Do you listen to talk radio? If so you’re not alone. Millions and millions of American ears are tuned in to the news/talk format everyday. Locally there are two radio stations who dominate the market, Super Talk 99.7 WWTN and News Radio 1510 WLAC. Through their on air personalities, both locally and nationally, these radio stations have taken a leadership role coordinating anti government rallies where participants carry signs comparing the American President to Hitler. I’ve also witnessed a sign made by a 1510 fan that compared Obama to a chimpanzee. Are these radio stations guilty of promoting hate?
Before the sun has even risen, 1510’s Steve Gill takes to the air trashing our commander in chief, his wife, and everybody in between, that’s his job. That’s what he is paid to do. That’s what 1510 pays him to do. While the complaints and conspiracy theories flow Ralph Bristol is doing the exact same thing on 99.7. After their shows finish for the day, Glenn Beck airs against Michael DelGiorno where they regurgitate the exact same things that Gill and Bristol had said earlier in the morning, the only difference is, well it’s just different angry white people saying the same things. After these guys get done complaining about Obama for a few hours, more angry white people take to the airwaves. Rush Limbaugh airs against Dave Ramsey. Dave is a Christian financial advisor who detests Obama despite the fact the Obama brought us back from the brink of an economical disaster. Next, Sean Hannity goes up against Phil Valentine. They both hate our President on air for a few hours before turning it over to Mark Levin and Michael “Savage” Weiner for more of the same. Nashville isn’t special; this is the standard for talk radio stations across the nation. It’s a lucrative business.
How much money is wrapped up in turning Americans against their President? Forbes reported that Glenn Beck raked in 32 million dollars last year. Rush Limbaugh signed a 400 million dollar contract to keep telling Americans what they ought to think. It’s been reported that Sean Hannity’s contract with FOX was worth 100 million dollars. To be fair, Michael Moore made millions slamming President Bush. Remember how loudly these conservative talkers bashed Michael Moore? The only difference between Moore and these talk show hosts are their political affiliations.
Irvin Williams, a 70 something Nashville native said, “See, these talk show hosts make all that money talking garbage about our President, warning people that (Obama’s) hidden agenda is to destroy the country, and then they say they have the answers in their new book. They know how to take the country back from this socialist president. Then they drill it in the heads of their listeners, that you got to go out and buy this book, your country depends on it. If these multi-millionaires believed a word that they were saying wouldn’t they give away these so called books? Wouldn’t these so called patriots give it away, to save the country?”
It does seem that these stations do in fact promote hate. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t be able to, but they should at least be honest about it. They should remove any of those ridiculous disclaimers which state the views shared by the hosts are not the views of the station because when you ask people to join your radio station at our Legislative Plaza to publicly compare the President and his agenda to Hitler and Nazi Germany you are in fact promoting hate.
It’s not rocket science.