May We Ask This Question?

How can ANY thinking person listen to him?

         

26 Comments

  1. Strange, I ask myself the same queston all the time.

    And any answer I come up with seems to devolve into cheap pop-psychology that I never find satisfying.

    He just strikes me as mean and sometimes clever. For whatever reason some people apparently find that sort of thing amusing.

    Then again, I don’t like Simon Cowell either, though my absense from his viewing audience doesn’t apparently affect his ratings.

  2. Again:

    Limbaugh is that radio man who cannot control his weight nor his drug habits, so why does anyone listen to a thing he says, esp. re: mature decision making?

  3. There are people who think the Global World News is a real newspaper. Limbaugh, and Fox News, are nothing more than broadcast media forms of those sub-normal tabloids.

    It’s no use asking why people listen. Why do they read tabloids?

  4. What a jerk. He claims the Edwards family are ‘political people.’ I wonder what he thinks the Bush family are

  5. I don’t think any thinking person actually listens to him … unless they have had a similar string of divorces and need to blame women for their own sexism and short comings rather than accepting fault themselves.

  6. There’s an old addage that says: “You’re judged by the company you keep.”

    When a person says how they admire Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter I wonder if they realize just what they’re saying about themselves.

  7. Limbaugh is simply a blight on the American political scene

  8. Obviously, enough people do listen to him or he wouldn’t be on the air.
    Now, that’s really scary to think about.

  9. IMO it boils down to ‘World View’, ‘Priorities’ and ‘Humor’.

    It seems that the more “right leaning” a blog, the less likely there will be any humor, laughter or music… No room… Not important… Silly, stupid, foolishness.

    Conversely, the more “left leaning” or “Progressive” a blog, the more likely you’ll see a party from time to time… Seems to help some with priorities… Help with perspective.

    I really appreciate that Joe, Michael, Cagle Cartoons and others add the odd movie clip, comedy routine, ‘Quote of the Day’, cartoon, etc.. These distractions show those paying attention that there is more to this world and more in this life than negative waves and politics 24/7.

    Listen… C&L’s Late Nite Music Club with Paul Simon and George Harrison and then tell me how important Mr. Limbaugh and his faux pas really is was.

  10. The simple answer is that his listeners are not thinking people! He convinces them that his version of events is the closest to reality so that they will not be swayed by the liberal MSM. The reason for Limpy’s success is that he fills a need for people who already have a lot of strong right wing opinions, and who do not want those opinions changed by the actual facts. They can hear his half-truths and tell themselves that they are “informed”. Does anyone hear know an actual listener???

  11. I don’t listen, and can’t listen to the rantings and ravings of either the right (Limbaugh, Hannity) or any Air America personality (Rhodes, Franken) for more than two minutes before I have to turn them off. Same thing with the TV talk shows, including Olberman. Can’t say that I understand the mentality (and hatred) of those who listen and treat these commentators as “all knowing” creatures.

    That being said, criticism of Edwards and how he handled the situation should not be spun as simply the evil thoughts of the extreme right.

    Just look at the NY Times online article when the story first broke, and the comments sent in – hundreds and hundreds, almost evenly split. To hold a press conference to announce the re-emergance of the cancer AND to state that he was continuing with the campaign struck many, including me, as political.

    While I personally don’t agree with the decision, I understand that it’s a personal decision – but there was no need for a press conference. If they made the decision to continue and wanted (for some reason) to reveal her condition, a press release would suffice. A press conference would also be appropriate if he was withdrawing from the campaign. The way it was handled just left a bad taste in my mouth, and my immediate reaction was that there was some exploitation of the sad situation.

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m not alone – and it’s something that people should be able to discuss without being demonized.

  12. How is Limbaugh any different than Huffpo or Kos or Al Franken or any of the left-wing loonies?

  13. I found it pretty telling that Edwards said he loves America but wants to change it.

    I asked myself, if he loves America why does he want to change it? Does he mean he loves what he thinks he can change America into? It confused me. Ah well not like he’ll get the nod anyway, he has no prayer.

  14. Him? Olbermann, you mean? He’s quoted so lovingly in the Media Matters article you reference.

    I’m no fan of Limbaugh, but Olbermann is just as bad a demagogue.

  15. Who’s listening to him?

    A lot of Conservative/Republicans are listening to him…. they love Limbaugh. He is a prophet to the Conservative nutjobs who listen to him… (and there are millions of them).

    He is obviously doing well…. I have not heard of anything about stations dropping his show, or about advertisers pulling their ads…so Republicans and Conservative corporate America obviously love the man.

    It’s the same with Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Drudge, Ingraham, Michael Savage, the KKK, the Aryan Brotherhood, Neal Boortz, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and all the rest of the Republican Spokesmen (& spokeswomen) from this group. There are literally dozens upon dozens of them. Each has a strong solid following….which sells advertising and keeps them on the air.

    So there are a lot of people out there (millions) who share the views of these talk hosts….and love the fact that these hosts say things that they themselves can’t say or don’t want to say out loud…in public.

    These are the same people who represent that steady 33% of Bush/Republican support. That’s the base. That constitutes millions of people.

    These people represent the hatred and racism that many Americans (mostly white Conservatives) still have in their hearts. If millions of Americans did not feel this way….then these Republican talk show hosts would have gone out of business a long time ago. In fact, one of the key things that you can look at to determine if hate and racism are still thriving…is how well these kinds of media programs are doing. And by all accounts… most of these programs are doing quite well.

  16. Jim:
    I found it pretty telling that Edwards said he loves America but wants to change it.

    I asked myself, if he loves America why does he want to change it? Does he mean he loves what he thinks he can change America into? It confused me. Ah well not like he’ll get the nod anyway, he has no prayer.

    Just like people love their children…. but sometimes your child gets sick…. If your child is sick, does that mean you should no longer love them? No… of course not.

    It’s the same with the country… You can love it, but still recognize that it has problems and can do better.

    I don’t see how you are confusing the two concepts.

  17. It’s only too true that the Left has its own demogogues. Since I don’t listen to any much, I can’t be sure if my assessment is right.

    But, the difference I see is that the Left goes after its enemies on issues. It does not make fun of people for the diseases they have, as an example. Their uncrossed borders may not be high, but the Limbaugh types have no borders, and there is nothing they respect as ‘out of bounds’.

  18. How is Limbaugh any different than Huffpo or Kos or Al Franken or any of the left-wing loonies?

    How about drug abuse and trips with Viagra to a Carribean island known for prostitution. This from a spokesman for the party of morality and personal responsibity.

  19. Not just prostitution, Rudi, but child prostitution.

    I thought it was funny that Limbaugh needed Viagra so he could go poke him some underage tail.

  20. Limbaugh talking about what Edwards should or should nor do in taking care of his wife is hilarious, like he is an expert on marriage. How many times has he been divorced?

  21. The right should be judged by who their spokesmen are. People like Limbaugh, who is an admitted ex addict and has been divorced three times should not be taken as any kind of arbiter of morality for the rest of us. I just don’t see how conservatives can preach to the rest of us, yet choose spokesmen like Limbaugh, Hannity and Coulter.

    You can say those on Air America are just as bad, and maybe they are, which is why Air America is in bankruptcy proceedings. They are obviously turning off liberals. Rush and Sean, however, have large loyal audiences and frequently host GOP bigwigs from Congress and the administration.

  22. I second the Angry Independent, especially here:

    In fact, one of the key things that you can look at to determine if hate and racism are still thriving…is how well these kinds of media programs are doing. And by all accounts… most of these programs are doing quite well.

    You might think Rush jumped the shark with the Michael Fox episode, and he almost certainly has made himself into a political liability in strictly practical terms, but I would bet that he lost little if any of his listenership.

    Moreover, there was really very little in the way of negative reaction from the GOP establishment. They’ve developed an addiction to him and his ilk.

    25-30% of the American voters are poorly informed and fiercely determined to stay that way. That’s how Rush, O’Reilly, et al stay in business.

  23. Read the biography on Wikipedia. Realize that when Rush makes comments on issues he comes from a purely political perspective on all issues and doesn’t really do any research with accuracy in mind. Here’s an example of his expertise in the field of the environment.

    Consider his history of racism and broadcasting utter BS back in the days of the Clinton administration.

    And yet many of the people who call themselves conservatives in this country still lap up what this guy says.

  24. Jim,

    Wikipedia is not exactly an authoritative biographical source for controversial figures since partisans continually attempt to put their own spin into them.

  25. But yea, Rush is political and everything he deals with he does so on a political level. So what?

  26. Entropy,

    The Wikipedia entry jibes completely with everything I’ve read from multiple sources. I live in the KC area and have for almost all my life so I found his links to the area interesting and read more about his background.

    As far as “so what” goes, consider his background and those who think he really has a clue on the issues he blows hot air about. What does it say about them when they do no further research and just take Rush’s word for it? What does that say about millions of those who call themselves conservatives?

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