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Rush Limbaugh craves attention to such an extent that he will say anything to receive it. The type of attention (negative or positive) does not matter.  Whatever the cost, he has to be the center of attention. He doesn't even care about embarrassing himself. That just gets him more attention... negative or positive, as long as all eyes are on him and as long as all tongues are wagging about him. He is shameless. He has no integrity! His audience is nothing more than disaffected old white guys who have found meaning to their lives in Limbaugh’s racist and misogynistic rants.  

Limbaugh was inundated with criticism after calling Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University student who testified before a House committee about contraception, after calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute.” But the GOP leaders were significantly at a loss for words.
George Will said GOP leaders steered clear of harshly denouncing Limbaugh’s comments because “Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”  “Using the salad fork for your entrée, that’s inappropriate, not this stuff,” Will said. “And it was depressing because what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”
House Speaker John Boehner said Rush’s language was inappropriate.   News political analyst Matthew Dowd said the Republicans’ apprehension to say anything negative about Limbaugh was based on the “myth” that Limbaugh influences a large number of Republican voters.
“I think the problem is the Republican leaders don’t have the courage to say in public what they say in quiet, which is they think Rush Limbaugh is a buffoon,” Dowd said. ”They think he is like a clown coming out of a small car at a circus. It’s great he is entertaining and all that. But nobody takes him seriously.”
While President Obama denounced Limbaugh’s comments as “reprehensible,” Republican leaders and GOP presidential candidates used far milder language.

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele criticized Limbaugh for making racist remarks about Tom Perez, the Justice Department official who was President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Labor.
News of Perez's nomination quickly came under fire with Limbaugh comparing him to the “grand kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan” and the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Steele doesn’t understand where Limbaugh is coming from.
“I think we just need to be a little more tempered here,” Steele said. “I just don’t see a basis for, you know, Chavez? How did we jump to that? Oh, because he’s Hispanic? Oh, got it, got it, alright. Again, you can’t take that seriously, and that’s what the American people are tired of, quite frankly.” Steele had his own run in with Limbaugh in 2009 and learned the punishment for criticizing him. Steele called Limbaugh’s rhetoric "incendiary" and "ugly" and insisted that he is in charge of the GOP. It wasn’t long until Steele stepped down as the Committee Chairman of the Republican Party.
After the 2012 presidential elections the tide began to change. The GOP began turn on El Rushbo.  Republican political consultants, Mike Murphy and Steve Schmidt blamed Limbaugh for the GOP losing the election.
Fellow conservative radio host Michael Savage attacked Limbaugh calling him a “front man for the mainstream checked-pants Republican establishment, which is how this talentless hack got where he is.”
If you felt a chill last November 12th it could be because hell froze over. Limbaugh admitted his own interference caused the GOP lost election.
“Just as I predicted, ladies and gentlemen -- wait 'til you hear the sound bites -- this election was lost because of your host, Rush Limbaugh. I am the primary reason.”

The most recent Republican to stand up against Limbaugh is consultant Frank Luntz; "And they get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it's really problematic. And this is not on the Democratic side. It's only on the Republican side…[inaudible]. [Democrats have] got every other source of news on their side. And so that is a lot of what's driving it. If you take—Marco Rubio's getting his ass kicked. Who's my Rubio fan here? We talked about it. He's getting destroyed! By Mark Levin, by Rush Limbaugh, and a few others. He's trying to find a legitimate, long-term effective solution to immigration that isn't the traditional Republican approach, and talk radio is killing him. That's what's causing this thing underneath. And too many politicians in Washington are playing coy."

 As more and more Republicans stand up to Limbaugh, he loses his relevance and therefore his audience. The last listener standing very well may be white, male and old. Considering all the erectile dysfunction products he's peddling on the show his listeners are probably suffering from impotence as well.

He is losing his sponsors in record numbers due to the extraordinary efforts by Stop Rush volunteers. These tireless volunteers contact his sponsors, many of which are unaware their advertisements have been moved to fill his dead air space. The combination of lower ratings and sponsor exodus is one that cannot sustain Limbaugh’s death grip on talk radio. Come join the winning team and help turn the EIB golden microphone off forever.


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  •  they still have to keep him going to 2014 at least (9+ / 0-)

    he's still the most talented guy in their spin machine and he's still on 600 of the loudest stations in the country. the republican talk radio teabagger base likes his hate and racism.

    he may be pissing some of the big ones off but it's that talk radio base that still enables and intimidates a shitload of politicians and media and makes it impossible to have a national fact-based discussion about anything.

    start a talking point with rush and then reinforce it with hannity and then the local blowhards and at the end of the day its got more buzz than madison ave could have ginned up in weeks.

    the boycott is great and doing more to hurt the GOP than many of the major progressive orgs put together but the talk radio propaganda operation as a whole has to be challenged, and it's not.

    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 Apr 27, 2013 at 07:18:18 PM PDT

  •  opportunity? (3+ / 0-)
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    i wonder if there''s an opportunity to get limbaugh on payola laws. dick armey of freedom works says they paid limbaugh a million to bring in new members and he lamented it was a bad investment. i only sample limbaughs show once in a while and i've only heard him plug freedom works once and that was recently.

    i wonder if there was a way to find out when freedom works paid him in relation to when he did his first promo for them. and how many did they get for 1 million? freedom works was the bunch that dragged a pack of talk radio twits into the open and turned them into the tea party to stop health care reform.  were they actually paying him to help with that? or maybe they were actually paying him for that week he dedicated to kick starting the "climate gate" after the koch bros hacked the east anglia climate researcher's emails? or something else.

    payola laws would have required him to announce that he was working for someone- a few (?) promos for freedom works for 1Mil????

    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 Apr 27, 2013 at 07:20:18 PM PDT

    •  certainot - Freedom Works ran commercials (1+ / 0-)
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      on Limbaugh's show. It would be impossible to make a crime out of that. Lot's of conservative causes, and candidates, advertise on Limbaugh's show.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:52:08 PM PDT

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      •  There's nothing illegal... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...about conservatives running radio ads for their candidates and causes...they have the same free speech rights that we do, but they have considerably more money at their disposal.

        Progressive first, Democrat second

        by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:58:28 PM PDT

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      •  i heard one but what were they really paying for? (1+ / 0-)
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        i was using that as an eg. and wondering out loud how much of the show is free lance paid for.

        he will enjoy any chance to dump on liberals and humanity and altruism and govt and environmentalism and teachers but limbaugh is not the kind of guy to do anything for free.

        the time he dedicated a week for global warming denial is something he would demand to be paid for.

        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 Apr 28, 2013 at 08:33:09 AM PDT

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        •  What they were paying for were specific (0+ / 0-)

          ads where Limbaugh was encouraging his audience to join Freedom Works and giving them the contact information to sign up as members, probably with some code so FW could track the hit rate on the ads.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:41:36 AM PDT

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          •  is there a way to find out how many ads they ran (1+ / 0-)
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            and when?

            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 Apr 28, 2013 at 09:11:50 AM PDT

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            •  certainot - good question (1+ / 0-)
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              Media Matters records and analyzes each of his broadcasts and maybe they have it. That's the only place I can think of where it might be available for free.

              "let's talk about that"

              by VClib on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 09:33:28 AM PDT

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            •  about the universities (0+ / 0-)

              Typically, the college athletic department contracts with an outside syndicator, who in turn sells the athletic broadcasts to various local radio stations.  Those stations tend to be talk stations, who in turn tend to air Rush Limbaugh's program from noon to three in the afternoon.  

              The connection between the university and Limbaugh is somewhat tenuous.  The college might be able to forbid affiliate stations from running promotional spots for the games during Limbaugh's time slot, but that would be difficult to pull off.

              •  my state's university... (1+ / 0-)
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                The leading public institution in my state, the University of New Hamsphire, is one of 50 or so colleges which works with the Missouri-based Learfield Sports. ( Learfield is best known for the Sirius satellite radio service.)

                Learfield owns the Wildcat Sports Network, which has its offices in the gymnasium, and which handles the radio broadcasts and various associated marketing efforts. I haven't found any evidence that the owners of Learfield have any particular political axe to grind: they seem to care about nothing but getting the UNH Wldcats' play-by-plays heard on as many car radios as possible.  However, the flagship station is an extremely rightwing Clear Channel news-talk outlet.

                •  they might not think of it politically at some (0+ / 0-)

                  levels, but neither did many sponsors of limbaugh. just as there is a huge segment of americans that have no idea how negatively they are effected by what RW radio does for the 1% and how effective it has been.

                  i'm sure for the most part they're making non partisan decisions based on getting the most listeners, but as i elaborate in my answer/ comment to timothyhorrigan universities are propping up a monopoly of radio stations that are completely against everything the universities claim to support in their mission statements.

                  those megastations often dominate politics in their areas. if schools lose listeners - too bad- it can be made up in streaming- they need to be pushed to find alternatives.

                  they're taking money to endorse stations that are entirely partisan and basically KKK jr radio.

                  please see my comment below.

                  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 Apr 28, 2013 at 12:26:25 PM PDT

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              •  it's not just limbaugh, and they have no excuse (0+ / 0-)

                those stations are dedicated to serving the national and local GOP- they are totally partisan. and during elections they play a part in elections related to those universities - elected regents, who is acceptable or not as president/chancellor, and tax issues related to school funding- usually working to defund.

                 they are also anti-education, anti intellectual, anti science, anti student funding- everything universities say they are for in their mission statements.

                and those stations are one step below KKK radio- they're just a little more subtle about their racism.

                it's absurd. as many as 40% of RW radio stations may be piggybacking our state funded schools and it needs to end.

                no institution of higher learning has any excuse for associating with those stations. they're making a little money by selling out their stated principles and broadcasting sports on KKK jr radio.

                they need to be pushed to find alternatives and if they lose a few AM radio listeners they can make up for it with streaming.

                they have no excuse.

                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 Apr 28, 2013 at 12:16:43 PM PDT

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            •  Certainot, There is a way! (1+ / 0-)
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              At the bottom of the diary there is a link to the sponsors. We'd love for you to join StopRush and help us contact the universities. Let them hear your voice against Limbaugh!  

              "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." Will Rogers

              by Weezerr1 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 12:46:06 PM PDT

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    •  Payola! (3+ / 0-)

      Hopefully, some of our legal minds are looking into this! Also, thanks for  reminding us of the universities who choose to degrade their image by advertising on Limbaugh's show. What they think they will accomplish by airing their ads with a man who calls their instructors "faculty lounge lizards" and their alumni the "croissant crowd" is beyond me.

      "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." Will Rogers

      by Weezerr1 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 04:47:24 AM PDT

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  •  "Turn off the light"? (9+ / 0-)

    He's been doing nothing else but spreading darkness for decades.

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 07:28:35 PM PDT

  •  I can't wait to break out my variation... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...of "Turn Out the Lights" to commemorate the cancellation of The Rush Limbaugh Show. The lyrics will be different, but it will be set to this tune:

    Progressive first, Democrat second

    by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:56:04 PM PDT

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