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Why DO they do it?

The Merchants of Right Wing Rhetoric, day in, day out --

Why do they push the envelope -- test the boundaries of civility;

abandon the need for Facts;

and stir up the base emotions of people, so that they might act, and vote, against their own best interests?


Two Words -- The Money!

The Gig pays very, very well ...



for some "cases" in point, just keep reading ...

A Lucrative Deal for Rush Limbaugh
By Brian Stelter, NYTimes -- July 3, 2008

The A.M. radio host will be paid about $400 million to continue serving up his daily dose of conservative patter through 2016. His $50 million a year paycheck represents a raise of about $14.4 million a year over his current contract, which was paying him $285 million over eight years and was set to expire in 2009.


Limbaugh:  $50 Million a year.   Check!

assuming 200 shows per year:  

that's approx. $250,000 per episode.        [ Ugh!  thru 2016? ]


Glenn Beck
Wikipedia

In June 2009, estimators at Forbes calculated Beck's earnings over the previous 12 months at $23 million, with 2009–2010 revenues on track to be higher.[28] In April 2010, Forbes calculated Beck's earnings for the previous year (March 2009 - March 2010) to be $32 million.[2]

"Glenn Beck has managed to monetize virtually everything that comes out of his mouth."

— Forbes magazine, April 2010[2][3]


Beck:  $32 Million a year.   Check!

assuming 200 shows per year:  

that's approx.  $160,000  per episode.


WSJ: Hannity inks $100 million deal
Michael Calderone, Politico -- July 21, 2008

Limbaugh's deal was reported in the $400 million range over eight years. So what's Hannity pulling in?

[ according to the WSJ: ]

The companies didn't disclose financial terms, but a person familiar with the matter says Mr. Hannity was offered in the region of $100 million over five years. On top of that, Mr. Hannity will participate in profits from the show


Hannity:  $20 Million a year.   Check!

assuming 200 shows per year:  

that's approx.  $100,000  per episode.          


Top TV Salaries
By James Hibberd, Reuters -- Aug 11, 2010

Bill O'Reilly (Fox News)  $15 million (per year)


Bill O:  $15 Million a year.   Check!

assuming 200 shows per year:  

that's approx.  $75,000  per episode.


The Revolution Will Be Commercialized
by Gabriel Sherman, NYMag.com -- Apr 25, 2010

The numbers are staggering. Over the past year, Palin has amassed a $12 million fortune


Palin:  $12 Million a year.  (so far) Check!

assuming 200 outbursts per year:  

that's approx.  $60,000  per episode.


That's Hollywood!


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For some benchmark comparisons, here are some salaries of people that actually work for a living -- sometimes anyways.


Salaries and Benefits of US Congress Members
By Robert Longley, About.com Guide

Rank-and-File Members:
The current salary (2010) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.

Senate Leadership: Majority Party Leader - $193,400

House Leadership: Speaker of the House - $223,500


President of the United States
wikipedia

The president earns a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 non-taxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment.[36][37] The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and President Bill Clinton in 1999 and went into effect in 2001.


Rank-and-file Congress members:  $174,000 a year.   Check!

assuming 200 working days per year:  

that's a whopping  $870.00  per day       [ That's Hundreds -- with an 'H' ]


Senate Majority Leader:  $193,400 a year.   Check!

assuming 200 working days per year:  

that's a whopping   $967.00  per day


Speaker of the House:  $223,500 a year.   Check!

assuming 200 working days per year:  

that's a whopping    $1,118.00  per day


President, Salary + Perks:  $569,000 a year.   Check!

assuming 200 working days per year:  

that's a respectable     $2,845.00  per day     [ BUT still -- that's 90x less than Rush;  
                                                                                 20x less than Sarah.]


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Now ask yourself which group would continue working, if their Salaries were suddenly slash to one-tenth of what they are now making ...

and which group would probably take a hike, and go live off their bank accounts?


Answer that -- and you'll know who are the Public Servants, and WHO are just Entertainers.









I bet ya, you can caption these better than me.  ... have at it.

The Show must GO on!

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 04:55 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  You can add to your list the various (9+ / 0-)

    senators and congress people who are climate change "deniers" (Inhofe & co) whose wheels are nicely greased by energy multinationals and assorted polluters.

    By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more. Albert Camus

    by Patric Juillet on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:01:11 AM PST

    •  deniers earn (4+ / 0-)

      their "perks" through more tradition forms of compensation:

      -- special interest donations.


      I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
      -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by jamess on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:10:17 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  the more important forms of compensations (4+ / 0-)

        are presumably insider investment advice which doesn't have to be reported as anything but the resulting income and post-political retirement gigs and  donations to 'non-profit' family foundations. Look at Clinton's post-Presidential career.

        It looks like the most important motivation for a career as a politician in this era is a desire to go from rich to wealthy.

        Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

        by alizard on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:35:35 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  indeed (3+ / 0-)
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          RunawayRose, alizard, Patric Juillet

          that is indicated too,
          by how many pols go through that "revolving door"

          and become Lobbyists, (with much higher salaries)
          after first learning the ropes,
          in their Political gigs.


          I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
          -- Robert F. Kennedy

          by jamess on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:38:24 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  From a 2007 profile of Tom Coburn in GQ: (2+ / 0-)
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          alizard, jamess

          Coburn had chosen his nineteen targets carefully, for maximum effect. Any one of them was enough to make the average citizen laugh out loud; taken together, in a continuous stream on the Senate floor, they promised to be obscene: One section identified a $500 million cash bonus that Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi had slipped into the emergency budget for his supporters at Northrop Grumman, a giveaway that even the Pentagon had identified as "inappropriate" and wasteful.

          As all that pork made its way onto the floor, Coburn was visibly excited. "These guys want to pay Northrop Grumman $500 million?" he said, sitting forward in his office chair and rubbing his hands together. "Baloney! Northrop Grumman is a billion-billion-billion-billion-dollar company that makes billions in profit every year!"

          http://www.gq.com/...

    •  it is just amazing to me (1+ / 0-)
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      jamess

      how anyone and especially people who need the help would vote for these evil people

  •  With the exception of Rush (10+ / 0-)

    It looks like most of those douchebags are on Rupert Murdoch's payroll. I believe Sarah gets a nice check from him now, too.

    Here's what I wonder... Is there really that much demand for what these wankers spew every day, or are they paid these obscene amounts because the right wing powers that be feel the investment is worth it?

    I know Glenn Beck has lost lots of advertisers in the past year or so, yet I suspect his paycheck hasn't reflected that.

    Yeah, they got Murdoch... but then they bitch and moan about Soros, who, the last I looked, doesn't own a wad of newspaper companies and television networks to pump out his agenda, 24/7.

    This ain't no party. This ain't no disco. This ain't no foolin' around!

    by Snud on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:08:41 AM PST

    •  Good Point, Snud (4+ / 0-)
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      Cedwyn, alizard, irate, Snud

      when the "only thing" on the Menu

      -- is the "House Specials"

      I guess, most people will end up having, surprise,
      the "House Special"


      Hmmm smells, like propaganda to me,
      at the Rupert House of Pancakes.


      I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
      -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by jamess on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:14:58 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  how much of Beck's salary from Fox (2+ / 0-)
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      Snud, jamess

      is actually covered by his not-exactly national brand advertisers? There are any number of more profitable things they could do with his timeslot.

      Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

      by alizard on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:37:53 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  It's not the money. The money is a (2+ / 0-)
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      Snud, jamess

      smoke-screen and a symbol.  The real object is to discomfit and deprive people of their assets, resources and peace of mind.  These are the modern day vandals.  They destroy because destruction is what they like.  They, would if they could get away with it, destroy their own kind, as did Cain his brother Able.  But, the risk of retaliation being great, the Sons of Cain have learned a kinder/gentler craft.  They engage in human husbandry and exploit their own kind, just as does the animal husbandman, saving the slaying for later or letting mother nature handle it.  After all, humans deprived of the necessities of life long enough eventually expire in the prime of life.  We see it all the time.

      The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

      by hannah on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 07:11:59 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Palin Caption: (2+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, Joieau


    "Ya know, I really want to be in Politics --

    this much!"  


    I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
    -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by jamess on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:30:49 AM PST

  •  Palin caption (2+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, jamess

    "My brain?  It's this big!"

    There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

    by puzzled on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:33:31 AM PST

  •  Bill O Caption: (1+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn


    "I want my Ratings, back!

    Waaah!"


    I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
    -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by jamess on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:35:59 AM PST

  •  the Limbaugh numbers (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    are even worse.  If your blockquote is correct, and he's making $50 million a year (not the $35 million figure you use below), his per-show average is $250K, based on the same 200 shows/yr. figure you use.

    A quarter of a million dollars per show.  For spewing absolute hate.  It boggles the mind.

    There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

    by puzzled on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:36:49 AM PST

  •  Awesome! (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Tam in CA

    Thank you for putting this together, Jamess.  One more thing. These people are paid so well partly because they are very good at making republicans feel like it is their patriotic duty to be narrow minded right wing bigots with zero compassion for their fellow man.  That's saying something.

    If the enemy tomorrow says, "I surrender," where do we go to get the paper signed? -Charles Rangel

    by CW in IN on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:37:14 AM PST

    •  thanks CW in IN (0+ / 0-)

      glad you liked it.

      You make a great point,
      given the "dirty jobs" that they have to do,

      perhaps they earn their pay.

      The Billionaires, must think so.


      I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
      -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by jamess on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:47:37 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Hannity Caption: (0+ / 0-)


    "Who knew playing Political Footall

    -- could pay so well?  Gee whiz!"

    Golly.


    I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
    -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by jamess on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:41:24 AM PST

  •  For comparisons sake, I'd be interested to (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    know what Keith, Rachel and Ed make.  I imagine they are paid well but probably not like the right wing hosts.  But that's just my own speculation.  Interesting diary.  Thanks!

  •  Because They're Taking Over. (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Tam in CA

    Conquest never has a democratic majority. Hence counterfactuality, propaganda, and division.

    The right has been counterfactual for the entire 35+ year present Republican Revolution.

    And most Democratic leadership is on the right.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:50:30 AM PST

  •  It's not just about the money (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    although I don't think any of them is giving any back any time soon ...

    It's about EGO

    It's about CELEBRITY

    It's about POWER

    Iy's also about the money ...

    You can ask the questions or provide the answers. If you are going to do both, I don't need to be in the conversation.

    by Edge PA on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:56:12 AM PST

    •  but Celebrity and Power (1+ / 0-)
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      Edge PA

      that makes them important right?


      People will listen to them,

      well cuz, everyone else, apparently is ...

      they MUST be right !?


      I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
      -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by jamess on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 06:04:38 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I have a friend (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        jamess

        (Okay cousin-in-law ... never would have met him if not through my wife ...)

        Who is a national sports radio personality.  He doesn't need the money anymore ... he gets up at 4 AM to do prep work for the 6-9 AM time slot because he loves the fact that about 1.5 million people listen to him everyday.

        You can ask the questions or provide the answers. If you are going to do both, I don't need to be in the conversation.

        by Edge PA on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 08:01:02 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Beck Caption: (0+ / 0-)


    "Get!  Off.  My Planet!

    Get off my planet!"


    I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
    -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by jamess on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 06:02:40 AM PST

  •  Rush Caption: (2+ / 0-)
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    Snud, Kristina40

    "Sure, I 'carry their water' --

    for a quarter million a day, wouldn't you?"


    "Sure, It's a skeezy job, but somebody has to do it --

    ho, ho, cough, cough."


    I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
    -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by jamess on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 06:11:24 AM PST

  •  Palin got rich off of them (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    I'm sorry, I mean "former half term governor and current Fox "News" analyst, Sarah Palin."

    She wasn't worth that much before.  She had a blue collar, union husband, right?  At least that's what we're supposed to believe.

    So she gets rich off of the adoration ideologically blinkered, right wing foot soldiers who are probably still sending her checks right now.  

    It's hard to blame her for that, though.  Basically she won the lottery.  

    Think about it, how else would she have gotten rich?  She didn't have any of the appropriate tools and skills to actually get that rich.  

    "Obama is a failure." Rush Limbaugh

    by otto on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 06:31:40 AM PST

    •  indeed read that link for her (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      otto

      it's all about the money, to her.

      THAT is why she quit the AK Governor position,

      So she could sign a 7 Million dollar book deal.

      She cashed in on her "15 minutes".


      I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
      -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by jamess on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 06:36:50 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Stephen Colbert nailed the topic (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    last night - he was on fire (especially his comments about Mika B on Mornin' Joe)
    and "Palin-Fatigue" -Mika's Palin-Fatigue

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." A. Einstein

    by moose67 on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 08:06:03 AM PST

  •  What we need (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jamess

    is a very large and very vocal boycott of all Fox advertisers.  As this diary illustrates, it is all about the money.  And taking their money is the only way to stop their vicious hate speech.   The past week and a half has shown us they aren't going to change out of the kindness of their own heart.

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 10:27:28 AM PST

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