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Why you’re not likely to see another Neal Boortz

Neal Boortz and his radio crew, after his last broadcast on Friday. AJC/Rodney Ho

Neal Boortz and his radio crew, after his last broadcast on Friday. AJC/Rodney Ho

Neal Boortz signed off for the last time
on Friday.

You won’t hear the likes of him again. And not just because retirement has doomed him to wander the world in an over-sized bus, like some middling country music singer who can’t find enough studio work.

The larger reason is that talk radio and its conservative clout have probably peaked.

As a cause, Boortz fans are sure to point to the Talkmaster’s departure, after four decades on our airwaves and 20 years at AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB. But four months ago, Clear Channel’s WGST – once a burning bush of conservative talk in Atlanta – shifted to sports. In Spanish. Last week, Allen West, the fire-breathing, former congressman from Florida, joined the corps of professional talkers. His program will be on the Internet.

It’s all of a piece.

Forty-eight hours before he bade farewell from the basement studios of WSB, Boortz sat for a …

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John Lewis wonders: Who knew Rush Limbaugh was a Black Panther?

This afternoon, talk show guru Rush Limbaugh attempted to draw the connection between those who support some limits on firearms, and their alleged idealism of Martin Luther King Jr.’s adherence to non-violence. A bit of the transcript from Limbaugh’s website:

”If a lot of African-Americans back in the sixties had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, do you think they woulda needed Selma? I don’t know. I’m just asking. If John Lewis, who says he was beat upside the head, if John Lewis had had a gun, would he have been beat upside the head on the bridge? And these people that think like [Tom] Brokaw are all over the media. This is the way they’re looking at this.

“So now what this has become, there is still slavery, there is still bigotry, there is still racism. It’s concentrated among people who are devoted to defending the Second Amendment, and they primarily live in the South. They are white, and they’re extremists, and they’re religious, and …

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Your morning jolt: 80,000 jobs in June makes for a presidential contest

Republican Mitt Romney has had a tough week, but the next 24 hours will belong to President Barack Obama. From the Associated Press:

U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is still struggling three years after the recession ended.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said in its report Friday.

The economy added an average of just 75,000 jobs a month in the April-June quarter. That’s one-third of the 226,000 a month created in the first quarter. Through the first six months of the year, job creation is also trailing last year’s pace.

“It’s a disappointing report,” said George Mokrzan, director of economics at Huntington National Bank in Columbus, Ohio. He said the job gains are consistent with sluggish economic growth.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will be at the White House on Friday when President Barack Obama signs that bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes …

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Opponents bring war against Rush Limbaugh to Georgia

On one hand, comic Bill Maher has an op-ed in today’s New York Times calling for an end to the clichéd cycle of insult and apology:

Let’s have an amnesty — from the left and the right — on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted hurt, insult, slight and affront. Let’s make this Sunday the National Day of No Outrage. One day a year when you will not find some tiny thing someone did or said and pretend you can barely continue functioning until they apologize.

On the other, Rush Limbaugh’s critics have stepped up their war on his radio program. Note that Macon is a targeted city. From the Associated Press:

NEW YORK — Rush Limbaugh’s opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star’s attack of a Georgetown law student as a “slut” to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business.

The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they’re …

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Kasim Reed on Mitt Romney, Rush Limbaugh and GOP race

Given that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is plugged into President Barack Obama’s re-election headquarters in Chicago, it’s worth noting how he looks at the Republican presidential contest.

Following Newt Gingrich’s tussle with David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet the Press” over Rush Limbaugh, freedom of religion and insurance coverage for contraceptives, Reed was on a shoot-the-wounded panel offering analysis.

It’s instructive to note that the mayor of Atlanta gave little mention to Gingrich, the former Georgia congressman – except in terms of his impact on Mitt Romney.

Said Reed:

”What’s happening is the core conservatives, meaning Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, are really damaging Mitt Romney and they’re damaging on every front. He can’t talk about Bain because they’ve attacked him on Bain for job destruction. He can’t talk about the Olympics because they’ve turned that into a commentary on earmarks.

“He can’t talk about being governor of Massachusetts because his …

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Barack Obama calls law student derided as ‘slut’ by Rush Limbaugh

Updated at 2 p.m., via the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama has called a Georgetown law student whose stand on contraception coverage prompted Rush Limbaugh to deride her as a “slut” on his radio talk show.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama called Sandra Fluke Friday and expressed disappointment that she was the subject of personal attacks….

Carney says Obama believes Limbaugh’s comments were “unfortunate attacks.” Carney calls the comments “reprehensible.”

Original: Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student called a “slut” and “prostitute” by Rush Limbaugh for her support of women’s access to birth control got a chance to talk back this morning on NBC’s “Today.” Here’s the clip:

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From the Washington Post:

Fluke, a third-year law student, testified about Georgetown’s policy on contraception during an unofficial hearing last Thursday …

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Herman Cain’s comments on Rick Perry prompt a Rush Limbaugh slap-down

Talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh, who wields significant influence among the Republican grassroots, laid into GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain on Monday afternoon – accusing the presidential candidate from Georgia of participating in a “mainstream media” conspiracy to destroy the prospects of his rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Limbaugh also criticized Cain for admitting that he should have said something at a recent Republican debate in Florida when members of the audience booed a gay soldier.

Cain is already attempting to detach himself from the Perry story:

“I am not attacking Governor Perry. Some people in the media want to attack him. I’m done with that issue,” Cain said.

You know about the Washington Post piece:

In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing …

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The quiet money behind talk radio’s biggest names may have come up with today’s best behind-the-scenes piece:

If you’re a regular listener of Glenn Beck’s radio show and you wanted to contribute to a political group that would advance the populist conservative ideals he touts on his show, you’d have plenty of reason to think that FreedomWorks was your best investment.

But if you’re a fan of Mark Levin’s radio show, you’d have just as much cause to believe that Americans for Prosperity, a FreedomWorks rival, was the most effective conservative advocacy group. And, if Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity are who you listen to, you’d be hear a steady stream of entreaties to support the important work of the Heritage Foundation.

That’s not coincidence. In search of donations and influence, the three prominent conservative groups are paying hefty sponsorship fees to the popular talk show hosts. Those fees buy them a variety of promotional tie-ins, as well as regular on-air plugs – praising or sometimes …

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Newt Gingrich to Rush Limbaugh: Criticism of Paul Ryan? It didn’t happen

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to local party activists earlier today in Waterloo, Iowa. AP/Charlie Neibergal

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to local party activists earlier today in Waterloo, Iowa. AP/Charlie Neibergal

Chris Good over at The Atlantic has one of the first accounts of GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s session this afternoon with Rush Limbaugh.

A day earlier, the conservative talk show guru had declared himself “befuddled” by Gingrich’s criticism of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to fix Medicare during his “Meet the Press” appearance on Sunday.

Gingrich’s explanation? It didn’t happen. Writes Good:

“It was not a reference to Paul Ryan. There was no reference to Paul Ryan in that answer,” Gingrich told Limbaugh, who was in the process of gently grilling him about why he used those words in the NBC interview.

Limbaugh asked Gingrich why, then, did he call Ryan to apologize for the remark, if it wasn’t made in reference to Ryan.

“It was interpreted in a way which was causing trouble which he doesn’t need or deserve,” Gingrich said. “My …

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Rush Limbaugh with high praise for Barack Obama

Just in time for the arrival of a very special person, hell has frozen over. Talk show guru Rush Limbaugh this afternoon gave every Republican in the land permission to say something nice about President Barack Obama and his decision to send special forces into Osama bin Laden’s compound:

Said Limbaugh:

”In fact, it may be that President Obama single-handedly came up with the technique in order to pull this off. You see, the military wanted to go in there and bomb as they always do. They wanted to drop missiles and drop bombs and a number of totally destructive techniques here. But President Obama, perhaps the only qualified member in the room to deal with this, insisted on the Special Forces. No one else thought of that. President Obama. Not a single intelligence adviser, not a single national security adviser, not a single military adviser came up with the idea of using SEAL Team 6 or any Special Forces.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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