Originally Posted by Pro Trash
Once again you have answered your own question. The Evening News is liberal in tone you just stated that. Talk radio is conservative in tone, just like the the news can be mainly the opinions the radio can be also.
So we must define opinion over fact. If the general population is asked to take a poll on how they feel about the President and in June 60% say they are pleased then another poll is taken in October and he approval rating has fell below 50% it is a fact his approval rating is dropping, the opinion is that it will continue to fall with this trend.
Here is another example, fact Bill Clinton had an affair with Monica L. and lied under oath, opinioin Bill Clinton is the worst President we ever had.
So I am not sure why the liberals would care about talk radio when most people watch the evening news and they seem to dominate that arena, what is your point exactly? Is it the fact is more right wing talk shows exist than liberal ones, more left leaning influence is on the evening news. Why would the left or liberals care about talk radio that touches a much smaller audience than does the TV news.
Also some of the crack pots on the right who have their own radio shows constantly show just how biased they are which costs them credibilty. I recall back in 1999 listening to a talk show where the right wing host was saying that Clinton was in bed with the Chinese and that he was going to flee to China and they were going to attack the USA. I was astounded by this opinion and just laughed, I guess he was wrong but at least he was entertaining, like a clown at a circus.
You threw alot of fluff in that answer, but didn't really address the question IMO.
The viewers and ratings are continually dropping from the major evening news shows. Does that also mean that the liberal message is no longer being accepted by the masses? (In my opinion, yes) I think you are wrong about the small audiences of talk radio, especially considering some of the major talk show hosts now have highly watched cable TV shows.
Regardless, my opinion is that the liberal message is out of favor because a majority of Americans believe in personal responsibility, the death penalty, fighting crime by putting bad guys in jail when guilty, marriage is between a man and a woman, are against abortion, and believe in lower taxes. These are all things that contradict the liberal message.
Pro-abortion but anti-death penalty seems to most as a contradiction. Why kill innocent life but save guilty life? I am not advocating either one in this argument, just that by taking the liberal positions, there appears to be a contradiction.
Why advocate that government is bad/corrupt/incompetent (especially when run by Republicans) but advocate raising taxes and giving Federal control to more money?
Why do liberals feel that government entitlements/welfare/assistance should be given with little or no control, like giving more money to mothers already on welfare who have more children, but don't think the people paying the taxes, like the middle and upper-class taxpayers, should get tax relief?
I am not saying that all liberals believe in the above or that all Republicans believe exactly a certain way. There are probably anti-abortion Democrats and pro-abortion Republicans for instance, but they are not what the MESASAGE of their party is trying to send out.
To me, against abortion (innocent) and for the death penalty (guilty) is the consistent message.
These are my opinons of why the liberal message cannot be self-sufficent on talk radio and why the national TV news, who has a liberal agenda but does not overtly push the liberal message, is starting to suffer. Fox news is propspering with their consevative message but NPR is operating only beacuse it gets Federal money.
Please don't split hairs and miss the big picture with your response. If you argue that Bush is contradicting a conservative message, like protecting the borders and cutting government spending, I will already be in agreement with you. I will also agree that Clinton cut some welfare/entitlement spending during his presidency. but those are not the party message for either guy.