JASON: You know, Facebook decided to punt. (chuckles) I love this. This is like the Facebook Oversight Board saying that Facebook was justified in suspending a president of the United States on a common carrier public utility. I'm gonna get to that in a moment because that's the best analogy. Clarence Thomas wrote something erudite, as he always does, on this.
But for their oversight board to say, "Well, we looked at this, and I want to tell you, Facebook had a point. Um, we'll study it some more. They should come back in six months and decide if the ban should be permanent, but they can keep suspension on a former president for another six months. Just fine with us!" Are these people serving as FISA judges or what?
This is a rubber stamp just like the FISA court has become a rubber stamp for spying or censoring your political opponents. I voted against reauthorizing FISA, and that was the reason. We live in a free country. There should be no secret courts that serve as rubber stamps to be abused like the Steele dossier was abused to get illegal warrants on the Trump campaign. That should not happen in a free republic.
It happened here, and the media keeps sweeping it under the rug because it does not fit with their agenda of electing Democrats. Well, don't get me started on that. But when it comes to campaign finance reform, essentially the news media -- MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN -- are engaged in what we call in-kind contributions that ought to be reported to the FCC.
The promotion of Democrat and Democrat ideals is become so demonstrably evident that they are basically coordinating as corporations with one party. That's illegal campaign finance. Corporations can't contribute. Why do media corporations get an exemption from contributing to Democrats? XYZ corporation can't. They can have their employee set up a PAC, but they can't do the bidding. But media companies do. They're corrupt. That's why. They are corrupt.
They're not just wrong. They're not just liberal. The people that deliberately lie about Covington, lie about James O'Keefe, lie about FISA, lie about Russia are corrupt individuals, and they ought to be held accountable. But I digress. I want to get... I want to get to Rush's take on this because it's really important. I remember when he deleted his Twitter account. Here's what El Rushbo had to say.
RUSH: I saw that Twitter banned Trump. They suspended his account. They canceled him! They wiped him out. They erased him. They said he's sayonara. So I called Kathryn. I said, "We gotta get outta Twitter. This is unacceptable. We need to cancel the account. We need to do whatever we have to do to get out of it. Just go in there and shut it down." She said, "It's a great idea." So we did, and then the next thing I know, it's being reported that Twitter canceled me.
I said, "Well, this is fabulous." So then here came the emails from people I haven't heard from in the Drive-By Media who have my address and some others. "Did Twitter cancel you or did you cancel them? What's the truth?" I didn't reply to any of it, like I don't reply to any inquiries. There was nothing new about that. I don't reply to any Drive-By Media inquiries of me.
So I just let it go, and then eventually one of these bright-eyed, bushy-tailed media people got the wise idea to call Twitter and ask them, and the Twitter spokesman said, "No, the user canceled the account. We didn't cancel it." So then there was great relief. There was great relief among the Drive-By Media. Twitter did not cancel me. I suspended my own account.
That then created a joyous media reaction, and we have a montage to illustrate how. You know, increasingly, folks, I don't like taking up broadcast time with media comments about me because they happen every day, and it's... You know, when the program was new and the media was talking about it, that was a big deal. That helped promote the program.
This program can't get much bigger than it is, and so we don't need to do this to promote the program. It's gotta have some kind of news value or otherwise entertainment value. We don't just do it for the heck of it. That's why I saved it here 'til the last hour. But this is the montage from Saturday, Sunday, and even this morning.
JILLIAN MELE: Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh deactivates his Twitter account. Limbaugh had nearly 89 million followers.
LAYRON LIVINGSTON: The Twitter account of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has been deactivated.
MEGHAN PACKER: Take a look at Rush Limbaugh's Twitter page. It has been deactivated, but not by Twitter, but by Limbaugh himself.
MARK MEREDITH: Conservatives are deactivating their accounts in solidarity, including Rush Limbaugh who had millions of followers of his own.
MIKE MARZA: Rush Limbaugh's account is no longer available. The influential talk show host deactivated that account himself.
WHITNEY CLARK: Rush Limbaugh has deactivated his Twitter account.
JULIETTE GOODRICH: Rush Limbaugh has deactivated his own Twitter account after the social media giant permanently suspended President Trump's.
JOE CONCHA: Twitter has now lost Rush Limbaugh.
AINSLEY EARHARDT: Rush Limbaugh took his down. He deactivated it.
RUSH: Yeah, we were up for about three months there on Twitter. Let's see. October, November... Yeah, 3-1/2 months, and I know a lot of you were very, very upset with me when we went on Twitter officially. We had a couple of Twitter accounts out there. We didn't use 'em much. But it was all part of revving and up gearing up for a big push.
Folks, I gave this last year everything I've got. I don't want to get too much more into it, but believe me: I gave this last year everything I had. I didn't take one minute of personal time away from this program. When I was gone, it was medical. You know, doing the Twitter thing was part of the all-out effort to give everything that I and we had to the election effort last year, 2020. So the three months, 3-1/2 months of being on Twitter? We gave it a shot. We gave it a shot. We did what we could, as did a whole lot of other people.
JASON: You know, I want to elaborate on this whole Twitter, Facebook, Big Tech thing. You know, Josh Hawley's doing a great job going after Big Tech. It was a failure of -- it's in the news so let's mention it -- the sort of Adam Kinzinger, Liz Cheney, Big Government, neoconservative, establishment.
Mitch McConnell in the Senate and those types that did not address this in the NDAA bill because they were so obsessed on getting their national defense bill passed without any limits on spending, without any controls, these people believe that the only thing that matters in Washington is plussing up the DOD budget. That is the essence of why they're establishment, really.