Rush Limbaugh’s radio show has been broadcast nationally in the U.S. since 1988. During that time, Limbaugh has made a fortune from his ugly brand of ultra-conservative politics and belligerent rants. He dislikes anyone who’s not a right-wing extremist, but Limbaugh particularly relishes degrading women, people of color, poor people, immigrants and members of the LGBT community — in other words, anyone who doesn’t look and think like him.
The Rush Limbaugh show is syndicated by Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of media giant Clear Channel — which bills itself as “the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other radio or television outlet.” Premiere pays Limbaugh an astounding $38 million a year to spew his hate across the airwaves.
Limbaugh’s bullying has paid off handsomely for him in other ways, as well. Over the years he has become one of the most feared power brokers in the Republican party. According to the New York Times, he is “the party’s top strategist and de facto boss” and has “played an important role in elections going back to 1994.” David Frum, special assistant to George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002, recently said: “Among TV and radio talkers and entertainers, there is none who commands anything like the deference that Limbaugh commands from Republicans.”
With his recent targeting of law student Sandra Fluke — whose only crime was offering to testify before Congress about insurance coverage of birth control — Limbaugh may have finally gone too far. The radio host went on a three-day on-air tirade against Fluke, calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute,” claiming she must be “having so much sex, it’s amazing she can still walk,” and creepily demanding video tapes of her having sex.
Limbaugh’s compulsory “apology” was insincere and covered only his “choice of words” — not his baseless claims about Fluke’s sex life, nor his intent, which was to shame a young woman for coming forward, speaking her mind and standing up for women’s rights. Like bullies everywhere, Limbaugh was using the age-old tactic of savaging one woman for the purpose of scaring away all women from the public square. And he’s far from sorry about that!
The uproar over Limbaugh’s three-day hate fest has begun to hit him where it hurts: Some 64 advertisers have abandoned the show, more than 100 companies have requested that their ads not air during the program, and two radio stations have dropped Limbaugh’s show entirely. It takes courage to stand up to bullies, and so far Clear Channel continues to enable the biggest bully on the block. But WE are ready to do the right thing. We are proud to stand in solidarity with everyone Limbaugh has spewed his hatred on, everyone he has intimidated, everyone he trashes on a daily basis, and say Enough Rush!
We’re rallying against Rush Limbaugh with more determination than ever before. Come join us.