Glenn Beck worked the crowd like a preacher at a rally this month in Louisville, Ky., declaring that God had responded to conservatives’ prayers by sending a slate of tea party candidates to wrest control of the Republican Party from Mitch McConnell.
But there was a more earthly benefit to the arrangement that brought Beck to the rally. It was organized by the tea party nonprofit group FreedomWorks, which had endorsed the candidates — and which has paid more than $6 million in recent years to have Beck promote the group, its initiatives and events.
The FreedomWorks-Beck relationship is just one example of a powerful and profitable alliance between the conservative movement’s most aggressive groups and the most popular radio hosts. The details of the arrangements are little-known, but they have been lucrative for the recipients, and, in turn, have helped ensure that the groups get coveted airtime from hosts with a demonstrated ability to leverage their tens of millions of listeners to shape American politics. It’s an alliance that helped spawn the anti-establishment tea party and power Republicans to landslide victories in the 2010 midterms. It’s also exacerbated congressional gridlock by pushing a hard line on the budget, immigration and Obamacare, and it is roiling the Republican Party headed into critical midterm elections.
A POLITICO review of filings with the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission, as well as interviews and reviews of radio shows, found that conservative groups spent nearly $22 million to broker and pay for involved advertising relationships known as sponsorships with a handful of influential talkers including Beck, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh between the first talk radio deals in 2008 and the end of 2012. Since then, the sponsorship deals have grown more lucrative and tea party-oriented, with legacy groups like The Heritage Foundation ending their sponsorships and groups like the Tea Party Patriots placing big ad buys.
Conservative talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh has some thoughts about Academy Award Best Picture winner “12 Years A Slave”:
“If it was the only thing that movie won, it was gonna win Best Picture. There was no way. It didn’t matter if it was good or bad. I haven’t seen it (Of course not. Why do that when you already know everything about it). It was going to win. It had the magic word in the title, ‘slave.’”
We’ve run the data.
The data shows that exactly one movie with the word “Slave” in the title has been nominated for best picture and won. Yup, that would be the one that won this year.
Once again, Rush shows himself to be a totally ignorant ass.
More klass from El Rushbo:
There is Michelle Obama and the $12,000 gown by Carolina Herrera, and the French president Hollande is in the middle, and there’s Obama.
You’ll notice that this dress is bigger than the president of France. Here, let me make one more adjustment here and I’ll show you this again. Take a look at that picture. The little guy in the middle is the socialist dictator — well, not dictator. He’s the socialist president of France. On the left, that’s not Oprah. Don’t confuse that. That’s Michelle Obama. I saw a picture of this from the rear. That’s why I thought it was Oprah.
Rush Limbaugh has made plenty of attacks on women before, but now he is coming down on an entire female news team.
The radio show host directly attacked CBS’ Gayle King, Nora O’Donnell and “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl Friday for their discussion on “CBS This Morning” about Stahl’s report on the ways in which medications affect men and women differently. Limbaugh said he was shocked to hear television hosts talk so “ignorantly” about the male and female bodies.
During the show, Stahl said that the biggest thing she learned from her study was “how pervasive the differences between men and women really are.” King later responded, “Why didn’t we know this before?”
“They didn’t know!?” Limbaugh shouted. “How is it that the mainstream media get everything wrong? Not just slightly wrong, but major, profound wrong. How is this possible, to be this stupid, this ignorant?”
Limbaugh later referred to O’Donnell as an “info-babe” and called her and King out specifically for contributing to the spread of false information.
Dinesh D’Souza, author, filmmaker, and theoretician behind the monumentally idiotic thesis that President Obama is guided by the “anti-colonial rage” of his absent father has been indicted for allegedly using straw donors on behalf of a longshot US Senate candidate in the 2012 election.
Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza was indicted Thursday on federal charges of violating campaign finance laws by using straw donors to funnel money to a U.S. Senate candidate.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the grand jury charges in a statement Thursday. D’Souza is expected to be arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
D’Souza, who has written over a dozen books imparting his provocative views on religion and politics, could not be reached for comment Thursday evening. But his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, released a statement to reporters saying that D’Souza’s efforts to help a friend running for the Senate in 2012 was “at most” an “act of misguided friendship.”
“Mr. D’Souza did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever,” Brafman said in the statement. “He and the candidate have been friends since their college days, and “at worst, this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza…It is important to note that the indictment does not allege a corrupt relationship between Mr. D’Souza and the candidate.”
The indictment did not name the Senate candidate in the case. But it appears to be Wendy Long (R), who lost overwhelmingly in 2012 to incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat. Long raised less than $1 million for her long-shot campaign.
The indictment was the result of a routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC by various candidates after the 2012 election, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
“This office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “If, as alleged, the defendant directed others to make contributions to a Senate campaign and reimbursed them, that is a serious violation of federal campaign finance laws.”
And here’s where the idiots come out to play. A number of Fox “News” hosts and other commentators see this is as an act of political retribution by the Obama Administration.
For example, Laura Ingraham:
We are criminalizing dissent in the United States of America. Welcome to the Brave New World of retribution justice. Now not the retribution for all the right reasons, but retribution on the part of a Justice Department that has poo-poo’d and dismissed real claims and real allegations of voter fraud…
That’s all you really need to know about where she’s going with this, but there is plenty of derp in the above clip if you choose to indulge.
Then there is joe “You Lie” Walsh, who plays footsie with Godwin in this tweet:
And finally, El Rushbo, who thinks the Justice Department is trying to “CRIMINALIZE AS MANY REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVES AS THEY CAN!!!!11TY:
And in case you forgot why Laura Ingraham referred to D’Souza as one of the most “effective critics” of the Obama Administration, watch this trailer from 2016: Obama’s America, and then make sure you never sleep without at least a nightlight on:
Further Credit Due: Media Matters
The more than 1000 same sex marriages that took place after the Utah court decision and before the US Supreme Court put a stay on further marriages will be recognized under federal law.
Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put those unions in the state on hold.
The attorney general’s action will enable the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to these couples.
Holder said the couples “should not be asked to endure uncertainty” regarding their benefits while courts decide the issue of same-sex marriage in Utah.
“For purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and be considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” he said in a video statement posted on the Justice Department’s website.
Meanwhile, El Rushbo considers this decision “Stalinist.”
Today the governor of Utah need not stay in office. He can just quit. You might recall that in Utah, government officials just stepped in, a court stepped in and said, “you know what? Gay marriage is not legal in this state. Eric Holder, the attorney general of the United States, says the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in Utah for the purpose of federal benefits despite the Utah governor’s directive not to, pending the Supreme Court’s review of the state’s ban. So that states, when you’ve got people like Holder and Obama in office, it doesn’t matter what governor’s do, it doesn’t matter what the people of the state want, what Holder and Obama want is what’s going to happen.
So you have the attorney general engaging in executive action, executive orders. Just as if Obama were to do it.
He’s right, of course. This explains why Holder is WAITING for further Supreme Court review. Joseph Stalin, the most tyrannical despot ever, the very picture of totalitarianism, the antithesis of the rule of law, would do the exact same thing. He would wait for another branch of the government to make a ruling on a law before taking any further action on it.
The resemblance is uncanny.
Rush Claims the left wants to destroy Christmas, Ignores the Fact That Most US Liberals Celebrate It
Here’s the audio from Media Matters of Rush Talking about the Left’s “War On Christmas” which I can prove beyond reasonable doubt does not exist.
Okay, Than Mr. Limbaugh why do so many people On the American Left Celebrate Christmas? These don’t look like people who “hate Christmas”
President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Celebrated it.
Christmas First Families: Clinton 1995 via whitehouse.gov
See that big Christmas tree in front of the capital building only a few years ago?
Senators argued over Christmas and no it wasn’t over whether or not we should celebrate it, but whether or not they should stay to get more important work done. Via politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com
Wow looks like Obama and his family really “hate” Christmas. Why aren’t other liberals complaining if they really want to destroy the holiday, eh Rush?
The first family with children dressed as elves, who are or were patients at Children’s National Medical Center. via nydailynews.com
Also why do we hear about things like this
Happy Holidays From the Democrats. No matter What Holiday You Celebrate and that includes Christmas
The Senate Democrats have also set up a “Capital Christmas Tree Webcam”
CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE WEBCAM via democrats.senate.gov
Hardly sounds like the left has an anti Christmas agenda does it?
Of course many leftwing non Christians Americans don’t celebrate Christmas, but that hardly constitutes a war on Christmas by the left or even those leftists that don’t celebrate the holiday. You’d then have to also ignore the small number of conservative Americans who also don’t celebrate Christmas. Rush and the “War On Christmas” nonsense have been debunked yet again, as if it hadn’t been already. I could have even done a much better job if I wanted to really take my time with this.
I only learned of this yesterday, and was sad to hear that “Progressive talk” will end on KTLK 1150 AM on January 1st, to be replaced by wingnut radio. I can’t say I’m surprised by this. KTLK is a weak station that also carries Los Angeles Kings hockey games, UCLA football games, and other sports which often pre-empt scheduled programming, and as a result ratings suffered. KTLK has great shows like Stephanie Miller and Randi Rhodes, and also hosted Thom Hartmann before he moved show to conflict with Rhodes’, and it will be a shame when they all go off the air.
The largest media market in the world is about to lose its only non-Rightwing commercial talk radio station. Los Angeles’ KTLK 1150am will be flipped to a far Rightwing station featuring hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and other rightwing talkers. “The changes are set to take effect for the first broadcast of 2014,” according to the Los Angeles Times this afternoon.
KTLK is owned by Clear Channel Communications, Inc., the nation’s largest owner of radio stations. Clear Channel is now owned by Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital LLC. The talkers mentioned above who will be taking over the previously-progressive station are also syndicated by Clear Channel-owned Premiere Networks, the largest radio syndicator in the nation. The BRAD BLOG has long argued that the outsized control of our public airwaves enjoyed by Clear Channel/Premiere and a handful of other conglomerates —- including their ability to leverage our public airwaves (licensed from we, the people, in exchange only for their promise to serve the public interest) to distribute their own syndicator’s shows —- is a likely violation of U.S. v. Paramount, the 1948 anti-trust Supreme Court decision which found that the major movie studios could not also control the means of distribution by owning the nation’s largest theater chains at the same time.
As if ending progressive talk radio in L.A. isn’t bad enough, Clear Channel will now also reportedly be flipping its formerly progressive San Francisco talk station KNEW 960am (a move which they had threatened and then partially changed their mind about flipping in late 2011), over to a completely Right-leaning station as well, says the Times. That will leave San Francisco, arguably the most progressive city in the nation, without any commercial progressive talk radio outlet at all. But, as in L.A., listeners will still have many different Right-leaning talks outlets on our public airwaves to choose from, several of them owned by the same major corporation.
However, a commenter on this article pointed out something very important - this change amounts to a pretty big demotion for Rush Limbaugh:
Please know that I’m a progressive and a former listener to KTLK which I lived in L.A. until a year ago. And I’m a radio veteran of over four decades, so hear me out on this.
The sad truth is, due to a bad signal, zero publicity and waning quality of the available product, KTLK fell out being a contender a long time ago. They pulled a 0.3 this past month after a 0.2 and a 0.4 the previous 2 months.
However, what’s fascinating about this move is that Libaugh is being taken off the (literally, not corporately) clear channel KFI, whose 50,000 non-directional signal gets into Las Vegas in the daytime and into most of the western U.S. via skip waves at night. Here’s the coverage map.
Compare that to the anemic signal of KTLK: Here’s that map. It doesn’t go south of Long Beach…OC is where the conservative audience is, but the signal is iffy down there.
Between the two other 24/7 right wing stations, KABC (0.7) and KRLA (0.3), the total audience is right at a 1 share, meaning 99% of the available audience does NOT listen to conservative talk radio, despite the bluster and bravado. Rush being taken off KFI’s signal on 640AM and shoved up into the upper end of the AM dial at 1150AM is the radio equivalent of being put in the naughty corner.
And yes, Rush’s ratings have taken a hit on KFI since the “slut” incident.
So while this is bad news for progressive talk, the fact that Beck, Rush and Hannity will be confined to a bad signal on a bad dial location is cause for concern in right wing circles. Believe it.
So to go from a blowtorch like KFI to a station with a paltry reach like KTLK in the second largest media market in the country is a demotion indeed for El Rushbo. Like I said, I am saddened to not be able to hear Stephanie Miller or Randi Rhodes, but Limbaugh getting a karmic kick in the ass like this takes away a lot of the sting.
Many are saying that terrestrial talk radio in its last throes anyway, as many hosts have moved to Sirius and the like (beginning with Howard Stern), and it’s ironic that Limbaugh, who is credited with saving the genre on AM, may now be one of the main people who killed it.
Catholics of all political stripes are disturbed by Rush Limbaugh’s incendiary comments this afternoon about Pope Francis. To call the Holy Father a proponent of “pure marxism” is both mean spirited and naive. Francis’s critique of unrestrained capitalism is in line with the Church’s social teaching. His particular criticism of “trickle down economics” strengthens what Church authorities have said for decades: any economic system which deprives the poor of their dignity has no place within a just society.
A petition denouncing Limbaugh is here.
Hat tip - Media Matters
In his usual sarcastic manor, Doktor Zoom debunks a claim that Rush Limbaugh has made repeatedly on his radio program. Thanksgiving maybe over, but this still an important claim that needs to be torn to shreds. During my more conservative years, I actually kind of believed this for a brief while, than a again, I believed a lot of other things that I shouldn’t have. Note there was a cute picture of a dog and a cat that was used over at Wonkette, unfortunately the file size was too big, so instead I’m going to use a picture apparently from Rush’s book, that I found on the Daily Caller, article about it.
Doktor Zoom begins by pointing out,
It’s Thanksgiving Day, so as we gather together with (or hide from) our families, however functional or dysfunctional they may be, let us remember the true meaning of any American holiday: It’s an opportunity to pound home a political lesson about why We Are Good and They Are Bad. It’s a revered grim tradition: You serve Susan Stamberg’s socialist NPR cranberry relish, and your Teabagger brother-in-law recites how the settlers of Plymouth Plantation nearly starved because they had socialism forced upon them, but finally prospered after they became capitalists. Here’s a fairly typical version of the story that was emailed to our Wonkette tip line last year; the story was also a favorite of Rep. Todd “Shut that down” Akin, and now Rush Limbaugh has a best-selling children’s book promoting the same fantasy.
Update 11/29/13 10:23pm
I have to thank Charles Johnson for fixing the link for me, and I also have to thank Origuy for explaining to me what I did wrong.