KSFO's JD Hayworth Tells Rush Limbaugh's Advertisers "We'd Love to Have You Over Here"
This morning Hayworth addressed the controversy over Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a slut. This is interesting because Hayworth -- like many Republican congressmen of the Clinton era -- has over the years considered Limbaugh a friend, and because Hayworth's own show is on in Limbaugh's old KSFO slot. The station booted Limbaugh in January, and he now vents and stammers at NewsTalk 910 at the same time that Hayworth is being agreeable.
So, Hayworth and Rush are now competitors. Hayworth dedicated the 10 o'clock hour to Limbaugh. While trying his damnedest not to say anything controversial, Hayworth did make a joking pitch for Limbaugh's errant advertisers, saying: "We'd love to have you over here."
He preceded this by noting the irony of "market forces" having their way with Limbaugh and, quite softly, noting all the usual conservative complaints about this whole imbroglio: That Fluke's an activist, that Nancy Pelosi set up a stunt hearing, that Bill Maher and Ed Schulz have used sexist language, too.
In the several folksy, rambling sections he dedicated to the Fluke controversy, Hayworth also:
- Said, "You don't want to use the word that rhymes with nut but starts with s-l. Not a good idea."
- Asked, "As with Jim Bowie and
Daniel BooneDavey Crockett at the Alamo, and as with Don Imus and the Rutgers basketball team, has Rush gone too far?" This makes perfect sense because losing advertisers after being a dick is exactly like being killed in a siege.
- Said, "You never want to lapse into that kind of speech. It's the wrong thing to do."
- Spelled out "h-e-double-hockey-sticks." Twice.
- Speculated that "There are liberal activists listening, waiting to grab one phrase or one word that proves I'm no more than a neanderthal." You wish, JD.
- Said "J.C. Watts, when we were serving in congress, gave me the best example of 'It's Not what You Say But How You Say It.' You could say to a woman, 'You have a face that could stop a clock.' Or you could say, 'You have a face that makes time stand still.' It's the same sentiment."
- Took a call from a dude who insists Fluke is a liar, a perjurer, etc., etc. Hayworth quite carefully did not quite agree with any of this.
- Failed to mention the time Limbaugh got busted with unprescribed Viagra in his luggage after a "guys' weekend" in the Dominican Republic, the sex-trade capital of the Western hemisphere.