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Anti-Rush Campaign Was in the Works
Commentary Magazine ^ | 3/15/12 | Alana Goodman

Posted on 03/15/2012 7:08:41 PM PDT by Nachum

Wonder how the left was able to mobilize so quickly on the Rush Limbaugh boycott? According to the architect behind it, Media Matters online strategy director Angelo Carusone, the project was actually created in 2009, but stayed inactive until the Sandra Fluke controversy boiled over (via Legal Insurrection):

I started Stop Rush in 2009, 2010, and when I went to register the domain, I saw that Rush owned….

The Beck work was working, and I kind of froze the Rush work, and experimented with it a little, to get a sense of who Rush’s advertisers were and what their comfort level with him was. It was definitely valuable, and I am glad I spent some time doing it. It has informed the work I am doing now.

Legal Insurrection’s William Jacobson connects the dots on the story most of the media missed: that the entire Limbaugh boycott was pure, undistilled Astroturf.

The secondary boycott of Rush Limbaugh advertisers is portrayed in the media as a reaction to a groundswell of public outrage. In fact, the secondary boycott was initiated by and driven by Media Matters, which had a “Stop Limbaugh” campaign on the shelf waiting to be used, and was executed by Angelo Carusone, Director of Online Strategy for Media Matters.

But while Carusone depicts his campaign as a response to the Fluke controversy, it seems obvious from the timeline that Media Matters played a large role in creating the controversy. According to the New York Times, the dormant “Stop Rush” twitter account run by Carusone snapped to life on Wednesday, Feb. 29, the day Limbaugh made his now-infamous comments. Media Matters also appears to be the first media outlet that reported on Limbaugh’s remarks, with Think Progress picking up on the story a few hours

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KEYWORDS: 20120229; angelocarusone; antirush; billmaher; campaign; carusone; mediamatters; partisanmediashills; rushlimbaugh; sandrafluke; stoplimbaugh; thinkprogress; works
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To: Nachum; All

Most freepers have little concept or understanding of the size, and scale, of the propaganda campaign that is about to be unleashed against us.

This is just the beginning.

21 posted on 03/15/2012 8:32:10 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Nachum
Sandra Fluke is my hero!-Stop the Vaginocide!
22 posted on 03/15/2012 9:28:38 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: FlingWingFlyer
So it was all planned a long time ago by Brock’s “boys” down at Meateaters Matter? Figures.

Consider that name *STOLEN*.

23 posted on 03/15/2012 9:31:18 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: smoothsailing

That is very funny. :)

24 posted on 03/15/2012 9:32:52 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at
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To: tcrlaf

Problem is, proportionately more ZERO supporters are way worse off than they were in 2008.

Zero won’t be winning anyone who didn’t vote for him in ‘08. It’s all he can do to rustle up his 42% solid left, and Paul’s rat base will be shaken out like parmesan cheese in Tampa.

25 posted on 03/15/2012 9:43:26 PM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: Nachum

NOTHING will unite the conservative base more than the Left going after Rush. You think they would know this by now.

How many of you considered yourself a politics junkie, or a conservative activist prior to Rush’s radio show? Few of us can say we paid much attention to politics before Rush. We matured listening to Rush and grew as Americans listening to the other radio host who followed the ground that he broke. They go after Rush, they go after us.

26 posted on 03/15/2012 9:53:52 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Nachum

I take it this “Angelo Carusone” is just another faggot, and one of Brock’s hot-tub boy toys?

27 posted on 03/15/2012 9:58:42 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: NavyCanDo

Holy Dittoes to that. Rush taught me so very much. I do feel I owe him.

28 posted on 03/15/2012 10:24:17 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: kearnyirish2

we do not live on eggshells. The absurdity of fluke was bound to back fire.

Liberals live in a world void of reason and reality.

29 posted on 03/16/2012 1:30:05 AM PDT by ChiMark (chewed up his body for a decade)
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To: boop

I have no problem with Rush’s original response to the slut’s testimony; I think it just got weird after a while (wanting pictures and such). I know it was in jest, but he drove it home, then kept driving around the block “driving it home” for too long.

30 posted on 03/16/2012 1:49:57 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: IAGeezer912

The problem is that Maher or the other potty-mouthed lefties could easily have been thrown under the bus behind Rush and the left could easily replace them; I doubt Rush wanted this blown out of proportion the way it was.

In any case, I’m glad he came through it OK; some entertainers survive these things (like Don Imus), but they pull too far back from the edge afterwards to be as entertaining as before.

31 posted on 03/16/2012 1:53:32 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: ChiMark

Conservatives who speak their minds would lose their jobs, or at least certainly not earn any promotions at work. I’ve seen Obama pictures in people’s workspace, but none of Palin - there’s a reason for that. The silent majority (hopefully still a majority) is beaten into silence, and only gets their revenge via secret ballot (which is why the left wants to destroy that as well).

32 posted on 03/16/2012 2:01:37 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: smoothsailing

Sign her petition at!

33 posted on 03/16/2012 3:41:00 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: svcw

Yep - 3 years of “careful” planning and it actually does their side more damage than it did to Rush. Gotta love it.

34 posted on 03/16/2012 3:46:42 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Nachum

Those of us who followed Rush, especially on the “live threads” at the time, were aware of this.

35 posted on 03/16/2012 4:58:25 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Roccus

Do not underestimate Cumulus Broadcasting pushing this agenda as hard as they can as they prepare to launch the Huckabee Show!

Don’t doubt me!

36 posted on 03/16/2012 7:11:35 AM PDT by King Hawk
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To: ejonesie22



end the vaginocide and make tax payers pay for our birth controls.

THIS WAR ON WOMEN MUST END TODAY! Misogynistic pigs are trying to force women to pay for their own birth controls. We are fragile, delicate creatures that need other people to take care of us, and that includes buying us our birth controls! The people who want us to pay for our own birth controls are basically waging a vaginocide on women, which is similar to a genocide, but worse. Sign this petition today so that President Obama understands how many birth controls we women really need, and so he will force the American tax payers to pay for it, for us. Sign it today.

37 posted on 03/16/2012 8:35:35 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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