I really can't figure out how liberals get their panties in a bunch because of conservative political views getting air time. Not only that, but the misbegotten view that the American media is "center to center-right." David Martin of the Delaware Association for Humanism is obviously one of the them (my emphasis):
... as Phillip Bannowsky succinctly puts in his Community View column, the conservative viewpoint is heard and seen more often than not. Print and electronic media have positioned themselves in the center or right of center and talk radio is dominated by hosts who make Barry Goldwater look like a socialist. The contemptuous vitriol Coulter spews forward would be laughable were it not amplified by the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, Dobson, Medved and others of their ilk.
Itís easy to hate. Itís difficult and takes effort to transcend the differences between us and reach that level of understanding and compassion inherent in us all.
First, so what if the conservative viewpoint "is heard and seen more often than not"?? It never ceases to amaze me how folks like Martin fail to realize just why [conservative] talk radio has flourished. Like, maybe it's precisely because -- contrary to what Martin believes -- print and electronic media ARE NOT positioned in the center/center-right! Y'know, people who've just maybe said to themselves, "Hey, I never heard this point of view before. I wonder how come?" The same goes for the massive growth of Fox News. God forbid a major news outlet actually cover conservative political views on major cultural and political matters.
As for the usual canard of "hate," stick with Coulter, Dave, and you'll have more credibility. Limbaugh, Hannity, et. al. aren't any more "hateful" than Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and all of Air America.