? Abraham Lincoln would be amused ?

  • I Wonder

    “If I want…pro-democrat bias”

    Yeah, surely we’ve had enough of that oul democracy stuff.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Greenflag: “The shock jocks of the right are on their way out too .”

    Not really. Radio as a medium, with the exception of the “drivetime” slots, is down. Last I checked — I don’t usually follow the Arbitron ratings — Rush & Hannity were doing just fine, at least against the rest of the medium.

    Greenflag: “The November elections will IMO show a return to the centre . Colin Powell’s letter to the Armed Services Committee is just a portent of things to come . I don’t know if the Democrats will be able to fully capitalise on the growing rifts within the Republican Party but if they don’t then they have only themselves to blame . ”

    We shall see what we shall see — most of the news reports I’ve see lately are of tightening races where walk-away victories were expected, such as Pennsylvania, and suprise Republican leads, such as in New Jersey. It will be interesting times, sorting this mess out.

    Personally, given the nature and quality of some of the Democratic party’s candidates, too great a victory will scare America back to the right in time for the 2008 elections, as there are some truly marginal characters being run. The sheer cynicism of their efforts may bring them down — running a near-Santorum clone against Santorum in PA, while throwing Lieberman under the bus for not being liberal enough, etc.

  • Bushmills

    Wilde Rover

    Your edit is most unnecsaary and most offensive. I am a strong supporter of the GOP and get through about 50 books a year – and before some smart-ass asks, no, not the Budgie the Helicopter series!

  • Wilde Rover

    All apologies for any offence caused. Outrageous stereotype it is. Although I would gently suggest that fifty books a year is well above the average in any political sphere, and even more gently suggest that I am nowhere near that mark.

  • Greenflag

    I think a McCain versus Hilary Clinton Presidential Election would show where the American centre is . At this stage I’d say centre right but two more years of a going nowhere war in Iraq and I can imagine that centre left could win out . Probably because the centre right will stay at home ?

    Mc Cain has a touch of the Nixon about him ( and I don’t mean the tapes ). He strikes me as somebody who has the ability to extricate the USA from the foreign policy nightmare that Dubya has led the country into ! As an outsider that’s my gut feel .

  • Bushmills

    Wilde

    I don’t only read political books. I am interested in many things especially History.

    It’s disgraceful to admit this I know, but I also like the books of Stephen King.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Greenflag: “I think a McCain versus Hilary Clinton Presidential Election would show where the American centre is .”

    There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip, Greenflag. McCain will be “centre” right up until the day after he wins the nomination (assuming he wins the nomination), at which point the press will remember he’s conservative on a whole host of issues. As for Madame Clinton… I honestly do not know what to make of her. I look at the qualities I respect in a politician and realize she has most of those… I look at the qualities I loathe is a politician and find she has most of those as well.

    Greenflag: “At this stage I’d say centre right but two more years of a going nowhere war in Iraq and I can imagine that centre left could win out . Probably because the centre right will stay at home ? ”

    That will depend somewhat on the center-leftnad the LEFT!!! groups. If the whack-jobs are holding the wheel in the Democractic party, the center right will look awful good, with or without Iraq.

    Greenflag: “Mc Cain has a touch of the Nixon about him ( and I don’t mean the tapes ). He strikes me as somebody who has the ability to extricate the USA from the foreign policy nightmare that Dubya has led the country into ! As an outsider that’s my gut feel . ”

    And I would agree with you… but he also “feels” like he has a touch of the bad Nixon… a little of the paranoia and payback mentality. not wholly comfortable with him, but he still may end up being the pick of the litter.

  • Greenflag

    ‘not wholly comfortable with him,’

    How many Americans are comfortable with what GW has delivered ?

    ‘ If the whack-jobs are holding the wheel in the Democractic party,? ‘

    They’ll lose

    Bring back common sense . It’s been missing.

  • bushmills,

    It’s disgraceful to admit this I know, but I also like the books of Stephen King.

    Wear that shame with pride! The SK books I liked were the ones he wrote as Robert Bachman – The Long Walk and The Running Man in particular.

    I love the fact that americans think they have a political left and I laugh uproariously when I’m told that CNN are liberal! If the far left is 10 and the far right 0 then the republicans are a 2 and the democrats are a 3 and NONE of them are worth voting for.

    Every friggin election cycle I’m accosted by democratic munchkin after munchkin down on Market St day after friggin day for months. During the last prez election I got so tired of telling them I’m not a citizen, I started telling them I don’t bother to vote because it only encourages them (thanks Billy), talk about eyes bulging out of heads and imminent apoplexy. It’s a pretty amusing reaction considering I live in San Francisco where the last mayoral race was a toss up between a democrat and a green with the republican a distant, distant third.

  • Bushmills

    Robert

    Dolores Claiborne and Misery are my fav. King books. I also like The Shining and The Tommyknockers.

    Sad, I know.