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Rush Limbaugh Is In Ruins: Bad News Coming From Every Direction, Including The Right

"Rush Limbaugh Is In Ruins - Bad News Coming From Every Direction - Including The Right" ( )
12:49 PM Apr 19 2014

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He's ready to do promo for Zaxby's!  :)

Who's Zaxby's?

I'm sorry, I thought Zaxby's was a national restaurant chain but it's in the Southeast only.  After the Duck Dynasty anti-gay controversy, Zaxby's chose representatives from the DD clan for their commercials.  They serve something called chicken fingers.

Politico published an article revealing that Tea Party organizations (some created by the Koch brothers) have contributed millions to Rush Limbaugh. What does this mean? For Rush it means they helped sustain him while thousands of sponsors pulled their ads. It means this may lead to an investigation to see if the funding was done legally. According to the FCC, if you receive money from an organization that pays you to promote their propaganda, without telling your audience, it may be considered 'payola' - and it may be illegal.


"The Heritage Foundation at the end of January ended its five-year sponsorship of El Rushbo’s show, for which it had paid more than $2 million in some years and more than $9.5 million overall. In 2012, FreedomWorks paid at least $1.4 million to make him an endorser, though it’s not clear that the sponsorship is ongoing."

Some history:

Talk-radio shows with huge country-wide audiences offer Washington ideas and organising shops broad, ungrazed fields of green. If you want to be cynical about the way all this works, here's how to be cynical about it. Right-leaning think tanks and advocacy groups constantly tell the folks on their huge direct-mail lists—older people, mostly—that America, the greatest country in the history of the multiverse, is going to hell in a hand-basket, and quick, unless! Unless you dig deep and send cheques to the Americans for a More American America Foundation or ProsperityWorks or whatever. 

Then, the boards of these organisations reward their friends in management and fundraising with handsome salaries (just think what they're forgoing in the private-sector!) and spend the rest of the money on programmes that may or may not have a clear relationship to the institution's mission. 

Right-leaning think tanks and advocacy groups are to a significant extent transmission belts conveying the cash of fearful, constitution-loving widows into the bank accounts of "movement" professionals in Washington, DC. The first-order distributive consequences of these pay-for-play radio deals has to do with which Washington institution gets to tap which audience's potential donor pool.

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