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Local Limbaugh petition nears goal; vets, femiinists call for FCC removal

Published: Sat, March 10, 2012 @ 11:04 p.m.



The petition being circulated by state Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, to have conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh removed from Youngstown radio had garnered 2,743 signatures as of Saturday night.

The goal of the petition, available by visiting http://bit.ly/y3YrZO, is 3,000 signatures.

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

Limbaugh came under fire for 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.

By Thursday, at least 45 advertisers had pulled their ads from his show, according to politico.com. Several stations across the country have dropped his show, and on Saturday, nationally known feminists Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, who co-founded the Women’s Media Center, called on the FCC to remove Limbaugh from the airwaves totally.

In an editorial published by cnn.com, the women wrote: “Limbaugh doesn’t just call people names. He promotes language that deliberately dehumanizes his targets.”

They also noted that a coalition of Iraq and Afghanistan female veterans are demanding that the American Forces Network drop Limbaugh from its programming.

“If Clear Channel won’t clean up its airways,” the editorial continues, “then surely it’s time for the public to ask the FCC a basic question: Are the stations carrying Limbaugh’s show in fact using their licenses ‘in the public interest?’ “

The women contend that “Limbaugh has hidden behind the First Amendment,” or claimed his show is humor or entertainment for 20 years.

“He is indeed constitutionally entitled to his opinions, but he is not constitutionally entitled to the people’s airways.

“It’s time for the public to take back our broadcast resources.”


1valleyred(1103 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago


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2Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Here is a concept if you dont like the show dont listen. I don't like him so I dont listen to his show I didnt need 2743 signatures i just needed two fingers to change the radio dial.

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3AtownAugie(891 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Good for them! These "petitioners" are using the same model they used to get Bill Maher off the air for using vile language *repeatedly* against women. Oh, wait: the "petitioners" haven't gone after Maher one whit. Oh, double wait: Maher is liberal, all is good! (Sorry there, I had a brain cramp -- I forgot for a moment that being liberal gives one a pass with other liberals.)

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

Its odd that everybody defending rush starts off their comment with "i dont listen to him, but...."
So where are all his listeners? I mean, anybody that is not ashamed to admit that they listen to him.

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5Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Yawn. Move on with Life people. Are their not way more important issues to deal with then a talk show hosts opinions. What is wrong with society.

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6thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I agree with you Life2. Republicans should pass the highway funding bill and put people to work and fix the roads and bridges. Instead of holding it up with irrelevant contraceptive amendments.

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7ytown53(5 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Let's not forget about liberal David Letterman's saying Sarah Palin's teenage daughter got "Kocked Up" at the baseball game. Now this was on CBS (free airwaves).......were was the outrage to shut down Davy's show?????? can you say liberal double standard

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8300(573 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

ytown53, there was a lot of pressure on Letterman because of that.

Seriously, are you people goldfish? There seems to be almost no recollection of things that transpired just a few years ago by some on here.

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9AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

If you don't like a particular tv/radio show, simply don't tune in. Very simple folks. Why give the free puplicity to Rush? After al,l that is what is being done. Just like Fox Business Network changed their morning show and put on the current host. I simply quit watching FBN in the morning. FBN took Dave Ramsey off in the evening so I quit watching evening FBN.

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10sam_carter(121 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Forget the fracking, just tap gasbags limbaugh and gingrich

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11sam_carter(121 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

JMHO. Youre a rush fan? Okay, let me count you.

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12paulydel(1607 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I didn't know we had more than 2,600 idiots and tunnel visioned morons out there. Let alone she was bought and paid for by the Obuma administration through a former White House aide. Lets not tell it all like it is. I don't always agree with Rush but neither am I PC person. If you don't like what he said to bad. I didn't see anyone stepping up about the likes of Bill Mahr or any of the others that did the same thing on the left. Then there is Mr. Hagan who is supposed to be representing the people of the Mahoning County area helping to get jobs and the economy going and whats he doing worrying about a meaningless petition to nowhere. He's really earning us taxpayers money isn't he? Stupid breeds stupid and there seems to be a lot of them.

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13Spiderlegs(161 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Should Rush be removed from the air for his often rude and debasing comments? Yes.

Should he be removed because people who do not listen to him are complaining? No.

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14jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

A 30 yr old student, who needs $3000.00 during her law school career - for contraceptives - WOW. We know what Rush called her. What would writers, on this message board, call her?

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15georgejeanie(1526 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

A lousy 3000 signatures, what about the other listeners, they do not have a voice. The listeners from the valley with abrain are not stepping up. How could anyone with half a brain follow the idiiot Hagan? Rush was wrong, and he apolgized. Now he should be taken off the air by lousy 3000 signatures frfom a bunch of uninformed dolts.

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16Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

And so it goes on........amazing what one person calling someone names have all the fools fighting over a talk show host. Will wonders ever cease.
Is this really that important in the scope of Life to keep on going with this? Like little kids auguring. I just have to laugh at the so-called adults making a mountain out of a mole hill. Unreal.

1. Only a talk show host.
2. Freedom of Speech?
3. All people are entitled to their opinions and comments.
4. The guy apologized.
5. A State Rep (buckwheat he said) wasting tax payers money organizing a petition to get someone off the air.
6. Fools wasting their time signing said petition.
7. Way to funny.
8. Move on with Life.
9. Has this been going on for over a week now?
10. Unreal.

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17thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

And so it goes on....
Republican congressmen holding up the transportation bill and jobs with silly contraceptives talk.
1. Wasting taxpayer money on contraction amendments.
2. Wasting taxpayer money looking for birth certificates.
3. Real
4. Not funny. Really, not funny....

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18ytowhoh330(89 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

If you don't like Rush, turn it off. He is just for entertainment anyway. I turn Verb off all the time for the simple fact he says alot of offensive things. As do alot of his callers. I'm not a Tea party member, but alot of people call them tea baggers, and that my freinds is offensive if you really know what that term means. And Hagan is no better, do people have short term memory? His rants on facebook calling someone buckwheat? Oh, wait if liberals say it than its okay.

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19RJM(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Typical Y Town Libs.. you have never had a clue..Ever heard of Free Speech? or is it selective free speech as long as its the lib propaganda spewed by the democratic MSM. Thank God for people like Rush, Mark Levin, Michael Savage and the rest of the truth tellers that are the only hope the people, not you sheeple, have to keep this great country free.

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20praxis95(51 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

the dems control the senate and have enough seats in congress that they, the dems, have blocked the passage of a federal budget for three years now.

the contraception issue is being used by the dem's to cover up the presidents attempt to negate the free exercise of religion.

Rush's comments our being used in an attempt to negate freedom of speech. Freedom of speech cannot exist with out the right to offend.

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21salem26(13 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I still don't under where people like Miss Flute and other libs get this entitlement mentality. Free goverment housing, free goverment food, free goverment check every month, free goverment helthcare, free goverment transportation, now legistation to ensure free contraceptives. (Yes, I understand the federal government isn't directly using taxpayer money for Miss Flute's $3000 sex-habits. Instead they're forcing a private company to buy a product against their will) Where does it end for these people? Under this mentality can I lobby to Congress to manidate my health insurance should pay for my vactions because all this work and actually paying taxes is endangering my "mental health"?

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22walter_sobchak(2713 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

The most amazing fact about this whole Limbaugh controversy is that the republicans have been led down this road willingly in a staged fiasco. They fell for it hook, line and sinker. They have allowed the libs to change the topic from an economy that is struggling to a non-issue about contraceptives. The real issue is that this President hasn't submitted budgets and has spent so much that we are over $10T in the hole with little to show for it. Unemployment is still high, businesses keep off-shoring jobs, the war drags on, gas at $3.75, etc, etc, etc...

I don't listen to Limbaugh that much anymore (a few hours a week) not because of his offensive language. He act has worn old and he is not that entertaining. His words on the first day were poorly chosen and the issue wrongly framed. But, the next day, when he made the sex video comments, that is indefensible. But, he still has many female listeners that agree with his points of view. I wonder how many of the petition signers are aware that when Rush went national over 20 years ago, female callers had to submit a photo to the show before he would talk to them on the air?

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23ytowhoh330(89 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I find Rush very entertaining, so plain and simple you don't like him change the station. What he called that 'lady' is much milder than what I was calling her. As a Catholic I'm very opposed to paying for anyone's birth control!!

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24EduardoCorrochio(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

So, is "femiinists" how journalists and editors in Youngstown spell "feminists"?

I'd wage that "they" are the "types" that do NOT listen to talk radio shows such as Mr. Limbaugh's.

As for the "femiinists" ("Feminazis") quoted, your "concern" is self-indulgent and blasé and your hypocrisy quite predictable, boring, insulting and if need be, please use Roget's Thesaurus for other appropriate synonyms.

Enemy of the left:)

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25webad(156 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

The drug-addled gasbag can exercise his right to say whatever he wants. He just can't do it on the public's airwaves. We own the vehicle over which he transmits his stench ... not Romney's old company, Bain Capital ... which owns Clear Channel.

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26LtMacGowan(714 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Well on the bright side if we get rid of Rush and hopefully FauxNews as well the average IQ around here should go up significantly.


According to this study people that listen to Fox actually know LESS about the world/politics/etc than people that don't watch the news at all.

I mean come on. this year they have proceeded to claim:

1 Fox Announces Death of President Obama…Twice

2 Fox’s Megyn Kelly Calls Pepper Spray a “Food Product”

3 Sarah Palin Claims Paul Revere Warned the British


4 Fox Mistakes Japanese Nightclub for Nuclear Power Plant

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27Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

It's like 1984... When will 2 + 2 = 4? Wake up people, this is another notch in the belt of those who oppose free speech. You ask for another example? How about OWS - Silenced for their beliefs. Everyone has the right to an opinion and freedom to speak on it. We don't live in a socialist monarchy although that's what it feels like sometimes... SMH

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28margarita(19 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

First, let me ask: If this innocent girl went to a Catholic University and knew their policy about contraception, then why did she go there? Second, Why do you think she wants birth control? dah!
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck,quess what!
Hagan is as usual, pretending. Pretending to be outraged! Don't ask the Catholics to pay for her personal use of contraception. Just tell her to go to Walmart!
And Mr. Hagan, just turn the channel or do you like listening to the truth!

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29andersonathan(687 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Two Fingers to turn the dial to another station and use the same two fingers to vote Hagen out of office?

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30paulydel(1607 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Anyone that signs that petition is just taking us one step further into loosing our freedom of speech and are just as dumb as the peopel that staarted this petitiion.

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31jackthebum(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Sam Carter, what is actually more weird is all they people that hate the man haven't even listened to the show, they only hear blurrps in the Media when ever there is a chance to make him look bad. What is said about the women on birth control well, she stands in front of congress saying she needs her birth control paid for because she is going broke over it and know many others that are also. When did birth control become an issue??? The whole thing was obviously a Democrat set up as elections are nearing. Why don't you listen to a couple of his shows and tell me if you did or didn't learn from it.

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32ABRAHAML(9 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Mr Hagan, there are "2" other four letter words that are more important to the area you represent and they are "jobs" and " work" . So perhaps more time chasing these words would be more beneficial and time well spent for your constituents.

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