Friday, August 8, 2003

Friday August 8, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:12 PM


From The New Yorker magazine, issue dated August 11, 2003:

Talk of the Town

As in the rest of the country, political talk radio here is dominated by the hard right. On the AM band, whose low-fidelity signal is perfect for shrill jabber, no fewer than four powerful stations feature “conservative talk.” Two of them, WMCA and WWDJ, are “Christian” and heavily salted with attacks on homosexuality, abortion rights, and stem-cell research and support for school prayer, President Bush’s judicial nominees, and Israeli maximalism. The other two pump out a steadier flow of viscous, untreated political sewage. WOR carries four hours daily of Bob Grant and Bill O’Reilly, reliable voices of irritable reaction. The biggie is WABC, which claims the largest talk-radio audience in the country. The station features fifteen hours a week of Limbaugh, fifteen of Sean Hannity, and ten of Mark Levin (“one of America’s preëminent conservative commentators”).

— Hendrik Hertzberg

For more on this alleged “sewage,” click on the names mentioned.

Those who wish may easily find sites attacking some of these commentators (particularly Bob Grant).

Others may feel that the word “sewage” might be better applied to The New Yorker itself under the recent editorship of Tina Brown.  See

Tina Brown and the Coming Decline
of Celebrity Journalism

at the

Columbia Journalism Review.

1 Comment

  1. Perhaps both characterizations are accurate.

    Comment by HomerTheBrave — Friday, August 8, 2003 @ 1:16 PM

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