Rush Limbaugh As Low As Father Charles Coughlin

I would be remiss if not mentioning thoughts about the death of Rush Limbaugh at the age of 70. If you are looking for some great tribute to the man or lauding his time as a broadcaster, this will not be the post you were hoping for. After all, Limbaugh did more to undermine radio than to lift it, sully it more than to enrich its long history in our nation. The medium that I love, and once worked in was stained by his actions.

Over the years the bombast, crude remarks, and low-balls that were a daily aspect of Limbaugh’s on-air time brought his ratings down and his advertisers far fewer in number. (I have commented on these matters relating to Rush 34 times over the years.) While the ratings and ad revenues are the milk and bread to the industry, I would argue there is something more fundamental that should be considered about his abusing radio.

The stories are countless of those who have looked to radio over the many, many decades for friendship and companionship.  Radio has been there late nights when the baby will not sleep, during morning drive time, at work for music and sports scores, and then catching up on news and weather in the evenings.

Even though television allows us an image, radio remains the most intimate medium.  It is the place where we get to know the announcer and hear the banter about the morning drive into the station, or insights into their life.  The effective radio broadcaster gives us glimpses of who he/she really is and that creates a bond between those on both sides of the radio dial.

But Limbaugh worked feverishly to erode civility on the airwaves. That is how his life can be best summed up.

I am well aware that the low-bar in broadcasting now takes place on both right-wing and left-wing programming as the announcers and hosts seem more interested in red meat tactics for political purposes than striving for high marks in broadcasting. But let us not forget it was Rush who created the basement from which the others could also reside. While there are still many stations that will not stoop to the level we heard about in the news repeatedly with Limbaugh, it remains unsettling to know that national broadcasting standards slipped in large measure because of him.

This morning, after the news was reported Limbaugh had died, a broadcasting friend reached out and asked who else might be viewed as a broadcaster who influenced radio in the past 50 years? He had already placed Larry King on the list, and I readily added Paul Harvey. All my life I have never forgotten the professional standards of Harvey, one of my radio heroes based on his ability to enunciate words, and who wore a tie for his radio broadcasts.  He knew the way he looked and acted in a radio studio would come across over the airwaves.  And it did.

Then while picking up dishes in the kitchen another broadcaster who made history, and like Limbaugh brought hate and bile to the airwaves, came to my mind. Though he was ‘famous’ for his rants about 85 years ago, his linkage to Rush is very clear.

Father Charles Coughlin.

Coughlin is one of those truly interesting, though sad stories, from history. He used his radio program to all but incite violence on Jewish Americans, and over time ramped up his peddling of anti-semitic bigotry to the bizarre. By the time fascism was better known, Coughlin had become a supporter of some of the ideas advanced by Hitler and Mussolini. The broadcasts have been described as “a variation of the Fascist agenda applied to American culture.”

Limbaugh had a different era to play with but used the same base motives and instincts to stir hate. He used white supremacy, xenophobia, racism, homophobia, and misogyny as his weapons. He even mocked the deaths of people from AIDS on his national broadcasts.

Somewhere along the way, those who harvest radio licenses have created a mean-spirited and pitiful listening landscape where now the most base commentary can be heard, and the most pathetic hosts can reap huge profits. Today the one who fostered so much that is currently wrong with radio has died.

There is no reason to feel anything about that news other than a sense of the loss of radio as we once knew it.

Rush Limbaugh Political Cartoons

As we wretch over the clown show, better known as Donald Trump’s third State of the Union Address, which lowered the bar on what the Medal of Freedom is all about………we can recall all the reasons why Rush Limbaugh should be flushed.

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Let’s Be Honest About Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh has long extolled the virtues of smoking, derided government from doing what we all desire–to have smoke-free buildings—and maligned those who champion health care programs.  He has also made a mockery of radio and the norms which I have long held dear, commented about often on this blog, and talk about with others around our dinner table.

So tonight at the State of Union Address to then have a most bombastic neanderthal given the Medal of Freedom underscores that another norm has been trashed in this nation by Donald Trump.  The value of the award has now been tarnished as it was given so the angry white males in the Trump base will now feel there is one more reason to support Dear Leader at the polls.

Here is the hero of Republicans (below) as he mocked Michael Fox.  Family values must have been on vacation that day in the radio studio—or was Rush upset with wife number…..4?  There is no way anyone with traditional values can watch this buffon and not cringe.  Yet so many conservative harp about all sorts of things they think wrong in the nation and still wrap around their arms—well maybe halfway around–this national embarrassment.

Give him some more cigars and let us move this process along.  That is how I feel about Rush and what he has done to radio broadcasting and our nation.

WLS Radio Ready To Throw Rush Limbaugh Out The Door

There is about to be a major demotion for Rush Limbaugh in the Chicago radio market.  There are no tears to be shed on this blog or among others who get enough oxygen to their brain.  The harsh and abrasive style of radio that Limbaugh spreads is not good for the political culture of the nation, and more to my heart his style of broadcasting is not the type that I like to hear on radio.    So from my perspective anyway this news is viewed it is a very good thing.

I have challenged both liberals and conservatives over abusing the public radio airwaves.  As a former radio broadcaster, and a lifetime radio listener I come to my point of view after thinking a great deal about this topic.  Heck, in many ways I have lived this topic.

From the nights of falling to sleep with the radio in my ear as a teenager, to the medium allowing me a paycheck for a number of years, to now having radio presets in almost every room in the house and multiple layers in the car I can lay claim to one fact.  I love radio, and care deeply about it.

That is why I was so insulted by the words that were often spewed by Rush Limbaugh over the airwaves.  In one case he even called a women in regards to contraceptives “a slut”.

Over the past two decades there has been an erosion of civility on the airwaves.  It has taken place on both right-wing and left-wing stations as the announcers and hosts seem more interested in red meat tactics for political purposes than striving for high marks in broadcasting.   While there are still many stations that will not stoop to the level we have witnessed with Rush Limbaugh, it remains unsettling to know that national standards are slipping, and no one seems willing to apply the brakes.

After the “slut” comment from Limbaugh the nation did talk about the political aspect of the remark, but I heard almost nothing about the misuse of the public airwaves for that type of talk.   Personally insulting a woman by calling her  “a slut” and ” a prostitute” on the public airwaves is a far cry from what they were designed for, and what most people turn the radio on to hear.

Therefore I am delighted that Rush Limbaugh will be off the air on WLS radio.

Rush Limbaugh, who’s been a fixture on WLS AM 890 for more than 25 years, is about to get the bum’s rush from the Cumulus Media news/talk station, sources said Wednesday.

If all goes as planned, Limbaugh’s syndicated talk show, which airs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, will be dropped by the end of March, according to insiders at WLS.

A Cumulus Media spokeswoman declined immediate comment. But a source familiar with the decision said it was based on the show’s diminished ratings and failure to generate advertising revenue for the station, adding: “It’s impossible to sell.”

Limbaugh’s departure would continue the overhaul of WLS’s lineup, which began in November when Steve Dahl replaced Roe Conn and Richard Roeper in afternoons. In January, Big John Howell replaced Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft in mornings. And late last month Jonathon Brandmeier was signed to host a syndicated show that will replace John Kass and Lauren Cohn from 9 to 11 a.m. Once Limbaugh is dropped, Brandmeier’s show is expected to air for its full three hours — from 9 a.m. to noon.

A 27.5 percent decline in revenue at WLS — from $13 million in 2013 to less than $9.5 million in 2014 — was a contributing factor in a change in top management last week.

Rush Limbaugh Offers Rape As Excuse For Scott Walker To Use About Dropping Out Of College

I do not make the news–just report and analyze it.  This is just so bizarre that I will only offer this as my commentary.

Not my circus.  Not my monkey!

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh offered some unsolicited advice on Thursday to fellow college dropout Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

Limbaugh said during his show that if Walker, a potential presidential contender, were to be asked about why he left college, he should respond this way: “I left college because I didn’t want to be accused of rape someday.”

“Now he can’t say that, of course,” Limbaugh continued. “But, I mean, just ram it right down their throats. They’re trying to create this ‘rape culture’ on the campus.”

“It seems like any man that goes to college could randomly be accused of committing rape!” he added.

Why I Am Glad President Obama Won Re-Election

There are many policy items that can be listed as reasons why the re-election of President Obama was needed, and is best for the nation.   Issues related to securing fairness in budgeting, increasing the number of teachers, making the rich pay their fair share, and holding tough with terrorists all come under the policy column as to why this president matters.

But for me there is another reason I am very pleased with his re-election.  One that does not fall into some policy binder.  Instead this reason speaks to the very kind of people we are in this nation.

After President Obama took to the stage in Chicago and addressed the nation I needed to unwind, as did James.  So we took a walk through our neighborhood.  As we had done all night with friends the conversation continued about the election.

I spoke about the deep resentment I hold for those who over the last four years have used the time to continually attempt to delegitimize President Obama.

Over the past years I have been truly dismayed and upset with those who use and question President Obama’s religious beliefs in an effort to make it appear that he is ‘not one of us’.  I  have listened to those who question how Barack Obama was able to get into Harvard Law School.  When I throw back in conversations that Obama was the first black president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review, and that does not come by any means except being highly intelligent with an exceptional range of skills I am met with the same feeble attempts to undermine the president.

During the now concluded campaign Mitt Romney made birther jokes, and never failed to use the word “foreign” when talking about the values of the president.  There was a continual attempt to use code words, and dog whistles to try and convey the message that the man in the White House is not just like you and me.

Conservatives have spent the past four years revolving around the echo chamber of right-wing radio during the day and FAUX News programming at night.  From Rush Limbaugh during the noon hour to Glenn Beck and Shawn Hannity at night the drumbeat of crazy talk, and either overt or implied racism with the added deplorable touch of ‘he is not American’ ran rampant.

It is galling.

These people who espouse such rot had to be pushed back into the box and the lid closed.  The racial attempt to undermine an elected president, and deny him a second term had to be squashed.  To have allowed for the 24/7 smear job against President Obama to succeed would have been a stain on history that would take generations to resolve.

I sat in true amazement several weeks ago as an elderly woman who professes deep faith said that if Obama was re-elected America was in her final days.  She lives in a rural area and is being fed a line of nonsense over and over through the conservative echo chamber, that if said over and over long enough, starts to make ‘sense’ to some people.  A whole cottage industry devoted to destroying Obama worked 24/7 to make him a failed president, and a one-term president.

THEY FAILED!

With the news Ohio was projected to be won by President Obama a cheer went up from this home that was surely heard for blocks around.  But the smiles and contentment was for far more than policy goals which I am interested in.

The win last night for President Obama was a statement that the underhanded and despicable behavior that too many conservatives have used these past four years is not in vogue with the voters who truly do understand what it means to be an American.

President Obama won re-election last night.

But America won too.

Rush Limbaugh Takes A Dip In Ratings Over Calling Woman “Slut”

Sexism has a price.

The conservative radio host’s ratings fell 27 percent in the key 25-54 demo in New York City, 31 percent in Houston-Galveston, 40 percent in Seattle-Tacoma, and 35 percent in Jacksonville, according to a selection of the March 29-April 25 Arbitron ratings provided by an industry source.

Limbaugh’s detractors attribute the losses to a rejection of the show following his controversial comments about the Georgetown law student.

“Clearly Sandra Fluke isn’t the only one who didn’t like Rush calling her a ‘slut’ given how many viewers that comment incinerated,” one radio insider said.

Rush Limbaugh Knocked Off Dominant Conservative Radio Station In Philadelphia

There are really no good ways to spin this story for Rush Limbaugh.  While the new home for Rush in Philly will come with a stronger FM signal, this is still a slap.

The Rush Limbaugh Show” is leaving the dominant conservative talk radio station in Philadelphia, one of the biggest radio markets in the country.

In its place on the station, WPHT, will go “The Michael Smerconish Show,” hosted by Mr. Smerconish, a native of the city.

The move does not appear to be directly related to the recent ad boycott against Mr. Limbaugh, which was started after he repeatedly attacked Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law school student, on his three-hour show. Two of his roughly 600 affiliates dropped the show in the wake of those attacks.

Nonetheless, the move is likely to gain attention because Mr. Limbaugh’s show has been under scrutiny lately. On Monday, a new competitor, “The Mike Huckabee Show,” started broadcasting nationally in Mr. Limbaugh’s noon-to-3 p.m. time slot.

Mr. Smerconish is a relative rarity on radio: a moderate. He has interviewed President Obama and has filled in for Chris Matthews on the MSNBC program “Hardball” a number of times.