Progressive talk-radio host Mike Malloy
The Elite surround themselves with their peers, minions, and court jesters. Their minions are expendable, the jesters replaceable, and periodically they wage war against their peers. But ... The Elite can always agree on this -- They never support anything that would thwart whatever it is they want to do. And they want what all gangsters have always wanted ... more.
Yesterday I read the latest at the Brilliant at Breakfast Blog -- The Rise And Fall Of Prog-Talk Radio. She extensively quotes from a column at Truthout.org written by Peter B. Collins -- An Insider's View of the Progressive Talk Radio Devolution.
The blogger and Peter B. got some of it right, but most of it wrong.
Disclaimer: The optimists say the glass is half full. Pessimists say the glass is half empty. I tend to think the glass is half empty and we're all gonna die.
But I digress ...
You can't find Mike Malloy, Thom Hartmann, or Stephanie Miller on KPTK in Seattle anymore. Not because their ratings were low but because The Elite won't allow Progressive Talk Radio to exist in Seattle. Now Seattle has Three -- count 'em Three -- sports radio stations and of course there's always room for Conservative talking points radio.
CBS said they dumped KPTK's format of Progressive Talk and embraced Sports talk because of low ratings. I say that's a lie.
"What!!??" sputters radio executives across the land clutching their pearls and Arbitron ratings books. "Are you saying the hard-wrought data laboriously collected by Arbitron drones aren't nuggets of the purest gold?"
Radio program ratings are estimates based upon a fiction.
Ancient oracles would slice open a bird and root around in the carcass for something to interpret the past, present, and future. If only the fine folks at Arbitron would adapt this more rigorous scientific methodology. Presently I don't have the time or the will to dissect the mysterious inner workings of an Arbitron ratings book, but trust me ... it's junk. The books are cooked. If we really lived in the reality as described by Arbitron, pocket watches would hang limply from the limbs of barren trees.
She put together a Fascistic "To-Do" list from the playbook of Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin.
Invoke an internal and external threat. Before 9-11 nobody had ever heard of al-Qaeda. Now they're everywhere.