Liberal Hypocrisy Hits An All Time High
However, Limbaugh, Kobylt and Chiampou have been garnering huge ratings for decades because there is a significant enough audience for their type of programming. On the other hand, broadcasters such as Larry Elder, John Phillips, Doug McInytre and Dennis Miller may also fall on the right side of the aisle, but present a more measured approach leaning more towards wry witticisms and irony than the man cave like observations of Rush/John and Ken. Both types of formats appeal and all of these radio hosts have been extremely successful.
While the remarks of Limbaugh, Kobylt and Chiampou may not sit well with some or even many, they have the right to continue their approach as long as their employer finds it valuable to them. The audiences for these programs are prime demographics for many advertisers and those advertisers find that placing spots on The Rush Limbaugh Show and John and Ken, well, sells stuff.
However, it's not always an unfettered free market and loud obnoxious bullies often can wield a disproportionate amount of power.
Jasmyne Cannick and a band of busybodies calling themselves the "Black Media Alliance." Cannick et al have embarked on an Internet jihad against KFI who they claim is a "racist" radio station that does not employ minorities or women (even though KFI's program director, Robin Bertolucci, is a woman and her second in command, Neil Saavedra, is Latino).
Cannick and her crew, pushing a progressive message, have been offered potential opportunities at KFI's sister station, the progressive talker KTLK. However, that's not good enough. Liberal talkradio, historically not a big ratings getter, doesn't even do well in a blue state like California. Cannick notes correctly that KTLK is Los Angeles's 34th ranked station (compared to KFI's #1 rating). Maybe that should tell her something.
Clearly, because Cannick and company can not see a path to the microphone organically for her friends and their left wing message, she must use brutality and bullying to attempt to reach KFI's audience. Thus, Cannick has begun talk of boycotts, advertiser protesting and a general harassment of Bertolucci and her team with the hope that brute force can achieve her goals, as opposed to trying to sell her ideas in the open marketplace.
When you boil it down, it appears to that Cannick, with the dual handle of being both a Black and Lesbian activist, must have the following goals:
1 - Jobs at KFI if not for her, for her friends.
2 - Silencing conservative voices
3 - Creating a wedge issue in a Presidential election year
It might be interesting to see Cannick advocate for more people of color and other minorities to be behind radio microphones and to call for a more civil discourse in general if Cannick was indeed, herself, consistent.
Then there is this - CNN commentator Roland Martin was suspended by the network for homophobic tweets he made during the Superbowl. Cannick - again who is a lesbian - went after the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for making calls for Martin to be suspended or fired saying that the Black gay community can handle this one and that firing a Black man would be a greater injustice than allowing him to make comments offensive to gays.
It all comes down to on this issue, the left is clearly hypocritical and seeking to control the discourse with a message that a clear majority of radio listeners and television viewers do not want to hear. Liberals do not want to put an end to all sexist, racist, homophobic and misogynistic remarks. They want to put an end to all conservative remarks. If these offensive comments serve to criticize conservatives and/or further a liberal agenda, then they are okay. It is my hope that KFI, CNN and other broadcast outlets stand strong and do not allow the bullies like Cannick to prevail. If Rush Limbaugh or Roland Martin or Bill Maher or John and Ken are to be fired, let it be because simply too many people changed the station.