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Daily Kos: Rush Limbaugh’s downward spiral promises to accelerate August 15, 2012

Posted by sandyclaus in Politics.
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A few months ago Mark Frauenfelder predicted a “perfect storm” for right wing talk radio: listener demographics, technological change, and the advertiser backlash all have been taking a toll. But another threat to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, et al, looms on the horizon, and comes from a very different direction: vulture capital. None other than Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital owns Clear Channel, which is the parent of the conservative talkers’ syndicator, Premiere Networks. Clear Channel recently downsized, simultaneous with Bain Capital squeezing the company through a forced 2.2 billion dollar dividend. (This is one of the mechanisms by which Mitt Romney and friends have amassed their fortunes — sucking cash out of troubled corporations, subsequently allowing some of them to go bankrupt.) Clear Channel was already 19.2 billion dollars in debt, and is facing a shareholder lawsuit related to loans between different Clear Channel entities that were used to cover the huge payout. In spite of crushing debt, Clear Channel is “splashing the cash” in “an attempt to rebrand itself as a hip digital music giant.” Meanwhile, some are downgrading Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, the Clear Channel billboard entity, and recommending investment in their competition.

via Daily Kos: Rush Limbaugh’s downward spiral promises to accelerate.

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