Thursday, June 21, 2007

Extent of Right-Wing Radio Bias Revealed

Today, the Center for American Progress and the Free Press released a report entitled “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio,” which conclusively proves that there’s an overwhelming right-wing bias on American news/talk radio. Of course, this should be a surprise to no one. Even though it has been several years since the debut of Air America, most Americans would still be hard-pressed to name a single progressive or liberal radio host, while countless conservative hosts—including Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, G. Gordon Liddy, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Bill O’Reilly and Michael Savage—enjoy national name recognition.

But the report is still shocking in terms of how one-sided the statistics are. CBS’s 30 stations feature 74% conservative content versus 26% progressive; Clear Channel’s 145 stations are 86% conservative and only 14% progressive; Citadel (23 stations), Cumulus (31 stations) and Salem (28 stations) are all 100% conservative. Not surprisingly, several major American cities—including Dallas, Houston and Philadelphia—hear no progressive or liberal-oriented news/talk radio at all. And even in a supposedly liberal city like New York, the majority of airtime (53% to 47%) is devoted to conservative content. Click here to read the report.

Now what we need is a study illustrating the right-wing bias on television. Fox is still the acknowledged leader in terms of conservative slant, but in recent years ABC has been threatening to overtake Fox in terms of right-wing bias. Meanwhile, CBS and CNN have both become predominantly conservative; only NBC maintains any semblance of balance.


Anonymous said...

I just love how Libs try and spin this. They simply can't come to terms with the fact that leftist radio has no market so they want to punish the other side. Have an interesting radio show and people will listen...simple. It's called the open market.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. The tv airwaves have been dominated by liberals for so long it seems normal to most of us. Now that conservative ideas have taken hold in the radio market place (where people are allowed to choose who to listen) liberals are belly aching that it's "not fair." Of course it's not fair when your 70 year old ideas are being rejected. FDR and Woodrow Wilson were ok for their day, but those ideas are dust now. When libs get new ideas maybe some of us will listen to them. Two strong parties are needed for our system of government and so far, I only see half of one. I can't even claim the Republicans are all that great, but they are better than the dinosaurs.

Anonymous said...

The right wing agenda has brain washed this country into the situation we are now in with a cost to this countries credibilty that will take years to regain. What passes for conservitism today will be laughed at in years to come.