The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

15 April 2005

Makes Obscene On-Air Statement

Limbaugh On Edge
What's Behind Rush's Strange Behavior?


You're not alone if you've detected an edge to Rush Limbaugh's voice this week. What's behind his unusually agitated on-air state?

I first noticed it early in the week, when Rush kicked off his show sounding especially upset, launching into a tirade about "phonies" and people looking for publicity through cheap stunts.

He didn't specify who exactly he was talking about, leading me to wonder if it involved something going on behind the scenes, or in the radio industry. Perhaps a conservative pundit or talk show host?

An abrupt and disjointed transition to the usual lambasting of Democrats followed, but the connection wasn't made apparent.

Rather than the actual comments, it was his tone that caught my attention. Has he ever sounded quite that way before?

Yesterday, things got especially odd, when Rush used unusually foul language on the air, stunning his production staff:



(All Access- 13 April 2005- Link Requires Industry Affiliation and Registration)


No, you weren't hallucinating, and yes, RUSH LIMBAUGH actually used the term "blow jobs" on the air TUESDAY (4/12).

The PREMIERE host was discussing BILL CLINTON's comments on a gay Republican consultant and AL GORE's new cable TV network when he said of GORE's network "When does he (GORE) start up this stupid little network? AUGUST? Yip yip yip yahoo. You know what GORE said about this? 'It's going to be liberal. It's going to reflect the point of view of young people.' What the hell is that, AL? What the hell is the point of view of young people? Blow jobs, that's what they're doing out there.

They're out there getting oral sex all day long, that's what they're talking about. That's the point of view they can't wait that your boss, AL, made sure that's become the number one sport in high school today. So I guess you're going to have a BJ network out there, AL, is that what you're going to do?

You're going to call your network the oral sex channel out there, start competing with MTV? No, it's not going to have any of this stuff out there, folks, it's going to be talking about liberalism, no, no, no, that's not what we're about. Classic, cannot even admit who he is."

Later, LIMBAUGH said, "I am going to apologize not for saying what I said, but I'm going to apologize if it offended anybody. I never apologize for what I say, but if some of you were offended by a graphic term involving actions committed by BILL CLINTON and MONICA LEWINSKY that have now spread to AMERICA's high schools, I apologize.

I meant to say 'oral sex' throughout, but the guttural term escaped my pouty lips in a moment of pure, unbridled passion. The staff was so stunned and so scared today they didn't dare hit the delete button, the deedle button, and so it got out there.

My reaction is, 'Somebody go ahead and turn me into the FCC. I'll be honored to be fined.' It's just another government agency with its hand in my back pocket, so go right ahead."




From my own experiences, it's necessary to cut a talk show host some slack, as it's difficult to keep this up every day without occasions where some of a person's inner turmoil will spill out.

Limbaugh, however, has been quite good at maintaining composure over many years, even while undergoing tremendously stressful personal difficulties. So what's going on now?

One would imagine the largest problems are far behind him so what gets the cage rattled that didn't previously?

Cynics, who wouldn't be totally out of line here, might think it was Rush himself looking for publicity yesterday. It certainly was accomplished with his salty language. Is he looking to break the mold a bit, alter his public image slightly?

It's a mystery, but my money says listenership is up today as people wonder what will happen next. Check back here for updates.


Update
: radio industry liberals already using incident to make personal attacks against Limbaugh.


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8 Comments:

  • A guess: Rebecca Hagelin (a columnist I like) is going to put the nation's 'home invaders' on notice tomorrow with her new book "Home Invasion".

    Why do I think Rush is trying to help her out?!? As well as the New Democrats - believe it or not, you tell me - with THIS New Dem Dispatch last week.

    Hmmm... Rush says - let's say - neon stuff about our culture, New Democrats talk about turning down the excesses of the entertainment industry and on tax day (tomorrow) a Vice President of the Heritage Foundation & a nationally-syndicated columnist is launching a book about culture wars...

    Thoughts?!? I'm going to post something about this sometime tomorrow, as VP Hagelin will be on Republican Radio this Saturday.

    By Blogger Josef, at 14 April, 2005 20:50  

  • I thought I heard Rush say something early this week about an out-of-control taxing authority (New York State, methinks) that was taxing his income even though he doesn't live or work there. To the tune of multiple millions of dollars. I think he showed remarkable restraint, under the circumstances...

    By Anonymous Mr Edly, at 14 April, 2005 21:47  

  • I don't think it is expedient for Rush to use vulgar language, but he is only describing the level our culture has sunk too in the terms used by the culture itself. It is a perverted and vulgar culture that likes to preen itself in the excrement of its own feigned outrage when exposed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 April, 2005 03:58  

  • You guys are likely reading too much into this. So Rush is in a bit of a surly mood...big deal.

    He's entitled.

    If it keeps up past next week, maybe there is something to it. If not, chalk it up to a bit of moodiness.

    By Anonymous kato1967@hotmail.com, at 15 April, 2005 04:14  

  • It may be that republicans are falling short of Rush's ideals. He may be concluding that conservative conviction is shallow. He doesn't like the Buddying up to the impeached Bill Clinton over the Tsunami relief and Pope funeral. Republicans aren't aggressive enough about judges. Economic conservatism doesn't seem to abound in the congress. Our borders are sieves. My conclusion is that Rush isn't seeing fast enough change that should result from republicans being in power. Worse yet, they don't seem to be much different then the dems.

    By Anonymous bobd, at 15 April, 2005 10:19  

  • Brian,
    I have noticed the same behaviour.
    If I were a betting man I'd say it has something to do with a woman.
    Rush loves the opposite sex he just cant seem to get it straight.
    Look at his love life you will see the answer to his animation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 April, 2005 10:54  

  • Agree with kato1967@hotmail.com.

    Rush likely came to the golden EIB mike without much sleep and was letting off some steam about how fellow Republicans were not defending DeLay and got a little carried away!

    No harm, no foul!

    Ira

    By Anonymous ira, at 15 April, 2005 11:31  

  • I say give him a break, sometimes I say stupid things too (okay, quite often).

    By Blogger Paul McDonald, at 15 April, 2005 11:51  

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