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Ad exodus dooms Limbaugh's model (Marxist psychosis alert)
Politico ^ | 3/21/12 | Brock

Posted on 03/21/2012 7:24:12 AM PDT by pabianice

The financial model that fueled Rush Limbaugh’s radio show seems to have disintegrated in recent weeks, with at least 100 advertisers reportedly abandoning his radio program.

For more than two decades, “The Rush Limbaugh Show” has promoted his brand of misogyny, racism and general intolerance to an audience of more than 15 million people on as many as 600 radio stations. He has accused actor Michael J. Fox of “exaggerating the effects” of Parkinson’s disease; called the National Organization for Women “nags” who “are a bunch of whores to liberalism”; and just last week referred to a Washington Post reporter as a synonym for a female dog.

Limbaugh’s recent attack on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke was as irresponsible as it was abhorrent. His words were not simply a glancing blow or an accidental slip of the tongue. They encompassed three days of his program, more than six full hours.

While Rush, already under duress from advertisers, apologized for calling Fluke a “prostitute” and a “slut,” his diatribe went further. To this date, he has shown no contrition for saying Fluke wanted “taxpayers to pay her to have sex” or that she should post sex “videos online so we can all watch.”

Unlike his attacks on NOW or Fox, Fluke is a private citizen. Her only sin was to attempt to discharge her right to petition her government. While Rush’s attacks on public figures, most notably women, have been offensive, to levy these attacks against someone without any public means of defense is bullying.

At Media Matters for America, we have monitored “The Rush Limbaugh Show” every day since our founding in 2004. There is no example we can recall in which Limbaugh, or any other media figure, levied attacks of the tone and duration of those leveled against Fluke.

It is for that reason that Media Matters, along with numerous other groups, have begun to educate advertisers about the damage their financial support of Limbaugh’s program can do to their brands.

There is a myth that advertiser actions, like those now targeted at Limbaugh, impinge on his constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech. The truth is just the opposite: They are a demonstration of the power of the First Amendment.

We are not a government entity attempting to stifle Limbaugh’s speech. Instead, we are using our right of free assembly to join together and raise our voices against Limbaugh. We are, in fact, engaging in the marketplace of ideas, one in which people, examining all of the facts, can choose whether it is in their financial interest to support hate radio.

We are confident, seeing the reaction over the previous two weeks, that sponsors will take their dollars elsewhere.

It’s ironic that Limbaugh would accuse others of trying to silence him, when his own actions were designed to prevent them from speaking out. What Limbaugh clearly hoped to accomplish in his more than six hours of attacks on Fluke was to exact a price for her willingness to speak her mind on a controversial issue, to send a message to other women that if they speak out, they too will be attacked.

Twenty years ago, in one of my most regrettable episodes in the conservative media, I used similar words to attack Anita Hill, calling her “a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty.” Reading those words today, I cannot comprehend the level of disrespect toward women I presented. Beyond the sexism, there was the clear message sent to women: Stand up and you will be attacked.

Unfortunately, it is a message the right has sent over and over — and not just to women. Five years ago, Limbaugh assaulted then-12-year-old Graeme Frost, whose crime was delivering a Democratic radio address laying out the case that the Children’s Health Insurance Program saved his life.

The right savaged his family members, digging through their personal finances and publicly humiliating them for the crime of speaking out.

Our democracy is dependent on a vigorous public square where left and right openly debate the issues of the day. For 20 years, Limbaugh’s program has not added to this debate. By attacking public figures in the most hateful terms and working to silence brave citizens who speak up, he has, instead, diminished it.

David Brock is the founder of Media Matters for America and the author of the new book “The Fox Effect.”


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Brock's hatred of Limbaugh oozes out of this screed. Facts don't matter, just his hatred.
1 posted on 03/21/2012 7:24:16 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

Brock’s brain is liquifying from syphilis.


2 posted on 03/21/2012 7:26:21 AM PDT by svcw (CLEAN WATER & Education http://www.longlostsis.com/PI/MayanHelp2012.html)
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To: pabianice

I wonder when Media Matters will get a visit from the IRS.

Crickets.


3 posted on 03/21/2012 7:26:36 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: pabianice

David Brock is a two way loser suffering mental illness as a liberal and a homo!


4 posted on 03/21/2012 7:28:43 AM PDT by texican01
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To: pabianice

What a load of horses&$t....does this guy even know what fact check is?


5 posted on 03/21/2012 7:29:09 AM PDT by ontap
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To: pabianice
Our democracy is dependent on a vigorous public square where left and right openly debate the issues of the day.

That's why you keep trying to shut one side up, David.

6 posted on 03/21/2012 7:30:24 AM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
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To: pabianice
David Brock couldn't make a profit if his life depended upon it. He only exists because of the financial support of George Soros.

Rush has more listeners than ever. Listeners who have money to spend. Advertisers look for venues where they reach the most listeners with money to spend.

Any questions.

7 posted on 03/21/2012 7:31:29 AM PDT by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to slaughter anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: pabianice

8 posted on 03/21/2012 7:31:49 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: pabianice
Wishful thinking on behalf of liberal leftist, Brock the crock!

Maybe it is time to start calling advertisers of “Politico” demanding Brock be fired and then begin tweeting how over 100 advertisers have left the liberal politico for their hypocritical look the other way while like minded liberals call conservative women the “-unt” word and denigrate them as “twits” and conservative protesters as “tea baggers.”

The knife cuts both ways!

9 posted on 03/21/2012 7:32:02 AM PDT by paratrooper82 (We are kicking Ass in Afghanistan, soon we will be home to kick some more Asses in Congress!)
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To: pabianice

You forgot the Barf Alert.

Brock can KMA.

Oh, Brock says they have monitored Rush since 2004 and
nothing has reached the level of slut.
Pretty clear record as far as I’m concerned, Go Rush!


10 posted on 03/21/2012 7:32:55 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: pabianice

Politico are part of Brock’s handlers, need to come out of the closet.


11 posted on 03/21/2012 7:34:14 AM PDT by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: pabianice
At Media Matters for America, we have monitored “The Rush Limbaugh Show” every day since our founding in 2004. There is no example we can recall in which Limbaugh, or any other media figure, levied attacks of the tone and duration of those leveled against Fluke.

i'm fairly certain there is an alaskan family that would laugh at that assertion.

and the youngest is still waiting on a call from der leader to apologize and 'feel her pain' over being portrayed as a whore on national television. of course, her mother has long stopped waiting for a similar call over the threats of gang rape and assorted vile name calling

Rush needs to tell these people to shove it

12 posted on 03/21/2012 7:35:03 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: ontap

Brock probably wants to be mentioned on Rush’s show again as it gets his name in front of more people than the few who read his crap. His writting reads like the gossip column in my high school newspaper back in the 60’s.


13 posted on 03/21/2012 7:35:43 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: pabianice
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14 posted on 03/21/2012 7:35:50 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: pabianice

If I knew or ever heard of this guy I might just listen to what he has to say. But in the meantime STFU! Make a name for yourself first before sticking your foot up your A$$ or giving unsolicited comments. Geez, everyone’s looking for their 15 minutes.


15 posted on 03/21/2012 7:36:16 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: pabianice
George Soros' gay little Goebbels is heard from, once again.

The truth is that Rush Limbaugh turns down far more potential advertisers than the number of those that have left.

16 posted on 03/21/2012 7:36:55 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: pabianice

Isn’t EIB a private company? How did Brock get his hands on sensitive proprietary information? Or is he just making it up.


17 posted on 03/21/2012 7:38:18 AM PDT by DManA
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To: pabianice
Brock is a sodomite reprobate.

The following describes him to a T:

27* And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28* And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29* Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30* Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31* Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32* Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:27-32)

18 posted on 03/21/2012 7:38:44 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: pabianice
Limbaugh is such a racist, I mean he would never hand his show over to a black man, wait...


Liberal lunacy at it's finest. Methinks Brock has penis envy...
19 posted on 03/21/2012 7:39:03 AM PDT by TSgt (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: pabianice
He has accused actor Michael J. Fox of “exaggerating the effects” of Parkinson’s disease

From Wikipedia (yes, I know the warnings, but this is a direct quote from Fox):

In Lucky Man, Fox wrote that he did not take his medication prior to his testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee in 1998;

"I had made a deliberate choice to appear before the subcommittee without medication. It seemed to me that this occasion demanded that my testimony about the effects of the disease, and the urgency we as a community were feeling, be seen as well as heard. For people who had never observed me in this kind of shape, the transformation must have been startling"


20 posted on 03/21/2012 7:41:16 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: pabianice
The financial model that fueled Rush Limbaugh’s radio show seems to have disintegrated in recent weeks, with at least 100 advertisers reportedly abandoning his radio program.

According to Rush that 100 is across all 600 radio stations which have more than 18,000 advertisers between them. Not even a drop in the bucket and those 100 have already been replaced.

21 posted on 03/21/2012 7:43:15 AM PDT by apillar
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To: pabianice

Evidently, “Politico” really wants a mention on Limbaugh’s show. I hope he resists.


22 posted on 03/21/2012 7:43:32 AM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: pabianice

Oh the humidity! Rush just gained new listeners.


23 posted on 03/21/2012 7:43:54 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: pabianice
David Brock seems to be a gem, doesn't he?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2107394/Media-Matters-founder-David-Brock-accuses-gay-ex-lover-blackmailing-850K.html

24 posted on 03/21/2012 7:47:16 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: pabianice

Don’t know if it’s my computer, but there isn’t a place to leave comments.


25 posted on 03/21/2012 7:47:57 AM PDT by navymom1
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To: pabianice

Don’t know if it’s my computer, but there isn’t a place to leave comments at the Politico site. Or is that because they don’t have the server space to hold all the responses?


26 posted on 03/21/2012 7:49:02 AM PDT by navymom1
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To: pabianice
Brock squeals:

Our democracy is dependent on a vigorous public square where left and right openly debate the issues of the day. For 20 years, Limbaugh’s program has not added to this debate. By attacking public figures in the most hateful terms and working to silence brave citizens who speak up, he has, instead, diminished it.

We are NOT a democracy. We are a republic. And some issues are beyond debate, and fall within the area of unchangables that any legitimate form of government must honor. The purpose of government is to punish wrongdoers, NOT to provide medical care, etc. That is the rock our constitutional republic is built upon. Liberal dems and their willing RINO accomplices have been chipping away at this for decades, if not centuries.

For 20's years Limbaugh's program has been a single voice, "crying in the wilderness" of liberal monopoly on broadcast airwaves. "Limbaugh IS equal time." Before Limbaugh there was no debate. We were spoon fed the fare those in control allowed us.

The hypocritical left can't stand it when Limbaugh "to make a point" mimics their techniques against them. They scream like stuck pigs.

27 posted on 03/21/2012 7:49:36 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: count-your-change

And the likes of poor Graeme Frost and Sandra Fluke were hardly innocent citizens standing around minding their own business. When you’re used as a liberal prop, prepare to have your sob story questioned.


28 posted on 03/21/2012 7:51:31 AM PDT by Lacey
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To: ontap

I’ve never stated this before because it sounds silly but after this Rush flap, I think there is merit in the thought that Brock doesn’t care about facts. I think he is operating under the assumption that if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes fact. Lord knows he has enough support among his left wing peers.


29 posted on 03/21/2012 7:51:37 AM PDT by navymom1
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To: ontap

I’ve never stated this before because it sounds silly but after this Rush flap, I think there is merit in the thought that Brock or his peers don’t care about facts. I think they operate under the assumption that if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes fact.

The problem they face with Rush is an angry Right refusing to back away and remain silent.


30 posted on 03/21/2012 7:54:05 AM PDT by navymom1
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To: pabianice

Simple projection by brooks. He is not looking at limbaugh...but himself.


31 posted on 03/21/2012 7:54:23 AM PDT by AndyTheBear
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Funny....but I’ve listened to Rush for years and years now....and I have never heard most of those “hundred” or so sponsors advertising on Rush’s show.

Oh well....nothing new here with the leftie lies.

Just another steaming pile of leftist manure.


32 posted on 03/21/2012 7:54:46 AM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: apillar
Short version: Limbaugh has lost one-half of one percent of his show's advertisers. Oh, the Humanity! Brock is SUCH a tool. LOL!

When I was growing up and being raised a staunch Boston Jewish Liberal, I began to question that cult's assumptions. In return I was always personally attacked. Never a real counter-argument. Liberals/Marxists know they can never win an argument on fact. That we have allowed them to run rampant with personal attacks instead since 1964 is our shame.

33 posted on 03/21/2012 7:55:28 AM PDT by pabianice (")
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To: pabianice

Omoslem’s court jester chimes in.

Between gerbils, Brock finds time to slam Limbaugh on behalf of Nazi-collaborator Soros and the Fourth Reich.

I realize most gay men don’t use gerbils, but Brock just looks like he goes a’gerbling.

A recent article about Brock’s psycho ex-boyfriend mentioned Brock’s $8,000.00 Louis Vuitton suit bag.

Obama never spends more than $7,500 on his suit bags, thus proving there’s no Brock-Omoslem collusion on slamming Rush.


34 posted on 03/21/2012 7:55:50 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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More arm waving from the left. Like the guys holding the oversized arrows on street corners.

I was hoping to see numbers, like percent of sponsors, percent decline in revenue, drop in listenership.

What we got was words, babble, and wishful thinking.

In other words, lefty speak.


35 posted on 03/21/2012 7:56:10 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: pabianice
It was seem Brock has ingested too much of that frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex.
36 posted on 03/21/2012 7:56:10 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: pabianice

Thank you for your input, Gay-vid. Now, back to the bathhouse.


37 posted on 03/21/2012 7:57:03 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: nonsporting
Yes, and as usual, the leftist idiots accuse the right of doing what they, themselves, are either doing or TRYING to do.

"...and working to silence brave citizens who speak up..."

38 posted on 03/21/2012 7:57:57 AM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: TSgt

Yeah, racist. Just ask Ken Hutcherson, the pastor that married Rush and Katherine. Ken is not only a very devoted man of God, he is also African American.

It’s the same with homophobic: Rush is so homophobic he had Elton John play at his wedding reception.

It’s the same with his hatred and disrespect of women. Just ask any liberal female. They can’t tell you what a feminazi is but they (along with some of my former college profs) sure know he hates women. Any further questions, just ask Margaret Thatcher or Sara Palin or Mary Maitlin who used to host Rush’s show when he was absent.


39 posted on 03/21/2012 8:00:06 AM PDT by navymom1
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To: LyinLibs

Brock’s sexual orientation is not the issue. Making fun of it just lowers us to the level of the Left’s personal attack strategy. We can do better.


40 posted on 03/21/2012 8:00:26 AM PDT by pabianice (")
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Ain’t cuttin’ it, Brock.

Math is not your friend.

Guess not much else is either.

Keep doing what you do best....

While Rush keeps his listeners, his sponsors, and his money.

Heh!


41 posted on 03/21/2012 8:01:28 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: pabianice
Hey, David Brock, ya little tumbling flip-bunny, ya real screamer, you 'OOPS-get-away-don't-mind-me' limp-wristed caricature, Limbaugh is actually TURNING AWAY advertisers who are BEGGING to come back, having realized their folly.

Good Lord, you pillow-biting pansy, don't you even occasionally get in the same time-zone as a fact? Or is your life 100% fact-free?

42 posted on 03/21/2012 8:01:45 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: pabianice

You just posted this, too .... about Media Matters wanting a fight but unable to take a punch:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2861842/posts

and this is what REALLY is going on .... Rush is tootling along just fine & Media Matters/Brock is sucking air. Rush just got on Twitter - he needs to get all his folks to retweet the Media Matters story in this link.


43 posted on 03/21/2012 8:02:27 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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Reading that was like eating dry toast.

Even if you agreed with him for some reason, there was absolutely nothing in that article that was insightful or illuminating. Nothing encouraged you to think about something in a new way or look at the issue from a different perspective. No originality in thought or presentation.

Dry white toast.

44 posted on 03/21/2012 8:03:13 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: TSgt; jazusamo
I wonder if Thomas Sowell photo of Thomas Sowell has an aptitude for the microphone. If you aren't following his writings, you are missing a treat! Contact jazusamo to join the ping list.

formatting note, I will no longer align photos of great conservatives on the left!

45 posted on 03/21/2012 8:03:32 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Limbaugh: Tim Tebow miracle: "He had atheists praying to God that he would lose.")
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To: LyinLibs

Instead of Joseph Goebbels, brock’s nickname should be Joseph Gerbils.


46 posted on 03/21/2012 8:04:37 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: pabianice

“Brock’s sexual orientation is not the issue. Making fun of it just lowers us to the level of the Left’s personal attack strategy. We can do better.”

You must have read my comment too briskly.

I didn’t make fun of Brock’s sexual orientation; I made fun of his penchant for gerbils.

If you’re categorizing “gerbil love” as a sexual orientation, then your objection stands.


47 posted on 03/21/2012 8:10:34 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: eCSMaster

That is Brock? He looks like a nice little Nazi, doesn't he?

48 posted on 03/21/2012 8:11:53 AM PDT by NathanR
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To: pabianice

Media Matters is a criminal front group.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/20/mark-levin-dares-media-matters-to-take-legal-action-against-him/


49 posted on 03/21/2012 8:12:09 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: KarlInOhio
There you go, bringing facts in to ruin a perfectly good anti-Rush diatribe.

Party pooper.

;)

50 posted on 03/21/2012 8:16:05 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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