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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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kitschaster 10th-May-2012 05:49 am (UTC)
Ah, nothing says, "I think women are smart, intelligent and independent human beings who deserve respect!" ...like calling them /babes/. And nothing says it any louder than implying that this harem of "babes" belongs to him. Ultimately, his babes. Rush's babes.

Ah, okay. He must be trollin', and will most likely laugh at the women who end up taking this seriously. Like ol' lady who thinks that the ban on marriage equality is about saving whites so that they can continue to breed out the non-whites? Maybe she'll sign up, idk. She doesn't seem like "the babe type".

Also love how any woman who hates Rush is a lesbian. I read the comments. You should not.
recorded 10th-May-2012 07:30 am (UTC)
He is seriously a master level troll. Instead of just starting a "Women for Rush" group, he's instead doing it in a way that is purposefully offensive to feminists on so many levels. If he really wanted to gain as much support of conservative women as he could, that silhouette would not be there since a lot of conservatives are religious and prudish. His real goal is to offend and rile people up. I'M STILL RELEVANT, PAY ATTENTION TO ME!


Also, lol


Edited at 2012-05-10 07:32 am (UTC)
kitschaster 10th-May-2012 07:51 am (UTC)
Accurate on all points.

That said, now I want to watch Spawn, because HOLY SHIT. Every time somebody mentions him on FB, this macro is going up, lololol. A+
abee 10th-May-2012 09:40 am (UTC)
THE MACRO EXPLAINS EVERYTHING.
lickety_split 11th-May-2012 03:33 am (UTC)
DED
kittymink 11th-May-2012 04:12 am (UTC)
awesome image.

I agree, he's just a massive troll
captain_emily 10th-May-2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
And not just calling them "babes", but also slapping a pin-up girl logo on them.

Seriously, did no one on his staff stop to think, "you know, maybe this isn't such a great idea?"
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