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To rebuild the movement, avoid conservative talk radio

by: Karl Marx

Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:56:17 AM EST

The first step to rebuilding will require new sources of information. Conservative talk radio in Boston cannot be allowed to set the agenda or strategy for political candidates. It cannot be an unchallenged filter for political information.

Howie Carr needs to retool his act. It's clear from the data that the "fake Indian" meme hurt Scott Brown. The Senator should have strayed from that tact immediately after bringing it to the fore. By the end of the campaign, mainstream independent voters were turned off by tedious references to Liawatha etc. Believe it or not most independents want substance and Brown often delivered it. But the Talk Radio crowd dictated what Brown's path to disaster encouraging him to raise the issue in more than one debate. The callers took the bait.

This is a fact.

We need to hear more from Avi Nelson, a real seasoned professional with a philosophical and self-critical approach. We need to hear less from Howie Carr and Michael Graham, who have become whiny class clowns. (Oddly both are better writers than talkmasters).

Moreover, as if by some dark hand at Entercom, WRKO just days before the election jettisoned local talent like McPhee and Feinberg in favor of a Washington blow-in and, to be impolite, a blowhard in the form of Jeff Kuhner, a veritable chest-pounder whose claims lack all credibility. Did he not guarantee a Romney victory days after he assumed his new slot? Hearing him dial back down the stretch into conspiracy theories about how the Left would come up with narratives of how the election was to be stolen from Obama was especially laughable. Who listens to this stuff?

WRKO has long jumped the shark. It is puzzling to figure out why the station has not bought out Carr's contentious contract.

Talk radio in the old days was a neighborhood. Today it is an echo-chamber serving up confirmation bias. Moreover, it has lost touch with the local political reality that is Massachusetts.

In the 1990s, talk radio  in Boston helped usher in the post-Dukakis surge of GOP elected officials with staying power. Yes a lot of them are derided as R.I.N.Os.  (Bill Weld a desperate GOP faction calls out for you!) Today talk radio, by feeding its listeners rubbish, phoney poll info and bile about law credentials is destroying the  Republican  brand, a brand that must distance itself from the national GOP.  

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I agree - and disagree.... (4.00 / 1)
Conservatives seem to have a good hold on talk radio, which should not be given up.  It is the last form of mainstream media we still have a voice with.  But as you say, give up the non-issue (Liawatha) talk.  If we use talk radio to 'truly' educate people on the issues then we don't have to worry so much about zombie-like voters marching off to the polls because some union ward boss told them to.  

I wondered the other day as to why EaBo does not have a show of his own on WRKO.  The station is falling apart and a guy like EaBo , who is truly fair and balanced could be someone to lend a bit of credibility to the station.  EaBo can talk intelligently about the issues.  Of course RRRR and I would expect frequent invites to liven up the show....

And if we took over Howie Carr's spot during the afternoon drive time RRRR and I could enjoy the PooPoo Platter from Kowloons fine oriental dining restaurant.  

Ed Markey is now the official 'cheapest' man on earth.  1.5 percent to charity while the average American gave 3 times as much...

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You are what you eat (0.00 / 0)
I think we Republicans need a very different information diet than we have now. I think it is time to turn off the voices that have limited our appeal. It is time to listen to new voices.

Even Dan Rea's show… (0.00 / 0)
Sometimes degenerated into dumb, repetitive ridicule directed at Warren.

At its best, talk radio is about the clash of opinions and the relentless pursuit of truth.  When done right, it can be really exciting to listen to.  But when powerful men start using it as just a vehicle to reelect their buddies, it's a boring waste of time.

While all of us couldn't stand her (4.00 / 1)
A good chunk of people loved her. No one feels that way about John Kerry, so something else was going on there.

I think the Brown campaign played to our thinking rather than trying to understand how she appeared to the undecideds in the middle. Friends (unenrolled) who mostly vote R were totally turned off by his personal attacks on her. He should have just kept saying "she's a liberal, I'm a moderate" and stayed on that line.

We also forget that prior to 1/20/12 Brown was a State Senator. His debate performances weren't far off what I catch (local LWV debates) on public access. If I'm screaming at the set telling him what to say, he's doing a sucky job.

How about a podcast? (0.00 / 0)
We here make a lineup and the podcasts get posted regularly.  This may be a way to build someone an audience and then have them transition to radio.

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Do Not Avoid Talk Radio, (0.00 / 0) selective.

In caving to the reflexive and mendacious narrative of the left - that talk radio = "hate" radio - you not only give strength to their smug, bullying liberal meme, but you deny yourself the benefit of one of the last remaining traditional media platforms that conservatives still have a piece of.

No one forces you to listen to buffoons like Hannity, Ingraham, Severin, or Graham, who generally parrot the original thoughts of others, and whose lack of personality or wit make them easy targets of the simple minded opposition.

No one says you have to listen to Limbaugh, who, though original and intelligent, can be tough to stomach in large doses.

There are plenty of thinking conservative talkers out there. Neal Boortz, Bill Bennett and Michael Medved come to mind. John Bachelor has a program that airs locally, and he is one of the smartest guys in the business.

And Howie Carr is 50/50 entertainment and politics. He is an asset to conservatism in the region.

There is no reason to toss talk radio under the bus. Just use your dial a little more.

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