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Hagan wants Rush off air

Published: Wed, March 7, 2012 @ 12:03 a.m.

Staff and wire report


State Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngs-town, D-60th, is circulating a petition to remove conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh from Youngs-town radio.

Limbaugh, whose nationally syndicated show is heard on more than 600 stations, airs locally on 570 WKBN-AM .

The radio host has come under fire after calling a Georgetown University law student derogatory names after she testified to congressional Democrats in support of national health-care policies that would require employers to offer group health insurance that covers birth control.

Two radio stations, one in Massachusetts and the other in Hawaii, have already dropped Limbaugh’s show as a result of his comments, and at more than 20 advertisers have pulled ads from Limbaugh’s show.

The petition description seeks Limbaugh’s removal from WKBN “for his outrageous attack on a woman who wanted to testify in Congress.”

Hagan’s petition, available by visiting http://bit.ly/y3YrZO, had more than 1,700 signatures around 11 Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Patricia Heaton, the star of “The Middle” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” TV shows, temporarily deleted her Twitter account after siding with Limbaugh’s criticisms of Georgetown law student Fluke last week via a series of barbed tweets. She returned on Monday to apologize to Fluke.

On Feb. 29, the actress wrote, “Hey G-Town Gal: Plz let us also pay for your Starbucks, movie theater tickets and your favorite hot wings combo deal at KFC! Anything else?”


1MarkMWhite(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

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2lee(544 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Well I "want" Mr Hagan off the air and out of office, how does it feel to want?

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3ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Hagan once said that he hopes no republicans get in front of his train. I take that as a veiled threat to run them down . Then there is the infamous buckwheat comment. Yep pot calling the kettle black.

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4JME(802 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I started laughing when I heard this on the news last night.

Bob "Buckwheat" Hagan, do you see the irony here involving derogatory comments?

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5YtownSports(306 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps someone should start a petition to recall Bob Hagan. Or maybe we should just tell him to shut up. TV & radio stations and newspapers should stop doing stories about him. Bob, you have the right not to listen and encourage others not to listen, but you don't have the right to CENSOR OR SILENCE the speech of someone simply because you don't like what they're saying. What you're trying to do is every bit as wrong as the language Rush used. There's one big difference, though; you won't apologize for being wrong.

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6ohio11pm(23 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I am tired of liberals saying and doing anything they want and every time a conservative says anything they don't like they try to "remove" them. Free speech is free speech. It doesn't matter if you are a liberal or conservative, your right to free speech should be protected. If you don't like what a radio or tv host says, you have the right to turn it off.

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7palbubba(809 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

"Everyone is right, Hagan needs to shut up. Why does the media keep giving him air time, he's an embarrassement to the Valley. Lets sign petitions to block anymore media coverage on this idiot. He spends more time getting petitions signed then actually doing anything for this Valley. Seriously, can anyone give me hard facts as to what he actually has done for the the good of Youngstown? Now he wants to remove the freedom of speech, only proves he is a communist. Ask any of his peers what they think of Buckwheat."
AMEN. Of coure the answer to the question of why the media continues to give DO NOTHING BOB all this coverage is that they are dumb enough to give DO NOTHING BOB exactly what he wants, free publicity. I don't know who I'm madder at, DO NOTHING BOB or the media.

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8Rick360(3 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Wow! A few people need a course in Constitutional Law and, specifically, the Bill of Rights.

The relevant portion of the First Amendment reads "CONGRESS shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech." [Emphasis added]

If Hagan, in his capacity as a State Legislator, proposed a bill in Columbus that called for Limbaugh's removal from the air, I would be the first to be down his throat.

What he is doing is launching a petition to encourage WKBN to take Limbaugh off the air. True, he has a higher profile than the average Joe, but, as a citizen, he has the same right as that average Joe to do this.

And WKBN has a perfect right to ignore the petition, which I'm quite sure it will. (That is, unless a truly enormous number of signatures are gathered that threaten their advertising base for the show. That would get their attention, just as it surely got Limbaugh's attention when advertisers started deserting him after his "slut" comment. Do you think for a nanosecond that he would have issued his so-called "apology" if this hadn't happened?)

I get that you guys don't like Hagan, and that's fine. Criticize his policies or his performance all you like. But the "free speech" argument here is the same kind of hot air you accuse him of.

"Lets sign petitions to block anymore media coverage on this idiot."

EXACTLY. Your perfect right to do this, if it makes you feel better. And the media's perfect right (and really, duty) to ignore them. Your right, Hagan's right...one and the same.

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9Goat(6 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Just to clarify as there seems to be some misunderstanding--the First Amendment only protects against government infringements on free speech. Circulating a petition to get Clear Channel to take Limbaugh off the air is not a violation of anyone's right to free speech. Limbaugh is free to say all the hateful, ignorant things he's always said and people are free to try to influence Clear Channel and Limbaugh's advertisers. The right to free speech doesn't mean that you should somehow be protected from the perfectly legal consequences of that speech.

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10Goat(6 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I see Rick beat me to it.

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11James_S(268 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

"Talent On Loan From God"

Are the Koch Brothers Funding Rush Limbaugh?

The Koch Brothers ARE "El Rushbo's" god.

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12James_S(268 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago


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13Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Whatever happened to "Freedom of Speech"? Like I said before, Society is getting way to soft. Could care less about Rush but the guy only gave his opinion on something and the media and idiots like Hagan blow this thing way out of proportion. Been about a week now in the headlines, people really need to get a Life! More important things in Life then what a talk show host says. Such stupidity in society today.

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14Westsider(269 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Don't like Rush Limbaugh - don't listen to him - it couldn't be simpler.

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15Superstar7(122 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Petition to recall Hagan.
Hagan & the undereducated Democrat extremist have ruined any hopes of Columbus caring about our present or future.
Rush is a success.
Regardless of his opinions, this is America-
freedom of speech.
Don't like him, turn him off.
Hagan is the leader of the losers.
Turn him AWAY!

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16Goat(6 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Again, folks seem to not quite understand freedom of speech. See Rick above.

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17Goat(6 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

They certainly do, citizen. My point was that many seem to think that criticizing something that Limbaugh (or any other hatemonger) says, trying to get him off the air, or pressuring his advertisers to sever ties with him is a violation of his free speech rights. It's not. He's free to say what he wants but there are consequences for doing so. It's only a violation of free speech rights if the government tries to prevent it (restricting the activities of lawful protestors, for instance, or confining them to so-called free speech zones).

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18cambridge(4147 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Since limbaigh speaks for the teabagger/republicans it's important that he remains on the air and reminds the rest of us how they think and how we should vote.

Just look at all the polls and how any of the tb/r's stack up against Obama. I want to personally thank rush and the tb/r candidates for those poll results. Keep up the good work.

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19CountryGirl51(232 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

In my opinion Rush is nothing but a ego seeking moron. And such a hypocrite. Does he forget about his past. He always thinks he is perfect and in the right. And the above comment was spot on..if it wasnt for all of this..he wouldnt have apologized to her ! Ya he will continue to get his followers ( the republicans/ teabaggers ) and will continue with his filthy mouth and low life comments against others to make himself feel better. Its called low self esteem.

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20redeye1(5669 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Tony Rizzo If you believe everything Rush said you would go crazy he changes day to day. You must take what he says with a grain of salt. What 's a real crime is that today kids music say worse things and the kids idolize these singers. The kids today use langauage that is much worse around other kids. So most parents can't say their kids never heard such words.

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21webad(156 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

"... Limbaugh was in the service of two masters, playing both the mighty trumpeter for the army of interests waging the costly and devastating war on drugs, and also apparently playing the junkie who scored black market drugs in the service of his need for a fix."

Rush Limbaugh and the Hypocrisy Smokescreen

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22Silence_Dogood(1677 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I would hope everyone signs the petition, only sign it with the name BUCKWHEAT BOB.

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23Byzantine(7 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Two questions:

1. Why is this a news story?
2. Who does Bob Hagan think he is? Vladimir Putin?

One reminder directed at the not-so-savvy editor(s) of The Vindicator who thought this story was fit to print:

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.

Finally, Vladimir Hagan came for The Vindicator..."

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24YtownSports(306 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Just came back here to check comments. Cambridge amazes me. This area has been voting Democrat for decades. What is there to show for it? Sometimes the "opposition" doesn't have the answers you want, but listen closely and you may hear the questions you need to ask.

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25boxerlover(133 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

My 2 cents...seems I recall that some insurance companies would pay for abortions, but not the birth control pills. Wouldn't abortions cost more in the long run than prevention?

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26JME(802 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Fortunately Hagan doesn't have any power even as an office holder.

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27Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Please leave him (RUSH) on so we can know the true beliefs of the what the TEA/GOP group really believe .
They need a spokesman with the guts to tell the truth.

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28jeepers(127 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Just what THIS valley deserves, a 100% DEMOCRATIC radio station.I do not agree with much that Rush says anymore, but I do like to hear a few hrs. of non-liberal talk each week. We have all got too much time on our hands-Hagan included-if we feel this is a major issue. However,to remove all entertainment [Rush IS entertainment] that expresses an opposing viewpoint will make for a bland, colorless environment. YEP- just what this valley deserves.

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29ohio11pm(23 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

If you believe in Free Speech, you protect it at all levels. The liberals only believe in free speech when it applies to their side. Where is the petition from Hagan to remove Bill Maher?

In addition, to all you making teabagger references, please look up the word and understand that word is more deragatory than slut.

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30JoeFromHubbard(1810 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Hagan is wasting OUR tax dollars if he's not doing this ignorant rant on his own time.

What's said on the radio comes under the jurisdiction of the FCC, not a state representative.

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31Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Patricia Heaton has further updated her Twitter status in response to the ignorance she spewed. On March 5th, she stated:

"I apologized to Ms Fluke last week. I may not agree with her views but I didn’t treat her with respect and I'm sorry. I was wrong. Mea Culpa"

The one big difference between Ms. Heaton and the ignorant people on this thread is that Ms. Heaton understands when she's wrong, and has the big britches to apologize in the wake of realizing and accepting her wrongness.

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32Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I need not forgive anyone. I was not the one affronted.

olddude. Yeah. You sound like one.

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33JoeFromHubbard(1810 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Hey, Ytown, this is becoming entertaining and I don't have to pay for parking!

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34Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I am not a Rush fan at all.

Goat's comment : " The right to free speech doesn't mean that you should somehow be protected from the perfectly legal consequences of that speech."

- -I disagree, if there are legal consequences for what is said then it is not free speech by definition. Free speech is just that without consequence , damages, penalties ect.
The argument is what constitutes free speech.

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35Goat(6 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Ben--perhaps my choice of words was misleading. I didn't mean any sort of legal ramifications (such as someone being put on trial for their words). I meant consequences that are perfectly legitimate and that people have a right to engage in (such as boycotts, attempts to influence advertisers, protests, etc.) My problem is that someone who says hateful things thinks that somehow the right to free speech prevents them from having someone criticize them or work against them having a public platform. It doesn't.

That is, Rush has the right to say what he wants and others have the right to protest against him but the government doesn't have the right to prevent either side from voicing their opinions.

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36sam_carter(121 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Dude, like, what ?
You got my curiosity up so i googled Kony. Hes a butcher in africa, Christian Science Monitor reported that the president sent 100 elite troops to quell the fighting. But rush quoted wikpedia and spun a story that Kony is a christian gorilla fighting moslems, so its ok to massacre moslems because its christians versus moslems and the moslems are the bad guys. Since the president is helping moslems, thus, that makes him a moslem against the christians.
I dunno, google it yourself and see what the truth is. Personally, i trust Christian Science Monitor, rush is a liar spinning half-truths for ratings, and i dont think its right to massacre people just because they are moslem.

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37SarahFluke(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Let's see...

We have a 30 year old woman that pretends to be 23...

She attends a law school that costs as much as $65,000 per year...

She enrolled in the school because it is a Catholic University that does not provide birth control strictly for the purpose of becoming a community agitator...

She has enough money to travel around the US putting on dog and pony shows for the Democrat party...

She also has enough money to travel to California with her boyfriend for spring break...

Yet she somehow does not have enough money to pay for her own birth control and demands that someone else pay for it...

She's not only a slut, she's a parasite. Now our representative, Joseph Gobbels, AKA Bob Hagen demands that Rush be taken off the air for telling the truth about her.

God forbid that someone has to take responsibility for their own actions.

Welcome to Obama's world.

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38Ypboy(64 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Bobby Hagan is an idiot. If you don't believe me ask him t reveal his high school transcripts. He couldn't get into college. Now he wants to silence his opposition. Sound familiar? And you fools keepp re-electing this fool and wonder why the valley is doing so poorly. Wake up!!!!!

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39eagleye(59 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Let's hear Hagan call for Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow, or Ed Schultz apologize for the crap they have spewed about folks over the last several years including Sarah Palin, President Bush, and a host of others who are not Progressive Dumbassocrats. How about Obama calling for the 1 MILLION DOLLARS his superpac took from Mahar to be given back? Yea right. This hypocritical clowns only want free speech only as long as it is only their speech. How about getting Hagan the Moron off the hot air. He's getting like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Gloria Allred. They all want to get their ugly faces in the last frame of the last film of the last camera on the last day. Rush's comments were not acceptable, but they pale in comparison to what the Liberal collection of idiots such as Pelosi, Durbin, and Reid, have said about our soldiers (called them murderers). They are despicable excuses for public officials.

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40andersonathan(687 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Well Hagen also said he could prevent earthquakes if Columbus would listen to him.

Now little bob [just like little Timmy] Would like to run over our first amendment. Rush was right just do the math on a cost of a rubber and other items VS days attended in Collage.

Bill Mahar can use the "C" word directly at Palin and people laugh.

Hagen retire while some people still think your on top and spend your days thinking your God.

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