Thursday, January 21, 2010

Air America Shuttering is Latest Example That Liberalism Doesn't Sell

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It was only a matter of time but the the frail entity that was Air America has been euthanized and put out its (and our) misery:

It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.

The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business. This past year has seen a “perfect storm” in the media industry generally. National and local advertising revenues have fallen drastically, causing many media companies nationwide to fold or seek bankruptcy protection. From large to small, recent bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry’s long-time trade publication Radio and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times…

When Air America Radio launched in April, 2004 with already-known personalities like Al Franken and then-unknown future stars like Rachel Maddow, it was the only full-time progressive voice in the mainstream broadcast media world. At a critical time in our nation’s history — when dissent on issues such as the Iraq war were often denounced as “un-American” — Air America and its talented team helped millions of Americans remember the importance of compelling discussion about the most pivotal events and decisions of our generation.
Er, millions? Try tens. If they had millions listening they'd still be on the air. Add to that the fact that the discussion was not the least bit "compelling". They bashed Bush, bashed Palin and bashed conservatives in general and did it without intelligence or a sense of humor. Americans will listen to partisan talk as shown by Rush and Hannity but they will not listen to mean-spirited talk, especially if it's not funny.

Liberalism doesn't sell real well unless it's hidden such as we see on NBC, CBS and ABC. When it's overt--such as the case with MSNBC and CNN--it fails miserably. We are a center-right nation and hour after hour of listening to pro-abortion, big government talk is grating at best. You can only spew so many Palin is stupid, Bush is a chimp, Cheney is the devil rants before people say enough.

The problem is that Air America had no substance and the talk was far from intelligent. The vile drunk Randi Rhodes proved that you can go too far but going to far without actually eliciting chuckles is a death blow. Imus goes too far daily but he's funny about it.

Can we now put to rest the liberal canard that Rush is only the most-popular because he's subsidized by rich righties? Air Scamerica had large infusions of money and still resorted to ripping off kids...and hiring cheap hookers.

Adios Air America and don't let the door hit ya in the ass. I'm enjoying the schadenfreude of them being relegated to the dustbin of history.

Hat tip: Hot Air.

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