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For the uninitiated, right wing talk show host Rush's Limbaugh's boasting can be unsettling at first, as the listener tries to determine whether he's joking.  After all, even people with terrible social skills don't say things like this about themselves:
With talent on loan from God

Half my brain tied behind my back just to make it fair

Meeting and surpassing all audience expectations on a daily basis

Documented to be always right 99.7% of the time

Saying more in five seconds than most hosts say in an entire year.

Come to think of it, you know who else says things like that?  Rappers.  Take this sample from self-annointed "Best Rapper Alive" Lil Wayne:
The Best Rapper Alive
Swagger right (check) game tight
And they gon R-E-S-P-E-C-T me
(Who?) The Best Rapper Alive
Swagger right (check) game tight
And you should be afraid be very afraid
See the similarity?  Over-the-top braggadocio aimed at either a) masking insecurity or b) generating popularity by claiming popularity.

Let's assume that Limbaugh's superlatives are all smoke and mirrors--a pretty safe assumption.  What do the Great and Powerful Oz's "mad skillz" really look like when the curtain is pulled back?  

That is a surprisingly difficult question to answer.

Since 1993, Rush Limbaugh has claimed to have 20 million listeners.  That massive number has served to give him legitimacy in the eyes of many, including GOP leaders.  However, those numbers originated with a member of Limbaugh's staff and have been breathlessly repeated ever since without a shred of evidence.

When asked last year for a legitimate measure of The Rush Limbaugh Show's audience size, Arbitron spokesperson Kim Myers said:

"Unfortunately, we don't have show specific data for network programs. The syndicators, Premiere Radio Networks, are the only ones that have the station clearances. Without that, we can't figure out the show ratings data."
And Premiere ain't talking.

Even if Limbaugh's wildly inflated estimate of his own popularity were true, that number represents what is referred to in the radio industry as the "cumulative," which means it represents the number of people who tune into a radio program at any point in the week, even for just a few minutes.

The industry practice for determining the actual audience size at any given moment is to take 10% of the cumulative, which would put Lil Rush's listeners at 2 million--and remember the 20 million starting point was a crock of creamed crap anyway.

Despite the fact that Limbaugh is pretending to be way more popular than he really is (it's a banana in his pocket--he's not glad to see you), he does have plenty of fans.  These fans believe the sun rises and sets with Rush.  They buy the paranoid views and conspiracy theories that the rest of the world laughs at hook, line, and sinker.  And, most dangerously, they sometimes practice Limbaugh's extremism in real life.

For example, Limbaugh's biggest fan on Twitter appears to share Rush's disdain for women.  He served 8 months in prison for choking his girlfriend because he thought the music in his house was too loud.  Asked about the issue he tweeted "Choking feminazis is encouraged in the lower 48" before quickly deleting the tweet.

Here's a police lineup of Limbaugh's most strident Twitter defenders:

As you can see, the rabid Limbaugh fan is surrounded by scary brown people with Hitler mustaches, believes liberals spend all day filling toilets with babies, and is convinced a drone is about to shoot them dead for expressing their asinine views in public.  Thank Dog there aren't 20 million of these idiots in the world.

Rush Limbaugh is moving further and further to the fringe.  His dwindling audience is looking more and more like the freakshow cast of Mad Max.  No, they aren't very nice people, but at least they're a small minority in a nation that moves towards tolerance all the time.  And all the while Limbaugh's few remaining advertisers slip away like sands through the hourglass.

Find out how you can help that sand slip a little faster after the mutant carrot.

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Decent folks who believe in tolerance and equality are no longer powerless against Limbaugh's efforts to spread intolerance on the radio.  StopRush is making a major impact by convincing advertisers on this show to withdraw their ads--and with your help we can do even more.  Just a few emails, tweets, or Facebook messages a week to Limbaugh's advertisers can go a long way toward making hatred less profitable.  It is our collective voice that makes us strong.  

Want to do something hold Limbaugh accountable?  
Join StopRush!  We can use your help in the following ways:

Join:  The Flush Rush Facebook community
Visit:  The StopRush sponsor database
Tweet:  #stoprush Twitter campaign
Fact Check:  Limbaugh Lie Debunking Site
Install: ThinkContext StopRush browser extension--notifies you as you browse which companies advertise on Rush

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