"[Tea Party baggers are] low-information voters who are being propped up by the Glenn Becks of the world and told to go out and protest and they really don’t know what to be angry about." ~~ Ed Schultz
MSNBC and radio talk host Ed Schultz sat on a panel at Al Sharpton's Annual National Action Network with Liz Benjamin and Jonathan Capehart to discuss whether people of color are covered fairly in the media.
"We have to be very cognizant of the fact that 90 percent of the electronic media in this country is owned, operated, programmed and controlled by conservatives," he said. "They made a concerted effort during and before the Reagan years that they were going to get the microphone. Whether you're in favor of or against or understand the fairness doctrine, it's neither here nor there...the fact is we have conservatives on the air electioneering.
There are approximately 450 conservative talk show hosts in this country and there are about 60 progressives, only a handful are syndicated nationally. And I assure you, if I owned 600 radio stations, Rush Limbaugh wouldn’t be on any of them. Ownership is an issue: you gotta own the signal, you gotta have access to the microphone, and if you don’t do that you no longer can make an influence of those who are listening."