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Will Mark Levin’s vulgar analysis of Hillary Clinton finally be enough to keep top GOP officials off his show?

On the March 21 edition of his radio show, Levin highlighted a Gallup poll showing that the majority of respondents, 18 percent, feel Clinton’s gender is the most positive aspect of her potential presidency. Levin summarized the results by asking "Hillary Clinton’s gender? Do they mean her genitalia is her top 2016 selling point? Is that what that means?" Levin later said "But the key is it’s her genitalia. That’s why so many people would vote for her. I wonder if Bill Clinton would vote for her because of that. He seems to — well, he likes genitalia but maybe not hers."

Levin has a long history of offensive commentary on his radio show. He has accused President Obama of abusing children, compared marriage equality to incest, polygamy, and drug use, compared supporters of the Affordable Care Act to Nazi “brown shirts,” and advocated for Obama to be impeached.

Despite this rhetoric, prominent conservatives have given tacit approval to Levin’s views by appearing on his show. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) called into his show as recently as February. Levin hosted House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to talk about the new budget agreement reached in December. Levin criticized Ryan’s budget deal with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) later that month.

Levin’s hateful rhetoric has also earned him praise from the conservative community — he was recently named the winner of the Conservative Political Action Conference’s Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award. He is also listed as one of the speakers on the NRA’s “Leadership Forum” in April, speaking alongside other prominent conservative GOP leaders like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

From the 03.21.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Mark Levin Show:

h/t: Olivia Marshall at MMFA

From the 03.18.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

Grow up, Sickobaugh!


From the 02.19.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

Grow up, Rush, and retire for good!

From the 01.17.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:


Rush Limbaugh overlooked the mechanics of the morning-after pill to liken it to an abortion drug, ignoring that Plan B does not terminate a pregnancy and must be taken within five days of intercourse to be effective.

On the November 25 edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, host Limbaugh highlighted a European company’s claim that its version of Plan B, the emergency contraceptive pill, may be less effective in women who weigh over 165 pounds. Limbaugh speculated that because of this announcement, a pregnant woman who weighs more than 165 pounds and wants to end her pregnancy must either go on a diet before taking the morning-after pill or get an abortion:

LIMBAUGH: Now we have learned that American women, 166 pounds and up, the Plan B pill doesn’t work. What will their option be? 166, 170 pound woman, pregnant, she wants to go ahead and get her morning-after pill, and then she’s told, ’Sorry, you’re too big. You’re too heavy. It won’t work.’ What are her options? Well, she can either go on a diet, or she can get an abortion.

Limbaugh demonstrates his misunderstanding of the mechanics of female anatomy and emergency contraceptives.

Plan B, the morning-after pill, prevents pregnancy. It works by delaying ovulation and preventing an egg from being released for fertilization, or by immobilizing sperm. It makes sense, then, that the pill must be taken within five days of intercourse to be effective.

It takes a lot more than five days for a woman to know she’s pregnant — tests generally don’t produce positive results until after a missed menstrual cycle. And once a woman is pregnant, Plan B is no longer an option to end the pregnancy. 

h/t: MMFA

Rush Limbaugh invoked a rape analogy on Friday to criticize President Obama’s move to support filibuster reform.

On Thursday, Obama expressed his support for Senate Democrats voting to require just 51 votes — as opposed to 60 — approve judicial and executive nominees. Limbaugh compared them to a group of people where the majority decides it is okay to rape women.

"Let’s forget the Senate for a minute," Limbaugh began. He told his listeners to imagine a group of 10 people with six men and four women. "The group has a rule that the men cannot rape the women," he said. "The group also has a rule that says any rule that will be changed must require six votes, of the 10, to change the rule."

The radio host continued,

"Every now and then, some lunatic in the group proposes to change the rule to allow women to be raped. But they never were able to get six votes for it. There were always the four women voting against it and they always found two guys.Well, the guy that kept proposing that women be raped finally got tired of it, and he was in the majority and he was one that [said], ‘You know what? We’re going to change the rule. Now all we need is five." And well, ‘you can’t do that.’ ‘Yes we are. We’re the majority. We’re changing the rule.’ And then they vote. Can the women be raped? Well, all it would take then is half of the room. You can change the rule to say three. You can change the rule to say three people want it, it’s going to happen."

"When the majority can change the rules there aren’t any," Limbaugh concluded. He added that Obama was only changing the rule because he can’t get "what he wants democratically."

From the 11.22.2013 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

See Also: MMFA: Limbaugh Defends Offensive Rape Comments By Hiding Behind “Absurdity” Defense

h/t: Huffington Post

As the nation mourns the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kenney, conservative media figures have attempted to appropriate his legacy and attribute to the beloved former president their conservative ideas and positions. This effort runs counter to Kennedy’s stated positions, speeches, and other historical facts surrounding his presidency.

Kennedy was a self-described “liberal.” In 1960 he accepted the presidential nomination of the New York Liberal Party and said:

What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label “Liberal?” If by “Liberal” they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer’s dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of “Liberal.” But if by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”

During his presidency, Kennedy was viciously attacked by conservatives. Famously, a flyer labeling him as “Wanted For Treason” was distributed in Dallas the week of the president’s assassination. That flyer accused him of “betraying the Constitution” by “turning the sovereignty of the U.S. over to the communist controlled United Nations.” Referring to Kennedy’s support of civil rights activists, the flyer claimed he had “given support and encouragement to the Communist inspired racial riots.”

Today’s conservatives, by contrast, are in a full-on campaign to claim the slain President as one of their own. It’s no surprise: Kennedy is incredibly popular. A recent Gallup poll found that Americans rate JFK as the “Top Modern President.” 74 percent of respondents ranked Kennedy’s standing in history as “outstanding/above average,” 13 points higher than the next most well-regarded president, Ronald Reagan. Gallup also reported that Kennedy’s presidency has maintained a high approval rating on a consistent basis for over 20 years of polling.

Here are seven right wing media figures who have used the anniversary of the week of Kennedy’s death to try to minimize his liberalism and associate his successes with conservatism.

Glenn Beck: Kennedy Would Be “A Tea Party Radical.” On his November 22 radio show, Glenn Beck claimed that Kennedy has been ”co-opted by the left “and that “if you could bring back the politician JFK was, he wouldn’t be accepted by the Republican Party because he would be a Tea Party radical” who “wouldn’t even recognize what this country has become.”

Rush Limbaugh: Kennedy “Was Not In Any Way A Liberal As You Know Liberals Today.”On his November 21 program, Limbaugh claimed that President Kennedy “was not in any way a liberal as you know liberals today,” citing his support for tax cuts and the fact that he was “proud to be an American.” He added that Kennedy “was not a big believer in the Civil Rights Act.”

In fact, President Kennedy called on Congress to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act in a speech on June 11, 1963.  As the bill was debated on the floor of the Senate, his brother Sen. Ted Kennedy said, “My brother was the first President of the United States to state publicly that segregation was morally wrong. His heart and his soul are in this bill.”

Chris Wallace: “There Is A Growing Body Of Thought That In Fact President Kennedy Was Quite Conservative.” During an interview on the November 17 Fox News Sunday with Kennedy’s niece Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, host Chris Wallace claimed that “there’s a growing body of thought that in fact President Kennedy was quite conservative in some of his policies.” Wallace claimed Kennedy “believed that tax cuts spur the economy.”

In response, Townsend laughed and noted that while conservatives often cite President Kennedy’s support for lowering taxes, the 70 percent top marginal tax rate he favored is way above the current top rate that most conservatives still claim is too high.

[…]’s AWR Hawkins Highlights JFK’s “Lifetime Membership In The NRA and His Defense of the Second Amendment.” Breitbart’s AWR Hawkins wrote that “two aspects” of Kennedy’s legacy “that are not getting the attention they deserve are his lifetime membership in the NRA and his defense of the Second Amendment.”

While President Kennedy was a member of the organization, the organization at the time was much more focused on “hunting, conservation and marksmanship” than the strident opposition to gun legislation that has become that group’s stock in trade. The Gun Control Act of 1968, a federal law dramatically expanding the regulation of the firearms industry and firearms owners, was passed in part due to outrage over the killings of John Kennedy and his brother Robert.

At a ceremony where former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was given a JFK Profile in Courage Award in May, Kennedy’s daughter Caroline (now the U.S. ambassador to Japan) noted that “our family is still suffering from the heartbreak caused by gun violence.”

h/t: MMFA

(via Boss Limbaugh: “Hispanics And African Americans Have The Democratic Party As Their ‘Sugar Daddies’” | Video | Media Matters for America)

Par the course for Limbaugh. And you, Mr. Lardassbaugh, are a sugar daddy for the Oxycontin industry. 


Rush Limbaugh dishonestly claimed that he never cited the use of concussion-preventing technology in the NFL as a sign of culture becoming “chickified.”

During the August 26 edition of his radio show, Limbaugh said that he has never claimed that concussion-preventing technology is a sign that things are becoming “chickified”.

LIMBAUGH: I never once have been critical of the NFL for trying to reduce concussion-related injuries. Now, we have talked about, you know, wearing pink accoutrements in the month of October and other elements of football that are becoming chickified, but not the concussion-related.

Limbaugh is contradicted by remarks he made during the August 12 edition of his show, which were highlighted on his website under the headline “NFL Helmet Sensors Latest Sign of Chickification”:


Limbaugh’s dishonest defense came after former New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Marshall took him to task for downplaying concerns over football concussions.

From the.08.26.2013 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:


In a major shakeup for the radio industry, Cumulus Media, the second-biggest broadcaster in the country, is planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year, an industry source told POLITICO on Sunday.

Cumulus has decided that it will not renew its contracts with either host, the source said, a move that would remove the two most highly rated conservative talk personalities from more than 40 Cumulus channels in major markets. 

(PHOTOS: Cartoons of Rush Limbaugh)

The decision comes after negotiations between Cumulus and Premiere Networks, the division of Clear Channel that distributes Limbaugh and Hannity’s shows, broke down due to disagreements over the cost of the distribution rights, the source said. Cumulus is known to drive a hard bargain on costs, and Clear Channel is known to seek top dollar for big names.

As industry insiders caution, Cumulus and Clear Channel have come to the brink before during contract negotiations only to resume talks. But the source told POLITICO that Clear Channel was unlikely to reduce the cost for distribution rights to a level that would satisfy Cumulus.

(Flashback: Limbaugh calls Georgetown student ‘slut’ and ‘prostitute’)

Cumulus declined to comment for this story: “Cumulus is not in a position to comment about negotiations with talent under contract, no matter what the rumor of the day might be,” a spokesperson told POLITICO.

But in recent weeks, Cumulus has been quietly reaching out to radio talent agents and political insiders about new local and regional station hosts to fill some of the airtime that will be left vacant by Limbaugh and Hannity, industry sources said. Cumulus is also expected to move some of its existing talent — which includes Mike Huckabee, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage — into one of the slots.

Premiere, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday night, is expected to carry Limbaugh and Hannity on stations in many of the markets where they are currently signed with Cumulus, should the negotiations not go through. A spokesperson for Limbaugh was not immediately available for comment; Hannity did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Back in May, a source close to Limbaugh told POLITICO that the host was considering ending his affiliation agreement with Cumulus because CEO Lew Dickey was blaming the company’s advertising losses on Limbaugh’s controversial remarks about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student. On an earnings call two days later, Dickey reported a $2.4 million first-quarter decline in revenue related to talk programming, which he attributed, indirectly, to Limbaugh’s remarks about Fluke. 

Dickey is expected to hold another earnings call this week, though it is unclear if he will address the contract negotiations.