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Friday, 22 April 2005 12:00 AM

1. Despite Media Blitz, Air America Fails

Air America is just a year old and the darling of the liberal media, who've touted it like there's no tomorrow.

Despite the help, Air America may be heading for the dustbin of liberal media history.
Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Brian C. Anderson, senior editor of City Journal and author of the new book "South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias," says that the "left's answer to conservative talk radio is failing, just as previous efforts to find liberal Rush Limbaughs have failed."

Despite the widely publicized fact that the liberal talk network has grown to 50-plus markets, it pales in comparison with conservative William J. Bennett's morning talk show.

Bennett's program launched at the same time as Air America, and it now reaches nearly 124 markets, including 18 of the top 20, joining the growing ranks of successful right-of-center talk programs (Limbaugh is still the ratings leader, drawing more than 15 million listeners a week), Anderson reveals.

A look at Air America's ratings shows they are "pitifully weak, even in places where you would think they'd be strong," wrote Anderson. "WLIB, its flagship in New York City, has sunk to 24th in the metro area Arbitron ratings -- worse than the all-Caribbean format it replaced ....  In the liberal meccas of San Francisco and Los Angeles, Air America is doing lousier still."
Anderson thinks he knows why liberals fare so poorly on the airwaves.

"Successful talk radio is conservative for three reasons:
•  "Entertainment value. The top conservative hosts put on snazzy, frequently humorous shows.
•  "Fragmentation of the potential audience. Political consultant Dick Morris explains: 'Large percentages of liberals are black and Hispanic, and they now have their own specialized entertainment radio outlets, which they aren't likely to leave for liberal talk radio.'
• "Liberal bias in the old media. That's what birthed talk radio in the first place."

Of course, before the genesis of Air America, liberals had their own radio network: It's called NPR. Unlike conservative networks, which rely on advertising and private means to broadcast, NPR enjoys taxpayer-funded support.

2. Michael Savage's Book Hits #6 on New York Times Best-Seller List

Michael Savage has gotten practically no major media coverage -- or book reviews -- of his latest book, "Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder: Savage Solutions."

Though the book has just been released, it's already hit #6 on the New York Times best-seller list.

Add to the success: NewsMax has received scattered reports that some bookstores are hiding the book from public view.

3. Dick Morris Visits NewsMax

NewsMax was honored to have Dick Morris and his wife and co-author, Eileen McGann, visit NewsMax's headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Dick, who likes to call NewsMax the "spinal cord" of the conservative alternative media, toured our headquarters and joined our editorial staff for lunch.

Dick and Eileen spoke of their anxiously awaited next book, due out in the next few months, "Condi vs. Hillary." Morris remains firm that despite Hillary's polarizing effect on the public, she will still be the Democrats' nominee in 2008.

He also warned Republicans not to allow their success to get to them. He has encouraged Bill Frist not to go "nuclear" and end the filibuster rule. "It will backfire with the public," Morris said.

But Dick still thinks Republicans should fight. He suggests that they bring every judicial nominee to the floor for a vote, let all the Senate Democrats filibuster and "let them talk for days."

4. Sugar Derivative Could Lower Cholesterol

Research is under way in Brisbane, Australia, to examine a compound in sugar cane that could lower cholesterol or the glycemic index in foods.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Sugar Industry Innovation has signed a business partnership with Queen Fine Foods to fund part of the research.

Sugar CRC spokesman Peter Twine says the venture will try to develop new sugar cane products which can improve health.

"Given the interest in the community of today in the value of foods and the health value of foods, as you've noticed there's a lot of interest in glycemic index and so any molecule that can be effectively extracted commercially and applied into those food opportunities obviously creates a value-adding for the sugar industry," he said.

Dr. Russell Blaylock, a respected nutritionist and editor of the Blaylock Wellness Report, says that one sugar cane derivative, known as policosanol, has already been proven to lower cholesterol in humans.

Dr. Blaylock notes that policosanol has no side effects -- unlike almost all statin drugs like Lipitor, which he argues could be dangerous.


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