RUSH: I have a little challenge I would like to issue here. I would like to issue a challenge to our good friends over at the cable news network MSNBC. As you know, Michael Steele made a speech today outlining the future of the Republican Party. And apparently he mentioned every conservative’s name in the book except mine and Cheney’s. This has caused many excited media people to point this out. ‘Hey! Steele, he mentioned Burke, he mentioned Reagan, he mentioned Buckley, but he didn’t mention Cheney and he didn’t mention Limbaugh.’ Now, throughout the busy broadcast day, MSNBC cannot go an hour without mentioning me or playing video of me or having me discussed.
I have the nation’s most listened to radio program and talk show. It is clear to me that MSNBC is hoping to build its ratings on my back. It seems that the liberalism that is MSNBC isn’t selling as well as they would like because they cannot — from the Scarborough show in the morning, all the way to night, they cannot; they cannot — go any appreciable length of time without showing video of me, the CPAC speech or excerpts from this radio show or having a bunch of hack guests on to discuss me. So my challenge is this, to MSNBC. Let’s see if you can run your little TV network for 30 days… Let’s see if you can do Rush withdrawal. Let’s see if you can run your little TV network for 30 days without doing a single story on me, and then let’s take a look at your ratings during those 30 days and see what happens. Because obviously MSNBC thinks they cannot get numbers without focusing on me. So I challenge you, MSNBC! Thirty days without anything mentioning me. No video of me, no guests commenting on me. See if you can do it. You know, stand on your own two feet. Stand on liberalism. Stand on what you believe. Stop bleeding off me. I don’t care about the ten extra listeners they might be bringing me. Ten extra listeners, I mean, that’s irrelevant to me. They’re not… I just want to see if they can survive on their own. I’m a self-reliant guy. I don’t rely on them.