Skip to comments.Remembering the World Before Rush
Posted on 07/31/2012 3:45:08 PM PDT by Kaslin
RUSH: Here is Joan in East Liverpool, Ohio. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: You're my hero.
CALLER: Always have been.
RUSH: Wow. Thank you very much.
CALLER: You know, Milton Friedman wrote a book back in the seventies, I think, called Free to Choose.
RUSH: Yes, ma'am.
CALLER: And then they made it into -- or maybe it came first, made it into a ten-part series that they put on PBS.
RUSH: Exactly right. You are exactly right.
CALLER: And I'll tell you, back then, nothing was being done in the conservative realm, and until you came along he was the only one that I knew that talked to me about things that I knew that I knew, that everyone else was not knowing.
RUSH: He did. William F. Buckley was one of his close friends. They skied together annually. National Review was a great publication oriented toward free market economics and conservatism in general. Free to Choose, you're right, aired in 1980 on PBS. But Milton Friedman, as I say, is a class all by himself. He was that smart.
RUSH: And you know what was great about Milton Friedman was, I mean he was a high intellect, but he was able to speak in ways everybody understood.
CALLER: I tried to tell my daughter why I liked you so much. She couldn't understand my infatuation. And I tried to tell her how it was before you came along, and that everything in the media, in the movies, in the books, in anything on television, it was all liberal. And I knew that there was something else, but no one would talk to me about it. And I couldn't talk to anyone else, until you came along.
RUSH: How old was your daughter when you were talking to her about me?
CALLER: Well, you came along, what, '88?
RUSH: That's right.
CALLER: And so I was talking to her in that area, especially when she got into college after 2000.
RUSH: Okay. All right. Did you have any luck in persuading her, or does she still think --
RUSH: Oh, good. Oh, cool.
CALLER: Yes. She went to Purdue, and they had a liberal reading course there, and she came home with these things by Michael Moore, and I just hit the ceiling.
RUSH: Yeah, I can imagine. Gosh, you know what? If I'd had kids and that happened to me, I don't know what I woulda done, because I know at that age parents don't know anything. The parents, as far as the kids are concerned, are the biggest blockheads on earth. And if I'd had a kid come home waving a Michael Moore DVD in front of me...
CALLER: Well, she agreed with me.
RUSH: Oh, well.
CALLER: She is a good kid. She has a doctorate now.
RUSH: In what?
CALLER: She's a smart kid, and we went to the voting booth together, and she did her little thing in the, you know, they had kiddie voting, and I voted in the regular.
CALLER: And we talked about it, and she's good kid.
RUSH: Well, good. Then you did good stuff.
CALLER: I hope so.
RUSH: Well, there's no question you did. Well, look, Joan, you're very nice. I'm glad you called. I really appreciate hearing from you.
CALLER: Thank you.
RUSH: You bet. Have a good day.
Remembering the World Before Rush:
Remembering the World Before Rush:
Before Rush the only person to speak for me without benefit of the news networks’ filter was Robert Novak on Crossfire.
Thanks for posting that. I grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s and I knew there was something wrong with the world but I didn’t know what it was, because the three networks were always telling me I had it wrong. Thank God for Rush and the rise of the Internets.
I remember when CNN came on the air. Everyone thought they were without bias, that they didnt give opinions like the networks did, that their news reporting was facts only and not suppositions as the network did.I remember when Reagan was shot and it was CNN that refused to make comments that were not known facts. Everyone was glad there was an alternative to the networks that lied, added emotional commentary, and reported things not true. Well, we quickly found CNN to be liberal; that while they, then, didn’t report anything but facts, they left out facts about conservatives.
It was a dark time for about ten years before Rush came about. Rush single handedly started the public campaign for conservative news outlets. Rush gets a load of credit where the other media failed.
Putnam later had a radio talk show on KIEV (now KRLA--"intelligent, conservative talk radio") from 1976 until around 2000. Those who stayed awake during the graveyard shift could listen to Ray Briem's conservative call-in show on KABC, but talk radio in the morning was dominated by the liberal Michael Jackson. When his show came to the Southland in 1989, Rush Limbaugh killed Jackson in the ratings when he began broadcasting opposite him on KFI, and Jackson's show soon left the air.
In the 1960's and 1970's, conservative commentators could be heard on KIEV, KTYM, and some others. Steuart McBirnie, a pastor of a megachurch in Glendale hosted the 15-minute "Voice of Americanism." In the late '60's and early '70's, one could hear "Life Lines," a conservative commentary sponsored by Texas oilman H. L. Hunt and Richard Cotten's somewhat quirky "Conservative Viewpoint." The Rev. Carl McIntire called for victory in Vietnam in his "Twentieth Century Reformation Hour" broadcasts and led several "Marches for Victory" in Washington that attracted tens of thousands. Another commentator on KTYM was Ron Wright, a member of the John Birch Society, who hosted a 15-minute commentary entitled "Verite."
Conservative TV and radio personalities in Southern California before Rush were a colorful crowd.
CNN in the 80s had “Crossfire” where you culd at least hear the conservative point of view given equal time.
It was a step up.
Then Begala got put on it in the 90s and it was trashed and destroyed.
I lived in Atlanta in the mid-70s. Everyone watched cnn cause it was on all night. It was great when it first started. At night, Ted Turner’s tbs station would put a German Sheppard dog in a suit and hat, place peanut butter in his mouth and someone would read news while the dog licked his chops. It was so funny