Archive for February 2013

Limbaugh ‘Ashamed’ Comment Puts Sequestration in Right Perspective

February 23, 2013

After more than two decades of espousing patriotism, Rush Limbaugh reached a breaking point this week declaring, “for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country.”

“I’m into my 25th year,” Limbaugh said on his program Thursday addressing the sequestration debate. “I can’t tell you the number of times this has happened. This hit me yesterday. I’ve said the same things over and over for 25 years. Whether the Clinton presidency or the Obama presidency, whether it’s a Pelosi speakership or Tom Foley, it’s the same stuff. It’s the same threats. It’s the same arguments over and over. Nothing ever changes! We just keep spending more money.”

Though Limbaugh has a history of saying audacious things on his program, the comment went viral, crashed his website and elicited outrage from his critics. It’s the kind of thing Limbaugh is known for, as explained in Fred Lucas’s The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment.

Limbaugh went on to explain, “We’re just not going to spend as much as was projected. It’s all baseline budgeting. There is no real cut below a baseline of zero.”

The Right Frequency tells the story of how Limbaugh’s career spawned an alternative media universe of other personalities also profiled in the book. The book explains how Limbaugh was an issue in the last presidential election after making another over-the-top comment, and why Democrats once anointed him the “leader of the Republican Party.”

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Book on Talkers Political Legacy Hits an Amazon Bestseller List

February 21, 2013

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It has been sandwiched between books on Paul Harvey. It has been ahead of a biography of Rush Limbaugh and a book by Larry King on the on Amazon’s Best Seller List for Radio History and Criticism.

The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants who Shook up the Political and Media Establishment hit the list again this week, reaching the top 20 at one point.

The Right Frequency goes beyond a single radio personality, but spans a history of radio commentators from the days of H.V. Kaltenborn and Walter Winchell, into the era of Joe Pyne and Bob Grant to the modern day of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. Readers learn how voices on the air shaped public opinion on matters going back to the New Deal, McCarthyism, the Clinton impeachment, the war in Iraq and current partisan warfare in Washington.

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The Moral Liberal: Talk Radio not reaching ‘Low Information Voters’

February 16, 2013

The Moral Liberal website featured a piece on The Right Frequency that said the following.

That does not mean, however, that conservative talk radio is influential because it appeals to an older, better educated audience, a demographic that leaves out those under 35 and low income listeners, an increasing percentage of whom are on some form of government dole.

A significant portion of “low information” voters who elected Obama were not listening to conservative talk radio. The popularity of Fox News does not appear to translate into any effect on Congress or the White House. They were all over the Benghazi scandal and it has fizzled.

Despite dwindling newspaper circulation, despite the rise of the Internet as a provider of news, and despite the popularity of conservative talk radio, it would appear that the mainstream media is winning by parroting the daily White House “talking points” and by burying White House scandals such as the Benghazi cover-up. The recent Sunday “Sixty Minutes” interview with the President and out-going Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is testimony to the slavish support of the mainstream media.

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The Daily Journalist on The Right Frequency: Liberal Media is Winning

February 16, 2013

A recent piece The Daily Journalist website examined The Right Frequency and questioned talk radio’s impact over the years. The concluding of the TDJ piece was that the liberal media is still winning.  Part of the article said:

Is Rush Limbaugh influential? Obama seems to think so because Rush has now replaced George W. Bush as his favorite bogyman and punching bag.

It’s worth noting that Rush does not endorse candidates and was lukewarm towards both McCain and Romney during the past two elections. Lucus quotes him as saying “I don’t say that I have influence. I was totally opposed to the 1990 budget deal and it still happened. I am not an activist…this is entertainment.”

That, I suspect, is Limbaugh’s great appeal. He is very entertaining. It does not, so far as I can see, translate into influence at the polls because many of Rush’s devoted “Ditto Heads” may, as they did in the last election, decided to stay home.

The Obama White House knows it has the mainstream media in its pocket. They have become little more than a megaphone for its policies and, these days, an instrument of liberal propaganda. The White House political agenda is advanced by a no-holds-barred attack on anyone who oppose their policies and, of late, a deliberate effort to undermine the Republican Party that is still reeling from the 2012 loss.

Obama’s thuggish politics these days involves attacking the leading conservative news outlet. In an interview with The New Republic, Obama continues to denigrate Fox News and Limbaugh, claiming that “the more left-leaning media outlets recognize that compromise is not a dirty word.” This is a President who has demonstrated no inclination to compromise on anything and a disdain for Congress and the Constitution.

Obama Blasts Republicans ‘Preferred Media’: Texas Insider

February 16, 2013

Texas Insider published a piece on President Obama and talk radio, mentioning The Right Frequency titled, “President Blames Conservative Media for D.C. Stalemate.”

Obama previously said, “I think there are a lot of Republicans at this point, that feel that given how much energy has been devoted in some of the media that’s preferred by Republican constituencies, to demonize me. It doesn’t look real good socializing with me.

After the press conference, Rush Limbaugh said of Obama on his radio show, “What he does is position his political opponents as the enemy. Everything he did in the debt limit Q&A in his press conference, and even in the setup, was about the enemy. The Republicans are the enemy. He’s not proposing solutions to anything. He’s not interested in solutions.”

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Lynn Woolley Show Talks About The Right Frequency’s Story of Radio from H.V. Kaltenborn to Rush Limbaugh

February 16, 2013

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The Lynn Woolley Show, which is broadcast across Texas featured The Right Frequency author Fred V. Lucas on the program Friday.

They talked about well known radio legends in the current era such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity of today.

Further, they discussed radio icons of a previous era such as H.V. Kaltenborn and Walter Winchell.

Woolley, who co-authored a book on the Fairness Doctrine, talked about the FCC rule with Lucas. The Right Frequency details how President Lyndon Johnson used the ‘Challenge and Harass” strategy against conservatives on the radio to silence critics. The Right Frequency also features an interview with President Ronald Reagan’s FCC Chairman Mark Fowler, who dismantled the Fairness Doctrine in the 1980s.

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Rush Limbaugh, Wendy Williams and The Right Frequency Share Bestseller List

February 14, 2013

The Right Frequency hit the Amazon bestseller list for the Radio History & Criticism category during the first week in February. History Publishing Company issued the following release.

Almost daily it flirts with Rush Limbaugh and Wendy Williams on Amazon’s Best Seller List for Radio History and Criticism. One day it is wedged between the two, another day it slips back a notch or two only to scramble back to Rush’s rear guard..

It is Fred Lucas’s The Right Frequency; The Story of the Talk Radio Giants who Shook up the Political and Media Establishment. While Zev Chafetz’ best seller on Rush Limbaugh focuses solely on Rush and Wendy focuses on her experience, Fred Lucas delves into the whole world of talk radio and opens up on Glen Beck, Mark Levin, Bob Grant, and all the others and yes, that includes Rush too.

This is a compendium of all that makes up talk radio. Not an apologia but rather an objective look at that which has become a medium for those who had been previously disenfranchised, the “grass rooters” who had been overlooked or disregarded by a media that saw things with a different perspective. Political talk radio was founded as a marketing tool to penetrate that untapped market. And now as a tapped market, that tool generates massive advertising revenue.

“This book was written to bring into focus that segment of the political life that has been largely misunderstood,” says author Fred Lucas, “ Talk radio is a factor that has impacted local and national politics, a factor that has come to be understood and appreciated by those who learned how to use it. Interestingly enough those who benefit most from the book are those who view it as a political force and should know how the opposition works,”

The Right Frequency will tell them how and they will find it on the Amazon Best Seller List for Radio History and Criticism, somewhere near Rush Linbaugh and Wendy Williams.
Fred Lucas is a White House correspondent for He is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism and is a resident of Fredericksburg, Virginia..

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