Heh! If you are a leftard, you might think these guys are going off the air pretty soon.
You might have seen headlines like this….
Cumulus Dropping Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity: Report or this Cumulus planning to drop Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity – …
Of course, that’s so leftarded wishful thinking that even leftard Alan Colmes knows better.
Colmes, of course, is being a killjoy and has ruined a potential for great fun.
You see, leftards were popping champagne corks and high fiving each other, claiming credit for running these guys off the air. Of course, and as usual, this has no relation to reality. Colmes explains…..
Headlines have been blaring all over the digital universe about Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity being tossed off the air by Cumulus and losing 40 stations in key markets.
However, in the words of the legendary Paul Harvey, readers are not being told the rest of the story. Cumulus and Clear Channel have been buying up stations in major markets. Limbaugh and Hannity are syndicated by Premiere, which is owned by Clear Channel. Rather than pay fees to Cumulus to carry these shows it makes more sense to put them on their own properties, reduce local talent costs, and save those fees. The two top-rated talkers aren’t going anywhere. They’re just changing dial positions and, in many cases, to better signals.
You see, the problem with leftards is they believe they’re the normal ones. They have no idea how wildly popular Limbaugh and Hannity are. These are the top two rated radio talk programs in the US. Delusional leftards think a boycott of 50 people does anything but drive business to the places and businesses they’re trying to pressure? How stupid do you have to be to believe that a few leftards could topple these giants in radio broadcast?
Back to Colmes ……. props are due to him. He finishes his article thusly…….
Seeing liberal bloggers declare victory about how a boycott of these shows’ sponsors led to this makes my hair stand on end for four reasons.
First, that’s not at all what happened, as these shows will land elsewhere.
Second, and even more importantly, these two broadcasters, with whom I vehemently, vocally, and publicly disagree politically, have done more to keep the talk radio industry alive than anyone else. It’s because of the success of these two shows that many stations have stayed in the talk format in the first place, allowing other shows to be heard. Much as liberals don’t have nearly as many outlets as conservatives (According to TALKERS magazine, conservatives own the lion’s share of the news/talk market), it would be even worse for the left if these shows weren’t making it, because the industry would be closer to collapse at a time when terrestrial radio is struggling.
Third, a boycott hurts the entire business. Advertisers run scared and are encouraged to avoid controversy, and that affects all programming, including progressive hosts.
I’m awestruck Colmes has that sort of awareness in what he stated above. But, below is his best statement.
Fourth, what kind of liberal wants to clamp down on free speech and celebrate shutting someone up? The best antidote to free speech is — free speech. As the German theologian Martin Niemoller famously said, “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist…” If I, as a liberal, didn’t speak out against those who would squelch the free speech of conservatives, I wouldn’t deserve to call myself a liberal.
I will continue to speak out against the views of both Limbaugh and Hannity when I feel it’s warranted, meeting their free speech with my own. But I will never forget that, without them, I’d have a much smaller platform on which to do it.
Take the word back, Alan, make it mean what it’s suppose to mean! I almost never agree with Colmes. But, in this case, he squarely nails it.
It’s easy to advocate freedom for people you agree with, but, that’s not freedom. It’s much more difficult to stand up with people you disagree with. We should all look for such opportunities.
For this, Alan gets his pic above Rush and Shaun. ….. for this post.