April 15, 2005


Blackout on the Liberal Airwaves: Ethnic Cleansing at Air America (NATHANIEL LIVINGSTON, Jr., 4/13/05, CounterPunch)

When liberal Air America Radio Network yanked hip-hop legend Chuck D, a member of Public Enemy, off the air on April Fool's Day and replaced him with Jerry Springer, they made fools out of Black Democrats, especially those in the hip-hop community who believed Air America would serve as a shining example of the Democratic Party's purported commitment to tolerance, diversity, and partnership.

When the Coalition For A Just Cincinnati -- the group leading the economic boycott of Cincinnati -- decided to protest ethnic cleansing at Air America by picketing a live Springer broadcast, Jerry showed us just how intolerant he was. Like a scab, he crossed the picket line. Then he ordered a member of his all-white "Team Springer" clan to call the cops on us. In contrast, conservative Republican Sean Hannity welcomed protesting of his appearance in Cincinnati last summer. Who's intolerant?

After being on the air for a year, Air America finds itself struggling to attract and keep listeners, just as the Democratic Party struggles to gain and keep voters. The removal of Chuck D -- one of only two daily African American talk show hosts -- represents much more than just the "whitening" of Air America, it symbolizes just how far the Party has drifted away from the Black community, it's most loyal support base.

The smaller the pie the fiercer the fight for a piece.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 15, 2005 10:14 AM

In 1987 Chuck D rapped "Radio - suckers never play me". 18 years later nothing's changed.

We still have a long way to go.

Posted by: carter at April 15, 2005 2:34 PM

Read the whole article. These guys take themselves way too seriously to ever concoct an appealing political program.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at April 15, 2005 3:28 PM

Air America is basically a vanity project. It is designed to satisfy its owners, its broadcasters and the smarmy types who think Janeane Garafalo or Al Franken has anything worthwhile to say. To them, minorities are the cleaning ladies and the athletes they watch on TV, not human beings.

Posted by: bart at April 16, 2005 8:36 AM