Posted tagged ‘Rush Limbaugh’

Rush vs. Bush – Again

March 28, 2015

Politico recently ran a feature on Republican presidential frontrunner Jeb Bush’s problem with talk radio. The piece mentions Laura Ingraham, who said there would be no difference between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, and called for them to run on a ticket together, “Clush 2016.” But it goes deeper into the complicated relationship that talk radio king Rush Limbaugh has with Jeb.

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

The Right Frequency describes the complicated relationship between Limbaugh and the Bush family. The book describes how Limbaugh endorsed Pat Buchanan’s primary challenge to George H.W. Bush in 1992. Limbaugh actually tore into Buchanan in the 1996 Republican presidential primary. In 2000, Limbaugh wholeheartedly supported George. W. Bush in the Republican primary against John McCain.

From Politico:

Bush, who’s all but officially announced he’s running for president, has said he would want to run a “joyful” campaign. He’s said he would want to have “adult conversations.” It’s phrasing that hints at his general distaste for conservative talk radio. Some Bush allies privately refer to some of the medium’s leaders as “warlords”—a description meant to convey the unreasonable, unrealistic and pugilistic agenda of those who thrive off of conflict. Bush, on the other hand, believes a winning Republican campaign a decade and a half into the 21st century must promote inclusion and optimism, not discontent and fear. People think he’s too moderate in part because Limbaugh and the Limbaugh-like are saying he is. So here, almost a year before the 2016 Iowa caucuses, the primaries have started already—the fundraising and positioning of the so-called invisible primary, but a visible one, too, or at least an audible one. Call it the Rush primary.

Every Republican politician of a certain consequence over the last quarter-century has had to make a decision about how to engage with Limbaugh and the many others who populate America’s most redward airwaves. Bush right now isn’t talking about this because (1) it’s so early in the campaign the campaign can’t even technically be called a campaign and (2) that would be unwise. Limbaugh and his imitative competitors don’t need additional oxygen. But based on conversations with strategists and advisers connected to Bush, consultants, show hosts and industry watchers—and what he’s done over the past month—Bush won’t ignore talk radio.

If there is in fact a Rush primary, Bush, headstrong and self-assured, thinks he can win that one, too.

To learn more about Limbaugh’s complicated relationship with the Bush family, read The Right Frequency.

Operation Chaos Mastermind Stirring up Obama, Hillary Camps Again

March 22, 2015

The Right Frequency details how in 2008, Rush Limbaugh called on his conservative listeners to vote in Democratic primaries for Hillary Clinton – at a point when it appeared evident she would lose to eventual nominee Barack Obama. The reason, Limbaugh said, was to keep the primary battle going on for as long as possible.

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

Rush has recently sought to stir up more heat between the two camps. He suggested that it was the Obama White House that was responsible for leaks to the New York Times about the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal.

“Maybe he’s worried that Hillary would do a better job that he’s done and wouldn’t want to have the next Democrat president end up looking better than he does,” Limbaugh said. “I think that’s entirely possible.”

To learn more about how Limbaugh interjected himself into the 2008 Democratic primary, read The Right Frequency.

What Bill O’Reilly Thinks of the ‘Talk Radio Guys’ Now

June 28, 2014

Bill O’Reilly, the nation’s top rated cable news host for more than a decade, definitely leans right. But he often tries to project himself as nevertheless above the partisan fray. He’s often critical of conservative talk radio.

Bill O'Reilly and Rep. Sam Johnson (sam.johnson.house.gov)

Bill O’Reilly and Rep. Sam Johnson (sam.johnson.house.gov)

That’s why it was a little surprising this week when O’Reilly said talk radio was right.

From the O’Reilly Factor Talking Points Memo:

But the professional criticisms are turning out to be somewhat valid. A new CBS News/”New York Times” poll usually very generous to the president shows his administration has collapsed in the court of public opinion. Independents have joined conservatives in believing the president is not doing a good job.

The basic problem is competency. And you may remember that the radio guys pointed out that Barack Obama had little experience running anything. That he was basically a community organizer and theoretician. Well, if you examine the facts, without emotion, that seems to be accurate.

Mr. Obama’s management skill and problem-solving ability are dubious. Let me back it up with a vivid example. President Obama was quite clear, quite clear, that if elected president, he would reform the Veterans Affairs Department.  … So, what happened to that pledge? Well, the V.A. is now a scandal. There are allegations that more than 1,000 American vets have actually died because they could not access proper care. The V.A. admits that more than 120,000 vets waited far too long for doctors so see them. In addition, the Feds have paid out $845 million to settle V.A. malpractice suits.

So, to be fair, it looks like the conservative radio talk show hosts were correct in their assessment of Barack Obama’s ability to run the country.

The “talk radio guys” were quite tough on Obama from the beginning of his administration. Rush Limbaugh notably said, “I hope he fails.”

To learn more about the battle between Obama and talk radio, read Chapter 12 “Obama, Tea and Talk” of The Right Frequency.

 

O’Reilly vs. Limbaugh – What About the Facts?

June 21, 2014

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly took a swipe at Rush Limbaugh this week, actually comparing him to Al Franken – a former leftwing talk radio host now serving in the Senate.

Bill O'Reilly and Rep. Sam Johnson (sam.johnson.house.gov)

Bill O’Reilly and Rep. Sam Johnson (sam.johnson.house.gov)

Speaking at an event in New York, O’Reilly said:

“I’m not Rush Limbaugh or Al Franken, where everything has to fit into my worldview… I’m a fact-based guy. A lot of people don’t understand that.”

O’Reilly and Limbaugh have had a bit of a rivalry for a while. As The Right Frequency explains, O’Reilly – the king of cable news – tried to take on Limbaugh head to head in a Noon to 3 p.m. talk radio program. It didn’t work out so well.

To learn more about the feud with O’Reilly and Limbaugh, Sean Hannity vs. Michael Savage and other talk radio rivalries, read The Right Frequency.

Right Frequency Hits 3 Bestseller Lists — Topping 1

June 14, 2014

The Right Frequency is once again the #1 Best Selling book in Amazon’s category for Radio History & Criticism, as of June 13. It ranks #2 among overall books in the Amazon category for Radio books.

THE RIGHT FREQUENCY CoverThat outranks two books by Wendy Williams, a book about National Public Radio and a book on Rush Limbaugh.

The book ranked #24 in Public Affairs & Administration, where it beats out Bill Clinton’s book, “Back to Work” among others.

It also ranks #27 in Amazon’s category for Media Studies, where it is beating out books by former pro wrestler-turned politician Jesse Ventura and well known conservative pundit Michelle Malkin.

The climb comes the same week talk radio made news for its influence in swaying voters to oust House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary in Virginia, which had political tremors nationally.

More readers are finding out why Mark Levin said, “Anyone who loves talk radio will love this book.”

Dick Morris said, “Talk radio destroyed the liberal media monopoly and gave the conservatives a voice. But precisely because it brought the giants low, the publishing industry has ignored its history. Fred Lucas now fills that void, explaining from where it came and where it might be headed.”

Brent Bozell wrote, “”Author Fred Lucas chronicles conservative talk-radio stars over the decades, reminding us how they kept the American idea alive.”

To learn about the history and influence of talk radio going back to the earliest days of the medium — from Walter Winchell to Limbaugh — read The Right Frequency.

What Makes Award-Winning Children’s Author Rush Limbaugh’s History Books so Offensive?

June 1, 2014

Rush Limbaugh won the Children’s Choice Book Award for author of the year. He beat out other famous children’s authors.

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

In an excellent op-ed about Rush Limbaugh’s two history books for children, David Deming, a professor of arts and sciences at the University of Oklahoma, explains why the left is so upset.

From the Washington Times:

What Mr. Limbaugh’s critics find intolerable is that these are children’s books. The first, “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims,” narrates the story of the Pilgrims’ emigration to America in search of religious freedom. The second, “Rush Revere and the First Patriots,” describes the events leading up to the American Revolution, including the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party and protests against the Stamp Act.

What makes these books so offensive to progressives is that Mr. Limbaugh has the audacity to challenge them on their own turf. The great irony of the 20th century is that while the United States won the Cold War abroad, we lost the battle at home for the hearts and minds of our children. While Ronald Reagan was preoccupied with defeating the Soviet Union, the left was quietly cementing its control over American education. Public schools in this nation, from kindergarten through graduate school, are quietly but effectively destroying our country by teaching our youth to hate it.

To learn more about how Rush changed the political and historical conversation in this country, read Chapter 7 of The Right Frequency.

Riding the Rush Wave, Sandra Fluke is Back

June 1, 2014

Whatever future she has, Sandra Fluke owes it all to being insulted by Rush Limbaugh. Now she is planning to run for the California state legislature.

Sandra Fluke (Photo Credit: Pelosi.House.gov)

Sandra Fluke (Photo Credit: Pelosi.House.gov)

From Bloomberg News:

Fluke, denounced by the talk-show host for testifying in favor of requiring employers to cover birth control, is trying to capitalize on the incident without being defined by it in her first run for office. Voters are surprised to learn she’s the daughter of an evangelical pastor, she said, “because that’s not the Sandra Fluke of the Rush Limbaugh situation.”

One of eight candidates in the most contested of any of the 20 state senate primary races in California, the 33-year-old lawyer is campaigning for environmental protection, affordable education and the repeal of part of the tax-limiting Proposition 13 law. Like her opponents in the Los Angeles-area district, which hugs the coast and stretches inland to Hollywood, she’s an abortion-rights advocate.

Learn more about the Limbaugh-Fluke controversy from 2012 by reading The Right Frequency.