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West Palm Beach, FL - Rush Limbaugh took a significant ratings hit in some key radio markets last month in the wake of the Sandra Fluke controversy.

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.

But defenders say that what looks like a decline actually represents a leveling out following increased attention from the controversy. In late March, Limbaugh boasted that his ratings had increased by as much as 60 percent in the month since he had called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” on air.

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“The most likely reason for these shifts is that Limbaugh talked about Sandra Fluke at the beginning of March, so it brought in a lot of non-regular listeners,” one radio insider told me. “Now that the issue has more or less passed, those people aren’t listening anymore.”

Whatever the cause, industry sources caution that the monthly ratings provide only an incomplete snapshot of Limbaugh’s performance, and that it is necessary to put the numbers in context.


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 May 21, 2012 at 10:33 PM Anonymous Says:

he was not talking against Fluke personally, he was talking against the ideas she was pontificating - he did nothing wrong and should not have apologized - the left just want to make an issue out of non-issues. Bill Maher says much worse things and yet it is "kosher" for Obama's SuperPac to accept $1,000,000 from him. There is a major double standard.

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 May 21, 2012 at 10:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Rush is wonderful. It took me years to finally start to listen to his show and I dicovered a sharp, analytical mind; a man who's rather humble and self-effacing under the staged bravado, effortlessly humorous, wry and witty; and, an honest voice for the inherent goodness of America and Israel -- and despite what the haters on the left say, he's a mensch.

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 May 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM Mark Levin Says:

You guys at VIN could copy all the lamestream "news" you want from places like MSnbcPolitico etc. The problem with reporting such trash is that its simply not true. The bottom line is that Rush is STILL number one in the country by a wide margin. In fact, here is something you libs won't like, there are no libs anywhere near number one.

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 May 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM Renegade Says:

I don't believe that.

Anybody who listens to Rush would've "got" what he was saying and wouldn't stop listening because he used the word "slut."

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 May 22, 2012 at 12:05 AM Anonymous Says:

He said some pretty nasty and disgusting things about her personally.
He did this again and again.
It was calculated. He thrives on controversy.

What he said about her personally was not nice or mentchlik.

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 May 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

he was not talking against Fluke personally, he was talking against the ideas she was pontificating - he did nothing wrong and should not have apologized - the left just want to make an issue out of non-issues. Bill Maher says much worse things and yet it is "kosher" for Obama's SuperPac to accept $1,000,000 from him. There is a major double standard.

There is a difference.

Bill Maher is a COMEDIAN. He never sells himself as anything other than a COMEDIAN. He is not invited to be a lecturer, or held up as the standard-bearer for ANYTHING.

You can compare Bill Maher to people like Dennis Miller. They are in the same category. They are COMEDIANS who do political humor, and often include topical guests as part of their COMEDY routines.

Limbaugh, should be seen as a comedian or entertainer. He is marketed as such for advertising purposes and most genuine Conservatives (myself included) do not see him as anything more than that. However, there is an ENORMOUS portion of the phony "conservatives" out there in America who believe the things he says are factual and honest (anyone with IQ over 80 knows they're not). He has trotted out at CPAC as if he is some kind of standard-bearer of what is "conservative".

THAT is the difference.

Most self-identified liberals today seem to know the difference between entertainment and factual news.

Most of the phonies calling themselves "conservative" out there wouldn't know the difference on their best day. That is why they are the embarrassment of the TRUE Conservative cause.

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 May 22, 2012 at 01:03 AM BPGUY Says:

Love these comments here simply repeating every word that low life said while defending his poor choice of words knocking a woman that does not think like him.
Hope you guys are getting paid

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 May 22, 2012 at 01:01 AM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #3  
Mark Levin Says:

You guys at VIN could copy all the lamestream "news" you want from places like MSnbcPolitico etc. The problem with reporting such trash is that its simply not true. The bottom line is that Rush is STILL number one in the country by a wide margin. In fact, here is something you libs won't like, there are no libs anywhere near number one.

What's your point?

You think being "#1" makes him something more than cheap entertainment for America's idiots?

Howard Stern was #1 too. Does that mean he was anything more than cheap entertainment? I don't think so.

Millions of people tune in every week to watch nearly pornographic television programs on the "family friendly" networks and ACTUAL pornography on the pay networks. That doesn't mean it OK. That doesn't make it good. That doesn't make it helpful in any way to society.

What it tells me is that we live in a nation that loves trash and smut. Those of the lowest intelligence love this stuff. From entertainers like Limbaugh and Maher who like to throw raw meat to their idiot audiences, to crazy reality shows featuring scantily-clad women engaging in morally deviant behavior. It is all driven by the same thing.

It is sad, pathetic and a sign that our nation is getting dumber as time goes on.

The opposite of "Conservative" (capital C) is STUPID, not liberal. Stupid people (Palin, Bachmann, Santorum) can never be called Conservative, because they are incapable of rational, logical deduction, which is the entire FOUNDATION of Conservatism.

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 May 22, 2012 at 02:24 AM LiberalismIsADisease Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

He said some pretty nasty and disgusting things about her personally.
He did this again and again.
It was calculated. He thrives on controversy.

What he said about her personally was not nice or mentchlik.

Really? Are you even aware of what she wanted? She wanted YOU to pay for her to be m'zaneh and she could then go murder her babies. She called her EVERYTHING his listeners were calling her without having a mic in front of us.

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 May 22, 2012 at 06:46 AM Yossi Says:

Limbaugh is a fraud. He claims to speak for "conservatism" and "family values". His "family values" must include getting divorced three times and being so egotistical that children have no place in his life.

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 May 22, 2012 at 06:55 AM Anonymous Says:

Like a good neighbor,,,, Rush aint there.

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 May 22, 2012 at 06:56 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Rush is wonderful. It took me years to finally start to listen to his show and I dicovered a sharp, analytical mind; a man who's rather humble and self-effacing under the staged bravado, effortlessly humorous, wry and witty; and, an honest voice for the inherent goodness of America and Israel -- and despite what the haters on the left say, he's a mensch.

If you are listening to Rush Limbaugh, you probably are not very busy in life.

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 May 22, 2012 at 08:42 AM Anonymous Says:

Limbaugh is among the most vile and disgusting human beings I have heard. There are many legitimate Republican commentators who find ways to argue policy postions in a civil tone without resorting to defamation and insulting language. Limbaugh, Levin and their Democratic counterparts are the slimeballs of the public airways and we would be much better off if their sponsors would simply wipe them off the map. Limbaugh could then retire to his prescription drugs in peace

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 May 22, 2012 at 09:39 AM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #9  
LiberalismIsADisease Says:

Really? Are you even aware of what she wanted? She wanted YOU to pay for her to be m'zaneh and she could then go murder her babies. She called her EVERYTHING his listeners were calling her without having a mic in front of us.

Clearly you don't know what she wanted. How sad that you put someone else down when your own understanding of the issue is that of a 10-year old.

The point she was making was that it is not the business of her employer (no matter who it is) that her doctor prescribed birth control pills or why. There are tens of thousands of women in this nation who take birth control pills in order to regulate debilitating, painful menstrual cycles. Could you imagine having to explain this to your boss in order to get your insurance to cover your treatments?

That is the issue at hand.

Her argument wasn't that she wanted the rest of us to pay for a promiscuous lifestyle. It was that her promiscuous lifestyle should be none of our business and that she and her doctor should decide her best course of medical treatment without interference from her employer.

If you are OK with your wife's company forcing her to have to come before her bosses to explain her menstrual cycle and the issues she has with it in order to get proper medical treatment under her insurance, then you are a sick, sadist.

Just leave people alone. Let their medical decisions be between them and their doctor.

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 May 22, 2012 at 08:53 AM the reason blogs will end Says:

Reply to #8  
PMOinFL Says:

What's your point?

You think being "#1" makes him something more than cheap entertainment for America's idiots?

Howard Stern was #1 too. Does that mean he was anything more than cheap entertainment? I don't think so.

Millions of people tune in every week to watch nearly pornographic television programs on the "family friendly" networks and ACTUAL pornography on the pay networks. That doesn't mean it OK. That doesn't make it good. That doesn't make it helpful in any way to society.

What it tells me is that we live in a nation that loves trash and smut. Those of the lowest intelligence love this stuff. From entertainers like Limbaugh and Maher who like to throw raw meat to their idiot audiences, to crazy reality shows featuring scantily-clad women engaging in morally deviant behavior. It is all driven by the same thing.

It is sad, pathetic and a sign that our nation is getting dumber as time goes on.

The opposite of "Conservative" (capital C) is STUPID, not liberal. Stupid people (Palin, Bachmann, Santorum) can never be called Conservative, because they are incapable of rational, logical deduction, which is the entire FOUNDATION of Conservatism.

Pmo in flo leading the charges.
Throwing around unproven charges using the Goebbels theory of the big lie, help get some lies believeable.
But soon enough minds will discover you and your cohorts agenda.

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 May 22, 2012 at 09:18 AM Leroy1 Says:

Reply to #10  
Yossi Says:

Limbaugh is a fraud. He claims to speak for "conservatism" and "family values". His "family values" must include getting divorced three times and being so egotistical that children have no place in his life.

How can judge someone who is childless. Perhaps he's sterile.
Its mostly the liberal queerballs in Manhattan (or elsewhere) that have dogs for children.
I've heard people call their dog "my son" and kiss them on the lips.

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 May 22, 2012 at 09:54 AM R Says:

He said the truth. Unfortunately in today's liberal America the truth is despised. Not to metnion the double standard of the media where libs can say all they want and when a cons. opens his mouth they jump all over him. What a messed up society.

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 May 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM Brian Says:

Reply to #14  
PMOinFL Says:

Clearly you don't know what she wanted. How sad that you put someone else down when your own understanding of the issue is that of a 10-year old.

The point she was making was that it is not the business of her employer (no matter who it is) that her doctor prescribed birth control pills or why. There are tens of thousands of women in this nation who take birth control pills in order to regulate debilitating, painful menstrual cycles. Could you imagine having to explain this to your boss in order to get your insurance to cover your treatments?

That is the issue at hand.

Her argument wasn't that she wanted the rest of us to pay for a promiscuous lifestyle. It was that her promiscuous lifestyle should be none of our business and that she and her doctor should decide her best course of medical treatment without interference from her employer.

If you are OK with your wife's company forcing her to have to come before her bosses to explain her menstrual cycle and the issues she has with it in order to get proper medical treatment under her insurance, then you are a sick, sadist.

Just leave people alone. Let their medical decisions be between them and their doctor.

Based on your crooked logic, because legitimate medical treatments arise, she should be able to bill her boss for cosmetic treatments as well and i should be none of his business. Besides stop lying about being conservative or libertarian when you are in fact joined at the hip with Obama.

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 May 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM Ray_from_PA Says:

Reply to #14  
PMOinFL Says:

Clearly you don't know what she wanted. How sad that you put someone else down when your own understanding of the issue is that of a 10-year old.

The point she was making was that it is not the business of her employer (no matter who it is) that her doctor prescribed birth control pills or why. There are tens of thousands of women in this nation who take birth control pills in order to regulate debilitating, painful menstrual cycles. Could you imagine having to explain this to your boss in order to get your insurance to cover your treatments?

That is the issue at hand.

Her argument wasn't that she wanted the rest of us to pay for a promiscuous lifestyle. It was that her promiscuous lifestyle should be none of our business and that she and her doctor should decide her best course of medical treatment without interference from her employer.

If you are OK with your wife's company forcing her to have to come before her bosses to explain her menstrual cycle and the issues she has with it in order to get proper medical treatment under her insurance, then you are a sick, sadist.

Just leave people alone. Let their medical decisions be between them and their doctor.

This comment reflects your less than full understanding of how health insurance coverage. If a doctor administers any medication for a medical need, it is automatically covered. We are talking about pills for the purpose of birth control exclusively. In that case, all of us should pay for her lifestyle choices. This is not only between her and her doctor.

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 May 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM Phineas Says:

I don't like his show and he often uses "facts" selectively without giving an accurate picture of a situation. He also uses the fake outrage card a little too often. His "liberals" this "the left" that is tedious.

The man is enormously successful the same way McDonald's is. It's not quality but its consistent.

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 May 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #15  
the reason blogs will end Says:

Pmo in flo leading the charges.
Throwing around unproven charges using the Goebbels theory of the big lie, help get some lies believeable.
But soon enough minds will discover you and your cohorts agenda.

Could you please explain what "charges" I levied in post #8? I can't find any.

I stated obvious facts that anyone can prove to be 100% true.

That being said, the idea of "The opposite of Conservative is not 'liberal', but 'stupidity'" was expressed in the early 70's by one of the founder of the Conservative Party, and the man considered to the be the "father" of Conservatism, William F. Buckley.

Perhaps you should sped some time understanding the subject matter. That is, unless you like sounding like an idiot by using names like "Goebbels" to illustrate.... oh wait.... you illustrated nothing.

The only lies stem from the delusions you made up in your own head.

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 May 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #18  
Brian Says:

Based on your crooked logic, because legitimate medical treatments arise, she should be able to bill her boss for cosmetic treatments as well and i should be none of his business. Besides stop lying about being conservative or libertarian when you are in fact joined at the hip with Obama.

ROFL!

Joined at the hip with Obama? Other than the killing of bin Laden and his threat to veto the upcoming GROTESQUE military spending bill, could you please tell me where I align with Obama? I'd love to know.

Cosmetic treatments are typically not covered at all, unless they are the direct result of injury. That is handled by your insurance company directly. There is no rule that says "plastic surgery is not covered".

The Catholic Church wanted to exclude *ALL* birth control pills regardless of the reason for the prescription. That was what the argument was about. So, even in cases where it was not for "birth control" but to help in serious medical conditions, they would not authorize treatment.

FYI: The same holds true of a rodef in the womb. If you end up in a Catholic hospital they want the right to refuse to kill the rodef and let your wife die, claiming that they shouldn't have to violate THEIR beliefs. Are you OK with that too? Does that make you feel righteous, even though Torah says otherwise?

How sad that Limbaugh's audience is so dumb that they don't even understand what the argument is about. It is an embarrassment to Conservatives and Jews everywhere.

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 May 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #19  
Ray_from_PA Says:

This comment reflects your less than full understanding of how health insurance coverage. If a doctor administers any medication for a medical need, it is automatically covered. We are talking about pills for the purpose of birth control exclusively. In that case, all of us should pay for her lifestyle choices. This is not only between her and her doctor.

You are 100% wrong.

Insurance companies can include or exclude anything they want so long as it clearly spelled out in your policy contract. For example, some policies cover chiropractic treatments and some don't.

Some cover plastic surgery following serious injury and some don't.

The Catholic church specifically wanted a clause preventing their plans from covering any medication, device or procedure that would prevent or terminate pregnancy.

The issue of vaginal hemorrhaging and severe cramping came up as well. The church has stated that there are other ways of dealing with these things through pain medication and "meditation". They are absolutely not willing to make exceptions where there are other "methods" (although NONE of them are recommended by the AMA).

The point was whether or not you should have to justify insurance paying for a treatment recommended and prescribed by your doctor to your employer.

Limbaugh, for purposes of entertainment, turned it into a circus about loose women. That, however, is not now nor was it EVER the point. What a shame is audience is too dumb to know the difference.

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 May 22, 2012 at 01:10 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
PMOinFL Says:

ROFL!

Joined at the hip with Obama? Other than the killing of bin Laden and his threat to veto the upcoming GROTESQUE military spending bill, could you please tell me where I align with Obama? I'd love to know.

Cosmetic treatments are typically not covered at all, unless they are the direct result of injury. That is handled by your insurance company directly. There is no rule that says "plastic surgery is not covered".

The Catholic Church wanted to exclude *ALL* birth control pills regardless of the reason for the prescription. That was what the argument was about. So, even in cases where it was not for "birth control" but to help in serious medical conditions, they would not authorize treatment.

FYI: The same holds true of a rodef in the womb. If you end up in a Catholic hospital they want the right to refuse to kill the rodef and let your wife die, claiming that they shouldn't have to violate THEIR beliefs. Are you OK with that too? Does that make you feel righteous, even though Torah says otherwise?

How sad that Limbaugh's audience is so dumb that they don't even understand what the argument is about. It is an embarrassment to Conservatives and Jews everywhere.

In 1945 two catholic bishops one named Alois Hudal , Austrian, and the other a Croatian named Draganovic helped, aided , faciliated the escape of the worst war criminals involved in the killing of Jewish children like my cousins and friends and 1 million of Jewish children smiling, walking and breathing . They were responsible for the escape of Eichman, Mengele, Brunner and many others. This was after the war and total truth about extermination of Yidden was well known but these fine Catholic prelates were glad. Recently a British Catholic Bishop named Williamson denied the existence of gas chambers. Saint Santorum a Catholic was promised by Romney to have a voice in the Republican agenda

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 May 22, 2012 at 02:13 PM ShmuelG Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

he was not talking against Fluke personally, he was talking against the ideas she was pontificating - he did nothing wrong and should not have apologized - the left just want to make an issue out of non-issues. Bill Maher says much worse things and yet it is "kosher" for Obama's SuperPac to accept $1,000,000 from him. There is a major double standard.

“ he was not talking against Fluke personally"

Allow me to respectfully disagree. He called her "a slut," that's pretty personal, don't you think? He was indubitably accurate about it, but it was personal.

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 May 22, 2012 at 02:14 PM Shtarker Says:

Reply to #4  
Renegade Says:

I don't believe that.

Anybody who listens to Rush would've "got" what he was saying and wouldn't stop listening because he used the word "slut."

Do you suppose the Chofetz Chaim would agree with you?

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 May 22, 2012 at 03:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
LiberalismIsADisease Says:

Really? Are you even aware of what she wanted? She wanted YOU to pay for her to be m'zaneh and she could then go murder her babies. She called her EVERYTHING his listeners were calling her without having a mic in front of us.

No she didn't.

This is an outright lie.

Shame on you.

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 May 22, 2012 at 05:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Mark Levin Says:

You guys at VIN could copy all the lamestream "news" you want from places like MSnbcPolitico etc. The problem with reporting such trash is that its simply not true. The bottom line is that Rush is STILL number one in the country by a wide margin. In fact, here is something you libs won't like, there are no libs anywhere near number one.

If there aren't any "libs anywhere near number one" (which is true), why does your crowd always moan about being some embattled minority being set upon by the "mainstream media"? If right-wingers have a virtual monopoly on a medium of the media that has millions of audience members, than you my friend, are the mainstream. This of course applies to print and TV as well, in which your ilk are all too happy to brag about Faux News and the Wall Street Journal ratings, yet play victim when it conveniences you.

The reason why Liberals do not listen to talk radio is because it is a medium for the petty, infantile, and intellectually lazy mind. Mindlessly sitting for hours with the constant drum of some gasbag shouting in your ear, repeating the same lies incessantly, is hardly conducive to intellectual curiosity. The listener is not require to make any proactive effort to acquire information, instead content to accept whatever the biased blowhard tells them. The "conservative" personality is a perfect fit for this medium.

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 May 22, 2012 at 06:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
Ray_from_PA Says:

This comment reflects your less than full understanding of how health insurance coverage. If a doctor administers any medication for a medical need, it is automatically covered. We are talking about pills for the purpose of birth control exclusively. In that case, all of us should pay for her lifestyle choices. This is not only between her and her doctor.

You are completely wrong. I am a woman and I can tell you that what you call "birth control pills" are actually various formulations and combinations of two female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. There are many medical uses for these hormones other than birth control. For example, most of the women I know take hormones for helping with menopausal issues. Many women take them because they have very painful or irregular menstruation. The hormones can be used to start menstruation for women in whom it has stopped, and as a part of treatment for certain cancers. And, yes, there are also frum women who use birth control after having consulted their rabbis. No Jewish woman should have to explain to her employer why she has been prescribed hormones and have to "prove" that they are not used for birth control.

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 May 22, 2012 at 06:36 PM Anon Says:

Reply to #17  
R Says:

He said the truth. Unfortunately in today's liberal America the truth is despised. Not to metnion the double standard of the media where libs can say all they want and when a cons. opens his mouth they jump all over him. What a messed up society.

Yeah, no conservatives can say what they want on Fox, CNN, Breitbart, Drudge Report, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity,Malkin, Savage, Newsmax, VIN, NY Post, etc. And, of course, none of those outfits have ever criticized anything said by a liberal. How dare those liberals use facts and knowledge to challenge anything from an alleged conservative?

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 May 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #28  
Anonymous Says:

If there aren't any "libs anywhere near number one" (which is true), why does your crowd always moan about being some embattled minority being set upon by the "mainstream media"? If right-wingers have a virtual monopoly on a medium of the media that has millions of audience members, than you my friend, are the mainstream. This of course applies to print and TV as well, in which your ilk are all too happy to brag about Faux News and the Wall Street Journal ratings, yet play victim when it conveniences you.

The reason why Liberals do not listen to talk radio is because it is a medium for the petty, infantile, and intellectually lazy mind. Mindlessly sitting for hours with the constant drum of some gasbag shouting in your ear, repeating the same lies incessantly, is hardly conducive to intellectual curiosity. The listener is not require to make any proactive effort to acquire information, instead content to accept whatever the biased blowhard tells them. The "conservative" personality is a perfect fit for this medium.

totally agree with you

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 May 23, 2012 at 04:20 PM ActualJew Says:

I love Rush but what he said was reprehensible and he is paying a small price. He is still number one across the board.

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