Saturday, June 17, 2006

To Defend Bush's Low Poll Numbers, Limbaugh Lies About Clinton, Reagan and Carter

It often amazes me how conservative pundits create alternate realities for their listeners. These fact-challenged realities make great radio -- no one lies to weaken an argument -- but ultimately do listeners a great disservice.

Case in point: On the June 6 edition of his popular radio show, Rush Limbaugh so desperately wants to defend President Bush's continued unpopularity that he offers a "parallel" to former Presidents Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter that simply doesn't exist.

LIMBAUGH: The latest USA Today/Gallup update on George W. Bush's presidential job approval rating finds 36 percent of Americans approving of the job the president's doing; 57 percent disapprove. This represents a modest improvement in that measure from recent weeks, a finding mirrored in several other national surveys. In early May, just 31 percent approved of Bush, marking the low point of his administration to date. ... (I)f you went back and looked at several other second-term presidents at this time in their terms, you'd find almost parallel poll results. We know that Bill Clinton was down in the 20s at one point. Jimmy Carter was way down. Reagan was down. This is really -- really not unique.

Let's look at the stupidity of this argument. First, of course, is that Jimmy Carter never had a second term.

But what about Clinton and Reagan? Did Americans ever give them approval ratings of 36% -- the poll figure Limbaugh cited -- in their second terms? No.

According to the polling archive of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Clinton's lowest approval rating was 36% -- in his first term. In his second term, Clinton's approval rating never dropped below 52% in any poll. And in the "parallel" year -- the second year of his second term, or 1998 -- Clinton's approval ratings ranged from 53% to 73%.

What about President Reagan? His lowest approval rating was 35%, in 1983 -- again, in his first term. In his second term, Reagan's approval rating never dropped below 43% in any poll. And in the "parallel" year -- the second year of his second term, or 1986 -- Reagan's approval ratings ranged from 47% to 64%.

Limbaugh has long praised himself as being among the most influential players in politics today, and has been given credit for providing momentum to help usher in the "Gingrich Revolution" of 1994, when Republicans took 75 seats to gain control of the House of Representatives.

Roughly 13.5 milion people listen to Limbaugh daily -- more than the number watching the nightly news on any of ABC, CBS or NBC. Want to know why surveys have found that listeners and viewers of "conservative media" are consistently less informed than, say, listeners of NPR or viewers of PBS? Limbaugh's "parallel year" argument is a clear example why.

22 Comments:

Blogger thewaronterrible said...

The greatest threat to a democracy are the boldfaced lyers.
Now I'm not talking about any "misunderestimaters" of the truth. I'm talking about the pie holes behind such instantly discountable, boldfaced lies as Limpballs.
Unfortunately, this pie hole has influence. In many places in the heartland, it represents the only radio programming of which the people have access.
I wonder if it would take my phone call if I were to confront it with JABBS' information.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous madokie said...

what a gas bag

11:01 AM  
Anonymous DainBramaged said...

I hope you didn't find yourself tuning in to him

They use supersonic mind-fuck waves to convert you to a Bushbot, yes they do I tell ya. And they make you empty your wallet on stupid repeats of his flatulent shows, yes they do. Your only protection is a giant condom on your head, since Rush can't get laid, he hasn't figured out how to get past those.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous lphk2713 said...

Lies, distortions and exaggerations are Pimple-Butt's stock in trade.

I'm sure his moran ditto-head listeners know the truth most of the time but they just go along with the gag as if they are trying to convince the rest of the world.

The conservative movement is dying thanks to Boosh. Soon after 2008 Limbore will retire to count his money and the RW sheepies will be lost without their Messiah.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous bridgit said...

i almost feel sorry for the people that still believe him...

11:02 AM  
Anonymous rurallib said...

When does he draw parallels between W & Washington?

Will that be his July 4th special?

11:02 AM  
Anonymous DainBramaged said...

Why feel sorry? They made their choice, Jabba the Hut is their moral leader. Let them eat donuts.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous bridgit said...

oh, i dunno, i just find functional illiteracy to be a sad state... i guess

12:29 PM  
Anonymous DainBramaged said...

Think of them as cockaroaches

12:30 PM  
Anonymous madrchsod said...

ronald reagan? wow, he`s back on drugs again...

12:31 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

he must be if he thought Carter had a second term.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous DainBramaged said...

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12:31 PM  
Anonymous GreenPartyVoter said...

Yeah, shocking he would dis one of his own. But then, that one is dead and can't hurt him.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous depakid said...

The man should be banned from the public airwaves period

And sny station that continues to knowingly and deliberately spread lies needs to be fined- and eventually have their licenses yanked-

If the Dems ever regain any sort of power- media divestment and re-regulation needs to be the first order of business.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous DainBramaged said...

who ya gonna call, Ghostbusters?
Who controls the House, Senate, White House, FCC, FTC, eieioh?

12:33 PM  
Anonymous depakid said...

The FTC could have reregulated while Clinton was in office but instead- Clinton (along with his appointee Michael Powell) made sure that the culture of lies would consolidate and spread to every chanmel and radio station across the country.

Like I said, if the Dems ever regain power (which is unlikely) media reglation- the laws we had in place for 50 years prior to the Reagan admionistration- needs to be put back in place and enforced aggressively.

12:33 PM  
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12:37 PM  
Anonymous dogday said...

Festering old Gas-Bag he always lies...

12:49 PM  
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12:54 PM  
Anonymous CornerPerro said...

limbaugh lies, millions of dittoheads start repeating it. instant truth manufactured out of thin air.

12:55 PM  

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