Obama In Secret Conspiracy With Rush Limbaugh To Boost Wingnut Radio Listenership

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Sometimes a cigar is just a Freudian substitute for a huge black cock.Goodness gracious, who ever could have imagined that more people might want to listen to Rush Limbaugh once they discovered this odious sperm-giblet said awful objectionable things on the radio all the time? Usually, people’s reactions when they are told they must not look at or listen to some particularly salacious thing is to never think of it again.

And yet in this one isolated circumstance, it appears that listenership of Limbaugh’s verboten radio show actually rose during the “Rush Limbaugh is the head of the Republican party” controversy:

According to the Media Research Center, stations that carry Limbaugh’s day time talk show experienced a “dramatic surge” of listeners in February — the month when congressional Democrats and even President Obama publicly took swipes at the conservative talker.

“President Obama declared war on Rush Limbaugh and his ratings went through the roof,” said Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell. “If that’s not a magnificent backfire, I’m not sure what is.”

It’s certainly hard to argue with such firm facts and figures as a “dramatic surge” rumor spread by a conservative media watchdog group, so we won’t even try. After all it does make sense that blanket media coverage of a particular person, show, or publication might eventually draw more people to pay attention to that person, show, or publication.

That is why, as of today, Wonkette is the head of the Republican party. We heard it from Rahm Emanuel.

Limbaugh’s ratings spike amid Dem attacks [Political Ticker]

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61 comments

  1. shortsshortsshorts

    Frankly I don’t care if this is off-topic or blog-whoring. It is taking the Republican graph meme to a whole new level. SO THERE IT IS ON TOPIC BECAUSE RUSH LIMBAUGH IS REPUBLICAN.

    http://www.shortsshortsshorts.com/?p=1505

    I cannot describe to you how funny this was to see on fark.com last night.

    Have a good weekend, everyone (except anyone reading this).

  2. queeraselvis v 2.0

    Alt-text WIN, though I’d suggest a “ginormous bag of big black cocks.” Also.

  3. BillyClubb

    …odious sperm-giblet? Sara, where did you come up with that term? Sounds like a line from Eraserhead.

  4. rambone

    So, if I’m reading you right, what you’re saying is that Rush Limbaugh was trying to get people to pay more attention to Bill Clinton during that entire “Clinton is a worthless pile of crap President” thing during the 90′s?

    Circle of life and all that?

  5. Texan Bulldoggette

    Dumb question but how do they differentiate between folks who listen to OxyContin boy on purpose for the whole time because they’re, um, insane from folks who switched over by accident looking for Howard Stern or who only listen for a couple minutes before throwing up in their Big Gulp cups & moving on? I would presume they can’t & therefore Rush’s #s are probably pretty falsely inflated, right??

  6. queeraselvis v 2.0

    By the way, eds. The pic choices today have been UNIFORMLY FOR THE LOVE OF CHOCOLATE JESUS HORRIBLE. I now have permanent ocular and intestinal damage as a result. Thank you.

  7. Come here a minute

    This is funny until you realize people believe him when he says the New Deal made the depression worse. YOU CANT SPEND YR WAY OUT OF A DEPRESSION, SHEEPLE, you must WAR your way out of it!!!!11!1!!

  8. user-of-owls

    “If that’s not a magnificent backfire, I’m not sure what is.”

    Pull my finger, Brent, and I’ll show you what a magnificent backfire is.

  9. V572625694

    [re=275409]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Whaddya mean, “Have a good weekend” — are you abandoning us?

  10. Bearbloke

    Why wouldn’t the President want Americans to hear, and be nauseated by, the vile nonsense words of the Leader of The Opposition Party?

  11. Crow T. Robot

    I’m not quite sure I get this, I mean, OK, it’s good for Rush–he’s already doin’ great, I don’t care if he does slightly better. What I care about is the rednecks alienating everybody else in the party–if they’re doin’ that, more power to ‘em.

  12. user-of-owls

    [re=275418]BillyClubb[/re]: They have a program somewhere that generates these things, ‘cuz they are too divine to be crafted by human minds.

    HEY…wait a minute! I was just going to throw in one of my all time favs, Hitchens as a “gin-soaked former-Trotskyite popinjay”, when lo and behold, I see this:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2005/may/18/usa.iraq

    **weeps quietly as illusions are shattered**

  13. Pop Secret

    After all it does make sense that blanket media coverage of a particular person, show, or publication might eventually draw more people to pay attention to that person, show, or publication.

    That’s preposterous. L. Brent Bozell III has been founding new pamphlets and conservative websites almost weekly for years and still nobody gives two damp shits about who he is.

  14. SayItWithWookies

    So a month after that WaPo article stating that nobody really knows what radio ratings are, Bozell comes out and says Rush’s are up — based on what? And how did Obama declare war on Rush — by firing up Michael Steele to take him on? Republicans and stupid are like David and Mrs. Vitter — they both need each other, even though for one it’s just for show and for the other it’s for social climbing.

  15. TGY

    So, it’s been confirmed the opposition is led by a blowhard bully without any real ideas? WIN!

  16. emcee

    In all seriousness, this is not a backfire. It’s a component of the strategy.

    Really.

    (Note – had never thought of the word “backfire” as fodder for either fart or Anal-STD jokes . . . until typing it into the comments section at Wonkette. I hate what you people have made me.)

  17. Rary Guppert

    i used to listen to rush all the time, not because i agree with him on ANYthing but because i enjoy hating my radio.

  18. snideinplainsight

    The real smoke is over at TPM covering Michelle Bachmann going ballistic – I swear, that lady has abso-fureaking-lutely lost her mind. Her and Steele, now they would be a Republican ticket worth praying for.

  19. problemwithcaring

    [re=275409]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Fucking dieing at “Serious Octagon” and “Tax Cut Cube.” Thank you.

  20. Capitol Hillbilly

    i can only add my vote of appreciation for the alt text. how does such a sweet young woman think of such things?

  21. Heywood Floyd

    You can always tell when SKS starts her weekend early. Cheers.`

    “President Obama declared war on Rush Limbaugh and his ratings went through the roof,” said Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell, just before being smacked clear across the face by some dude demanding that he need to get back to work on “The Jupiter Mission.”

    That’s how it should have gone down.

    Clearly I’ve made an early start of my weekend as well.

    Cheers (to all but shortsshortsshorts)

  22. grevillea

    So getting negative attention for acting out is better than being ignored? Who is their media strategist, a maladjusted kindergartner?

  23. mad mom

    The best estimates (keeping in mind that radio ratings are basically impossible to calculate, so what the hell, it’s all a crapshoot) are that Limbaugh’s audience WAS about 14 million, and IS now, temporarily, about 24 million–but who knows, and, more importantly, who cares? In any case, creepy old Father Coughlin had 25 million back when there were only about 120 million people in the whole damn country. This would suggest that proportionately fewer of us are pure moonbat crazy than we used to be. On the other hand, the fact that lots of these people are a) heavily armed, b) excited by Michelle Bachmann’s call to revolution, c) rabid and d) awesomely ignorant does create some space for unease….

  24. bricks

    Since my office spouse just so happens to be my only true friend by default, and also since we don’t officially work together anymore, and also since we’re both dudes (him being happily married and me being single and virtually swimming in the poontang, btw) and we can not, by law, be truly office-married, and the state of Texas doesn’t recognize office civil unions, the point of this run-on sentence being I have no one else that cares to listen, so i’ll admit this to you people:

    I listened to the fat oxycontin guzzling fartsniffer about five or six times since he became the King of all Republicans-

    I didn’t enjoy it, and I felt dirty afterwards, but I did listen. I’m over it now though, I promise.

    Which leads us to the truly important issue here- that whole office hubby thing doesn’t make me gay, does it?

  25. joezoo

    That photo of Rush always reminds me of those wide-angle photos of cows, where the cow tries to get real close and lick the camera. Go ahead, do a Google image search for “cow close up” and see what I mean.

  26. loudmouthredhead

    [re=275455]Capitol Hillbilly[/re]: Sara is the lone survivor of the cult that summoned “The One Whose Girth Cannot Be Measured” from the abyss of eternal darkness.

    How do they measure radio ratings….Don’t they just do random sample calls to any idiot with an active phone?
    People could just be frightened into listening to him, like the Pakistanis listening to the Taliban radio. They want to know where he will land next, snuffing out all life in his anal shadow of death.

  27. user-of-owls

    [re=275453]V572625694[/re]: No, no…it was more in the vein of when you learn that Santa Claus isn’t real.

    And speaking of childhood traumas, dear ol’ pop used to deploy a similar phrasing, “You’re cruisin’ for a bruisin’”…which nearly always did, in fact, result in me cruising to the destination he predicted.

    Good times, good times.

  28. CorkPopper

    [re=275409]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: If blogwhoring that amazingly funny shit is wrong, I don’t think you should be right.

  29. prizepig

    [re=275440]user-of-owls[/re]:
    Yep and “odious sperm-giblet” is lifted directly from a 1972 Helen Thomas article about Richard Nixon.

  30. Pat Pending

    Yeah, Rush’s listenership got bigger. He’s getting more attention. He’s getting more and more swollen and I can’t wait until he finally explodes, splattering pus all over his minions like the gigantic overfull cultural zit he is.

  31. AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=275424]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: I’m figuring that half of the listeners were just Daily Show writers hoping that Rush would respond in a more obnoxious way than usual. For material.

  32. DC Hates Me

    It’s no mystery. Whenever unemployment increases, so does Rush’s audience. It’s true, Rush listeners are an economic indicator.

    btw, link is dead already.

  33. earthadellic

    Chris Matthews just called Obama “a jock” and although you couldn’t see him, I swear I heard him slurp his lips. Mmmm, sexy president.

  34. sarcasticusername

    and here i thought barry’s super secret plan was to have people actually pay attention to the hateful and illogical shit that rush spews daily, and permanently identify that as the republican mainstream since republican politicians are too afraid to piss of rush by disagreeing with his nonsense; but instead mr. bozell the expert tells me he really wanted everyone to ignore rush. wow he’s right, that really has backfired spectacularly; if only barry were as smart as mr. bozell.

  35. LittlePig

    [re=275488]DC Hates Me[/re]: btw, link is dead already.

    We probably slashdotted CNN, given that most of their regular audience is still getting used to television, much less computers. Their little two-hamster server couldn’t take the strain.

  36. S.Luggo

    The crease in the middle of fatboy’s forehead, is that where he fell into the medicine cabinet?

  37. Harvey Birdman

    [re=275464]bricks[/re]: Yes, the office husband makes you gay. Masochistically listening to Rush makes you a bottom.

  38. Harvey Birdman

    [re=275492]sarcasticusername[/re]: And Bozell’s so S-M-R-T he’s perpetuating the story.

  39. proudcitizen

    We all knew that the closet racists were going to go apeshit as soon as Obama was elected. Unfortunately, I know too many people, far from rich, even struggling economically, that will side with the GOP despite the fact that GOP cares only about the very rich and very white men. The fact that they flock to a barely concealed racist surprises me not a bit. These same closet racists will put their own financial best interest aside simply because they hate the idea of a black man as president.

  40. Canuckledragger

    It is idiotic to assume that everyone who listens to a given radio toad MUST share their ethos.

    Half the people who listen to Rusty Limpdick do so purely for the entertainment value of hearing an economy sized moron trying to stuff ten pounds of shite into a five pound bag. They ain’t converts; they’re giggling voyeurs, hoping to witness a live, onair aneurysm.

    Not everyone who watches Hopey’s Town Hall thingies is a supporter; some watch just to crib notes for their next screed AGAINST Hopey.

    My mother watches Lou Dobbs and thinks he’s just aces. Whereas I watch Lou Dobbs just to keep an eye on whatever the cretins among us are up to. [And then flog Ameros to the gullible.]

    Two distinct audiences, tuning in for two distinct reasons, and never the twain shall meet.

    You want a ratings BONANZA?????? Set up a pay-per-view fist-off between Rusty and Mikey “Lexington” Steele, with the first man to cry “uncle” required to blow the other to a happy ending. Huge audience, but it doesn’t mean all the viewers would consist ONLY of teh geyz.

  41. picyou

    Who is this Rush Limball? Everybody seems to be talking about him. Does he have a Saturday morning cartoon show, sorta like Peewee had? I’d like to see it.

  42. trondant

    [re=275574]picyou[/re]: He is a Florida Penis Goblin, but that’s not important right now.

  43. hobospacejungle

    [re=275463]mad mom[/re]: Radio ratings are indeed impossible to calculate. And most calculations involve equating someone listening for one minute to someone listening for one hour. To say that rush has 24 million listeners is like saying the Crazy Guy Cable Access Show has 24 million watchers because lazy people tend to just use the up & down channel buttons on their remotes, so they happen to pass Crazy Guy dozens of times each evening.

  44. Servo

    Why do people tease others? To get a reaction. With Lush Rimjob, a completely irrational, fist-flaying, and spit-spraying reaction is an amusement bargain for the button-pushing.

  45. HuddledMass

    [re=275432]V572625694[/re]: He says he’s going to his “secret layer” in the desert. Layer cake? Some deep layer of his psyche?

    But I do not really disdain 3Xshorts’ spelling because, check the link. he is a rare and snarkling jewel.

  46. CaliforniaMike

    [re=275463]mad mom[/re]: Actually, Father Coughlin had 45 million listeners at his peak, which was about a third of the country. It’s amazing how stupid Bozell is here. What’s good for Limbaugh, even if his audience were to double, is terrible for the GOP.

  47. Big Liver

    Here is what’s happening; people have tuned in to Rush who normally don’t, for obvious reasons, and they will go “Ewww”, as normal people will, and their flight from his noisome presence will precipitate and presage his utter collapse and ruin. I promise. Because I’ve seen this shit before.

  48. Bruno

    I remember when several years ago, those Scientology books were consistently in the #1 positions on the NYT best sellers list. From what I understand they figured out how to manipulate the statistics and kept recycling books they themselves bought.

    Maybe Rush is has ordered his listeners to keep every radio in their house, SUV, etc on to boost his ‘ratings’.

  49. plowman

    [re=275567]Canuckledragger[/re]: AMEN BROTHER! I just don’t get the Rush obsession on either end of the spectrum but I will listen to all the media bullshit across that spectrum, for the entertainment value if nothing else… Anytime both the far rightys and lefty loons have their panties in a wad things are right in the universe.

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