RUSH: I happened to be watching the Fox business channel this morning, Fox Business Network. It was up there accidentally. I normally have something else on that monitor. It was about 20 minutes until 11 o’clock, and I don’t even know what made me look up. But I looked up and I saw a graphic that said some guy was talking about advertising on this program. I looked and I looked, and I finally hit the mute button. So I listened to it and was reading the closed-captioning. It turned out that it was an advertiser of this program by the name of Mark Stevens. He’s CEO of a company called MSCO. He was on Varney & Co., Stuart Varney and his gang, Charles Payne, on the Fox Business Network. And this guy has got this down pat. He knows exactly what’s going on here, and I wanted to play these two sound bites for you. Here’s the first…
STEVENS: First of all, this is not a “boycott.” This really surprised me, and I’m not a Pollyanna about what’s going on in America and with Rush. This is a terrorist action. We have had people in our company. We have a female vice president, for example, a 30-year-old woman who’s an MBA and a lawyer that was told that she was — called repeatedly that she is — a “woman hater.” This is a young woman who pulled herself up by her own bootstraps and went to law school on her own dime and is called a “woman hater.” This story has not gotten out. This is not a boycott. This is an organized terrorist attack, and coming from all over the country.
RUSH: What he’s talking about are local advertisers, local radio stations are being bombarded (or were) with complaints made to look like average, ordinary, angry consumers. They’re not. They’re Democrat operatives. Democrat operatives. We’ve been tweeting this out. If you’ve joined Twitter and are following @Limbaugh or @RushLimbaugh (no space between Rush and Limbaugh) then you’ve seen the tweets we’ve put out explaining this. And we have more coming. There’s no boycott. There’s no secondary boycott. There was a plan in a drawer at Media Matters for America back in 2009, Stop Rush, just waiting for some opportunity to put it into action.
And it involves literal harassment of advertisers in cities large and small, radio stations large and small. And they try to make themselves look like angry listeners, angry consumers. They’re not. They’re all Democrat operatives using multiple fake e-mail addresses and so forth, and this guy Stevens is being hit up by it. Now, he’s gone out and he’s gonna triple down on his advertising. He’s saying, “My gosh, there’s never been more attention paid to this show ever. This is the greatest advertising buy ever. They’re not gonna get to me.” But he says (summarized): “I think people need to know this is a terror attack, and it’s not just on Limbaugh. It’s on all of American business, and it’s on all of radio. It’s not just Limbaugh, but that’s the focal point for it right now.”
Here’s the next sound bite he had…
STEVENS: I don’t have the evidence to absolutely say that, so I don’t want to. But it’s the usual suspects we think are orchestrating these things. I have a business to run. We spend a million dollars a year just in New York advertising alone. And I’m willing to boost that because it works for us. We’re a business. I will double down and I will triple down. But I just want… The reason why I want… what I’d like to is that what is not known about this is not a boycott. That is a polite term for an organized terrorist activity that is descending on people, on businesses that are advertising on Rush, and it’s part of the larger war on business in America today.
RUSH: “Part of a larger war on American business today.”
There’s a fascinating piece, column today by Charles Gasparino of the New York Post. It’s about Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of GE, who when asked by Obama to join his jobs commission, did so. And now Immelt, according to the Gasparino piece (a lifelong Republican, Immelt, it says here) has had it. He thought he could moderate Obama. He thought he could turn him away from the business-bashing, private sector-bashing, socialist tendencies. But now he’s realized he can’t. He’s voting Romney if Romney gets the nomination. He thought he could moderate Obama. He can’t believe that Obama is still as anti-business and anti-private sector as he is. Can’t believe he couldn’t be moderated on that.
We coulda told him before he took the gig.