January 22nd, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Meaning of only U.S. liberal radio network shutting down?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Air America has crashed. The liberal talk radio network is going out of business.

The network that once boasted hosts like Al Franken and Rachel Maddow launched in 2004 during the Bush administration. It was meant as a liberal alternative to right-wing commentators like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
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But Air America struggled from the beginning - with several management shake-ups, a bankruptcy, followed by a $4 million sale.

The network described itself as "the only full-time progressive voice in the mainstream broadcast media world" when it launched... saying it offered dissenting views on things like the Iraq War - when such positions were called un-American.

But nearly six years later - and 1 year after the inauguration of Democratic President Barack Obama - Air America says it will file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy – ending programming for good on Monday. The network cites the "very difficult economic environment," pointing to a steep decline in radio ad revenues.

Conservatives suggest the "passing" of Air America is a reminder that the country is center right. After all - tough economy or not, Limbaugh still draws in 10 to 20 million listeners each week.

Meanwhile a recent Gallup Poll shows that conservatives finished 2009 as the number one ideological group in the U.S. for the first time in five years. 40 percent of Americans identify as conservatives, compared to 36 percent for moderates and just 21 percent for liberals.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean that the country's only liberal radio network is going out of business?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Marc from St. Louis, Missouri writes:
I am from Missouri, which is Rush Limbaugh's home state. While everyone does not agree with him, he does speak for many who believe that extreme liberals have hijacked the Democratic Party. Air America was simply a mirror image of those extreme views. However, in the free market system, you are only as good as the number of listeners that you have and Air America had few. Now we see that the mainstream media – which supports the Democrats at every opportunity – are going the same route. Newspapers are folding or getting ready to, and traditional TV media is losing viewers in droves yet Fox viewers increase every year.

Tom from Florida writes:
It's of little impact since it preached to the choir. I'm more left of center and find neither the far right's programs such as Hannity or Limbaugh nor far left's Air America satisfying. Both sides are lopsided and headache-inducing. I prefer common sense problem-solving over finger-pointing.

Liz writes:
It means that liberals (and moderates) can decide on issues on their own: by reading, listening to others and assimilating the facts. They don't need someone to tell them what or how to think, like many conservatives.

Sue from Los Angeles writes:
Just like The New York Times and Newsweek. There is no need and no market for a far left paper, magazine or radio show. The mainstream media are full of enough biased liberal coverage.

Jeane writes:
Guess we know who works for a living and who listens to the radio for a living, huh?

Diana writes:
I listened to Air America and found it boring. I've listened to Rush Limbaugh and found him boring (and offensive). My motto is "if you can't change your mind, are you sure you still have one?" That's why I like to hear differing opinions very respectfully presented, with no yelling or interrupting. National Public Radio is the best example of this that I can find.

Eric writes:
It means that, unlike conservatives, liberals can't be herded like sheep.

Filed under: Liberals • Media Coverage
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Penny, Bellvue WA

    It means that Republicans need to be fed their talking points and told what to think, while Democrats can think for themselves.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  2. Joanne B

    Apparently 19% of Americans are left wing liberals and thus the demise of what most Americans don't want. We are a moderate right country.
    Joanne B

    January 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  3. Terry, Chandler AZ

    I don't understand why Liberal talk radio fails and Conservative talk radio is so successful, when more people define themselves as more Liberal than Conservative.What does it say? Perhaps Liberals are smart enough that they do not have to be directed by the narcissistic bloviaters that define talk radio.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  4. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    It means that now like it or not we will not get two sides of the story. Also it means that the corprate elite will control what we hear. It is a sad thing when we in this country can not hear the true two sides of every issue. Maybe you can start a liberal network of your own Jack.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  5. Carol Colitti Levine

    Northampton, Massachusetts

    Because Liberals are wimps, Jack.

    Talk radio gets ratings from Conservatives who are louder & angrier- they don't shy away from hate mongering conspiracy theories nor blatantly making things up to garner an audience.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  6. JENNA

    What does it mean that the country's only liberal radio network is going out of business?

    So much for diffent views being heard. In my city I have Rush Limbaugh on 4 radio channels at the same time and not a single Progressive available to me. However when you pit Rush Limbaugh against Randi Rhodes, who is a Progressive, she beats him in all markets. Do you hear Randi Rhodes as much as you hear Rush? No. Why? Because he threatened to pull his show from any market that carried her. What does that say about "Competition" ? To me it says that the Conservatives can't handle it so they ensure silencing Progressive talk.

    Look at cable news, there is only 4 cable news programs that could be considered "Liberal" out of all 3 major cable news networks. These shows are Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Ed Schultz Show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show. There is no Progressive talk on CNN or FOX. And what do the Conservatives do? They cry foul that Progressives have 4 programs.

    Look, I am not sure what "Liberal network" you are talking about, but just remember – Progressives make up a good 50% of this nation and you have to ask yourself why do Conservatives want them silenced so badly?

    Here is the reason to come up with a new and improved Fairness Doctrine.

    Roseville CA

    January 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  7. Mike in St. Paul

    It means liberals can think for themselves and don't need to be validated by some authoritarian voice on a box telling them the way it ought to be and who is causing all of the problems in their lives.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  8. Albert K., Los Angeles

    Jack, liberal radio was ill conceived because it ignored the essence of liberalism, a toleration of different opinions as the only way to find truth. Liberals, therefore, are not as inclined as conservatives to tune into the rants of only single minded pompous blowhards like Rush Limbaugh or Glen Beck but seek a more rounded and intelligent discussion of diverse opinions like those found on CNN.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  9. JD in NH

    It means liberals have more important things to do than hang around listening to talk radio all day.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  10. Mr. D

    Lack of interest, or it might be a sign of the times. Democrats are in office and the liberal political culture does not need to do the "bashing" that keeps these types of programs going. It could also be advertising dollar shrinkage. I don't think it will be missed.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  11. S. Immak, Yelm, WA

    It means that too few people control the media. The media is controlled by a few billionaires, and it means that we don't have a publicly funded media, but a media that primarily represents the interests of the corporate elite. The right wing does not mean "right wing" it means corporately supported, and some –not all– left wing individuals do not support mega-corporations. They are more for small businesses, individually, family owned companies, and more control of the political system, media, and business realm given back to individuals rather than mega-corporations. Now why did Air America shut down? Not enough advertisers. Advertisers are big corporations whose main goal is selfish control of just about everything including the banking system. Why wouldn't they buy air time? Because Air America is anti-corporate. It means we need publicly funded media and giants like yours need to be broken up. Further foreigners should not own outlets in this country ie Rupert Murdoch.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  12. kishen c.rao

    may be Big Corporations, and GOP drama...thats it.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  13. J Atlanta

    It illustrates an important point about liberals....a liberal finds it far easier to spend other people's money than to earn it themselves. Being free with somebody else's money is easy. Far harder to earn it, and if honestly earned, it's not so easy to give it away to the do-gooders.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  14. Matt from Thousand Oaks, CA

    Liberals are too decent to make malarky up and try to pass it as news.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  15. Joe Travis

    The meaning of Air America shutting down suggests the corporate controlled state represented by Republican Politics is going to control our lives for many years to come, unless the New angry President Obama can alert the American people and Congress to pass new laws to control the terrible Supreme Court ruling giving corporations unlimited money to spend in elections.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    January 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  16. Joe

    Creve Couer Mo,

    It means there is one less station to pass through on the dail while looking from something rational

    January 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  17. Maria

    It's quite scary. Why haven't the citizens of this country supported freedom of speech on the liberal side? How can fruit-cakes like almost everyone at Fox, and far-right wing radio and TV gather enough support to stay in business. I realize it all comes down to the big money behind the curtain, but this situation is very scary...and what's worse, I don't think most people in this country even notice thedisappearance of independent or liberal radio.



    January 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  18. Fred (Jefferson MD)

    Well Jack, Now that we are done with them, Let's get Rush Limbaugh off the planet!!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  19. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Because it's not filled with filth and yelling and screaming like the conservatives do on the air. Rush and Howard make the most money because of the content, that should tell you something about the general morality of our society.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  20. Eugene Northern Cal

    Jack, N.P.R. is still on and they're fairly liberal. The other station was too left- winged, for their own good. You can't blame President Bush for this one Jack. People just won't listen, to a steady diet of left- winged, anti- government crap.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  21. Emden (Deep in the Heart of Hurst Texas)

    Not much entertainment value in Liberal slanted discussions.

    The Conservative Righties (Death by War but not by Abortion)
    offer far more entertaining discussions.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  22. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    It shows that Liberals represent a small fraction of the population and the majority don't want to be a Socialist society. All the while, conservative talk radio has surged in popularity as more and more people become disenchanted with Washington and the statist direction of our country. People don't want the government telling how to live their lives.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  23. AJ in Austin TX

    It means that a left wing extremist radio station that spews hate has no place in the market place. I bet they'll be blaming Bush for their misfortunes, but the reality is the country is suffering from buyer's remorse after electing Obama. And if the country isn't buying what Obama is selling, surely they won't buy what Air America is selling.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  24. Mike S., New Orleans

    It would be great news if it also meant America's right wing network, Fox, was shutting down.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  25. Jane (Minnesota)

    The same problem with the moderate & liberal electorate. There hasn't been any emotional issues that galvanize this group to action like the far right does with the religious issues. If they don't galvanzie and rally against the Supreme Court's rling yesterday – then there won't be any voice eventually except for the Corporations with their seemingly bottomless checkbooks.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  26. Tina Tx

    All it means is that the country right now is going in another direction. But to have true change in Washington you must vote out anyone who has been in longer than two terms. What is the point to keep voting in the same old geezer that has been up there since George Washington was president? Same old stinky fish.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  27. David in San Diego

    It reflects the fact that so-called "Liberals" are spending their time trying to improve society rather than exchanging bile with each other and entertainer-bigot hosts who try to whip up a frenzy to cover up the Republican'ts absolute lack of any moral compass.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  28. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    It means that the canary in the coal mine has died. And it could not be more accurately prescient, given yesterday’s supreme carnival ruling.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  29. David of Alexandria, VA

    It means that there is not enbough of an audience to keep them in businesss. That would be the result of no liberals actually owning radios or not enough far-left liberals period. This is a centrist nation. The liberal media seems to dwell on the idea that what has made America great needs to be torn down and rebuit in some socialist basis.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  30. Ray Lampe

    Templeton MA

    People love to be entertained by outrageous ranting, and liberalism is too reasonable to pick fights. Right-wingers love that garbage.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  31. BOB WHITE, Kansas

    It means that the major big corporate interests that purchas advertizing all exist among the antipublic conservative right wing in America. The only public interest that are objective and honest, are funded by small-taxpayer government public interests like NPR that operate on a proverbial shoestring. Profit only comes from the corruption of expoitation. Honest public service is only sustainable but never profitable.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  32. Diane/Allentown PA

    There was a liberal radio network? Hmm....Did not know that.

    Oh well.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  33. Randy from Salt Lake City

    It means that right-wing nutjob media RULES!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  34. sc morrow

    Jack it means another person with lots of money needs to step up to the plate and say give me liberty or give me death

    January 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  35. Joe CE

    LIberals cannot tape the money base available to the extreme conservatives. The Supre Court decision allowing unresrticed Corporate campaign contributions pushes this unbalance farther right. Independents better rethink support of the Right.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  36. Larraine

    Liberals are too busy to listen to what they already know to be true. Conservatives need constant reinforcement. They need to be told what to believe.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  37. Angie

    Conservative and Big Brother still on the rise stopping anyone who has an opinion that the Conservatives don't agree with. White supremacy still having a strong hold on Republican bias issues. Big business corporations and Medical Insurance corporations still continue to control the politicians. And in a matter of time, we will be forced to adhere to all the religious beliefs and Political views of the Conservative Republican Party or be faced with penalties. What those penalties are and how extreme will be very interesting, but when it happens we will never have the freedom to discuss it.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  38. Mary, Monroe, LA

    He who owns the airways, owns America!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  39. Bob Lamar

    Dear Jack: To start with, that is not the only liberal radio station in America. It may be the most left winged there was, but not the only one.

    If their messages had actual popular support on a broad basis, they would still be in busienss.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  40. Kevin,fl

    The meaning.....................Us Independant and Conservative folks still have one HECK of a voice in this country, and we mean to use it. America for Americans, by Americans, and God Bless America!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  41. Dave , Munhall , Pa.

    That the corporations that run the airwaves only want their point of view presented to the public no others! Ruppert Murdoch , Clear Channel , Fox and their likes are wholly owned by the republicans and vise versa . The Fairness Doctrine must be brought back into law to level the playing field.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  42. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,it means no one wants to listen to message of the left wing,but you can bet this will bring about calls for the reinstatement of the "Fairness Doctrine",because the only way liberals can get an audience to listen to them is to force their message on people.It should be called the "Unfairness Doctrine"!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  43. rmcd in chicago

    It means that the conservative fringe is more likely to listen to ranting, inflammatory ideologues than the liberal fringe, let alone the majority of us who fall somewhere in a more rational middle.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  44. The Broker.

    "Communications, and how it's applied, is changing" Adverising too!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  45. Mark

    DUH ! Get a clue.....America is a nation of conservative people with good old fashioned values who let a slick, Chicago politician promise the world to minorities and the poor so that he could sit in the White House.....wanna talk about Sarah Palin being "unqualified" for something.....Obama is even MORE unqualified.

    Oklahoma City, OK

    January 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  46. Gary NC

    It means the Dems can't compete with the right wing, hateful, lying, hypocritical, fear mongering, nasty, Oh yeah, and completley wrong, DJ's . We don't have that type of people in our party.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  47. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    It means the country is center-right. It's a bad economic environment and people are tired of this radical conservative and liberal malarky. Limbaugh still exists because his followers are truly radical die-hard nuts.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  48. Ed from California

    Who listens to the Radio anymore? My favorite jazz station went top forty. A BIG radio station in SF, laid off staff. Radio stations are going with no staff. Just a computer, This is your HP pavilion,"Popping out the hits".

    January 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  49. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, it means that liberals don't listen to talk radio. I'm in the middle of the road and have friends on both sides of the spectrum. My conservative friends listen to talk or sports radio, my liberal friends listen to music. I guess a shade tree analysis would be that liberals want to enjoy themselves and conservatives want to hear how their problems are someone elses fault.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  50. Arlene, Illinois

    What it means to me is that there are still 10 to 12 million Limbaugh
    people who have nothing better to do during the day instead of
    volunteering their time for the less fortunate of this country.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  51. Chris - Ottawa, Canada

    It means Liberals have better things to do with their time then sit around listening to the radio.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  52. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    It means that the worm is turning conservative in American politics. It's a natural reaction to a Liberal or Progressive in the White House. Air America is a casualty of that reaction. Our country is besieged on all sides right now. It seems to me that are lots of dark days ahead for America. Right now, I have little confidence in the future–especially if it's a Conservative one.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  53. Ken from Maryland

    Air America died because they deliver the news, albeit with a left slant. People find that dull. Al Franken was entertaining, but he's moved on to bigger things.

    Limbaugh (and Hannity and Beck) draws large audiences for 2 reasons: some people like the rhetoric and want to hear their own racist, sexist, ultra-conservative views repeated by someone famous; and others listen for the pure entertainment value - to hear what absurd idea he's going to promote today.

    The country isn't center-right. Right now it's anti-incumbent, and that will go against Democrats. Republicans are having a field day saying 'no' to everything and lying about what the bills before Congress really mean in a way that gets people interested.

    I'm interested in seeing the outcome of the 2010 race. I expect the Dems will lose a few seats, but not their majority. Not that it matters, since they're not taking advantage of their majority anyway.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  54. Dennis North Carolina

    it means that big business only supports republican movements because they back big business. why do think our country is in failure.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  55. Tony rom Southport

    The people have spoken.... again. Why are conservative talk radio shows so popular, while Air America is bankrupt? The people aren't stupid. They can tell the difference between common sense opinion and bull excrement.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  56. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    in the case of Air America, I think it shows that most Liberals, even IF they have ideas that would benefit the average American, don't know how to SELL them or RUN a BUSINESS.

    too bad, really. this country really needs a counter to the modern day Julius Streicher's on the right.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  57. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    The make up of the audience has probably very little to do with the failure of Air America. The issue is the sponsors who pay the bills. I would make a wild assumption that most executives who make advertising buy decisions are a little on the very conservative side and not likely to support shows that are contrary to their own views.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  58. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    Freedom of speech is coming at a price and the American people are unable to afford it. All sides have a right to be heard but with our present economy is no longer affordable.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  59. Tommy Young

    It means that people don't want to listen to that garbage. Conservative voters tend to actively follow politics. Liberal voters are like those people that Leno has that don't know who fought in the American Revolution. Someone tells them that conservatives are going to bring back slavery and they eat it up. They don't foillow politics.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  60. Tom in Abilene Tx.

    It means this is just the beginning of a long, downward spiral for American democracy. Wait until this latest ( GOP led) Supreme Court decision on corp voice=individual voice starts to really impact this country and the 2010 elections.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  61. Sean

    It's the free market at work. If Air America was truly valued by the public, it would not have folded. Conservative voices like Limbaugh and Hannity remain on the air because people choose to listen to them, thus bringing in revenue. Air America simply did not have the number of listeners. This is how things should be working. No wonder liberals discussed bringing back the fairness doctrine. They become upset that nobody embraces their message, then try and subsidize what nobody is listening to in first place. In reality, it's simply their frustrated reaction to the popularity of conservative talk radio hidden behind the act of "fairness."

    Fresno, CA

    January 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  62. Luci - Illinois

    It means it is a sad time for the Democrats, the party that I am part of. It's too bad that it isn't Rush losing his job, but the wealthy will take care of his hate spewing. The rich always win out. I guess that is why I do not care to rub elbows with any of them, as they are so full of lies. Now we will not be able to hear the other side of the story.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  63. Alex in Seattle

    It just shows that there is much more money in spewing hate and lies on the public airwaves. A sad day for America.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  64. Susan Frost

    It means that liberals are too busy to listen to the damn radio all day long, and further that liberals don't get our opinions from "talking heads", we actually read, study, reason...you know, THINK!
    I did a radio talk show when i was sixteen years old (yes, they had radio back then). It was a good time in my life for that, because I still knew everything, but God help anybody who took seriously anything

    January 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  65. JJ - Texas

    It means that there is still some hope for our nation ...

    January 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  66. Overby from Melbourne

    They're going out of business because nobody's listening. The answer to your question is that no one cares, so it doesn't mean a single thing. The question should have been about Conan: nobody was watching, so he should have been shut down and thrown out on his rear-end like any non-productive employee...how on earth did he sucker those fools at NBC to actually pay him to leave????

    January 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  67. E.J. in Tacoma

    I'm so disappointed at hearing this news. I can not believe the only liberal radio network is going off the air. This gives more fuel to those right wing nut jobs who want to push their phony values down everyone's throats. Please don't take Rachel, Kieth or Chris away CNN needs to keep the liberals of this country informed with unbiased news and Jack don't think about going anywhere. I would have no one to blog and vent to about politics.
    E.J in Tacoma

    January 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  68. Rick McDaniel

    Liberals don't listen to radio, i suppose. Not a surprise. They are too busy having parties.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  69. Brad Portland Oregon

    It means that Rush Limbaugh has another weeks worth of topic and another million dollars in his pocket. Rush is so vain that he will take credit for running them out of business. Personally any loss of a public voice whether you agree with the view or not is another big blow to the americans information trail. Sorry to hear that. The flag in my heart will fly at half mass for sometime, as a step forward, is now a step back.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  70. Jim from Chicago

    Jack, Jack, Jack - The shutting down of Air America is far from the end of progressive talk radio. The best pregressive talents in the industry - Ed Shultz, Thom Hartmann, Stephanie Miller, Bill Press, Randi Rhodes - are all syndicated by other non-AA networks, and many do well in their markets. Right-wing radio has benefitted by being pushed by the large national radio conglomerate, Clear Channel, who also owns the air rights to Limbaugh and Beck.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  71. Michael Alexandria, VA

    It means that most of its listeners blog rather than do radio, or watch MSNBC – where almost all of the talent has ended up. Most of their listeners, in fact, will be watching one of their transplants rather than your show.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  72. Will from San Jose, CA

    Maybe liberals would rather listen to music than shouting pundits.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  73. Mari Fernandez, Utah

    Here is the thing, Jack, we, Liberals, listen to NPR, CNN radio, there is also Left on XM; plus we listen to music. We do not listen to just one genre. Unlike some conservatives folks who listen to only conservative radio.

    Its too bad about Air America.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  74. Sue in Los Angeles, CA

    Just like The New York Times and Newsweek. There is no need and no market for a Far left paper, magazine or radio show. The mainstream media is full of enough biased liberal coverage.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  75. Lynda from NC

    It doesn't really mean too much to me – when I think of who would listen to any talk radio (versus music) it certainly doesn' t match who typically vote as "liberals". They are a bit more likely to be the ones next to you at the stoplight with their car sound system rattling your car.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  76. Jimmy from Houston, TX

    Al Franken and Rachel Maddow..........two of the most hate filled far left nuts. People don't want to listen to that. Talk radio thrives when there are discussions, which was lacking from those two.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  77. Vivien from NY

    It is very sad . There is no liberal media there never was. Radio is controlled by the right . Cable we have Fox news right wing propaganda. And at times even CNN has a bit of biased reporting by having on one side only and not having the voice of opposition. So we live in a tunnel hearing only one side . Shame

    January 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  78. Eubanks

    I'm upset by it. It was the only station I listened to in my car.
    Now I have to listen to awful music stations, when my 8 year old is with me or hook up my iPod.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  79. Tom Bulger

    It means that liberals aren't in need of having their reality concocted for them by hucksters. They can see and think for themselves. Not the true conservatives, but the Tea Baggers need to keep returning for the Kool-aid of Limpbough and Palin for ridiculous embarrassments such as, "He was born in kenya." .

    January 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  80. Marc Schoenfeld

    I am from Missouri which is Rush Limbaugh's home state. While everyone does not agree with him, he does speak for many that believe that extreme Liberals have hijacked the Democratic Party. Air America was simply a mirror image of those extreme views however in the free market system, you are only as good as the number of listeners that you have and Air America had few. Now we see that the mainstream media which supports the Democrats at every opportunity are going the same route. Newspapers are folding or getting ready to, and traditional tv media is losing viewers in droves yet Fox viewers increase every year. If the President really wanted to know what citizens thought he should ask them. Pick up the phone.

    St. Louis, Missouri

    January 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  81. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    It means that Rush Limbaugh"s show will shut down if he doesn't stop being an instigator, trash-talker, bully, etc.!

    January 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  82. Rita

    It means the money follows the conservatives. This should really scare us given the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the campaign financing laws.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  83. john .......... marlton, nj

    It means the socialist entitlement experimented promoted Barrack 'Robin-hood' Obama together with his facist possee of Reid and Pelosi puppets is DOA. (dead on arrival) The people (remember 'we the people') have spoken !!

    January 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  84. Craig Cochran

    No rocket science involved here! Air America was tracking poorly before Obama took office and with Al Franken in the chair. Americans who were experimenting with "liberalism" finally got a real chance to learn what it was all about when the Obama, Reid, Pelosit experiments started taking shape – and rejected it as impractical.

    Now they know better!

    January 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  85. Steve - Chula Vista, CA

    Simple really, a large portion of the Democratic voters don't pay any attention at all to politics, they vote for the party that gives them their entitlements.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  86. Eric

    This is the first I've ever heard of this programming. I know nothing of the background aside from what you have reported in this story. The answer could be relatively simple. When a company goes out, it means they were not bringing in enough income to cover costs or in other words, were not showing a profit. I'm guessing in this case, it would mean there were no (or few) advertisers as advertising is what drives income for radio programming. Why couldn't they get people to advertise on their network/show? I would guess it was because they had low ratings or a small number of listeners. Why were only a few people tuning in? Seems to me there are not enough people who want to hear what the liberals have to say.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  87. John R. Higgins, Jr.

    Air America going out of business means only one thing. When you boast hosts like Al Franken and Rachel Maddow you won't be in business very long. We can only hope that MSNBC cable news channel has the same luck as Air America. John R. Higgins, Jr., East Liverpool, Ohio

    January 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  88. Thomas Macchione

    This just shows that there is no market for liberal talk radio or liberal TV. I just think that people who expect to much from government aren't the ones who are entertained by political discussion. Just shows that by paying taxes you have an interest and a stake in the country, that is the profile of the successful conservative talk audiences.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  89. Gigi Oregon

    It's all about money. The rich whine and win in America. I don't listen to either. My radio only plays music. Talk radio is getting boring....

    I'm a conservative Democrat I voted Republican in the last election. Never again. I have 7 grandsons 6 with college degrees living on shaky ground and two with no jobs. Some have student loans that will take decades to repay not decade, decades. One will not have it paid until after his son enters college. The country is not center Conservative/Republican, it is center broke. And it didn't happen last year.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  90. Jay1975

    Jack, it means that the country is not as kooky left as some would like us to believe. Air America was even more vulgar and offensive than all of the right wing talkers put together.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  91. steve- virginia beach

    I thought it was airhead America. Anyway, the obvious and predictable implication is that CEOs are smart enough to not pay the news media to support redistributing their wealth.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  92. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    It means that most American's are sick and tired of tax and spend.Sick of waste and closed door meetings.The Uber Left has spent and wasted a year on a bill that no one wanted.I think Obama would follow Pelosi over a cliff if she jumped and that is NOT what we elected him to do.We elected him to run the country with and for the PEOPLE and so far he has run the country only for himself and Reed and Pelosi and NO ONE ELSE.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  93. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, Air America was a liberal attack dog. Once the Democrats gained power, it had nothing to attack - simple as that. On the flip side there's FOX, the conservative's mutt attacking the liberals. Next year, when the Republicans have regained control, it'll probably go out of business as well. In the meanwhile I'm tuned into the Disney channel.

    Gary H. Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    January 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  94. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, it means capitalism works. Don't like the message, don't listen, no ad money, bankruptcy, station shut down. Ultra liberal messages of tax & spend, more government involvement in private life, wealth redistribution, and socialism just don't fly when the majority of the people begin to realize that it's THEIR money the progressives want to redistribute to support the welfare community.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  95. Laura

    IT MEANS THAT WE'RE IN A RECESSION!!! Sheesh, how many times do I have to say it?? People turn conservative when depressed...guess what? Recessions and wars are depressing.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  96. Jacque D (Oregon)

    It appears that he is now listening more to Geithner and Summers and being heavily influenced by those speaking for big money corporations and has lost touch with the ordinary peoples' voice.
    We then began to wonder if this is just typical Washington transformation or is this truly who he was to begin with..

    January 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  97. dave


    When the dems blasted Bush on any of his policies, they were called un-american. Not once has any one said the same to the gop when they bash Obama. He has only been in office for 1 year and has had many accomplishments, not may of which have been reported on. Let's give him the other 3 years of his 1st term, then we judge him.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  98. Scott Stodden

    Its sad because us citizens in America need more Liberal talk radio shows. So many people are struggling and need to hear the truth and as we know only liberals tell the truth but Republican's and Democrats alike are upset and angry and when so many people are upset and angry in these days your going to see alot of people flip flopping back and forth from party to party. I always supported Hillary Clinton and I always wish she was President and regret that she never won, we need Hillary as President because President Obama does not have the experience to handle the problems of our nation.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    January 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  99. Ron


    While it is a shame that Air America is going off the air, it really does not matter. With yesterday's SCOTUS decision, democracy as we have known it all our lives is dead. Sold to the highest bidder. As conservative CEO's would appear to outnumber progressive/liberal CEO's, the liberal movement is going to be drowned out by conservative ads anyway. As for truth in their advertising, we have seen it already in the health care debate–it does not exist.

    Do they have good health care coverage in Costa Rica?

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  100. David A Whitaker

    No backbone, anytime it get a little diffrcult everyone head for the hills. No one has the nerve to fight for they believe to be right. As long as those for busiess there will never be any change business as usual.

    Martinsburg, WV

    January 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  101. mika

    people like You make it hard for him to pas anything!!!! i dont like you jack!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  102. Dennis from Detroit

    OK, here we go. You, Mr Cafferty just like all the other news pundants have constantly criticized President Obama since he took office. It seems that there is this anger that a Black man is actually succeeding as President of the United States and a lot of people, including you, are some how mad as hell. The only good thing I have heard you say about President Obama is the sick fetish you have for his beautiful, intelligent wife Michelle. I guess it comes for the from the fact that most white men fantasize about having sex with black women. My opinion of our fine President as changed dramatically from support to complete admiration.


    January 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  103. Rick

    Nobody likes listening to liberal loons so advertisers don't like wasting money on an absence of listeners.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  104. Randy T

    It means that if you stand up for minimum wage hikes, taxing the rich and corporations, and nationwide backed single payer healthcare you are not going to get corporate advertising. If you're a bloated hack who claims 10 to 20 million listeners but can't bus in no more than 70k tea-baggers to "protest", you get 400 million dollar contracts to sit on your can for three hours a day.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  105. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    It means the liberal voice have not understood to fight for their own liberal independent social economic voice!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  106. Bob In Florida

    Along with the Supreme Court's ruling on elections and now liberal "Air America" going bankrupt, this can mean ONLY ONE THING: AMERICA AND DEMOCRACY is DEAD. The corporate "ten-headed" monster has won,.......freedom, individualism, democracy is done. We should be mourning the death of the Founder's nation.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  107. paul

    what it means is that americans have been so bombarded by the right wingers that we middle of the road and liberal thinkers are being forced out! it worries me especially after yesterdays supreme court ruling, that america is "up for bids" by the highest bidder. there was a line in the movie "austin powers" just before the vilan escapes. it was spoken by his #1man" it went something like this:

    don't you get it? there are no more countries, there is only big business!!! god help us all, this is not what americans fought and died for during the revolutionary war. they must all be truning in their graves!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  108. perry jones

    thank you for going away
    perry jones
    council bluffs ia

    January 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  109. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I wouldn't know Jack I get my news from you and Wolf although to be honest I am getting a little tired of hearing about Haiti.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  110. sisi

    It means they were broke like the rest of us.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  111. Layne Alleman

    Jack, While I admit that I rarely listened to it (and never to Limmberger), it's kind of sad that it's leaving the air waves. Personally, I listen to Public radio channels, and that helps me get a more balanced view over "regular"news broadcasts. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  112. Ted, Aloha, OR

    It means that the constant barrage of inane and really stupid commercial material works better on TV than on radio. I use my mute button now more than ever. And did you know that installing a device in your own home to dump the commercials on TV is considered an infringement of the 1st Amendment to broadcasters? That's how far the SCOTUS has taken the freedom of speech discussion via the Digital Millenium Act.

    See, it's all related....the common denominator...Money

    January 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  113. Kathryn

    It means we very much need the fairness doctrine.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  114. Jeff


    What was the Supreme Court thinking? They evidently must be corrupt to issue a ruling like this. Our Democracy is already strained by special interests, big money, and now REAL BIG MONEY. They can purchase their way through legislation. Costa Rica is looking better every day.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  115. Dick from Indiana

    I think all it means is that rich conservatives own all the radio stations in America. Air America could not get their message out because they could not get on the air.

    In my area there was not a single Air American broadcast. All we have is Limbaugh and Beck and Hannity day after day after day on every station you turn to.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  116. Mary Texas

    Thank Rupert Murdock for most of this. He so rich he can buy up everything and does the majority of the public know he isn't even an American. Maybe he'll buy the NY Times and Assc Press alonglonfside of the Wall St. Journal. Air America really was almost the only liberal station so say goodbye.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  117. Jeff P.

    Please add P. and Augusta after my name if read. Thanks

    January 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  118. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    Now only the right nut jobs we will be yelling there hate at us 24/7, this is what happens when you let Corporations own all of the Radio, News, and Television Stations! The voice of the people has been muted!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm |

    Their views conflicted with those on a street called Wall in lower Manhattan.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  120. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    It means the old media axiom, "fear sells", is alive and mean spirited as ever. After all, 10 to 20 million dunder heads are a better representation of the real America, aren't they?

    January 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  121. Mike in St. Louis

    The market has spoken. Advertising revenue funds radio media and advertisings want access to their target market. No target audience, no market so they spend those scarce dollars somewhere else. Of course maybe Obama will bail them out.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  122. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Republicans are better salesmen, and/or have more expendable income for the products that advertisers sell...
    Besides, if you are a corporation with an advertising budget, are you going to spend it with people who think you need to change your business model to something more humane or with people who are happy to take your mony while you do whatever you like, so long as you can pay the advertising bill?

    January 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  123. Derek

    It means the free market works.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  124. steve in florida

    Apparently, the Libs have totally evolved into the 21st century and have better things to do than drive around listening to people tell them what they already know. And unlike other demographics, they don't need to stayed tuned for the week's talking points and Bus schedules for the next tea party. The Beatles, Mozart, Bonnie Raitt, The Boss and almost any other artist or composer make a much better listening experience than hearing what a bunch snarky, poor sport obstructionists are up to this week. We don't need anyone to tell us that we don't want to live in an America where Scott Browns daughters are available, but affordable health care isn't.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  125. Lynn, Columbia, Mo.

    It means the corporations put their ads on conservative stations. So much for the free press. I find it disheartening and scary.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  126. Paul from Charles Town, WV

    It means that the airwaves will be polluted exclusively with emissions from Rush Limbaughs pie hole. There really isn't enough space out there for anything but his big head and his big mouth.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  127. jim Blevins

    I fully expected this when it began. Progressives, independents and conservatives tend to behave as differently as their beliefs. Just as conservatives feel at home on talk radio, progressives are at home on the internet.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    January 22, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  128. Barbara Hulka

    It means progressive people are out working, unavailable to listen to talk radio like the old geezers who listen to Limbaugh, .

    January 22, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  129. EugeneWiese

    No,but he needs to get going on jobs. the so called American people need to understand what the president is trying to do under very difficult condiitions. I hate to see another Republican in his shoes.Well, when we all go down the drain in about 10 years,the unAmerican,party of no will be in charge.Remember you heard it here first. I love Pres.Obama and I pray for him and the American people.After what the Supremes did yesterday,we can kiss it all goodbye,in about 10 years. Gene

    January 22, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  130. DeeDee

    Air America had become part of the problem. Now all we have to do is figure out how to shut down Rush Limbaugh and Faux News. I'm sick of the base of both parties. They are making it impossible to get anything done in this country. Most of us are in the midlde and we're tired of the constant debate between the left and the right.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  131. Harry Butcher

    Jack, it is a sad day indeed. To lose Air America will upset the political balance struck in radio in 2004 when they came on the air. We no longer have reasonal views from Republicans like Paul Harvey and William F. Buckley (Columnist & TV Commentator). They were replaced by the insanity of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Al Frankin has moved on to join The Senate and is not looking back. Without Air America, we no longer have a meaningful political balance in radio.

    Harry – Baltimore, MD

    January 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  132. Ken in NC

    It means a voice for liberals is lost but business is business.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  133. Jay

    The fact that Air America is the ONLY liberal radio network shows that the minority of right wing, closed minded, racist, religious nutbags in America will always have a hand in the game because extremists are motivated, whereas liberal pacifists actually have stuff to do and don’t have time to march through the snow protesting something that Glenn Beck or Limbaugh told them to be afraid of. Narrow-minded people will always enjoy hearing their ignorant beliefs reinforced by the media. If that doesn't explain F-Word News, I don't know what does.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  134. Dean in Orlando, FL

    I have been watching the news coverage of the Haiti disaster. My heart is touched along with the hearts of all Americans by the coverage of the lack of medical treatment for those Haitians being rescued from the colapsed buildings and the many other injured Haitians standing in line for treatment. However, it does occur to me that if Wolf Blitzer on CNN and the rest of our news media had expressed the same degree of outrage over their 45,000 fellow Americans who die every year because they don't have health insurance, health care reform would have already been passed.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  135. Dan Feldman

    Thankfully, it's not the only liberal radio network out there... I'll still be listening to Sirius Left on Sirius/XM.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  136. F E from Oklahoma

    sorry but it appears to be simply a poorly run business. management changes, bankruptcy, ownership changes. weak economic times. it's all about cash-flow. Seems there are more successful businesses out there ran by pragmatists than ran by idealists.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  137. jeane

    Guess we know who works for a living and who listens to the radio for a living huh?

    January 22, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  138. Tory in Georgia

    It means nothing that Radio America is out of business – there's still NPR which is RA's ultra-liberal equal – still promoting illegal immigration.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  139. Vin

    Perhaps CNN could help compensate for the loss by turning the liberal bias up a notch...to "11".

    January 22, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  140. Tom

    It's of little impact since it preached to the choir. I'm more left of center and find neither the far right's programs such as Hannity or Limbaugh or far left's Air America satisfying. Both sides are lopsided and headache inducing. I prefer common sense problem solving over finger pointing.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  141. eric

    It means that, unlike conservatives, liberals can't be herded like sheep.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  142. Mike Oklahoma City

    I think it means that most Liberal minded people can read and don't need someone to interpret for them.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  143. auldgranny

    ....it means the dumbing down of America is working......

    January 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  144. michael

    Who cares Jack ? Who still listens to the radio wither it's Liberal or Conservative ?

    January 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  145. Hector

    C'mon Jack. It's obvious. Most liberals can read.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  146. Charlie - TX

    Jack, it means that nothing is going to change because conservatives want things to remain the same. Our country is going to the dogs and that 's the way the conservatives want it. To remain the same, going to the dogs and them not doing a thing.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  147. HawaiianBrian

    This simply means that the people who voted for Obama and support democratic agenda are not listening to radio like they get onto blogs like this one and other websites. No other political signifcant meaning

    January 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  148. Aaron Schaefer from Kearny, NJ

    It means that liberal radio's target audience are computer addicts and do not listen to the radio in the same numbers as conservative radio's target audience. It has less to do with politics and more to do with targeted marketing.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  149. Mike

    Just reading the comments of the frothing at the mouth liberals here should tell you why it failed. Liberals are out of touch with NORMAL Americans. Ask liberals how smart and educated they are, they'll have no problem telling you they're the smartest people on Earth.
    BTW,whay do liberals always change terminology? They're not progressive at all. Pro-choice? Only on one issue are they "pro-choice". Ask em if parents could have choice to send their kids to a school of their choice. Ask em if people can arm themselves for self-protection. No "choice" there, eh?

    January 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  150. Janelle Lazzo

    If the demise of Air America means that people are turning more and more to the right, I regret it. I voted for President
    Obama so that he would take up the cause of the common man, the one with all the problems, and pledge his political power to try to solve them. I know he has a daunting task, but I believe in his ability to recover his edge. He is smart, insightful, and thoughtful–all ingredients need to counter-act those on the right who are all to eager to gloat and crow over every Obama misstep. I for one am sticking with him.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  151. Liz

    It means that liberals (and moderates) can decide on issues on their own–by reading, listening to others and assimmilating the facts. They don't need someone to tell them what or how to think–like many conservatives.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  152. Paul

    If you have a product that no one wants (ie. liberal commentary), IT WILL NOT SELL!!

    January 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  153. Wesley Cox

    It means, despite the nonsense we've been hearing for so many years about the "liberal media", that the media are owned, operated and, in my opinion biased, by conservatives. The fact that Air America is bankrupt is far less significant to me than the fact that it is the "only U.S. liberal radio network". This country is divided 50/50 left and right, meaning there is support for 50/50 left and right media networks. Why would there only be one liberal radio network?

    January 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  154. C Anderson

    It means there are a lot of uneducated sheep in this country.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  155. Diana Travis

    I listened to Air America and found it boring. I've listened to Rush Limbaugh and found him boring (and offensive) also.

    My motto is "if you can't change your mind, are you sure you still have one?"

    That's why I like to hear differing opinions very respectfully presented, with no yelling or interrupting. National Public Radio is the best example of this that I can find.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  156. Lisa

    It means that the radio personalities got better paying jobs! The problem is there is no one with enough common sense and chutzpah to take their place!

    January 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  157. Susan

    It means that liberals are perfectly able and willing to do their own research on political topics, and don't need to listen to some pundit to know what to think.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  158. Ruth Bruh

    I don't think Air America would be going off the air if it were on a free radio station. Unless we paid for it, we could not get it while all those "conservative" stations are free. I am not right wing but I find myself listening to those stupid conservative talk shows.....and yelling at them at the same time.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  159. brian from austin, tx

    It means liberals don't need to tune into the radio to have their opinions handed to them. They prefer to form their own opinions after taking in objective journalism, like BBC, NPR and PBS. Notice I didn't say CNN.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  160. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    I guess the liberal station didn't have as high a stack of b.s. as the conservative stations to keep it going.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  161. Hugh Jass

    It means that you liberals own NBC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN. What more do you need?

    January 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  162. Ron Davis

    Radio relies on advertising, advertising relies on size of audience. Nothing more needs to be said. The far left beliefs do not represent America.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  163. Jim - Michigan

    I dont see much of an impact, actually I would suppose things are balanced out with radio AND TV. Perhaps there is no liberal radio, I dont know but PBS sure sounds pretty liberal when I listen to it. Now on the TV side liberal media is heavier than conservative broadcast, I believe Fox is the only conservative station while MSNBC, CNN, CBS, NBC are on the left side of the spectrum. To me there is no impact, though it would be nice to see a couple of TV news agencies go away and replaced with online reports – I stopped watching CNN when they stopped being impartial, the reporter giving his/her view and then the report.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  164. ron - american living in Copenhagen

    absolutely disgusting - Fox over Air America?? I cant believe it, can't AA find someone equally offensive as Limbaugh just on the opposite side??? then perhaps they can continue - but I forgot AA are the good guys, they don't break the "rules" - Where are their white hats?? Looks like the black hats are winning here - Only in America (or perhaps China)

    January 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  165. Carlyn P.

    It doesn't mean anything. The left has never really been established in radio and didn't need to be. Frankly, I'm surprised Air America lasted for as long as it did. Left-of-center political views will continue to get to people through other forms of media such as television, newspapers, and the internet. So this is really no big deal.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  166. Mike from conservative country

    Liberal views can't make it in a free market, they'd need gov't intervention to stay afloat.
    Proud to be conservative.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  167. Jennifer Judah from www.SolveAmericasProblems.com

    Many conservatives are the only ones who still listen to AM radio and still not progressing with the rest of the US. Whereas most Liberals use more advanced technology to retrieve news through blackberries, internet, and TV.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  168. Heather C.

    The road to Fascism in America is paved with the passing of Air America and the current rules set forth by Supreme Court regarding corporations. This is a frightening turn of events.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  169. Pat Norris

    It just means that liberals rely more on internet and TV than more outdated communications like radio

    January 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  170. Stephen Charchuk

    I'm not surprised at all. It's one of the many reasons why America is in such a mess now and why Obama will be lucky to last long enough to be a one-term president. No body hates the average American more than the right-wing. This is why America should be pitted more than anything else.

    Stephen in Canada...

    January 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  171. Scott

    It means that moderates and liberals prefer actual political discussion over histrionics. Liberal and moderate feminists think that women should receive equal pay for equal work, but Rush Limbaugh and his followers think it is somehow entertaining to equate that with the ideals of Nazi Germany. That's the kind of personal attacks that are the main substance of the right-wing radio shows: we're perfect, and the rest of you are horrid people. That's what works on talk radio, and that's why liberals and moderates don't have a home on talk radio - because we'd rather not spend our time listening to such drivel.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  172. HawaiianBrian

    To follow up my previous post. The same demographic that listens to conservative political radio is not necessarily the same with democratic supporters. One is primarily older white males, the other is not.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  173. Jerry

    How many Newspapers have gone out of business in the last few years?? How many banks would have gone out of business had the govt not stepped in and propped them up... How many car companies??

    People listen to Rush cause he says wacked out things, lies, etc. the 20 million listeners do not even care what he says, they dont check the facts, they dont even care that he was a prescription drug abuser, heck glen beck is a former drunk.. and of course a "Thinker" and many listen to his crap.. No different with Sarah Palin, Joe Wilson, or even the baloon boy people that say and do retarded and wacked out things get the attention, not the guy in the background following the rules and getting the job done..

    ROFL>> Nice one Barbara!!

    January 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  174. alan, malaysia

    A year of liberal dosage is enuf i guess. The previous administration gave conservatives a bad name. But conservatisem is the only way to go. Better safe than sorry

    January 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  175. Mike in St. Louis

    Thinking about this I don't think it's fair to compare Air America with Rush. As far as I know there is no "RUSH" network. The local station carrying Rush has a mix of programming with its radio personalities across the board with the balance on the conservative side mirroring the poll numbers you've shown today. In a diverse market it thrives and balance (dare say "Fair & Balanced") seems to be a key component for success. So any network labeling itself "Liberal" dug its own grave with its packaging. Poor management leadership was its demise not the economy.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  176. Mark Talmont

    Your premise is wrong! There already is a national liberal network, the government-subsidized NPR. (There is also the way-left-wing Pacifia Radio, which is much farther to the left than anything Fox has on the right.) Air America failed because the left-wing market is already being adequately served by PBS affiliates and liberal-leaning news channels.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  177. J Morse

    It means that the sour liberal message has no audience..we like America and the ideals it stands for and don't want to listen to self-appointed intellectuals continually say how bad, unfair, stupid and self-serving America is

    January 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  178. Deborah Ahonen

    It means that liberal radio lacks the sensationalism, the outragousness that attracts listeners to clowns like Limbaugh. The reactionary wing-nuts have tapped into the frustration of the working class and channeled it into misplaced anger toward the progressive, humanist changes Obama proposes that would better their lot. It is masterful slight of hand. Liberals lack that go-for-the-jugular sensibility.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  179. Sam Ayer

    Do you know how many major newspapers, generally considered liberal, have gone bankrupt in the past few years? Quite a few. Simply because newer media has made newspapers somewhat obsolete. Same goes for radio. It's only nut jobs like Rush Limbaugh with a staunch following of knuckleheads who can still survive on radio.

    Air America shutting down doesn't mean anything except that their listeners have other options.

    Start tweeting, Jack. Before your dull droll on TV becomes obsolete too!

    Sam, NJ

    January 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  180. jan in Georgia

    It means that the majority of talk radio stations must be owned by the right wing. In the Atlanta area, Air America was sadly replaced with extremely nonspecific music programming. What a tremendous loss!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  181. Kitty Parker Charleston, SC

    Liberals do not generally follow any one paper or radio station slavishly just to hear a constant repeat of their own opinions. I read the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, foreign papers, and various radio stations and blogs to determine what are the actual facts, then I make up my mind accordingly. Get out of the echo chamber and find the truth.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  182. Shirley

    No more LIBERAL RADIO means AMERICA loves LOUD OUTRAGIOUS people who make six figure plus salaries.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  183. Ryan Samuel

    Pretty much by definition, liberals are more accepting of new ideas while conservatives stick with what works. Liberals don't listen to the radio because television and the internet are much more efficient means of gathering information, while conservatives still do because they believe that their needs are being adequately met.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  184. Brian

    It means that liberals are not talk radio ditto heads that need to be told what to think. They do not need to be spoon fed their opinions like the brain-dead Hannity and Limbaugh sheep. That is why internet blogs are dominated by liberals. I think you know what that makes you Jack.

    Brian, Riverside California

    January 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  185. Garret

    I don't think that just because the only liberal radio station is going out of business means that the majority of individuals residing in the U.S. are conservative based. From what I have seen many conservatives rely on conservative special interest groups, conservative organizations, and conservative commentators to tell them what to think and what to protest against rather than individuals doing research on their own and developing their own sound opinion. When the NRA tells conservatives that President Obama and a liberal Congress is going to take away guns and ammo than all of the sudden nearly every conservative is out buying as many guns and ammo as they can get their hands on; however, I still haven’t seen gun laws change that the NRA claimed would happen as soon as January 2009 came around.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  186. Scott

    It means that the likes of Fox "News" and Rush Limbaugh have succeeded in poisoning the minds of Americans.

    If the USSR had asked Fox "News" to take over Pravda and Izvestia back in 1989, we might still have the Soviet Union around . . . .

    January 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  187. Blue Mass

    What ? The only progressive radio is bankrupt and off the air ?
    I' m from Massachusetts and I could never get it anyway.
    The only thing around here is "hate-radio" with all their hate directed at anything that even whispers liberal.
    This in light of the SCOTUS ruling yesterday, means we are truly all screwed.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  188. Diane Goodwin

    I work in radio, and as most stations are these days, the group I work for is corporate owned. As a rule our corporation, which is very large and owns a large percentage of radio in the US, does not air liberal content. The reason Air America has gone under is because they were not given the same exposure across the US as the conservative programs. If you aren't on the air, you aren't getting sponsorship dollars.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  189. Ed Clow

    Studies have shown two things: Liberals are more likely than conservatives to consider points of view contrary to their own, and most talk-radio listeners prefer to listen to commentators with whom they disagree rather than to those who merely recite opinions the listener already holds.
    The demise of Air America simply shows that, given these facts, there is no money in liberal talk-radio.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  190. Laura

    Since the views of liberals, and usually of moderates too, are not based on anger, fear and entitlement, liberals and moderates do not need shrieking, red-faced lunatics screaming at them every day to reassure them of their world view and to remind them that there are others like them. Liberals and moderates tend to be much more secure and comfortable with themselves and with others, and so are happy to walk through the world every day without having to be surrounded by the insane carryings on of news outlets like right-wing TV and radio. Unfortunately, this means that outlets like Air America are in less demand from liberals and moderates, because they tend to seek their news from a variety of sources, albeit not the shrieking, red-faced type.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  191. Mark

    It really means only 2 things;
    1. There isn't enough of a market to support it, because
    2. There is too much competition. Not Fox, but ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS, which all lean left to varying degrees.

    Fairfax, VA

    January 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm |

    it simply means that the market for their product is not large enough to sustain them.financial downturns tend to weed out weak and poorly run enterprises.if their programing brought in the numbers of listeners that conservative shows do,sponsers would beat a path to their door

    January 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  193. sagegray

    Liberal – conservative? Misunderstood...What we call a "conservative" is really a person/group that is "liberal" to a "special interest" – We should have: Selfish Individualism VS Good for ALL concerned.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  194. Larry Brown

    It means that liberals don't like talk radio.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  195. Jim McClain

    Against a backdrop of Big Business owning all of the Republicans in the House & Senate, many of the Democrats in the House & Senate, owning a majority of the Judges on the Supreme Court, and now being able to out-shout everyone during our elections, national, state, and local, what does the passing of Air America mean? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. The moronic masses will continue to eat the pablum big business feeds them and drink the conservative christian Kool-Aid, all the way to the sweat shops, bread lines, and poor-houses. This is the end of the American working class. Who should mourn its passing? .

    January 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  196. Nancy Mulvihill

    I think it's a real shame Air America is going off the air, but on the other hand, it's "star" commentator, Al Franken, is now a US senator, Rachel Maddox is on TV and Obama is President. BTW, considering the 8 nightmare years of Bush, who thought anyone would be able to reverse that devastation in a year or 5 years for that matter.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  197. Donna

    I think this shows that the center left are
    1. Very tech and gadget savvy, and not reliant on just one source for information and entertainment.
    2. More engaged in work, education and volunteerism.
    Unlike a number of conservatives I know, I don't have all day to sit around in my bathrobe listening to Rush Limbaugh!

    St. Louis, MO

    January 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  198. rachel roberts

    How easily we forget the inheritence of the Bush administration
    and after barely one year the people want miricles, and no thanks to the fact he has kept our Country above water. He tried to go into his presidency with the hopes the republicans would work with him, but almost instantley they turned their backs,and he realized he had no support. They are still working on his waterloo and I say shame on all of you for not defending one of the most honest polical players to come our way. We still let the republicans dictate mob style to absolutely lie to achive that destruction. Their political party is far more important then the people. I will stand by Obama.

    Rachel Roberts San Diego, CA.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  199. Diane

    Air American made a huge mistake by limiting most shows to angry liberal talk – an opposite view to the right wing. Liberals want intelligent talk – not talking points. Dianne Rehm, Charlie Rose and Bill Moyers embody intelligent conversation. Sadly, with the demise of Air America all that's left on radio is the sick creepy nasty talk from the right wing – and not one intelligent idea!

    January 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  200. Frank

    It means that political radio does not serve any purpose for most people.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  201. Joseph R. Abrahamson, MD

    Your question is simple; it is capitalism at work. People buy what they want and don’t buy what they don’t want. Seventy six percent of Americans (conservative & moderate, your figures) aren’t interested in progressive garbage. The station could not survive on the remaining twenty-one percent.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  202. Larry Gold

    Jack You must be kidding. The stars of Liberty Radio have merely
    migrated to your competitor MSNBC where liberal pundits and
    ranters rule the roost. Do you ever tune in to Keith Olberman , ranter in chief of that network?
    Mr. Ed and Rachel Maddow apparently don't believe in in having a conservative guest or two for fairness or balance and
    Chris Matthews likes to play onesided Hardball. A quick listen to MSNBC should disabuse you of the notion that liberal and even left wing media is dead.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  203. Clinton Pope

    I listened to Air America on occasion, searching for an alternative. I found it, most of the time, but I just didn't feel the need to be there all the time . . . turns out I think pretty well on my own. My conservative friends seem to need that tribal fix, and the attendant chest thumping, on a more regular basis. And my conversations with them yield the same talking points - they're all listening to the same stuff, and seem to find it much harder to come up with something that seems the yield of independent thought. I guess I might be the typical (former) Air America listener.

    Clinton - Merrillville, Indiana

    January 22, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  204. Clare Burton

    Unfortunately, I didn't even know about this station. I do know that Republicans hold most of the money, so I guess we shouldn't be surprised that a liberal station couldn't stay in business. The loud smartypants on the right should remember how popular Hitler was before they get too big headed. Gee, the masses did a great job with that choice! HEAVEN HELP US!

    January 22, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  205. Cliff Glass - East Rockaway, NY

    Question: Why doesn't Jack Cafferty pose questions relevant to Americans ?
    The Supreme Court just made law eviscarating an individuals relevance and influence in future elections and you're asking about talk radio ? It might be time for your to retire or maybe even replace Simon Cowell on American Idol. We expect better from you.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  206. Alan Rosenberg

    Tom hartman, rhandi Rhodes, Ed shultz stefany miller
    and other liberal talk show host don't work for air america. Now with that said leberal talk is as strong or stronger than other. Given the fact that robert merdock owns most of the readio stations anywAy

    January 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  207. WR Jones

    Air America made a movie about how Al Gore got elected and how Air America played a role, it ended just like the radio station... disaster.

    The hatred that Air America fed off of is gone, GW Bush has gone home to Texas, leaving this far-left station without the cash to continue spewing the brand of politics that no one cared about.

    This maybe something CNN should take to heart, for just like the election in Mass. gave Democrats a shakeup, this could be an indicator your liberal air time is coming to an end.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  208. stevekokx

    It means that progressive ideology is being rejected across the country. The elections of Scott Brown, Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie, fueled by Independents, are prime examples. Americans are starting to realize this isn't the change they voted for.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  209. Matt

    It's not that Air America didn't have a potential audience, It's that most people get all the spin they need from the center left mainstream media. Whereas right wing extremist radio is popular because outlets in popular (TV) news programs are rare.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  210. Tom from Canonsburg

    This is an easy question Jack, the Democrats haven't practiced as much at propaganda. The German propaganda ministers said before WW2 if you repeat something enough the general public will believe you. The GOP has been practicing this for 30 years or so

    January 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  211. jeff, Ft. Lauderdale

    Hey Jack,
    The Air America shutdown shouldn't really affect the liberal viewpoint getting expressed over the airwaves too much... I'm sure you guys at CNN and MSNBC will easily fill in the gap of pushing the Progressive agenda. What I find truly amazing about CNN and MSNBC is, with a straight face, your revolving pundits manage to complain and criticize the current government in Washington from top to bottom... while at the same time, giving a free pass to Obama and the Democratic leadership. What's up with that? They're the ones running things, or didn't you notice.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  212. Mitch Rapp

    Tea Party/Constitution Party do not follow ANYONE, but look for truth and GREAT solutions to PRESERVE & PROTECT this country and IDEAS to GROW JOBS. Ingraham, Crowley, Rush, Hannity, Beck, O'Reilly, Levin promote those ideals and NEVER wish harm or ill will. They definitely criticize in a fun and intelligent manner, but NOT that hateful derangement syndrome like so many liberals that think a POLITICIAN can save the world?!??!!! Worship politicinas or Sleazywood people so get hateful and violent when they lose.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  213. Marrk Mawrence


    Your normally razor sharp wit and insight appears to be on sabbatical today. How can you ruminate on the superior Conservative radio audience without mentioning that Conservative radio boasts over 1,000 stations, whereas "liberal" or progressive radio struggles with under 100? All the absurd "Liberal media" noise goes out the window when you do the slightest amount of research and find that when "Liberal" radio out performs "Conservative" radio in markets owned by conservative business interests, guess what the owners do? That's right, they replace or bury the liberal shows. Of course their numbers are better. Our woefully uneducated public believes the last thing they hear. More often than not, its the right wing conservative noise machine.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  214. kawsu sanyang

    jack, it is call the law of demand and supply.statistic is not in favor of liberals and so their bottomline.
    kawsu sanyang

    January 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  215. Mitch Rapp

    What is all this hate for "big business"???? Who hires people???? It's supply and demand and you don't think Dems have SOLD OUT to SOROS, CAR COMPANIES, GE, UNIONS, SEIU, ACORN and other "BIG BUSINESS" BIG MONEY???

    January 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  216. Kim

    It means it is an outdated medium for progressive thinkers. Most people who consider themselves progressive are internet users not radio listeners. There are numerous sources of information on the internet that I can find in 3 hours than listening to one guy rant for 3 hours. I can get multiple opinions in the time that I can listen to one. The internet is the progressive medium not radio. It would be interesting to know the age group of those who listen to talk radio vs. those who get their information off of the internet.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  217. richard

    In business 101, It's called "supply and demand. " I can't believe I have to explain the "free market system" here. It's very simple, if you provide a good product or service in a freedom of choice society, you have to beat out your competition on in order to be fiscal successful. If you cannot, you simply will not make revenue and go out of business. If "Air America" had provided a quality product that was in demand, we wouldn't be having this discussion. So duh, they could not survive because they attracted such a small listener base. Now if Air America was so important and popular as people are posting here, then why didn't you support them? You could have sent them donations. The fact that even there small audience would not support them speaks volumes. Not even Soros was willing to put more lipstick on this pig.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  218. Ronald Holst

    This Is just another symptom of our nation good or BAD We have a Supreme court that has now given the political process over to Corporation's or should I say The new and only one party ,
    This is not A happy or Good time In Our Nation at all It seems the only winner are those that are led by there Corporate Masters as well as thoise that isist in Deth POannels or the people who feel They Can See Russa from there front porch . For The Good Or Bad !

    God help this nation Ronald
    San Antonio .

    January 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  219. Brian

    The End of "Error America"

    Calling people "Liars"
    Because they disagree with you.
    Screaming it "Louder"
    Will never make it "True".

    Masking "Fear" as "Hatred"
    Will only fool a few.
    Placing agenda above reality
    There's little worse you can do.

    Abusing people's trust
    Is immoral and vile.
    Taking advantage of the uninformed
    Can only last a while.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
  220. Janne from NC

    It means America is a center right nation. Just who doesn't understand this ?

    January 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  221. tommymag

    It means that we're right, and you're wrong. If anyone wanted to listen to commentators spend hour after hour bashing Bush without providing any sort of political analysis, liberal radio would fail EVERY time it's tried. When liberals try to compete in the free market, the free market rejects their product.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  222. Tanya P Henauer

    I have been an Air America Radio Supporter (yes financially too) since 8 weeks after its inception because It was contrarian during a time in the USA when your own Family told you to "shut up"... After all CNN USA and CNN International were two vastly different media beasts during those dark days, you must admit. It was the only media outlet within the USA, that faught the looming American "Bush-Fascism" (see definition below!!!)).
    I suppose with the elction of Obama we all thought the danger of growing fascism in the USA was over, and until yesterdays Supreme Court descision... we were right!.... Do't be surprised if Air America Radia resurects in some way shape or form, unless Legislators act fast to stop the Bush-Installed ACTIVIST far right-wing Judges.
    PS I'm not some crazy "everyone is a Nazi" gal: I use dictionary words that describe the situation I Wish to describe So for those who don't have a dictionary:
    –>Fascism –> a political ideology that seeks to combine radical and authoritarian nationalism with a corporatist economic system and which is usually considered to be on the far right of the traditional left-right political spectrum.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  223. Brian Kettner

    I have read all the responses and I simply laugh at all the people who blame everyone but themselves. Air America could not make money because they had no one who wanted to advertise on their shows. No one wanted to advertise because there was no return on their advertising investment. If the people complaining would taken the initiative to listen to their broadcast this would not have happened.
    For the individuals who speak ill of people who use talk radio as a source to acquire information, you are lying to yourself. The radio provides time sensitive information which should be verified like all sources of information. The truth is hard to come by and to assume any source is honest or lying is a mistake without verification. Both parties lack ethics and we need to hold elected officials accountable.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
  224. Mike

    Air America went down for simple reasons corporate America had no interest in buying time on a network whose talk and news stood up for consumers, not big business

    January 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm |
  225. Jerry

    I used to listen to Air America until they turned on their number one personality Randi Rhodes. Air America wasn't the only Liberal radio network. Nova M radio is currently doing fine and they are liberal radio. I bet Fox News is celebrating big time. I like how it's Ok for the Conservatives to have their own talk shows or tv networks but if the Liberals start their own it's wrong. The liberals have just as much right to exercise their free speech rights too. It's ok for the Conservatives to bash the liberals but if the liberals bash the conservatives . The conservative say shut them down they don't deserve to have free speech.

    January 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm |
  226. Heather C.

    Brian – Yes, that is EXACTLY how I would describe right wing talk radio and Faux News! Good job!

    January 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm |