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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by Flex » 10 Mar 2009, 6:45pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:A liberal's defense of Rush. I reject it completely.
I would have felt less antipathy if he really had been talking about that sack of shit Limbaugh.
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by eumaas » 10 Mar 2009, 6:46pm

Flex wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:A liberal's defense of Rush. I reject it completely.
I would have felt less antipathy if he really had been talking about that sack of shit Limbaugh.
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by Still216 » 10 Mar 2009, 7:04pm

Bankrobber wrote:
Rush claims 20 million listeners
You know, I've always wondered how they tabulate radio ratings...is there a Nielson system? Anyway, I can only assume thousands listen to all three hours. Most only listen to 30mins or so while on lunch break.
In most cities, it's done through printed diaries.

However, in the major markets (NYC, LA, etc) they have the "PPM" system, which uses a pager-type device instead of diaries. The stations in radio markets using the system (including college and public radio stations) put an inaudible-by-the-human-ear signal in their audio that the pager picks up and tabulates, so it's a 100% accurate representation of what people actually listen to (if they wear the pager on their person, like they're supposed to) and for how long - whether they're driving, at home, walking through a store with a radio station playing, etc.

One of the more interesting things - Rush's ratings have dropped dramatically with this system. Some fans of his may have just been writing "11a-3p" in the diaries when they're actually listening for more like 90 minutes. Not that fans of other radio shows don't or didn't do the same thing - for example, I imagine a lot of Howard Stern's fans probably wrote down that they listened for 5 hours each morning when they really didn't, but he was off FM radio before this PPM system started, so who knows.

Anyway, PPM was also a major reason why Indie 103.1 in LA went away (it earned a ZERO rating the first rating period the PPM system was used - with the old diary system it earned a .5, which, although it isn't great, is higher than zero).

And as a side note, Rush's "huge audience", inflated or not, is by default. He's on in middays, which is and always has been a dead zone in radio.
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by Dr. Medulla » 10 Mar 2009, 7:09pm

Still216 wrote:However, in the major markets (NYC, LA, etc) they have the "PPM" system, which uses a pager-type device instead of diaries. The stations in radio markets using the system (including college and public radio stations) put an inaudible-by-the-human-ear signal in their audio that the pager picks up and tabulates, so it's a 100% accurate representation of what people actually listen to, and for how long - whether they're driving, at home, walking through a store with a radio station playing, etc.
Huh. That's intriguing and, in the wrong circumstances, worrying.

BTW, one of the really weird things about the ass-kissing of Rush these days is that a recent poll suggested that Bush is more popular than him right now, and Republicans won't even speak his name in public.
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by eumaas » 11 Mar 2009, 1:47pm

Wolter wrote:Well, that's the point. Republicans only seem to develop conservative principles when they're not running the show.
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by Dr. Medulla » 11 Mar 2009, 2:52pm

Another poll released that confirms Rush's unpopularity with the general population, but connection with the right. Is there anyone in the Republican Party who has the stones to take Rush down the way Eisenhower did McCarthy? Or do they just prefer to lose a few more elections?
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by eumaas » 11 Mar 2009, 2:53pm

Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. It's a sign of our cultural degeneracy that we take junkie entertainers like Limbaugh or various rockstars seriously when they talk about politics.
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by Dr. Medulla » 27 Apr 2009, 7:39pm

Are conservatives clever and discerning? One study says maybe not.
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by Dr. Medulla » 03 Jul 2009, 9:39pm

If you haven't watched Palin's rambling resignation speech, it's worth making some popcorn first. Not quite up to the bitter standard of Nixon in '62, but it's entertaining all the same.
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by rcs » 04 Jul 2009, 11:45am

Dr. Medulla wrote:If you haven't watched Palin's rambling resignation speech, it's worth making some popcorn first.
OH MY... that was awesome!!!

i can't wait for SNL to cover this.... they will have a field day!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by Wolter » 06 Jul 2009, 4:40pm

More Fun "Young" Republican Racist Douchery!

http://gawker.com/5308514/young-republi ... lol+worthy
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by Dr. Medulla » 06 Jul 2009, 4:44pm

Obama's going to be able to campaign like McKinley(?) did—hang out on the front porch and answer a couple questions each day, then go inside and molest the servants. I'm seriously starting to wonder if the GOP will split into two parties after 2010 or 2012.
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by eumaas » 06 Jul 2009, 4:50pm

Wolter wrote:More Fun "Young" Republican Racist Douchery!

http://gawker.com/5308514/young-republi ... lol+worthy
Jesus fucking Christ.
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by Flex » 06 Jul 2009, 4:53pm

Wolter wrote:More Fun "Young" Republican Racist Douchery!

http://gawker.com/5308514/young-republi ... lol+worthy
That's pretty fucked up.
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Re: The Future of the Republican Party

Post by Still216 » 06 Jul 2009, 8:20pm

On the bright side, someone from their own organization at least called them out on being fucking morons (both for their moronic statements, and being double moronic by posting them on a public forum)...
Cassie Wallender, a national committeewoman from the Washington Young Republican Federation, then wrote: "Someone please help a naïve Seattle girl out, is Eric's comment a racist slur?" She answered her own question one minute later: "Okay, why is this okay? I just looked it up. ‘It comes from a term baracoons (a cage) where they used to place Africans who were waiting to be sent to America to be slaves.' THIS IS NOT OKAY AND IT'S NOT FUNNY."

This was followed soon after by the chairman of the D.C. Young Republicans, Sean L. Conner, who wrote "I'm really saddened that you would support this type of racial language. ..wow! Thanks Cassie for standing up…"
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