Denver Post TV-radio columnist Joanne Ostrow has a Sunday 2/12 article headed (in print; it’s different online) “Air wars: Why do conservative talkers have all the fun?” Though it seems to be a sincere effort at analysis, not merely a hit piece, she demonstrates once again the inability of most MSM journalists to think outside their lefty worldview.
“Nationally, in political talk media, the energy and ratings power lies solidly on the right. Why is the landscape so lopsided?” asks Ostrow. She then quotes three “authorities,” the purportedly apolitical Michael Harrison and the avowedly leftist Bill Press and Mark Miller, in search of the answer.
No effort to quote anyone from the right or, it turns out, the center. Harrison doesn’t qualify: he alleges conservatives tune in because we’re alienated and disenfranchised. Next up is Press, who says we’re toxic and destructive, followed by Miller who claims we’re driven by rage and tribal animus. That’s that, case closed.
On this weighty evidence, Ostrow then offers some back of the envelope math to discount Rush Limbaugh’s audience size and bigfoot influence – which every political observer knows is immense – allowing her to conclude, QED, that conservatives on the air aren’t having much fun after all. Who knew?