These days you'll find many of my former colleagues in Talk Radio behind concrete stanchions, armed with rhetorical fire, and ducking from incoming from the Left.
Brian Maloney, who has specialized in covering the attacks on talkers for the better part of a decade, says the propaganda stream is super-heated, and the spray is aimed at the AM dial.
Click here for a scary report.
Establishing a new front in the left's war on free speech in America, a group of fringe separatists associated with the University of California, Los Angeles have issued what they claim is a "groundbreaking" research report on "hate" in conservative talk radio.
Armed with their "case" against the medium, groups including the (partially taxpayer-funded) UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and National Hispanic Media Coalition have begun a campaign to push Obama's FCC into holding sham hearings on conservative talk's future. So far, they've utilized lefty websites and newspapers for their campaign.
The battle coincides with other efforts by the Obamists, largely behind-the-scenes, to remove their Dear Leader's key media opposition without resorting to a controversial, high-profile Fairness Doctrine reinstatement (though some Democratic Party senators do favor that approach).
Funded in part by liberal donors including the Ford Foundation, the "Hate Speech on Commercial Talk Radio" study includes only conservative, populist and right-wing programs, which it improperly lumps into a single "conservative" category.
In what was chosen for monitoring, they've been strangely selective: major conservative talkers such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin are not included. Instead, "researchers" opted to cover top-rated KFI / Los Angeles afternoon drive mainstays John & Ken (above left image), plus syndicated hosts Michael Savage and Lou Dobbs.
Left out entirely, of course, are left-wing shows featured on Air America Radio and elsewhere (even those easily heard in UCLA's listening area). Interestingly, UCLA's own press office made no effort to mask the partisan nature of this phony study. More on this in a moment.