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I am really rather delighted that Rush Limbaugh appears to be reaping what he has so irresponsibly sown.

It is proof, if proof were needed, that democratic principles are alive and well in America, (and around the world), that ordinary people can still be stirred into action in defence of decency, and that freedom of speech does not mean freedom to lie, and abuse.

Trenchant political comment is fair play and in the USA, proudly and laudably, it is explicitly supported by the first Amendment – it would weaken our political discourse were Americans (or anyone else) not able to say that Rush Limbaugh is a chauvinist pig for his comments, as with the shirt above – but outright lying, such as saying Fluke was calling for taxpayer-funded contraception when she was not or calling a woman arguing for reproductive health a “slut” and a “prostitute” – and much else – is a different matter entirely.

There is a line. And Limbaugh ran across it with enthusiasm.

In short, Sandra Fluke is vindicated. And people power still exists. It has just been reported, apparently, that he will not be on his show on Monday. Sore throat from eating his own words? We will see.

Reported by the Daily Kos

Spurred on by more than 120,000 members of the Daily Kos community like you, this week over 50 companies and organizations pulled their advertisements from Rush Limbaugh’s radio program.

Yesterday (Thursday), the results of your action could be heard in the form of beautiful, long silences during the commercial breaks in the online streaming of Limbaugh’s show on WABC, the flagship station for his broadcasts (as often proclaimed by Rush).

Here are the amazing stats:

A total of 86 ads aired during WABC’s online streaming broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show yesterday;
77 of those ads were public service announcements donated free of charge by the Ad Council;
Of the nine paid spots that ran, seven were from companies that have said they have taken steps to ensure their ads no longer air during the program;
WABC’s online feed included about 5:33 of dead air when ads would normally have run.

Comments
  1. Bill Hayes says:

    Ahhhh…the sound of silence.

    The empty ad breaks reminds me of a gereat story I read by a german Writer called Heinrich Boll called “Merk’s Recorded Silence”.

    The main character was a sound editor at a radio station in the religous broadcasting dept. Everey morning he would enter the building and ride the paternoster – a continually moving passenger lift where people can enter and leave at any floor – up past his top floor hold his breath, and travel up over the mechanism in the roof and sink down the ajoining shaft and step out onto his floor. It was his daily moment of existentialism.

    All day long he watched through the studio glass as guest after guest would pontificate on religion, cleric after bishop would argue and debate about God, morals and the human condition.

    After each discussion Merk would have to edit the tapes down to fit the airtime slot available. He carefully cut the magnetic tape to remove erms, ums and arghs, repeated words and where possible – long silences.

    These last elements he would drop into a special box. At the end of a tiring day, Merk took all these small snippets of tape and joined them together and take them home. Feet up with a drink, he would play all the silent moments of his. This brought him much closer to God than all the talking in the studio ever could.

    Maybe that five and a half minutes of silence in Rush’s programmes will give listeners some time to reflect on the hate and rhetoric coming from this man’s mouth.

    “…..the rest is silence”

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