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December 4, 2003
Fraters Libertas Weighs In on the "Liberal Radio Network"

Now that the Al Gore/Al Franken Liberal Radio Network has new investors with some experience in the entertainment world, the buzz has increased on a possible launch, including the news that the consortium may purchase five radio stations for their programming. The guys over at Fraters Libertas do an excellent job of deconstructing the various reports, referencing a Byron York column at NRO, but applying some local knowledge of the people involved:

Liberal radio hasn't been entertaining for a non partisan audience. But it's hard to appreciate Walsh's insight through his condescension. Notice how he's subtly blaming the listeners for not appreciating the substance of the “progressive side,” because it has an “air of education to it.” And in their minds that doesn't work with the talk radio crowd. (Which is why all I want for Christmas is a drool cup, for when I'm listening to the education-free mumblings of Prager, Medved, Hewitt, et al.).

It's this very contempt for the audience that threatens to doom their efforts to nothing more than an NPR sized niche audience.

Read through the entire piece; it's both enlightening and entertaining. Of course, having endorsed the guys at FL, I suspect that Hugh may make that mysterious third task much more difficult now ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at December 4, 2003 10:57 AM

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