In a major shakeup for the radio industry, Cumulus Media, the second-biggest broadcaster in the country, is planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year, an industry source told POLITICO on Sunday.
I wonder what might be the reason...
Cumulus has decided that it will not renew its contracts with either host, the source said, a move that would remove the two most highly rated conservative talk personalities from more than 40 Cumulus channels in major markets.
The decision comes after negotiations between Cumulus and Premiere Networks, the division of Clear Channel that distributes Limbaugh and Hannity's shows, broke down due to disagreements over the cost of the distribution rights, the source said. Cumulus is known to drive a hard bargain on costs, and Clear Channel is known to seek top dollar for big names.
Back in May, a source close to Limbaugh told POLITICO that the host was considering ending his affiliation agreement with Cumulus because CEO Lew Dickey was blaming the company's advertising losses on Limbaugh's controversial remarks about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student. On an earnings call two days later, Dickey reported a $2.4 million first-quarter decline in revenue related to talk programming, which he attributed, indirectly, to Limbaugh's remarks about Fluke.
It looks like the boycotts had a sizable effect. I don't want to attribute this entirely to the StopRush campaign because there are other factors at work, like their listeners slowly dying out, but hey.
Breaking @ Politico
Meet the New face of the GOP — Marco Rubio. Same as the old face of the GOP. Anti-science and pro-ignorance. Apparently they took away the wrong lessons in the last election and decided to double down on flat-earth stupidity where the jury is still out on things such as evolution, geologic age of the Earth, Climate change, and gravity.
GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?
Marco Rubio: I'm not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I'm not a scientist. I don't think I'm qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries.
Rubio thinks he is not qualified to answer a simple question which is known to 5th graders.
A google search gives you the answer, just as it would to a simple math query.
Not qualified, indeed.
This is from the December issue of GQ
GQ - All Eyez on Him - December 2012
A friend of mine was inspired by the latest Republican outrage about the Theresa Heinz "scandal" linked
on Drudge report to put together a survey form.
Full picture below. Spread the word to your Republican friends so they can narrow down their outrage more efficiently.
Does anyone know how to obtain the historic California speech "What I want to know is why are these Democrats..."?
This is the link for on C-SPAN, but the format is in RealVideo, and the quality is very poor.
Any possible way someone close to the Dean campaign HQ could convert the video to Divx or any other watchable format?