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March 05, 2012


Mike Barer

I would respect him more if he refused to apoligize.I would have despised him, but this controversy show him to be as big a meely mouth spin artist as any politician that he has pointed a finger at.


Actually, I wouldn't be too surprised if Bonneville did yank Rush in Seattle.

Because they can look holy without losing much. Look at the ratings, people! KTTH is ranked 24th in the latest Arbitron People Meter numbers. 24th!!!

People Meter changed the landscape for a lot of political talk. Under the old diary system, people were exaggerating their listening, voting for their favorites. But, obviously they weren't really listening. They especially weren't listening to Rush Limbaugh for 3 hours a day like they claimed.

Now we see the truth. It's all smoke and mirrors, Wizard-of-Oz bullshit. Pull back the curtain and it's just a rich, out of shape, pill-popping, fat man who has never been able to start a family...has never been able to keep a girlfriend or wife (Probably because they quickly figure out that he actually loathes women).

It was always just sizzle and showbiz, never really much substance.

So, yes, Bonneville could easily step up and be real big heroes and yank Rush in Seattle. But, if/when they do, remember that all they're doing is rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking radio station that is not even ranked in the top 20 in the market.

I listened to Rush Monday to hear what he'd have to say. Two things jumped out at me:

1. The paid-for Pastor Hutch commercial/commentary that runs every morning just before the Rush show begins. To those of you contributing to Pastor Hutch's "church" I hope you realize that your money is going directly to Bonneville and Rush Limbaugh. Trust me, you probably need that money a lot more than they do.

2. KIRO News Director Ursula Reutin doing endorsement commercials for some mortgage outfit! I guess the old news credibility standard takes a back seat to making money at Bonneville these days. Not sure I'll pay much attention to any KIRO news stories about the mortgage or banking business again.

Guess none of this should be surprising coming from the rich, fat white guys running Bonneville who contributed millions to blocking marriage equality and until recent history didn't want any 'coloreds' in their so-called church.


Exactly. Bonneville isn't going to jeopardize a significant revenue stream over something that will be nothing by the Ides of March.


The self-righteous hypocrisy here is just too amazing to believe. What Rush did pales, compared to the daily filth poured out by the likes of Mike Malloy, and the personal smearing that makes up the daily offerings of just about every liberal talk host out there.

Why not clean up your own act first?

Oh... forgot. None of your lib-favs has any ratings to speak of. Not much to do but pile on the one who does.

strip club fan

How about dumping Obama and Holder? All Limbaugh did was to insult some insipid, soon-to-be-wealthy, G-town law school babe who claimed that she could not afford to pay for her own contraceptives. How much does a 3-pak of condoms cost at 7-11?

By contrast Obama and Holder have not just insulted, but put hundreds of 'sluts and prostitues' behind bars. DOJ has turned enforcement of prostitution/stripping into a cottage industry. Rick's strip club in Seattle, a case in point.


The right is as loyal as it is uninformed and I doubt Rush is gone. Once all the noise calms down, they'll be back and so will his advertisers. Money trumps all.


Correct, ksr - why isn't Mike Malloy long since gone ? The left needs to clean up its own backyard and stop using the double standard before getting any respect. So Bill Maher justifies his anti-conservative women rant (worse than Limbaugh) by saying he doesn't have sponsors - neener, neener. He's a classless jackass.

While I am not a big fan of Limbaugh, it is evident that he stepped in it, took the bait - made a stupid and insulting comment and caused the state run progressivist media to have mulitple orgasms. He could have just said Ms. Fluke is a taker or a moocher, which she clearly is and been done with it.


What did I tell you.


It is interesting that you pick Mike Malloy as your liberal talk show whipping boy. As a liberal, I do not listen to Malloy because he reminds me of most of the conservative hosts in the way he rants and raves and spews hate. But he doesn't come anywhere near to being as vile as the worst conservative hosts such as Savage and Limbaugh.


Malloy is the only one they can ever think of. What does that tell you?


But he doesn't come anywhere near to being as vile as the worst conservative hosts such as Savage and Limbaugh.

Posted by: gorkri | March 06, 2012 at 08:15 PM

Ha ! That's your own perverted opinion that I disagree with. I also cited Bill Maher and will cite Ed Schultz who did apologize after he threw a slur at Laura Ingraham. If you listen to Randi Rhodes, she spews hate. Bill Press is just a deranged clown and he also spews hate at conservatives and there's more leftists on the radio who I can cite who are far less listened to than Limbaugh. I tend to not gravitate toward conservative talk shows that spew too much hate.


When it comes to haters on talk radio, the left continuously wins...

Mike D

Ed Schultz issued an unequivocal apology and was put on suspension for a week. Rush issued a bullshit non-apology and then went on the attack again the next day.

Schultz, Maher, Malloy, etc aren't defacto Democratic leaders. Dem politicians don't bow and scrape to them. They're irrelevent in the world of actual politics, whereas Limbugh has huge influence within the GOP.

You can't claim "hypocrisy" if you're comparing apples and oranges.


The money trail may provide an answer to this issue. Romney's old Bain Capital is a partner in Clear Channel, the parent company of Rush's syndicator. Bain Capital still means millions in annual income to Mitt and to the Mormon Church which receives at least 10% of that in the collection plate from Mitt's tithing. Small wonder that Rush is a Mitt booster and CC's directors are big contributors along with moneyed Mormons. No, Bonneville will do nothing to jeopardize the campaign of their guy or a revenue stream.

Dave H

Is there any place where there is a list of local advertisers?

DD Centrist

Rush isn't going anywhere. Bill Maher got away with it. Bitch, moan & complain. Not going to happen.


To quote a former radio personality... Rush IS a big fat idiot (and liar). As mentioned above, Rush has become the defacto leader of the R party. The other radio personalities are not the leaders of the dems. But I will agree to this...Malloy is annoying (to me) to listen to and is over the top in the lanuage he uses. I've made comments before about Bill Press and Big Eddie...they're not my fav's either.

But Bill Press and Ed have never called a private citizen a slut and asked to view her sex tapes. How on earth can any 'right' thinking person believe it's an acceptable form of political discourse to call someone you disagree with such a vile word? Someone w/ the power of Rush goes after a private citizen who was speaking out about pulic policy and basically Rush tries to crush that person. Really?

As for Bill Maher...he's a misogynist pig from time to time and he calls it humour. It's not funny to use the C word or the T word when referring to women. I don't care if he's talking about SP from up north. It's not funny. If Bill M is so damn funny...why doesn't he use his intelligence to find other words when describing people he disagrees with? Seriously...most of the time you only have to show a tape of these idiots speaking to get a laugh.

Oh wait...that schtick is already being done brilliantly by the guys on Comedy Central.


Wow, Kate. Has Maher used that word on cable? I don't listen to him other than clips from YouTube. I've heard men and women use the B word and the C word on this blog. I personally loathe the B word because it comes out of both men's and women's mouths so easily. It's become acceptable. Do you use it? As for Comedy Central, I think they're great most of the time as was George Carlin and Lenny Bruce. To put Maher in the same category as Limbaugh escapes me especially as he is on late night cable with an adult audience. And he seems equal opportunity for denigrating genders.

Maybe he is a misogynist...

I am curious: you said you've commented before about Press and Big Eddie. I missed those comments. Who do you listen to on the left that you like? I'm more curious than conflicted.

Anthony Scott

Mormons aren't exactly the champions of women. The mainstream church uses them as perpetual baby factories and the fringe groups marry them off at age 13 to 60 year old men.


Maybe you should pay attention to the hate that your buddies on the left are spewing for a change and stop faking outrage. Rush lowered himself to Maher's level and Mr. Maher also has a problem with the truth when he ridicules conservatives or whoever and uses the f-bomb more often. Press is another one who has problems with the truth, but anyone who takes him seriously is not playing with a full deck - IMHO.

What Rush did was wrong and stupid. He can get away with it though, since he owns his broadcasting company, unlike Schultz and those who were suspended. Mike D - They are all hypocrites - every last one of them.

Finis Hominis

The message Rush conveys coupled with incendiary invective is his strength among his listeners and his failing among everyone else. The invective (slut, he wants to view the sex tape) will subside in our media driven fast pace culture. But the message ’we right wing crazies want to manage your contraceptive practices’ is doomed to failure. Just watch Santorum’s swirl down the toilet bowl as an example.


Santorum's rebuttal is a non-starter.

Mike D

The "Rush = Maher" argument is phony. They aren't the same, as has been explained ad nauseum. Yes Maher is an ass when he told that (one) joke. Compare it to 20 plus years of Limbaugh viciously attacking women and feminism in general. Dem politicians don't feel the need to denounce Maher because he's irrelevent to them.


Haha. You're right, Mike. Rush is, after all, the leader of the Republican Party. How funny.


Rush wants to believe he is the leader of the Republican party, which is a facade. What difference would it make if Republicans denounced him ? Better to ignore him and screw the state run media - they are full of dog squeeze.



Mike D

Internet rule of thumb: uppercase always amplifies the stupid


Upper case means screaming in emailese. Lack of email ettiquette or just plain ignorance.


so they rant and rave about rush calling her the s word but no one after Bill mar for calling sarah palin the C word boy thats a double standard or what. no ones after Bill mar to get his show off the air. so nice try




cant we all just get along.


Mark Steyn has a nuanced take on all of these trumped up theatrics by the Democrats to distract us from their continued Government intrusion into everyones life.

Steyn says it well

Bob Nelson

Rush has lost stations in Pittsfield, MA and Hilo, HI. He has gained powerful FM talkers in Ft Wayne IN and Fargo ND (hometown of Ed Schultz). The one in Fargo is only about 96,000 watts.

He's clearly running scared. 2 down, 598 to go---oops, make that 2 down,
600 to go.


Current Score: Rush Limbaugh 1 Media Matters 0.

Puget Sound Blathers

Wonderful letter from Bristol Palin to President Obama. I guess we'll find out if the Left is engaged in genuine discourse or 'faux' outrage for political purposes.

"Dear Mr President"

You don’t know my telephone number, but I hope your staff is busy trying to find it. Ever since you called Sandra Fluke after Rush Limbaugh called her a slut, I figured I might be next. You explained to reporters you called her because you were thinking of your two daughters, Malia and Sasha. After all, you didn’t want them to think it was okay for men to treat them that way:

“One of the things I want them to do as they get older is engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on,” you said. “I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens.”

And I totally agree your kids should be able to speak their minds and engage the culture. I look forward to seeing what good things Malia and Sasha end up doing with their lives.

But here’s why I’m a little surprised my phone hasn’t rung. Your $1,000,000 donor Bill Maher has said reprehensible things about my family. He’s made fun of my brother because of his Down’s Syndrome. He’s said I was “f—-d so hard a baby fell out.” (In a classy move, he did this while his producers put up the cover of my book, which tells about the forgiveness and redemption I’ve found in God after my past – very public — mistakes.)

If Maher talked about Malia and Sasha that way, you’d return his dirty money and the Secret Service would probably have to restrain you. After all, I’ve always felt you understood my plight more than most because your mom was a teenager. That’s why you stood up for me when you were campaigning against Sen. McCain and my mom — you said vicious attacks on me should be off limits.

Yet I wonder if the Presidency has changed you. Now that you’re in office, it seems you’re only willing to defend certain women. You’re only willing to take a moral stand when you know your liberal supporters will stand behind you.


What if you did something radical and wildly unpopular with your base and took a stand against the denigration of all women… even if they’re just single moms? Even if they’re Republicans?

I’m not expecting your SuperPAC to return the money. You’re going to need every dime to hang on to your presidency. I’m not even really expecting a call. But would it be too much to expect a little consistency? After all, you’re President of all Americans, not just the liberals."

Finis Hominis

Looks like Sara’s using the kids to get into the spotlight again.

Puget Sound Blathers

too funny, looks like it is just 'faux outrage'

thanks Finnis

Puget Sound Blathers

more of the hypocrisy dealie, aka 'faux outrage' for political purposes. ya know, okay for bill maher to insult women as long as they are young republican ladies such as bristol. maybe take a shot at the brother with the health issue...

right finnis?

or maybe president obama will step up, return the dough and call ms bristol up to offer some moral support.

lets all hold our collective breath... right finnis?

Finis Hominis

This is why I believe this is a Palin ploy.
He can’t give the money back because it went to Priorities USA Action, the super PAC supporting President Obama. So if Obama did call, then what? He might say ‘sorry this happened to you’? He might say, well if you didn’t crawl into the sack with the local meth dealer's son and knock back those wine coolers you may have had better judgment. He might say, take a look at this University student giving testimony before Congress about birth control. She’s speaking on the behalf of others. Now that’s responsible behavior you can believe in. Either way, no one on the right would give him credit for calling her to console her damaged heart.

But it’s a great way to get free TV time for Sara


No evidence Bristol really wrote that, Puget. This is one of those viral emails that is making the rounds. Personally, she has never shown a capability for such profundity.

Puget Sound Blathers

okay Walt, lets say she didnt write it...it is on her blog...but let's say someone else authored it.
it doesn't change the fact that bill maher said those things and that they were reprehensible and directed at bristol and her brother.

but go ahead, dance around the double standard.

Puget Sound Blathers

hey finis, even if he can't give back the money the president could give bristol the same call he did for ms. fluke. right?

Finis Hominis

To what end?

Obama is a Democrat, he happens to agree with the line of reasoning Sandra Fluke has presented. What line of reasoning has Sara brought forth?

Plus the extremist still don’t think he’s a born ‘murakin. What good would Obama do for poor Sara’s brood? By the way did any of the republican front runners call poor Sara’s child? Did anyone on the right bring together a protest to bring Bill Maher down?


Who are the real extremists (and leave out the birthers - agreed that they are loony) ?
It is clearly documented that Obama has had close associations with radicals/extremists such as Ayers, Bell, Wright, Franklin Davis (who was a childhood mentor of his in Hawaii), but the leftwing mainstream media is unwilling and chicken to vet him now and probably forever. There are more radical associations and actions to indicate Obama's extremism. Leftists who think of conservatives as extremists may be correct in a few cases but they are also the pot calling the kettle black.

Naturally, Obama would agree with Fluke's reasoning - she is a willing recipient of government handouts paid for by other's money. BHO is clearly the deadbeat's choice..

Finis Hominis

Who are the real extremists? Reactionaries, liars, hyperbolic propaganda circulators. If you don’t know who they are, you may be one of them.


I know and just pointed out who some of them are. Are you not willing to acknowledge tha ? It's a fascinating circular argument that you present - LOL

Finis Hominis

So you are agreeing that you are an extremist? How adroit of you.


Au contrere - I am agreeing that you are an extremist - how obtuse of you.


I think KS is in an imagined world of her own making.


and you are the moral authority for the seamy underbelly ??

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