Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has issued a challenge to the cable TV network MSNBC: Go 30 days without mentioning me on the air.
"Throughout the busy broadcast day, MSNBC cannot go an hour without mentioning me or playing video of me or having me discussed," Rush told listeners on Tuesday.
"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 [Joe] Scarborough show in the morning, all the way to night — 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."
MSNBC's fixation on Limbaugh could be a sign of desperation. As Newsmax reported earlier, ratings for its prime time show “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” at 8 p.m. have plunged a dizzying 42 percent since October, shortly before Democrat Barack Obama won the presidency. And in the key demographic of viewers 25 to 54 years old, Olbermann has lost 53 percent of his average nightly audience.
"So I challenge you, MSNBC! Thirty days without anything mentioning me," Rush said, according to a transcript on his Web site.
"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."
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