Cory Booker for President-5/21/12 “WOR710.com” PodKast

Hour 1-Cory Booker for President.  LK understands (but wishes he didn’t) why the Democrats are stifling candor wherever it rears its beautiful head.  Senator Mike Lee (R) should have imposed a bit more fiscal discipline on himself.

Hour 2-An nation’s ally is no longer one that shares essential values.  In 2012, an ally is whoever gets paid the most, and the duration of the ally’s loyalty is the duration of the payment flow.

Listen:

Hour 1

Hour 2

Free Market Radio And the (Un)Fairness Doctrine-2/09 Update

Editor’s note: Due to the possible Congressional vote today or tomorrow on something resembling The Fairness Doctrine, along with LK’s fondness for the medium, we’re re-posting this piece, which he just updated.

The Democrats are making a huge mistake entertaining ideas about going forward with their attempt to reinstate The Fairness Doctrine. The purpose of said doctrine is to try to even out the bias of the content currently heard on the political talk airwaves. Think of it as the Dems futile attempt, through legislation, to overwhelm the might of Rush, Sean, Laura, Levin, and The Salem Radio Network crew, among others. All right wing, all masters of the medium. The left’s got no one with that kind of national penetration, with maybe Randi Rhodes having the knowledge and radio chops to compete, and Maddow and Olbermann making a stand on the cable TV side.

The criteria for getting air time and national syndication is pretty simple: attract listeners, lots of listeners. Radio’s a business. There’s nothing inherent in their material that accounts for the overwhelming advantage of the right. They’re just better at presenting their slant in entertaining and captivating ways.

I know Rush Limbaugh’s twisting the truth like a baker making pretzels, and Sean Hannity sounds way too smart to believe the lowest common denominator “you’re a great American” pablum he’s dispersing, but they, along with their compatriots, have found a groove that’s working, so there’s no reason to stop their mouth music. Their stations and syndicators care about ratings, not well reasoned and rational thinking.

The Dem’s mistake is trying to legislate talent under the guise of legislating equal time to polarized points of view. What they should be doing is taking Air America (which no one can turn around given the pool of insipid policy wonks the left offers as radio hosts) and treat it as Microsoft should treat Vista: junk it and come up with something compelling that justifies its own existence.

It’s as if the left is admitting defeat in the talk radio space and blaming it on the content, rather than the presentation of the content. The election demonstrated that the Dems were clearly on the winning side of the policy debate. And since these days more Americans get their news from talk radio than from traditional print media (witness what seems like a death a day of big city newspapers), the moderate-left politicos need to see the airwaves as a meritocracy they’ve got to compete in more effectively. In this case, like it or not, the messenger is as important as the message conveyed.

I don’t usually have much in the way of fondness for Rush’s positions, but he’s a hoot to listen to. The left needs equally attractive on-air characters, not legislation that’s the air-wave equivalent of book burning.

Obama Nominees Re-Fuel Right Wing Media

Just when Rush, Laura, Sean and company were grasping at straws and alienating listeners with their Johnny One Note criticisms of all things Obama, O’s vetting team hands them the brass ring on a silver platter.

As regular readers know, I voted for Obama, but railed vociferously during the campaign against Team O when they dropped the ball and let Hillary back into the game. They’ve done the same thing with their taxing cabinet and czar nominees, but this time it’s not Hillary being given the second chance, it’s the ultra-right Ministry of Communications, microphones on and pens at the ready.

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The Inauguration-Wednesday Morning Quarterbacking

In no particular order:

1. Chief Justice Roberts was clearly, consciously or not, bearing a grudge when he swore in the new President. He’d probably rather have sworn at him. Obama opposed confirming Roberts during the Senate hearings in ’05. Roberts, rather than feeding the President conventional, easily digestible sound bytes (think “I pledge allegiance……..to the flag……..”), initially gave him a long and awkwardly worded phrase that the Chief Justice himself had trouble repeating when called upon to do so. The Harvard righty tried to sneak a curve ball by the Harvard lefty. The lefty didn’t swing. Ball one.

2. Not surprisingly, after Obama, quoting Scripture, implored us as a nation to “put aside childish things”, Rush Limbaugh claimed that Obama “botched the oath”. This while Rush was playing with his rattle, sterilizing his pacifier, which spends way too much time out of his mouth, and was otherwise obsessing on things childish. Sooner or later his listeners will wise up to the fact that he’s a great entertainer, not a provider of information or opinion that’s going to lead to better lives for them.

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Free Market Radio and the (Un)Fairness Doctrine

Editor’s note: Due to the current debate over The Fairness Doctrine, we’re re-posting this LK piece, which originally appeared in early July.

The Democrats are making a huge mistake entertaining ideas about going forward with their attempt to reinstate The Fairness Doctrine. The purpose of said doctrine is to try to even out the bias of the content currently heard on the political talk airwaves. Think of it as the Dems futile attempt, through legislation, to overwhelm the might of Rush, Sean, Laura, Levin, and The Salem Radio Network crew, among others. All right wing, all masters of the medium. The left’s got no one with that kind of national penetration, with maybe Randi Rhodes having the knowledge and radio chops to compete.

The criteria for getting air time and national syndication is pretty simple: attract listeners, lots of listeners.  Radio’s a business. There’s nothing inherent in their material that accounts for the overwhelming advantage of the right. They’re just better at presenting their slant in  entertaining and captivating ways.

I know Rush Limbaugh’s twisting the truth like a baker making pretzels, and Sean Hannity sounds way too smart to believe the lowest common denominator “you’re a great American” pablum he’s dispersing, but they, along with their compatriots, have found a groove that’s working, so there’s no reason to stop their mouth music. Their stations and syndicators care about ratings, not well reasoned and rational thinking.

The Dem’s mistake is trying to legislate talent under the guise of legislating equal time to polarized points of view. What they should be doing is taking Air America (which no one can turn around given the pool of insipid policy wonks the left offers as radio hosts) and treat it as Microsoft should treat Vista: junk it and come up with something compelling that justifies its own existence.

It’s as if the left is admitting defeat in the talk radio space and blaming it on the content rather than the presentation of the content. If the polls on the upcoming presidential election and the results of the recent special congressional elections are any indication, the Dems are on the winning side of the policy debate. And since these days more Americans get their news from talk radio than from traditional print media, the moderate-left politicos need to see the airwaves as a meritocracy they’ve got to compete in more effectively. In this case, like it or not, the messenger is as (if not more) important than the message conveyed.

I don’t usually have much in the way of fondness for Rush’s positions, but he’s a hoot to listen to. The left needs equally attractive on-air characters, not legislation that’s the air-wave equivalent of book burning.