Could You Just Imagine?

Rush Limbaugh ponders running CNN

author-image by Joe Kovacs

PALM BEACH, Fla – No, it’s not reality, but radio giant Rush Limbaugh today pondered the possibility of taking over the management of CNN and running things the El Rushbo way.

America’s top-rated host was responding to a listener’s question about how long it would take to turn the cable-news network around and make it similar to what Fox News is.

“A couple of days. Just the announcement that I was going to run CNN would add a million viewers a night,” Limbaugh responded. “And then when we started making changes, it wouldn’t take long at all.”

CNN’s viewership has been plunging recently, and according to Nielsen TV ratings data, it is now a distant third behind Fox News and MSNBC.

For example, on Monday night, May 14, Nielsen indicates Fox News had a prime-time audience of 2.08 million viewers. MSNBC had an estimated 835,000 and CNN had only 325,000.

Limbaugh spent a large portion of his show discussing the possibility of his being in charge at CNN.

“If it were announced that I were going to be running CNN, could you imagine the excrement storm from everywhere if that happened?” he asked rhetorically. “But the tune-in factor would be through the roof, the curiosity tune-in factor. Do any of you doubt that you could improve it? Every one of you thinks you can improve it. Just go show by show. Segment by segment. ‘Nope, wouldn’t have done that, here’s the way to do that.’ Segment by segment you could fix CNN.”

He then got into specific steps he would take at CNN, saying it would not be difficult.

“Basically what I would do us have every editor there listen to this program, and then in prime time, everything we covered on this program would be treated as the news of the day, ’cause that’s what I do. I do the news of the day. They ignore the stuff that we find on this program. I just put the news on that they don’t find interesting or that they don’t think is news. This is a broad, broad overview.

“Philosophically, what CNN’s gotta do is decide who they want to be and then admit it. Right now, they’ve got themselves believing that they are objective, non-partisan journalists. They believe that MSNBC is liberal, that Fox is conservative and that they are Edward R. Murrow. …

“They also believe that the news should have no opinions while they’re full of opinions,” Limbaugh said with a chuckle. “The problem is they won’t own up to their opinions, they won’t admit to it. You’ve got to be competitive in the arena in which you choose to battle. And it’s very clear what cable news has become. It’s become personality-oriented opinion. Unabashed, fearless personality opinion. Anything else is pretense. And if you’re going to do personality-oriented opinion and then deny that’s what you’re doing, then you’re never gonna pull it off because people are going to realize you’re not even being honest with yourself.”

Limbaugh made it very clear, though, that no one should hold their breath waiting for him to ever run CNN.

“It’ll never happen. Don’t sweat it,” he said.

Could you just imagine the mess from all those exploding heads in California, Oregon, Washington and D.C., and the northeast.

Tom in NC

10 responses to “Could You Just Imagine?

  1. What a tease! Just thinking of one stinking corrupt leftist looney, Chris Matthews , who would receive a much needed tinglectomy.

  2. Haven’t watched CNN since it became the Clinton News Network. Now it’s Clearly Not News.

    This would be a hoot if Rush was in charge!

  3. i think its way past time. cnn would actually benefit if rush took over. and there would be another voice heard instead of the constant bleating of the liberal left wing (media),

  4. catscanner150

    What can I say, I wanted it to be true as well. Who knows, maybe he will after all

  5. Terry, you are promised a leg tingle when the POS goes down in a landslide in November. No tease!

  6. Rush is right. His brand of professional bigotry will indeed sell. It would improve the business prospects of CNN immediately.

    • Yeah, guess bigotry sells well since he’s been on the air for 20+ years. /sarc

      If he was indeed a bigot, the libs, Soros, and Media Matters would have succeeded in having the FCC shut him down.

      • Lol, he is indeed a bigot, as you and everyone who supports him are well aware. Enjoy your plate of herring.

        • Yawn. Name calling is about the most I expect from libs. Facts hurt too much to process.

        • Hey, dammit,

          Do you even know what the word “bigot” means?:
          Bigot (definition): “a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own [liberal] opinions and prejudices; especially one who regards or treats the members of a [conservative] group with hatred and intolerance.”

          OMG! That’s you!
          +
          danielwalldammit is a bigot and idiot

          P.S. I hear Henderson, NV, is full of bigots! :D

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