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 Meanwhile, Luntz has withdrawn a scholarship in his father’s name since the remarks leaked.
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
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)
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.
Let’s start our own abortion industry.Rush Limbaugh • Trying to figure out how Republicans can win back some female supporters following Mitt Romney’s loss in the Presidential Election last night. (Just heard this on the radio. — SC)
Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. The villain in The Dark Knight Rises is named Bane, B-a-n-e. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran and around which there’s now this make-believe controversy? Bain. …Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named Bane?Rush Limbaugh, suggesting that the villain of the upcoming Batman film is named Bane because, well… ah, whatever, we all know he doesn’t believe this. Furthermore, Jon Stewart already made this joke (in considerably funnier fashion) last night. Were it true, of course, Romney should count himself lucky he’s running in 2012 — at least Christopher Nolan is smearing him with a better Bane than this.