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April 11, 2014
CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America.

Rush Limbaugh, on CBS replacing Letterman with Stephen Colbert.  (via mediamattersforamerica)

Not as entertaining as what reasonable person Ben Shapiro had to say. He compared it to blackface.

(via cognitivedissonance)

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May 5, 2013

So … that Rush Limbaugh ad boycott seems to have landed a body blow.

  • then Last year, Rush Limbaugh started publicly attacking then-Georgetown grad student Sandra Fluke on his radio show, due to her stances on contraception in relation to the Affordable Care Act. He lost a lot of support among Republicans and began losing advertisers left and right, though things eventually slowed down.
  • now A year after the incident, Rush Limbaugh’s program could end up leaving Cumulus Media and affiliating with another radio company. Stations owned by Cumulus reportedly lost millions as a result of the advertiser boycotts, and after Limbaugh’s contract expires in 2013, they could lose the top-rated talk show on radio … along with his wonderful ads, which even Rush has resorted to complaining about on-air. source
21:15 // 1 year ago
April 26, 2013

Luntz and Penn student spar over secretly recorded footage

  • action Yesterday, Mother Jones released secretly-recorded audio of GOP strategist Frank Luntz criticizing right-wing talk show hosts during a talk with College Republicans at the University of Pennsylvania. “They get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it’s really problematic. And this is not on the Democratic side. It’s only on the Republican side,” Luntz said.
  • reaction "I’m very disappointed that at Penn, [the] trust between students and speaker is gone," said Luntz, an former student and professor at the school, after the release of the audio. ”Call me naive, but I thought it was possible to have an open, honest conversation about American politics and not make it a national conversation.”
  • rebuttal "The Penn environment should be one in which people are encouraged and expected to speak unencumbered by self-interest," wrote Aakash Abbi, the student who recorded the speech. ”If influential GOP figures like Frank Luntz truly believe that the party’s media kingmakers harm the national interest but refuse to say so for fear of backlash, they knowingly work against the spirit of open and honest debate.”

There’s also a question of journalistic ethics. Luntz requested that the remarks remain off the record; while a journalist who was in the room verbally agreed to this request, Abbi (who isn’t a journalist) and Mother Jones (who wasn’t present) did not. So are they still bound by it? Does a request to remain off the record amount to a decree, or must it be agreed to? Regardless of where you stand, it’s a fuzzy area. Meanwhile, Luntz has withdrawn a scholarship in his father’s name since the remarks leaked.

18:33 // 1 year ago
April 25, 2013
Marco Rubio’s getting his ass kicked…He’s getting destroyed! By Mark Levin, by Rush Limbaugh, and a few others. He’s trying to find a legitimate, long-term effective solution to immigration that isn’t the traditional Republican approach, and talk radio is killing him.
GOP messaging guru Frank Luntz, in a secretly-recorded, off-the-record meeting with college Republicans. "They get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it’s really problematic. And this is not on the Democratic side. It’s only on the Republican side." You may have seen Luntz conducting “focus groups" of questionable authenticity on Sean Hannity’s show, but don’t let that fool you: He’s been one the most influential and respected messaging strategist in Republican political circles for the better part of the last decade. The footage was obtained by David Corn, who seems to have a knack for obtaining secretly recorded footage. source
14:52 // 1 year ago
February 22, 2013
I’m fed up with it. I can’t do it anymore. The whole thing is shamefully absurd. I don’t know how else to say it.
Rush Limbaugh sums up why he’s so terribly ashamed. (via mediaite)

"And if a majority of people are educated and informed and know what’s going on, liberalism — and these powerful forces that have ill intent to the country — can be defeated. Yet despite overwhelming success in creating more and more people who are informed and active and involved, the left has control of the education system — control of the pop culture, movies, TVs, books, music. We’ve just been outnumbered." In other words, Rush feels like he’s hit a limit as far as his reach as a loudmouth goes.
19:22 // 1 year ago
January 27, 2013
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January 4, 2013
The arrangement was simply FreedomWorks paid Glenn Beck money and Glenn Beck said nice things about FreedomWorks on the air. I saw that a million dollars went to Beck this past year, that was the annual expenditure.
Former Freedomworks head Dick Armey • Discussing, in an interview with Media Matters for America, the financial relationship his group had with Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, two men the organization paid millions of dollars simply to say good things about Freedomworks and the Tea Party. Armey calls the spending “ineffective,” stating, "If Limbaugh and Beck, if we were using those resources to recruit activists and inform activists and to encourage and enthuse activists, that’s one thing. If we are using these things to raise money; one, it’s a damned expensive way to raise money; and two, it makes raising money an end on to itself not an instrumental activity to support the foundation work that our organization does." So basically, Freedomworks pays a ton of money to the people that would be most likely to support the Tea Party anyway.
23:37 // 1 year ago