SA Column - That's Entertainment?

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"Whenever I criticize talk radio, this same point is made again and again — these guys are simply entertainers and should not to be taken seriously. Sometimes I wish this was true.

Conservatives dominate virtually every talk format in each radio market to such an extent that local hosts typically consider it a necessity to duplicate their nationally syndicated colleagues.

For every call or e-mail I've ever received pointing out that talk radio is "just entertainment," I have received dozens and dozens of responses that reflect the perspective of men like Limbaugh, Hannity, and all the rest. For years, conservatives complained about the impact of the liberal media on the voting public. They were correct. Conservative talk radio has unquestionably had the same impact, perhaps even deeper."

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