Rush Challenges MSNBC: Don't Mention Me For 30 Days
May 21, 2009 at 11:52 AM (PT)
Can MSNBC go through a month without taking a shot at RUSH LIMBAUGH? The PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS host doesn't think so, and has challenged the cable news network to go cold turkey on mentioning him for 30 days.
"Now, throughout the busy broadcast day, MSNBC cannot go an hour without mentioning me or playing video of me or having me discussed," LIMBAUGH said on TUESDAY's show. "I have the nation's most listened-to radio program and talk show. It is clear to me that MSNBC is hoping to build its ratings on my back. It seems that the liberalism that is MSNBC isn't selling as well as they would like because they cannot -- from the SCARBOROUGH show in the morning, all the way to night, they cannot; they cannot -- go any appreciable length of time without showing video of me, the CPAC speech or excerpts from this radio show or having a bunch of hack guests on to discuss me.
"So my challenge is this, to MSNBC. Let's see if you can run your little TV network for 30 days ... Let's see if you can do RUSH withdrawal. Let's see if you can run your little TV network for 30 days without doing a single story on me, and then let's take a look at your ratings during those 30 days and see what happens. Because obviously MSNBC thinks they cannot get numbers without focusing on me. So I challenge you, MSNBC! Thirty days without anything mentioning me. No video of me, no guests commenting on me. See if you can do it. You know, stand on your own two feet. Stand on liberalism. Stand on what you believe. Stop bleeding off me. I don't care about the ten extra listeners they might be bringing me. Ten extra listeners, I mean, that's irrelevant to me. They're not... I just want to see if they can survive on their own. I'm a self-reliant guy. I don't rely on them."
Ed Schultz Offers A Compromise
Rival syndicated talker ED SCHULTZ, host of MSNBC's "THE ED SHOW," responded that he would accept the challenge if LIMBAUGH (who he calls "the Drugster"), "the failed leader ... the leader of a failed movement," would agree to "go 30 days without making any derogatory or hateful comments about the President of the UNITED STATES. Thirty days. No racist, no sexist, no homophobic comments ... But there's an issue with my challenge and I realize that. Who would be the judge? You don't know the difference between a rexisacist (sic) and a homophobic comment. I mean, that's just who you are, that's just how you talk. You don't know any better."