Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Stop Rush in Idaho

Messages from CREDO Action and from Media Matters for America:
Our momentum in the campaign against Rush Limbaugh is generating impressive results.
Over 500,000 CREDO Action members like you have sent the message to Rush's advertisers not to fund his vile attacks on women. But we can't take our short-term victory for granted.
The next step in our fight to hold Rush Limbaugh accountable for his reprehensible comments is to get his show dropped from affiliate stations in all fifty states.
Call KBOI Radio in Boise and tell the station to drop Rush Limbaugh. Below is a sample script and the number to call.
KBOI — 208.336.3670 
Hi, my name is ________ and I live in Idaho.

I'm calling to ask you to drop the Rush Limbaugh Show from your programming.

If you continue to support Rush Limbaugh, you are supporting his appalling attacks on women.

Women in Idaho don't deserve to be called "sluts" or "prostitutes" just because they believe in access to birth control.

Now that advertisers are fleeing his show, Rush Limbaugh is not just bad for women — he's bad for business. It's time to drop Rush Limbaugh.
We need to put pressure on the stations that play his show to ensure that Rush Limbaugh doesn't bounce back. He has been the top commercial radio host in the country since 1991. In addition to keeping advertisers away, one of the best ways to hold Limbaugh accountable for his extreme, inappropriate, and offensive comments, is to get his show dropped by his affiliate stations.
Every American enjoys the right to free speech, but that doesn't mean that KBOI Radio has to give people like Rush Limbaugh who attack women in such a reprehensible way an on-air platform for hours each day.
In the fight against the Susan G. Komen Foundation we proved that when women and the men who support them fight back against those who would restrict women's access to healthcare, we can win.
Over 140 national advertisers have dropped their support from the Rush Limbaugh Show. The momentum is on our side, but we need to keep the pressure on and ensure that his show is dropped from affiliates in every state.
When women are attacked, CREDO responds. Together we are making a difference.
Becky Bond, Political Director 
Thank you for your activism.
From Media Matters for America:  On February 23, 2012, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke appeared before members of Congress to talk about the various ways her classmates rely on prescription birth control, including a story about a friend who takes it to manage ovarian cysts. For this, Rush Limbaugh viciously attacked Fluke over the course of several days.

Limbaugh smeared Fluke as a “slut,” claimed she was having so much sex that he was surprised she could still walk, suggested she was having sex at 12 years old by asking who purchased her condoms in the sixth grade, urged her to keep her legs closed by placing an aspirin between them, and demanded she create homemade porn videos and place them online -- in addition to 41 other attacks.

Participate in the effort to hold Rush Limbaugh accountable:

Following Mr. Limbaugh’s multi-day attempt to silence a student simply for sharing information about women’s healthcare, individuals and organizations sprang to action. So far, two radio stations have dropped Limbaugh’s program from their lineups, and more than 60 advertisers have already issued public statements confirming they will no longer advertise on Rush Limbaugh.

Mr. Limbaugh has refused to apologize for all of his attacks or even acknowledge the full scope of his remarks.

After some of his show’s major financial backers exited, Limbaugh issued a statement apologizing for calling the student a “slut” and a “prostitute,” but he made it very clear that he would not be apologizing for any of the other 44 other attacks. Instead, Limbaugh claimed everything was fine, hired a crisis manager and scrubbed the record of his attacks from his website.

But, advertisers continue flee. Just last week, several advertisers issued public statements confirming that they would no longer run ads during Rush Limbaugh’s show.

Recently, we announced a multi-city radio ad campaign aimed at educating communities about Rush Limbaugh’s irresponsible attacks. The ads have been running on Rush Limbaugh’s competitor stations in a number of cities.

We know that many of you may already be actively involved in work to hold Rush Limbaugh accountable with other organizations or campaigns, and we encourage you to continue that work first and foremost. But, for those of you who aren’t already involved and would like to get active, we have a few suggestions:

CLICK HERE to receive the latest Rush Limbaugh advertiser news, campaign updates and action opportunities from the Stop Rush effort.

CLICK HERE to contribute $5 to support efforts to hold Rush Limbaugh accountable for his irresponsible attacks.

By participating, you ensure that the de facto monopoly backing Rush Limbaugh is not able to convert the controversy created by his irresponsible attacks into increased ad revenue. By eliminating this perverse incentive to smear for ratings and revenue (Limbaugh’s business model), you deliver accountability each day and help prevent it from taking place in the future.
--Angelo Carusone
Campaign Director
Media Matters for America

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