Liberal talk show host and commentator Bill Press is taking the removal of his show and other “progressives” off the airwaves in Washington, D.C. very hard as evidenced by his commentary in the Washington Post on Sunday.

On February 2nd the Washington Post reported that Red Zebra Broadcasting which is owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder had decided to switch formats and was dumping the liberal talk radio format that had been billed as OBAMA 1260.

According to the Post program director Greg Tantum told the paper that the station’s ratings collapsed after the election while its conservative counterpart surged.

For Press the ratings and the financial reasons don’t matter.  What matters is that conservative radio dominates the airwaves in D.C. and with the exception of Ed Schultz there won’t be any liberal or progressive talkers starting this week.

Press who just last week interviewed Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow on bringing back the Fairness Doctrine which created a firestorm in the conservative blogosphere wants the public airwaves to reflect the diversity of the local community.

In an effort to make his case Press cites a study by the liberal Center for American Progress that showed there were three hours of conservative talk for every hour of liberal talk. He then cites station owner complaints that the liberal talk format doesn’t make any money and disputes that with examples of successful stations in Minnesota, Madison, Wis., and Portland, Ore. 

But let’s take a look at his examples. First there is Minnesota with 40% Democratic and 24% Independent voter registration backing Obama with 54% of the vote and may be on the verge of electing liberal comedian Al Franken as a U.S. Senator.   And then there is Madison, Wis., which went for Obama with 56% of the vote and where Democrats hold both U.S. Senate seats, five of eight House seats and the governor’s mansion.  Finally we have Portland, Ore., where Obama won 57% of the vote and their newly elected openly gay mayor recently admitted that he had a sexual affair with a teenager in 2005  after denying the allegations for the past year.

These are some of the most liberal cities and states in the country.  If liberal talk radio can’t succeed there they won’t succeed anywhere.

Press continues his rant by accusing the station owners of attempting to block liberal talk radio in their markets or relegating them to low power outlets and that they aren’t operating in the public interest by offering only conservative talk. 

The problem with Press (besides being a liberal) is that he is using selective examples to make his case.  Liberal talk radio has tried and failed many times.  Anyone remember former N.Y. Gov. Mario Cuomo’s talk show?  What about Jesse Jackson?  Was the failure of his show due to racial bias?  No, both shows failed because they weren’t very interesting or entertaining.  And as a result they didn’t make any money.

The failure of liberal talk radio in Washington and elsewhere isn’t the fault of what Press calls a conservative media conspiracy but the talk show hosts themselves who haven’t learned to educate and entertain at the same time and never attracted an audience that advertisers wanted to reach.

If Press would look in the mirror he would see the real reason for his failure.

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