Limbaugh ‘Straight Shooter’ Bullet Ad Removed
January 14, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—The use of dangerous gun imagery is coming back to bite a Tucson radio station promoting hate talker Rush Limbaugh. The station owned by Clear Channel erected a billboard just five-miles from the scene of the bloody Tucson massacre, with the text “Rush Limbaugh Straight Shooter” on a background riddled with images of bullet holes. With the public’s attention on the danger of incendiary hate speech and the irresponsible use of violent gun imagery in political discourse, in the wake of the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), after she was targeted by Sarah Palin on a “crosshairs” map, Clear Channel took down the questionable billboard two-days after the rampage that left 6 dead, including a 9-year old child and a federal judge, and 13 wounded, including Rep. Giffords who is still in critical condition from a gunshot to her head. Good call.
The bullet riddled billboard had been looming over Interstate 10 for several weeks. The use of gun imagery has apparently become so common that our nation has become desensitized to it. But the massacre in front of the Tucson Safeway last weekend, forced Americans to take a cold hard look at the hate and vitriol that has dominated our national discourse these past two-years.
“A photo taken on January 9, 2010 shows a billboard with the text ‘Rush Limbaugh Straight Shooter’ and fake bullet holes that is said to have been located in Tucson, Arizona near the location of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting.”
The billboard was created by local station KNST. By Monday, Clear Channel had stepped in and ordered that the ghoulish ad be yanked, because of questions over its “interpretation.”
Talking Points Memo contacted Clear Channel for a statement:
“In a statement to TPM, Clear Channel, which also manages the billboard, said the ad “used the common expression ‘straight shooter’ to describe Mr. Limbaugh’s candid and direct style.” The company also said explicitly that it was KNST’s promotion department that created the ad, not Limbaugh’s show. But after Saturday, company management decided it might not be such a good idea to keep the ad up.”
“Clear Channel Outdoor management in Tucson quickly elected to take down this ad – believing that discussion of its interpretation would not contribute to the desire for healing in the Tucson community,” Clear Channel said.
Meanwhile, as the national spotlight is shining brightly on the fetid sewers of poisonous right-wing rhetoric, Rush Limbaugh has spent this past week in a rage over being called to task for fermenting hate.
He even went so far to say that the Democratic Party is offering its “full support” to the Tucson shooter and mass murderer Jared Lee Loughner, in the hope that he would get away with his crimes.