Rush Limbaugh is a millstone around the neck of the talk radio format.
The nation’s largest radio broadcasting company, Clear Channel, has been shedding jobs for a while now. Despite rebranding itself as iHeart Communications, the company remains mired deeply in debt thanks to a 2008 private-equity deal with Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners. Facing a negative cash flow, iHeart Communications is moving into digital radio because broadcast revenue is expected to be flat until 2018. Their junk bonds are among the riskiest on Wall Street, rated CCC, which means “currently vulnerable to nonpayment,” “substantial risk” and “extremely speculative.” Rather than pay off their debts, iHeart Communications is finding creative ways to delay the inevitable - and offering higher interest to attract capital to their very risky terms.
Clear Channel has never been profitable since the Bain deal, but the fiscal year ending in June 2013 saw the company’s first cash-flow deficit in four years. So what happened in 2012? StopRush is what happened. Limbaugh’s disgusting three-day tirade of misogyny against Sandra Fluke spawned a huge reaction in social media and blogs, leading thousands of volunteers to start a divestment effort aimed at convincing sponsors to pull their ads from his program.
When iHeart Media Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman recently told Bloomberg about his company’s positives, he listed Ryan Seacrest - but not Rush Limbaugh. In fact, the talk format is fading from the FM band as Limbaugh keeps losing stations and declining in the ratings. In May 2013, Lew Dickey, the CEO of America’s 2nd largest broadcaster, Cumulus Media, specifically blamed Rush Limbaugh’s toxic brand for low revenues, while Radio Ink reported that 48 of the top 50 network advertisers had excluded Rush from their ad orders.
Limbaugh’s racialism does not especially distinguish him among conservatives. He does perhaps hold unusually strong zero-sum beliefs about racial politics, which is why he sees even such maladies as unemployment and contagious diseases, which are obviously bad for everybody, as left-wing plots to level the racial playing field.
The quality that sets Limbaugh’s racialism apart from that of most conservatives is its historical sweep. The typical conservative treatment of race ignores the past. Conservatives start the racial clock at 1964. This is one of the most important distinctions between liberal and conservative American thinking on race: The former regards slavery and Jim Crow as essential and still-relevant precursors to contemporary race relations. Conservatives treat the civil rights movement as having wiped out the racial debt owed to black America. The past is too distant for them.
You’d think by now the idea that Rush Limbaugh is an offensive, racist, homophobic, bigot would be pretty uncontroversial. Apparently, that’s not the case with many of his conservative fans.
While it may not be possible to get a scientific consensus on this, there is a good chance that, at least in terms of offensive idea per sentence spoken out loud, Rush Limbaugh is the most offensive human being on Earth. Nobody has had a longer, more shameless career of spewing vile hate-mongering than he has. It’s made Rush extremely wealthy and, for reasons that may be hard to fathom, extremely popular with a certain segment of the population who respond to his unique brand of hatred.
So it was that when writer and comedian John Fugelsang composed a tweet which lampooned the way that Limbaugh interweaves casual racism with a seething hatred of the Obama administration, Rush’s fans went into full-on defensive mode.
Eric Holder resigns; or as Rush Limbaugh puts it, 'black guy doesn't want to work.'
It’s a good joke in the “funny because it’s true” kind of way, but conservatives weren’t laughing. Instead, to the amazement of anyone who has ever happened to listen to Limbaugh talk, they said that Limbaugh wasn’t the racist and John Fugelsang was the real racist for thinking up that joke.
Twitchy, a conservative website with nine full-time staffers with jobs exclusively devoted to getting pretend-offended by liberals and reposting unfunny, sarcastic tweets by conservatives who also happen to be pretending to be offended by liberals, ran with the story.
@JohnFugelsang Nice of you to put your racism on full display.
In which white liberal wants to make racist joke so says it's a joke someone else would say https://t.co/AyJ60yTctp
@JohnFugelsang you're quite literally one the stupidest individuals in existence today. Keep reaching for the top spot though, John!
@JohnFugelsang For 25 yrs I've seen people like you take Rush out of context. He is no more racist than you are.
But here’s the thing: Rush Limbaugh is a racist and, while he hasn’t said that exact quote (hint: that’s the joke), he has said many, many things that are much, much worse. There is no amount of context that can help Limbaugh pretend he isn’t fundamentally bigoted in ways that make it shocking to think he still has advertisers willing to put up with him.
After marveling at the backlash he had gotten for his tweet, Fugelsang went to work exposing how silly it was to claim Limbaugh wasn’t a racist in the most effective way possible: Limbaugh’s actual words.
I told a joke abt Limbaugh; was subsequently accused of lying & fabricating a Rush quote. So I shared some actual Rush quotes.
"Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?" - Rush Limbaugh
“The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”- Rush Limbaugh
[To an African American female caller]: “Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.” - Rush Limbaugh
“Let the unskilled jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do — let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work.” -Rush Limbaugh
"Holocaust?" Ninety million Indians? Only four million left? They all have casinos — what's to complain about?" - Rush Limbaugh
KYle Kulinski, exposes the stupidity of “Snerdley,”
Conservative blogger Erick Erickson joined the ranks of the Koch Brothers in saying on Thursday that people making minimum wage are “mostly people who failed at life.”
So what we have learned here, is that if you want to be a winner, then either inherit your wealth, or sell your soul to the devil, for money and fame, by becoming a well paid talking head, that propagates lies, half truths, and smears.
Should have known Rush Limbaugh would have something insensitive, not mention wrong, to say about Robin Williams’ death. Doktor Zoom has more.
Dr. Rush Limbaugh, noted pharmaceuticals expert, had some thoughts on the death of Robin Williams today, and he figured out that it had less to do with depression than with Hollywood’s politics. You see, Williams, like all other liberals, was just a really sad person who hated America, unlike happy jolly conservatives such as the joy-filled Ben Shapiro or the ever-mirthful Limbaugh himself.
“What is the left’s world view in general?” Limbaugh asked his audience the day after Williams’ death was announced. “If you had to attach, not a philosophy, but an attitude to a leftist world view. It’s one of pessimism, and darkness, sadness. They’re never happy, are they?”
You know, unlike the Right, which is always pretty content, and never given to harsh words. Except when leftists drive them to it.
Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh won the Author of the Year award at the Children’s Choice Book Awards for his book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans, in which Rush Revere and a talking horse named Liberty travel back in time to visit the pilgrims. Although the book has never been a critical favorite — one review accused it of “disdain for even the most rudimentary standards of storytelling” — it has been an enormous commercial success. Four finalists for the award were chosen because of their places on bestseller lists, and the winner was chosen by children’s votes. In response to concerns about the list of finalists announced in March, the prize organizers — Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader — had released a delicately worded statement: This program has never been about CBC or ECAR endorsing finalists. It has always been about CBC and ECAR endorsing young readers and giving them a choice and a voice on a national scale.” In accepting the honor, Limbaugh said, “I love America. I wish everybody did. I hope everybody will. It’s one of the most fascinating stories in human history … and it’s a delight and it’s an opportunity to try to share that story with young people so they can grow and learn to love and appreciate the country in which they’re growing up and will someday run and lead and inherit.”
A few conservative pundits on Tuesday furthered a conspiracy theory that someone, possibly Magic Johnson, set up Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist rant in order to buy the team.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on his show on Tuesday had a lengthy discussion with a caller about such a theory. Limbaugh attributed the theory to the caller, but seemed convinced that it was a possibility.
“Whoever set this up is really good. They covered every base. They’ve got the media wrapped around their little finger,” Limbaugh said.
“This is a fascinating theory. And, Neil, I’m glad that you held on through the break so I could dig deep, explore further,” he continued “You know, you got it.”
NN’s Don Lemon recently called Rush Limbaugh a “stunt king” for saying that LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was in so much trouble because he hadn’t donated enough money to President Obama.
In response, Limbaugh randomly brought up the fact that Lemon is gay.
“Well, over at CNN, they interpreted that to mean that I was defending Sterling!” he said on Tuesday. “How did they get there? I don’t know how they get there. Erin Burnett played the sound bite and then went to Mr. Black Hole himself, Don Lemon—who sleeps with men, proudly—for comment.”