I post a lot of lunatics. It is a weird hobby, I admit, but it is good material. The lunatic lacks the internal brake that keeps most of us from lurching off into extreme opinions, beliefs and actions. I think MSNBC is full of demented crazies, but I’m not starting a website to denounce them. I’m not going to quit my job so I can stand outside their studies screaming “MSNBC Lies!” That brake in my head tells me to let it go and forget about it.
Anyway, this turned up in the comments of my Limbaugh post.
What I really love is how so many self-taught constitutional scholars suddenly appear to declare that what StopRush does is somehow illegal or immoral. When did it become a crime to ask a company to divest from misogyny and bigotry? After all, it was fine with right wing nutjobs when it happened to Howard Stern. It was happening to MSNBC with #OpSlam right before Limbaugh went off on his “slut” rant.
But for some reason, Rush is a special person who gets special protection from the law…despite the fact that neither you, nor Rush’s favorite legal professor, nor Brian Glicklich can cite any actual laws to back this assertion.
About those names you’ve reposted: they are already getting threats, and if history is any guide they will now be subject to identity theft, real-life stalking, and smears. That’s what happened to the first cohort of volunteers on Twitter, which is why these volunteers were operating under pseudonyms. But I’m sure that liberals are just fair game…because of some imaginary law that none of you can cite.
Just to give you one example of how incorrect Glicklich is, we have volunteers in radio markets around the country listening to his show so that we can identify and contact his sponsors — but these volunteers are not accounted in his math, are they?
Our volunteers currently have a database of nearly four thousand companies that have divested from Limbaugh’s hate-radio show. We have been so successful that we now have to focus on his PSAs because there are no paid ads left. This took thousands of people, and not one of us has ever seen a Media Matters personality in the Flush Rush Facebook group. Not ever.
So you can continue to believe what you want, but the laws say otherwise, and so do the volunteers of a movement that is succeeding in its mission. This is why his fans’ hatred for us is so vile and disinhibited: we are effective, and it causes them tremendous butthurt. They are such wonderful people.
It’s obvious that Matt Osborne is a nut. Sane people just turn off the radio, but lunatics like this guy quit their job and spend all day stalking Limbaugh’s advertisers. His website should be enough to have the guy committed if anyone were to bother. I’d say there’s a pretty good chance he has a long list of medications to take every day. These guys with these obsessions usually have a long list of other issues.
My former lawyer is one such guy. He was fine for a long time. He was prone to crazy talk about politics, but he did not obsess over it. Then he slipped a gear, quit his job and now he won’t shut about the imaginary right-wing conspiracy. My guess is this Matt Osborne guy went down a similar road. Back in the Bush years he jumped the track and now spends all of his time harassing people on-line.
That said, it would be awesome if Limbaugh dragged these guys into court. That would be great TV.