What Rush Limbaugh’s Attack on Activists Is Telling Us
Over at Daily Kos Leslie Salzillo wrote a great diary that breaks down the ‘secret story’ that Rush Limbaugh’s crisis communications person wrote about the StopRush movement. Rush Limbaugh Must Be Terrified – He’s Releasing Secret ‘Facts’ About StopRush
Salzillo does a great job pointing out all the nonsense in the report. I want to point out to people why Rush is attacking activists now and how I view the attack as a gift to the community of people alerting advertisers.
Rush’s Report “The Hidden Story Behind Stop Rush” tells us what they are telling the distributors, radio stations and sales reps. That’s good news, activists can use that information to keep pushing.
When I developed my method, I always liked to learn what the sales rep at KSFO was telling advertisers about the letters, calls, and faxes(!) they were getting from me and my friends.
They tried multiple ways to discount the work I was doing. They made excuses, told lies, attacked my character and threatened me financially and legally. Then I would incorporate their criticisms into my next round of letters to advertisers.
That is why this article is a gift. They are telling us the lines they are giving to radio station owners on why Rush isn’t bringing in the revenue he used to. They are also telling the station owners and sales reps what to tell the advertisers who are leaving.
1) These people aren’t from your community
2) They aren’t your customers
3) There are only a handful of them–it’s all robots
4) They are afraid to use their real names for no good reason
5) It’s all a big conspiracy, not a grass roots movement.
In sum. they tell the advertisers, “You are hearing from out-of-state bullies and cowards, paid for by George Soros. Ignore them and keep advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show!”
(Fun Fact: The reason they think this is what is happening is because that is what THEY do. Projection, it’s not just in movie theaters these days.)
Another thing this report tells us is that the distributors have put pressure on Rush to DO something, such as stop saying such offensive things. But he will not. So they attack the activists.
That is what KSFO, ABC/Disney and the hosts did to me. So instead of the management telling the hosts to stopping spewing violent rhetoric and bigotry, they went after me as a way to stop their financial pain.
Rush will not modify what he says, so he attacks the people who capture the clips, Media Matters, and all the activists who use them to point out what he is saying to advertisers.
Putting this movement on the “George Soros funded” Media Matters, and naming them as the leader kills two birds with one stone in their minds. (BTW, am I glad I used a pseudonym? You bet. Who I am would have been the focus instead of the issues of copyright and what the hosts were saying on air.)
The other target for this article are the Rush listeners.