Wisconsin Citizen Action: Shut up Conservative Talk Radio
Interesting question here: Are the people at Citizen Action such yahoos that they actually believe their rhetoric about “right wing” and “reactionary” and “racist, hateful content” and “bigoted,” or are they cynical, assuming that their potential donors are yahoos?
“Can someone win without talk radio? Yes, theoretically. Except no one has.” - Milwaukee talk radio host Charlie Sykes, NY Times, 4/4/16
John -- I’m not going to sugarcoat it: Right-wing talk radio distorted our political process once again on Tuesday.
Using our public airwaves for what amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars in free advertising, Charlie Sykes, Jerry Bader and the rest of the reactionary talk radio circus delivered another election - this time for one of the most unqualified and bigoted Supreme Court Justice in Wisconsin history.
This is why we’re starting the Radio-Active campaign, because it’s more urgent than ever we fight back against the right-wing radio machine. Make a generous donation today to help raise the final $5,000 needed to launch the Radio-Active campaign and begin to break the conservative radio monopoly in Wisconsin.
Each day, conservative radio hosts in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and other Wisconsin cities use unfettered access to the public airwaves to blanket our state with racist, hateful content designed to divide and conquer our state.
The conservative radio monopoly is responsible for splitting cities and suburbs, tilting public opinion to the far-right, and setting an extreme agenda at the Capitol.
Worse still, their programs use our airwaves as a get-out-the-vote machine for far-right candidates. Without the right-wing radio monopoly, there would be no Scott Walker or Rebecca Bradley!
We've remained silent for too long. Now we must fight back.
Our Radio-Active campaign will stop at nothing less than breaking the grip of the right-wing media monopoly in Wisconsin.
Radio-Active will (1) monitor talk radio, hold media corporations accountable for supporting an extreme political agenda, and force them to provide balance; and (2) explore the possibility of purchasing radio stations that will air progressive talk radio programming.
We can’t afford to avoid the elephant in the room in our elections any longer.
Are you ready to take back our airwaves and hold the right-wing extremists on talk radio accountable? Become radio-active with a donation today and help raise the final $5,000.
Thanks for joining the fight,
Citizen Action of Wisconsin
How terrible that conservative talkers have “unfettered” access to an audience that voluntarily tunes in. The last thing we would want is for speech to be unfettered!
Some of their proposed actions are reasonable enough. If leftists can buy a radio station and compete in the free market of ideas, good for them. Counter speech you don’t like with more speech.
Except that Air America tried left-leaning talk radio, and it didn’t work.
The idea of “holding media corporations accountable” to “force” them to “provide balance” implies an ugly authoritarianism. Are they planning to challenge the licenses of radio stations they think are not “balanced?” Are they going to try and revive the Fairness Doctrine to force stations to have a liberal talker to match every conservative one?
Should “community advisory boards” be required, and given the power to dictate what kind of programming serves “community interests?”
Liberals are always coming up with ways to silence the ideas they don’t like.
But attempts to use government power to silence unwanted ideas shows a nasty authoritarian streak among contemporary liberals. They prefer to call themselves “progressives,” which may be appropriate, since they now have parted company with classical liberalism, which favored individual freedom, including especially freedom of expression.
And if “progress” can be achieved by an imposed orthodoxy, they are the folks to do it.