Made me look. With quick detective work, I could tell that neither Limbaugh nor
Hannity had been infiltrated. Ditto Larry Elder, heard in Los Angeles on 870
story behind the breathless headline came from Reuters. It detailed how
state-run Chinese Radio International, allied with U.S. interests, is buying
(or leasing time on) stations in major markets, including Washington.
Washington station is licensed to the wealthy bedroom community of Leesburg,
Virginia. WCRW has a 50,000-watt daytime signal; at night its 1,300 watts on
1190 AM can barely be heard.
I really wouldn’t expect stories about dissident groups in Tibet or air
pollution. Nor am I surprised that CRI is putting its message out. A country
that builds high-rise apartments with no residents in them would not flinch at
broadcasting on radio stations nobody listens to.
Leesburg station made good money – 35 years ago. Economic forces have chipped
away at live-and-local community stations, to the point many have gone dark or
carry only simulcasts from FM. Or, in this case, stuff from China.
on the Reuters story, the FCC will investigate. But consider this: CRI would
air a story advocating an uprising against the Chinese government before
anybody on MSNBC would utter the slightest criticism about the Obama
free to rethink your definition of state-controlled broadcasting.