I have to say this about conservatives: They put their support where their hearts are.
And they have a lot of money. Big Business, Big Oil, the Koch brothers and other crusading multimillionaires, all shower cash on politicians and media outlets that support their interests.
With liberals, it’s a different story.
I suppose no wealthy special interests stand to gain by supporting “progressives.” The people who benefit most from liberal policies tend to be poor and powerless.
Of course the common good benefits too. But nobody much gives a damn about that any more.
That’s why there’s so much right-wing propaganda in America. If you spout the conservative party line, you can count on financial support.
Fox News, for example, rakes in advertising dollars by the bushel.
No liberal media outlet comes close.
Certainly not Current TV.
You might not even have heard of Current TV, even though the cable channel can be seen in more than 75 million households worldwide (and it’s been getting a lot of publicity lately because of Keith Olbermann’s new show).
“Countdown with Keith Olbermann” (remember when it was on MSNBC?) made its debut last night (click here to watch the video). The show airs nightly at 8 p.m. (Eastern Time).
It should be worth watching.
I hope the show will be around for a long time. But I have to admit I have my fingers crossed.
Former vice president Al Gore and his partners have deep pockets. But they’re not in the same league as Rupert Murdoch and the other filthy rich (and I do mean filthy) moguls who fund the right-wing propaganda machine.
And you know the conservative piranha will be circling, savaging Olbermann and Current any way they can.
So let’s give the new show all the support we can. If enough of us tune in, perhaps the new Current all-news format will be a roaring success, and America will have a desperately needed antidote to the poisonous influence of Fox News.