Limbaugh pulled a snippet of my recent CSPAN interview with Brent Bozell, the author of the new book, “Unmasked: Big Media’s War Against Trump.” I asked Bozell why mainstream media executives seemed uninterested in incorporating feedback from conservatives who say they are underserved by left-leaning content.
LIMBAUGH: “Carrie Sheffield, who is the Accuracy in Media national editor, is interviewing Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center (he’s the founder) about media coverage of Trump.
She said, ‘If you were trying to sell soap or some other product and your consumers were giving you feedback about the product, why wouldn’t you listen to them?’ Now, I’m trying to figure out, what is this question about? ‘If you were trying to sell soap or some other product and your consumers were giving you feedback about the product, why wouldn’t you listen to them?’ Well, here’s his answer that will explain this…
BOZELL: There’s a fallacy that says that business trumps politics. It doesn’t. Politics trumps business when it comes to the news media. CNN has had an endless number of presidents in recent years. One of them was someone I knew and I called him. ‘Get on CNN 1 or whatever your aircraft is. Go to Palm Beach, bring a checkbook, ask around, try to find directions for this guy Rush Limbaugh’s house. Go to his house, knock on the door, open up your checkbook, sign it — a blank check — give it to him. Tell him he could fill in for whatever amount he wants and do whatever he wants. And in one week, you’ll have the number one network on television. That’s all you have to do.”’
RUSH: That’s August 24. His point here is that here’s CNN sitting there dying. They’re thinking that this is what their audience wants to hear, this never-ending anti-Trump stuff. But how big is their audience? You can put it in a phone booth or a thimble. His point is that these guys like Mike Allen and others, they’re sitting here looking at the success of conservative media, and they’re puzzled by it. But where is the business angle? Where is the attempt to get in on it? There is none! There’s no attempt to get in on it. All they want to do is try to ream it, criticize it, and destroy it. If I were a liberal, I would have a fleet of jets all paid for by CNN. At any rate, it’s a good point. Rather than… That’s what his point is. They are putting politics over everything, politics over business, politics over profit, political purity and so forth.”