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.


31 Responses to “MSM Happily Takes the Bait on Limbaugh’s Bumper Music”

  1. maladroit on March 8th, 2012 11:58 am

    Through an agreement with Chrissie Hynde, the intro music, "Ohio" by The Pretenders is covered by a donation from Rush/EIB to PETA.
    It's strange that an English weirdo and a Canuck band are showing so much disdain for what happens on American radio – when you know Rush pays the royalties. Seems like some retarded libbies may have tipped them off.

    Same thing happened with Glenn Beck and the UK band, "Muse."

    Brain-damaged moonbats attack from every imaginable angle. I loathe 'em down to my soul.

  2. Truesoldier__ on March 8th, 2012 12:09 pm

    Somehow I doubt Rush is too worried about it, though I am betting clear channel will be sending a letter to BMI and ASCAP letting them know that the artists have choosen this route and that they expect return of the moniew paid for the use of the music. Hell it may even be a breach of contract for all we know.

  3. The Zoo Keeper on March 8th, 2012 12:53 pm

    Hell freezes over & pigs fly, as Shelia Jackson Lee goes opposite direction from a camera:

    Quantum physics, as we know it, will have to be rewritten.

  4. swede on March 8th, 2012 1:05 pm

    The reality is the artists do not own their music. When they sign with a label the label controls distribution, royalties etc. BMI and ASCAP are raking in coin from Rush and will continue to do so. It's all smoke.

    Also, Rush has millions of listeners. Boycots by people who don't listen to him anyway are MOL meaningless. He'll have no trouble filling ad space.

  5. Marshall_Will on March 8th, 2012 2:20 pm

    And good riddance to them! Material left over from the 80's anyway. Just not possible for me to be more tired of it. Rush's soundtrack has needed a makeover for years.

    Kind of mixed feelings about MM's new "Twitchy" but we'll see how it goes. Already loaded into faves ( of course ) but Celeb/gossip etc. has never really been my bag. The positive being, now, when you send a [conservative] friend a link, at least you know they'll OPEN it.

    How many of us just *delete*/ignore anything that starts w/ HuffPo? Did you read that LINK I sent ya'!? Uh…?

  6. patti on March 8th, 2012 2:26 pm

    Notice how far ole Jan walked in the wrong direction trying to make an escape ?

    May many citizen journalists (Breitbart) haunt these people for the rest of their days!

  7. Marshall_Will on March 8th, 2012 2:56 pm

    Well I don't know about physics but it did resemble an old battleship attempting 'evasive maneuvers'?

    For non-Navy types that usually involves throwing everything from stewards to dinnerware to the deck. Hang on lads, we'll be walking on the bulkheads!

  8. Jimbo on March 8th, 2012 3:56 pm

    Remember to boycott the people who dropped Rush, people. Especially the biggies like Sleep Number and Carbonite.

  9. SignPainterGuy on March 8th, 2012 3:58 pm

    Seriously !!

  10. SignPainterGuy on March 8th, 2012 4:01 pm

    In a `48 Desoto, that would be, "Scrubbing the door handles" !

  11. SignPainterGuy on March 8th, 2012 4:03 pm

    And one who needs all the business it can get back, SEARS !

  12. @towerclimber37 on March 8th, 2012 5:52 pm

    so let him start using music from Madison Rising!! they're an awesome CONSERVATIVE BAND!!!

  13. BackwardsBoy on March 8th, 2012 7:23 pm

    If I had only got here one hour earlier, I'd have posted the same comment. Also, Gary Sinise plays in a band, perhaps Rush could gget something from him.

    I'm sure there are more conservative bands out there who'd love to fill the gap left by PG and Rush, small though it was.

    Paging Ted Nugent…

  14. Marshall_Will on March 8th, 2012 8:33 pm

    Great suggestions guys! Lt. Dan Band RAWKS..! My band is available as well. Sobriety optional?

    If libs want something/one to boycott ( just sample Rush's, Doug's or Michelle's "You've Got Hatemail!" )

  15. ChapBix on March 8th, 2012 9:58 pm

    Maybe it will result in more libs leaving Congress. That would be good for all of us.

  16. ChapBix on March 8th, 2012 10:00 pm

    Looking at buying another hard drive to restore the data stored at Carbonite after which I can cancel my subscription and find another service not owned or run by a libbie. Any suggestions?

  17. SignPainterGuy on March 8th, 2012 10:20 pm

    Consider Clickfree ! It`s super e-z ! Even I can use it ! ;-)

  18. The Zoo Keeper on March 8th, 2012 10:59 pm

    It's only a matter of time before these people try to ban citizen journalists.

  19. Matthew W on March 9th, 2012 11:52 am

    Stranglehold would be a great theme song for Rush !!

  20. SignPainterGuy on March 9th, 2012 9:15 pm

    Please elaborate …

  21. Matthew W on March 14th, 2012 4:19 pm

    Well, Rush kicks ass and so does Stranglehold.
    Not that hard.

  22. SignPainterGuy on March 14th, 2012 7:15 pm

    Gotcha ! The blind man is seein` now !

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  26. Walter Simeon on October 11th, 2013 5:30 pm

    Geddy Lee and Neil Peart of Rush are hardcore libertarians.
    Look in the mirror for a glimpse of the brain damaged.

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