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I am wondering if anyone else has this same thought that I do.  Why do all the so-called liberal and progressive programs i.e.  The Rachel Maddow Show,  The Last Word, The Ed Schultz Show, All in with Chris Hayes and various others feel the compulsion to air clips of Rush Limbaugh almost on a daily basis.  Follow me after the John Boehner tinged squiggly.....

I mean, really if I wanted to hear what that moron had to say, I guess I would tune into his show.  I never understood why in the world a liberal show would just give this guy more air time.  You don't see the Fox News programs giving air time to Rachel, or Lawrence or Ed do you?   Maybe I am wrong, since I don't watch that network, but I don't think they ever air clips from the liberal programs.

I think if you air his clips you give him a certain credibility with viewers.  You are giving this blowhard an air of importance.  Gosh, the liberals want to see what  Rush has to say on the topic of the day as if it is important to know what he thinks...WHO CARES!!

I know the liberal shows want to show his clips in order to ridicule him, but by so doing you are elevating him to an importance that I think is unwarranted.

It seems no matter what the topic is , it is very important to know what Rush has to say on the subject.

To a lesser extent, I have even seen liberal shows air a clip of Glen Beck on some forgotten cable outlet.  He is forgotten , so lets leave it that way, forget him!!

These examples of the dumbing of America have enough exposure.  Surely we can survive a liberal show without hearing what they have to say!  

It has always irritated me, it seemed like a love-hate relationship with these guys.  Anyone feel the same way

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  •  Beck is forgotten because he has been effectively (11+ / 0-)

    banished from the real world to the "pay per spew" model. What he says nobody hears anymore. Unfortunately Rush is still polluting the public air waves and as such has to be called out for it. On the other hand, the way things are going for Rush that might not be much longer. Flush Rush!

    There are lies, damn lies, and statistics but they all pale in comparison to conservative talking points.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 03:57:28 PM PST

  •  I feel the same way (15+ / 0-)

    It's why I consume a lot less news than I used to. Even liberal blogs (and dKos diarists) are constantly quoting Limbaugh, Coulter, etc.

    There is a bigger problem here. We on the left should be getting our message out on our own terms. A great example of success is Atrios' messaging on increasing Social Security.

    Instead we let the right constantly frame the debate. Every single day.

  •  Because a lot of people LIKE to be outraged. (8+ / 0-)

    I mean, we could sit around and talk about policy, or turnout strategies, or what should be part of the official party platform- but that's kinda boring, and doesn't quite satisfy. It doesn't lead to easy answers, and there are lots of grey areas.

    Getting upset about something a paid clown says, though- that's exciting. It gets the blood stirring and the ire up. It's very black and white. Of course we all agree that he's an ass. It's simpl(istic)e.

    Limbaugh reinforces our worldview ( All conservatives are middle aged to old white men who can be counted on to take the wrong side on everything) as much as he reinforces the uber-conservative worldview.

    ...and we like that. It's much more comfortable than actually, ya know, thinking about things.

    •  That’s entertainment (2+ / 0-)
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      Remembering Jello, Roger Fox

      Back in the 1990s, I used to work in a place where somebody listened to Rush, which meant that the rest of us did too.  I noticed that Rush would apparently scan the newspapers every morning to find the craziest things some liberal said, and then make fun of him.  And I have to admit, he was pretty funny sometimes.

      The shows on MSNBC are just doing the same thing by quoting Rush and Beck.  As you rightly point out, exploring reasonable, moderate positions is boring.

  •  I'm in absolute agreement. (4+ / 0-)

    The only place I want to hear Limbaugh, or any of the jokes on Fox, is on a comedy show, like The Daily Show or Colbert Report. Otherwise, I would rather they didn't exist in my space. Maybe we should write to the MSNBC folks and tell them how we feel.

    •  Not on The Daily Show (3+ / 0-)
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      tvdude, Eyesbright, diffrntdrummr

      One of the most brilliant things Jon Stewart does is to make absolutely NO mention of Rush Limbaugh. All Rush wants is to be the subject of a story on the Daily Show but he is and will continue to be denied, very much on purpose. He is like a 2nd grader who gets a thrill out of their class being on the news or their picture in the paper; understandable for a 7 year-old, baffling for a senior citizen. Rush is  an old man who has never developed an adult level of maturity so he still pines for attention like a little kid. Jon Stewart knows this and never ever mentions his name on The Daily Show. The last time he did was during Rush's Sandra Fluke career-defining blunder which was too ghastly to ignore.

    •  what about THIS place? (2+ / 0-)
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      tvdude, temptxan

      he appears here on an almost daily basis.

      L'enfer, c'est les autres....Jean-Paul Sartre

      by Keith930 on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 07:42:46 PM PST

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  •  I guess I look at from a different perspective... (2+ / 0-)
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    Cali Scribe, Eyesbright

    I figure the more people seeing and hearing Rush spew his venom the more people will pressure his sponsors to flush him.

    That said: his audience is small and getting smaller. I think exposure to people who are not his regular audience is good for us... and bad for him.

    'Cuz freedom can't protect itself ~~ EFF ~ EPIC ~ ACLU

    by markthshark on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 04:16:55 PM PST

  •  why listen to Maddow, Shultz, etc, it's (2+ / 0-)
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    Roger Fox, markthshark

    entertainment, just like their counterparts. They're all talkies. Do something more productive.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 04:17:59 PM PST

  •  I know what you mean (0+ / 0-)

    Sometimes it feels as if there's a phony "crossfire" war going on with the left and the right "entertaining" us by quoting each other and being outraged.

    On the other hand, the outrage keeps a lot of people engaged, and it must be less expensive than actual real reporting.

    On my third hand (I'm an alien) MSNBC has done an incredible job with some real reporting and journalism, from voting rights and highlighting income inequality and explaining what is going on in Syria and other places - not to mention their role in breaking through Bridgegate.  Think of what Sharpton did for the Trayvon Martin case; what Ed Schulz has done for Wisconsin; Larry O'Donnell really helps me understand the Senate; and Maddow and Hayes are both all around brilliant.  So if they need to use Limbaugh to fill up the corners of the news and sometimes give us progressives the talking points to explain concepts such as polar vortex, that's OK with me.

    by chloris creator on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 04:35:41 PM PST

  •  Palin (2+ / 0-)
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    Crashing Vor, jan4insight

    Same with Sarah Palin.  I don't know need a daily report on her latest idiocy.  I particularly wish these blogs that I read would ignore her.  The news media doesn't pay her much attention, why should we?

  •  Ignoring them doesn't make them (5+ / 0-)

    go away. We need to be informed of what the folks on the other side are saying so we can better counter their lies. It was Limbaugh's tirade against Sandra Fluke as a "slut" that increased much of the outrage against him, as well as giving people the opportunity to educate people about how contraception really works (it's not like Viagra where you take it just when you want to get it up and get it on -- you have to take the same dose every day to regulate the hormonal cycle).

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 04:59:16 PM PST

  •  Because it makes for good tv (1+ / 0-)
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    Get viewers angry, get their blood boiling. It's the same reason why some of these programs feature guests who you know are going to have a big fight with the host. For example, remember Piers Morgan's crazy CNN interview with Alex Jones a year ago. It becomes an endless daisy chain (I'm thinking of another term less appropriate for DK) of featuring, reacting to or making fun of political and media figures from the other side.

    I agree that, by focusing on, featuring and quoting your opponents, you give them more power. I think Sun Tzu said that.

  •  It is the Left's version of the 2 minutes of hate (0+ / 0-)

    a la 1984.

    L'enfer, c'est les autres....Jean-Paul Sartre

    by Keith930 on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 07:41:26 PM PST

  •  I disagree. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's important to know what your enemy is saying and doing.  Rush Limbaugh does a lot of harm to America and is one of the biggest enemies to progress (and progressives).

    I'm so glad I don't have to listen to him to find out what the Republican propaganda of the day is and have great sympathy /appreciation for the Stop Rush/Flush Rush groups who subject themselves to his verbal diarrhea in order to suss out who's supporting/advertising on his show.  I find out what evil he's up to by reading the latest outrage here and elsewhere.

    In the late '80s, Limbaugh had a television program that came on during the late evening hours and I often listened to it while I was at my computer because both were in the same room.  He was a miserable, misogynistic hatemonger then and he's grown substantially worse since then.

    They don't win until we quit fighting!

    by Eyesbright on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 08:34:55 PM PST

  •  your sister is a whore, your brother a thief, and (0+ / 0-)

    your ideas are treasonous.

    that's what limbaugh and the rest of the RW radio blowhards have been yelling about liberals from 1000 coordinated radio stations for over 20 years.

    RW radio, led by limbaugh, has been kicking liberal ass for 25 years while politics is analyzed as if it's wearing an invisibility cloak. it doesn't matter how much money he makes but the more attention the true head of the republican party gets the better.

    we're in this mess because the left collectively just stuck their ipods in their ears and walked by, giving the think tanks that script these shits a free speech free ride.

    this is the first real effort by liberals/dems to challenge that huge advantage the right has but it is specifically targeted to limbaugh and mostly for his misogyny.

    if you want to know what the lies the right is selling BEFORE they become established as truth by unchallenged repetition to 50 million people a week you have to know what's being pumped through those stations- at a local and national level.

    considering the time lost dealing with global warming ignoring carnival barkers like this is the biggest political mistake in history.

    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 Jan 18, 2014 at 07:01:42 PM PST

  •  To make a point...which nothing does like video (0+ / 0-)

    I hate to hear all of them: Rush, Sean, Bill O, Louey Gomert, et all...but I don't listen to Fox and I don't listen to Hate Radio, so I never hear any of this sewage first hand. So when the progressive media folks feature these little blurbs from hell, it's to give folks, like myself as well as the diarist, a whiff of the fetid fever swamp on the other it's to refresh our priorities and to remind us why we care.

    I agree it is unpleasant and even infuriating, but we really need to know and hear what's going on on the other side.

    If it totally gets you down, use your Mute button.

    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana

    by GEldridge on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 12:48:02 PM PST

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