“If you took a day off and did nothing but listen to Hannity, Beck and Limbaugh and realized that this goes on 260 days a year, you would see that it is overwhelming,” Nader said. “You have to almost have a genetic resistance in your mind and body not to be affected by it. These guys are very good. They are clever. They are funny. They are emotional. It beats me how Air America didn’t make it, except it went after [it criticized] corporations, and corporations advertise. These right-wingers go after government, and government doesn’t advertise. And that is the difference. It isn’t that their message appeals more. Air America starved because it could not get ads.”
No offense to Ralph but he doesn't know what he's talking about.
Air America Radio took on one 'corporation' at the start: the New York Times. Sam Seder specifically attacked Adam Nagourney. He called Nagourney out by name. Ad Nags went whining and the paper threatened to pull the ads so Seder dropped his AdNags parody blog and stopped calling him out regularly on the show.
In it's early days, it had ads. It wasn't on the airwaves much, but it had ads. It also had a streaming audience and that is why it had so many ads. But it didn't value it's streaming audience and began putting limits on that. Then it would move to charging money to stream. (A membership.)
But Air America Radio did not take on the corporations. It was an attempt at doing comedic shows. It's not as if they took on PG&E or anyone like that.
It also promoted politicians like crazy.
But the idea that it was some corporation challenging medium?
It was too scared to even call for an end of the Iraq War.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):