RUSH: Getting tons of e-mail today, folks, from people who are surprised and upset over the news that ABC is turning over their network to President Obama. Eight days from now, ABC's World News Tonight will be broadcast from the Blue Room of the White House, and then they'll do a special that night on health care, and everybody's upset about it. I predicted this! I predicted this back on March 26th. And, by the way, ladies and gentlemen, ABC's part of State-Run Media -- What's news about this? I mean there's no news here. This is just a confirmation of what's already going on. ABC turning programming over to Obama, they did that back before Inauguration Day. Greetings, folks. Great to have you here. Rush Limbaugh, the EIB Network and the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies.
Once again the White House has given us a Message to the World from President Obama regarding Iran.
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Another exclusive Message to the World here on the EIB Network direct from the White House and Rahm Emanuel and President Obama, who promised in that statement not to take over Iran's oil production, and admitting the election in Iran was all about him and how the Iranians have embarrassed him. Ladies and gentlemen, I want to go back, I want to play for you what I said on this program March 26th of this year.
RUSH ARCHIVE: For those of you who read the book 1984, Big Brother was everywhere no matter where you went. Big Brother was on television, on the radio, didn't matter where you went. I have a simple question. When do all television sets just eventually default to the Obama Channel? There has to be an Obama Channel now, and at some point the government, the FCC, is going to encode broadcast signals so that your TV or your receiver defaults to the Obama Channel all the time. Same thing with your computer defaulting to the Obama Page. I don't know how many of you read Orwell's 1984, but the supreme leader was Big Brother, and not only was he on TV 24/7, you couldn't get him off of television.
RUSH: And that prediction has now manifested itself in truth. ABC has turned over programming to Obama. Eight days from now, the night of June 24th, the media and the government cement their relationship as one. State-Run Media, ABC, will broadcast the World News Tonight from the Blue Room of the White House. That will be followed by a prime-time special entitled Prescription for America, which will originate from the East Room, and it will exclude opposing voices on the debate. 1984. I predicted this March 26th. People say, "Why did you stop calling them the Drive-By Media and you start calling them the State-Run Media?" Well, this is why. This is government-controlled media. A prime-time special in the East Room after the news from the Blue Room and no opposing voices in the debate will be featured on the program. The Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Ken McKay fired off a complaint to David Westin at State-Run ABC.
"Dear Mr. Westin: As the national debate on health care reform intensifies, I am deeply concerned and disappointed with ABC's astonishing decision to exclude opposing voices on this critical issue on June 24, 2009. Next Wednesday, ABC News will air a prime-time health care reform 'town hall' at the White House with President Barack Obama. In addition, according to an ABC News report, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, WORLD NEWS, NIGHTLINE and ABC's web news 'will all feature special programming on the president's health care agenda.' This does not include the promotion, over the next 9 days, the president's health care agenda will receive on ABC News programming. ... In the absence of opposition, I am concerned." That really is going to penetrate, by the way. The RNC is concerned about this.
"In the absence of opposition, I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this prime-time infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform," but he does hold a monopoly on the media, which is all he cares about. "The President has stated time and time again that he wants a bipartisan debate. Therefore, the Republican Party should be included in this prime-time event, or the DNC should pay for your airtime." Westin, the president of ABC News predictably said, hey, no big deal here, we haven't compromised our objectivity. And they haven't. To compromise their objectivity ABC would have to put on opposing voices. The objectivity of State-Run Media is to promote the state. ABC is state government-controlled media, as is NBC, particularly NBC. They do a better job of it than ABC. CBS, gotta throw them in there. CNN, no question about it, and all the derivatives of ABC, CBS, and NBC, along with the Washington Post, New York Times, State-Controlled Media.
So to be objective, they would have to put -- (interruption) do I think it will get ratings? Well, I've been asked by the official program observer if I think that this will get ratings. You know, interestingly, on Thursday or Friday night of last week, whenever the DTV switch was, whenever they turned off analog and if all you have is an analog TV with rabbit ears, you got snow, you didn't get anything, ABC's World News Tonight audience plummeted from seven million to four million in one day, or 4.9 million and ABC has asked Nielsen to review the numbers because they don't think that that's possible, even with the DTV switch. Will it get ratings? Yeah, it will get some ratings, but, remember, now, it's eight days, so it will be a Wednesday night. There won't be any other original programming on the networks that night, I don't believe, everything's reruns or summer series that nobody watches anyway. So I don't know if it will get ratings or not. With President Obama on it? That's a good question, too, because, as Bill Maher pointed out recently on his show, there's beginning to be Obama fatigue out there. He's everywhere. He's Big Brother. He's 24/7.