After Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown student Sandra Fluke a "slut"
, a campaign was launched
to pressure companies to stop advertising on Rush's show. But how much did the boycott really cost Cumulus Media? Well
, a lot. [more inside]
Has Rush Limbaugh misjudged how far he can push things?
Efforts are underway at Twitter
to hit Limbaugh where it hurts, with some degree of early success
. While the President called Sandra Fluke to express solidarity, GOP front runner Mitt Romney seemed to think the main problem with Limbaugh's attack on Fluke was one of vocabulary
, and Rick Santorum fell back on the "he's just an entertainer"
On Tuesday, Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan
took the opportunity to "skewer" Gordon Brown
in the kind of biting rhetoric rarely, if ever, seen in UK parliament. Despite having alerted UK press organisations, including his own part-time employer
, Hannan's speech was not picked up by the UK press until... it started getting a heavy push from the US punditocracy
. [more inside]
"That's the difference -- The American people agree with me."
Michael Moore reflects on the past eight years and America's shift to the left.
The hidden factor in Hillary Clinton's rebound:
committed Republicans voting in open primaries who want to prolong the messy battle for the Democratic nomination, encouraged by right-wing radio hosts like Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh. Or is Hillary just suddenly more palatable
to conservatives than multi-culti Obama
Clear Channel backs Rush Limbaugh
regarding his comment about troops who speak out against the war as being "phony soldiers."
Clear Channel CEO Mark P. Mays said in a letter to Rep. Harry Reid
: "While I certainly do not agree with all views that are voiced on our stations, I will not condemn our talent for exercising their right to voice them," Mays wrote. This appears to be a flip-flop from when Clear Channel blacklisted the Dixie Chicks
NewsFilter: Limbaugh arrested for possible drug possession.
And a few more links
so I don't get accused of a single-link post. Oh wait, it's not on that Drudge link.
Why Rush Limbaugh prefers radio. Back in 1990 Rush Limbaugh guest-hosted a talk show in front of a live audience. The audience did not agree with him and tore him to pieces. His facial expressions are priceless. Watch the video at The Panopticist
Annoyed by the Bill O'Reilly's and Rush Limbaugh's of the world? So is Mike Stark, and he goes out of his way to get on the air on their shows. And then, of course, writes about it in his blog, Calling All Wingnuts
, which includes mp3 clips of his escapades on conservative talk radio airwaves.
What unites hardliners like Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, and Rush Limbaugh -- their uncompromisingly conservative take on politics? In a provocative blog post titled Do Bush followers have a political ideology?
, Glenn Greenwald persuasively argues otherwise. He believes that the conservative movement -- traditionally
against big government
, excessive spending
, and federal intrusion into the private lives of Americans
-- has been hijacked by something much more dangerous: an authoritarian cult
, or as Greenwald puts it, "a form of highly emotional mass theater masquerading as political debate."
Rush Limbaugh site manipulates Kerry/Edwards photo
to show Edward's outstretched waving hand completely obscuring Kerry's face, then crows, "This Says It All." Can't he just leave them alone? After all, they are clearly in love. (First link via Linkfilter)
Rush Limbaugh loudly
and repeatedly accuses NYT's Howell Raines of plagiarism
over "Kerry / Lurch." Jim Romenesko quietly wonders if that's possible.
Rush Limbaugh, Laura Schlessinger, William J. Bennet. The "virtuous majority".
The people that know what you should and should not do. And how to do it. Yeah! Well, if you 've always been a bit suspicious with the virtuous, the God chosen etc., check this out...
"I am no victim and do not portray myself as such. I take full responsibility for my problem."
Rush Limbaugh finally admits to what everyone's been guessing for a while now...to read the text of his statement, he claims to be making a clean breast of things and taking full responsibility for his own actions. Is this really an example of a vocal ideologue finally living up the standards they proclaim, or is it somehow readable as self-serving hypocrisy?
Painkillers destroy hearing
- Looks like America's fascination with Vicodin, Oxycotin, and other hardcore painkillers has a lasting effect other than addiction. Studies are showing that "rapid hearing loss, even deafness, in some patients who are misusing the drugs". This is serious enough for Vicodin's manufacturer to add a "warning about the potential for hearing loss to the drug's label."
Is Rush Limbaugh's sudden deafness
and recent involvement in a painkiller drug investigation
simply a coincidence?
On sunday, Rush Limbaugh commented that Donovan McNabb, quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, was overrated and was only seen favourably by the media because they want to see a black quarterback do well. McNabb responded
, and earlier tonight Limbaugh resigned
from his post on ESPN's pre-game show. N.D. Kalu, one of the Eagle's defensive ends, offered this choice quote: "He speaks well, he's well-read, but he's an idiot."
Ever been to a good old fashioned Pig Roast
? (This one's different)
Talk, Talk, Talk!
Everyone has heard (or heard about) Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, Don Imus, and maybe even Dr. Dean, Neal Boortz, and other big-name talk-radio hosts. Take a look at the Talkers' "100 Most Important Talk Radio Hosts" list and see how many you can identify, have listened to, or admire/despise.
Limbaugh gets hearing back.
Love him or hate him, it is great to know that technology has enabled someone to get some hearing back. However, to implant the device requires doctors to "destory the inner ear". But it seems to have worked.
Rush Limbaugh has gone deaf.
While he can recognize sound, he cannot understand it, including callers to his radio show. He's working around it now (somehow), but may have to change his format in the near future. Rush's site is being hit hard, but you can find a transcript of his monologue here
Rush Limbaugh says "Robertson and Falwell Were Wrong".
I never thought I'd see the day where I'd actually think about sending a thank you note to Rush, but it may be time. Limbaugh derides the fundamentalists' recent comments, stating "Suggestions of this kind are one of the reasons why all conservatives get tarred and feathered with this extremist, bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic label or image that isn't true. The words of Robertson and Falwell are not the words of all conservatives - they are the words of Robertson and Falwell." Is this the beginning of a kindler, gentler Limbaugh?