It's a new year, so there are new opportunities for CNSNews.com to relentlessly plug its favorite right-wing radio host (with whom it may or may not have a cross-promotion deal with), Mark Levin.
After finishing out 2019 unusually slow -- thus denying Levin a third straight year of more than 100 articles about him -- CNS picked up the page in January and February:
- Levin: Trump Didn’t Have to Alert Democrats of Airstrike – Especially When They’re ‘Orchestrating a Coup’
- Mark Levin: ‘Republican Party Is Committed to Lite Socialism…They Want a Lot of Gov’t Intervention’
- Levin: 'Iran Loves Chuck Todd, He's a Kind of Modern-Day Tokyo Rose'
- Levin: ‘I’m Disgusted with Republicans in the Senate’ – ‘There Should Be No Trial!...It’s a Set-Up!’
- Levin to GOP’s 5 Senate ‘Weak Links’: ‘No! No Witnesses! This Should be Dismissed; This Is a Disgrace!’
- Levin: This One-Minute Video of Democrat Witnesses Is ‘Case Closed’ on Impeachment
- Bozell: ‘If We’re Going to Have 1,000 NPR Stations, Why Not Have 1,000 Mark Levin Stations?’ (Levin guest)
- Levin Unveils Video of John Bolton Describing Trump’s Conversations With President of Ukraine
- Levin on Romney: 'A Petty, Self-Promoting, NeverTrumper' Who Voted Against the Constitution
- Levin: If ‘Grotesque, Radical, Progressive, Social Activism, Dem Party Media Don’t Like’ Stone’s Sentence, 'Screw Them!'
- Levin: ‘Screw’ the Media, ‘Who Cares What They Like or Don’t Like!’
- Levin: ‘Trump Is the Victim!’ – Not the Villain – Here’s Why
- Mark Levin: What’s in Democrats’ Coronavirus Containment Plan – Besides Open Borders?
That's 13 articles in the first two months of 2020.
While we're here, let's address CNS parent Media Research Center leader Brent Bozell's dopey comment -- linked above since he made it on Levin's radio show -- about public radio stations vs. Levin affiliates:
“Why one needs to have three NPR stations in Washington, DC; four in New York City, six in Seattle – and the list goes on and on. Why not just have one station in each city?
“But, then, it hits me. Wait a minute: this is National Public Radio – why don’t we have only one station for national public radio, not one thousand.
“And, I thought, well look, if you’re going to have a thousand NPR stations, I think we need to have one thousand Mark Levin stations.
For all his attacks on public radio, Bozell clearly doesn't understand how it works. NPR is not a monolithic national network with a 24-hour format that all its stations must air; in fact it owns no radio stations at all. All are locally owned, most are owned by college and universities and the rest by community based boards or public TV operations. As NPR further explained:
Each Member Station determines its own format and schedule. In creating their broadcast schedule, Member Stations have several options. They may choose to select from NPR programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered or Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!; pick up programs distributed by other public radio producers, stations or networks; and/or create their own local programming. Stations create their schedules based on the interests and needs of their local audience. Some stations focus on news and information while others follow a music format – with programming ranging from classical, to jazz, to AAA or world music.
Let's look at the formats of the NPR affiliates in the Washington, D.C., area (Bozell claims there are three; NPR lists two). One station appears to run a large selection of NPR-provided news and talk content, while the other is very heavy on classical music and related original programming and appears to air little NPR-generated content.
Bozell's other claim that there should be "only one station for national public radio" is even more ridiculous; the average FM radio station has a broadcast radius of 40 miles, so one station can't cover the entire country. Apparently Bozell thinks radio is like cable TV.
Bozell made sure to make Levin look like a victim by omitting the fact that Levin's show airs on approximately 400 radio stations across the U.S., so he has nothing to complain about. Further, all of NPR's affiliates are nonprofit stations, which have different FCC license requirements than the commercial radio stations on which Levin's show airs.