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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:06 PM

Radio campaign next step against Rush Limbaugh

Source: Associated Press

Rush Limbaugh's opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star's attack of a Georgetown law student as a "slut" to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business.

The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they're going after bigger game. He's already fighting back and the group's stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable.

Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will run in eight cities.

The ads use Limbaugh's own words about student Sandra Fluke, who told congressional Democrats that contraception should be paid for in health plans. Limbaugh, on his radio programs, suggested Fluke wanted to be paid to have sex, which made her a "slut" and a "prostitute." In return for the money, he said Fluke should post videos of herself having sex. Under sharp criticism, Limbaugh later apologized.

Read more: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jFCzNPqhK4Wblf1LsphUnLn7lZbA?docId=94bec8b86d87461f8f7abb2a1e71deb9



One of the ads points out the obvious--it urges people to call stations carrying Mr. Limbaugh's show and complain. We need to keep the pressure up. Call the stations and tell them you don't want them carrying the radio show of a hate spewing drug addict.

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Julian Englis Mar 2012 OP
Iliyah Mar 2012 #1
Lucky Luciano Mar 2012 #7
bathroommonkey76 Mar 2012 #14
BanTheGOP Mar 2012 #2
Julian Englis Mar 2012 #4
freshwest Mar 2012 #3
wryter2000 Mar 2012 #5
SamG Mar 2012 #6
Julian Englis Mar 2012 #8
caseymoz Mar 2012 #11
Major Hogwash Mar 2012 #19
caseymoz Mar 2012 #20
Major Hogwash Mar 2012 #21
caseymoz Mar 2012 #22
Major Hogwash Mar 2012 #23
mercymechap Mar 2012 #9
marshall gaines Mar 2012 #10
CBHagman Mar 2012 #16
Cobalt-60 Mar 2012 #12
DianaForRussFeingold Mar 2012 #13
Julian Englis Mar 2012 #15
Grassy Knoll Mar 2012 #17
nanabugg Mar 2012 #18
Red1 Mar 2012 #24

Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:31 PM

1. Couldn't happen to a nastier

dude, but, be aware, Hucklebee is also a wolf in sheep clothing. Hucklebee - God, guns, gays, girls . . . .

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 04:19 PM

7. Huckleberry will probably help in the campaign to get Rush canned. nt

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:26 PM

14. A local AM station broadcasts Hee-Haw Huckabee's

editorials every frickin' morning. I cannot stand listening to that d-bag.

In other news Neal Boortz radio station in the Piedmont of NC is now off the air. Had a fellow classmate (Rethug) come up to me complaining about its cancellation. The Peanut Gallery inside of my head erupted in cheers!

Next up Limbaugh!

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:32 PM

2. About Freakin' Time

 

It is incomprehensible to me why an illegal, dangerous radio show that has recently been associated with the hate crime slaughter of an innocent African American teen with a republican, Rush Dittohead murdering bastard in Florida, is allowed to go on. We MUST do everything to remove this utter slimeball from the air. This drug abuser and wife sifter must be silenced, and it's getting to the point where I don't really care how it's done.

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Response to BanTheGOP (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:42 PM

4. While it's irresponsible and offensive, it's a stretch to say it's illegal

Part of the blame rests with us for not making more of an issue with advertisers about their sponsorship of hate. Part of the blame also rests with us for not fighting the consolidation of radio ownership. We, the American people, were complacent while this cancer spread.

That said, Mr. Limbaugh and the powerful extremists who support him are far more to blame.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:40 PM

3. K & R!


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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:47 PM

5. That story

could be a textbook example of biased "reporting."

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 04:15 PM

6. The author, DAVID BAUDER has it in for MSNBC and

 

constantly remarks positively about Fox News, Glenn Beck, and others

The AP seldom has a "balanced" article about other media news these days.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 04:50 PM

8. Could you be more specific on how the story is biased? Premiere claiming 1st amendment is funny.

I am truly curious as to why you say it is biased.

I think it would be biased if the writer repeatedly pointed out that Premiere's citing the First Amendment protection is a red herring as the 1st Amendment speaks to freedom of the press from government limits rather than private protest. Hammering on Premiere for this red herring, while factually correct, would suggest bias.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:09 PM

11. How would you suggest making it less biased?

Last edited Fri Mar 23, 2012, 12:20 AM - Edit history (1)

How, in your mind, do you make Premier and Rush Limbaugh look better, besides just not talking about the awful smears and lies Rush told, and his joke that women wanting contraception should post pornos for him and his buddies? Not to mention all the lies he's told and toxic things he has said over the years?

He has a right to free speech. But anyone has a right not to support it. He makes $40 million a year due to ad revenue he purportedly earns. We have a complete right to make our choice about buying those products, as complete as Limbaugh has a right to his 3-hour mouth dump.

Let him put his free speech on his website and support it himself, like most other angry, white, male, conservative bloggers do. A salary of $40 million dollars for his garbage is not a right.



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Response to caseymoz (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:35 AM

19. Hate speech is not free speech.

There's not really a fine line between hate speech and free speech, with large gray areas between the two, like some Republicans like Sean Hannity would have you believe.
Calling names of someone who was asked to speak before Congress about anything is not free speech, it is hate speech, and worse, it is intimidating the witness, the person who was called by Congress to testify before them to begin with.
That's called tampering, or obstruction of justice.
Not free speech.

What Limbaugh gets paid is not even a matter of the law. It doesn't matter if he gets paid a million dollars an hour or volunteers to do it for free, hate speech is not legal. This is not an isolated incident as far as Limbaugh is concerned either. This isn't a one-time thing, or just something that accidently "popped out of his mouth". There is a long pattern that Limbaugh has consistently followed for over 20 years smearing good people and slandering their reputation on a worldwide radio network. When Limbaugh went after Michael J Fox over his illness, that was the worst thing I had ever heard anyone ever say on the radio about someone else who was stricken with a horrible disease like that.

Secretary of Defense Panetta has to take into consideration what our soldiers overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan are being subjected to while Limbaugh is carried on the AFRN network. A daily dose of 3 hours of nonstop garbage spewed at people that didn't do anything wrong, except to run for office, most of the time. But, this hate speech that Limbaugh engages in has to stop. There is no legal precedent for protecting Limbaugh allowing him to spew whatever the hell he feels like saying that day. He can say whatever he wants on the golf course, but not on the radio.

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Response to Major Hogwash (Reply #19)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 09:16 AM

20. He didn't tamper with a witness, and it's not hate speech.

First, Rush said it after the fact and not before, and I don't think anybody has been able to find him threatening her with smears before she spoke.

Second, he said it after she voluntarily spoke to Congressional Democrats because she wasn't called by Congress. Issa's official hearing had no women on it, remember? She spoke as a guest Nancy Pelosi's, and not under oath. So there was no tampering even if it were before the fact.

Third, there is no hate-speech statute in the US. The First Amendment, remember? Speech that's not "obscenity, defamation, incitement to riot, or fighting words" is protected under it. Those are the only exceptions so far, and socially, that's what's widely accepted.

Fourth, you're not going to get anywhere with anybody trying to broaden it for hate speech. It just doesn't fly here, with either party, and in most other political circles. Those categories have to be determined in court before they're put into effect.

In other words, your dead wrong. What he says is absolutely legal. Until he's found guilty of defamation, obscenity, incitement to violence, or fighting words.

About Michael J. Fox, the worst thing you ever heard anybody say (and yes, it was the most shocking thing I heard somebody say, up until then, outside a bar or schoolyard) is still not hate speech, in my opinion.

Rush did not say Fox should be imprisoned or killed. He did not, to my memory, say that Fox should be blacklisted. Rush was uncivilized and vile, but nothing he said could be construed as an incitement to violence or discrimination. He didn't call for any kind of retribution, so it wasn't even borderline. That's my standard. Judging by the fact that there wasn't this Category 5 shitstorm when he did it, I'd say it's the popular standard, too.

With Fluke, however, he finally crossed the line. He repeated the innuendo (not those two words he "apologized" for) so many times, and that is a deliberate propaganda technique. Then he ended it with a remark so vile it insulted every woman, it even insulted pornstars. I mean if that wasn't an incitement to demeaning discrimination, what is? Still, in the US, that has to be adjudicated in court (or the FCC at least) before he can be taken off the air. You don't have to consider Republican conspiracies to keep him on the air.

But still, he did not attempt to incite violence against Fluke herself. He did not suggest she should be attacked, or lose her job. He defamed her, and you must have a court case for that. The government can't censor him without that procedure.

Up till now, Rush has managed to push his attacks only far enough. With Michael J. Fox he left it just open enough that it was conjecture not that he had absolute proof. Remember when he was taken off the NFL for saying Donovan McNabb was considered elite only because the NFL needed to show a black quarterback? There was just enough that could be mistaken for truth there, and you couldn't tell if he was insulting McNabb or insulting the NFL. He was just ambiguous enough, or attacking public figures just enough, that he kept on catching slack. His career has just been like that. One statement after another that are vile enough to disgust but not enough to get him off the air.

With Sandra Fluke, I knew he probably ended his career. He blew a circuit with her. He just couldn't the monster inside or make it look the least civilized. Not only that, I think he'll only get worse. After women and liberals in general have dared give him so much trouble, I think his anger is inflamed, and I don't think he can restrain himself now.

So, he's gone even if this doesn't get him. The question is how much more sewage we'll have to hear over the next six months before he goes. I'm looking forward to a post-Limbaugh America.





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Response to caseymoz (Reply #20)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:06 PM

21. What law firm do you work for?

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Response to Major Hogwash (Reply #21)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:58 PM

22. I'm a journalist, with a B.J. degree.

I know about First Amendment law; they teach you about it in J-school. Real law professors do. You don't need a law degree to understand what I've told you. It's common knowledge, nothing technical about it. You could start by looking on findlaw.com for hate speech statutes. You'll find there are none.

Still don't believe me? I suggest you find a lawyer on one of the forums here and ask them. He or she will verify everything I've told you. Or call your Congressperson's office and ask the staff.

Or, just believe what makes you feel most comfortable, but don't be puzzled by the lack of support from society, culture, government, or law. You've been informed.

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Response to caseymoz (Reply #22)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 05:15 PM

23. I see.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 04:58 PM

9. Limbaugh has so lowered the standard for radio

so much to the effect that anything is acceptable under the guise of Free speech. From Wilson yelling at Obama "you lie" to Jan Brewer pointing her witchy finger at Obama's face, Republicans are taking the country to a new low.

They have lost any sense of decency in their hatred for other than the Republican party, no matter how much they've hurt Americans with their inane policies.

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Response to mercymechap (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:01 PM

10. mercy

 

The american people could have stopped this with Ronald. The american people could have stopped this if they had raised a lot more hell about the out and out theft of TWO elections. The american system was hijacked by vicious right wing hate mongers and the american people could only whine as the Patriot Act was implemented to dismantle our rights "please protect us from those mean terrorist." I could go on but what's the use, america the pitiful.

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Response to mercymechap (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:14 PM

16. Well, as much as I am sick of big corporations putting things like Limbaugh on the airwaves...

...I wouldn't go so far as to say that the country is at a new low, because the past is not a very bright place to be either!

(I was reading Kathleen Hall Jamieson's Dirty Politics today, which should explain a lot...).

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 09:43 PM

12. One way to flush rush

would be to provide another show to air in his slot.
I'm only a layman when it comes to entertainment, but I think some sort of radio "Hee Haw" would be just the thing.
Limbaugh's sorry show is provided in exchange for commercial slots. So anything that replaced it would have to be provided for a similar or lesser cost.
Fortunately radio can be produced for relatively little money.
We want it to be easy for them to flush rush.
The new part must fit into the same socket as the old.
He's displayed his festering backside to the world once too often.
(For me it was too far at making light of sick people.)
The time is right to get rid of him.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:11 PM

13. K&R That’s only fitting

to use "the past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template"

Remember this from kpete-- It's hilarious!
"Glenn Beck Meets Donald Duck (oh my...)"
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Donald Duck Meets Glenn Beck in Right Wing Hate Radio

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:10 PM

15. University of North Carolina distances itself from Rush Limbaugh

Another advertiser distances itself from Rush--in a big way--from The Charlotte Observer:
UNC-Chapel Hill has asked WRDU 106.1, a Triangle station also known as “Rush Radio,” to stop referencing the school or the Tar Heel Sports Network during the broadcast of Rush Limbaugh’s daily talk show on the station.

The new practice, announced in a statement from the university, also prohibits mentioning Limbaugh’s show during the broadcast of UNC football and basketball games on Rush Radio.

WRDU agreed to the changes.

The action was taken in response to comments Limbaugh made on his show recently about a Georgetown University law student named Sandra Fluke, who was advocating for insurance coverage of contraceptives. Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute.” He later apologized, but his show has reportedly lost more than 100 advertisers in the fallout.


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/03/22/3119131/unc-distances-itself-from-rush.html#storylink=cpy

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:32 PM

17. If I don't get my daily hate for woman and Obama.....

I guess I will have to depend on FOX news for my piss soaked comforter
to keep my teabagger body warm from the evil libruls.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 01:30 AM

18. The REAL way to hurt Rush, and the only way, is for the media to totally ignore him

 

and never print another friggin thing about him or air another segment on the MSM tv new or talk shows about him and cable stations to never utter his name again. People like Rush thrive on attention and so do his sponsors. To ignore him and marginalize him, snub him will be like a slow death to Rush. He does not thrive so much on the attention his ditto head listeners give him because he has little respect or admiration for them...he knows they are idiots. But he longs for the attention of the folks he really envies and those who a thinkers.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 05:22 PM

24. Its Stupid

All their doing is bringing more attention to rush...which attracts more advertisers..people just need to forget about the pervert and let the hillbillys in hogwash bottoms kentucky listen to em...

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