Studies from the Center for American Progress cannot be trusted. The link contains an example of one of their studies that used a methodology so flawed it's pathetically funny.
The latest example comes in "The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio". All denials to the contrary, it's little more than a veiled attempt to go beyond the Fairness Doctrine and impose libtalk on the nation despite glaring evidence (see: Air America bankruptcy) that the marketplace has spoken.
And, one of the CAP co-authors is Paul Woodhull, a "Special Adviser". Nowhere in their PDF is his biographical information provided (link):
Mr. Woodhull was a founding member of Big Eddie Radio Productions, LLC (BERP), the producers of the #1 liberal talk show in the country The Ed Schultz Show. Mr. Woodhull was responsible for signing the talent, designing the business plan, and negotiating with Jones Radio Networks for syndicating the program... Mr. Woodhull negotiated the sale of BERP to Product First owned and operated by legendary radio businessman Randy Michaels, the former CEO of Clear Channel Communications. Mr. Woodhull is a founding member of Bill Press Partners, LLC, the producers of The Bill Press Show.
Moreover, his wife is an executive with Jones Radio Network.
Note also that the PDF refers to the "proven success of progressive shows". As long as we're speaking relative to high school hockey broadcasts, that's accurate. And, they support imposing race- and gender-based ownership rules:
Ultimately, these results suggest that increasing ownership diversity, both in terms of the race/ethnicity and gender of owners, as well as the number of independent local owners, will lead to more diverse programming, more choices for listeners, and more owners who are responsive to their local communities and serve the public interest.
And, they appear to be trying to enable attempts by activists to get non-listeners to complain about the programming of stations they've never listened to:
Demand that the radio broadcast licensee announce when its license is about to expire and demonstrate how the public can participate in the process to determine whether the license should be extended. In addition, the FCC should be required to maintain a website to conduct on-line discussions and facilitate interaction with the public about licensee conduct.
I can practically see the blog posts encouraging "listeners" to complain about various stations.
A fee based on a sliding scale (1 percent for small markets, 5 percent for the largest markets) would be distributed directly to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with clear mandates to support local news and public affairs programming and to cover controversial and political issues in a fair and balanced manner.
Once again, it's all relative: they mean "fair and balanced" in the NPR-style.
Posted in Meta at June 22, 2007 12:38 PM
Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.