I just received the following piece of unsolicited commercial e-mail:

Subject: Fw: America’s Newest, Smartest, and Most Patriotic Radio Network
From: konk803@aol.com
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
Date: Yesterday 15:23:26

Listen live on the internet today to America’s newest, smartest, and most patriotic
radio network if you don’t have a local member station! But watch out, they’ve had
2 million hits during their first week of broadcasting so the website may be a little

Check out Air America Radio today at:

Don’t forget to forward this to everyone you know! Spread the word!

Leaving aside the accuracy of its contents (I have great difficulty imagining that a radio network carrying Al Franken is either smart or patriotic, and one out of three is bad) I doubt this will win them many new listeners. Most people view spam as the advertising method of the dishonest, sleazy or truly desperate.

Hmm. Having just written the above, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that somebody is trying to push liberal talk radio that way. Who knows, it might even work; the sarcastic part of my mind suspects there is a non-trivial overlap between the set of people stupid enough to respond to spam and the set of people making up the target market of Air America.

(If this turns out to be targetted rather than broad-based spam, I’m even less impressed. Even a casual examination of this blog should reveal that I’m a poor candidate for what they’re pushing.)

8 Responses to “Air America spamming?”
  1. Oscar Cwajbaum says:

    Given how much spam I get advertising conservative talk radio, conservative sites, etc, the fact that liberals are using spam to advertise is hardly surprising.

  2. Kyle Haight says:

    Yeah, I get a bunch of that too. I don’t like it either. It reflects badly on the organizations that send it (or who are pushed by it, as it’s always possible that this is some overzealous supporter rather than AA itself).

    This stuck out to me for two reasons. First, because I generally do *not* receive spam from liberal organizations, and I don’t like to see the rot spreading. Second, because the right-wing spam I receive is pretty much all from what I’d describe as fringe groups; the conservative equivalent of the whacko Marxist passing out mimeographed flyers on the street corner. Air America, whatever else can be said about it, is not a fringe organization on the left. It’s got a lot of money and big names backing it.

  3. Sigivald says:

    Odd. I never seem to get spam for anything but the same usual stuff everyone gets spam for (porn, scams, and RX drug… scams).

    I think I can count on one hand the number of political spams I’ve gotten. In fact, I might only need one finger.

  4. Anne Haight says:

    Personally I’m dubious that a liberal talk radio network (oxymoron?) would be viable. I mean, liberal ideology these days seems to be made up mostly of invented facts, soundbites, and beliefs that can only exist with the shallowest of analysis. They don’t have anything to talk about, so what’s the talk radio going to consist of? NPR reruns?

  5. Kyle Haight says:

    Hmm. Well, let me take a quick pass through my current spam mailbox… I’ve got 20 in there right now. They break down as follows:

    – 15 are pornographic.
    – 1 is pushing a stock.
    – 1 is pushing a diploma mill.
    – 1 is pushing a weight-loss product.
    – 1 is pushing a hair-removal product.
    – 1 is advertising mortgage loans.

  6. Kyle Haight says:

    Whoops, forgot my regular mailbox. 6 more that slipped through the spam filters: 5 pornographic and one with no body text at all.

    So far it looks like porn is the winner by a huge margin.

  7. Anne says:

    I don’t think it’s fair to call something spam when you actually signed up for a related list. Since I’m on some liberal lists and haven’t seen this message, I wonder if you signed up on something closely related and got cross-advertised.

    And, by the way, I don’t think patriotism is synonymous with allowing myself to be brainwashed by conservative media, power hungry politicians, and corporate fat cats.

  8. Kyle Haight says:

    As a general rule, the mailing lists to which I subscribe claim they do not market their subscribers’ e-mail addresses. If they do so in spite of such claims, I’m comfortable describing the result as spam. It’s e-mail, it’s bulk, and it’s unsolicited.

    I fail to see the relevance of your latter comments. Leaving aside your snide insuinations about my mental state, I would probably define patriotism as something like loving the distinctive characteristics of one’s nation. On the basis of that love, patriots are motivated to defend their nation when it is threatened. “My country, right or wrong — when right, to be defended, and when wrong, to be set right.”

    The sense I get these days from large swathes of the left is that they most emphatically do *not* love America’s distinctive characteristics. Quite the contrary. And when the nation is threatened, their reaction is to cavail, quibble, seek fault with everything America does and seek excuses for those who oppose her.

    And, of course, engage in juvenile name-calling directed against those with whom they disagree.

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