How about it, do they?
How about it, do they?
I don't see how you could say it doesn't. The degree to which it does can be debated.
"I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money." -Thomas Sowell
I suspect the effect the have is very minor. I get the feeling that most of the people who listen to those shows are already solid members of that party anyway.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
So perhaps they do sway a few voters, but in the grand scheme of things, I would say not many. But in a very close election, they might make a difference.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
That shouldn't even be a question. The question would more appropriately be how much do they influence elections.
Ads, talk shows, news shows, newspaper columns, news paper headlines, news paper editorials, magazines, friends, neighbors, coworkers, your job....the list cna go on and on in terms of things that influence elections.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
I picked other. I say media coverage in general influences elections.When a candidate gets gets tv interviews, gets invited to so-called presidential debates that excludes most of the other candidates, gets to go on Oprah and other talk shows it builds name recognition for who is running for president. This is how a no name senator became president.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius