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“We wanted to know who her owner was, and we wanted to know how much he got for her.... She might have outlived her usefulness on the plantation,” Limbaugh declared. “I mean, [you] never know, child-rearing years are over so maybe her value had plummeted.” ~Limbaugh, February 14, 2013 in reference to Black US Congresswoman, Shelia Jackson Lee

He thinks he's getting away with comments like this. He's not. Last month I published a diary about his sponsors leaving, http://www.dailykos.com/... and it received over 18k facebook likes/shares. People are hungry - starving to see him go, and thousands of consumers are contacting his sponsors via StopRush.net and signing petitions like the one below. Organizations like Daily Kos, UniteWomen.org, Planned Parenthood, Media Matters and other groups, are exposing Limbaugh for who and what he is. His behavior is that of a racist, sexist, gay-hating, lying bigot. This is not me, 'name-calling'. This is truth in media, and backed up by Limbaugh's very own words in audio/video.  

The good news? In one month, over 300 more sponsors have pulled ads, now totaling over 2,500. (This does not count the 800 or so who have 'left quietly') Limbaugh now averages a loss of 10 sponsors per day. To make up for these sponsorship losses, it is known he has been subsidized by outside sources including FreedomWorks (backed by the Tea Party). And I'm betting he is having to subsidize himself, to stay on the air.

What's it going to take? We need more sponsor contact, we need a public outcry, and we need help from the FCC for regulations broken. Some rebuff,"Freedom of Speech!" And to that I say,"Amen!" However, many of us don't believe The First Amendment was created to guarantee a hate monger like Limbaugh, his own radio show on our public airways, to stage and promote racism and misogyny while making millions.
No, I don't think that is what We The People had in mind.
So we continue to work on this, one brick at a time. Here are some sponsoring universities. Take a moment to respectfully tweet, fb message, or email a couple of sentences to them. Or you can sign this petition that is sent to, up to 40 sponsors at a time. http://www.change.org/.... It feels pretty good, because it's something we can actually do. Regardless of how long it takes for Limbaugh, with each contact, we are telling companies, universities, media and people around the world, we will no longer sit back. Enough.
Since writing this diary, FOUR of the universities previously listed have arranged to pull all ads from Limbaugh's show. They have been removed. This is how it works!

Loma Linda University Medical Center
http://www.facebook.com/...
Twitter: @Loma_Linda_U
rpossinger@llu.edu

University Hospital & Medical Center
https://www.facebook.com/...
Twitter: @Uhmchca

University of Cincinnati
https://www.facebook.com/...
Twitter: @uofcincy
(Email for President's Staff) Marianne.Kunnen-Jones@uc.edu ; Lawrence.Lampe@uc.edu ; Lindsey.Dolan@uc.edu; Ryan.Hays@uc.edu

University of Phoenix
http://www.facebook.com/...
Twitter: @uopx
advertising@phoenix.edu

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Twitter: @chanthorp
chancellor@unc.edu

Central Piedmont Community College
http://www.facebook.com/...
Twitter: @cpcc
tony.zeiss@cpcc.edu

Hillsdale College / rushforhilsdale.com
https://www.facebook.com/...
Twitter: @Hillsdale
wgray@hillsdale.edu

(Data Courtesy of the StopRush Project)

Visti: StopRush http://stoprush.net/...
Join: FlushRush: https://www.facebook.com/...
Sign: This petition is sent to 35+ sponsors at a time http://www.change.org/...
Join: Boycott Rush Limbaugh Sponsors...:https://www.facebook.com/...

Thank you, Richard Myers. We are finishing this. Rest In Peace.
(Thank you Freya, Joy, G, Kitty, Lisa, certainot, Flush Rush and special thanks to Being Liberal and all the activist facebook organizations for the shout-outs on their pages)

Originally posted to Leslie Salzillo on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 04:29 AM PST.

Also republished by Sluts.

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    "When faced with darkness, be the light. Remembering Richard Myers"

    by Leslie Salzillo on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 06:43:18 PM PST

  •  Thank you for carrying on (114+ / 0-)

    the wonderful work of Richard Myers. Let's get this big fat idiot off the radio.

    The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by maggiejean on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 06:52:32 PM PST

    •  Problem is, his contract with Bain (3+ / 0-)
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      (er, Clear Channel) runs until 2016...

      "We must not confuse absolutism for principle." - Barack Obama

      by Beastly Fool on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 10:21:06 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The slow, prolonged, ongoing death by a (6+ / 0-)

      thousand cuts as Rushco slowly bleeds out, the shares rapidly diminishing in value as the divedends gained from association with Limbaugh et al carry too little gain as to be worthwhile holding....

       A part of me hopes that this goes on for a long time and that Rush is fully aware of his rapidly reducing circumstances, day by day....every morning a harbinger of a day worse than that preceded it untill only aa tiny coterie of Rushbots gather in an ill lit, poorly ventilated hideout to bemoan their fate and point cannibilistic allegations of responsibility amongst themselves, ever twisting into more deranged bitterness.

       At which point it could become a reality television show that we can all miss together........

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 02:49:20 PM PST

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  •  what regulations is he breaking? (5+ / 0-)
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    could you explain?

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    by chloris creator on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 06:59:31 PM PST

    •  None. Why he's still on the air (35+ / 0-)

      What he's doing wrong is putting his sponsors between their consumers and his hate-filled platform. Since their ads are to attract customers, sponsor flight says his listeners aren't compensating for the new folks they're losing.

      It's a violation of smart promotion and marketing. Then again, Limbaugh's never been accused of being too smart.

    •  Here is one article re: Limbaugh FCC offenses (4+ / 0-)
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      from Tim Graham/Huffington Post

      http://newsbusters.org/...

      "When faced with darkness, be the light. Remembering Richard Myers"

      by Leslie Salzillo on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:30:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Apologies. Wrong Link - (9+ / 0-)


        Here's is Sarah O'Leary's article in Huffington Post. What I posted previously is Tim Graham and his rightwing twisted take on the matter.

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

        "When faced with darkness, be the light. Remembering Richard Myers"

        by Leslie Salzillo on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:41:18 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Sarah O'Leary has brewed a cup of weak tea. (8+ / 0-)

          Sarah O'Leary may be an "Award-winning creative marketer, author and 'big idea' consultant," but she is all wet when it comes to FCC Enforcement matters.

          There is a lot of daylight between Limbaugh's rant against Sandra Fluke and what Howard Stern did to trigger the fines that drove him off terrestrial radio and onto satellite radio.

          The main difference is that Stern was very graphic in the physical descriptions, very detailed, and going on for quite some time as to who did what to whom.  Limbaugh has cleverly toed the FCC line.

          Misogynistic and racist rants, repulsive as they surely are, are not indecent, at least not according to how the FCC views indecency.

          I have some basis for writing the above.  I know more than the average Joe or Josie about this field.  I have defended licensees against charges brought against them by the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, including indecency charges.

          Limbaugh's "product" is so vile, in so many ways, that it saddens me that he attracts any sort of audience at all.  But it seems like there is a market for just about anything.

          •  How has Stern done on sat? Will Rush go there too? (3+ / 0-)

            Has Howard Stern's audience diminished since he has gone to satellite? Do you think Limbaugh will go there too, when he is eventually pushed off terrestrial radio?

            I wonder if Rush will be unattractive to satellite, because he'll have no sponsors left by then!

            •  I believe that Stern's audience on satellite (5+ / 0-)

              has been significantly smaller than what his audience was when he was in his heyday on terrestrial broadcast radio.

              Whether Rush has a future in outer space, time will tell.  I chuckle at the mental image of him suited up and sent on a one-way trip, like poor Laika, broadcasting from space until the air ran out, or until the orbit decayed.

            •  It's a different dynamic (6+ / 0-)

              Stern's audience on Satellite is a paid audience, they pay for the content and they can chose Stern ala carte - for an extra fee.   While his audience is "smaller" it's worth money.

              Frankly, as someone who listens to Stern now and again, he can be graphic and offensive and there are moments I get infuriated.. but as far as content, there are also moments here that have real merit, interviews where real things get discussed, etc.

              Plus, I tend to hold comedians to a much different standard then those who put up fake news.

              Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

              by Chris Reeves on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:17:10 AM PST

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          •  Limbaugh doesn't strike me as the (3+ / 0-)
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            kind of entertainer who studies rules and regulations and has, "cleverly toed the FCC line."

            The Sandra Fluke rant was offensive on many levels and yet he continued the rant unabated.  He must have gotten the "green light" from someone, right?

            Limbaugh's schtick hasn't changed much so either the FCC has given him a pass or doesn't regulate at all.

            When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

            by msmacgyver on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:44:06 AM PST

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            •  He doesn't have to study the rules. (2+ / 0-)
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              There are paid experts who do that for him, for Premier, and for Clear Channel.

              •  OK, so we can assume that the (0+ / 0-)

                Sandra Fluke rant didn't go beyond acceptable standards, right?

                When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

                by msmacgyver on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 01:08:43 PM PST

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                •  It did not violate the FCC's indecency standards. (1+ / 0-)
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                  It was loathsome.  It was despicable.  It was libelous.  However, it was not actionably indecent, at least not in the way that the FCC defines indecency.

                  •  Link to and excerpt from FCC Guidelines (1+ / 0-)
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                    http://www.fcc.gov/...

                    Obscene Broadcasts Are Prohibited at All Times

                    Obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution and cannot be broadcast at any time. The Supreme Court has established that, to be obscene, material must meet a three-pronged test:
                    •An average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the material, as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;
                    •The material must depict or describe, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable law; and
                    •The material, taken as a whole, must lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

                    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

                    by msmacgyver on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:26:55 PM PST

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                    •  Limbaugh's diatribe was not obscene. (0+ / 0-)

                      Neither was it even indecent, not in the FCC sense.  It was not graphic enough to rise to the level of indecency, in the FCC sense of indecency.  And if it did not rise to the level of indecency, which it did not, it surely could not have been obscene.  Obscenity is to indecency as whiskey is to beer.

                      I share your outrage, but Limbaugh's diatribe simply was not actionably indecent, and neither was it actionably obscene.

                  •  FCC Guidelines (1+ / 0-)
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                    http://www.fcc.gov/...

                    Obscene Broadcasts Are Prohibited at All Times

                    Obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution and cannot be broadcast at any time. The Supreme Court has established that, to be obscene, material must meet a three-pronged test:

                    An average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the material, as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;

                    The material must depict or describe, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable law; and

                    The material, taken as a whole, must lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

                    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

                    by msmacgyver on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:30:24 PM PST

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                    •  Excellent. (1+ / 0-)
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                      Thank you for posting the FCC guidelines.

                      I think he may have gotten by on the third point, as the material was political and valuable to some at the time. In the long run - valuable to none. He did himself, his party, talk radio, and mainstream media a disservice, as well as Sandra Fluke.

                      "When faced with darkness, be the light. Remembering Richard Myers"

                      by Leslie Salzillo on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:24:46 PM PST

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                      •  Posted twice, as it turned out :) (0+ / 0-)

                        The first time I got an error message, so...

                        I don't know how he could have gotten past all three with the Sandra Fluke rant but apparently the FCC doesn't enforce much beyond the most blatant offenses.

                        I expect that censorship of any kind is a very tricky issue.

                        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

                        by msmacgyver on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 06:40:52 AM PST

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          •  We should thank Rush for his Sandra Fluke (4+ / 0-)
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            rant. His continual, endless and endlessly vile rants are moving the Republican party into ever increasing radical and radically unpopular positions. He is killing the Party with his voter alienation drive.
            To say he should be censured / censored by a government bureaucracy is a very short term, and a dangerous kind of thinking. Remember, you're next.
            The Stop Rush drive is an incredibly successful response and the kind of grass roots action that will put him out of business, or drain the money from the puppeteers who are driving the right-wing noise machine.  It is just a matter of time when he will be too much of a liability for them to support.

            "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

            by shmuelman on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:54:52 AM PST

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    •  Limbaugh isn't subject to most FCC regulations (4+ / 0-)
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      He doesn't own any stations nor holds any FCC licenses.

      The stations that carry him hold licenses, and are therefore responsible for what they put on the air, including syndicated shows such as Limbaugh's. If they violate FCC rules, they can be fined, and in extreme cases their licenses can be taken away.

      However, the FCC does not generally regulate program content, with one or two exceptions such as obscenity and indecency.

      Even the former Fairness Doctrine could not have been used to take Limbaugh off the air. The Doctrine only required that stations make airtime available for opposing viewpoints (a regulation that I would heartily applaud, by the way).

      •  Air talent are now subject to indecency fines, (5+ / 0-)

        in addition to licensees, but what Limbaugh has broadcast is not actionably indecent.  Sandra Fluke has a cause of action in libel, but there are not grounds for enforcement action by the FCC.

      •  sadly, the Fairness Doctrine would have prevented (3+ / 0-)
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        the last 25 years of progressive/liberal failure -IMO that was reagan's biggest legacy- enabling the most successful attack on american democracy in recent time. it has been instrumental in derailing almost every major reform attempts.

         the RW radio monopoly is so successful  as a propaganda tool creating their own reality merely because with the lack of the FD they've been able to insulate large segments of the population from political talk radio alternatives/competition while driving and working.

        even if they own the stations and control most of the content they still would have had to worry about challenge on their own turf- political talk radio.

        certainty sells and the FD would have prevented the GOP and their think tanks from creating the bubble of royal unchallenged certitude around blowhards like  limbaugh and hannity and the hundreds of ignorant lying local wannabes.

        that regulation would have kept most of the carnival barkers in the swamps and used car lots, on a few stations here and there rather than 600 for limbaugh and the 500 for hannity, etc.

        all they need is for someone to get up and yell back 'in their face' where everyone can see it and that's what the FD did to some degree- instead now they have call screeners and paid callers and soapboxes endorsed by our most popular sports teams.

        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 Feb 17, 2013 at 06:45:28 AM PST

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        •  Clinton and Obama both... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...could have restored the Fairness Doctrine but chose not to. Both were subsequently pummeled in the midterm elections of 1994 and 2010, respectively.

          I'm no longer sure anyone at the top of the Democratic Party truly wants to win; it may be more like Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia in 1984; each side wins a few battles, but the war goes on forever, and the brunt is born by the common people.

          Our political system is broken.

          •  the same mechanism that makes an FD necessary (1+ / 0-)
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            makes it impossible to reinstate.

            that's one of those battles for obama that some would conclude they couldn't win and the others would conclude would be about nothing because most liberals think talk radio is no big deal- - but no two words get more immediate reaction from the right.

            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 Feb 17, 2013 at 04:20:35 PM PST

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    •  What regs is he breaking? Safe Harbor for 1: (3+ / 0-)
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      What makes material obscene? Obscene speech is not protected by the First Amendment and broadcasters are prohibited, by statute and regulation, from airing obscene programming at any time. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, to be obscene, material must meet a three-prong test: (1) an average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the material, as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest (i.e., material having a tendency to excite lustful thoughts); (2) the material must depict or describe, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable law; and (3) the material, taken as a whole, must lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. The Supreme Court has indicated that this test is designed to cover hard-core pornography.

      What makes material indecent? Indecent material contains sexual or excretory material that does not rise to the level of obscenity. For this reason, the courts have held that indecent material is protected by the First Amendment and cannot be banned entirely. It may, however, be restricted to avoid its broadcast during times of the day when there is a reasonable risk that children may be in the audience. The FCC has determined, with the approval of the courts, that there is a reasonable risk that children will be in the audience from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. Therefore, the FCC prohibits station licensees from broadcasting indecent material during that period.

      Material is indecent if, in context, it depicts or describes sexual or excretory organs or activities in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium. In each case, the FCC must determine whether the material describes or depicts sexual or excretory organs or activities and, if so, whether the material is patently offensive. http://www.fcc.gov/... http://transition.fcc.gov/...  

      •  Uh no. Not even close. (0+ / 0-)

        He's not breaking that either. He's not using graphic descriptions in any form. Slut and whore are not words that will get you fined. Safe Harbor doesn't fit here.

        You may not like what he says but that doesn't mean he's breaking FCC rules. Plus, the FCC is overwhelmed at their enforcement division. They have trouble enforcing real rule violators and take years to fine violators after the fact. Rush, even as vile as he is, is nowhere on their radar.

    •  I looked back over the article again (5+ / 0-)

      and I saw no references at all to regulations or the FCC.

      The protest seems to be based on values other than legality.

      So this question is pretty much a red herring.

      "Woe to those who make unjust laws,
    to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights
    and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, 
making widows their prey
    and robbing the fatherless."

      by Snarky McAngus on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:05:10 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  what regulations is he breaking? (0+ / 0-)

    I ask because stating them makes your claim that this needs to go to the FCC stronger

    In the time that I have been given,
    I am what I am

    by duhban on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:16:33 PM PST

    •  We don't need the FCC (22+ / 0-)

      once sponsors are aware of what Limbaugh is saying, they no longer want their ads accompanying his hate speech.

      •  agreed (2+ / 0-)
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        In the time that I have been given,
        I am what I am

        by duhban on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 10:26:51 PM PST

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      •  Unfortunately not all sponsors (6+ / 0-)

        The local gun shop and shooting range that advertises on the Limbaugh program here (South Jersey) are reaching their demographic.

        •  Can't do much about that (7+ / 0-)

          But major national companies and universities (the ones with the real money) need to know that associating with Limbaugh is a losing proposition.

          •  Careful how you define "associating"... (0+ / 0-)

            The diarist, and some others in the discussion, believe that a university "associates with" or "sponsors" Limbaugh if any radio station that carries their athletic events also happens to carry Limbaugh.

            It's a bogus claim, for any number of reasons.

            If you find a university actually advertising during his show, that's a different story - but the "anyone whose programming airs on any station that also airs Limbaugh is supporting Limbaugh" argument is simply lame.

            •  I think it has to be considered with other things (0+ / 0-)

              ...including the fact that AM radio signals have geographic reach into rural areas that FM doesn't.  

              But sharing a radio station with RW hate and science denial is something that a university should want to stay away from if it can.  

              •  Let's get down to brass tacks... (0+ / 0-)

                In almost all cases of collegiate athletic networks, there is NO CONTRACT BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY AND INDIVIDUAL STATIONS.  In the majority of cases, there isn't even a contract between the university (as a legal entity) and the network's management!

                Here's how it works:

                1) Most universities have a separate legal entity, usually named something like "University of Foobieblex Athletics Association", that actually owns/operates the athletic programs.  (This, incidentially, is how they get around their state's salary limitations for state government employees.  The basketball coach can be paid more than is the university president because the coach "isn't really" employed by the university, but rather by the athletics association.)

                2) The athletics association--NOT the university--then signs a contract with a sports marketing company, like IMG College, to operate the school's broadcast network.

                3) The sports marketing company--NOT the university, and NOT the athletics association--signs contracts with individual stations that wish to participate in the broadcast network.

                4) Those individual radio stations may sign OTHER contracts for other programming, such as (possibly) Rush Limbaugh.

                So, you're basically arguing that the university should, somehow, be able to negotiate (or exercise veto power over, or simply  terminate) contracts to which it is not a party, and which are, in fact, three steps removed from the university itself.

                As I said, it's a bogus suggestion, and the notion that universities are "sponsoring Limbaugh" if a radio station chooses to air both their athletic events and Limbaugh's show is utterly ludicrous.

                •  Ads/promotions were heard on his show. (1+ / 0-)
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                  In order for any company, school or organization to be reported to the StopRush Database, their name MUST be aired and heard by a StopRush station monitor during the show. The monitor then documents the information into the StopRush Database.
                  Companies who advertise on any other Clear Channel show(s), are not reported.  So if a team plays a game on the same station as Limbaugh's show, it matters not. It only matters if the name of the company/team is heard during Limbaugh's daily three-hour show.
                  To get off the 'active' StopRush list, it simply takes a call to Clear Channel to request their ads/promos not be used at anytime during Limbaugh's show. It has been done by thousands.
                  Once again, no one is forcing anyone to do anything. The public is speaking up and reaching out. The sponsors have the choice to listen or ignore the public.

                  "When faced with darkness, be the light. Remembering Richard Myers"

                  by Leslie Salzillo on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:46:58 PM PST

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                  •  Um...really? (0+ / 0-)
                    Companies who advertise on any other Clear Channel show(s), are not reported.  So if a team plays a game on the same station as Limbaugh's show, it matters not. It only matters if the name of the company/team is heard during Limbaugh's daily three-hour show.
                    But, in this comment, you added UNC-Chapel Hill to your diary and said you would be fowarding the information to stoprush.net - even though the comment only stated that Tarheel basketball games also aired on "Rush Radio."  Not a word was said about advertisements from UNC-CH, but you reported them anyway?
      •  I want to point out (5+ / 0-)

        Its great that commercial sponsors are leaving him, as they should. His words will not be shut down by censorship, from the FCC.

        Rush's funding will, I fear, not be threatened. His blathering will continue as long as the Kochs and all their friends have trillions of play money.

        A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

        by onionjim on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 05:25:55 AM PST

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        •  but what made limbaugh was lack of challenge and (4+ / 0-)

          real competition.

          what makes him and hannity and many of the other think tank-coordinated  blowhards so effective  as a propaganda tool is that their coordinated repetition of lies and distortions is virtually unchallenged in their realm - political  talk radio.

          there has always been billions for buying media and politicians but the unchallenged talk radio monopoly allows them to create  made-to-order constituencies for any occasion within days or over years to enable their bought and paid-for politicians that would otherwise look a lot more like billionaires' politicians.

          with that talk radio monopoly, still largely unchallenged by the left, the most ignorant sycophant paid-for politician has a smorgasbord of 'popular' prechewed talking points to choose from - that's the tea party constituency at his back.

          that's how benghazi and debt ceiling distortions and lies  became talking points on SOTU responses and confirmation hearings.

          the kochs can pay him all they want but once americans get up in his face to yell back (on his own turf- as the boycott represents) he becomes challenged and exposed and that monster intimidating/enabling bandwagon he used to drive will lose it's acceptability and certainty and will fall off the road.

          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 Feb 17, 2013 at 07:05:10 AM PST

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    •  Electioneering (5+ / 0-)

      Could I propose that his and Hannity's open GOt-Right-Kind-of-V efforts every two years likely run afoul even of the most state's election laws? Any automobile that drives past the no-electioneering line to park while Mr. Ee-Ay-Ee-Aye Bee is still on its radio violates the law. I am not certain this is an FCC matter, but I am also not at all certain it is not.

      Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

      by textus on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 04:12:11 AM PST

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      •  You may have a point there. (5+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        UnionMade, Leslie Salzillo, Smoh, elwior, 1BQ

        There's a holdover doctrine in FCC jurisprudence called the Zapple Doctrine.  A group up in Wisconsin has filed a complaint with the FCC about the pre-Election broadcasts on an AM station in Milwaukee.

        The Zapple Doctrine arose as a corollary of the Fairness Doctrine.  The Zapple Doctrine is also known as "quasi-equal opportunities" - a reference to the formal Equal Opportunities provisions of Section 315 of the Communications Act,  47 U.S.C. § 315, which governs legally qualified candidates' access to the airwaves.

        Although the FCC suspended enforcement of the Fairness Doctrine back in the 1980s, and has since (in 2011) formally abolished it, the Zapple Doctrine has lain dormant.

        The Zapple Doctrine compels a station to provide air time to the supporters of one candidate if the same station provides time to the supporters of another candidate in the same electoral race.  The group in Wisconsin has invoked the doctrine.  To my knowledge, the FCC has not yet acted on the complaint.

        •  Ugh, won't happen. Never ever. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Rashaverak

          Can we stop with the Zapple Doctrine? The FCC won't consider an antiquated rule with all the different channels and platforms available in the 21st century.

          •  I highly doubt the FCC will act in favor of the (0+ / 0-)

            listeners who have filed their pleading, but in the interest of accuracy and completeness, I thought that I should point out the existence of the ZD.

          •  Zapple Doctrine's dormancy (0+ / 0-)

            ...if that's the case, shouldn't the FCC be required to remove it from the books?

            The Milwaukee case brought by Media Action Network shows an intention by WTMJ and WITC to favor one candidate over another, based on the allocation of airtime to supporters of either side.

            This is prohibited by the Zapple Doctrine. Although it has not been enforced in years, there also have not been formal complaints made.

            The FCC has a duty to adjudicate this complaint. If it just blows off the complaint, it will be creating an even bigger story, with the FCC at the center. The narrative will be that they are protecting corporate broadcasters from having to air views of the people in the areas subject to the broadcasts.

            This will bring front and center the question whether the FCC licensee has any duty at all to serve the public interest above their own interests.

            I'd also ask, if WTMJ and WITC are willing to subject themselves to bias complaints and petitions to deny renewal of licenses, why wouldn't they simply take a few guests or calls that present dissenting views? They would then have the perfect opportunity to make the superior argument in favor of Scott Walker or the issue of the day.

            The reason we advocate for free speech and (used to) legislate against propaganda is so that the public could benefit from the clash of opposing ideas out in the open.

            The left wing is fully on board for this today, but why is this not still the standard for the right?

      •  Maybe if the windows are open (0+ / 0-)

        and the volume is cranked up really loudly..

    •   what regulations is he breaking? (0+ / 0-)

      None.  Please see my comment above.

  •  With that February 14, 2013 ... (18+ / 0-)

    ... on-air turd, it sure seems like Rush is giving up and has decided to go out "in a blaze of glory." Or, maybe he's going out "in a glaze of donut." I don't know, but that last one should sink his kingdom of hate.  

    I would tip you, but the man took away my tips.

    by Tortmaster on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:23:01 PM PST

  •  We actually use the StopRush database (23+ / 0-)

    before we make purchasing decisions. It is quite helpful particularly for local purchases. Being in Texas, I'm sure there are lots of wingnut business owners but at least this helps me sort out the most egregious.

    I'd really like to find a similar source for finding truly progressive-minded business owners in the area. But there aren't many progressive programs left for sponsors to support, are there?

  •  The king of radio will be guillotined (14+ / 0-)

    So I get from Le Figaro

    Pour frapper les esprits, les républicains rappellent qu'aujourd'hui tout jeune américain arrive au monde avec une part de dette publique de 52.000 dollars. Who cares ? Le Président est beau, élégant, il parle bien, il est convaincant, il défend les classes moyennes. Face à lui il n'y a que des "vieux cons de blancs en colère" comme John Boehner, le Président de la Chambre des représentants, ou Rush Limbaugh, le roi du "talk radio".
    Il est vrai que dans la défaite les républicains ressemblent de plus en plus à une caricature d'eux-mêmes.
    To dampen spirits, Republicans today remind all young American comes into the world with a share of debt of $ 52,000. Who cares? The President is beautiful, stylish, speaks well, is convincing, he defends the middle classes. Front of him there is that "old farts of white anger" as John Boehner, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or Rush Limbaugh, the king of "talk radio".
    It is true that in defeat Republicans look more and more like a caricature of themselves.
    Well may be not.  But still, the downfall of Repugs is making the news.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:41:36 PM PST

  •  The Grandest Of The GOP Grand Oinkers (9+ / 0-)

    Among the last of the boldest plantation overseers.
    A white man's whiteman.
    I'm sure Sheila Jackson Lee will sorely miss this:
    Champion of Human Decency.

    As he retires a grateful nationextends a thanks.
    I'm going to send a donation to the NAACP in his name.
    I'm sure this is one of his favorite organizations.
     

  •  I can't wait for him to go off the air (8+ / 0-)

    He unfortunately has every right to spew vile, hateful filth.  And advertisers have no duty to underwrite his programing.  

    I can't wait to see him forced off the public airwaves by the market forces he claims to champion.  He can go on wing nut welfare and move his program to internet radio.  At least then he will be competing for the same audience as Glen Beck.  

    Under capitalism man exploits man, under communism the roles are reversed.

    by DavidMS on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 08:55:30 PM PST

  •  WHO? (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Leslie Salzillo

    He is in the same category as Caribou Barbie and that guy who cried on CNN all the time...

    Another year and people will ask:

    Rush who?

    Radical Activist Homosexual Agenda: 1. Equality 2. See #1

    by skip945 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 08:59:36 PM PST

    •  you're a traitor and your sister is a slut and (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      elwior, Leslie Salzillo, a2nite, mapamp

      that's what team limbaugh's been screaming from EVERY corner and stump in the country for  25 years. and we're in this mess because the left has ignored that fact, and just stuck their fingers in theirears and walked on by.

      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 Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 09:54:32 PM PST

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      •  No, seriously. We're in WHAT mess? (0+ / 0-)

        Whatever "mess" we're in is because liberal voters can't be bothered to go vote in off-year elections. Period. Not because of anything Limbaugh says or does. You and your pals ascribe him way too much power.

        And, I might suggest, you might find yourself quite a bit happier if you switched your own radio dial. There is no virtue in listening to that crap.

  •  Traumatic event in my life (21+ / 0-)

    I'd heard of rush, but I'd never heard rush. Went to luch and the McDonald's had fox on with screens everywhere. Impossible to ignore, but had captions on as well. Limbaugh came on in all his malice talking about how Sandra should post the videos online so everyone could watch. As he spoke I felt sick and sweaty, when the talking heads were chuckling about this monsters (half) 'wit' I was shaking. I finally ran to the bathroom and threw up. Scared the hell out of my husband, caused a bit of a scene. I was crying and shaking when I came out, manager sent someone in to check on me. Once they figured out it was the tv, not the food they thought it was funny. Until my husband pointed out that traumatizing a customer to that degree isn't funny (very loudly I might add). Filed a complaint, ain't been back. I figure if that foul beast is welcome, I'm not and neither is my money. I don't hate rush....I loath him...

    They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.

    by Shippo1776 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 09:14:17 PM PST

  •  70+ unis endorse 170+ limbaugh stations w/sports (11+ / 0-)

    broadcasting and the list is at the link in my sig.

    when a few unis are forced by students, faculty, and community to stop mocking their own mission statements and look for non-partisan, non-racist, non-global warming denying, alternatives for their sports broadcasting the others will have to follow suit and right wing radio will die.

    just tonight i heard 3  times during a univ of colorado basketball broadcast the announcement : "850 KOA, home of the buffs and rush limbaugh!"

    RW radio and rush limbaugh can't survive without the ad money and community cred they get from those associations. they cant survive without their protected unchallenged monopoly.

    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 Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 10:05:53 PM PST

    •  Universities have to be accredited by NCATE (5+ / 0-)

      Universities seek accreditation by NCATE every three to five years.  One of the standards they MUST comply with deals with diversity: NCATE expects that a professional education unit’s conceptual framework include a commitment to preparing candidates to support leaning for all students.
      Standard 4: Diversity expects that the unit designs, implements and evaluates curriculum and experiences for candidates to acquire and apply knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to help all students learn. It includes the expectation that candidates have the opportunity to interact with candidates, faculty, and P–12 students from diverse groups.

      I would question ANY university's claim to successfully meet Standard 4 when they advertise on Rush Limbaugh's show.  

      •  "850 KOA, home of the buffs and rush limbaugh!" (2+ / 0-)
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        is what i heard 3 times (at least) last night. i heard it before on one of their athletic broadcasts and listened to their basketball game and i heard it 3 times.

        thanks for the NCATE info.

        that station is one of many in the US piggybacking universities. KOA is the RW radio mothership - for more than 20 years their local and national talkers have been selling everything GOP and anti diversity and anti education.

        the local blowhards have huge volume for influencing university related elections and issues, like which uni regents and presidents are not acceptable.

        NCATE standards and the university mission statements should provide university and community activists with plenty of ammunition to pressure their unis out of all RW radio, not just limbaugh.

        until that happens non-action along those lines means their own unis are undermining all their other activism.

        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 Feb 17, 2013 at 07:40:51 AM PST

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      •  Don't believe the hype... (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        piniella

        The author claimes that universities "sponsor Limbaugh" if a radio station that airs their games also happens to air Limbaugh's show.

        It's a bogus claim, for any number of reasons.

  •  what a total sack of shit (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    elwior, michaelhenderson

    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 Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 10:31:26 PM PST

  •  UNC Chapel Hill does broadcast on Rush Radio too (5+ / 0-)

    I live in the Triangle, NC and I listen to the Tarheels basket ball team from time to time on the radio.

    The Tarheels games are also on WCHL, which carries mostly liberal voices during the day such as Stephanie Miller, Ed Schulz, ... etc.
    WCHL is less powerful than Rush Radio. People in Orange county listen to the game there most of the time.

    Outside of Orange county, it is more difficult to listen to WCHL, therefore most people who want to listen to the game will listen to it on Rush Radio, wrdu, which is also Fox-Radio, as it carries right wing nuts all day long.

    There has been multiple attempts to get the UNC CH off Rush Radio, those have been unsuccessful so far.  Letters were written to Chancellor Thorpe ... so far, no action ...

    •  I will add UNC Chapel Hill to the diary above (4+ / 0-)

      I will also forward their contact info to StopRush. Perhaps if UNC Chapel Hill hears from more people, they too, will pull ads. Thank you.

      "When faced with darkness, be the light. Remembering Richard Myers"

      by Leslie Salzillo on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 10:44:37 PM PST

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    •  In Detroit we lost our progressive radio station (5+ / 0-)

      on January 1st this year.  No advance notice or hints, nothing.  Just static.
      Been bummed out about it since.
      Fucking Clear Channel!

      I can see Canada from my house. No, really, I can.

      by DuzT on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 03:57:11 AM PST

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    •  UNC broadcasts on 8 limbaugh stations! (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Eyesbright, elwior

      according my previous research

      maybe this would help (from comment above) http://www.dailykos.com/...

      the mission statement and NCATE standards might be good ammo.

      they can hem and haw all they want about their desire to be politically impartial (broadcasting on RW radio!) and sports and politics are separate, and those talkers are just entertainer and individual voices reflecting the values of their listeners etc.,  but their association with radio stations dedicated to global warming denial should be indefensible.

      local/state GOP hacks in the uni apparatus (maybe some elected/appointed with the support from the local RW blowhards) will be very reluctant for unis to start withdrawing from RW radio- just the declaration of the intent not to renew the contract would be total disaster and would force the station into major changes to survive/maintain.

      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 Feb 17, 2013 at 07:55:09 AM PST

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  •  Those comments just sicken me (11+ / 0-)

    Especially since on Friday I heard, again, two female coworkers with that station on at their desk as I had to stand next to that filth as part of my required duties.  I have no respect for these people as coworkers because of their choice to listen to this hate and that almost puts me in an untenable situation.  Yes, I should look for another job and no I can't complain to HR.  He listens to the shit too.    Both of these coworkers claim to be religious and like to send chain emails purporting to give me eternal love if I only pass on the word of Jesus.

    Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world--and never will. Mark Twain

    by whoknu on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 10:43:42 PM PST

  •  He's Been Awfully Quiet Lately..... (7+ / 0-)

    Ever since Sandra Fluke, Rush isn't getting the coverage or the leverage that he used to have.  It's like Sarah Palin toward the end, her tweets weren't covered, she just didn't get the same amount of press.

    Of course....Rush is still on thousands of stations, including the military stations.  He's probably got the same amount of listeners......but he's not getting the same national coverage.

    He's boorish, illogical & a bloated bag of wind.  I also think he's scared to death of becoming irrelevant.  

  •   Repeal of the Fairness Doctrine and Limbaugh (2+ / 0-)
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    filonomo, a2nite

    Limbaugh is not a racist, sexist, gay hating, bigot. He panders to racist, sexist, gay hating bigots. He most certainly is a liar (pushes bullshit on the gullible). That's his job. The Fairness Doctrine was repealed in 1987. Limbaugh went on the air in 1988. I think advertisers think they can market to an older, less educated, narrow minded demographic. I've been wondering why he has been allowed to be on the air (I listen to him sometimes). The outrage from his Sandra Fluke "bit" at last got some long overdue attention. Is going after advertisers the only way to get rid of extreme right talk radio? It's one way but why is it the only way?  

    •  Limbaugh Quotes (8+ / 0-)
      "If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch."
      ~Rush Limbaugh, during a three day, on air, verbal attack of, then unknown, law student, Sandra Fluke. He also called her a 'slut' and a 'prostitute'. She was advocating for mandatory insurance coverage for birth control.
      "Now, this is Michael J. Fox. He's got Parkinson's disease. And in this commercial, he is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He is moving all around and shaking. And it's purely an act."
      ~Limbaugh, while also making erratic motions with his arms and hands mocking Mr. Fox.
      "There is a movement on to normalize pedophilia, and I guarantee you your reaction to that is probably much the same as your reaction when you first heard about gay marriage. What has happened to gay marriage? It’s become normal — and in fact, with certain people in certain demographics it’s the most important issue in terms of who they vote for. So don’t pooh-pooh. There’s a movement to normalize pedophilia. Don’t pooh-pooh it. The people behind it are serious, and you know the left as well as I do. They glom onto something and they don’t let go. [...]

      What is their objective? They want us to all think that pedophilia is just another sexual orientation.  You know who’s gonna fall right in line is college kids, just like they have on gay marriage, just like they do on all other revolutionary social issues.  Their own definition of the cutting edge, civil rights, freedom, understanding, tolerance. So I’m just warning you here. You think it can’t happen. “Impossible!  Don’t be nutso and wacko on us, Rush.”

      ~ Limbaugh
      "Socks is the White House cat. But did you know there is also a White House dog?"
      ~Limbaugh, while holding up a photograph of 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton.
      "Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble (African American) Jesse Jackson?"
       -Limbaugh
      "You Know How to Stop Abortion? Require That Each One Occur With a Gun"
      ~Limbaugh Feb. 2013

      "When faced with darkness, be the light. Remembering Richard Myers"

      by Leslie Salzillo on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 12:45:05 AM PST

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    •  Looks like it, he had a lot of money behind (4+ / 0-)

      Him. We get to push by acting like citizens and consumers.

      Hurt them in the wallet. They only care about money.

    •  two other ways to end RW radio - monitor it and (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      elwior, jabney

      get universities to declare they will look for alternative non-partisan broadcasters for their sports.

      one of the biggest reasons for RW radio success of limbaugh is that he and the others who repeat the coordinated talking points can't be read. they only usually get noticed after their work has already been pounded into the earholes of 50 mil a week. what looks ridiculous and trivial to the left the day it comes out can soon become 'popular' and 'factual'. or as with ACORN for instance, years of regular attacks finally pay off with one more.

      a searchable database of the main national and local talkers' transcripts would allow the left to finally know in real time why they've been getting their asses kicked the last 25 years. it could be automated with transcript software maybe. that state dem offices don't know what's yelled from their local RW megastations, especially near election time, is ridiculous.

      if there are copyright problems then maybe the transcripts can be automatically modified in some minor way- the context is always clear - the topics and repetition are the key and that is what has to be responded to in real time.

      RW radio is also heavily dependent on our universities (see link in sig) for community credibility and local ad support. at least 28% of limbaugh's stations are - those are many of the loudest in the US. the total RW stations dependent on uni sports like that may be closer to 40% of the 1000+.

      if a few unis were forced to look for non-political alternatives others would follow - RW radio couldn't survive.

      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 Feb 17, 2013 at 08:12:21 AM PST

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      •  You're searching under the wrong rock. (0+ / 0-)
        allow the left to finally know in real time why they've been getting their asses kicked the last 25 years.
        Really? Maybe if you turned off the crap you're listening to on the radio, you'd be interested to learn that in the last 25 years, we've won at least a plurality in all but one presidential election.

        The road to winning back the US House begins next year, by winning back some governorships. They can be re-elected in '18, and those governors can then force neutral maps in their states in 2020.

        But democratic constituencies are not the easiest to motivate to the polls, especially when the presidency is not at stake. And that's why we get our butts kicked.

        GOTV in 2014, forget about Limbaugh. He can only help us.

        •  you're joking, right? so you're happy with the way (0+ / 0-)

          things have gone?

          bush, iraq, reagan's deification, rewritten history, defeat of single payer, tax breaks for billionaires, deregulation, NO ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE, the other major political party not even recognizing climate change, not only no election reform but election theft and suppression, swiftboating of many good people, flunky and crazy supremes, citizens united, no media reform, no campaign  finance reform, the increased acceptability of racism and ignorance, the complete takeover of one major party by ignorant sycophants, and on and on.

          talk radio did the groundwork repetition for a lot of that insanity and more.

          i'd call that getting our asses kicked without having a clue why or how.

          mostly because it hurts liberals heads to listen to it, and it interferes with their musical pleasures, and they can't read it. so they ignore it while it kicks their ass.

          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 Feb 17, 2013 at 02:12:21 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for all you are doing. (5+ / 0-)

    I sent a message to everyone with an email addy.

    "We have cast our lot with something bigger than ourselves" - President Obama, July 30, 2010

    by Overseas on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 01:57:19 AM PST

  •  Brick by brick, my citizens, brick by brick. (7+ / 0-)

    Thanks for your hard work on this noble endeavor.

    Guns are never the principle in the commission of a crime, but they are usually an accomplice

    by MadGeorgiaDem on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 03:04:46 AM PST

  •  Lots of Discussion in the Radio World (10+ / 0-)

    And seemingly a lot of movement on the FM side of the dial away from syndicated talkers like Limbaugh to more music-centric formats. Ratings for all talkers (aside from sports) are way down compared to what they were even last year and certainly a fraction of what they were when right wing talk radio was at its height.

    There could be a lot of factors governing this shift but I think a big part of it has to do with not only shifting demographics (the fans of Limbaugh, et al. are dying off) but a weariness with the lack of innovation that is coming out of the political talk radio world. Limbaugh created a tsunami of Me Too clones starting with Hannity, Beck and a host of other B and C-grade talents. When a listener hears the same words coming out of different mouths without any seeming variation it just gets tiring. Oddly enough, NPR (no matter what you think of them) is gaining an audience and part of that is due to their non-confrontational style of reporting. After a while, anyone other than the most rabid right winger has to get tired of someone screaming at them saying, "Hate...hate...hate".

    This head movie makes my eyes rain.

    by The Lone Apple on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 04:10:51 AM PST

    •  true (5+ / 0-)

      my mom used to love rush in the early 90 s . she thought he was funny then the novelty wore off. she also used to split her ticket but now the right has moved so far to the right and so has the left she votes dem down the line

    •  the market for RW radio is completely distorted (4+ / 0-)

      RW blowhards' popularity never reflected 'market' forces in any real way-

      if that was so then 95% of americans who listen to political talk radio prefer to hear ignorant sycophants lie to them.

      many of the progressive talkers are well informed, entertaining, and do their own research- the only reason the RW radio blowhards are so 'successful' is that it is a monopoly- a well protected and subsidized monopoly (largely ignored by the left) that successfully sells war, deregulation, tax breaks for billionaires, supreme court flunkies, progressive obstruction, and global warming denial.

      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 Feb 17, 2013 at 07:22:50 AM PST

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      •  Thanks for your comment (2+ / 0-)
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        But consider this. The listening habits of conservatives and liberals are probably not being taken into account when considering the viability of left-leaning talk radio.

        From my observation over the last twenty-five years, I'd say that conservatives simply want to have their own thoughts validated by being told what they already believe to be true. This is why a Limbaugh or a Hannity works better than a Beck or Alex Jones. The former two are nothing if not mainstream when it comes to right wing ideology. They probably reflect what the majority of conservatives already adhere to. On the other hand, the latter two are nothing if not fringe. They are evangelists who are trying to get their listeners to accept one theory after another no matter how out there. The problem is that most people are not conspiracy nuts. Most people are not ready to believe the outlandish. It's a harder sell. The one thing that conservative listeners do have in common is that they don't mind being talked at. They don't need a discussion or argument and have no problem passively listening.

        This is not true of liberals and why I think something like Air America failed to gain a real audience. Look at Daily Kos and other lefty blogs where the engine driving its popularity is discussion. Without comments and the desire of people to make them, sites like this would be dead. By their very nature, liberals love to discuss and argue. They love to learn new things through discussion. Although talk radio does feature listener phone calls, it is mostly a medium for a one-way discussion. I think the failing is that liberals don't want to be talked at but want to engage in a conversation -- radio is not geared towards that but the Internet is.

        This head movie makes my eyes rain.

        by The Lone Apple on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 09:12:19 AM PST

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        •  Air america was basically set up and was going (1+ / 0-)
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          against a well established monopoly. there's a documentary suggesting sabotage. there was a story about one of the financiers as a fugitive hiding out in the phillipines or something, and one of the RWbillionaire  anschutz family being involved (just stuff i heard- probably randi rhodes).

          i agree that the left are less likely to listen to talk radio but some the progressive talkers are very competitive and even beat the main RW talkers on an even playing field.

          the fact is much of that audience is captive- in most of the US there are no free alternatives for political talk while driving or working. most vehicles don't have free streaming and won't have anytime soon.

          people all over the country trying to get a little politics and current events before going home to fight the family for the remote control generally have no alternatives. and if they did i'll bet 95% wouldn't go with the guys who have never been right about anything except that some liberals are idiots.

          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 Feb 17, 2013 at 09:49:50 AM PST

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          •  Air America Had Other Problems Too (2+ / 0-)
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            On the programming side. From the beginning it seemed as if the network was set up to give a certain person's comedian and writer friends a job. Rather than focus on information, they decided to go with the yucks in all the important dayparts. If it was trying to be the Daily Show of the radio world then it failed at that because the comedy just wasn't that funny on a regular basis. Plus, a show where you cram together Rachel Maddow, Lizz Winstead and Chuck D is not going to sound cohesive.

            I understand the finances of Air America weren't good but the on-air product just sounded too disjointed.

            This head movie makes my eyes rain.

            by The Lone Apple on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 11:24:22 AM PST

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            •  Unfiltered (1+ / 0-)
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              Plus, a show where you cram together Rachel Maddow, Lizz Winstead and Chuck D is not going to sound cohesive.
              I'm laughing here, because that was my favorite Air America show.  Now that I think about it, perhaps it wasn't all that cohesive, but it had a certain appeal. Maybe it's the way my mind works.

              As for the emphasis on comedy, I'm not sure they were wrong to go there.  Consider that the most popular political tv shows among folks here seem to be Stewart, Colbert, Maddow and Olbermann.  The first two being mostly comedy, and the latter two often employing comedic bits among more serious material.  

              •  Granted but... (1+ / 0-)
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                Stewart is funny and Colbert is the kind of comic genius that  is very rare. Olbermann can be funny in an extremely snarky way but the Edward R. Murrow act makes me roll my eyes on occasion. I love Rachel Maddow because she's smart and can explain difficult concepts in a way that makes them understandable. Sadly, she's not funny.

                I know that comedy is very subjective. Some people find Adam Sandler, Mike Myers and Jim Carrey funny even if I don't quite understand what is funny about them. I find Rachel Maddow's "jokes" to be nothing if not cringeworthy only because her delivery screams, "I'm making a joke". Then she laughs at her own joke and I cringe even more. It reminds me of NPR's Brian Lehrer. He will stop an interview dead in its tracks so that he can get his line out whether it's appropriate or not. I'm all for quips but not when I have to be stopped in my tracks before being hit on the head by them.

                Like I said, subjective. However, to me Rachel Maddow is one of those people who is not funny yet thinks they are and you can never convince them otherwise.

                This head movie makes my eyes rain.

                by The Lone Apple on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 01:42:27 PM PST

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            •  I agree with this too (1+ / 0-)
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              Even though I think the station failed because it did not have the 1%/corporate/think tank welfare support that props up Limbaugh/Beck/Levin, Al Franken was a terrible bore on air and some of his friends were too.  

            •  look at prog radio now (1+ / 0-)
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              air am would have evolved and worked, i suspect

              the stephanie miller show is sometimes hilarious and mixes that with interviews with representatives and senators. the range goes  to mike malloy, who runs from hilarious to wild and fierce, to the professorial hartmann and ed schultz and randi rhodes in between. and others of course. some of them were around then but i imagine if there was no RW  monopoly and there would be a lot of people who listen to talk radio while working and driving who would be checking them out as alternatives to team limbaugh. and if just 20% was progressive   the righties wouldn't have a chance and we'd be a lot farther along by now on a lot of issues. as a matter of fact i think they have to have that 95-5 or 10-1 protected dominance or they know they're done. and that's a function of their aggressiveness and ownership dominance coupled with the ignore-ance of the left re radio.

              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 Feb 17, 2013 at 03:12:50 PM PST

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          •  that's right--Corporate/think tank/1% welfare (1+ / 0-)
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            is what props up Limbaugh, Beck, Levin.  

  •  Limbaugh works for Clear Channel (0+ / 0-)

    If he were costing his employers as much as this diary seems to imply, Clear Channel would order him to change his tone, at the least.

    If you still hear stations promoting Limbaugh on the air, as KOA in Denvar does ("home of the Buffs and Rush Limbaugh"), that indicates that station management thinks he is helping them reach the station's target audience.

    Rush Limbaugh is one of the few shows that actually demands cash from subscribing stations; most talk shows can be had by stations on a "barter" basis, i.e. we give you the show free, but you have to run our ads for free in exchange.

    The statistic to watch isn't how many advertisers "leave", but how many stations choose to carry the show.

    So: how many stations have dropped Rush Limbaugh in the past year? How many others have picked him up?

    Here in Boston, Clear Channel's WXKS AM 1200 dropped Limbaugh and switched to comedy, but Entercom's WRKO AM 680 immediately picked him up. That suggests he is still viable in Boston.

    •  So does their Station Management. (2+ / 0-)
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      If you still hear stations promoting Limbaugh on the air, as KOA in Denvar does ("home of the Buffs and Rush Limbaugh"), that indicates that station management thinks he is helping them reach the station's target audience.
      Station Management doesn't make that choice anymore. Clear Channel does.

      They demand cookie cutter--hence, all the bumpers of "Home of The (Sports Team Name) and Rush Limbaugh!". It's a requirement.

      The only "target demographic" here is a gullible uneducated one. That's what Clear Channel's goal is. Corporate hegemony driving hate, racism, sexism and bigotry at a loud enough volume to convince the uneducated to hate on those who doesn't like Their Personal Hero.

      Divide and conquer is the goal here. Where've you been?

      It is time to #Occupy Media.

      by lunachickie on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:24:21 AM PST

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      •  No, that's not right (0+ / 0-)

        Both Clear Channel and the stations who pay it for the rights to broadcast Limbaugh's show are for-profit businesses. They don't care about hate, bigotry, or whatever except as a means to an end, and that end is profit. If Limbaugh's show ever ceases to bring in advertising money, it will be dropped, as Clear Channel's Boston station dropped it last year.

        •  Sadly, it really is right (0+ / 0-)

          Sure they care about hate and bigotry--if it profits for them, that's a bonus, you see. The idea is to divide and conquer.

          There's a means to an end, though, I will grant you that. I think we just disagree on what that is. IMO, it's called Rush Limbaugh. As long as he remains divisive, Clear Channel will keep him on the air.

          If Limbaugh's show ever ceases to bring in advertising money, it will be dropped, as Clear Channel's Boston station dropped it last year.
          So you're saying Rush isn't anywhere to be had on the Boston area airwaves, then? Because Clear Channel owns way more than one outlet. There and everywhere else...

          It is time to #Occupy Media.

          by lunachickie on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 04:06:24 PM PST

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  •  Contacted University of Wisconsin (7+ / 0-)

    Have also decided to share limbaugh's  latest outrage with all FB friends.  Too many ignore his brand of evil.  Hope at least one picks up the yoke and joins in this effort.  

  •  The evil Kochroach brothers have deep pockets; (4+ / 0-)

    Hope they go broke. Good news, thanks.

  •  logged in to rec! having a blast on facebook... (6+ / 0-)

    i hope others will write on the facebook walls of these universities.

    What are the skills and capacities needed for an organic democratic social order?

    by DeweyCounts on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 05:42:48 AM PST

  •  Now here are some really hateful words (1+ / 1-)
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    spoken about a Vietnam Vet hero:

    "Crusty old dude often seen shaking his fists at clouds and reminding you—again—of that one time he couldn't shake his fists for five and a half years because he was busy being a shi**y pilot and getting captured in Vietnam?”

    •  there are a lot of vets who are jerks and assholes (2+ / 0-)
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      but not many who became senators and used that position to screw their own countries in so many ways.

      there are progressive radio talkers who go after mccain every day for his hypocrisy and warmongering in a lot of different ways - the quote above was over the top but it's of the same flavor screamed by the RW blowhards about liberals and liberal veterans every day for 20 years from radio stations protected by call screeners.

      the liberal talkers i've heard encourage and prioritize challenge from cons- the RW talkers avoid liberal callers at all costs.

      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 Feb 17, 2013 at 09:09:07 AM PST

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    •  New poster trying to hijack this diary (3+ / 0-)
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      Interestingly, this person has posted this exact same comment before:

      http://www.dailykos.com/...

      and here:

      http://www.dailykos.com/...

      and here:

      http://www.dailykos.com/...

      A member for less than three weeks, virtually all of his/her comments sound like something from Red State.  

      Troll alert!  

      To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

      by Eyesbright on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 10:02:07 AM PST

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  •  Limbaugh bringing end to GOP (5+ / 0-)

    Rush Limbaugh puts another nail in the GOP coffin with each broadcast. People on both sides are waking up to his destructiveness. The only DittoHeads left are old sickened white males evidenced by the multiple ads for erectile dysfunction. I'm thrilled to hear about the success Stop Rush is having. It's time for all of us to join them and get parasitic Limbaugh off the public airwaves.

  •  Just wondering why the tags... (0+ / 0-)

    bisexual, lesbian, gay and a myriad of others not related to this post are assigned to it?

    Fox News, The triumph of stupidity over reason.

    by laughingriver on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:17:26 AM PST

    •  The tags all relate to the many groups of people (4+ / 0-)
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      he offends on a regular basis. Last year, I monitored his show to track ads, three hours a day, five days a week - for months. (Grueling to say the least) He insults, lies and verbally attacks women, blacks, hispanics, gays, lesbians, transgenders, disabled, military, teachers, poor... even young children. He seems to have no boundaries, no filters - no common decency.

      The more tags, the more chances his targets will discover this diary, and if not already aware of Limbaugh, be prompted to take action.

      "When faced with darkness, be the light. Remembering Richard Myers"

      by Leslie Salzillo on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:21:42 AM PST

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      •  Well, if I click on a tag I want to (0+ / 0-)

        see topics and posts that are related to that subject as specifically as it can be. Otherwise the tags become useless to people attempting to find topics they are interested in because of very obscure often really unrelated topics that show up when clicking on that particular tag.

        Fox News, The triumph of stupidity over reason.

        by laughingriver on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:55:26 AM PST

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  •  My Favorite Quote (2+ / 0-)
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    "There is a movement on to normalize pedophilia".

    I Guess Rush is now doing some Free Advertising for
    the Roman Catholic Church.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:04:29 AM PST

  •  In 100% disagreement (0+ / 0-)

    "But we ALL know The First Amendment was not created for a hate monger like Limbaugh to be guaranteed his own radio show on our public airways."
    I don't know that, you don't know that, and I don't agree with you. In fact, the First Amendment specifically protects speech around the edges, even if you find it odious. It is always ironic to me when people say "I am against censorship but in your case I will make an exception. Because that's not what the Founding Fathers meant (no supporting references given)."
    Why don't you give an operative definition of "That is not what We The People had in mind?" And you are "We the People?" We get to vote on who gets to say what, kinda like Dancing with the Stars? Majority wins. Sorry, you didn't make the cut, you are off the show. Sorry - I would much rather have freedom of speech than that kind of dictatorship.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:44:16 AM PST

    •  It's a diary which consists of news - and opinion. (1+ / 0-)
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      You do have a point, though, in using the word, "all" or in using assumptions. Clearly, there are many who don't agree that he is abusing our public radio with hate speech, otherwise, his racism, sexism, bigotry... would be off the air by now, or at least moved to private networks. I will edit that word (all) and keep it this mind for future diaries. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

      "When faced with darkness, be the light. Remembering Richard Myers"

      by Leslie Salzillo on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:13:49 AM PST

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    •  Let's be clear on what censorship is (5+ / 0-)

      Censorship is the federal government, state government, or city banning a form of communication with legal ramifications.

      It'd be like banning rock and roll, or banning you from saying something.

      A consumer led protestation of communication through economic means is not in any way censorship.  

      If Howard the Duck fails, it is not a result of censorship, it's the result of a failure of interest by the buying public.  If they want, they can find another avenue to reach their audience.

      If protestation of Rush were successful, he would easily find another source of means - like Podcast or paid content, which he already handles.

      If, at any point, an economic protest involves a governmental agency to do it's bidding - like a school board for books, a city council for a performance, the feds like FCC to content, then you can argue censorship.

      In those cases, only in mass-content format have we ever allowed, and even in those cases I have very mixed feelings.  It's why you don't see full nudity on broadcast TV or "the seven dirty words" in primetime.

      The most important part here is this:

      An economic protest by consumers is NOT censorship.  It's free-market rejection of content designed to make it unprofitable.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:22:32 AM PST

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      •  Yes - that is what I am saying. (4+ / 0-)

        Rush is a niche marketer who has made $100's of millions and started out as a talk show entertainer to become an ideological driver of the the "angry white man." I have to laugh when these propagandists cry about how they are being censored because people organize to educate the public and advertisers about them. The otherwise holy free market.
        Flush Rush is EXACTLY the way to deal with him. He got rich from the market and now the market takes him down. It is just a matter of time until he is too much of liability, financially and ideologically, to stay on the radio. I elaborated this in another comment on this thread.

        "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

        by shmuelman on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:37:30 AM PST

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      •  no bigger PC cop & censor-by-threat than limbaugh (0+ / 0-)

        and the blowhards on RW radio paid to repeat the same think tank propaganda.

        it's not state sponsored but it's not 'legal' but it has changed a lot of lives and timelines. and it's only notable because the talk radio monopoly protects those carnival barkers with call screeners, paid callers, and exclusion of talkers that would challenge and correct  their alternate reality and daily swiftboating of decent people.

        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 Feb 17, 2013 at 09:26:15 AM PST

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    •  you gotta be kidding (1+ / 0-)
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      RW radio is a monopoly of stations licensed to operate in the public interest that is being used to repeat coordinated partisan and corporate propaganda over large areas of the US and in most of those areas there are NO alternatives for political talk radio while driving or working.

      limbaugh is lead man for it and he/they have been getting a free speech free ride. suggesting he be left alone because he's just expressing what he feels is like saying money is speech and corporations are people.

      here's the important part:
      to be guaranteed his own radio show on our public airways
      on stations licensed to operate in the public interest.
      the RW blowhards are not political  entertainers satisfying free speech market forces. and they've been getting a free speech free ride.

      limbaugh is the point man for a corporate sponsored and protected monopoly abusing public airwaves for coordinated repetition of corporate propaganda. it basically represents free and very loud 24/7/365 advertising for everything republican and 1%.

      he and his wannabes are coordinated by think tanks and  their monopoly-protected  scripted repetition is used to sell war, division and hate, tax breaks for billionaires, deregulation, flunky supremes, and worst of all right now, global warming denial.

      he and they are the biggest PC cops and censors-by-threat this country has ever had.

      the left finally needs to get in their face and yell back.

      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 Feb 17, 2013 at 09:18:10 AM PST

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    •  It's a cost argument not a first amendment one (0+ / 0-)

      Rush gets to do what he's doing.  It sucks and we know it, and the real problem is those funding it really don't know how much he costs.

      When we raise the cost of his speech, it becomes less worth it to carry his speech.

      Truth is, you can put him on a stick anywhere in the nation, air that garbage and racists, bigots, theocrats, etc... can and will listen because he validates them into "just another opinion" instead of the discriminators they are.

      Doing that is worth a lot!  They get somewhat normalized which relives them from a lot of social pressure to grow the hell up and play well with the rest of the kids, and because of that they write the letter, listen to the program, make the phone call, buy the product and cast the vote.

      Because there are always these people, airing Limbaugh is kind of a sure thing.  They are some of the most loyal media consumers there are.

      If we raise the cost of that, the margins go down and it gets a lot harder to justify serving those people.

      The answer to offensive free speech is more free speech!

      Asking sponsors whether or not his speech reflects the values they want associated with their corporate brand is perfectly fine free speech.

      The impact on Limbaugh will be diminished stature, which is good.  Most notably, he's not being silenced, just marginalized, and those are very different things.

      Nobody has to carry that garbage.  They do it because it makes money.  If it doesn't make so much money, they won't do it or will do it a lot less.

      Personally, I think using the public airwaves for such foul things should be quite expensive!  The more it costs the better.

      Limbaugh can move to subscription programming where those racists, bigots and theocrats can pay for his validation and get all they can eat.

      Right now, airing it on public airwaves costs people.  The targets of that discrimination suffer worse lives and there are a lot of those targets and their suffering isn't easy to measure, but it adds up to a lot of dollars.

      Stop Rush is using the First Amendment perfectly IMHO.

      Limbaugh frames it as a First Amendment argument because that's a great distraction and nobody wants to see censorship take hold and so they lean his way.

      IMHO, it's totally worth it to be very careful not to elevate the First Amendment argument at all.  He gets to do it, but the question isn't whether or not he gets to do it, but whether or not it's worth it.

      If we can beat him up on the worth question, he goes to subscription media where he's marginalized away from the popular discourse, and we aren't paying for all of that with our quality of life as targets of the discrimination.

      ***Be Excellent To One Another***
      IF THEY ARE GOING TO SCREW THE PEOPLE, MAKE THEM OWN IT.

      by potatohead on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 02:24:40 PM PST

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    •  The protection is for expression, not venue. (1+ / 0-)
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      Rush has the right to stand on an orange crate on a busy public sidewalk and rant all he wants. He does not have the right to be immune from commercial pressure, nor does he have a right to perform on any specific radio station or market. That's a business decision, not a free speech issue.

  •  Why would we want him off the air? (1+ / 0-)
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    Every time he makes a bigoted statement we can hang him around the necks of the GOP?  

    Having Rush can help us politically because people like him control the party.

    •  he's driving the GOP off the cliff but they're (1+ / 0-)
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      dragging us with them as long as they can maintain their talk radio monopoly.

       he IS the face of the GOP because he is
      point man for their most important media weapon against democracy and ignoring it the last 25 years is the main reason we're so fucked. the talk radio monopoly has been and will continue to minimize the work of citizen activists and their donations because it is loud and unchallenged.

      the 'debt crisis' and benghazi are recent egs of why talk radio must not be ignored. continued global warming denial from those 1000+ radio stations makes it imperative for the left to challenge it. we don't have the time to keep ignoring it.

      the talk radio monopoly not only makes hate, racism, and ignorance acceptable, it is their main tool sued to create the alternate reality they depend on to obstruct ANYTHING we want.

      if progressives and dems get close to making progress on any major issue the RW  think tanks create PR campaigns and made-to-order constituencies to counter those popular reform efforts and then they launder them through their blowhards until they create enough 'popular' idiot consensus/reality to enable and intimidate politicians and media.  it makes rational fact-based discussion on a national scale impossible. they are successful in obstructing and short circuiting democracy because liberals and thinking americans give those radio stations/soapboxes and their professional liars a free speech free ride.

      it is the loudest and most successful messaging tool in history because the coordinated lying is ignored and unchallenged by the left. in most states RW radio dominates politics and the left doesn't even know what they're saying or how often, so we regularly end up playing catch up.

      limbaugh is the point man for that effort and enjoys a the protection of a monopoly- the left needs to do whatever it can to expose the RW blowhards and their lies, link them to the GOP, and end the monopoly that allows them to sell their lies.

      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 Feb 17, 2013 at 08:55:03 AM PST

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    •  Because, for every station carrying Ed Schultz or (1+ / 0-)
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      Thomm Hartmann, et. al., there's a dozen or more carrying the lies of Rush Limbaugh.

      Until there is parity for progressive talk (which will only happen if the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is reversed and the FCC again enforces media ownership limits), the only way to have even the hope of balance is to break the Limbaugh-Hannity juggernaut that holds sway over talk radio.

      "What's next?" - President Josiah Bartlet, The West Wing

      by shaf on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 10:59:27 AM PST

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  •  WTF?! (2+ / 0-)
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    But we ALL know The First Amendment was not created for a hate monger like Limbaugh to be guaranteed his own radio show on our public airways, to stage and promote racism and misogyny while making millions.

    That is not what We The People had in mind.

    Actually, the First Amendment WAS created for people like Limbaugh. If the First Amendment doesn't protect Rush Limbaugh, then it doesn't protect Amy Goodman: she uses the American airways to attack the American system of government.

    In the Fox News Christian Nation, public schools won't teach sex education and evolution; instead they'll have an NRA sponsored Shots for Tots: Gunz in Schoolz program.

    by xynz on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:18:57 AM PST

    •  here's the important part: (4+ / 0-)
      to be guaranteed his own radio show on our public airways
      on stations licensed to operate in the public interest.

      the RW blowhards are not political  entertainers satisfying free speech market forces. and they've been getting a free speech free ride.

      limbaugh is the point man for a corporate sponsored and protected monopoly abusing public airwaves for coordinated repetition of corporate propaganda. it basically represents free and very loud 24/7/365 advertising for everything republican and 1%.

      he and his wannabes are coordinated by think tanks and  their monopoly-protected  scripted repetition is used to sell war, division and hate, tax breaks for billionaires, deregulation, flunky supremes, and worst of all right now, global warming denial.

      he and they are the biggest PC cops and censors-by-threat this country has ever had.

      the left finally needs to get in their face and yell back.

      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 Feb 17, 2013 at 08:32:30 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  You want to restrict Limbaugh's access.... (0+ / 0-)

        ....to the public airwaves, because of the political nature of his speech.

        The First Amendment was designed to prevent exactly those kinds of restrictions.

        If the First Amendment doesn't protect Limbaugh, then it doesn't protect Goodman. If you can't see that, then you are as embarrassingly and dangerously short sighted as those "Americans" who insist that the Bill of Rights doesn't protect terrorists.

        In the Fox News Christian Nation, public schools won't teach sex education and evolution; instead they'll have an NRA sponsored Shots for Tots: Gunz in Schoolz program.

        by xynz on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 02:32:16 PM PST

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        •  BS - he's not guaranteed a show by the first amend (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          a2nite

          ment.

          the only reason his show is guaranteed is because they protect him with a monopoly. he can scream fire in a crowded theater all he wants because he is part of that monopoly.

          he can be as racist and sexist as he wants but he's not guaranteed a free speech free ride.

          if he wasn't part of a coordinated corporate propaganda tool he'd be lying and being wrong about everything on 50 pissant stations and most would be in the south.

          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 Feb 17, 2013 at 04:28:54 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Nice strawman. (0+ / 0-)

            If the FCC tried to restrict a broadcaster's access to the public airwaves, because of the political content of those broadcasts, then the FCC would be in violation of the First Amendment.

            The First Amendment must protect speech that we find abhorrent and I proudly stand with the ACLU, when I proclaim that even neo-Nazi speech is protected by the First Amendment.

            In the Fox News Christian Nation, public schools won't teach sex education and evolution; instead they'll have an NRA sponsored Shots for Tots: Gunz in Schoolz program.

            by xynz on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 09:20:00 PM PST

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            •  you're confused. corporations are not people. (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              a2nite

              limbaugh is a tool, reading think tank talking points for pay.  he  is a corporation.

               he is not a guy with a soapbox standing on the corner calling your father a traitor and your mother a slut. he's on EVERY street corner in the country calling your father a traitor and your mother a slut and you can't even call him.

              he can say what he wants as an individual but he abdicated that individuality a long time ago.  he's a corporation. and he is protected by the monopoly.

              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 Feb 17, 2013 at 10:57:12 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

                Please show me the  super-secret addendum to the First Amendment, where it repeals the right of political speech in cases where:

                limbaugh is a tool, reading think tank talking points for pay.  he  is a corporation.

                 he is not a guy with a soapbox standing on the corner calling your father a traitor and your mother a slut. he's on EVERY street corner in the country calling your father a traitor and your mother a slut and you can't even call him.

                In the Fox News Christian Nation, public schools won't teach sex education and evolution; instead they'll have an NRA sponsored Shots for Tots: Gunz in Schoolz program.

                by xynz on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:55:09 AM PST

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                •  the argument was over he was guaranteed a monopoly (1+ / 0-)
                  Recommended by:
                  a2nite

                  or even one radio station. nothing guarantees him that.

                  what you quoted above related to the ignorant notion i hear from so many americans, and one that limbaugh and his lovers like to cultivate, that he is just some independent political entertainer and the 600 stations he's on reflect the market  for his talk.

                  and so they criticize those who would actually use their free speech rights to reduce his dominance/monopoly on the air waves  by suggesting they want to take his FSRs away.

                  and that goes back to the original point i made, remember this part?

                  to be guaranteed his own radio show on our public airways
                  free speech rights do not guarantee him that

                  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 Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:22:55 AM PST

                  [ Parent ]

    •  I don't agree. It's not debate (0+ / 0-)

      Limbaugh is the political equivalent of yelling fire in a crowded movie theater.  Goodman does not do this.  There might be voices on the left that do this (Revolutionary Communist Party?), but they are not on the public airwaves.

      I lived in Europe for many years and came to understand that the USA's approach to free speech is simplistic and superficial.  Political debate in Europe is not hampered by laws against preaching racial hatred or support of Nazism; in fact it is strengthened by those laws.

  •  More and more he's becoming Rupert Pupkin (2+ / 0-)
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    Leslie Salzillo, elwior

    When the money finally runs out, he can sit at home in his studio broadcasting these rants to an audience of one: the engineer in his control room.  And they'll recycle old phone calls to give him someone to talk to.

    ------
    Ideology is when you have the answers before you know the questions.
    It is what grows into empty spaces where intelligence has died.

    by Alden on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:59:29 AM PST

  •  LOMA LINDA?!? (2+ / 0-)
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    Leslie Salzillo, elwior

    I was raised SDA and, though I no longer attend the church, still consider myself Adventist to some degree (i.e. I don't schedule clients on Saturdays and make it my "day of rest" instead.) I don't agree with the SDA church on all points but on the whole, I do respect them as an institution -- or did until now. I must admit I'm shocked (and plan to write and tell them so!)

    "We are stardust, we are golden, and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." (Joni Mitchell) Join the Forward on Climate Rally on February 17!

    by Eowyn9 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 09:32:58 AM PST

  •  Limbaugh (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, djMikulec

    No matter how many sponsors leave this piece of shit,you really should come to realize that they will never take him off the air.He is too important a cog in their tactics that have proven so successful in dividing America.If necessary,the Koch brothers alone, or someone similar, will sponsor him and all the rest of the highly effective right wing smear and hate machine.

    •  but their success so far came from being ignored (2+ / 0-)
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      the 1% can sponsor him all they want but the only reason they can sell the lies on an national and effective scale is that the left has no organized opposition or challenge to it- they've been getting a free speech free ride and the boycott rush movement is the closest thin to a challenge- and doing great.

      someone is finally yelling back in real time and in their face.

      IMO it is the most effective activism by progressives happening today because the ignorance of it allows them to target and minimize  all other activism.

      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 Feb 17, 2013 at 10:01:24 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  In reply... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    elwior, WCWatch

    For almost three decades, many of us thought, if we simply  ignore Limbaugh, he would fizzle out on his own. And he did not. He grew stronger.

    This movement is sending a message not only to Clear Channel and talk radio; it's telling media in general that the public does have a say, and the public wants more truth in media and less hate.

    Most positive movements start off slow, seeming almost absurd. Then as they gain momentum, they evoke fear in some and a counter attack begins. When relentlessness becomes evident and great progress is made, more people jump into the movement  - and more jump out of the  opposition. Eventually the goal that is sought, becomes a reality.

    One of my favorite quotes:

    When in despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invisible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it, always. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

    This was never a sprint, and it may turn out to be marathon. It's worth it, because we are working towards good.

    "When faced with darkness, be the light. Remembering Richard Myers"

    by Leslie Salzillo on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 10:55:31 AM PST

  •  How long ... (1+ / 0-)
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    elwior

    before THIS become Rush's new Theme Song?


    Take The Money And Run -- The Steve Miller Band


    http://www.youtube.com/...


    not very.

  •  software for avoiding Rush sponsors (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    I've recently developed software that uses the StopRush.net database to identify Rush sponsors.  In particular it lets you know if any Google search results are for companies supporting Rush so that you can avoid them.  It also uses other progressive information sources to let you know about green businesses, unionized hotels and progressive blogs.  Check it out at thinkcontext.org.

  •  I had no idea (0+ / 0-)

    That he was still on radio.  If he has lost 2500 sponsors, does he even have Tiime to blubber, it would appear that his 2 hours are nothing but Ads.  
    As with oreilly on Fux news, he has a small audience, so nothing to worry about here.  

  •  Oh, the old "sponsoring university" (0+ / 0-)

    canard. RME.

    You know, dude is doing more good for us than harm at this point. If he goes down, we have start working harder to win elections. Until then, he does our marketing for us. Just because people are listening doesn't mean they are buying.

    And for reals, give it a rest on the college sports thing. That is such a non-starter...

  •  The "sponsoring universities" bit is pretty weak. (0+ / 0-)

    You're castigating universities for being several steps removed from Limbaugh, in that they broadcast their athletic events on stations which also broadcast Limbaugh.  That's weak sauce in my book.

    For starters, most universities' athletic departments are actually operated by a separate legal entity; for instance, the University of Kentucky Athletics Association (UKAA) operates most of the athletic functions on behalf of the university.  (This is how they get around pesky state-government limits on salaries; it's the athletics association, NOT the university, that pays the basketball coach that seven-figure salary...)

    Athletic associations commonly sign these affilate agreements with a sports marketing company, which is responsible for recruiting radio and/or television stations into the network.  In Kentucky's case, the UKAA signed an agreement with IMG Worldwide to operate the UK IMG Sports Network.

    Now, the marketing company recruits stations to the network.  In IMG's case, they have 70 or so Kentucky radio stations in the UK IMG Sports Network.

    Of course, those radio stations don't run IMG programming 24 hours each day, so it's obvious that they run other programming as well.  Here--three steps removed from the university--is where one might find Rush Limbaugh.

    So, you're basically blasting universities because by the time you go through a chain like:

    University->Athletics Association->Sports Marketing Company->individual radio station management->other airtime

    you can find Limbaugh on a handful of stations.  (For the UK IMG Sports Network, a quick check seems to indicate that 4 of the 70+ stations are also broadcasting Limbaugh.)  Of course, those numbers change every year, because the "university sports network" is usually a year-to-year contract.

    It's ridiculous to suggest that universities are "sponsoring Limbaugh" because some 1000-watt AM station in Hopkinsville decided to broadcast both that university's games and Rush Limbaugh.  That's like saying that the USPS sponsors hate groups because someone bought a copy of The Turner Diaries by mail.

  •  speaking of campaigns (0+ / 0-)

    I’m running a similar campaign to expose local hate talk show hosts and contact their advertisers. Anyone interested, please get in touch. Check out my blog here or www.dailykos.com/blog/WCWatch and get in touch thru DK or contact localmediamonitor@gmail.com
    Let's do this!

  •  What is Limbaugh hiding and ashamed about (0+ / 0-)

    himself that he has spent most of his adult life vastly overcompensating for by being abusive towards others? Such unending and profound meanness is very rarely not indicative and the result of massive projection of inner shame.

    Is Rush Limbaugh actually a gay black liberal Muslim woman?

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 01:36:20 PM PST

    •  No, he was initially a total failure at everything (0+ / 0-)

      including his college-level dancing class. Then he found that there was a market for non-stop radio bloviating about "the welfare queens" and other "liberal threats" identified by Saint Ronnie the Raygun.

      When all else fails, try thinking!

      by edtheengineer on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 05:34:28 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Barney Frank:“Banking Queen“ (0+ / 0-)

    Gay bashing, he’s been getting away with it for decades... But blaming the meltdown of capitalism on the "Banking Queen“  was a classic!

    Love Me, I'm a Liberal!

    by simplesiemon on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 02:15:10 PM PST

  •  If the republicans expect to bask in the glow of (0+ / 0-)

    world approval of the U.S., they'd better start condemning Limbaugh.

    We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

    by Observerinvancouver on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 02:45:09 PM PST

  •  Getting Away With It (2+ / 0-)
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    He thinks he's getting away with comments like these. He's not.
    He already has. He could leave the air tomorrow and it wouldn't matter. He's made millions and will live comfortably for the rest of his life. The really sad part is that it will take decades to undo the damage he's done to this nation.

    I do appreciate what's being done to stop Limbaugh... I guess I just won't be happy unless he's stripped of all his wealth and thrown in prison to rot for the rest of his miserable life. For being a traitor to civil discourse and intelligent thinking. Unfortunately, those aren't crimes.

  •  Limbaugh holds higher education in contempt. (0+ / 0-)

    If these colleges and universities are knowingly sponsoring Rush's program, it's arguable that their trustees are violating basic fiduciary responsibilities.

    •  They aren't - the diarist is going overboard. (0+ / 0-)

      See my comment above - you have to go through multiple levels of businesses and entities to connect a university to a radio station that airs their games, but the diarist insists that if a 1000-watt AM station in Tinytown, USA carries both Limbaugh and State U basketball, then Old State U is "sponsoring Limbaugh."

      It's a ridiculous claim.

      •  But they should want to protect their brand. (2+ / 0-)
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        a2nite, djabanete

        The universities are not being served well by their vendors if the radio stations are allowing the school's good name to be associated with Limbaugh. If complaints of this type make it harder to do business, then Clear Channel et al. simply have to factor in an institutional cost for airing Rush. I'm all for internalizing the costs of ignorance and bigotry. You should be too.

        •  So, you're going to vet every athletic network? (0+ / 0-)

          You do realize that the money train ENDS at the universities, right?  

          The sports marketing company (e.g. IMG College) pays the school (or its athletic department) for the radio broadcast rights.  Radio stations, in turn, pay IMG College for the local rights to the broadcast feed.  Those stations, in turn, make similar decisions about their other programming.

          What you're suggesting is that universities are somehow accountable for the actions taken by individual radio stations, completely unrelated to the question of athletic broadcasts.  More to the point, you're (somehow) expecting the university to have veto power over contracts to which they are not a party - namely, the contracts between individual radio stations and the sports marketing company.

          •  Athletics = University? (0+ / 0-)

            Running a semi-professional athletic team is tangential to the mission of a university, so at one level we're dealing in trivialities. You realize that, right?

            Just for giggles, however, let's assume that any advertiser is as powerless to protect its brand against syndicator negligence as you suggest. You seem to have just given a superb, general argument for never ever advertising on the radio.

  •  you guys realize... (2+ / 0-)
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    djMikulec, Bill W

    ...you are killing progressive radio in the process as well.  Advertisers are not just dropping Rush they are dropping all political talk radio.  And the Progressives can tolerate the loos less than Rush can.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 05:42:07 PM PST

  •  The pig man must go (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite

    He is an offence to decent society.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 05:47:55 PM PST

  •  My take on this: (0+ / 0-)

    I would like to respectfully recommend that HC protects its reputation by refusing to support hatred, bigotry and divisiveness. Withdrawing your support from the Rush Limbaugh radio program would demonstrate that Hillsdale College does not stand for those "values".

    Something like this posted on each link.

  •  It's a laudable effort, but there are (0+ / 0-)

    dozens of RW 'personalities' spewing hate, bigotry and nonsense like Limbaugh on hundreds of AM radio stations throughout the nation.

    Going after national advertisers is good, but going after the stations that air these types of hateful demagogues is even better - and the best way to to affect local stations is to go after the local advertisers.

    Republicans totally abandoned conservatism in the 1980s ..

    by shpilk on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:43:53 PM PST

  •  Thank you Leslie. Thank you Richard. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite

    People, not corporations. Democracy, not totalitarian capitalism. Fuck the NRA.

    by democracy is coming on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:51:01 PM PST

  •  But they are leaving liberal talk as well. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Bill W

    Be careful what you ask for.  The sponsors aren't just leaving Rush.  Once sponsors realized what a mine field political talk is have been leaving it all together.  Thus the end of liberal talk in Seattle and Portland.  Our station AM 1090 is now the 6th.  sports station in the market.  Gee, we sure needed another one.  

    A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

    by YellerDog on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:53:22 PM PST

  •  Test Response fro Univ. of Dallas (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    piniella, djabanete

    Me via a private message on Facebook:

    Rush Limbaugh is no friend of higher education, and the dog-eat-dog economic theory he espouses is inconsistent with Catholic social teaching since Rerum Novarum. Your institution should not be sponsoring his program.
    The University of Dallas (a private RC liberal arts college) replies:
    Hello. We do not sponsor Rush Limbaugh as you have led many to believe. We sponsor a Cumulus Radio Career Expo for those who are looking to make better lives for themselves. As in the past, we have asked the radio station not to air our sponsorship package spots during Limbaugh and they will be taken out of rotation on Monday. Obviously, there was an administrative error. Had you or anyone else asked before attempting to hijack our social media, then you could have focused your energy on something more constructive. Thanks.
    Really, they ought to demand that the radio station compensate them for damaging their brand and forcing the good people at the University of Dallas to waste man-hours flaming random people who contact them via their publicly-accessible social media sites.
  •  Encouraging for sure (0+ / 0-)

    Rush is definitely the head, or ass, of the beast so it is encouraging to hear that his sponsors are jettisoning him.  There are many more practitioners of hate radio who must be called out and caused to be shunned by low/non information voters.  

    For instance, Glenn Beck has been marginalized but he is still functioning as a purveyor of filth.  Keep the faith; the only way to end their mission of hate is to educate listeners.

  •  Good job. I just wrote all the universities...copy (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Diana in NoVa, chesterm

    of email:

    In the of God, why would your university advertise on the Rush Limbaugh radio program when he is saying things like this:

    “We wanted to know who her owner was, and we wanted to know how much he got for her.... She might have outlived her usefulness on the plantation,” Limbaugh declared. “I mean, [you] never know, child-rearing years are over so maybe her value had plummeted.” ~Limbaugh, February 14, 2013 in reference to Black US Congresswoman, Shelia Jackson Lee

    Are your students ignorant racists who accept this racist drival?

    SHAME ON YOU FOR GIVING THIS VILE ANIMAL MONEY!

  •  Clear Channel & Fats (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite

    Clear Channel has a balloon debt payment due in 2015 and I don't think they will be able to make it if they keep Fats on the air.

  •  Although the pressure on his sponsors is great, (0+ / 0-)

    the next step must be to put pressure on the stations that carry his show.  If the pressure is put on sponsors of the other shows they carry, the stations will have no choice but to cancel that blowhard.

  •  I wrote MSU, and got this response: (0+ / 0-)

    Martin,

    Michigan State University does not sponsor Rush Limbaugh.  You are getting false information from some sort of strange and malicious website.  The show that we do sponsor is called Greening of the Great Lakes.  You can read about it at www.greeningofthegreatlakes.com.

    --sgp

    •  I am glad I didn't write to them yet (0+ / 0-)

      Wish the OP would be more clear about this.

      Does anyone know of a more clear look at places that directly advertise on Limbaugh's program rather than places that are three steps removed from (and really, would never purposefully sponsor the bastard, such as MSU and other universities)?

  •  Our public relations (0+ / 0-)

    Any entity has to remember that they are hiring (person, advertisement, or function) representation that expresses  the values the firm.  Mr Limbaugh wouldn't have this pulpit to broadcast from if these providers didn't exist.  It boggles my mind to think that some of the biggest firms, and schools are run by people with such poor decision making skills.

  •  Michigan State University (0+ / 0-)

    Being an alumnus of MSU, I was sickened to see the university on the Rush Limbaugh advertisers list above.  I sent an email and got this in response:

    MSU AgBioResea​rch does not sponsor Rush

    Holly Whetstone  
     11:02 AM (1 hour ago)
     to me

    Dear Richard,

    Contrary to information stated in your recent email, MSU AgBioResearch is not and has never been an advertiser nor a sponsor of the Rush Limbaugh radio show.

    We are a sponsor of the Greening of the Great Lakes http://www.greeningofthegreatlakes.com/... a program which airs on WJR. Greening of the Great Lakes is an informative show that focuses on agriculture, energy and environmental issues in and around Michigan. It is the ONLY advertising on the radio station we have purchased.  

    Thank you for contacting MSU AgBioResearch. If you have any further concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Holly

     Holly Whetstone

    COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

    Please check your sources before you publish names, we need to defeat Limbaugh, not look like uninformed hysterics.

    "I don't belong to any organized political party, I'm a Democrat"...Will Rogers

    by Castaway Jones on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:38:12 AM PST

    •  Read the response I got from MSU. (0+ / 0-)

      It looks to me like an awareness of the optics or promoting its affiliated programs on Rush's show  caused MSU and AgBioResearch to change the relationship.

      If this is the case, then this action and others like it worked.

  •  thank for posting this... (0+ / 0-)

    Have been writing to the universities listed in this posting. Got this letter back (this am) from the office of Lou Anna K. Simon, President, Michigan State University (letter sent by Elvira Martinez-Jones, Offices of the Board of Trustees & Office of the President):

    On behalf of President Simon we acknowledge your email. Per the president’s request, this issue was investigated by the Communications and Branding office.  Neither Michigan State University nor MSU AgBioResearch is a financial sponsor of the Rush Limbaugh show. MSU does have a partnership with WJR, the AM radio station that broadcasts Rush Limbaugh in the metro Detroit region. WJR broadcasts MSU programs such as Greening the Great Lakes as well as covers athletic events.

    To promote its own programs, and not as part of any sponsorship, WJR previously would highlight MSU programs during Rush Limbaugh’s show both live on the radio and via an Internet stream. WJR no longer is promoting MSU in this manner

  •  university sponsorship (0+ / 0-)

    Leslie, where does the information come from re: university sponsors you highlight in the block quote in your post? I ask because Drexel U/Sac, for example, doesn't show up at all at stoprush.net...

  •  From UNC (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for sharing your concern. The University does not advertise on the Limbaugh program. We do not affiliate with or endorse Rush Limbaugh or any other radio personality or politician.

    Limbaugh's show airs locally on a few stations that also broadcast UNC basketball and football games . That connection has proven to be confusing for some people, so we understand what has prompted your email. As background, Carolina Athletics has a contract with Tar Heel Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Sports. Learfield owns and operates the Tar Heel Sports Radio Network as an independent contractor of the University. The radio network includes over 40 affiliates, and that network enables people in almost all of North Carolina to listen to the live broadcasts of our football and basketball games.

    "We have cast our lot with something bigger than ourselves" - President Obama, July 30, 2010

    by Overseas on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:08:50 PM PST

  •  From MSU (0+ / 0-)

    Neither Michigan State University nor MSU AgBioResearch is a financial sponsor of the Rush Limbaugh show. MSU does have a partnership with WJR, the AM radio station that broadcasts Rush Limbaugh in the metro Detroit region. WJR broadcasts MSU programs such as Greening the Great Lakes as well as covers athletic events.

    To promote its own programs, and not as part of any sponsorship, WJR previously would highlight MSU programs during Rush Limbaugh’s show both live on the radio and via an Internet stream. WJR no longer is promoting MSU in this manner.

    Michigan State University AgBioResearch  
    “Leading innovation in food, natural resources and energy”
    109  Agriculture Hall    I   446 W. Circle Drive    I   East Lansing, MI  48824    
    P:   517.355.0123        I    F:   517.353.5406     I    AgBioResearch.msu.edu

    bold/italic mine.

    I'd say that awareness is probably the cause of this.

  •  What people forget (0+ / 0-)

    the First Amendment ONLY applies to the GOVERNMENT.  It does NOT apply to private citizens.  The fat bastard can say what he likes, but we can also boycott him to put him out of business.  Vote with your wallets, folks and the scum sucker will be  gone before too much longer.

    I'm willing to play nice with you in the sandbox, but if you throw sand at me, I'll bury you like a cat turd.

    by dark4eyes on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 03:00:57 PM PST

  •  The 1st Amendment does not truly apply (0+ / 0-)

    to people in Rush Limbaugh's position. Not to Rachel Maddow either. Nor

    First, as I understand the law and the Constitution, cable commentators are engaged in commercial speech, which MAY be regulated... example: the laws against false advertising.

    Second, it is not an infringement of a performer's 1st Amendment rights for private individuals to refuse to enjoy or even to listen to their performance. Nor is it an infringement of those rights for private individuals to refuse to patronize the sponsors of performances those private individuals find to be in poor taste. It is simply the free market at work.

    Third, slander is not protected under the 1st Amendment.

     

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