In a response to massive advertiser boycott due to his attacks on Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh proclaimed himself God’s gift to women.
Here is the audio from Media Matters:
Transcript via Rush Limbaugh:
Folks, are you getting all of this? I run through this stuff pretty quickly. It’s easy for me because I’ve got it right here in front of me. I have been blessed with a nice, good memory. All of this will be up at RushLimbaugh.com. You’ll be able to see all of this. I will tweet some of this stuff out, too, but are you getting this? This week has been incredible. It’s been profound. All-time low Obama approval in the New York Times. You people are “stupid,” John Harris at Politico said. “Stupid!” The polls are “broken.” The poll respondents are stupid. Obama is making it up about energy and oil, bombing out in every area of green energy. Wind, solar are bombing out.
He’s steadfastly opposed to progress, steadfastly committed to this silly notion that oil is somehow a poison when it’s as natural as sugar. It’s as natural as anything else that comes from the earth. Why is oil so bad? Why is oil such a filthy thing? There are a lot of things that are much worse — and oil has been, like me, a godsend. (interruption) Well, that’s what the feminazis said this week at their convention, that I was a “godsend.” I’m not saying that. They are. They said I was a godsend. That makes me God’s gift to women. Really, why does anybody even accept the notion that oil is a poison? What, oil spills now and then convince everybody it’s rotten to the core? Who dies? It’s just silly.
So we’re gonna look into alternatives that don’t exist? For what purpose?
Here is what Terry O’Neill of the National Organization For Women really said:
Notice that she never said Rush Limbaugh was God’s gift to women. What she did say was that Limbaugh’s sexist attacks were a godsend for women’s rights groups. I am assuming she felt this way because Limbaugh’sbig mouth finally brought mainstream media attention to the Republican war on women and their reproductive rights. Limbaugh’s spin is nothing more than the next level of desperation for the right wing host as his future earnings and those of his partners and affiliates continue to evaporate under the weight of the boycott.
An amazing 142 companies have dropped Limbaugh, and things have gotten so bad for Rush that he was excited to announce on Wednesday that he had to do voice overs for four new commercials that will be starting next week, “During the top-of-the-hour break I just received four new commercials that I have to voice by Friday.” Notice Limbaugh didn’t say he had for new advertisers, but four new commercials.
Could he bedoing four different spots for one advertiser? It’s possible, but what we are probably about to see is Limbaugh’s former Fortune 500 advertisers being replaced with a lower quality and cheaper batch of advertisers. Remember, after Beck’s advertisers departed, his ad slots were filled by gold pushers, News Corp properties, and small time right wingers.
Limbaugh can warp the words of NOW, but there is no denying that the he has become the face of, and the anchor around the necks of those who are spearheading the war on women. Limbaugh can host all the women callers that he wants and spin this any way that he can dream up, but the reality is that every time his show is broadcast, radio stations are losing money.
The advertisers aren’t coming back. The storm isn’t going to pass, and Rush Limbaugh may never be the same.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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