It’s no surprise that Liar Limbaugh continues to mislead the public by claiming his ratings are still surging after calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute.” Many of his loyal listeners, who want so much to believe their fearful leader, tweet and post the regurgitated lie about how the show is doing better than ever.
The Truth: Politico reported on Monday that Abritron’s key demographic ratings between March 29 and April 25 showed Limbaugh’s show had fallen 27 percent in New York City, 31 percent in Houston, 35 percent in Jacksonville and 40 percent in the Seattle-Tacoma market.
Initially, Limbaugh boasted an increase in overall ratings, anywhere between 10 – 60%. He explained that one station may have gone up 12% and another up 33% but that all combined resulted in a ratings bonanza for the misogynist. One radio insider told Dylan Byers of Politico, “The most likely reason for these shifts is that Limbaugh talked about Sandra Fluke at the beginning of March, so it brought in a lot of non-regular listeners. Now that the issue has more or less passed, those people aren’t listening anymore.” Kind of like a zoo that acquires a new baboon. It attracts some new visitors but once they’ve seen the primate, they move on to another attraction. This is what happened to Limbaugh’s radio program. Eventually the numbers decreased because the freak show was over.
One listener commented, “Clearly Sandra Fluke isn’t the only one who didn’t like Rush calling her a ‘slut’ given how many viewers that comment incinerated.”
In a desperate attempt to prove that he’s still in the game, Limbaugh set up a Facebook page titled Rush Babes For America to combat the “Slut” firestorm that emerged quickly after the Fluke attack. It’s curious that in two of the eleven posts, how to like the page is described in detail…for those who have not yet figured it out yet. Says a lot about what he thinks of his listeners.
If you recall, roughly about this time last year the loveable Glenn Beck experienced an ad boycott that resulted in the demise of his television program. Beck called Obama a racist and that was a huge part of why he’s no longer on the air.
These conservative talk show hosts are going too far with their dishonest hate speech and the public is proof-positive that even though we still have the right to free speech, hate speech and lies are not a winning strategy. In fact, they eventually result in a backlash against the show.
Rush, your ratings have decreased. Numbers don’t lie but you do, and more and more people are realizing that your days are numbered.
Kimberley A. Johnson is an author and The Spokeswoman for Rock The Slut Vote, an organization standing up and fighting the war on women. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and “like” the Rock The Slut Vote Facebook page