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Letters: True Knowledge Is Power

In a recent Courier-Post "Rabble Rouser" article, a local Camden County 1letters resident stated that "people need to quit listening to the hard-core conservative blowhards in the media" and went on to list Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and even Bill O'Reilly. He also advised to listen to real news instead. Real news as reported on ABC, NBC, CBS and cable TV's MSNBC and CNN?

With their liberal slant, that's the real news?

There is a reason why conservative talk radio and Fox News Channel is more listened to and watched than the "real news." People want to listen and watch more fact-based, intelligent and thought-provoking discourse, rather than hateful and destructive bile such as MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, speaking of blowhards in the media.

When the "Fairness Doctrine" was struck down in 1987 during the Reagan administration, it opened the door for the likes of Rush Limbaugh, the highest rated and most listened to talk-show host, who recently inked a new deal with Clear Channel Communications on an 8-year, $400 million dollar contract. His show, approaching its 20th year nationally broadcast must be highly rated and well regarded by his bosses as it brings in millions of listeners per day and must be very profitable for advertisers.

Bill O'Reilly's "The O'Reilly Factor" has been number one on cable for 8 straight years on Fox News Channel, with no signs of slowing down as the most-watched program on cable news. As for Sean Hannity (radio and Fox News Channel's "Hannity and Colmes"), Glenn Beck (radio and TV), Laura Ingraham and Bill Bennett, they are all enjoying varying degrees of great success.

Liberals tried and failed with "Air America" and its hosts Randi Rhodes, Ed Schultz and Al Franken. What became of Air America? Since it has very few listeners and even less ad revenue it is bankrupt.

Conservative talk radio is such a smashing success that liberals and Democrats in Congress are trying to re-institute the "Fairness Doctrine."  How about a fairness doctrine for network news, newspapers and even bookstores?

We conservatives and independently minded individuals have to be optimistic as liberals and Democrats would vanquished if more people spent a little more time in their daily routines listening and watching these fine, informational programs.

The Courier-Post should begin again to print the local radio schedule as it once did, as a service to its customers, many of whom crave another point of view in these very consequential times.

Knowledge is power and the more avenues created to spread knowledge of our economy, government and our nation's history will be welcome to all.

Michael Kazmar, Gloucester City