The Center for American Progress & Freepress.org just completed a study called:
The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio
It’s worth a read. I go on and on over the role that media has played in the lead up to the war, promoting a climate of fear and being basically just a mouth piece for the Bush Administration’s propaganda instead of being a watchdog for us on OUR public airwaves.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the report…
As this report will document in detail, conservative talk radio undeniably dominates the format:
Our analysis in the spring of 2007 of the 257 news/talk stations owned by the top five commercial station owners reveals that 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming is conservative, and 9 percent is progressive.
Each weekday, 2,570 hours and 15 minutes of conservative talk are broadcast on these stations compared to 254 hours of progressive talk—10 times as much conservative
talk as progressive talk.
A separate analysis of all of the news/talk stations in the top 10 radio markets reveals that 76 percent of the programming in these markets is conservative and 24 percent is progressive, although programming is more balanced in markets such as New York and Chicago.
This dynamic is repeated over and over again no matter how the data is analyzed, whether one looks at the number of stations, number of hours, power of stations, or the number of programs. While progressive talk is making inroads on commercial stations,
conservative talk continues to be pushed out over the airwaves in greater multiples of hours than progressive talk is broadcast.