Saturday, April 09, 2016

Wisconsin Citizen Action: Shut up Conservative Talk Radio

Just found this in our e-mail:

“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,

Robert Kraig
Executive Director
Citizen Action of Wisconsin
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?

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.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

15 Comments:

Blogger Jake said...

To bad you didn't use a little thought before you posted a reply. This authoritarianism you speak of is being used on a daily basis by your fellow fascist Republicans, as they clamp down on local control, remove hurdles so the wealthiest Americans can seed the airwaves with unlimited propaganda, radio used as a mouthpiece of unfettered rage.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Golden Eagles said...

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?
Well John - you might get more respect with that statement if you didn't start off with calling us yahoos.Name calling and bullying won't get you anywhere except fired from a Catholic University. Let's start off with a little misogny from Belling. http://youtu.be/hvaYJ1laHqo
I heard Belling defending your bullying on his show the other day. Boy - you sure got some cheerleaders for your bullying don't ya.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Golden Eagles said...

Yahoos Professor Adams? Is that how professors at MU start off a conversation, by calling us Yahoos? So John - let's start off with a little misogyny from your favorite bully Mark Bellings. http://youtu.be/hvaYJ1laHqo
I heard him defending your bullying behaviors at Marquette. I can see why he likes you so much. The full professor bullying a teaching assistant has got to be something he admires. Enjoy the link.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Golden Eagles said...

The idea of “holding media corporations accountable? Yes John - surely you don't agree with everything Belling says do you. How about this nice clip. http://youtu.be/LADvcycWl_Q
Surely John you don't think voter fraud is rampant - not an associate professor of political science doesn't believe that voter fraud was rampant - do you. How about Belling's claim that there were riots in Madison during ACT 10. Believe that also.

2:57 PM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

I think the commenters here are making my point for me. The clip they call "misogyny" from Belling is just his implying that young girls are less interested in basketball than boys.

Good work, folks!

6:21 PM  
Blogger Golden Eagles said...

Nice try there John - Ask any dad or mom how interested they are in basketball. Your statement is just as sexist as Bellings.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Golden Eagles said...

Shall we address the vulgarity of Mark Belling?

http://youtu.be/2DFFnb6uwMg

Vulgar Mark Belling WISN 1130 / "You bunch of drug smoking pieces of crap." referring to Americans.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Golden Eagles said...

John takes the easy way out.

10:04 PM  
Blogger E2 said...

Dear Citizen Action, you can find several hours of analysis on this very subject here: http://www.libertyorlies.com/ (Spoiler alert - you're not going to like the way it ends.)

7:32 PM  
Blogger Golden Eagles said...

The conversation is over I see - defend this.

Belling on sexual assaults by priests and public school teachers. Makes outrageous conclusions.

http://youtu.be/KriHjNyIQ7M


Mark Belling implies that a New Berlin school teacher charged with the sexual assault of a student is on par with Roman Catholic Sexual abuse scandal. Belling also talks about Dennis Hastert getting more jail time than teachers who have been convicted of crimes not even remotely close in severity and doesn't offer specifics on those teachers.He also accuses those who chastised Roman Catholic Priests of not speaking up about " the number of public school teachers that are doing the same thing". Belling thus implies that sexual molestation of young children by Catholic Priests was the same as a public high school teacher having sex with a high school student. It is clear that Belling has a vendetta against public school teachers.

7:35 PM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

Well John - you might get more respect with that statement if you didn't start off with calling us yahoos.

And “right wing” and “reactionary” and “racist, hateful content” and “bigoted” are just fine.

Given your hypocrisy, you have to standing to complain about being called yahoos.

10:24 AM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

The full professor bullying a teaching assistant has got to be something he admires.

Reporting misconduct is not bullying. The bully was Abbate, who bullied the undergraduate.

But you don't mind bullying if done by leftists.

10:26 AM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

Ask any dad or mom how interested they are in basketball. Your statement is just as sexist as Bellings.

You are behind the times. For the last several decades, feminists have admitted that boys and girls are different, and gravitate toward different things.

Among sensible people, this has been known since the first homo sapiens.

10:30 AM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

This authoritarianism you speak of is being used on a daily basis by your fellow fascist Republicans, as they clamp down on local control, remove hurdles so the wealthiest Americans can seed the airwaves with unlimited propaganda, radio used as a mouthpiece of unfettered rage.

Nice to have commenters come here and make my point about the leftist authoritarianism behind this campaign.

And he used "unfettered rage?"

10:34 AM  
Blogger John Pack Lambert said...

The reality is that most priests accused in the sexual abuse scandals were having sex with boys who were of high school age. So it is telling that the progrssives of Wisconsin want to ignore are justify the statutory rape of school girls.

12:55 AM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home