The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

03 July 2008

Rush Limbaugh Foes Furious Over Mega-deal Announcement


After Contract Renewal, Rush-Haters In Meltdown Mode


As if on cue, many of Rush Limbaugh's traditional enemies came unglued Wednesday after hearing of the talk titan's stunning new mega-deal.

The extreme nature of the leftist backlash, in addition to the source of some of the objections, did provide a few surprises, however.

Even an aviation website took issue with him over the deal, in this case for lacking an "environmental conscious (sic)" over his flying preferences.

Almost immediately after your Radio Equalizer broke the story of Limbaugh's stunning new contract, which includes a signing bonus worth more than $100 million, angry comments began to crowd our in-box.

Here are but a few examples (warning: strong stomach and high tolerance for liberal hate speech required):


Most Americans would pay at least $39.95 for a public execution of this filthy pig man. The enemy of civilization, the enemy of common sense, the enemy of the Middle Class. Maloney wonders why people post such things, rush has treated the entrie country with pure contempt, so naturally people hate him..


I have a good idea, rent a huge building, set up a gas chamber. Announce on the right wing radio, that Rush Limbaugh is making an appearance.

No great loss
Some of the people's greatest enemies worship Rush


You know what would be great? If someone took a shot gun, and emptied a round into Rush's big fat water head. America would instantly be a better place. The people who signed these contracts, need to be slaughtered like the pigs they are as well.

Patriot's all over America pray everday for this piece of human turd's painful death. It is a requirement to be a patriot.

At the Democratic Underground and the Huffington Post, look for more of that kind of rhetoric, if you haven't yet seen enough.

In the realm of liberal talk radio, where success has been elusive, some hosts ignored the issue, while others criticized Rush and the new contract.

Leading the charge was Randi Rhodes:

RHODES (HOUR THREE, 46:43): I don’t know, my Clear Channel stocks keeps getting worth less and less and less and less. All of a sudden today they go hey we’re gonna pay Rush 400 million dollars with a 100 million dollars up front.

Meanwhile when I first worked at Clear Channel and had my Clear Channel stock, Clear Channel stock was almost 100 dollars a share and now the companies been sold for $35 a share. Way to go Rush. Thanks. The shareholders really appreciate this deal you made. God! You know he sits there and talks about (Rush Limbaugh imitation) ‘Yeah yeah the Free market and everybody owns a share of stock.’

Yeah, my stock is worthless because they just given all and and really are the new owners going to honor this deal? Cause I'll tell you something, you know, I work inside Clear Channel for Nova M. I sit in a Clear Channel (ah ah). They have a hiring freeze. No one can get a nickel for scotch tape. Ah they can’t buy Post-Its. They can’t buy paper clips, but they can make a deal like this.

And the new company’s gonna come in and say, ‘yeah that’s good fine.’ Cause your hundred-dollar stock is now worth $35, which is what we bought it for the bargain basement price of $35. Ah yeah, we’re in the mood to do what you did. You wanna repeat that history. Good luck. That’s why he wanted the upfront money. I’m sure that why he wanted it up front.

Your Radio Equalizer could find no record of Clear Channel shares ever trading at $100, though they did reach $85 during the market bubble of 1999.

Beyond the extreme left's violence fantasies, the mainstream media has raised their own objections, even if the tone was a bit less unhinged. The Business and Media Institute caught CNBC devoting a curiously substantial amount of airtime to questioning the deal:

It’s time to short-sell Clear Channel Communications stock if you follow the analysis by CNBC contributor and Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Wolff. He criticized a record deal that locks Rush Limbaugh in with the radio company through the next eight years.

Wolff mocked Clear Channel’s (NYSE:CCU) decision to sign Limbaugh to the long-term agreement on CNBC’s June 2 “Street Signs.”

“I think it’s a monster error,” Wolff said. “I know – I’m sitting here saying, ‘What are these people smoking?’ You know, the truth is that Rush Limbaugh has been – he’s ridden the rise of conservatism for 25 years and I don’t, maybe nobody quite, quite has been following the news, but that’s coming to an end.”

Wolff based his assessment on the assumption Americans are shifting to the left politically, based on the success of presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama, of Illinois. Wolff’s comments repeated Obama’s theme word “change” at least six times.

“It’s going to be over and Rush Limbaugh in a relatively short period of time is going to look like a really kind of out-of-it kind of oddity,” Wolff said. “And I can not for the life of me imagine how someone could have made this deal.”

Rush didn't overlook CNBC's obvious anger, either, choosing to confront it head-on during his program:

What? Oh. (laughing) Snerdley just interrupted me, ladies and gentlemen, to describe for me what is being discussed about my new deal on CNBC. There's somebody up there looks like Lex Luthor, and you say he's upset? Really? Really upset? Really? Really? Lex Luthor on CNBC, and he's really upset. Well, you look like you're enjoying it in there. (laughter) I'm sure I know who it is. It's Michael Wolff. Michael Wolff. He's a New York journalist and he's uninformed. He doesn't know how these things work. He's just jealous, angry.

I heard in the commercial break, "I don't know who would make this deal? It's a stupid deal! Limbaugh is said to have been this great revival factor for conservatism. I don't know if anybody's seen the news lately, but conservatism is about over." (laughter) You just have to laugh at these people. Snerdley is laughing. He just couldn't wait to tell me.

Meanwhile, the AP's approach was to utilize the wildly inaccurate talk radio audience figures published by Talkers Magazine in order to diminish his true impact:

Limbaugh's three-hour show, broadcast from his office in Florida, is heard on some 600 radio stations across the country. More than 14 million people listen to him at least once a week, according to Talkers magazine. Sean Hannity is second with more than 13 million listeners.

Limbaugh actually has 20 million weekly listeners.

We could provide additional examples until the cows come home, but why? Isn't it already clear? This is the worst news the left has heard in ages.

Don't expect them to recover anytime soon.

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  • Congratulations on breaking the big story. It has the lefties in a tizzy.

    1.) They love to bash your reporting, but this breaking news story overwhelms their petty jealousy.

    2.) The Rush package validates his 20 years of dominance in the communications sector.

    After listening to the media twitter about the huge Couric salary, it is amazing to realize that Rush is pulling down more than the combined pay of Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer.

    Even Drudge had to admit: "The deal represents a stunning triumph over the establishment by an outsider who connected with and captured the spirit of the nation's heartland.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 03 July, 2008 09:40  

  • Actually, I think he looks more like Dr. Evil than Lex Luthor.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 July, 2008 09:43  

  • Actually, Brian, if you do a little fact checking, you'll see that he does only have 14 million listeners.Still, that's a lot more than Al Franken had.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 July, 2008 10:31  

  • The jealousy and impotent rage is sweet to behold. Can you imagine how Keith Olbermann and Katie Couric are feeling today?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 July, 2008 10:44  

  • I think Rush likes it that way. He now earns more than all the major network anchors combined. Congratulations RUSH, you the man, best show on anywhere.

    By Blogger 10ksnooker, at 03 July, 2008 11:49  

  • The left is mocking it, the stock holders are suffering, Rhodes is right, CC is falling apart, and they give Limpballs all this $$$.

    and the left was mocking you, with the "violent posts", just done to see you clowns pee your pants.

    limbaugh has just made a whole new group of enemies Clear channel stock holders.....

    The left is not in a tizzy, we are mocking the waste of money given to man who has 14 million listeners on 900 stations. That is less than 30,000 listeners per station!! What a joke

    By Anonymous RushForTheSheep, at 03 July, 2008 12:08  

  • Hey Rushforthesheep,

    If I had a nickel for every liberal moron like you making a statement about which you know nothing, I would be able to retire by now.

    Keep your idiot statements coming.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 July, 2008 12:23  

  • the left was mocking you, with the "violent posts", just done to see you clowns pee your pants.

    Well, I laughed, but not *that* hard.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 July, 2008 12:45  

  • Clear Channel stock is up 2.35% YTD through 7/3/08 vs. S&P 500 Index down 14%, CBS down 31.7%, Disney (ABC) down 4.28%, GE (NBC) down 27%, XM Satellite Radio down 37.3%, Sirius Satellite Radio down 36.6%, Liberty Global down 20.9% and Discovery Holding down 16.8%. Clear Channel is the only media company in the green this year!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 July, 2008 14:51  

  • And as usual, we see the uber-libs exemplifying their version of "compassion" which is their new buzzword for "hate-speech" (sort of like them trying to disguise themselves by trading in the "liberal" monicker for "progressive"). Also did anyone truly think Rhodes would be honest in her commentaries? After all, she has a long history of fabrications, hate-speech and nuttiness that would get the average person sued heavily and possible end up in an institution. Finally, Michael Wolff's long-held hatred of Rush Limbaugh is well-known and flaunted almost daily by Wolff. His ignorance on many subjects (or intentional dishonesty) has been well documented. Journalists are supposed to have ethics. Wolff traded his in long ago along with his very soul.

    Oh, and this is to "sheep": Your post may have been left in jest (tongue-in-cheek if you will) however as documented, the left is indeed in a tizzy...panties in a wad...up in arms...however you wish to put it...over Rush's deal. Frankly, Limbaugh deserves every penny. Rhodes, the entire Air America mob, and just about every libtalker out there is merely jealous that; a) they cannot get anywhere near that amount & b) they can't draw anywhere near the mount of listeners Limbaugh and most conservative talk shows regularly get. This exhibits why, in an open market, liberal talk format does not work. And why San Fran Nan [Pelosi] so desperately wants to get the [un]fairness doctrine passed because she as well as intelligent, knowledgeable people, know that in implementing the [un]]fairness doctrine it would shut conservative voices up. What she doesn't take into account is that it would effectively silence liberal talk shows on radio as well because most of the stations would switch formats altogether rather than lost money being forced to put on talkers no one wants to listen to. No or reduced listener equals greatly reduced income for those stations.

    By Blogger Carl, at 03 July, 2008 15:28  

  • Can you link to, or cite, a source for the 20 million audience figure? Thanks.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 July, 2008 21:15  

  • Cite a source?

    Check out the liberal New York Times who reported:

    “Limbaugh is a master of the airwaves,” said Michael Harrison, the editor of the radio industry publication Talkers Magazine, in a telephone interview Wednesday. “He is the best talent on the air in modern broadcasting.”

    Mr. Limbaugh’s existing contract, which was worth $285 million over eight years, was set to expire next year. His show — which is on every weekday from noon to 3 p.m. — attracts 3.5 million listeners in an average quarter-hour, and reaches an unparalleled audience of nearly 20 million in an average week, according to Premiere. This makes him the country’s most popular news-talk host by far.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 04 July, 2008 09:23  

  • Rush Limbaugh is a big, fat idiot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 November, 2008 13:32  

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