“I don’t think that a statement like this…changes anything.” — Sandra Fluke on Limbaugh’s fauxpology
Mitt Romney’s Corporate Ties To Limbaugh
“I’ll just say this, which is, it’s not the language I would have used.” — Mitt Romney
What has gone largely unnoticed, however, is Romney’s corporate connection to Limbaugh. While Limbaugh owns the company that produces his show, it’s syndicated and broadcasted by Premiere Radio Networks, which also handles Limbaugh’s advertising. Premiere is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clear Channel, the radio and outdoor advertising behemoth. Clear Channel, meanwhile, is owned by a partnership of two private equity firms, Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners — the same Bain Capital that Mitt Romney once ran.
Romney left Bain in 1999, long before it purchased Clear Channel in 2006, but he still makes a large portion of his income from Bain, via a lucrative retirement deal and with millions invested in Bain funds. And Bain and its employees have given at least $151,500 to Romney’s presidential campaign, and $2 million to the super PAC backing the candidate.
Second radio station drops Limbaugh - Earlier today, a Hawaii radio station announced they would no longer air Rush Limbaugh’s radio show because he “crossed a line of decency.” Now, a second radio station — in Pittsfield, Massachusetts — has said it is no longer going to put up with Limbaugh’s antics. “The nature of Rush’s programming has always presented challenges for us and he’s always pushed the envelope. But this time he’s taken it too far,” said WBEC’s General Manager Peter Barry. Armed Forces Radio is also under pressure by VoteVets to pull Limbaugh out of its programming.
“Well, he’s taking – you know, he’s being absurd. But that’s, you know, an entertainer can be absurd. And – and he’s taking the absurd, you know, the asurd – absurd, you know, sort of, you know, point of view here as to how – how far do you go?” — Rick Santorum
Cardinal Dolan Slams Limbaugh – “Whatever we do, and however strongly we feel, we do it charitably, we do it civilly. We don’t judge the motives of other people. We just try, in a confident, peaceful, inviting way, to make our position felt, to invite other people to respect it. We don’t want to do it in a pugnacious way.” – Cardinal Timothy Dolan, responding to Limbaugh’s “slut” comment. NOTE: This entire firestorm about the Obama “mandate” for birth control coverage was spawned by Dolan’s fevered opposition in his role as the head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Libertarian law professor Eugene Volokh noted on his blog:
The logic makes no sense. There’s nothing substantive in common between being paid to have sex, and having contraceptives be provided by a health plan. (Would you call a man a gigolo because he uses a condom that he got for free from some university giveaway?) The allegation that somehow Ms. Fluke is “having so much sex” strikes me as misunderstanding the way birth control pills work: You have to take them all the time even if you’re having sex only rarely, and even if you’re having sex with only one person (I mention this because the implication seems to me that Ms. Fluke is being promiscuous).
Peter Gabriel has issued a statement about Rush Limbaugh’s use of his music to promote hate speech: “Peter was appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh’s extraordinary attack on Sandra Fluke. It is obvious from anyone that knows Peter’s work that he would never approve such a use. He has asked his representatives to make sure his music is withdrawn and especially from these unfair aggressive and ignorant comments.” — via: LGF
“The Republican Party has four people running for president, none of whom are Rush Limbaugh.” — Newt Gingrich
10th And 11th Advertisers Drop Limbaugh – Bonobos, a men’s outfitter, announced on Twitter that it was dropping any of its advertisements that are appearing on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show… Sears announced that they, too, are dropping Limbaugh: Sears and Kmart did not intentionally advertise on the Rush Limbaugh show. Sears Holdings has taken actions to ensure our ads do not run on this show. We appreciate our customers, fans and followers and thank you for your business.
Allstate Insurance becomes 12th company to drop Limbaugh – In a Facebook post, Allstate Insurance, whose ads have been appearing on the Limbaugh radio show, said those advertisements have appeared in error and will not be seen again. “As radio listeners notified us that they were hearing Allstate ads during the show this afternoon, we contacted the vendor that arranges for our advertising placements and discovered that an error had been made and advertising time had mistakenly been purchased for the show,” the company explained. “We have asked our media buying firm to correct the error by discontinuing any advertising on the Rush Limbaugh Show moving forward in keeping with our original advertising plans and strategies.”
“I don’t think he’s very apologetic. He’s doing it because some people were taking their advertisements off his program. It was his bottom line that he was concerned about.” — Ron Paul
Sandra Fluke Clarifies Misperceptions About Obama’s Contraception Rule
In her appearance on ABC’s The View today, Sandra Fluke continued to push back against false information about President Obama’s mandate that employer-provided insuranace plans cover contraception. Contraception like birth control pills should be treated exactly like any other drugs, Fluke told the shows’ hosts:
FLUKE: I want to correct the misperception, which Mr. Limbaugh and a lot of other commentators have been putting out there to confuse the public, the idea that this is about taxpayers or the government paying for contraception. It is absolutely not. This regulation covers private insurance and it wants to have this type of medical drug treated in a way that’s similar to how other medical drugs are treated. And it is health care.
Nathan Pippenger breaks down Rush’s 15 million devotees:
80 percent of Limbaugh’s listeners identified themselves as “conservative,” compared to 35 percent of the total U.S. population. About three-quarters of his listeners are NRA supporters, compared to 40 percent of all Americans. The same proportion identify themselves as Tea Partiers and Christian Conservatives. Why do they listen to Limbaugh? In one survey, 37 percent said they tune in for opinion, but another 28 percent say they enjoy the blend of news, opinion, and entertainment. Among Republicans, 13 percent say they tune in to Limbaugh “regularly.” There’s one more interesting number to keep in mind, and after the events of [last] week, it will hardly come as a surprise: According to a 2009 survey, only 28 percent of Limbaugh’s audience is female—a smaller proportion than any other news source included in the questionnaire.
MMFA: Monday, March 5, 2012
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