Here is Rush Limbaugh pictured in front of his Imaginary America, where everybody except New England and The Left Coast agrees with him. But this morning the Bloomberg/L.A. Times poll confirmed the earlier Newsweek poll that Obama is up 15 points on McCain.
This freaks El Rushbo out, especially because he sees the coming Democratic landslide as impeding his ability to take home $33 million a year from bloviating on the radio. His problem is that Nancy Pelosi says she might revive the “Fairness Doctrine”, the law that used to say that broadcasters using the public airwaves to make money had an obligation to provide both sides of an issue to the public. Rush is hopping mad about the very idea that the 600 radio stations that run his show might have to put out the other side of his opinions like denying global warming. Why these liberal commentators might even be “non professionals.”
So you have to put on nonprofessionals, give them some time, they get a chance to answer this stuff, you end up with boring radio, and you end up with a nightmare of logistics. The way it would manifest itself over a passage of time is that a lot of management just wouldn’t put up with. “I can’t run a radio station this way where most of my day is spent answering the phone from a bunch of liberals demanding that they get some time on the radio to respond to whatever my conservative hosts are saying,” and so they shut it down. They kill the format, and they go play Chinese opera or whatever.