“We’re watching the end of right-wing conservative talk radio. The genre is dying among ratings and dying among advertisers … Rush is at the end of his career. His constituency is all wearing Depends. And he’s getting himself into trouble he doesn’t need.
“Sandra Fluke was simply the lightning that struck and hit an old building that collapsed. She didn’t do it. She helped to bring it down at the end, but it was falling apart on its own.”
Jerry Del Colliano, publisher of InsideMusicMedia, which focuses on radio.
GOP evil genius Frank Luntz spoke to a student group at the University of Pennsylvania. He offered some fluff, making jokes about Nancy Pelosi and face lifts. When asked about political polarization, he became more serious and replied he had something to say, but not on the record. So the student reporter from the college newspaper turned off his recording device. But another student started to record on his iPhone with Luntz, who I guess never heard about Mitt’s 47% video, unaware. Luntz, feeling a little too comfortable and confident, then blithely went off on right-wing talk radio:
“And they get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it’s really problematic. … And so that is a lot of what’s driving it. If you take — Marco Rubio’s getting his ass kicked. … He’s getting destroyed. By Mark Levin, by Rush Limbaugh, and a few others. He’s trying to find a legitimate, long-term effective solution to immigration that isn’t the traditional Republican approach, and talk radio is killing him.”
And now talk radio will kill Luntz.
For more, see “Secret Tape: Top GOP Consultant Luntz Calls Limbaugh ‘Problematic,'” David Corn, MotherJones