Belfrage and Kelo AMLast week when I posted on Greg Belfrage's take on the Thune/Nelson matter, I was both taken to task for being too hard on Belfrage and praised for reporting what he said early one morning when most people are still asleep. I had no idea a local right-wing talk-radio host would illicit such a heated response. Anyway, in the Argus today another Belfrage listener takes Greg and Backyard Broadcasting to the woodshed.
"Being a long-time listener of KELO-AM, I am alarmed at the new direction Backyard Broadcasting feels it needs to follow. KELO has become increasingly a proponent of a radically right-wing agenda rather than a news organization.
Case in point: A recent morning's topic on Greg Belfrage's show cited polls indicating that most Americans do not believe U.S. involvement in Iraq is worth it and has not made America safer, that we have lost more than we've gained.
Belfrage mirrors the Bush administration's myopic view that we belong there. Listening to his rhetoric, I found Belfrage's most misleading statement was calling Iraqi insurgents "terrorists," insinuating they are the same group that attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 9-11. They are not. They are Iraqis defending their territory from attackers: the U.S.
Backyard Broadcasting may as well be called Dubya Radio. With a radical right-wing lineup including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Engram, and locally, Greg Belfrage, and now Fox Network news, KELO has an obvious agenda.
Why do I listen when I know KELO is wrong? Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. To do what is right, it helps to know what is being done wrong. KELO does it wrong."
-Cho Senn, Sioux Falls
Now for those on the right who accused me last of week of obviously not listening to Belfrage on a regular basis, let me say that I know "Cho" calls in to Belfrage's show often, and Belfrage always takes his calls and for the most part let's him make his points. Usually after Cho hangs up, subsequent callers and Belfrage pile on Cho, casting him as some leftwing crazy. That is just the nature of the beast. When a liberal calls a talk radio show, the next ten callers will beat up on him. I'm happy Cho is fighting, or in the case, writing back.