How Right-Wing Radio Stoked Anger Before the Capitol Siege

February 10, 2021 ☼ conservativeradiojan6outrage

Source: The New York Times - Link

The result is something of an id of American conservative thought. Hosts’ intemperate remarks on race, immigration and other subjects lend the shows a renegade feel and keep listeners loyal and emotionally invested.

“It’s like your friend in the bar,” said Lewis A. Friedland, a professor who studies talk radio and politics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where stations serve up six or more hours of right-wing talk a day. “He’s your buddy, and he’s kind of like you and he likes the same kind of people that you like and doesn’t like the same kind of people that you don’t like.”

Talk radio is still a force stoking white grievance and outrage.