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RushLimbaugh.com: Why Video Will Never Kill This Radio Star


RUSH: You know, I made a suggestion in the last hour, and I'm gonna make it again.  I think this would really be helpful.  I think all of you -- and this is self-serving.  It is.  I don't mean it to be self-serving in a commercial sense.  When you listen to this program every day, I know that you hear a lot of monologues that you're cheering and going, "Yeah, yeah, right on!" And you enjoy them. You really need to go to RushLimbaugh.com and read the transcripts.  The impact of the written word is undeniable. 

How many times have you heard anybody on the radio make a brilliant point three or four times for years and all of a sudden somebody will say the same thing on TV or write a column saying the same thing, and everybody goes, "My God, is that brilliant," and you say, "Well, I heard that three years ago."  It's the power of television, the written word.  Radio, done right, is the most intimate of all media.  I finally figured out what it is about television I don't like, or why television doesn't do it for me.  The camera is so far away.  There's no intimacy.  When I'm on TV I don't have any sense of intimacy or of actually relating to people.  It's just this box with a lens on it that's way the hell over there on the other side of the room. 

The microphone is right here. (tapping mic) And that microphone is you, in my mind, as I'm speaking.  The television camera is way over there and there's 15 other people in the room not paying attention while whatever's going on is going on.  They just can't wait for the next commercial break so they don't have to pay any attention to what's going on.  It's an entirely different setting.  Radio done really well can have the most impact of any of the mediums -- (interruption)  Well, I don't particularly think I did TV well.  That's my point.  I mean, it was okay.  But let's face it, the people liked my TV show 'cause of the clips we played, not what I was doing. 

Look, I don't mean this to be negative.  I'm just trying to share with people.  I'm made for radio.  Television, if that camera could be right in my face, it would be a whole different thing, I'm telling you, it would.  Anyway, this is why -- I mean, you hear it on the radio, and it makes an impact, but then you try to tell somebody else what you heard and you forget half of it or you get it wrong, just like when anybody tells you a story, and even if it's a story that has a lot of impact. 

We transcribe all of this.  Every one of these segments, every one of these monologues is at RushLimbaugh.com and you can go listen to 'em again or read the transcript.  I guarantee you when you read the transcript there's another entire different level of impact, which is why we do it, and also for the preservation to eternity of what happens here. 

If you visit my website you ought to take some time to read some, especially those that you have been very interested in.  'Cause I'll stack 'em up against anything else you're hearing out there anywhere.  It's just an added bonus here that I think is available.  For example, these discussions today on Hobby Lobby, I mean, you boil it all down, when I finally got to the end summary I was able to do it inside of three minutes, but it took a whole first hour of setup so that the summary made sense. 

If you just tell people the summary, they're gonna say, "You don't know what you're talking about.  Hobby Lobby is a bunch of -- well, they don't give anybody what they want."  You can refute that if you got the ammo.  Or you learn it better and find a way to recall it faster, if you will.  So just another suggestion, as a way of upping the comprehension level.  



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