Rush and Beck and Rubes and Their Money

The Con Artists - Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, Coulter - Bill Maher quote  :   http://mariopiperni.com

The more complete Maher quote:

“And con men, like Rush and Beck, are one reason the Republicans are in such dire straits today because they don’t care about winning elections, they care about separating rubes from their money. They’ve discovered there is a fortune to be made by keeping a small portion of America under the illusion that they are always under attack from Mexicans, ACORN, or Planned Parenthood, or gays, or takers, global warming hoaxers. It doesn’t matter. They don’t want a majority, they want a mailing list. A list of the kind of gullible Honey Boo Boos out there who think there is a war on Christmas and that the socialist policies of our Kenyan president have been so disastrous that the end of the world is coming.”

If you missed Maher’s New Rules last week, take a listen. This one is a classic.

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Limbaugh Saga, Ctd. (140 Sponsors Gone)

How bad has it become for Limbaugh? Very. Limbaugh is having a hard time giving away ad spots on his three hour hate-fest. Most of the ads running on his show last week (which included a substantial amount of dead air) were public service announcements which are freebies in the industry. One of those unpaid PSAs, the American Heart Association, has asked that its ads not run on Limbaugh’s shows. Nice…and another reason to contribute a dollar or two to the AHA.

And now Limbaugh is facing this:

Radio-Info.com reports that Premiere Networks, which syndicates the Rush Limbaugh show, told its affiliate radio stations that they are suspending national advertising for two weeks. Rush Limbaugh is normally provided to affiliates in exchange for running several minutes of national advertisements provided by Premiere each hour. These ads are called “barter spots.” These spots are how Premiere makes its money off of Rush Limbaugh and other shows it syndicates.

Prediction: Limbaugh leaves commercial AM radio and moves on to satellite radio where he’ll be free to call anyone he wishes a slut, feminazi or nigger without having to worry about corporate sponsorship. I’m sure his many followers will happily fork over a monthly fee to SiriusXM for the privilege of having their guru tell them what to think. They don’t call them ditto heads for nothing.

Best ‘ditto head’ definition: voluntarily willing to have one’s head filled with bullshit. Applies equally well to Fox News devotees sheeple.

Last count on the free market’s exodus from Limbaugh: 140 companies and counting.

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Limbaugh Saga, Ctd. (50 down)

This is getting sweeter by the day. Limbaugh has now lost 50 advertisers and counting. Here’s how it looked on Thursday in the largest media market, specifically – WABC 770 AM in New York City.

  • A total of 86 ads aired during WABC’s broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show today.
  • 77 of those ads were public service announcements donated free of charge by the Ad Council.
  • Of the nine paid spots that ran, seven were from companies that have said they have taken steps to ensure their ads no longer air during the program.

That means that on Thursday’s three hour show, only 2 sponsors paid for advertising with the intent of sponsoring Limbaugh. How does the buffoon spin that one? And most wonderful was the 5 minutes and 33 seconds of dead air during the broadcast.

There were four separate instances during this afternoon’s broadcast on WABC 770 AM in New York City where the network fell silent. During the lead in to the show, two and a half minutes of silence was broken up by a single, solitary ad before Limbaugh hit the air. Then, towards the end of the first hour of Limbaugh’s three hour program, a public service announcement was followed by an additional minute of silence before Limbaugh returned. Another minute of dead air came in hour two, and a fifth minute in hour three followed that. A spokesperson for WABC wouldn’t say whether the silence was caused due to a technical glitch or Limbaugh’s fleeing sponsors.

Yeah, that’s it…a technical glitch.

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Limbaugh Saga – Update

Latest…

  • 49 companies have dropped advertising on Limbaugh’s show.
  • 2 radio stations have opted out.
  • Mike Huckabee starts his new radio gig April 9 in the same 12 -3 time slot as Limbaugh. Promising a less confrontational approach (same bullshit though, I’m sure), Huckabee’s show might be an alternative for radio stations wanting to drop Limbaugh but still satisfy their conservative audience.
  • Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has joined the ranks of those asking that Armed Forces Network drop Limbaugh from their broadcast lineup.
  • Peter Gabriel and the band Rush have demanded that their music be pulled from Limbaugh’s show.
  • Bill Maher tweeted that liberals should accept Limbaugh’s ‘apology’ and move on. I’m a fan of Maher but he’s full of it on this one. To describe Limbaugh’s ‘apology’ as sentiment from a man truly sorry for his actions is to ignore Limbaugh’s complete history. What’s really at play here is Maher’s own past at having used rough language to describe Palin and Bachmann. Lingering guilt had you send that tweet out, Bill? See video at end of post.
  • Limbaugh’s plea to his audience to ignore all that’s happened and know that he is well and happy with his “18,000″ other sponsors.

A spot-on description of Limbaugh and his followers from the LA Times.

In the sad slice of America he represents, an America driven by fear of diversity, impatience with facts and an unwillingness to see things in anything but the starkest black-and-white terms, women come in two categories: dirty sluts and pushy feminazis.

“…sad slice of America he represents” I like that. I once asked in a previous post who these people were – the ones who tune in and adore Limbaugh, Levin, Savage and the other liars and hate mongers that dominate right-wing talk radio. A “sad slice of America” answers my query perfectly.

A ThinkProgress compilation of the scumbag’s three day rant.


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Rush Limbaugh Makes Cover Of Dicks Illustrated

After PigBoy’s latest remark, how could I resist?

“The problem is, and dare I say this, it doesn’t look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice…I’m trying to say that our First Lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue or of a woman Alex Rodriguez might date every six months or what have you.”

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