Air America Radio has shown up here in Boulder, Colorado as AM 760, and I’ve been listening to it to see what “liberal” talk radio sounds like. And here’s what I’ve concluded: it sounds just as asinine and insulting as “conservative” “right” radio sounds, and while I had hoped for more erudite and thoughtful discussions coupled with entertaining and informed hosts, it’s not something that’s going to last long on my radio dial.
Listening this evening, though, I heard something that surprised me…
When I spin the dial and listen to an avowed conservative like Rush Limbaugh or a rabid host like Michael Savage, I’m not surprised to hear them talk about “the media” in sentences like “Did you catch Kerry picking his nose in the last debate? My question to you is why isn’t The Media covering this story like I am?”
Based on that, it’s not a surprise to hear them talk about “the liberal media” and explain to their listeners that if it wasn’t for their show, you wouldn’t have any way to learn about The Truth, because, of course, The Liberal Media won’t air the real stories.
So you can imagine my surprise when Air America‘s late night on-air personality (Mike Malloy) started blathering on about how it’s lucky that Air America is on the air because otherwise you would never hear The Truth because of The Media!
Which leaves me with a bit of a dilemma: who actually runs the media in the conspiracy infused world of talk radio? The conservatives don’t run it, according to Rush and Michael, and the liberals don’t run it according to the folk on Air America. So who is left? The centrists? Ross Perot and his merry band of faux anti-establishment folk? The libertarians? Or is it finally that everyone agrees that the Illuminati have taken over and, in cooperation with the Skull & Bones Society, are now running everything?
I’m being a bit facetious because it’s fun, but in terms of Air America, I have to admit that while I am much more “left” than “right” and am not a supporter of our current President, I have a tough time listening to the crude and disrespectful tone of some of the Air America hosts.
This evening, I was listening to Mike Malloy and it was really appalling to hear him rant about “that idiot Bush” and the “stupid President we’re stuck with” and more. I mean, for better or worse, I’ve never heard any conservative radio “personality” (and I use that in quotes, notice) refer to any liberal or left-leaning person so disrespectfully, even when Savage is foaming at the mouth about John Kerry or John Edwards.
So, Air America, if you want to be a viable alternative to the same old conservative radio programs, I suggest that you encourage your radio personalities to be a bit more respectful and offer something partway between the most rabid of the conservatives and the always pleasant and engaging National Public Radio (which I consider pretty “left” or liberal too).
Just one listeners opinion, at least.