David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, wrote a piece published by Politico on Tuesday of this week that addresses the newly “doomed” business model of Rush Limbaugh. He argues that Rush’s statements several weeks ago about Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke have caused over 100 advertisers to pull support from Limbaugh’s daily radio program, and that his program is dying.
To be honest, I don’t believe it for a second. Rush Limbaugh’s words against Fluke were inflammatory and irresponsible. He apologized for them, and it is not for me to judge the sincerity of his words. But I don’t think Rush is doomed, I think in some ways his opinions, life and radio show will be even further bolstered by his poorly chosen words. Many on the “Right” are furious about the galling and apparent double standard in media, and smart advertisers whose products would be attractive to Limbaugh’s listeners would likely be more inclined to place more advertising money in his show’s time slots.
And one other point about David Brock’s column. Brook’s speaks of irony in Limbaugh’s frustration with “censorship”, but apparently fails to see the irony in the phrase “a little bit nutty, a little bit slutty” he self-admittedly used against Anita Hill some years ago. Not only has Limbaugh sent the message to women that if we speak out we’ll be attacked, but a myriad of people on the Left have done the same with small repercussions. It’s time for men like Brock’s to, as my dear boyfriend says, “shut their pie hole”. Brock’s has no leg to stand on here, so he really should just sit down and be quiet. Now, is Brock the pot or the kettle?