Did Air America Die Because America is Turning to the Right?

by on January 21, 2010 · 9 comments

The left-leaning Air America Media radio network announced it was ceasing operations immediately today. It had been struggling for many years and appeared headed under many times before before being bailed out by various people. No doubt, many conservatives will rush to claim that the death of Air America is a sign that the political right is resurgent in America and that progressive viewpoints no longer have an audience. But I would beg to differ.

Don’t get me wrong, I was no fan of Air America. But the reality is that over-the-air terrestrial radio is an aging media platform that generally appeals to a more conservative-leaning and religious-oriented audience. That’s the primary reason conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are so dominant on the dial.  Meanwhile, however, progressive voices have flocked to cyberspace and established a strong foothold here with an amazing array of blogs and websites dedicated to advancing their vision.  Although conservatives have made some amazing strides online in recent years, they are still struggling to catch up with the likes of The Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and so on.

So, while many on the Right will be licking their chops today giddy with delight about the demise of Air America, the real question is: will they be able to catch up to the Left in cyberspace?  Because Rush, Sean and talk radio ain’t gunna be around forever.

Of course, as a libertarian who has never once voted for a Democrat or Republican in my life, I really don’t give a damn who wins.  We fans of real freedom — across-the-board economic and personal freedom, that is — have no media platform to call our own.

  • dre

    Adam, I beg to differ. Libertarians have a strong presence in the mimeographed pamphlet market.

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com eee_eff

    “Of course, as a libertarian who has never once voted for a Democrat or Republican in my life, I really don’t give a damn who wins. We fans of real freedom — across-the-board economic and personal freedom, that is — have no media platform to call our own.”

    Ok Adma as a fan of real freedom, perhaps you can point me to recent posts on TLF that call into question the DMCA or the ACTA?

  • http://www.timothyblee.com/ Tim Lee

    We fans of real freedom — across-the-board economic and personal freedom, that is — have no media platform to call our own.

    What about the Technology Liberation Front?

  • http://www.techliberation.com Adam Thierer

    I'm speaking of the ideological sway across a media platform, of course, not just a sliver of one. I'm happy that the Internet has given those who care about the cause of liberty a chance to erect a small soapbox to stand on on preach, but let's not kid ourselves into thinking too many people are listening. Statist voices still dominate. Liberty is but a cry in the wind.

  • http://www.seoworkgroup.com/ seo services

    It's a sad news for the Air America's lovers. Whatever is the condition or the reason for that but it really painful.

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com eee_eff

    “Of course, as a libertarian who has never once voted for a Democrat or Republican in my life, I really don’t give a damn who wins. We fans of real freedom — across-the-board economic and personal freedom, that is — have no media platform to call our own.”

    Ok Adma as a fan of real freedom, perhaps you can point me to recent posts on TLF that call into question the DMCA or the ACTA?

  • http://www.timothyblee.com/ Tim Lee

    We fans of real freedom — across-the-board economic and personal freedom, that is — have no media platform to call our own.

    What about the Technology Liberation Front?

  • http://www.techliberation.com Adam Thierer

    I'm speaking of the ideological sway across a media platform, of course, not just a sliver of one. I'm happy that the Internet has given those who care about the cause of liberty a chance to erect a small soapbox to stand on on preach, but let's not kid ourselves into thinking too many people are listening. Statist voices still dominate. Liberty is but a cry in the wind.

  • John Marker

    I really could not understand this whole topic abve ?

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