1) Rush Scrubs ‘Slut’ Comment, Demand for Fluke Sex Tapes - RushLimbaugh.com appears to have removed parts of his radio transcripts from February 29 and March 1 in which he called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and demanded a sex tape as a thank you to taxpayers for subsidizing her birth control. The links to “Butts Sisters Are Safe From Newt and Rick” and “Left Freaks Out Over My Fluke Remarks” now show blank stretches of white space. On March 3, Limbaugh posted an apology on his website. On March 5, he apologized at length on his show. In between, he was not apologetic at all. It’s the first round of insults and that bit of doubling down that appear to have been scrubbed.
Limbaugh, the perverted, chemically enhanced sex tourist, can never scrub the internet:
2) Dead Air On Rush Limbaugh’s Show - Rush Limbaugh has characterized the almost 50 advertisers that have ditched him as an insignificant number compared to those that remain. “It’s like the couple of french fries left in the bottom of the bag you get at the drive thru.” And yet Media Matters reports today that twice during the Limbaugh show there were periods of dead air, the second of which lasted 2:38. How many french fries was that again?
- As Media Matters reports, of the 86 ads that made it on the air today, 77 of them were free public service announcements donated by the Ad Council. An additional seven ads were from companies that are in the process of pulling their spots from the show, leaving just two ads during the entire three hour broadcast that were purposefully paid to appear during the program.
3) Quote of the Morning - “To Rush Limbaugh: Hey Jackass, stop using our music on your racist, misogynist, right wing clown show. Sincerely, Rage Against The Machine” Tom Morello ——- HA! And so they join Peter Gabriel and Rush. Who’s next?
4) Jon Stewart mocks Breitbart’s Obama footage - In the video from 1990, Obama is seen encouraging students to “open up your hearts and minds to the words of Professor Bell” and then hugging the Harvard law professor. “Oh. He hugged the professor. Is there something else I’m missing?” Stewart wondered. “But who is Sean Hannity?” he asked. “Because as he has shown us in the Facebook era, you are who you like.” Stewart then played clips of Hannity describing Oliver North, who was involved in the Iran-Contra affair, as his “good friend.” He said the same about Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy, convicted murderer Don King, and rockstar Ted Nugent. “How radical is the crowd Hannity runs with?” asked Stewart. “The guy threatening to stick a gun in the president’s mouth is the one who hasn’t seen the inside of a jail cell yet. Sean, digging through twenty and thirty years of old archives to find evidence of how radical Obama will be as president is wasting valuable time you could be spending bedazzling American flag jean jackets.”
- Obama Hugs Black Guy - Scoopers Ben Smith and his Buzzfeed team, see, were “selectively editing” their version of the clip to remove any shocking material that would damage their cherished food-stamp president’s reelection chances. Yes, this is the wingers’ fallback angle. And it makes sense, right? We all know how reporters hate getting major national scandal scoops. That’s the only explanation for why Buzzfeed wouldn’t have paid the video archives some additional hundreds of dollars for the Hug Interlude between speaking parts. Don’t even try us with your “it had no news value because it was just a perfunctory hug” pablum, Soviet Buzzfeed.
- Breitbart’s Bombshell Is A Dud, Ctd - When I saw that video making the rounds yesterday, I didn’t watch it. Do you know why? I’d already SEEN it. It was part of a PBS Frontline documentary that came out in 2008. It’s available for instant streaming on Netflix. Dud, indeed.
- TPM can reveal that not only did President Obama hug a man back in 1990, but he’s still hugging people today. Look.
5) Rick Santorum To Single Mothers: Government Paternity Tests Or No Welfare - During his first U.S. Senate campaign in 1994, Santorum made unwed mothers and welfare reform regular features of his stump speech. Recently, Mother Jones reported that the candidate had once argued that single mothers were “breeding more criminals” and advocated that they should be denied welfare benefits if they refused to identify the child’s father. [...] The Observer-Reporter newspaper in Washington, Pa., captured Santorum’s focus on mothers during a report from that March. The paper noted that “his bill would encourage states to refuse welfare to unmarried parents, require unmarried minor mothers to live with their parents, and the bill would reduce federal payments to states that do not achieve high rates of paternity establishment.” Santorum also had a theory about working mothers long before his book “It Takes A Family” was published in 2005. He claimed higher taxes were forcing women to join the workforce. At a campaign stop in April 1994 in Latrobe, Pa., he said the Clinton administration was “taxing families out of existence.”
6) The Case for Obama - Paul Glastris at the Washington Monthly: ”In short, when judging Obama’s record so far, conservatives measure him against their fears, liberals against their hopes, and the rest of us against our pocketbooks. But if you measure Obama against other presidents—arguably the more relevant yardstick—a couple of things come to light. Speaking again in terms of sheer tonnage, Obama has gotten more done than any president since LBJ. But the effects of some of those achievements have yet to be felt by most Americans, often by design. Here, too, Obama is in good historical company.” He goes on to explain that a number of cornerstone social programs (Social Security, the GI Bill) were pretty weak (and criticized for being so) when first passed, until subsequent legislation turned them into the programs we see today. We’ve heard this argument before, but Glastris’ piece is the best recitation of the argument I’ve seen…