Archive for April 2014

Rush Limbaugh vs. Thomas Picketty

April 25, 2014

Rush Limbaugh slammed the new book “Capital” by Thomas Piketty.

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

From TheBlaze:

In the book, Piketty argues that pervasive inequality is the natural end of capitalism, with the wealthy growing wealthier as the rate of return on their assets outpaces overall economic growth. With the rich getting richer to the detriment of everyone else, Piketty proposes (i) taxing incomes on the highest earners at 80% rate, and (ii) levying an annual progressive global wealth tax

Limbaugh says:

“Some French socialist, Marxist, communist economist has published a book, and the left in this country is having orgasms over it…It’s the most outrageous set of assumptions that I have ever read. In fact, it’s nothing new. It’s just repackaged, but I’m telling you the people on the left can barely contain themselves with their giddiness over this, and it portends grave danger for this country if any of this guy’s suggestions were to ever become adopted.”

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Read more examples of Limbaugh taking on progressive orthodoxy in Chapter 7 of The Right Frequency.

 

 

 

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Judge Orders Obamacare Relief for Talk Radio Icon

April 23, 2014

The organization founded by Christian broadcaster James Dobson, a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame got some relief from an Obamacare.

Dr. Dobson, Credit Dr.Dobson.orgDobson featured in Chapter 4 “Game Changers” of The Right Frequency.

This past Thursday, U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn in Denver gave an injunction against the federal government from forcing the Dobson-founded Family Talk Radio to cover the cost of abortion-inducing drugs for employees.

Dobson reportedly said after the ruling:

“We are celebrating and thanking the Lord this morning. Victory is ours. We won our case against [former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen] Sebelius and the Obama administration … Judge Blackburn wrote a powerful statement, which even used pro-life language, (i.e., referring to a ‘human fetus’). He defended my right to follow the dictates of my conscience. It was eloquent.”

To learn more about Dobson’s legacy in radio, read The Right Frequency.

Broadcast Freedom Could be Expanded by SCOTUS

April 23, 2014

As The Right Frequency details in Chapter 5 “Challenge and Harass,” the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Fairness Doctrine and other broadcast restrictions in the Red Lion case in 1969.

THE RIGHT FREQUENCY CoverThough the Fairness Doctrine is a relic, the Red Lion ruling was used by district courts and the Ninth Circuit in the case of Minority Television Project v. FCC. The Supreme Court is considering taking this case, and a ruling could wipe away many of the restrictions upheld by Red Lion, which might have been appropriate in 1969, but are irrelevant in today’s media environment.

As the Cato Institute explains:

Minority Television Project is an independent, noncommercial license-holding TV station in San Francisco. Unlike most noncommercial license holders, Minority TV receives no PBS money. Because it’s an over-the-air broadcaster, however, it must comply with the restrictions placed on the licenses by Congress and the FCC, including prohibitions on paid commercials and political ads. Minority TV challenged these restrictions as violating the First Amendment … Applying Red Lion’s lower First Amendment standard, the district court, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and even the en banc Ninth Circuit (11 judges rather than the usual 3) all ruled against Minority TV. On petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court, Minority TV argues that Red Lion’s rationale for reducing broadcasters’ rights is outdated and should be overruled.

To learn more about the Red Lion case, read The Right Frequency.

Talk Icon’s Future in Movies

April 23, 2014

From TheBlaze:

Those who still only know Glenn Beck as a conservative radio and television host will likely be surprised when they see his name in the credits of their favorite movies, but Beck told the Hollywood Reporter in an article published Wednesday that he has every intention of getting into the film business.

“I bought a movie studio for a reason,” Beck said, referring to the 72,000-square-foot facility in Irving, Texas, he purchased in 2013. A number of movies and television shows have been filmed at the facility, including “Robocop,” “JFK,” “Silkwood,” “Prison Break” and “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

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Medved Yawns at ‘War on Women’ Relaunch

April 23, 2014

Talk radio host Michael Medved, profiled in Chapter 8 of The Right Frequency gave a big shrug to President Barack Obama’s attempt to invoke the “War on Women” rhetoric into the 2014 campaign because contrary to public opinion, Medved explains it wasn’t effective in the 2012 campaign.

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In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Medved writes:

“True enough, Mr. Obama won the overall female vote by 11 points in 2012—55% to 44%—but that’s hardly remarkable for a Democratic presidential candidate. Al Gore fared the same in 2000, prevailing among women by an identical 11-point advantage. Mr. Obama did better with women in 2008, beating John McCain by 56% to 43%. He enjoyed that advantage even though his first campaign never emphasized “women’s issues” and despite the presence of a woman—Sarah Palin—on the Republican ticket … Regardless, the unassailable conclusion is that the campaign alleging a Republican ‘War on Women’ didn’t much work. It failed to win white women for the president and drew its results exclusively from women of color who would have supported him in any event. They didn’t need Sandra Fluke’s free birth-control demands or Mr. Romney’s clumsy “binders full of women” remark to push them into the Obama camp. Nervous Republicans should be reassured that even if their Democratic rivals double down on this nasty, silly strategy, it achieved little-to-nothing in 2012.”

To learn more about Michael Medved, read The Right Frequency.

Hannity Hits Another A-List

April 23, 2014

Sean Hannity has been named to the Hollywood Reporter’s list of “35 Most Powerful People in New York 2014.”

Not bad for a guy whose talk dreams began as a carpenter listening to Bob Grant, as explained in Chapter 9 of The Right Frequency. The section of Hannity – a top ranked radio and Fox News host – is titled, “Born to Argue.”

Sean Hannity

 

Rush Irks Left Again by Tossing out a Theory about the Shoe Tossing at Hillary

April 21, 2014

Several liberal websites were outraged that Rush Limbaugh would imply that the shoe throwing at Hillary Clinton, presumed Democratic frontrunner for 2016, was staged.

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

But it should be in the context that Limbaugh said, “I’m illequipped to comment. I haven’t seen it.” Still, it’s the incendiary part that gets attention. And the liberal TPM at least deserves credit for creativity with a “Shoe Truthers” headline.

Chapter 9 of The Right Frequency explains the numerous times that Limbaugh’s enemies have taken what he said out of context.

Here’s what Rush actually said.

“But I haven’t seen it. I’ve got people telling me her reaction wasn’t natural. But I’m sorry, I’m ill-equipped to comment. I haven’t seen it. No. I haven’t cared enough to go try to find it. I really haven’t. Somebody threw a shoe at Hillary. Big whoop. Maybe it’s because in my subconscious I think it was staged our set up or whatever.

Look, folks, I know these people so well that I do not attach much genuineness to them at all, and I don’t know why anybody would be throwing a shoe at Hillary unless maybe it’s an attempt to make the Benghazi people look like nuts and lunatics and wackos. That’s if it even had anything to do with that, which I don’t know. But apparently it’s not just me, folks.

Apparently the media doesn’t seem to have much interest in what motivated the woman shoe thrower. She let go pretty quickly. Apparently her name is Alison Michelle Ernst, and she seems to be obsessed with the Aurora theater shooting, and Hillary thought it was a bat flying at her. Hillary’s reaction is kind of odd, if you would genuinely be surprised at something like that. But it’s the Clintons, so what are you gonna do?”

To learn about more Rush Limbaugh comments taken out of context that inspired his enemies to go after read The Right Frequency, on sale now for $2.99 for a limited time.