Talk Radio’s Blame Index, by Harper’s Staff

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August 1995 Issue [Readings]

Talk Radio’s Blame Index


From a survey of hosts and producers of radio talk shows, taken during the three weeks following the Oklahoma City bombing in April, that appeared in the May issue of Talkers Magazine, published in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Respondents were asked who or what their call-in listeners blamed for the bombing.

the callers blame

The Bombers Themselves 18%
Mainstream Media 15%
Breakdown of Values 14%
FBI/Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms 13%
Bill Clinton/Janet Reno/The Federal Government 12%
Militia Movement 8%
Talk Radio 7%
Conservative Movement 6%
Angry White Men 5%
Everyone 2%

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