If you think political talk radio is a brutal place, you should try sports talk radio. In the world of news talk, you have a biased hosed with a political agenda attempting to spin current events to make you see them his way. In the world of sports talk, you largely have a field of minds so jammed with statistics and dates that they are unable to form a point of view on anything other than a simple Vegas line, let alone manage to try to find a way to spin the event for the mindless masses who tune it. This can make listening to channels like Mad Dog Radio on Sirius and XM Radio an exercise in frustration. Yet it is an exercise that I perform almost daily, and occasionally I call in to try to straighten some of these guys out. My latest beef? The New York Knicks.
In a private meeting with a group of bloggers today, a White House staffer revealed that the Obama Administration is having difficulties reaching their supporters. "We are not concerned that they no longer stand behind us, as these are very loyal people" he said, yet attempts to reach them had revealed that many of them "are no longer able to pay their phone bills or afford internet service". He said that approximately 65% of their email list was no longer able to access the internet, and nearly 40% of their call list was "temporarily not in service due to non payment". He said that the President was "aware but not overly concerned" with this development.
According to one White House aid, the President had put together a crew to reach out to these supporters with communications they could still afford to receive, even if his policies continue to turn the economy for the worse. Some of the ideas they are considering include handing out flyers in unemployment lines, stapling brochures to park benches, and purchasing ad space on place-mats at soup kitchens. "Our supporters are out there", he said. "We just have to find a way of reaching them".