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Liberal talk radio hosts, including the new liberal talk network, Air America Radio, trended ahead of Rush Limbaugh in key Florida demographics.

Advance trend numbers for spring radio ratings in the Miami market, leaked to the website RAW STORY, reveal that liberal talk posted giant gains against the, once-powerhouse, now oxycontin-addicted hypocrite Rush Limbaugh. The Ed Schultz show passed Limbaugh among the 25-54 age range in the nation’s twelfth largest radio market. Schultz scored a 3.4 rating to Limbaugh’s 3.2, climbing 1.1 ratings points from the winter figures.

“In his own backyard, how can Limbaugh lose to a liberal talker? What am I doing with a 3.4 and he’s sitting with a 3.2?” Schultz asked RAW STORY in a telephone interview this morning. “We’ve coming a long way from being the poor little guy from North Dakota.” Al Franken, whose Air America program runs head-on with Rush in the noon to 3 p.m. slot, also made strides, posting 2.1 ratings among 25-64, up from 1.5 in the winter. The two programs posted gains in every single age category.

These trends show what has been obvious to many Americans. Regressives like the GOP and their right-wing allies are becoming personally offensive to many Americans and a relic of the past. Most of these right wing talkers are such hypocrites there is little value in listening to their opinion. People like Rush Limbaugh, who once posited that talented African American NFL player Donovan McNabb was only a starting quarterback because of his color, pretends to reach out to people of color on behalf of the GOP with the likes of radical, anti-civil rights quack Jesse Lee Peterson. Moreover, Rush Limbaugh, who does not believe in a right to privacy, underwent a huge flip-flop suing all the way to the Supreme Court to protect his right to privacy in a costly and failed frivolous litigation to apparently try and conceal evidence of his doctor-shopping from prosecutors.

Bill O’Reilly claims to espouse moral values while sexually harrasing his underlings when the camera is turned off or making indecent propositions to porn star Jenna Jameson when he thinks noone will find out. The moral values talkers like Pat Robertson and James Dobson spit on the bible while lining up to back thugs under criminal investigation, like Tom Delay, Karl Rove, Ralph Reed, and Randy “Duke” Cunningham, simply because it will help advance the GOP agenda ahead of any biblical commands that “though shall not steal” or “though shall not bear false witness.” Thus, the right-wing has shown that the GOP agenda is much more important to them than biblical commandments, the US Constitution, or the well-being of the American people.

Faux-patriots like Sean Hannity, a spoiled, east coast, rich-kid, who never served in the military and never found a caviar he didn’t like, prances around like a warrior from the heartland, and has the nerve to attack the credentials of silver starred war hero John Kerry or General Wesley Clark. This is the very same general who managed to stop an ethnic cleansing in Bosnia without the help of Republicans, who at a time of war (when our troops were at risk) went to the House and Senate floors screaming “no blood for Monica.” These chickenhawk Republicans, and their allies like Sean Hannity, demoralized our troops and their mission, and did harm to America’s purpose in advancing human rights, simply because they hated Bill Clinton and thought they could get political gain from it.

Other right wing talkers like Matt “I go to gay bars, but I’m not gay” Drudge have advanced the GOP’s homophobic agenda only to be outed as closeted homosexuals or tied to homosexuality.


This trend is becoming increasingly common after Mayor Jim West of Spokane was caught in a gay Internet chat room looking for minor boys and White House correspondent Jeff Gannon was found spread-eagled on gay escort website hotmilitarystuds.com. With accusations swirling around RNC head Ken Mehlman (who refuses to deny he is gay), and the sexually ambiguous White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove, more hypocrisy is sure to follow. Advice from such hypocrites on talk radio stretches the bounds of reality.

Even further, other GOP talkers have promoted a fictional “strong on terror” label for their party, while refusing to acknowledge that for years during the Clinton administration, as Al Qaeda was planning to attack us, all they could do is investigate Bill Clinton’s sex life. When Bill Clinton sent a cruise missile to try to kill Osama Bin Laden, the GOP shouted treason from every corner of the room. Had they been as focused on stopping Al Qaeda as Bill Clinton was, and not finding out whether Clinton had sex, we might not have been attacked on 9/11. Not to mention, the right-wing does not care about lead chickenhawk Dick Cheney’s attempts to evade sanctions against Iran in its dealings with Halliburton, nor Karl Rove’s undermining of national security by allegedly outing an undercover CIA agent over a petty catfight when her husband discredited one of the Bush administration’s rationales for invading Iraq.

Thus, right wing talk, the talk of hypocrisy, is in for a long slow decline while left wing talk that is more in line with American values will continue to gain popularity. On Air America one can hear real news, not the typical right wing substitute for news in which the host savages and libels his fellow American citizens as being traitors. On Air America, a more objective truth is aired that shows the Democratic party’s strong plan for the future unfiltered by the GOP’s hatred for a plurality of Americans.

Here, discussions are held on how the Democrats want to help us wean off foreign oil with electric, solar, wind, and other new energy sources, while on right wing radio all they can do is kiss up to Bush (the human incarnation of Mad magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman) for holding hands on his ranch with a Saudi dictator and hope he will decide to pump more oil if Bush wears enough makeup.

On Air America, we hear of the Democrats’ plan to stop the reckless spending and come back to fiscal responsibility so the Social Security trust fund will remain intact. On the right, all we hear about is new catch phrases to hide the fact that the GOP wants to cut benefits for all Americans, while maintaining huge tax breaks for the top 1%, and having deficits indefinitely, while refusing to acknowledge that these are the root causes of the Social Security problem in the first place.

On Air America, we hear how health care access and prescription drugs can be more easily available and cheaper for all of America. On the right, all we hear is how we are going to stop the re-importation of perscription drugs and abolish personal bankruptcy, while refusing to acknowledge that 75% of all personal bankruptcies are because of a catastrophic sickness to an American with no health care. Yet the right wing talk shows have no problem with or no comment about letting companies like Enron file bankruptcy, get off scott-free, and abandon their workers’ pensions to boot–the very pensions those workers need to retire and not be in jeopardy of bankruptcy. Such rank hypocrisy must stretch the bounds of logic for even the most hard-core Republicans.

On Air America, one can hear from the soldiers in the field and their families about how they feel about the war. On the right, all we see is a sick, giddy excitement every time there is a terror attack, since it will purportedly help Bush’s approval rating. With a crew of talkers and their followers who express joy and happiness every time there is a terrorist tragedy, it is no wonder Americans are starting to tune them out in droves.

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  • http://xraystyle.blogspot.com Bryan McKay

    ” […] heroin addicted hypocrite Rush Limbaugh.”

    Oxycontin, actually.

    Either way, seeing the recent shitstorm stirred up over recent allegations of drug abuse levelled a celebrity here on this site, I’d be more careful or writing things like that. Especially in News posts that get picked up by Google News.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    So, has Air America got more than 6 stations yet? What’s Limbaugh on, 450?

    Hell, people in Miami could be picking Limbaugh up from any of several stations that reach that area and carry him. Did Schultz beat the combined rating for Limbaugh of all the area stations, or just one. Even without seeing the data I can answer that one pretty easily…

    Dave

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    around 70 stations plus XM satellite radio.

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    S/He also “outs” Matt Drudge without so much as a link to support it. His/her single link is to an avowedly left-leaning source.

    Hardly substantial, and far more “Opinion” than “News.”

  • http://xraystyle.blogspot.com Bryan McKay

    So, has Air America got more than 6 stations yet? What’s Limbaugh on, 450?

    Now, Dave, let’s play nice. Air America is currently running 64 stations. Not to mention that you can listen to them online.

  • Eric Olsen

    b-shooz, a few things: I appreciate the energy level, but this is clearly an Opinion piece. Also, such a slew of accusations have to be somehow substantiated. You can’t just say “Karl Rove and Matt Drudge are gay because I say so.” You can give our opinion on jus about anything, but you can’t state as fact that which cannot be substantiated.

    Finally, I am quite certain that the left wing is no more in tune with America than the right wing: the wings are out of touch, it’s the body in the center that holds them together

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Who cares of Karl Rove or Matt Drudge or Ken Mehlman are gay? I fully believe that they are and like all but a tiny minority of extremists, I don’t really care. I know more gay Republicans than gay Democrats. The top levels of the GOP are just chock full of gay people. So what?

    Dave

  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    Whose body?

  • Eric Olsen

    don’t spoil my neat imagery

  • Eric Olsen

    and what Dave said

  • JR

    I’d hate to be on a plane when the wings lose touch with it.

  • billy

    most democrats dont care that these high level republicans are gay. what they care about is the hypocrisy of a gay man working against the gay person’s interest. similarly i wouldnt hate a handicapped republican simply because he or she was handicapped, but if i found one working to repeal the american’s with disabilities act, he or she would be fair game.

  • Eric Olsen

    okay, that makes sense, but that brings us back to who says they’re gay?

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “Who cares of Karl Rove or Matt Drudge or Ken Mehlman are gay?”

    Jeff Gannon

  • billy

    try searching “drudge gay” on google. there are like 50 sources outing him. Karl Rove and Ken Mehlman are just alleged to be gay. Middle aged republicans, with no wife or kids, seen in gay bars, refusing to say they are not gay. just a hunch. They are probably gay.

  • Eric Olsen

    balletshooz has made some clarifications and modifications and the post was changed from News to Opinion, so we are swell now.

    In general, the more specific the allegation, the more specific the substantiation should be

  • http://adamash.blogspot.com Adam Ash

    As someone who’s left-of-center, I find this leftist rant embarrassing. Full of wild accusations that hurt the writer’s cause more than helping it. Sounds just about as as silly as Rush Limbaugh himself. Next thing he’ll claim Karl Rove was behind 9/11 or something. Yo, dude, whose side are you on? Are you an under-cover Rush Limbaugh-in-disguise trying to make my side look stoopid?

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    If a blogger (or 50) says it, it must be true? Why is this so for outed Republicans, but not for, say, Hilary?

    Are you seriously contending that because I get over 21 THOUSAND Google hits on “lesbian +”hilary clinton”, the Senator from New York must be gay? Please do some deeper research than that, billy!

    FYI, the link in this post that “supports” outing Drudge is to a blog-site, Brad Blog, where our poster also found the Photo-shopped image that appears (uncredited) in his/her post.

  • billy

    Hillary is married with a kid. Get it. Shes not gay. You must have been involved in bush’s abstinence education to be this confused.

  • http://www.shortstrangetrip.org Joe

    Or could be from New Jersey where the former governor married with children is also not gay.

  • billy

    the point is lost on you. it is ok to be a gay democrat because democrats support gays.

    it would be like being a jewish nazi. being jewish is ok, but once you join the nazis you are fair game for ridicule.

    whether or not a dem is gay simply has no impact or relevance because they are not anti gay.

  • http://www.shortstrangetrip.org Joe

    The point is not lost, your explanation is weak.

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    MY point is that it doesn’t matter how many folks make a claim – nor does it matter what party they belong to. “So-and-so said so” does not constitute proof, or even valid evidence.

    When you couple such a claim with an obviously-adulterated image (I’ve seen this photo with like 10 different heads pasted onto it now), your argument flies out the window.

    By the way, Brad Blog starts their hit-piece on Drudge with the words, “Sure, it’s just a rumor.” Look for balletshooz to edit his/her piece YET AGAIN, to CYA from that.

  • lefty

    dr pat.
    what are you some kind of english teacher on crack? Matt Drudge has admitted publicly that he is a homo or at least admitted he has ties to homosexuality. His love letters to ex boyfriends have become public knowledge and he has never denied their authenticity. his public comments confirm he is gay. why are you spreading lies for the right wing?

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    Link, lefty? All it takes to silence me on this is a link to Drudge’s own words.

    Since supposedly he has admitted something, that shouldn’t be hard. I’m not holding my breath, though…

  • KC

    I’ve not liked Rush for being a hypocritical hatemonger. That said I think the reason the argument for some of “outings” and flashbacks against the right for a say-one-thing-act-another style falls apart because you can’t combat hatred with more hostility. If you want to combat the trends of factless over-biased reporting, you can’t do it by spewing more rhetoric.

  • Nancy

    Ick! I couldn’t see anyone of ANY gender wanting to get together with Karl Rove or Limbaugh. They both look like they’re made of crisco, & if you poked ‘em, the indentation would stay. EEEEEEYYYYYEEEEW! Altho they DO have complementary personalities. Maybe it WOULD work: it would be a match made in hell, what?

  • billy

    I am a little astounded by posts 17 and 26. Maybe this is the reason democrats keep losing. The republicans have a loon like rush limbaugh spouting anti american hatred and it seems to have worked wildly. When someone on the left answers in kind, other lefties denounce them, you saw it with dean, durbin, etc. Noone can argue with the fact that the Rush’s of the world helped the right. Why are people on the left so afraid to answer and fight fire with fire? Maybe this is the cause of the impression that democrats are timid.

  • http://www.shortstrangetrip.org Joe

    Something to do with the concept of if you have to become your enemy to defeat your enemy you still lose, maybe?

  • lefty

    the issue i have is that it is not the left becoming “like” the right. Instead this is like the left going into a gunfight with the right while wearing boxing gloves. I dont care if you are mike tyson. you need to fight fire with fire.

  • Pilgrim

    you fight fire with water, or by removing either heat, fuel or oxygen

    adding fire to fire just makes a bigger fire until there is nothign left

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    “I’ve seen this photo with like 10 different heads pasted onto it now.” — so saith DrPat.

    Wow! So that photo must be the beast with 10 heads from the Book of Revelation! Truly we are living in the end times.

    Or something.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>most democrats dont care that these high level republicans are gay. what they care about is the hypocrisy of a gay man working against the gay person’s interest.<<

    That’s just it, these highly placed gay Republicans don’t believe they’re working against the interests of gays. They believe – and you can confirm this on the log cabin republican website – that the best way to be gay is to not seek special recognition, but just to go about your life as if it’s normal to be gay and assume that people accept you that way. They also believe that policies which benefit them as PEOPLE are more important than policies which are specifically tailored to their gayness. That’s why they are gay Republicans.

    Dave

  • http://www.kolehardfacts.blogspot.com Mike Kole

    Never heard of the Log Cabin Republicans? Of course, I’ve always maintained that they should be involved with the Libertarian Party.

    I’m not at all in agreement that the GOP is becoming “a relic of the past” as is stated in this piece. The GOP, like it or not, is about at its peak of dominance right now. I think you can fairly predict that this dominance will recede, that the trend is in a beginning to swing back, as it always has historically when a party takes a temporary ruling position. That’s what these radio numbers really hint at in my estimation- the beginning of the ebb after high tide.

    The tagline caught my attention. It directed the reader to “More left-leaning and libertarian political commentary can be found at the Rights and Freedoms Coalition website.” Of note: “left” together with “libertarian”. This is accurate for many Federal issues, and especially on the ones that site covers.

  • Nick Jones

    But Dave, you’re talking about the Log Cabin Republicans, who are open about their sexuality. What about those still closeted, yet working against the best interests of those who share their gender preference?

    DrPat, the first time I read of Drudge’s secret life was when David Brock mentioned it in an interview he gave to Penthouse magazine; he further expounded on it in his memoir, Blinded by the Right.

  • KC

    “adding fire to fire just makes a bigger fire “—Pilgram

    EXACTLY!

    “They believe – and you can confirm this on the log cabin republican website – that the best way to be gay is to not seek special recognition, but just to go about your life as if it’s normal to be gay and assume that people accept you that way.”—Dave

    I’m sorry, but I don’t see that in their actions. Aligning with the far-right is a group of Christians (and I’d like to point out this A GROUP and not all Christians) who’d very much like to see anyone “outed” as gay removed from certain jobs. An action that falls into the category of discrimation.

    It would seem to me (and this is only my opinion) that within this group of gay Republicans they feel a measure of safety from that discrimation for whatever reason. (The higher your social status the less likely you’ll find yourself discrimated against so they might not even be aware of the problems others have without that benefit)

    Does outing these folks make any sense? No, I think not. All you’re doing is increasing the fear and phobias already drowning us.

    Is it turning against any group to say let’s stop this nonsense? I don’t think so, we need to knock this off. Stop screaming, stop looking for the easy argument, and look at the facts with some logic instead of dogma. As important as it is to speak out about issues it’s natural to use objective language, but going for the personal hurt, digging at a specific person’s life or family is exactly the problem I have with current Administration.

    Why would I tolerate it coming from anyone else who wants my support?

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    >>But Dave, you’re talking about the Log Cabin Republicans, who are open about their sexuality. What about those still closeted, yet working against the best interests of those who share their gender preference?<<

    My main point is that I don’t believe that they think they’re working against the best interests of the gay population. These are people who may be gay, but place sexuality and sexual preference far behind other issues in importance. They aren’t interested in marrying a gay man, they’re interested in power and wealth and success and other issues which have little or nothing to do with sex, or which give them the status to remain closeted and protected and enjoy the best of both worlds. Think of them as a bunch of modern day J. Edgar Hoovers – so powerful he could be as weird as he liked.

    Dave

  • Pilgrim

    mentioning hoover is a fine example. another that denied who and what he was, and instead sought worldly gain and ruined others lives from petty spite and vindictiveness. ho wmany other gays did hoover destroy, drive to suicide or ruin?

    a fine and fitting analogy.

  • nic

    MIAMI, July 6 /PRNewswire/ — Roy Black, Rush Limbaugh’s attorney, issued the following statement regarding the release today of some of Rush Limbaugh’s medical records to investigators and the return of most of the records to Mr. Limbaugh.

    ADVERTISING

    I am confident that the State Attorney will find nothing in these records to support a charge of doctor shopping, because there was no doctor shopping. The records show that Mr. Limbaugh received legitimate medical treatment for legitimate medical reasons.

    We are grateful to Judge Barkdull for providing the review of the records for relevancy that we requested. Most of the records were returned to me today, and were not given to the prosecutors. This proves our point that the State’s wholesale seizure of Mr. Limbaugh’s medical records was improper.

    The prescription records that are in the search warrant affidavits should be put in perspective. Of the 2,130 pills prescribed, only 1,863 were painkillers, and of those only 1,733 were for hydrocodone. These were to be taken over a period of 217 days, from the date of the first prescription until 30 days from the date of the last prescription. The dose averages out to eight pills a day, which is not excessive and is in fact a lawful dose.

    Ninety-two percent of the pain medication was prescribed by two doctors who were treating Mr. Limbaugh for back pain. They work in the same office from the same medical file, and there could be no doctor shopping between them. One of these doctors also prescribed 117 pills of a drug used to treat high blood pressure or to help wean patients off of painkillers.

    The other two doctors are the California surgeon who implanted the cochlear implant to restore Mr. Limbaugh’s hearing and a Florida doctor he was seeing for follow up on the surgery. Of the 180 pills prescribed by the surgeon, 100 were vitamin pills. Of the 110 pills prescribed by the fourth doctor, 50 were non-painkillers prescribed for tinnitus, ringing in the ears.

    The bottom line is that these prescription records might tell a story, but it is not a story of doctor shopping. We continue to believe that Mr. Limbaugh is being pursued by overzealous prosecutors and that he should not be charged with any crime.

    We also continue to believe that the search warrants were issued based on faulty and misleading statements from investigators and that the search was improper under both state and federal law. If necessary, we will renew our motion to suppress all of the records at a later date.

    Source: Roy Black

  • confused

    That’s from the defendant’s attorney. Let’s wait until the whole set of facts in the case are made clear. There is the whole bit about the woman on his household staff filling scripts for him, and getting some pill sfrom the black market.

    All of this is allegations at this point. Wait until the actual trial.

  • Jimbo the Right Wing Hack

    My goodness I just read your “Official Comments Policy”. I am sooooooo confused. It clearly details the following” I will not remove a comment for being off-topic, or stupid, or inane, or insufficiently grave for the post: our focus is personal insults and unfounded accusations.” Another case of the left wing saying one thing and doing the opposite????? You guys lost The House of Reps in ’94, the Senate in ’98, The whole enchilada in’00 and ’04 (big time) and you will lose again in ’06 AND ’08. After the off year election in 1934 Dems controlled 67 seats in the Senate out of 96. You now have 45 out of 100. There is a reason for that (Teddy Kennedy – the master of innanity, insults and unfounded alllegations maybe??) and I thank Allah every day you guys haven’t figured it out…… America, is this a great country or what? Sorry I didn’t follow the string and insult anyone or toss out any unfounded accusations. Too early in the morning, maybe later….right now I am going to fire up an Arturo Fuente for breakfast and feed the cats. Ciao, baby!

  • Nancy

    Well, now, why should Rush Limbaugh be extended the courtesy of ‘wait[ing] until the whole set of facts…are made clear’? He himself never extended this courtesy to anyone else, never made allowances, never gave consideration for possible special circumstances, and above all, never hesitated to judge & condemn without evidence or compassion of any kind – yet now we’re supposed to cut him a break? Noooo…I think not. I think Limbaugh can be judged as he judged others, lol! And it couldn’t happen to a more appropriate asshole.

    Get the noose ….

  • ClubhouseCancer

    Google “limbaugh drugs” and let Rush tell it:

    “Too many whites are getting away with drug use…Too many whites are getting away with drug sales…The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too.”
    “Just another dead doper. And a dirt bag.” — On the occasion of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia’s death.
    “Kurt Cobain died of a drug-induced suicide, I just — he was a worthless shred of human debris.”

    Drug addiction can happen to anyone. Acknowledging that and stepping back from the statements above would be brave and honest, two qualities never associated with this entertainer.

  • Dr. Tristan, M.D.

    If George Bush is gay~~~
    then what’s the big deal if Rove, McClellan, Cheney, and Rumsfield were gay too…??

    Why is everyone intent on making an “issue’ about “gayness” ……

    I thought we were “supposed” to be happy …?????

  • Nancy

    Nah – they’re not gay; they don’t dress well enough.

  • PseudoErsatz

    “Air America Radio overtaking Rush Limbaugh in Florida”

    Must be the use of the ‘new math’–“more is less and less is more”. If you agreey, Thakn a teechur!

  • Jimbo the Right Wing Hack

    Ooooo Nancy…. I have one word for you….’Decaf’, babe ‘Decaf’ you’re wired waaaaay up too tight. The 90s called and they want their Ad hominems back. Sphincters are very necessary….it’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it and besides, they never get the credit they deserve and no one even pays any attention to them except when they quit working.
    Ciao Baby (:o)

  • http://gratefuldread.net Natalie Davis

    Statement: Why are people on the left so afraid to answer and fight fire with fire? Maybe this is the cause of the impression that democrats are timid.

    Reply: Something to do with the concept of if you have to become your enemy to defeat your enemy you still lose, maybe?

    Absolutely, Mr. Joe. If you “win” a battle but lose your soul in the process, you are a loser overall, and in the end, that is what counts. That is a concept the Democratic Party needs to learn and understand. I hold little hope that the Dems will take that advice.

    I am one who believes that closeted gays in power who hurt other gays are fair game. But to say someone is gay — or het or anything — without concrete proof is immoral and irresponsible. That doctored photo is just awful! And personally, I don’t want to even think about Matt Drudge’s sex life.

    Oh, and being married with kids does not mean one is necessarily heterosexual. I know that from personal experience. What I don’t know is Hillary Clinton’s orientation — and neither do I care, one way or the other.

  • http://lonewacko.com The Lonewacko Blog

    While it’s true that AAR or parts thereof are on 64 or so stations, many of those AAR stations are operated out of someone’s apartment. For instance, their “Chicago station” is actually 1000 Watts and located in a city 50 miles to the northwest. All they need to do now is get the government to mandate that all radios have giant antennae and they’ll be set.

    Much more at BoreAmerica.com

  • billy

    its true aar is staticy in some places, but i think the point of the article is to say that aar is new and on the upswing, as evidenced by their performance in florida, while rt wing talk is old, boring, and on the way out.

  • http://www.morethings.com/senate Al Barger

    This column constitutes mere shotgun angry pinko ranting, not any kind of actual thinking.

    For starters, you’re engaging in wishful thinking at best to say that Air America is eating or ever will eat Rush Limbaugh’s lunch. Ain’t happening, ain’t gonna happen. You get one very marginal favorable number from one selected demographic on one radio station, and trumpet it as the end of right wing radio. Hey, some days I’d like to slap Limbaugh my damned self, but he’s the king of the hill, and recent events have not changed that.

    The rest of this is just shotgunned hatin’ scattered out and lumping together disparate people. For starters, categorizing Drudge as some kind of right wing pundit in league with these other guys is simply inaccurate. And why do you wish to smear him over his supposed sexual preferences, Mr Tolerant Liberal?

    Drudge is certainly not in cahoots with Bill O’Reilly, who is not really any kind of conservative to begin with. I particularly dislike O’Reilly personally, but you’re not really making any legitimate criticism of him here. Especially, why in the world would it be considered inappropriate to make sexual advances on Jenna Jameson? If there’s anybody in the world that’s fair game, she’d be right at the top of the list, wouldn’t she?

  • Maynard

    So to Al, your occupation can make you fair game for harrassment in a professional ciorcumstance, even those that publicly profess upright moral character

    And it looks like , according to Al it seems that having half the made up crap that spews from AM hate radio tossed back half as hard, and with some facts at least, makes him uncomfortable.

    Talk about good for the goose and good for the gander. But some people don’t like fair play, especially when they are on the receiving end.

  • MCH

    “…I think Limbaugh can be judged as he judged others, lol! And it couldn’t happen to a more appropriate asshole.”
    – Nancy

    Dittos, Nancy! And isn’t it ironic, that Lardbaugh – who has made a fortune mocking liberal lawyers who manage to free dug addicts through loopholes in the law – is now himself relying on no less a liberal than Roy Black (savior of William Kennedy Smith) to save his, um, (ample) bacon.

    Where would you and I be right now if we had illegally purchased the volume of Black Market prescription drugs that Lardbaugh did…?

  • http://www.morethings.com/senate Al Barger

    Now Maynard, you’re just in partisan tribal attack mode. In what way am I on the receiving end in this here article? None of these people particularly speak on behalf of my viewpoint. I’m not speaking here in defense of anyone who represents my people, but merely as a literary critic. Hey, I’d like to slap the taste out of Bill O’Reilly’s mouth myself.

    Nonetheless, I find it hard to believe that a liberal critic is being honest in being offended at someone making sexual advances to Jenna Jameson- if that story is even true. And yes, it is my opinion that being a professional prostitute makes you fair game for sexual advances. Duh.

    I note that you are apparently admitting that this author and/or liberals in general are spewing a bunch of “made up crap.” You’re simply justifying it by claiming that supposedly They do it too. Dishonesty does not constitute “fair play.”

  • Maynard

    Al, nice try at taking what i say and twisting it. Read the whole thing again. I am just starting to learn about a lot of this political shit because somebody I trust told me it was important. He was right about calculus, I am guessing he is right about this too.

    I could care less about the far side of either tribe, as you put it. My tribe has yet to be represented, we are just finding out who we are. But I’ll say this, we ain’t Rush Limbaugh or Fox news fans, we ain’t Air america type either.

    Go watch Jon Stewart, sometimes even Bill Maher.

  • fatty limpballs

    i will have to take a wait and see attitude. aar is quite entertaining and i cannot stand the shrill hatred coming from the right wing talk shows. but i am clearly biased. i also sometimes have to tune out aar because hearing the truth about the bush administration is to frustrating. sometimes ignorance is bliss.

  • http://ideaplace.blogspot.com Randy Kirk

    The right wing radio champs got where they are because of their personalities, and because they know how to work the radio crowd. If they had been left wing or middle of the road, they would still have been successful.

    Sure, some of you don’t like their personality, or maybe their politics get in the way of liking their personlity, like Maher for me. But they are oustanding radio personalities and that makes ratings.

    I did radio for three years. I didn’t have the money to put into production like they do, and I certainly wasn’t as funny or clever. Try radio. See what it takes to do it well. Then jump these guys.

    Moreover, the liberal guys will probably figure out how to do it, too. If they give it enough time and care enough. It is extremely hard work.

  • Dan

    Lie:

    ” People like Rush Limbaugh, who once posited that talented African American NFL player Donovan McNabb was only a starting quarterback because of his color,”

    Basically he said McNabb gets a pass when he screws up… because he’s black. This is, like 98.5% of everything Rush says, true. Depending on the level of racial sensitivity of whatever Sports journalist is covering the story. Rush was just keepin’ it real.

    The irony is liberals freaked on this story for the same reason that Rush exposed. For some reason they want to see that A black quarterback is successful, and they have a hernia if someone notices that McNabb is, from time to time, off his game. In this instance, it wasn’t even a criticism of McNabb. Just an honest look at racial over-sensitivity by sports journalists.

    There’s way too many distortions in this post and the comments to straighten out. Not that I would really want to. Like Air America, the over-the-top kookiness is entertaining. But it’s a little dangerous that so many of you get to vote.

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    Cool, Dave Nalle! Your ad from Google just headed up this page for me!

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    LOL, Dr. Pat. That’s amusing. Wonder which ad it was.

    Dave

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “People like Rush Limbaugh, who once posited that talented African American NFL player Donovan McNabb was only a starting quarterback because of his color”

    That, my friend, is a lie. And you either know it is, which makes you a liar, or you don’t know it is, which makes you an ignorant fool.

    Your choice.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “making indecent propositions to porn star Jenna Jameson when he thinks no one will find out.”

    Cite?

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “the Democratic party’s strong plan for the future”

    [laughing uncontrollably]

    And what is this “strong plan” exactly? Raise taxes and flee from Iraq?

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Well, RJ, that IS a strong plan. So long as your concept of the future is an America that looks like the collapsing socialist regimes in Europe.

    Dave

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “why in the world would it be considered inappropriate to make sexual advances on Jenna Jameson? If there’s anybody in the world that’s fair game, she’d be right at the top of the list, wouldn’t she?”

    I was thinking the SAME EXACT THING, but you wrote it much more clearly than I could have…

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “Lardbaugh”

    I thought he was relatively thin now?

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    I think that he slimmed down by getting rid of everything BUT the lard, RJ.

    Dave

  • confused

    spending a few years snorting oxycodone will drop pounds like you won’t believe. and that’s the whole problem with him trying to say it was for pain, horseshit. when you crush the pills, dice them into lines with a razor, and snort them up your nose, it’s not for pain, it’s for the high, just like any other junky. but he is a walking advertisement that you can work stoned off your ass, even if you are not a musician. hope he wasn’t driving.

  • billy

    hallelujah. i finally have something in common with fattie limpballs

  • http://www.iamcorrect.com Lono

    Good post, and I agree. Americans are figuring out we are not remotely safe with Bush in charge (see, that is when Spain, America, and England were all attacked by terrorists… that is what President Bush has done for the world).

    There seems to be a thread emerging about Rove being gay. That would be interesting, as it is his main tactic of defeating opponents… by push polling them as being gay. It worked against Anne Richards, and has already begun against Mrs. Clinton.

    Air America is a good balance and a great start in taking this country back.

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/theoceanviewnet/ The ViewMaster!

    “Air America”??? It’s “Oxymoron”, Stupid!

    Do I Have To Draw You a Picture???

    Geez!

  • BadKarma

    It should be interesting to see what happens to Limbaugh’s ratings if he ends up spending a few years “up the river” for doctor-shopping and perjury.

    He has gotten mega-wealthy by manipulating millions of gullible people with his half-truths, character assasinations, and twisted logic. I get a chuckle thinking of him as some prisoner’s bitch.

  • Nancy

    This is also the same courageous media crusader who took up against the dangerous, vile, 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton, trashing a little KID because she happened to be the daughter of Hillary & Slick Willy, even tho she herself was innocuous, and certainly far better behaved & mannered than the Bush bimbos. SUCH a brave grown man, to be willing to slam a grade-school kid!

    Limbaugh & Rove … they look alike, too, don’t they? I wonder if they’re clones…?

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    Limbaugh’s attacks on teen-aged Chelsea were vile. I believe he has apologized for them.

    We all make mistakes.

  • http://www.rushlimbaugh.com Truth Teller

    Rush Limbaugh Rules New York City
    Tuesday July 19, 4:49 pm ET
    – Numbers Don’t Lie –

    LOS ANGELES, July 19 /PRNewswire/ — As Rush Limbaugh approaches his 18th anniversary in August as king of the talk airwaves, his ratings assure his continued rule. Heard Monday through Friday on WABC-AM, The Rush Limbaugh Show is the #1 ranked talk program in the noon – 3 p.m. ET time slot. Among Persons 12+, Mr. Limbaugh has a 4.1 share with 139,100 listeners tuning in, on average, every quarter hour. Among Adults 25-54, he has a 2.5 share with 50,600 of them tuning in, on average, every quarter hour. Al Franken, who airs at the same time on WLIB-AM, has a share of 1.8 with 61,400 listeners Persons 12+ tuning in, on average, every quarter hour. With Adults 25-54, he has a 1.7 share with a listening audience of 34,400, on average, every quarter hour. Therefore, Mr. Limbaugh’s audience is more than double that of Mr. Franken’s audience.

    Furthermore, among all radio programs on the AM and FM dial during the noon – 3 p.m. time slot, Mr. Limbaugh ranked #5 among Persons 12+ and #17 among Adults 25-54. Mr. Franken on the other hand ranked #23 among Persons 12+ and #20 among Adults 25-54.

    In addition to Mr. Limbaugh and Mr. Franken, below are numbers for other talkers who don’t run head to head with Mr. Limbaugh:

    Host Share Avg. Quarter Hour Rank (all AM/FM
    (Persons 12+) (Persons 12+) programming –
    persons 12+)

    Rush Limbaugh 4.1 139,100 5
    Al Franken 1.8 61,400 23
    Bill O’Reilly 2.1 72,700 20
    Jerry Springer 1.1 37,000 26

    Host Share Avg. Quarter Hour Rank (all AM/FM
    (Adults 25-54) (Adults 25-54) programming –
    adults 25-54)

    Rush Limbaugh 2.5 50,600 17
    Al Franken 1.7 34,400 20
    Bill O’Reilly 1.2 23,900 23
    Jerry Springer 1.0 18,600 25

  • Truth Teller

    Rush Limbaugh Rules Los Angeles and Chicago
    Wednesday July 20, 8:58 pm ET
    – Numbers Don’t Lie –

    LOS ANGELES, July 20 /PRNewswire/ — Rush Limbaugh, the first national radio host to interview Vice President Dick Cheney and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani today about President George W. Bush’s nominee to the Supreme Court, also was first today in the Arbitron Spring 2005 ratings survey for Los Angeles and Chicago. The Rush Limbaugh Show, heard Monday through Friday on KFI-AM in Los Angeles from 9 a.m. – noon scored, among Persons 12+, a 4.4 share with 100,100 listeners tuning in, on average, every quarter hour. Among Adults 25-54, he has a 2.5 share with 35,900 of them tuning in, on average, every quarter hour. Al Franken, who airs at the same time on KTLK-AM in Los Angeles, has a share of 1.2 with 28,400 listeners Persons 12+ tuning in, on average, every quarter hour. With Adults 25-54, he has a 0.8 share with a listening audience of 11,900, on average, every quarter hour. Mr. Limbaugh’s audience of Persons 12+ is three and a half times the size of Mr. Franken’s audience. Among Adults 25-54, Mr. Limbaugh more than triples Mr. Franken’s audience.

    In addition to Mr. Limbaugh and Mr. Franken, below are numbers for other talkers who don’t run head to head with Mr. Limbaugh:

    Host Share Avg. Quarter Rank (all AM/FM
    (Persons 12+) Hour programming-
    (Persons 12+) persons 12+)
    Rush Limbaugh 4.4 100,100 5
    Al Franken 1.2 28,400 27
    Bill O’Reilly 2.3 54,900 14
    Ed Shultz 0.9 20,500 34

    Host Share Avg. Quarter Rank (all AM/FM
    (Adults 25-54) Hour programming-
    (Adults 25-54) adults 25-54)
    Rush Limbaugh 2.5 35,900 14
    Al Franken 0.8 11,900 31
    Bill O’Reilly 0.9 13,100 29
    Ed Shultz 0.6 9,000 42

    In Chicago, The Rush Limbaugh Show is heard Monday through Friday on WLS-AM in Chicago from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and scored a 4.9 share with 78,200 listeners tuning in, on average, every quarter hour, for Persons 12+. Among Adults 25-54, he holds a 3.4 share with 31,700 listeners tuning in, on average, every quarter hour. Mr. Limbaugh has no competition in this market.

  • Truth Teller

    Rush Limbaugh Rules in Detroit and Philadelphia
    Thursday July 21, 3:39 pm ET
    – Numbers Don’t Lie –

    LOS ANGELES, July 21 /PRNewswire/ — America’s Anchorman, Rush Limbaugh, wins the ratings game — again — as he approaches his 18th anniversary this August in national syndication. According to the Arbitron Spring 2005 ratings survey for Detroit, The Rush Limbaugh Show, heard Monday through Friday on WJR-AM from noon – 3 p.m. is the #1 nationally syndicated talk radio show in the market. Mr. Limbaugh scored, among Persons 12+, an 8.1 share with an average quarter-hour audience of 70,000 listeners. Among Adults 25-54, he has a 5.8 share with an average quarter-hour audience of 29,600 listeners. Al Franken, who airs at the same time on WDTW-AM in Detroit, has a Persons 12+ share of 0.5 with an average quarter-hour audience of 4,600 listeners. With Adults 25-54, he has a 0.6 share with an average quarter-hour audience of 3,200 listeners. Mr. Limbaugh’s audience of Persons 12+ is 15 times larger than Mr. Franken’s audience.

    In addition to Mr. Limbaugh and Mr. Franken, below are numbers for other talkers who don’t run head to head with Mr. Limbaugh:

    Host Share Avg. Quarter Hour Rank (all AM/FM
    (Persons 12+) (Persons 12+) programming-persons 12+)
    Rush Limbaugh 8.1 70,000 1
    Al Franken 0.5 4,600 31
    Bill O’Reilly 1.2 2,100 21
    Ed Shultz 0.4 3,600 33

    Rank (all AM/FM
    Host Share Avg. Quarter Hour programming-adults
    (Adults 25-54) (Adults 25-54) 25-54)
    Rush Limbaugh 5.8 29,600 1
    Al Franken 0.6 3,200 31
    Bill O’Reilly 1.6 1,300 20
    Ed Shultz 0.4 2,000 35

    In Philadelphia, The Rush Limbaugh Show is heard Monday through Friday on WPHT-AM from noon – 3 p.m. and scored a Persons 12+ share of 4.9 with an average quarter-hour audience of 46,500 listeners. Among Adults 25-54, he holds a 3.0 share with an average quarter-hour audience of 15,700 listeners. Mr. Franken, who airs at the same time on WHAT-AM, scored among Persons 12+ a 0.2 share with an average quarter-hour audience of 2,200 listeners. Among Adults 25-54, his share is 0.4 with an average quarter-hour audience of 2,100 listeners. Mr. Limbaugh’s audience is more than 20 times the size of Mr. Franken’s audience.

    In addition to Mr. Limbaugh and Mr. Franken, below are numbers for other talkers who don’t run head to head with Mr. Limbaugh in Philadelphia:

    Host Share Avg. Quarter Hour Rank (all AM/FM
    (Persons 12+) (Persons 12+) programming-persons 12+)
    Rush Limbaugh 4.9 46,500 3
    Al Franken 0.2 2,200 40
    Bill O’Reilly 5.7 13,600 6

    Rank (all AM/FM
    Host Share Avg. Quarter Hour programming-adults
    (Adults 25-54) (Adults 25-54) 25-54)
    Rush Limbaugh 3.0 15,700 14
    Al Franken 0.4 2,100 31
    Bill O’Reilly 2.6 2,800 16

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Actually, it looks like O’Reilly rules Philly.

    Dave

  • Quizmos

    You might try a spell checker when you write. There are several misspellings though especially grating were your poor references to biblical quotes; Commandments begin with “Thou”, and not “Though”. FYI, for future writing, quotes can be Googled (to ensure accuracy). Otherwise, this was well written and included some interesting, if not enticing information.

  • KYS

    Since THOUGH is a word, spell-check will not catch that as an error. If Bill Gates can create a program that can anticipate what we MEAN to say, that will be a feat indeed.

  • Gavin

    As a European lefty from an apparently failing liberal country according to some posts above (strange our country couldn’t be doing better economically) oh and just so you know its Britain. I don’t really understand how you can compare Air America to Rush in the ratings. Air America has only been on the radio for just over a year and has grown to what? 67 stations in that time, its ratings are very impressive for such a small amount of time, you have to remember Rush has been on for what 15years or more. It will take a while for AAR to catch-up but from what I’ve heard it’s a very impressive format with generally, but not always unbiased news reports. I listened to Rush and I could not believe the utter rubbish he was spewing, I’m so glad that our laws in this country don’t allow for such biased filth to be spewed out to the population. If it’s not fair and balanced it’s not allowed, (and that means presenting both side equally) and for the most part AAR seams to achieve a fairly balanced view from a wide range of sources (you should never rely on one source). As an aside I’m not that fond of Franken the morning sedition and Rhandi Rhodes programs are much better. Oh and over here we fully blame your president for dragging us into a war that was for his and his friend’s financial gain i.e. Chaney and Halliburton spring to mind, (120000 Iraqi civilians, 1800 U.S. troops and around 200 UK troops dead and that since the so called end of the war!) and that has made us the target of terrorists. We never supported the war and we still don’t our government stupidly followed yours and I suggest you read the Downing Street memo (you may learn something shock horror) which Rush to my knowledge has never mentioned while AAR hasn’t shut up about!! As far as I can tell Rush is demagogue of the neo-fascist zombie brigade of the extreme far right who have vilely perverted Christianity in the same way that extremists such as Bin Laden have perverted Islam. I’m just glad that air America is going from strength to strength and while it may not be quite a match yet for Rush and his like yet, in 5years or so they may just.

  • Donna Hankins

    very good point from our british friend. As someone who has listened to Air America Radio since its launch…I can tell you about the difference I’ve seen/heard in the program’s reach. My favorite hosts are Randi Rhodes and Al Franken. Randi does an amazing job of educating her listeners and tries to be patient with her neo-con callers as well. I have learned so much from her show….and why did I bother to listen? Because one of the first times I listened to her show I heard her say that she won’t push so-called rumors on her show unless she has more than one reliable source. Limbaugh never has real sources…it’s just crud that he spews out of his own evil brain. Anyway..her straightforward and intelligent (radio only smarter) approach has lots of saddened republicans tuning in to hear the truth. last year’s gop callers were really hateful and not willing to listen…since traitorgate has begun lots of them are calling in and letting her know that they’re ashamed about what is happening in the white house….BUT…they are grasping for something to say that makes them feel better so they tell her she shouldn’t say that GW is an idiot because that’s not nice. However…she easily gives them a litany of all the things that prove he’s really NOT smart and the callers are speechless. anyway…checkout her show…i won’t be surprised if she is the one that out scores limbaugh. i know she has a huge following in florida so those numbers are absolutely believable.

  • donna

    btw…i listen online from east tennessee where we don’t have a radio station….yet….AAR has just added 2 louisiana stations though so maybe we’ll get one…i know that i bump into plenty of people in tennessee who listen online and those numbers are hard to track to provide total listeners. i take the podcasts with me in the car so that i never miss a word of the Randi Rhodes show.

  • Curtis

    Much ado about nothing. The TV news on the major networks have an overwhelmingly liberal, demonstrable, quantifiable liberal bias. When this happens on talk radio, liberals try to invoke the Fairness Doctrine. Give the doctrine a decent burial, it no longer has any relevance. The tactic is to cut into conservative talk shows. If you do not agree with what the conservative talk show people say, THAT is what the on/off button is for. Also, there are alternative, reliable news sources. If there is any justice to the misapplication of the Fairness Doctrine, it is the refusal to date of Clinton, Obama and Edwards to “debate” on Fox. How hypocritical can they get? They want a level playing field, so long as it is tilted strongly to the left. Besides, they do not want to debate issues, they want a protected forum to obfuscate their shifting postions.

  • REMF

    What does the Fairness Doctrine have to do with Rush Limbaugh’s dodging the draft during Vietnam; or his illegal purchasing of Black Market drugs like Oxycontin?

  • http://www.elitebloggers.com Dave Nalle

    Nothing at all, MCH. Which is why your last comment is completely off topic.

    Dave

  • Tip Top

    Try searching “Limbaugh+gay” on Google. No wonder he’s failed three times at marriage, and Mr. Family Values has no children. Does he ever go to church?

  • sr

    AS ALWAYS PLEASE DONT CONFUSE LIBS WITH FACTS. IT’S UNFAIR.

  • Owens

    History shows liberals lost the radio wars.

  • Igor

    Radio is passe’. The question now is, who leads in the podcast wars?