The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

30 May 2007

Illegal Immigration Amnesty Bill, Rush Limbaugh, President Bush


President Lashes Out Against Right, Media Has Field Day

With an attack on conservative opponents of his amnesty plan for illegal aliens, President Bush has given mainstream media foes all they could ever want.

The predictable result, of course, are headlines that seek to highlight supposed internal "divisions" within the conservative movement. Unfortunately for them, the right has never been more unified, with almost complete opposition to the amnesty bill.

Why Bush would seek to further alienate his traditional base may seem beyond comprehension, but it's providing opportunities for an eager MSM to focus on the "Bush vs Rush" angle. Call it a divide- and- conquer strategy.

From the Miami Herald (and running in every McClatchy newspaper), here's but one example:

Bush: Playing on fears is unjust to migrants

President Bush accused his conservative critics of fear-mongering on immigration. He signaled his determination to keep fighting for changes.


GLYNCO, Ga. --
Firing back at conservative critics, President Bush defended his plan to overhaul immigration laws Tuesday and accused its opponents of ''trying to rile up people's emotions'' with misinformation.

In an exclusive interview with McClatchy, Bush expressed his determination to fight for changes that would let millions of illegal immigrants gain legal status. He cast the debate as a struggle over America's soul and its reputation as a welcoming nation.

''I'm deeply concerned about America losing its soul. Immigration has been the lifeblood of a lot of our country's history,'' the president said during the Air Force One interview. ``I am worried that a backlash to newcomers would cause our country to lose its great capacity to assimilate newcomers.''

Bush underscored his commitment to the proposed overhaul -- despite harsh criticism from some conservatives -- as he traveled to Georgia for a speech that assailed the legislation's critics.

''I'm sure you've heard some of the talk out there about people defining the bill. It's clear they hadn't read the bill. They're speculating about what the bill says, and they're trying to rile up people's emotions,'' he told an audience at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, near Brunswick. ``If you want to kill the bill, if you don't want to do what's right for America, you can pick one little aspect out of it, you can use it to frighten people. Or you can show leadership and solve this problem once and for all.''

Bush acknowledged that the proposed overhaul faces a difficult time in Congress, where it's under attack from both ends of the political spectrum.

Conservative critics contend that it amounts to an amnesty program because undocumented immigrants would be allowed to stay in the country after paying $1,000 fines. Some liberals complain that plans for a new temporary-worker program are overly restrictive and would create a permanent underclass of foreign workers.

Some of the most vociferous criticism has come from conservative talk-show hosts who usually support the president. Commentator Rush Limbaugh has told his listeners that the legislation would doom the Republican Party and the nation.

The bill seeks to strike a balance between tougher border enforcement and a more welcoming policy toward the estimated 12 million immigrants who already are in the country illegally.

Bush hopes to push it through Congress with help from a bipartisan group of lawmakers that includes Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., a liberal stalwart, and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., a staunch conservative. The president said he had no hesitations about working with Kennedy despite their sharp differences over Iraq and other issues.

Isn't this funny? Suddenly, these guys have taken a break from Bush- bashing just long enough to make sure the conservative movement comes across as unreasonable. If Kyl and Kennedy can join together, what's wrong with the right?

For the news media, has Bush suddenly become the new McCain? Will he morph into the "statesman" who isn't afraid to do what's best for the country, even against the mean- spirited righties led by arch- villain Limbaugh?

Count on it, at least for now.

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  • Ifthe president did not defend the policy, the media would not have covered it, idiot. You have your tin foil hat on tight buddddddy. The media has covered the "rift" between the Democrats as well regarding the WAR, and the real "rift" in the GOP, Bush and Cheney and the AEI. Bush wants to approach Iran differently than the neo-cons who are working with Chaney to start the next war. There is a division within the GOP on many fronts HACK. The dems have divisions as well, BIG DEAL. No conspiracy, it's FACT, the GOP is unified for the most part on immigration but splintered on everything else.

    more important.......

    Now I prove to you conservative talk radio's audience is 80% over 55 years of age...... Watch

    TOTAL WEEK (Persons/25-54) AQH SHARE

    WFNY 1.7 to 2.1 (shock jocks)
    WFAN 2.0 to 1.9 (sports)
    WABC 1.9 to 1.8 (conservative propaganda) note the average number in this group
    WEPN 1.2 to 0.8 (sports)

    6A-10A (Persons/25-54) AQH SHARE

    WFNY 2.4 to 3.0 (opie Anthony)
    WFAN 2.0 to 2.0 (imus and fill ins)
    WABC 1.8 to 1.5 (curtis sliwa and Kuby)
    WEPN 1.8 to 1.1

    10A-3P (Persons/25-54) AQH SHARE

    WABC 2.3 to 2.1 (right wing hack Gambling)
    WFAN 2.1 to 2.0
    WFNY 0.9 to 1.3
    WEPN 1.1 to 1.0

    3P-7P (Persons/25-54) AQH SHARE

    WFNY 2.3 to 2.8
    WFAN 2.5 to 2.6
    WABC 2.1 to 2.2 (HANNITY)
    WEPN 1.1 to 0.9

    7P-MID (Persons/25-54) AQH SHARE

    WFNY 2.4 to 2.4
    WABC 2.2 to 2.3 ( MARC LEVIN)
    WFAN 1.4 to 1.5
    WEPN 0.9 to 0.6

    TOTAL WEEK (Persons/18-34) AQH SHARE

    WFNY 2.3 to 2.4
    WFAN 1.1 to 1.2
    WEPN 1.1 to 1.0
    WABC 1.0 to 0.7 (OUCH)

    6A-10A (Persons/18-34) AQH SHARE

    WFNY 4.1 to 3.9
    WEPN 1.8 to 1.3
    WFAN 0.9 to 0.8
    WABC 1.4 to 0.7

    10A-3P (Persons/18-34) AQH SHARE

    WFNY 1.4 to 1.6
    WEPN 1.2 to 1.4
    WFAN 1.2 to 1.4
    WABC 1.2 to 0.9

    3P-7P (Persons/18-34) AQH SHARE

    WFNY 2.7 to 2.8
    WFAN 1.4 to 1.5
    WEPN 1.0 to 1.0
    WABC 0.7 to 0.4(HANNITY)

    7P-MID (Persons/18-34) AQH SHARE

    WFNY 3.1 to 2.8
    WFAN 0.8 to 1.3
    WEPN 0.7 to 0.5

    TOTAL WEEK (Persons/12+ [incl. 55+]) AQH SHARE

    WABC 3.5 to 3.7 (OVER ALL)
    WFAN 2.1 to 2.1
    WFNY 1.3 to 1.4
    WEPN 0.9 to 0.7

    6A-10A (Persons/12+ [incl. 55+]) AQH SHARE

    WABC 3.4 to 3.3
    WFAN 2.5 to 2.6
    WFNY 1.9 to 2.1
    WEPN 1.3 to 0.9

    10A-3P (Persons/12+ [incl. 55+]) AQH SHARE

    WABC 4.3 to 4.5
    WFAN 2.2 to 2.1
    WFNY 0.8 to 1.0
    WEPN 0.8 to 0.7

    3P-7P (Persons/12+ [incl. 55+]) AQH SHARE

    WABC 3.6 to 4.3
    WFAN 2.4 to 2.5
    WFNY 1.6 to 1.9
    WEPN 0.9 to 0.7

    7P-MID (Persons/12+ [incl. 55+]) AQH SHARE

    WABC 3.5 to 3.6
    WFNY 1.5 to 1.5
    WFAN 1.5 to 1.5
    WEPN 1.0 to 0.6

    so when you crunch the numbers 2/3rds of WABC listenership is over 55 years old. This is the truth about RNC right wing propaganda radio, their numbers are horrible for listeners under 34, average dor under 55 and HUGE over 55

    just might like to know
    I break the right wing illusions

    By Blogger Jared, at 30 May, 2007 16:00  

  • so when you crunch the numbers 2/3rds of WABC listenership is over 55 years old.

    Jared: You are WRONG!

    WABC total listeners: 3.5-3.7
    WABC 25-54 listeners: 1.8-1.9

    Therefore, the WABC listeners 2-24 and 55 and over sums to: 1.7-1.8

    Further, the percentage of listeners 2-24 and 55 and over is:


    So, even assuming in the worst case that there are no listeners in the 2-24 range (not reasonable), the most that can be in the 55+ category is 49%, and not "two-thirds".

    By Blogger Missouri Show Me, at 30 May, 2007 18:07  

  • you left out this number
    WABC 1.0 to 0.7 (OUCH)

    18 to 34

    That brings down the total amount of listeners under 55 , why are you making up a category? The demo is 18 to 34, and the listenership in that age is small. The 18-34 also includes the listeners in the 25-54 demo, from age 25-34, microscopic number. So basically 1.9 is their total listenership of total listeners under 55, give a take a few under 25. Over half their audeince is over 55, in that case. May a math expert jump in and give me the correct calculation.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 30 May, 2007 18:23  

  • MultipleOfPersonalities/Jared/? please stick with one name. I know it makes it look like you have others supporting your nonsense, but it is very transparent.

    By Blogger Will H, at 30 May, 2007 19:32  

  • All of this quibbling over microscopic discrepancies and statistics that were fudged to begin with.

    Within five years, so-called "conservative" talk radio will be completely irrelevant anyway.

    "...the right has never been more unified, with almost complete opposition to the amnesty bill..."

    You WISH, Brian! You only wish...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 30 May, 2007 21:07  

  • Jared/MOP: Are you also Hash?

    I did not "make up a category"? I simply used the data that you provided!

    As to "leaving something out": Yes, the 18-34 information was not needed for me to make my point, so I ignored it.

    I stand by my calculations of the numbers you posted, and your revised claim of "over half" is still wrong, as was your 2/3 claim.

    By Blogger Missouri Show Me, at 31 May, 2007 08:59  

  • Hash and MoPoop are a pair lost souls. They can't really reason and they constantly demostrate it here.

    I heard Rush plug Brian and this blog. Good going Brian.

    By Blogger PCD, at 31 May, 2007 09:04  

  • Rush's plug did nothing obviously, his audience is sdo old thry do not have computers. I proved my point Missouri, right wing radfio is officially irrelevant. My numbers proved it. Go back to smoking c*ck PCD, you are retarded

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 31 May, 2007 09:32  

  • Will, I will post with whatever my google is signed in under, i don't care, everyone knows it is me anyay, all 50 readers.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 31 May, 2007 09:34  

  • "Rush's plug did nothing obviously, his audience is sdo old thry do not have computers."

    This is actually true. No up-and-coming corporate exec who has a whit of sense plays the Lush audibly in their offices anymore (and this may well be a good thing, let them start earning their keep for once).

    Face it...the Republican Party is the "surrender" party when it comes to illegal immigration....that's what happens when you whore yourself out to corporatists and the globalist machine.

    Neoconservatism simply doesn't have the capability and the competence to address the uncomfortable issues that Americans nevertheless want addressed aggressively.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 31 May, 2007 10:07  

  • Exactly, the GOP takes big business over Americans, therefore they will never address the issue, but the MSM will continue to paint the GOP stong on immigration. The only thing the GOP is strong on is bending over for big business..

    One more PCD, F*ck Yourself PCD
    (just feels good to say it)

    Con radio is irrelevant, it's a matter of time before the suits start dumping the propaganda shows, radio is slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww and reacts pretty slow.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 31 May, 2007 10:39  

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