March 27th, 2009
05:41 PM ET
14 years ago

Limbaugh's ratings spike amid Dem attacks

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Limbaugh's ratings are on the rise."](CNN) - A conservative media watchdog group says recent Democratic attacks on Rush Limbaugh may have given a big boost to the talk radio host's ratings.

According to the Media Research Center, stations that carry Limbaugh's day time talk show experienced a "dramatic surge" of listeners in February - the month when congressional Democrats and even President Obama publicly took swipes at the conservative talker.

"President Obama declared war on Rush Limbaugh and his ratings went through the roof," said Media Research Center's Brent Bozell. "If that's not a magnificent backfire, I'm not sure what is."

Democrats have been eager to paint the divisive Limbaugh as the de facto Republican leader, especially after the radio host's controversial statement that he hoped the president's economic policies would fail.

Obama himself warned congressional Democrats in late January that they need to "can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done."

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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Jim

    I think everyone should tune in ONCE and listen to Rush, then they can thank their parents for sending them to school and getting an education.

    March 27, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. RB

    Limbaugh is a talk radio personality.

    Obama is the leader of the free world.

    Lets keep things in perspective

    March 27, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. HouseDiva

    because Rush Limburger is like watching a run away train headed to disaster....very entertaining.

    March 27, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. usualone

    Rush succeeded in what he intended - higher ratings, and that will mean more monies in his pocket.

    March 27, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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