MSM Happily Takes the Bait on Limbaugh’s Bumper Music

The left is leaving no stone unturned in their Rush Limbaugh criticism — even if they have to make up stuff.

I believe it was Media Matters that started the lie that certain music was played “while Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke” — as in simultaneously — as if Limbaugh had a soundtrack playing in the back ground as he was talking. Anybody who has ever listened to Rush knows that he uses bumper music like most other talk shows, and the clips last maybe five seconds as a lead-in to the segment.

But Media Matters knows they can count on their fellow travelers in the MSM to parrot their talking points like good sheep. Just one example is this story (note the “possibly defamatory” remark — just in case Sandra Fluke’s attorney needs some help, Reuters is there):

Rush Limbaugh is facing the music after his crude and possibly defamatory remarks about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. First advertisers, and now some famous musicians, are cutting ties to the right-wing radio host.

The band Rush and singer Peter Gabriel are taking steps to stop Rush Limbaugh from using their music on his talk show, The Washington Post reports.

Peter Gabriel’s 1986 song “Sledgehammer” was played in the background as Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for her Congressional testimony about birth control. Gabriel was “appalled,” his agent said.

“It is obvious from anyone that knows Peter’s work that he would never approve such a use” of his music, Peter Gabriel’s agent said in a statement, according to the Post. The agent called Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke “unfair, aggressive, and ignorant.”

The band Rush, meantime, sent Rush Limbaugh a cease and desist letter. Limbaugh’s use of the band’s music before and after commercial breaks inaccurately “implies an endorsement of the views expressed” on his radio show, the letter states.

I assume the Limbaugh show, like countless other radio and TV shows, pays the proper licensing fees for the music they use (Clear Channel more than likely has a deal with BMI and ASCAP just as many other broadcast companies). Music companies make it available as an extra way to make some money.

The implication of course is to make it sound as if Limbaugh’s doing something “illegal” by playing the music, and the further outright lie is that he’s playing the music as background while he’s talking.

Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” and Rush’s “Spirit of Radio” have been played as bumpers on Limbaugh’s show since I can remember, and it’s just now being noticed? Either Rush the band and Peter Gabriel are full of crap when they say they’re “shocked” the clips were being used, or they really need to find new lawyers.

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