The GOP isn’t really better at “messaging” than Democrats, conservatives just control 90 percent of the “electronic media,” Ed Schultz claimed on Thursday.
“The fact of the matter is, 90 percent of the electronic media which is owned in this country, is owned by conservatives,” the MSNBC host said. “They own it, they program it, they control it. And, you know, I’ve said all along that if I owned 600 radio stations like some of these big radio companies I wouldn’t have [Rush] Limbaugh on any of them.”
Schultz also complained that “talk radio has had a great influence on putting people in a very entrenched way of thinking on certain ideologies.”
“When the fairness doctrine was knocked down, things turned a lot in this country,” he whined. Watch the segment via MSNBC:
National Review’s Andrew Johnson analyzes Schultz’s questionable claim:
Schultz’s so-called fact is presumably based on this graphic that highlights media consolidation, with six companies, including Viacom and Time Warner, owning about 90 percent of the media landscape. Yet, in no way does it indicate that they’re controlled by a vast conservative conspiracy, as Schultz claims.
In fact, if there was a conspiracy, then they’re not doing a very good job at it. According to a September Gallup poll, about half of Americans see the media as being “too liberal,” compared with 13 percent who see it as “too conservative.” Even among Democrats, roughly the same percentage find the media to be “too conservative” as they do “too liberal,” 21 percent and 19 percent respectively.
Do you buy Schultz’s theory?