Mar
10
2009

The Saddest Man in the World

"10 Things You Didn't Know About Rush Limbaugh," item #10: 10. Limbaugh shares a secluded 24,000-square-foot beachfront mansion in Palm Beach with his cat, Pumpkin. A life-size oil portrait of Limbaugh hangs on the wall of the main staircase.

Mar
10
2009

On Rush Limbaugh's Leadership Qualities

With all the recent headlines posing Rush Limbaugh as the GOP's de facto leader, Media Matters' Julie Millican and Nathan Tabak provide a timely look back (3/3/09) at the well-documented record of hateful views espoused by the most popular talk radio host in the United States: On August 23, 2006, discussing the CBS reality TV program, Survivor, in which contestants were originally divided into competing "tribes" by ethnicity, Limbaugh stated that the contest was "not going to be fair if there's a lot of water events" and suggested that "blacks can't swim." Limbaugh stated that "our early money" is on […]

Mar
04
2009

Mocking the GOP's Prostration Before 'Wrath of Rush'

Greg Sargent has some observations (Plum Line, 3/4/09) about the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's new website up called "I'm sorry, Rush" that lampoons the many GOPers who have been forced to prostrate themselves before Rush Limbaugh after criticizing him and enduring the Wrath of Rush or his listeners. The site appears to be off to a pretty decent start: Nearly 150,000 people have already visited in its first day, DCCC spokesperson Jennifer Crider tells me. The DCCC will blast out an email to supporters telling them of the visit numbers a bit later this afternoon. Amazingly, the site has gotten […]

Feb
21
2009

Pushing the Hate Envelope With Rush Limbaugh

Huffington Post journalist Sam Stein thinks (2/19/09) that "coming off of a tone-deaf cartoon that compared the author of the stimulus bill with a crazed, shot-dead chimpanzee, it seemed likely that, for the time being, provocative political metaphors would be put on hold"–but that would be discounting the offensive superpowers of hate radio staple Rush Limbaugh, whom Stein quotes (via Media Matters) having "pushed the envelope once more": Within the confines of our Constitution, and the political arena of ideas, they [Democrats] must be stopped. I don't care why they see this country the way they see it. I don't […]

Feb
03
2009

FAIR Challenges CBC's Report on Israel/Palestine Film

FAIR issued a press release today (2/4/09) challenging the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation over false and biased claims made by its ombud after the CBC came under pressure from a campaign launched by groups that advocate for uncritical coverage of the Israeli government. The campaign was launched in response to CBC's October 23, 2008 airing of the 2003 educational documentary Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land (which can be viewed online here). The film cited a FAIR report on U.S. media coverage of the Israel/Palestine conflict, prompting the CBC's French-language radio ombud Julie Miville-Dechene (12/08) to question the independence of FAIR's […]

Jan
29
2009

Chris Matthews: The Thrill Is Gone

Blogger Brad Jacobson gives play-by-play (MediaBloodhound, 1/28/09) for an epic attempt by MSNBC's Chris Matthews to live down his one-time confession to having "felt this thrill going up my leg" during a Barack Obama speech. Matthews' reparation strategy: "How about facilitating a discussion about Obama's proposed stimulus plan with two lawmakers from the same party, the Republican Party?" That's precisely what Matthews did during a segment on his January 27 edition of Hardball, inviting only Senator John Ensign (R-Nevada) and Representative Mike Pence, the House Republican conference chair, to discuss the plan. Not enough? How about a segment exploring whether […]

Jan
28
2009

Limbaugh: The 'Kineesians' Are Coming!

Attacking the White House's proposed economic stimulus plan (1/26/09), Rush Limbaugh explained that the issue pits his favored "supply-siders," who see the holy grail in tax cuts, against what he repeatedly referred to as, at least what sounded like "kineesian economists," who he described as partial to "government spending on shovel-ready projects of all kinds." ("Kineesian"–rhymes with "artesian"–is my phonetic version of what Limbaugh said, but listen for yourself.) As you might have guessed, what Limbaugh meant to say was "Keynesian" (this is confirmed by the corrected transcript at his site), a well-worn adjective derived from the name of John […]

Jan
26
2009

Fox Loves Obama-Era Dissent

Raw Story highlights a Daily Show clip (1/22/09) in which Jon Stewart plays an astounding array of "soft-on-terror" clips from Fox coverage of Barack Obama's first day as U.S. president. Stewart then reminds us how "criticism and dissent of the president's policies, especially Iraq, used to be viewed" by playing a March 30, 2007, "Talking Points" segment in which Bill O'Reilly says "this hate stuff, this rooting for the administration to fail in Iraq and other areas is un-American, unbecoming and unacceptable. Like him or not, Mr. Bush is the elected leader of this country." Raw Story's David Edwards and […]

Jan
23
2009

Limbaugh and Coulter Hate on Everyone

Your daily dose of radio bigotry is brought to you by the super-hater team of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. Rush recently hosted Coulter on his radio show (RushLimbaugh.com, 1/16/09), where they got down to some of the racist banter they're so famous for: Rush: Arianna [Huffington], you need a translator. Coulter: And George Soros! Rush: Yeah, him, too. I've never heard the Daily Kos guy speak. Coulter: Yeah, he was brought up in someplace in Latin America. You can't understand them. They speak in foreign accents. They represent the Democratic Party. Maybe this is just an example of their […]