The subject these three chose as an example of "unfairness" was the vitriolic Rush Limbaugh and his dominance of AM radio.
Notice how Ms. Rhodes astutely defined why Rush Limbaugh is so popular:
"They have no choice, he's on every radio station... they have no choice."According to his website, Limbaugh is "broadcast on over 600 radio stations nationwide."
According to About.com, in 2004 there were 4781 AM stations and 2471 FM Educational stations.
For the sake of fair argument - because we certainly know how important "fairness" is to the leftists - let's just use the AM band number, since that is where Conservative talk radio is most prominent. According to these numbers, on 4781 stations (assuming all AM stations broadcast a full 24-hour cycle) there are 114,744 broadcast hours available. If Limbaugh's show is 3 hours in length and airs on 600 stations, that means he is responsible for 1800 hours of total air time used. Therefore, if we round up, Limbaugh's show uses approximately 1.6 percent of all available air time.
Or, to be more "fair," we could say that Limbaugh is broadcast on 600 of 4781 stations, which is 12.5 percent. 12.6 percent if we round up. Alright - thirteen percent.
Randi is correct. There's clearly no other choice.
Joy Behar next took the discussion to how Air America "Couldn't make it."
The two guests (again, both former Air America hosts) and Behar couldn't step over themselves quickly enough to squelch that idea. The offering Ms. Cox brought is most humorous, attempting to equate Air America to The Daily Show. "That's the same kind of stuff..." Cox said.
For the sake of honest, or shall we say "fair" comparison, here is a clip from The Daily Show in which Jon Stewart mocks Glenn Beck, followed by a clip from the now defunct Air America, in which Rosie O'Donnell and Janeane Garofalo... well, you be the judge of what they were doing.
Yep. Exactly the same - I can't even tell the difference.
I will give Ms. Rhodes credit; she understands the fact that Air America was run "really badly", but she is mistaken in her belief that this is due to the fact that "It was not run by radio people."
Actually, it was a lack of interest in the product.
According to Wikipedia (since I can't find another source for this information), Air America was broadcast on 66 stations nationwide as recently as October 2008, so the network had opportunity.
But as Limbaugh himself wisely pointed out shortly after Air America's inception, you can't build a popular radio show, or network, on ideology – and rightly or wrongly, Air America got the image that it was working from a playbook.
"First," said Limbaugh, "you have to entertain people. You have to make it interesting to listen. I don't hear any of that."Finally, Rhodes tried to close the conversation by naming all the people who came from Air America. She began by naming her fellow guest Ana Marie Cox, of whom I only hear on MSNBC and CNN. She also named Rachel Maddow, a person who has carved a bit of a niche for herself but has been proven factually incorrect a number of times by this blogger and many others in the blogosphere and media.
And in the end, another defense of the failed Air America, yet clearly no real understanding of the free market and how it affects talk radio.