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Limbaugh launches 'Rush Babes' campaign

10:11 pm - 05/09/2012

Rush Limbaugh is fighting back against the National Organization for Women, the progressive women's group that has been targeting local advertisers and affiliates in an effort to get the conservative talk show host off the air.

On his program today, Limbaugh announced a new National Organizaion for Rush Babes "dedicated to the millions of conservative women who know what they believe in: family, American Values, and not being told by Faux Feminist Groups how to think."

"Sometime later this month the Femi-Nazis are going to be working with Media Matters for America in kicking off some giant program, some coordinated plan to have me taken off the air, under the premise that women hate this program and that this program is an unfriendly environment for women, that this program laughs at, impugns, makes fun of women," Limbaugh said during today's program. "Of course, the flaw in this is that the National Organization for Women thinking that they speak for women. If there was ever a group that speaks for an almost infinitesimal minority of women, it's them."

NOW announced the launch of the "Enough Rush" campaign on April 19 to protest his attack on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, with protests planned for at least eight cities, including Washington, D.C., and New York City. Earlier this year, NOW president Terry O'Neill called on Clear Channel to "pull the plug" on Limbaugh's program.

O'Neill was traveling by plane this afternoon and unable to comment, but a spokesperson with NOW said she would provide comment later today.

Angelo Carusone, the creator of Media Matters' "Stop Rush" campaign, cited "Rush Babes" as evidence that Limbaugh was struggling under pressure from advertisers.

"Rush Limbaugh and his crisis manager continue to claim that everything is fine and yet continue to act otherwise," he said, adding that it was "a telling coincidence that Limbaugh launched 'Rush Babes for America' on the same day that one of his affiliate providers reported millions in losses directly attributable to Limbaugh's show."

Cumulus Radio Networks CEO Lew Dickey said Monday that the advertiser boycott cost his company "a couple million" dollars in ad revenue in the first quarter and "a couple million" in the second quarter, and said 1 percent of the 3.5 percent revenue decline could be attributed to the boycott. The conservative website The Right Sphere called that 1 percent decline the equivalent of a rounding error, and dismissed Carusone's efforts as exaggeration.

"The Democrats, Media Matters, Obama, the left, the NAGs, are on this faux War on Women, where Republicans want to take away their contraception," Limbaugh said during today's program. "But I know and you know that this whole War on Women thing is a joke and a distraction, get people not paying attention to Obama's dismal economic policies and their results. And I have -- I've been tired a long time of these faux female groups which are really nothing but groups of liberals."

"The National Organization for Women is not a female organization," Limbaugh continued. "It's a liberal organization disguised as a group that's interested in the rights of women."

A source close to Limbaugh similarly described "Rush Babes" as "a way of properly characterizing NOW as not about women, but about a liberal political agenda in women's name."

"NOW does not represent millions of women, and would happily harm the huge number of women who choose to listen to Rush," the source told me.

NOW president returns fire on Limbaugh

Terry O'Neill, the president of the progressive National Organization for Women (NOW), is returning fire on conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who yesterday called her organization a "faux feminist group" and its members "femi-nazis," and launched an anti-NOW Facebook page called "National Organization for Rush Babes."

"I don't think conservative women want to associate themselves with his hate. I don't think they would want to associate themselves with his bullying," O'Neill told me this morning. "I don't think conservative women would want to associate themselves with his vitriolic attacks."

Limbuagh yesterday described National Organization for Rush Babes as an effort to counter NOW's "Enough Rush" campaign, which encourages advertisers to boycott his program. Limbaugh said NOW was wrong to think it speaks for women: "If there was ever a group that speaks for an almost infinitesimal minority of women, it's them," he said. "Rush Babes for America [is] dedicated to the millions of conservative women who know what they believe in: family, American Values, and not being told by faux feminist groups how to think."

But O'Neill said that conservative women, while they may agree with Limbaugh on matters of policy, would not support his "bullying," citing his recent attacks on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, who he referred to as a "slut" and a "prostitute."

"I think there are extraordinarily few people who agree with what he said about Sandra Fluke," she said. "I don't think women want to watch Sandra Fluke having sex in a video tape for the sexual gratification of men."

O'Neill broadened her criticism to Limbaugh's comments about other groups as well: "He says vicious, hateful thing about gay people. He says vicious, hateful things about African American people," she said.

"He just goes on the attack against anyone who, in his view, crosses him," O'Neill continued. "That's what bullies do."

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san 10th-May-2012 06:29 am (UTC)

Well done, Limbaugh, you have outdone yourself on ridiculousness and idiocy. You must be so proud of yourself.
rjdaae 10th-May-2012 06:34 am (UTC)
Wow... O_o
ladypolitik 10th-May-2012 06:38 am (UTC)
Looking forward to the train wreck.
leaf_collector 10th-May-2012 07:29 am (UTC)
What is this I don't even.
ladypolitik 10th-May-2012 07:39 am (UTC)
I dont have enough mouths or fingers to lick the deliciously obsessive bitterness off of OMFG

Edited at 2012-05-10 07:41 am (UTC)
kitschaster 10th-May-2012 08:06 am (UTC)
I always wondered what exactly happened to him, actually. Now I know.

He's turned into a very, very creepy stalker boy, emulating that which has shunned him. This is almost as bad as that one banned member, sic_girl or whatever, posting how much she hates _p on her user info page. That, and this, are delicious.
zombieroadtrip 10th-May-2012 08:57 am (UTC)
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meran_flash 10th-May-2012 09:23 am (UTC)
So there are no comments on any of those posts, right? He's just... talking into the void?

I think I need a shower.
hamiltonia 10th-May-2012 07:50 am (UTC)
....no :(
windygables 10th-May-2012 09:19 am (UTC)
How does he still have a job?
abee 10th-May-2012 09:32 am (UTC)
phoenixblaze 10th-May-2012 10:48 am (UTC)
Why do people even still listen to him or pay attention to him? It's baffling.
brookiki 10th-May-2012 11:00 am (UTC)
Every time I hear what he's said, I can't help but get angry that the great classic rock station I listened to switched over to talk radio featuring Rush and his buddies.

And on a semi-related note, Michael Savage makes him look downright reasonable and it's even worse because he can sound reasonable for up to three minutes. I remember channel surfing on the radio a while back and came across someone talking about older watches. Okay, cool. And was talking about how he loved older watches and collected them. Still with you. And how it was so hard nowadays to find someone to repair old watches because there was just no one who was learning to do that thing anymore. Totally in agreement, such a shame. And then he went on to say that it was all because of gay people and the reason that no one could repair antique watches was because of gay marriage. And then I realized it was Michael Savage and I was so annoyed because for a minute there, he tricked me and I thought he was a reasonable person.
masakochan 10th-May-2012 11:32 am (UTC)
Because some people (like my nearing-senior age'd, white, hetero dad) don't see anything really wrong with his view-points. Including the high-chance that they're probably just as Conservative as he is, and are usually more than willing to buy into any Conservative conspiracies that have to do with why Obama is actually a total bad guy.
tinylegacies 10th-May-2012 11:37 am (UTC)
When I saw the picture, I scrolled down DESPERATELY hoping to see that this was a parody/satire.

I just can't even anymore.
interstellar 10th-May-2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
That logo is


tabaqui 10th-May-2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, just, fuck off. Fuck *right* off. Disgusting pig.
the_gabih 10th-May-2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
zeitgeistic 10th-May-2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
This is entirely too classy of you for me to handle, Rush. It's almost like you were born without a hateful bone in your body.
ljtaylor 10th-May-2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
"If there was ever a group that speaks for an almost infinitesimal minority of women, it's them"

lol the ol' "VERY LOUD minority" sounding off as the "silent majority".

I listened to some Rush last time I was over in the US, and he sounded just like some kind of troll. Does he actually mean any of what he spouts or does he just say it to provoke a reaction? I mean...we have the Daily Mail but this is whole new level of what are you talking about?
sephirajo 10th-May-2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
My aunt liked this and my heart broke a bit. I don't get it. She's the entire reason I became a feminist in the first place - back when I graduated from high school and she took me aside and told me I had to stand on my own two feet and to never let any man ever tell me he knew what was better for me than I did, even if I thought I loved him.

And now she... and I... *brain ded*
apostle_of_eris 10th-May-2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Wake me up if he ever picks on anyone he thinks can fight back. It's only women and children.
valarltd 10th-May-2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
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schmanda 11th-May-2012 02:53 am (UTC)
I am so lacking in surprise at this ("Huh, Rush being a woman-hating asschapeau? Well, it is a day of the week ending in 'y'...") that my big takeaway from this is that I desperately want to take that Lobster font out behind the barn and shoot it.
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