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Local anti-Limbaugh effort gets 2,743 signatures; national figures join fray

Published: Sun, March 11, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

Staff report


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 clicking here, 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.”


1ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Isn't it lovely how liberals so readily embrace censorship of anyone they disagree with.

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2sam_carter(121 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

And anyone you disagree with steelman is labeled as anti american, socialist

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3AtownAugie(893 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I must have missed the news: Jane came back from Vietnam?

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4chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Dear Bob, Gloria, Jane, et al,

If you get your way and censor speech via cutting the wire carrying the message, the same will come back to haunt you and others trying to vocalize your message. I am an independent and want to hear all sides which include Mr. Limbaugh's and, yes, yours.

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5republicanRick(1743 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

The Vindicator has given this more coverage to keep this dangerous story alive. Sweet wood and Skolnick have shown how radical leftist their views are.
Elected officials trying to censure someone they do not agree with...everyone should be afraid of this. Just turn the station if you don't like Limbaugh.

Liberals try to outlaw things and censure people they do not like. That should worry everyone.

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6Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

You want a newspaper? Try the Tribune Chronicle. We should petition to get them to expand circulation to Mahoning County so we can have some semblance of fairness in media reporting.

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7thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I never heard of bill maher and his cnt comment till these postings. Hes a schmo, small potatoes. Not the defacto leader and spokesman of the rep party that rush is.
People, all the big money, sears, home depot, are smart businessmen and figured out that its bad business to be aligned with the small toxic contingent of birthers.

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8gordy850(22 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Bob Hagen has plenty of other issues to deal with in the Youngstown area, we don't need anyone telling us who to listen to on the radio. We can always change the station or turn it off! Unless Rush Limbaugh is planning to undermine the US government, then he has a right to broadcast his opinions on his radio show!! Find something to do Mr. Hagen, that really means something to this valley.

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9greene(167 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Rush can be heard clearly on AM 640 - out of Akron. Rep Ryan; Hagan want to limit the 1st & 2nd ammendments. Will the Vindy please run an article that list the other ammendments that should be dropped from the constitution.

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10alentown(12 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I must have missed the lefty congressman's effort to get people, particularly women going to $53,000 a year univeristies, to unsubscribe to HBO.

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11topsailwatch(80 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Hagen, when are you going to zip up your lip and grow up. You have a penchant for being a loud mouth. You may think you are a smart politician, but you are nothing but a leeech. You are about as crooked as they come. I wish an investigative reporter would do an in depth study of your dealings.

We need Rush Limbaugh to let the public know what is going on with the left wing whackos. I can't say that I agree with everything that he says, but then I do not agree with everything Bill Maher says.....or the one million dollars that he gave Obama's super-pac.

Get a life Hagen. Go back to working on the railroad.

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12redeye1(5683 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I signed a petition over the weekend to keep Rush on a local radiostation. The person said they had over 7500 signatures so it looks like they outnumbered Buckwheat Bob. Its time we get a petition up to rid the valley of the Hagan types who feel they know better then us on what we want to watch or listen to. I'm willing to bet that BB has used these same words at sometime or other As the saying goes let the one who has not sinned ,cast the first stone.

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13thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Yeah right. Where did you go, a birther convention?

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14fd6636(289 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Should we keep Rush on the air? YES. Do I like him? Can't stand him or his waaaaaaaaaay right republican views. Why do I listen to him? YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU ENEMYS ARE THINKING, AND STAY AHEAD OF THEM!!!

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15thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Really? Doesnt fox keep you up to date with the latest birther logic?

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16redeye1(5683 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

TNT You and your liberal friends are what is really wrong with this country We as you call us "birthers" like to ask questions concerning things. We are not like your bunch who takes their party BS as the gospel. If you were smarter maybe you would learn to question things. But I really don't see that happening anytime soon, because you are drinking the liberal media BS. If you voted for Hagan you are part of the problems that this valley faces. So don't whine and moan when things dont go your way.

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17sam_carter(121 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

No, seriously red. Where was that petition that you signed at?

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18sam_carter(121 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Just what i thought.

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19sam_carter(121 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Whats wrong with this country, is that when conservatives promote their self-serving agenda, they lie. Whats really wrong with this country, stupid people believe them.

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20YtownSports(306 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

So tired of the hypocrisy on BOTH sides.

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