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Rush Limbaugh Scandal Proves Contagious for Talk-Radio Advertisers

It really is about time right-wing talk radio advertisers took these steps…

The Daily Beast

Ninety-eight major advertisers—including Ford and Geico—will no longer air spots on Premiere Networks’ ‘offensive’ programs. Insiders say the loss will rock right-wing talk radio.

Rush Limbaugh made the right-wing talk-radio industry, and he just might break it.

Because now the fallout from the “slut” slurs against Sandra Fluke is extending to the entire political shock-jock genre.

Premiere Networks, which distributes Limbaugh as well as a host of other right-wing talkers, sent an email out to its affiliates early Friday listing 98 large corporations that have requested their ads appear only on “programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity).”

This is big. According to the radio-industry website Radio-Info.com, which first posted excerpts of the Premiere memo, among the 98 companies that have decided to no longer sponsor these programs are “carmakers (Ford, GM, Toyota), insurance companies (Allstate, Geico, Prudential, State Farm), and restaurants (McDonald’s, Subway).” Together, these talk-radio advertising staples represent millions of dollars in revenue.

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Sarah Palin 2012 Decision: Former Governor Not Running For President

Now maybe she’ll stay in Wasilla and leave the rest of America alone…

The Huffington Post

Sarah Palin will not run for president in the next election cycle, according to multiple reports.

“After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for president of the United States,” saidPalin in a statement on her decision.” As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.”

During a radio interview on the “Mark Levin Show” after the news broke, Palin was asked if she’s considering running for president as an independent candidate. In response to the question she said, “I would assume that a third party would just guarantee Obama’s reelection, and that’s the last thing the Republican party can afford. So the consideration for a third party is not there, no.”

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Right-Wing Radio Host Mark Levin Rips ‘Race-Baiting’ Jeb Bush For Urging Outreach To Latinos

I think Mark Levin is simply playing to his base the same way Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity does.  

Think Progress

This past week, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) told the GOP it would be “incredibly stupid” to ignore Latinos as a political force. “This is about the conservative cause. If you look over the horizon over the next 10 or 20 years…without an active involvement of Hispanics, we will not be the governing philosophy,” he said.

During an interview with Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera which aired this weekend, Bush — who opposed the original Arizona law SB-1070 and is in favor of comprehensive immigration reform — said he is alienating conservatives in his efforts to reach out to Latinos:

You could hear crickets around me in my views on immigration on this particular issue. It’s a solitary view, I guess — or close to it.  

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HuffPo Commentary: Why Does Anyone Take Andrew Breitbart Seriously?

Huffington Post - Peter Dreier and Christopher R. Martin

Andrew Breitbart has a job to do and he does it well. Breitbart’s job is to lie and distort the truth in order to advance a right-wing agenda, embarrass liberals, and undermine the Obama administration.

Breitbart is not a journalist, researcher, or pundit. He is a propagandist. He operates several websites (BigGovernment, BigJournalism, and BigHollywood), where he and other right-wing bloggers spew their political pornography. The articles that appear on these websites are contemporary versions of what historian Richard Hofstadter called, in a famous 1964 essay, the “paranoid style” of American politics practiced by extreme conservatives.

Breitbart is part of the “paranoid style” conservative echo chamber that includes Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Mark Levin, and thousands of lesser-known activists who use a combination of talk radio, Fox News, dozens of conservative publications, and the new media (emails, blogs, youtube, facebook) to mobilize support for their right-wing crusade. Breitbart was a featured speaker at the Tea Party conference in Nashville in February and is a frequent guest on Fox News and right-wing TV and radio talk shows. His websites are propaganda vehicles for building a political movement. Unlike Fox News, he doesn’t even pretend to be “fair and balanced.” What much of America learned this week is that Andrew Breitbart is unfair and unbalanced.

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What’s distressing is not that Breitbart does his job, but that the mainstream media and mainstream politicians, including the Obama Administration, take him seriously. The recent dust-up over the firing of federal Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod, fueled by a doctored video on Breitbart’s website, is only the latest example of this.

Since he began his website operation, Breitbart has sought to inject himself and his blogger network into the political debate. Sometimes he succeeds in getting wider attention, outside the right-wing silo, for the manufactured scandals he tries to provoke.

Breitbart’s public visibility has peaked twice, according to an analysis of stories on the Lexis/Nexis database.

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Regardless of what he’s called, the Sherrod story is a good example of Breitbart’s skill at what academics call “agenda-setting” and “framing”. A week ago, hardly anyone had ever heard of Shirley Sherrod. Now, she’s practically a household name. And many people who might not recognize her name at least know something of the story. In the past few days, almost every major news outlet has published or broadcast something about this story. That’s the art of agenda-setting.

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“Summer of rage”: Obama Derangement Syndrome grips conservative media once again

Media Matters

Conservative media ratchet up anti-government speech

On the June 10 edition of his Fox News show, Glenn Beck turned to his blackboard, on which he had outlined his theory that “the politicians [had] joined with the revolutionaries so they could gain power,” and said that now is the “time to break apart” that conspiracy. He then warned his viewers that the “summer of rage is about to begin.” Other conservative media figures, including Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Jay Severin, and Pam Geller, have similarly elevated their anti-government rhetoric to new heights, not only spewing baseless facts and utter falsehoods, but alluding to violent revolution and civil war, all to attack and undermine the Obama administration and progressives.

Media Matters previously documented the violent, doomsday, and anti-intellectual rhetoric that had arisen in the conservative media just a few months after Obama was sworn in as president, in which conservative media figures appealed overtly, just as today, to feelings of anger and paranoia in their audience. At the time, David Horowitz dubbed this particular “hysteria” the “Obama Derangement Syndrome.”

Conservative media: Obama is “trying to create a civil war”

Conservative media figures have been warning of the coming “rivers of blood” and that Obama is pushing America toward civil war.

Geller: Obama “is itching for a civil war. And at the rate he is going, he is going to get one”

Beck still beating war drums: “I think we’re headed for a civil war”

Beck suggests Obama is “trying to destroy the country” and is pushing America toward civil war

Limbaugh on LA’s Arizona boycott: “This is the kind of stuff that starts civil wars folks; this is not coincidental”

Savage: “I almost feel as though Obama’s trying to create a civil war in America for his own reasons”

“You need to riot”: Right-wing uses violent rhetoric

Conservative media: Obama is undermining U.S., wants to cut it “down to size” and destroy it

Conservative media figures have accused Obama of trying to destabilize and destroy the United States, as well as its economy and social systems.

Limbaugh distorts Obama’s remarks to accuse him of wanting to cut U.S. “down to size”

Limbaugh: Obama “thinks the problem with this country has been too much liberty”

Pushing falsehoods about oil spill, Quinn declares: “Barack Obama was sent here to destroy America”

Quinn: “Yes,” Obama is “trying to destroy the country”

Limbaugh: Freedom evaporating “right in front of our eyes,” Obama “loves punishing this country”

Savage sub Kuhner: Obama “is a dictator,” wants to “destroy corporate America and create a green socialist utopia”

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Hannity’s Pal Levin Attacks O’Reilly For Defending Obama

News Hounds

Sean Hannity’s talk show buddy, Mark Levin went on a rant against Hannity’s Fox News colleague, Bill O’Reilly, for being too supportive of President Obama’s BP victims’ fund. Specifically, Levin sided with Rep. Joe Barton with everything except the apology to BP and slammed O’Reilly for “pandering and pretending” to “stand with the little people against” BP. However, I can’t help but suspect that at least some of Levin’s vitriol was due to the fact that O’Reilly has recently challenged two conservative icons, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, with on-air results that were unflattering to each. With his high-pitched, effeminate voice, chickenhawk Levin said about O’Reilly, “I am so sick and tired of the cowardice and the ignorance.” I wonder if Levin will be brave enough to face O’Reilly on the air.

 

Audio via The Right Scoop

 

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