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Rep. Pence Defends Limbaugh And Beck

Friday, October 23, 2009

By Matt Finkelstein
Media Matters

On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh recently suggested that a New York Times environment reporter should kill himself -- literally.  "Why don't you just go kill yourself and help the planet by dying," Limbaugh said.  Sadly, the comment was hardly a surprise.  For Limbaugh, vile (and violent) attacks are standard.

So, when there's speculation that Republican leaders are internally worried right-wing media personalities could be hurting the party, it's easy to understand why.  As Politico reported today: 
Many top Republicans are growing worried that the party's chances for reversing its electoral routs of 2006 and 2008 are being wounded by the flamboyant rhetoric and angry tone of conservative activists and media personalities, according to interviews with GOP officials and operatives.


Congressional leaders talk in private of being boxed in by commentators such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh - figures who are wildly popular with the conservative base but wildly controversial among other parts of the electorate, and who have proven records of making life miserable for senators and House members critical of their views or influence.
Limbaugh and Beck are proven moneymakers, but they're also extremely divisive and unpopular with the general public (particularly Limbaugh, who's a more well known commodity).  If the conservative message is coming primarily from them, it's not good for the GOP....(Remainder.)

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