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Please to be clearing up confusion now thank you. [Mar. 6th, 2012|09:20 am]
Marissa Lingen

I am confused, so I turn to you, o livejournal, to help me.

Why are advertisers pulling their ads from Rush Limbaugh's show?

Specifically, why were any advertisers who cared even a little bit if he had any shreds of humanity left still advertising on Rush Limbaugh's show in the first place?

Of course it was horrible of him to call that poor woman a slut for daring to have a friend with such poor judgment as to get ovarian cysts and possibly even to choose to use birth control herself. He is a terrible human being who uses his radio show for terrible things. But here is where I get confused: what year is this? I know it's disorienting, what with Newt Gingrich running for president and all, but seriously, what year is this? In what universe might someone look up and say, "Wait! Rush Limbaugh! Not a contributor to civil discourse after all? Not someone we wish to associate our product with? Well, I never! Why didn't someone tell me? I thought he read the weather."

("Slutty feminazi showers that hate white people are brewing over the Northeast this weekend, probably to ruin capitalism....")

Sleep Number? Sears? Where have you been for the entirety of my adult life and incidentally much of my childhood? Rush Limbaugh has been this bad for quite some time now. Yes. This bad. Really exactly this bad. Why is now the time to notice? I guess better late than never, but...this late? Really? And you want a cookie? It's going to be one of the floor cookies the dog turned her nose up at, guys, because the rest of us? The ones with at least one neuron firing? Were well aware.

[User Picture]From: wild_irises
2012-03-06 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, I must not have been clear. I don't think AOL gives a flying fuck about the Arab Spring; why would they, except to the extent that they make money in the Arabic world?

What I think is that the people who do give a flying fuck about what Limbaugh said are feeling more empowered than we/they were six months ago, and more like we are people who can effect change. And because we feel that way, we make more noise. And we make more forums in which noise can be made. And because we make more noise, we get more notice. There was a long drought in there when the Tea Party was making all the noise and the Overton window was moving constantly to the right. Now it has moved so far to the right that two things appear to be happening: 1) it has passed by a lot of its own base (I hope, I hope) and 2) people are angry enough to pull together, and people together have a lot more power than people alone.

Is it enough to make change? I don't know. But it's more than there was at the beginning of 2011 for sure. And every little bit feeds me a little.
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[User Picture]From: wild_irises
2012-03-07 12:35 am (UTC)
I feel you on that one for sure. However, Obama (much as I categorically oppose a good deal of what he's done) has actually accomplished a lot more than people realize. If I have time tonight, I'll try to post a good citation here.
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[User Picture]From: wild_irises
2012-03-07 04:03 am (UTC)
Just because I said I would:


It's actually impressive.
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[User Picture]From: thanate
2012-03-07 05:20 pm (UTC)
1) it has passed by a lot of its own base (I hope, I hope)

I'm told there was an NPR piece on the Olympia Snow thing where they asked Republicans to call in and say what they thought, and got deluged with "yeah, I've given up on the party too," stories. (Now if we could just get a little more of that into the public consciousness and prompt some "if everyone else thinks this, maybe there's something to it" effect...)
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