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    here's a letter i just ranted off and sent via their comments address. the number of times over the years as a once in a while RW radio listener that i heard them working the denial angle is a horror- a form of treason, threatening the country's ability to deal with this problem and the people who advocate for solutions.

    I cheer your work but if you really want to get Universities to stop supporting global warming, you're going to have to get them out of right wing radio. Your work you will be much more efficient if you were also challenging the loudest and most effective enabler of denial on the local and national political level- right wing radio.

    This is a link to a list of  71 universities (out of 120 top football programs) that broadcast sports on Rush Limbaugh dominated talk radio stations and all those RW stations are dedicated and very effective enablers of the the national denial.

    Of 120 top ranked football programs, 71, or approximately 59% broadcast on Limbaugh stations (see below). Some broadcast on more than one Limbaugh station and accounted for 170 of Limbaugh's approximately 600 stations, or 28%. 15 of last year's final 16 NCAA tournament basketball teams (except BYU) broadcast on Limbaugh stations.
    Your activism is constantly countered on the national level by the main talkers. If you protest or start to make waves on the local level your efforts WILL be responded to by the local right wing talkers. If they don't attack you on their own initiative (as threatening the local oil and gas industry jobs etc.), the national think tanks, especiallly the Heritage Foundation, will send them talking points and programming suggestions including guest denialist hacks like Marita Noon and Ann McElhinney, who regularly seem to come throught the NM Limbaugh megastation, and home of the University of NM Lobos, 770 KKOB. Noon was sent through the area when the Arizona fires were blowing smoke across the state and there may have been some doubt among the  talk radio /GOP/teabagger base.

    These stations have a very big say in what regents get elected and which presidents are not acceptable. Your pressure to divest will go through those administrators, many of whom depend on those radio stations for reelection. Serious suggestions for official university policy and investment changes will get heavy duty coverage by those local right wing blowhards as prompted by the Heritage Foundation and other FF think tanks. Your activism will get shouted over LOUDLY by those local stations, that might be wearing stickers of the team logos on their soapboxes. Your basketball and football teams will be playing games on those stations. They'll be doing promos like "850 KOA, home of the Buffs and Rush Limbaugh!" while Limbaugh was calling climatologists like Michael Mann traitors to the human race and threats to capitalism.

    Denial still a problem because of the Republicans will continue to force delay, compromise, and obstruction, but they can't do it without right wing radio- their most important media tool. We cannot continue to ignore their main enabler, intimidator, and enforcer- the one that inspired death threats to Michael Mann, was instrumental to creating the 'climate gate' email fraud that Michael Mann said set us back years and helped scuttle the Copenhagen talks.

    Many other right wing stations (that don't do Limbaugh) also depend on US school sports for success in their communities. The percentage may be close to 40%. And most of those universities have mission statements that would prohibit the association with RW radio on many levels. For environmentalists and progressives to continue to ignore right wing radio on these issues may be the biggest blunder in politics because of the delay it has caused in dealing with this problem.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

     PS and the thing is
    if more more than one person reads this, 95% of them will  say "no one listens to talk radio" "only the untouchable base listens to talk radio" or "talk radio is on the way out".  as usual

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 09:32:40 PM PST

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