RUSH: There was a shareholders meeting — you know, ABC owns Disney, and Iger got up there and there were some shareholders asking about the politicization of ESPN, and Iger denied it. No, you’re crazy, there’s none of that going on. I don’t know why you would ask that. Denied it.
I think you’ve got a bunch of rank amateur sportswriters trying to do politics that don’t know what they’re talking about. Like I said, ESPN, if you want to put politics into sports you need professionals like me to be able to do it and do it the right way. You guys are throwing politics here into every discussion and half the time, if not more, it’s irrelevant to the event, to the players, whatever you’re talking about. Once it starts becoming gratuitously anti-Trump or anti-Republican, you’re not helping yourself here.
And in many instances these left-wing sports anchor reporters, broadcasters, whatever are pretend political thinkers. They’re hacks just trying to get along with whatever they think the majority of their business thinks. You need seasoned professionals. And I of course am the trailblazer here. I got blown out of ESPN for being accused of doing what ESPN is now promising and trying to do. You talk about trailblazer, you talk about pioneers taking the arrows, I did. And it wasn’t even that political. It was cultural. It never got conservative-Republican, Democrat-liberal, any of that. It was pure cultural. For two days nobody noticed. Then they did and all hell broke loose. He-he-he-he-he-he-he. If you want to know how to do it, ESPN, give me a call.
RUSH: Robbie in my adopted hometown of Sacramento, California. You know I was thinking about Sacramento last night, Robbie. I don’t know why, but something about — oh. My brother had mentioned a name of somebody he talked to out there as he’s selling his book, promoting his book out there. I was thinking about how much I owe Sacramento. Thirty years years ago. It just blows my mind. Anyway, welcome. It’s great to have you here on the program.
CALLER: Hi, Rush Limbaugh. It’s another sunny day here in Sacramento, sunny and windy and allergy.
RUSH: You’re sounding a little bit too optimistic. You must be watching Fox & Friends.
CALLER: No. So, okay, there’s several things that I love about you, Rush. But the one that encourages me and inspires me the most is that you are an overcomer. May I take a moment to explain how I have arrived at this conclusion about you?
RUSH: Sure. Absolutely.
CALLER: Thank you. It will help me build to my question. So you have overcome poverty. You know what it’s like to make $19,000 a year and probably less than that, and now you can spend $19,000 at the snap of fingers. You know what it’s like to drive an old jalopy of a car, and now you carry around hundred-dollar bills to tip the valets. You’ve overcome career lows. You know what it’s like to be fired, and now you make a fine living doing what you love every day. You’ve overcome disability. You have a hearing disability and you’re the king of radio.
You’ve overcome the misconceptions and the misunderstandings of your intellectual father. Your intellect didn’t respond to the confines of the American academic structure, and now you write history books, and you’re America’s teacher. And last, you daily, for decades now, overcome slander and lying and deliberate misrepresentation. And President Trump might be the only other person I see subjected to, at the same level that you are, and you both overcome it with grace.
So, my question, since you understand Trump so well, and since you are yourself, I wanted to ask your advice for those of us in your audience who are subjected to slander and lying and misrepresentation and false narratives the more and more that we stand up for what is true and what is right.
RUSH: You want to know how to deal with it? Is that the question?
CALLER: Yeah. I want your advice. How do you overcome it with such grace, and what advice do you have for us who, at a different level, are still subjected to it?
RUSH: Okay, first off. Let me ask you a question. Would you like to write my biography?
CALLER: Sure. Let’s do it!
RUSH: I’m blown away by your — that was just one nice thing after another, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. That denotes an awareness on your part. You’re extremely aware. You’ve noticed things and you remember them. You should have seen my face as you’re going through this and everybody else’s. They were applauding you on the other side of the glass.
CALLER: Awww. Well, I’ve been listening to what you say for a very long time.
RUSH: Well, it’s obvious that you have. It kind of floors me, because I never hear anything like what you just said. I never, ever hear it, so it’s a combination of appreciation and a little embarrassment. I don’t quite know how to react to it other than to say thank you and to applaud your perception, ’cause you’re right about practically all of it.
RUSH: Hey, did you see Obama’s accepted another $400,000 speech? That’s two of them now. The first $400,000 speech was from a Wall Street firm, Cantor Fitzgerald. It slips my mind who the second one is from, but I have an idea. That’s how much he made per year as president. And we’re told that liberals don’t care about money. We’re told that liberals do what they do for altruistic reasons. We’re told that liberals are compassionate. They care.
They don’t care about getting rich, they aren’t rich, and they, of course, have negative comments and things to say about everybody who is rich. And yet when they have a chance to money grub, they go out and do it. Now, if Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were actually honest when articulating their class envy and class warfare rhetoric. For example, if they really mean it when they say they want to tax the rich, you know how they can prove it? Suggest a 90% tax rate on all speech income above $50,000.
Wasn’t it people like Obama and Clinton who tried to limit the tax deductibility corporations paid their CEOs above a million dollars a year? It’s very simple. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, made to order, put your mouth where your policy is. Suggest a 90% tax all speech income over $50,000. Don’t hold your breath, folks, it will never happen. But if they were honest and if they really meant this class warfare stuff, they’d be just as irritated when liberals get rich as they are when Republicans and conservatives do so.
RUSH: There’s a story in Politico. (laughing) Let me give you the CliffNotes version of the story. It’s in Politico and they’re very upset that Trump watches Fox & Friends first thing every morning. But do you know why? Fox & Friends is too positive. And so Trump is getting a distorted picture of what the country actually thinks of him. He starts the day thinking that he’s loved, thinking that he’s adored, because that’s where he’s loved and adored is on Fox & Friends.
And he sees all the cute little animal segments that they have and all the upbeat America’s-great segments that they do. And the people there tend to like each other and get along and there isn’t any put-down stuff going on. There’s no mean-spirited extremism.
And so Trump’s not getting an accurate picture of America (laughing) because he’s watching a phony show where there’s too much optimism and there’s too much positive reinforcement, and he better stop it. He had better stop it. He had better start watching stuff that is ripping him to shreds every day so he knows how much he’s hated. (laughing)
As though Fox & Friends is the only morning show that tries that? Now, they may be only one that pulls it off because most of the other morning shows are devoted to destroying Trump or being negative. I mean, the Drive-By Media’s miserable and unhappy every day because Trump won.
RUSH: Every day, folks, I get up and I read the news. I look at the news, and every day I think that a limit has been reached where I can’t expect to find any more ludicrousness or idiocy — and every day, I surprise myself.
“It was a typical Tuesday in March, and President Donald Trump was getting hammered by the press. One of his signature campaign promises, repealing Obamacare, had just collapsed. The Republican co-chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, investigating ties between Trump associates and Russia … was under fire for a secret meeting on the White House grounds. And Gallup’s recent poll numbers showed Trump at 36% approval, a historic low for a new president.
“But Trump was starting his day, as usual, with Fox & Friends, where the world looked decidedly sunnier. Here was an ultrasound image of his ninth grandchild, in utero. His meeting with women business owners, described in glowing terms. And his enemies defanged: According to the hosts [at Fox & Friends], it was Hillary Clinton’s cronies — not Trump’s — who had the problematic Russia contacts, prompting Trump to tweet: ‘Watch @foxandfriends now on Podesta and Russia!’
“Trump’s cozy relationship with Fox & Friends has become one of the great curiosities of his unusual presidency. A well-known cable TV devotee, Trump has found inspiration for his Twitter timeline in various programs — but none so much as Fox News Channel’s 6-9 a.m. talk show. A man with access to the highest levels of the national security apparatus regularly uses [Fox & Friends] as an unimpeachable source of information… It’s not hard to understand the show’s appeal.
“While the rest of the media frets and wails over Trump’s policies and sounds the alarm over his tweets, Fox & Friends remains unrelentingly positive. It’s pitched to the frequency of the Trump base, but it also feels intentionally designed for Trump himself — a three-hour, high-definition ego fix. For a president who no longer regularly receives adulation from screaming crowds at mega rallies, Fox & Friends offers daily affirmation that he is successful and adored, that his America is winning after all.
Trump is living an illusion, because Fox & Friends is presenting one!
“Psychology suggests that the program’s particular trappings have effects on viewers that go beyond ego stroking. The fast pace, the cheerfulness and the breezy confidence are a combination tailor-made for maximum persuasion, experts say.” So Fox & Friends is a secret propaganda program! Fox & Friends is being programmed… There is an all-out, full-fledged frontal assault to destroy Fox News.