Where Art Thou, Liberal Talk Radio?
WALLACE: So would you revive the fairness doctrine?
FEINSTEIN: Well, I’m looking at it, as a matter of fact, Chris, because I think there ought to be an opportunity to present the other side. And unfortunately, talk radio is overwhelmingly one way.
WALLACE: But the argument would be it’s the marketplace, and if liberals want to put on their own talk radio, they can put it on. At this point, they don’t seem to be able to find much of a market.
FEINSTEIN: Well, apparently, there have been problems. It is growing. But I do believe in fairness. I remember when there was a fairness doctrine, and I think there was much more serious correct reporting to people.
Of course, the counter-argument is that–what is really going on–is that liberals don’t like talk radio because they can’t make it work for them. Just ask Jim Hightower or Mario Cuomo or, most recently, Air America: all failed to become the Left’s version of Rush Limbaugh. Heck, Air America couldn’t even make it in deep-blue Rhode Island!
I don’t know why conservatives do better at talk radio. And I don’t know why liberals do better at comedy, but they do. Witness Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. It’s probably a deeper issue than business models or who controls what. Maybe it’s a combination of temperament and style. Whatever it is, liberals will drive themselves crazy if they think they will be able to get total media saturation across the entire spectrum. Isn’t 90% good enough?