New Song, New Singers (Guest Voice)

shutterstock_114118582 (1)New Song, New Singers
by Michael Reagan

I love talk radio; I love Fox News.

If it weren’t for the arrival of their strong conservative voices, Americans would still have nothing to listen to but the one-sided news and opinions of the left-liberals who run the mainstream New York-D.C. media.

But I’m frustrated.

Talk radio and Fox are getting so boring, so predictable, so shrill, I can barely tune in anymore.

Night after night on Fox, it’s the same issues, the same arguments, the same lame liberal guests showing up to be browbeaten by Hannity and O’Reilly.

How many Juan Williamses does Fox have on its staff anyway? Five? Is my friend Alan Colmes the only liberal in North America who’ll come on and debate Hannity?

Seriously. Is there anything Williams and Colmes — or for that matter, pie-thrower Ann Coulter — will say about Obamacare or the Obama Economy they haven’t said 100 times on TV in the last year?

“The Five” is another example. It gets great ratings, but it’s so stale and predictable.

Can’t Fox find anyone better than Big, Bad Bob Beckel to go 1-on-4 with that show’s conservatives, who, except for funnyman Greg Gutfeld, are like watching Hannity II, III and IV?

And is there some new FCC law against having two liberals on a Fox show once in a while? (Not Juan Williams, thanks.)

Fox needs to get fresh faces and new voices into its regular lineup. Instead of arguing with Williams night after night, what’s wrong with Hannity or O’Reilly talking to ordinary Americans — people who’ve lost their homes or can’t find a job?

I think even loyal viewers are starting to notice that Fox’s slogan should be changed from “Fair and Balanced” to “Stale and Predictable.”

The other day, after seeing conservative guest Dennis Prager waste most of his air-time watching Hannity tangle his liberal guest, I sent out a Tweet saying, “I think sometimes Hannity invites guests on to watch him argue with another guest just to get their approval. It’s frustrating.”

The response from my conservative Republican followers was quick and one-sided; a bunch of Tweeters agreed with me that Fox was losing its steam.

A guy named Tom said nothing interesting ever happens on Hannity’s show. Another guy said he loved Hannity but said he “needs to find new people to interview, too many repeats.” Sharron tweeted she’s stopped watching him altogether.

This is a serious problem for conservatives and Republicans — and the United States of America.

We’re in a serious fight with Obama and his gang, who seem hell-bent on turning us into a socialist country with enough government spending and debt to qualify for membership in the European Union.

For good and bad, talk radio and Fox have become the national voices of conservatism, the places where conservative ideas and arguments can be publicized and debated.

The Republican Party has made the mistake of allowing Fox and talk radio to become its spokesman, in large part because it has no national spokesman of its own. But Fox and talk radio are letting the GOP and the rest of the country down.

People outside the Beltway are desperate for solutions to our economic and social problems, but Fox and talk radio seem more interested in giving them arguments — tired arguments.

People — our people in the conservative choir — are starting to tune out Fox and talk radio. And it’s because their song — our song — is getting stale and predictable.

We need to start hearing a new tune from the conservative media — and new singers.

Copyright ©2013 Michael Reagan. Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of “The New Reagan Revolution” (St. Martin’s Press). He is the founder of the email service reagan.com and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his websites at www.reagan.com and www.michaelereagan.com. Send comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com. Follow @reaganworld on Twitter. Mike’s column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

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  1. “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

    That famous line from Cool Hand Luke popped into my head shortly after reading Mr. Reagan’s latest missive.

    It isn’t that Fox News and talk radio have suddenly become stale and boring, Mr. Reagan. It is that you have become personally bored with the formula…a formula you followed when hosting your own show on talk radio!

    First you breathlessly tell the audience about something they won’t hear in the “liberal” or “lame stream” media. Then pontificate for awhile on the topic, break for commercials, and proceed to browbeat a hapless liberal chosen specifically by the network for their inability to stand up to the bellicose host. Lather, rinse, and repeat.

    A key part of the formula is an exaggerated sense of self-importance, which you display in spades when you say:

    This is a serious problem for conservatives and Republicans — and the United States of America.

    A slip in the ratings for your favorite cable news network does not pose an existential threat to America. The fact that you and your twitter followers (twits?) are bored with Sean Hannity doesn’t mean the nation is at risk of falling victim to “socialism.”

    Yes, Fox News is predictable and repetitive and sometimes unintentionally funny, but complaining that they’ve become the de facto spokesman for the GOP is like complaining that the guy you hired to clean your pool keeps showing up every week to clean the pool.

    You stumble dangerously close to the truth, though, when you say this:

    People outside the Beltway are desperate for solutions to our economic and social problems, but Fox and talk radio seem more interested in giving them arguments — tired arguments.

    Substitute “Fox and talk radio” with “the GOP and Michael Reagan” in the above sentence, and you might see what I’m getting at. It doesn’t get much more tired (and tiresome) than the old tropes about how the media is “liberal,” and how Obama is “hell bent” on turning us into a “socialist” country a la Europe.

    It isn’t so much that you need a new tune or new singers, but that the style of music you’re playing is falling out of favor.

  2. Let’s put your rants in a little different order –some will say out of context — Mr. Reagan and we get the “real truth”:

    People — our people in the conservative choir — are starting to tune out Fox and talk radio. And it’s because their song — our song — is getting stale and predictable.

    Talk radio and Fox are getting so boring, so predictable, so shrill, I can barely tune in anymore.

    …a bunch of Tweeters agreed with me that Fox was losing its steam.

    talk radio and Fox have become the national voices of conservatism, the places where conservative ideas and arguments can be publicized and debated.

    That to me says, Mr. Reagan, that conservatism is talk radio, is Fox. Consequently, that people are starting to tune out conservatism, that conservatism is losing its steam, that the conservative [false siren] song is getting stale and predictable — so boring, so predictable, so shrill, people can barely “tune in” anymore.

    Nicely done, Michael. For the first time ever, I agree with you.

    (And no mention of “your father” for a refreshing change),

  3. “(And no mention of “your father” for a refreshing change)”

    :)

  4. I have a pretty vivid imagination, but for the life of me, I can’t imagine what it would be like to be inside the mind of M.R. or anyone who would nod in approval at his “contributions”.

  5. Bravo, MR, a refreshing dissertation. I’m sure some folks that watch MSNBC are also bored.

  6. What are these, what do you call them? “Cable news shows?”

    I cut the cable cord last year. I haven’t missed it at all. These cable news shows are a dying medium within a dying medium. We will not mourn their loss.

  7. Mr. Reagan, you will be happy to learn that many progressives are bored with the MSNBC shows that do nothing but bash Republicans and conservatives; they have little to nothing to offer in the way of new initiatives – only complaints. It is boring; and the changes of times and players, recently, indicate that MSNBC understands that very well.

  8. Also, when you consider that at MSNBC it is 85% opinion (liberal) and at FOX it is only 50% opinion (conservative) they both are boring.

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