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Limbaugh Turnoff
Aug 24, 2005 | polishproud

Posted on 08/24/2005 5:35:23 AM PDT by PolishProud

(I am a staunch conservative converted to the right by Rush Limbaugh. I remember the exact issue of my conversion - Limbaugh pointed out that so called cuts in federal spending were actually cuts in the growth of spending. Clinton's duplicity in using the words "spending cuts" insulted my sense of what defines honesty as did Clinton in general. But over the years I have become critical of talk show hosts. )

In my opinion the best hosts are as follows; Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Denver's Mike Rosen and Laura Ingraham. Hosts that suffer by comparison include Sean Hannity, Bill Bennett, O'Reilly (radio and TV), Michael Gallagher and Michael Savage. The worse host, by far, is Michael Savage. He gives conservative talk radio a bad name. When liberals excoriate conservative talk, they use Savage as an example and rightly so.

The most overrated talk show host has got to be Sean Hannity. His show consists of promoting his TV show (40%), and telling us what will be on in the next hour (25%). Once in a while he works in a caller, mostly women. Sean really likes women callers. His interviews with politicos are predictable. And the object of recently program content has been used to take advantage of tragedy TV ratings, i.e. the Natalee Holloway's epic.

Rush Limbaugh is very articulate and knows what turns his audience on. But at times Limbaugh takes us back to the sexual innuendoes of the 1970s. He seems to relish "dirty talk." I can remember when, for one week, he talked about women "farting" in their cars. He thought it was so clever that this double entendre could also refer to women putting on make up in their cars. The other day, he was obsessed with the word "condom," asking if anyone on his staff had a condom in his or her billfold. I kept thinking he was getting some little charge in his neither parts as he said "condom." I don't know where the condom bit was going because I turned him off - and besides the next story, was going to be about a guy who died after having sex with a horse.

People listen to Limbaugh for his political bent, but Rush thinks he's a sports talk show. I and others, judging from Rush's own comment about listener input, don't tune in to hear Rush's NFL predictions or golf scores. If you want to get on Rush's show ask him a NFL question. In talk radio there's a conundrum - news talk shows want to be sport shows, and sports shows wants to be news talk shows.

While Rush relates to his audience on most subjects, he disconnects when he talks about social security as an entitlement. He doesn't accept that the government has made a contract with taxpayers; whereby, in return for the payment of social security taxes, the government promised to provide monies for retirees.

Hugh Hewitt is radio's would be PBS talk show host - that is, when he's on the air. He takes more vacations than President Bush. I'm sure talk show listeners can't wait for Hewitt's to feature Shakespeare, religion, extreme sports or NASCAR - at times Hewitt sounds like a religious show host. Whereas Medved doesn't give much worth to single people, Hewitt doesn't take old people seriously, despite talk show listener demographics. For some reason Hewitt comes across as someone trying to make up for his 5 foot 7 inch stature although I have no idea how tall he is. His most redeeming facet, which puts him in my top five, is his recent work on judicial nominations. Plus he has finally realized that his listeners can discuss complicated issues - whereas in the past he would toss out one line questions any idiot caller could answer.

Mike Medved and Mike Rosen are the best debaters. Although recently Medved has gotten off on social rather than political issues. I mean - how many times do we need to discuss homosexuality, TV is bad, movies are good and being single is unnatural? Medved also annoys with his "conspiracy day" where he takes advantage of sickos who tell us over and over that the moon landing was staged in a Hollywood studio and that the secret Yale "Skull and Bones Society" runs the world. Still his debating skills secures the number two spot in my book.

Caustic and irreverent, Denver's Mike Rosen does not suffer fools gladly; but at times, he becomes a sport show host when he shills for the hapless Colorado Rockies - not coincidentally his station, KOA, carries Rockies games. The other day he jeopardized his top five standing when he did a segment on bad breath. I suppose, when you're on air some thirty plus days a year, some shows will stink - pun intended.

Last but least is the Laura Ingraham show, or as it should be known, Laura's musicfest. What Laura does not seem to understand is, while she may be tired of political talk, her audience isn't. Listeners want political talk not music and movie reviews. As the old saying goes "you gotta dance with the one that brung you," and Laura did not get where she is with her personal taste in music. But Laura does scores big with her attack of lefty sound bites. She and her staff must watch every political TV program aired and it pays off with an entertaining show.

The worse talk show host of a national syndicated program is Mike Gallagher. He doesn't bother with research. You will not hear anything new from Gallagher just the latest issues that gets calls. His demographics seem to be pissed off red necks.

While conservative talk appeal to millions of listeners, advertisers don't think much of its demographics as demonstrated by ads for hair growth, belly fat reduction, gold investing and dating services. Surly conservative talk show listeners aren't as dumb as advertisers think we are.


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To: cyborg

Nobody's perfect. Hate to think what my radio show would sound like if I had one. My current favorites:

1. Limbaugh monologues
2. Tony Snow
3. Savage (before 3rd shot of vodka)
4. Hannity (when Ann Coulter weighs in)
5. Ingraham (except bumper music)
6. Dennis Praeger (consistently smarter than me....I know it is easy to be smarter than me but I still like him).
7. Mark Levin although I have never heard his show.
8. Huge Hewitt (after 3rd shot of vodka)
9. Glen Beck (proves LDS folks can be smart and funny)
10. Tammy Bruce ...well maybe not.


201 posted on 08/24/2005 9:07:26 AM PDT by Kokojmudd (Outsource Federal Judiciary and US Senate to India, NOW!)
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To: PolishProud
So these FIVE are YOUR favorites? I would like to see a review of those you DISLIKE.

From you post I suspect you would probably have a positive opinion of Al Franken.

202 posted on 08/24/2005 9:15:35 AM PDT by PISANO (We will not tire......We will not falter.......We will NOT FAIL!!! .........GW Bush [Oct 2001])
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To: PolishProud

CLUB GITMO is the funniest thing Rush has ever done. His Ted kennedy parodys are really funny too.

Judge: "What exactly were you thinking when you drove over the bridge that morning?"

Kennedy: "Ohh, what the hell"

Judge:
"Senator, will you continue to drink scotch for breakfast"

Kennedy:

"Well you can bet your ass I won't be eating Cherrios"


203 posted on 08/24/2005 9:19:45 AM PDT by ElRushbo (Harley Riders against Elton John)
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To: Peach

Say the word "Conservative" and who is the first image that comes into your mind? It has to be Rush. If "Conservative" had a picture in the dictionary, it would be a picture of Rush Limbaugh.


204 posted on 08/24/2005 9:50:23 AM PDT by fish hawk (I am only one, but I am not the only one.)
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To: PolishProud
It's hard to be humble when your making millions of dollars.

I've pretty much tuned out on some shows.

Hanity and Combes was good for a while but I could care less about hearing what the other side has to say.

Fair and balanced is not about some inane smug elitists telling you that America is bad and going to church makes you a genuine bigot.

I know how I want things to be and I damn sure don't want some over educated immoral fool trying to change my mind.

Am I a conservative, you bet your liberal diapers I am.

I'm all the things radical liberals like to look down their noses at and proud of it.

I am Christian who loves America and if thats not being politically correct, then so be it.
205 posted on 08/24/2005 9:55:47 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: mathluv

Tony Snow is one of the nicest, most decent humans in show business.

Just my opinion.


206 posted on 08/24/2005 10:02:23 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: Kieri

Tony is on vacation until Sept 6. He has guest hosts until then. John Gibson was guest host today.


207 posted on 08/24/2005 10:13:27 AM PDT by mathluv (Mercy shown to an evil man is cruelty to the innocent.)
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To: PolishProud; ninenot; sittnick; steve50; Hegemony Cricket; Willie Green; Wolfie; ex-snook; FITZ; ...
In my opinion the best hosts are as follows; Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Denver's Mike Rosen and Laura Ingraham [...] The worse host, by far, is Michael Savage.

Yesterday Laura Ingraham in a shrill and sanctimonious way was presenting Serbs as guilty of genocide on Bosnia/Kosovo Muslims. I see her as good as Ms Albright.

And Michael Savage was the only host whom I heard to be brave/clever enough to see the Serbian (the true one) side of the story and condemn the pogroms on Serbs in Kosovo.

208 posted on 08/24/2005 10:22:07 AM PDT by A. Pole (" There is no other god but Free Market, and Adam Smith is his prophet ! ")
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To: Vaquero

I bet he's still using


210 posted on 08/24/2005 8:52:42 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: tubebender

You really need to get a life. You have waaaay too much time on your hands. Maybe you need a mate...



Tubebender Dont tell him about the nascar thread


211 posted on 08/24/2005 8:57:05 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: PolishProud; McGruff; leadpenny; YaYa123; Bahbah; DollyCali; malia

PP, just to let you know, McGruff has a daily talk show thread going. Stop by, if you wish to complain/comment about anything you hear. It has over 3,500 posts on it.

Talk radio ping for everyone.


212 posted on 08/24/2005 9:14:59 PM PDT by Springman
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To: PolishProud

I agree wit hthe writers' assertions on Savage...I don't like to be screamed at in my life, much less by some nut on the radio.


213 posted on 08/24/2005 9:16:56 PM PDT by trubluolyguy (Ew. This tastes like a monkey. A monkey that's past his prime. "Chris Griffin")
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To: PolishProud

So did you post this just for the sake of cracking on Rush and a couple of other talk show hosts or was there a point to it?


214 posted on 08/24/2005 9:17:05 PM PDT by txradioguy (In Memory Of My Friend 1SG Tim Millsap A Co. 70th Eng. K.I.A. 25 April 2005)
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To: PolishProud

I ove Rush but a lesser known talk host I really like, Rusty Humphries.


215 posted on 08/24/2005 9:20:31 PM PDT by trubluolyguy (Ew. This tastes like a monkey. A monkey that's past his prime. "Chris Griffin")
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To: Balding_Eagle
What a dumb statement.

Gee, that's an argument. Perhaps you misunderstood me. I do not mean that he should be censored or banned, merely that he does not have the skills (or has not developed them) requisite to being a good talk show host.

The market is the judge of that, not you.

Perhaps this is painfully obvious, but I am a part of the market, therefore my opinion that he is not qualified to do a three-hour show is quite valid. In short, I am a consumer. That's who I am to say whether or not he is qualified.

Are you sure you're 'qualified' to post here? Seesh. I don't know. Maybe you can tell me /sarcasm

Just as a wild, wild guess, you've been Hannitized, right?

216 posted on 08/27/2005 5:50:53 PM PDT by Seņor Zorro ("The ability to speak does not make you intelligent"--Qui-Gon Jinn)
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To: Red Badger
By the time Sean comes on, FR has already covered everything he could talk about. This site is his show prep............

Same comment would apply to Rush.

217 posted on 08/27/2005 5:53:56 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (It is Watergate yet? Is it Watergate yet?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
And exactly which of the enumerated powers delegated to the federal government by the United States Constitution gives the federal government the power to contract with taxpayers to "to provide monies for retirees?"

You big dummy, learn to read!

It's right next to right to privacy, which houses the God-given right to abortion.

I can't quote it, but it's in there. Somewhere. Somehow.

218 posted on 08/27/2005 6:05:51 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Choose life!)
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To: Seņor Zorro
 
What a dumb statement.

Gee, that's an argument.

It's called an introduction, an attention catcher. It seems to have served its purpose.

The market is the judge of that, not you.

Perhaps this is painfully obvious, but I am a part of the market, therefore my opinion that he is not qualified to do a three-hour show is quite valid. In short, I am a consumer. That's who I am to say whether or not he is qualified.

The market is a single entity. You are a part of it like a passenger on a ship. You can choose to be on the ship, or not, but your input as to the course it takes is for all practical purposes, completely irrelevant.  Your assertions that you are qualified is  unsupportable, the market has overridden you.

Just as a wild, wild guess, you've been Hannitized, right?

Hannitized? Baiting doesn't work well with me. What else you got?


219 posted on 08/27/2005 9:25:26 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with really stupid enemies.)
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