Lots sure to misconstrue Cumulus dropping Limbaugh & Hannity. Because people will be foolish enough to think they are going off the air—
Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) July 29, 2013
That’s the insinuation that’s already being made due to Politico’s report that Cumulus Media might not be planning to renew contracts with Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity at the end of the year:
News that Cumulus stations might not air Hannity and Limbaugh and might instead air liberal programming different conservative talkers has Media Matters fellow and one-man Obama administration spin machine Eric Boehlert turning cartwheels:
So, Media Matters folks automatically believe everything corporate CEOs say now, or just in this one instance? The next thing we know Boehlert will be quoting Roger Ailes as gospel, but only if it helps make a negative story about Bill O’Reilly click better.
Listening to the Left fantasize about the demise of conservative talk radio is like watching Al Gore wait for the oceans to evaporate, but year after year the predictions are made, and nothing happens:
As usual, the old saying “because you wish it so doesn’t make it true” applies.
Something else Boehlert probably won’t mention is that even if the Limbaugh and Hannity shows don’t air on Cumulus-owned outlets, they’ll almost certainly be airing on different stations in the same markets:
Premiere, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday night, is expected to carry Limbaugh and Hannity on stations in many of the markets where they are currently signed with Cumulus, should the negotiations not go through.
At this point, it’s all speculative, but these negotiations sound like natural attempts to cut costs on the part of Cumulus. Not every business has the luxury of being supported by tax dollars during these trying times in the Obama economy.