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So you get all the hilarity of their planning missives, as Michael P. Leahy lures all the suckers into one big marketing tent for his goofy Saul Alinsky books with their make-believe history.

Oh, and it may also help screw up AFP/David Koch's bus-buying and booking plans for the big event, too.

From March 9 through March 31 Freedom Loving Tea Party activists
will be traveling to Washington DC to HELP STOP Obamacare.
We need YOUR HELP. If you would like more information, please
fill out the form below and we will be in touch ASAP about how
you can help. THANK YOU! — Michael P. Leahy (#tcot Founder)

Take the Town Halls to Washington.


I can't wait to see all 85 gazillion billion trillion Teapartiers all assembled on one block.

Back in the summer of 2007, Josh Silver's, and the Center for American Progress published a very important, and little discussed report called

The Structural Imbalance of Talk Radio

It found that:

In the spring of 2007 of the 257 news/talk stations owned by the top
five commercial station owners reveals that 91 percent of the total weekday talk
radio programming is conservative, and 9 percent is progressive.

Each weekday, 2,570 hours and 15 minutes of conservative talk are broadcast on
these stations compared to 254 hours of progressive talk—10 times as much conservative talk as progressive talk.

A separate analysis of all of the news/talk stations in the top 10 radio markets
reveals that 76 percent of the programming in these markets is conservative and
24 percent is progressive, although programming is more balanced in markets such as New York and Chicago.

AND THIS was when Air America was in the game. Those days are now over, and the situation is far worse (it was getting worse long before AA's bankruptcy).

Read the report. It's very well written, unwonky, and extremely clear in both content, conclusions, and the implications if we don't repair this huge disparity in American media. Since it came out during the heat of the early presidential campaign, it was mostly buried. And of course, social networks weren't in high gear yet. The timing sucked, but the data and conclusions are dynamite.

The report concludes that the answer to the problem is not some hackneyed and outdated "Fairness Doctrine," but rather, a new set of regulations that more carefully target the licensing process, station ownership "caps," and much stronger and clearly defined "public interest" standards enforcement (with funding from levied fines being routed to public broadcasting).

Please retweet this post widely, and make sure your friends read it. It's important that we be well -armed with the facts if we are ever to put this hideous and dangerous genie back in the bottle.

Remember, conservative talk radio is protected by the first amendment, but media consolidation and licensing rules are not. But it is protected by a TV network;  a twenty-four hour, seven day a week, ultra-conservative television network that makes no apologies for being an overwhelmingly partisan political operation with few ethical or civic constraints placed on it.  It's called "Fox News."  And of course, the conservative radio markets protect Fox in return. It's an unholy reciprocal alliance that is helping to drive this nation right off a cliff. And the front wheels have already gone over the edge.

READ:  Structural Imbalance of Talk Radio (PDF)





Last Spring…

David Neiwert's The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right, which sliced and diced the preposterous right wing revisionism of Jonah Goldberg's "Liberal Fascism," got a fair amount of attention in the press. Here's a brief taste of it:

And yet, here we are two years later, and it turns out that many people indeed have taken Goldberg’s book seriously.  Not only was Liberal Fascism a national bestseller, but its core thesis – that, "properly understood, fascism is not a phenomenon of the right at all.  Instead, it is, and always has been, a phenomenon of the left” – has become widely accepted conventional wisdom among American conservatives, and has played a significant role in the national discourse. 

Nowhere is this more evident than at gatherings of the Tea Party movement, the right-wing populist phenomenon that has sprung up in opposition to the policies for which Barack Obama was elected president.  It is common at Tea Party rallies to see signs equating Obama with Hitler, and declaring the current regime “fascist.”

The proof that it got such attention…

Can be seen here in this Google search.

But THAT was then…

And since that time, you can find very little substantive attention to either his book, or the revisionist memes that Goldberg has created among conservatives and the growing, quasi-fascist Teaparty movement (and I'm using the real meaning of fascism here).

His screed has literally rewritten history for much of the country, and much of the Left is simply letting it happen. There is no ongoing push-back to remind scholars, historians, the media, and the public, that his screed was almost universally debunked by credible academics and pundits. It doesn't matter that two years ago, or last spring, this issue came to light again. What does matter is that the light faded far too fast.

This wasn't some minor tweaked view of an historical event. It's a major rewrite and falsification of one of the most destructive political phenomena in the history of civilization.  To allow such a false history to prevail is analogous to winking at claims that the holocaust never happened, or the Apollo 11 lunar landing was staged. It's a slap in the face to all of humanity when such lies are institutionalized, not so much because the lie has all that much strength or appeal, but because people who know better did so little to adequately redress the lies in a focused, organized manner.

To my knowledge, my "American Fascism" post/debunker, here on this site, is one of the only examples of such focused attention that I can find. And that's patently absurd–and dangerous.

If Left leaning and centrist-publishers don't step up and keep denouncing phony histories on a continuing basis, they WILL soon become the official versions, taught in our nation's schools. Why? Because school boards are now heavily infiltrated by far-right ideologues in Texas and other influential school districts.

And these hyper-politicized, Uber-partisan boards have no interest in curriculums which don't support or reinforce the political or religious views of their more vocal or authoritative members.  If Goldberg's view of Fascism is not adequately discredited, nationally and globally, and very soon, it might well become the only definition school children, and future generations ever see.

And even if it never gets quite that bad, the damage it does do will be seen almost daily in among conservative news outlets like Fox News,,, or countless right wing blogs and hyper-locals. And all of those meme makers matter–a lot. There is already a vast network of them, and all repeating the same bad information. There is no mechanism on the left which can rival that bullshit echo chamber. There is no organized truth machinery tasked with balancing the vast right wing lie-machinery.

This situation cannot be allowed to stand

The only solution is for TheNation, Salon, Slate, The New Republic, DailyKos, Alternet, ThinkProgress, and all the other major Progressive publications to use recent teaparty successes, and the deliberate obstructionism of the Republicans, as a pretext to resurface and revisit Goldberg's Lie, and ensure that everyone knows it's not just lie, but a massive whopper of a lie. And they must infuse the debunking into stories whenever they can, so that present and future students of history are continuously reminded of the dualism that now exists between the right wing's portrayal of fascism, and its historical reality.

If they do not, they will only have themselves to blame as this—and other false memes—are allowed to become our collective "truths."