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09/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hate Pays: KFWB Radio Switches from News to Right Wing Talk

The CBS-owned KFWB-AM has jumped the shark. Finding that news doesn't pay any better on the radio than it does in print, KFWB has gone all talk all the time.

Laura Schlessinger was a free ball, so KFWB grabbed the good doctor and decided to go native and jettison all their news programming. Bringing on Laura Ingraham and Michael Smerconish to round out the playlist, the station will now be a beacon for anyone who wasn't getting their fill of misinformation and hate from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

The headline here, of course, is that straight news just doesn't pay. There's no faulting a business from pursuing profit. That's what a business has to do. But really, do we need more hate? Hasn't the on-going dementia of right-wing mobs hijacking congressional town hall meetings raised a red flag, warning everyone that democracy is powerful but fragile if we don't conduct ourselves in a civil manner?