Rush Limbaugh's errors for November, 2010

ERROR, FACTUAL, Nov. 05th, 11:54 a.m., Reagan won 49 states….Carter lost.

Our response: Not said in the same sentence this time, but from the syntax Rush Limbaugh still sincerely believes that the great Reagan won 49 states against Carter in 1980 just as he did at 11:27 a.m. on Oct. 09th, 2007 and at 01:43 p.m. on Jan. 03rd, 2008. This moves the results of the 1984 election to the 1980 election.

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ERROR, FACTUAL, November 10th, verbal “Midway” for Rush Limbaugh. He made more errors in a shorter period of time than we sank Jap carriers at Midway!

Error, factual and analytical, 11:06 a.m. students protesting tuition hikes

Really? On Thursday, August 12th at 1:18 p.m. Rush Limbaugh said that you there aren’t any high tuition complaints because of the college industry. So an older European country with more Socialist tendencies does not have a college industry?

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Error, analytical, 1:13 p.m. talked bout worthless pieces of crap that nobody wants (repeated)

Whoa! Except for that ignition system in the late 1980’s that a cheap copy of a key could strip, WHEN has Nissan manufactured garbage?

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Error, factual, 1:16 p.m. recharging electric cars would require coal

When did Monroe (mich) and Turkey Point (FL) convert from nuclear to coal?

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Error, analytical, 1:18 and 1:21 p.m. doubled pay to $5 a day (quoting some idiot who wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review)

Rush Limbaugh here showed his ignorance of the history of the American automobile industry. No, Henry Ford did NOT raise pay to $5 a day. That is a U.A.W. fairy tale. What really happened was that employees who stayed on the job long enough – for a certain period of time – got a bonus which, if added to the daily pay, would give the earned equivalence of $5 a day. And it was not offered to attract workers, it was offered to RETAIN experienced workers because men would work until they acquired x amount of money and then quit to go enjoy it. Ford had the same problem with workers at their Mexican plants in the 1990’s, and we’ve always had the teenaged girl working during summer vacation syndrome – in both cases they only want to work ‘til a financial goal is reached and then they have better things to do.

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Error, factual and analytical, 1:19 p.m. electric cars are based on a hoax

Professed oil shortages and resulting price manipulations and us being dependent on oil originating outside of our country are just a hoax?

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1:20 p.m. mass appeal of the product

Rush Limbaugh presumes that a $32,500 item does not have mass appeal because a $300 item can sell without incentives. Right, for those who keep safes crammed with $100 bills in their houses. Doesn’t everyone do that? Well, for the rest of us, there’s something called “the price elasticity of demand,” part of which, sadly, conditions us to expect that if the price goes up, the demand will go down except in special case situations where we can’t afford not to buy the product.

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1:21 p.m. state of the art Model T.

State of the art Model T? Does Rush Limbaugh not grasp the obvious changes in the what’s covered by the inherent definition of “state of the art”? Back then you didn’t have oil filters, fuel pumps, electronic ignition, automatic transmissions, air-filled tires, shock absorbers, probably not air filters, engines were much smaller in size and in horsepower, and an enclosed riding chamber was a luxury for the wealthy and even so, too bad for you if your car rolled.

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ERROR, FACTUAL, Nov. 24th, 1:42 p.m., R.L. reciting his version of the Pilgrims and their first Thanksgiving, Joseph had Pharaoh cut taxes 20% in Genesis 41.

Our response: Huh? Our versions of the Bible must translate that differently ‘cause in our versions Joseph recommends that Pharaoh appropriate 20% of the harvest during the current good years and put it in warehouses as a food reserve for the coming bad years. This is not “supply side,” this is rainy-day planning.

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ERROR, FACTUAL, Nov. 26th, 12:50 p.m. (repeat broadcast), when a caller suggested that the assassination of J.F.K. had drawn us together, R.L. remarked that it didn’t L.B.J. re-elected.

Our responses: How many factual errors can be made in one statement?

1. L.B.J. really couldn’t be “re-elected” in 1964 since he did not run again for Vice President.

2. L.B.J. did get returned to office in 1964 in a major landslide.

3. Between the assassination of J.F.K. in 1963 and the 1968 election a war that L.B.J. was not going to let happen did happen, and his incompetence in fighting it made it drag on and become unpopular.

L.B.J. did run for re-election in 1968, but he pulled a Harry Truman, i.e., he withdrew after disappointing results in New Hampshire. Historian Fleming thinks that if he stayed in and fought, he could have won.

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