Reilly at Boycott Hollywood has an amusing satire of what a liberal radio talk show would sound like. I disagree with the premise, but find it amusing nonetheless.
My sense is that lefty talk shows don’t do well because there is no audience for one, not because lefties are too stupid to host a talk show. Indeed, only a handful of the conservative radio hosts I’ve heard can really defend a position beyond spouting the few boilerplate soundbites they’ve picked up somewhere.
Conservative talk has an audience and liberal talk doesn’t for reasons Steven pointed to yesterday. Basically, conservatives feel their views aren’t expressed by the elite institutions in society and crave an outlet for people who think like they do. The major networks, elite newspapers, and elite universities are much more liberal than the public at large, so that side of the debate is well aired.
Sometimes, however, perception and reality take a while to mesh. The rise of conservative talk radio over the past 15 years or so, along with the advent of the Fox News Channel, a host of more user-friendly conservative print outlets, and such venues as the weblog have made this disparity much less than it once was. It’s not that hard for conservatives to hear people who think like they do on the air anymore. Indeed, if Republicans continue to control the presidency and both Houses of Congress for the next few years, there may be a demand for leftish radio hosts.