The Democrats need a left wing voice to challenge the arrogant buffoonery of the closet Nazi Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh is the worst case scenario of a conservative spokesman advocating the tramping on civil rights, supporting the abuses of corporate America, cutting down every tree on the planet, putting oil wells in every national park, killing Iraqis or anyone else who has what America wants, denying pandemic ending drugs for TB, Malaria and AIDS, giving the top of the wealth pyramid more tax breaks than the rank and file, and supporting the Neanderthal who is presently the president of the United States.
There are two problems with finding a liberal counterpart to the fascists like Limbaugh. First, liberals are not generally as filled with hell fire and damnation as most of the self righteous conservatives who presently have a position of prominence on the almighty demigod of America, television; the true American god being money.
The second problem is that the Jews have a lot of influence in the media and it is going to be hard to find a liberal spokesman when the Jews will want to stop that liberal from challenging the genocidal policies of Israel against the Palestinians.
The Jewish entertainment and media chiefs in the United States talk liberalism but they are arch conservatives on the issue of Israel's right to continue to treat the Palestinians the same way Hitler treated the Jews in Europe. The only real difference is that the Israelis have no death camps. They are restricted to killing Palestinians one at a time, mostly children. They are restricted to targeting alleged Palestinian leaders for assassination.
How can the Democrats put a liberal voice on the television and radio who will ignore the Nazi tactics of the Israelis. And without that freedom to speak about the policies of Israel, any liberal political respondent to Rush Limbaugh will obvious come off as bought and paid for.
If you are going to tout liberalism, then you have to have a free hand to do it. The number one issue regarding WorldPeace right now is Israel and Palestine and not the stupid unjustified war against Iraq that the Bushman is presently selling to the world.
The only liberal spokesman that is going to have an impact is one who can speak his mind with the freedom that Limbaugh speaks. And more importantly, this spokesman is going to have to be just as combative and arrogant in his liberalism as Limbaugh and his imitators are in their arch conservative fundamentalism.
Oh yes, the true liberal will need some freedom to speak the liberal mindset about religion in general because the fabric of political conservatism in America is tightly interwoven in fundamental Christianity. This is going to be a hard sell to any television station. A true liberal speaking his voice with minimum editing will cause the KKK to rise again and bomb the station in the name of Jesus and the American way.
Jan. 4, 2003, 10:51PM
Democrats scrambling to find strong liberal voices for mediaBy JIM RUTENBERG
New York Times
NEW YORK -- Influential Democrats, worried that their party has been outgunned in the political propaganda wars by conservative radio and television personalities, are scouring the nation for a liberal answer to Rush Limbaugh and the many others on the deep bench of Republican friends.
For years, Democrats have groused about their inability to balance what they see as the increasing influence over the electorate by advocates of Republican policies.
But they say their concerns have taken on a new urgency because of the rise to the top of the cable news ratings by the Fox News Channel, considered by liberals to have a conservative slant, and the loss of the Senate to the Republicans in November. Some Democrats say the election outcome enhanced the influence of Fox News and personalities like Limbaugh.
The efforts among influential Democrats, particularly liberals, range from a grass-roots talent search for progressive radio hosts to the creation of think tanks to provide a Democratic spin for the news media, to nascent discussions by wealthy supporters about starting a cable network with a liberal bent.
People working on these projects acknowledged they were venturing into territory where liberals have failed and failed again, most notably with the short-lived radio programs of Mario Cuomo and Texan Jim Hightower, not to mention Phil Donahue's struggling, liberal talk show on MSNBC.
However, they said, the recent Republican gains have perhaps set the backdrop for the emergence of an angry liberal who could claim the same outsider status that worked so well for Limbaugh in the early 1990s.
The hurried efforts by Democrats to find more powerful media voices comes after years of carping but little action.
"If you start from the premise that the message was right, which we do, then the problem was that it wasn't getting out to the people," said one official of the Democratic Party who spoke on condition that his name not be used.
With that sentiment, there is a sense within the leadership ranks that the party erred in not building a media support system after the 2000 presidential election, when it lost the media coordination of the Clinton White House.
"Across the board, we need to muscle up," said John Podesta, the former White House chief of staff for Bill Clinton and now a law professor at Georgetown University. "That means from the congressional operations to the party committees to the think tank world to, most significantly, beefing up our capacity to communicate with the public in all forms of media, not just through obscure Internet Web sites but on television and radio."
For his part, Podesta is discussing with Internet entrepreneur Steven T. Kirsch and others the creation of a liberal version of the Heritage Foundation, the conservative research group that, along with others of its kind, is credited with helping start the modern conservative movement.
The foundation is part of a circuit of influential conservative groups that are credited with helping to hone a singular conservative message, bolstered each Wednesday at back-to-back meetings held by Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform, and the conservative activist Paul Weyrich. Those meetings are monitored and at times attended by some conservative commentators, columnists and Internet writers.
Democrats have long claimed that the circuit has corralled conservative thinkers, and more importantly, conservative media, into a disciplined message of the week that gets repeated attention from Web sites like The Drudge Report, Limbaugh's radio show, Fox News' prime-time talk shows and the editorial pages of The Washington Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Kirsch, chief executive of the Propel Internet service and a prominent Democratic fund-raiser, said the foundation he and Podesta envision would do the same for liberals.
"During the last 10 years the opposition has become more organized and the liberals haven't adapted to counter it," he said. "We will have components that will include messaging, message delivery and coordination of progressive groups so progressives will speak with more of a unified voice."
But if history is any guide, the soil may not be fertile. Liberal radio programs have not worked very well in the past. Liberals and conservatives said they believed this was in part because the most prominent liberal hosts have tended to present policy issues in all of their dry complexity while refraining from baring fangs against their conservative opponents.
"Most liberal talk shows are so, you know, milquetoast, who would want to listen to them?" said Harry Thomason, the Hollywood producer who is close to Clinton. "Conservatives are all fire and brimstone."
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