images/stories/videos/part2_home.jpgUnchallenged Conservative perspective on the news of the day, free air time for Conservative candidates and politicians, and a cavalcade of callers voicing their accord with virtually everything they hear;
these are among the features of Conservative talk radio critics cite as evidence of its inherent unfairness and capacity for misleading.
Worse yet, " ... conservative talk radio dominates the airwaves of our country," says Federal Communications Commission Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer, Mark Lloyd, "to the detriment of informed public discourse and the First Amendment."
But in a free market economy, are there truly structural obstacles preventing non-Conservative voices from gaining access to the public airwaves? And as for its "unfairness," what is the actual function of Conservative talk radio in the modern mass media milieu: open public forum or bold political advocate?
The answers to these questions determine whether accusations of unfairness, misinformation and disservice to the First Amendment are legitimate or demonstrative of a failure to understand – unintentionally or intentionally – the role and purpose of Conservative talk radio.