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Thu Apr 5, 2012, 09:12 AM

*WHY* is Rush Limbaugh still on the air?

When he was introduced to Armed Forces Radio, they cited a *demand* for his show.

Well now there's a DEMAND that he be taken OFF those airwaves.

*WHY* is he still there?

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Reply *WHY* is Rush Limbaugh still on the air? (Original post)
LaydeeBug Apr 2012 OP
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #1
Bonduel Apr 2012 #12
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #13
LaydeeBug Apr 2012 #37
n2doc Apr 2012 #2
socialist_n_TN Apr 2012 #31
Evasporque Apr 2012 #3
Erose999 Apr 2012 #8
Evasporque Apr 2012 #18
PotatoChip Apr 2012 #4
LaydeeBug Apr 2012 #5
frylock Apr 2012 #16
KharmaTrain Apr 2012 #6
melm00se Apr 2012 #7
Common Sense Party Apr 2012 #9
Johnny Rico Apr 2012 #11
LaydeeBug Apr 2012 #14
justice1 Apr 2012 #35
Ter Apr 2012 #23
Junkdrawer Apr 2012 #10
LaydeeBug Apr 2012 #15
Junkdrawer Apr 2012 #20
LaydeeBug Apr 2012 #21
hack89 Apr 2012 #17
SomethingFishy Apr 2012 #19
Art_from_Ark Apr 2012 #22
Shankapotomus Apr 2012 #24
MrSlayer Apr 2012 #25
HiPointDem Apr 2012 #26
LaydeeBug Apr 2012 #27
Pisces Apr 2012 #28
eek MD Apr 2012 #29
Johnny Rico Apr 2012 #30
Telly Savalas Apr 2012 #33
lynne Apr 2012 #32
LaydeeBug Apr 2012 #36
Jamaal510 Apr 2012 #34
lolita Apr 2012 #38

Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 09:25 AM

1. The WH petition got more than 27,000 signatures...and counting

The threshhold for an official response was 25,000, so the response may be coming at any time. Meanwhile, the petition remains active and you can add your signature here: http://wh.gov/X1O

There are other efforts directed at remaining sponsors and the radio stations that carry him--like this petition to radio KFI in L.A.: http://www.signon.org/sign/rush-limbaugh-5 . It currently has nearly 8,000 signatures and the new goal is 10,000.

Other news may have eclipsed the Limbaugh issue, but efforts to get his hate off the airwaves are continuing.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 10:35 AM

12. Because 25,000 signatures is nothing compared to what

 

he would get from the other side to keep him on. This is not difficult to figure out. He is a huge draw. He is the biggest draw on radio. These radio stations are all about money and they are making money. I never thought he would lose his job. Never. As much as I can't stand him and can't listen to him he does have a show that is very entertaining to the conservative right. He is the guy, unfortunately, who speaks for many people in this country. Many think he is the only person who speaks for them. They will fight very, very hard for him. You don't pull the numbers he does for as long as he has without building up a lot of power. He's really at the point where he has too much power. There are probably people at some of these radio stations who would love to pull the plug but never would because of the fallout.

By the way, Huckabee will get his ass kicked by Limbaugh just like O'Reilly did. I hate to say it, but Rush isn't leaving until he wants to leave.

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Response to Bonduel (Reply #12)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 10:46 AM

13. The petition to KEEP Rush has 1,811 signatures

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Response to Bonduel (Reply #12)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 09:53 AM

37. and you know this, how? Sniff, sniff....I smell bullshit. nt

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 09:27 AM

2. Because he is an indispensable tool of the 1%

What we the people want doesn't matter.

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Response to n2doc (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 10:42 PM

31. Yep. And in a nutshell too..........



Any other talk about ratings or advertisers, etc. is just bullshit. Rush is there and will STAY there as long as he does the bidding of the masters. He could lose EVERY advertiser and, as long as he keeps his 12% or so of the crazies stirred up, he'll STAY on the air.

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 09:28 AM

3. Why are HeeHaw reruns still playing...? nt

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Response to Evasporque (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 10:19 AM

8. Because Hee Haw was a great show featuring musical greats like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard?


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Response to Erose999 (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 12:52 PM

18. No because of Jr. Samples....

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 09:36 AM

4. Good question.

I think the Rwing PTB were hoping the outrage over his vicious attacks on Sandra Fluke would blow over-

This is another issue that really ought to be kept visible. Thanks for the reminder.

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Response to PotatoChip (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 09:43 AM

5. I've said it before, so I will say it again: Trayvon Martin's murder saved Limbaugh's fall. nt

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Response to LaydeeBug (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 12:05 PM

16. yep. everyone took their eye off the ball after that.

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 09:50 AM

6. $50 Million Reasons...

Rushbo is the "franchise" for hundreds of hate radio stations around the country. Bain/Cheap Channel and Premeire Radio are paying him big money as he's the draw for their other programs and advertising. AM is a dying medium and hate radio is one of the few formats that is still drawing an audience and if rushbo goes down so does the value of all these stations.

The interesting side show is rushbo's about to get a major competitor...Mike Hucklenutz. The new show is being produced by Cheap Channel's main competitior Cumulus Radio who owns some of rushbo's biggest outlets. If he loses these stations he'll be in a world of hurt...if he isn't already.

It's like a sports team that pays big money for a "big hitter" and they play him no matter if he's hitting .300 or .150.

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 10:08 AM

7. because people

(not people here) tune into his show.

Listeners = ratings = ad revenue

Until/unless listeners drop (and not just "bump in the road" drop but a steady, across multiple "books", drop), stations will continue to carry him.

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Response to melm00se (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 10:23 AM

9. I thought this was obvious.

There's no accounting for taste.

We may as well ask, why is Snooki still on the air? Because there are idiots who tune in.

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Response to melm00se (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 10:34 AM

11. +1

 

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Response to melm00se (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 11:14 AM

14. Um...maybe YOU are the one who doesn't know how radio works.

see: bundling.

Ann Coulter's books don't get to the NYT Best Seller's List because people actually buy them. She gets there because right wing mega corps buy them IN BULK and then GIVE them away.

Or hadn't you noticed?

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Response to LaydeeBug (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 03:05 AM

35. That might explain something, I've pondered over the years

Why is there so many right wing books, at the Everything is a $1.00 store?

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Response to melm00se (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:35 AM

23. Many here do too

 

While I don't have time to listen to talk radio these days (plus when I'm free I go online), when I was hugely into it in the 90's I prefered listening to those I disagree with. For me it was less fun is I always agreed. I liked debating.

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 10:33 AM

10. Because the Joint Chiefs want him on AFN...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002406917

You know, Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.

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Response to Junkdrawer (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 11:15 AM

15. You linked to a post you made, but there is no proof within that post at all

Are you saying the joint chiefs issued a statement? I'd love to see it.

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Response to LaydeeBug (Reply #15)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 12:59 PM

20. Another post I made...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002418524

When you see a consistant pattern of behavior year after year, incident after incident, no formal statement is needed.

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Response to Junkdrawer (Reply #20)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 11:11 PM

21. um...no, none of those are statements from the Joint Chiefs. But thanks. nt

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 12:47 PM

17. Because the demand is not big enough?

Because the Pentagon does not want to get dragged into the middle of a partisan pissing contest?

Because the Pentagon does not want to piss off all those Republican politicians that vote on their budget?

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 12:52 PM

19. Because even misogynist, racist

pill popping, pompous, pretentious, piece of shit pedophiles are afforded their first amendment rights.

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Response to SomethingFishy (Reply #19)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:19 AM

22. First Amendment is not the issue here

Limbaugh isn't still on the air because of the First Amendment-- he's still on the air because of what has been said before here-- he appeals to large numbers of Fred Flintstone and Archie Bunker types. Howard Stern was a radio personality who was nearly as obnoxious as Limbaugh, but he was shitcanned by his employer for his off-the-wall remarks even though he was presumably exercising his First Amendment rights on the radio.

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:40 AM

24. No worries

He'll fuck up again.

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:45 AM

25. He does have a pretty big audience.

 

And he still brings in advertising dollars even after this last debacle. Plus his employers probably don't want to pay him to do nothing. He has a very large salary.

I don't think he should be on armed forces radio if there is no counter viewpoint show but I also don't think he should be thrown off the air completely. This is America, he has the right to be an asshole.

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #25)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 04:54 AM

26. dunno. i remember reading something that implied his audience and advertising revenues weren't

 

really that great and he stayed on the air for other reasons -- basically as a sponsored propaganda tool, through the concentration of radio ownership.

i'd offer more detail, but i don't remember where i read it. i wonder though, because i've only known one person who listened to him voluntarily. and his tv show flopped -- you'd think if he were so popular that he'd be popular on tv as well.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #26)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 10:21 PM

27. Yes! This sounds so familiar, and he REALLY should be off our airwaves...

I am going to approach this with tenacity this week.

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 10:24 PM

28. Some fools like him and support him. I personally don't care and wish MSNBC would stop airing clips

him and giving him any more attention. Cut off his oxygen supply ( attention) and he will quickly whither and go away.

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 10:38 PM

29. Because of the many hateful bigots that love him....

My father listens to his show religiously. I remember when I was young....Even though he was a racist bigot back then, he kept his comments (mostly) to himself. His mind has become so warped over the years, and I blame Rush (and the other rightwing idiot talk shows) for it. (Years of driving a big-rig listening to that crap would make anyone insane). Now, It's like he spends all of his time and energy railing about how "librul's" (and other words I can't say here) are ruining America.

There will always be a "market" for Rush's toxic spew, and there will always be some right-wing company that thinks they can "cash in" on the demographic that listens to him.

I'm sure that the reason he's still on is because there are people in positions of "power" with views just like my 'Pa. And they're ignorant enough that they'll fight to the death to keep Rush on the air.

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 10:39 PM

30. Because he's very popular.

 

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Response to Johnny Rico (Reply #30)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 12:56 AM

33. Exactly. People just can't stop talking about the motherfucker here.

In fact he gets more mentions at DU than every progressive candidate running for Congress combined.

It's no fucking wonder this country is so fucking right-wing, if the Left can't stay focused on it's own message and agenda.

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 11:39 PM

32. Because he's making someone a boat load of money -

- He's profitable. As long as he has significant audience and advertisers to be running a profit, he'll stay on the air.

Petitions are worth squat. The people signing the petitions weren't listening to him in the first place and the advertisers know it.

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Response to lynne (Reply #32)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 09:52 AM

36. again, it seems to me a learned person should teach us about BUNDLING.

Rush is NOT profitable, and I am not sure he ever has been. He has been solely funded by righturd loons for eons.

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Response to LaydeeBug (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 01:41 AM

34. Limbaugh is to the GOP

what Aaron Rogers is to the Green Bay Packers.

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