You might call it the blob that ate the radio jobs. Over the last several months, former radio industry giant Clear Channel Communications has been forced to fire thousands of loyal radio professionals, from board-ops to morning show teams, to news writers, even General Managers and program directors have gotten the ax in recent weeks. And it just keeps getting worse. In Albany, NY the entire staff at music station WPYX was wiped out in one day. The cuts will keep coming as the company struggles to tread water under mounting debts and increasing pressure to reduce costs even more as it teeters on the brink of total financial meltdown.
And yet, there is one entity that is immune to the effects of the economic devastation at this once great media conglomerate -- Clear Channel's most Famous and Anointed Employee Rush Limbaugh! Jabba the Host peers down from his Golden EIB Everything and his belly shakes with mighty waves of laughter at the pink-slipped peons who scatter beneath his wealthy weight. As Eric Boehlert writing for Media Matters put it, "Clear Channel, bidding against itself, rewarded Limbaugh with a $14 million-per-year pay raise for a package totaling $400 million -- the precise number the company's now desperately trying to chop off its books. And in order to achieve that savings, the company is willing to lay off thousands of employees and ransack the programming on radio stations across the country."
Do you think Jabba ever feels even a tinge of remorse through all that insulation? Whisking off in his $54 million jet to private islands to do God knows what with God knows who using God knows what pharmaceutical assistance . . . . does he ever waddle about his 24,000-square-foot mega mansion and pause for a second while wiping Oreo crumbs off the front of his $9,000 disco shirt and wonder about the fate of the families of, for example, that weather guy who just got axed, or the single-mom sales associate who is sending her son to college and got fired today?
I don't know what stops his former colleagues from just eating him.
And even more puzzling are the Ditto Heads who salivate over his every bloated bloviation as if he were blowing actual Big Macs out of his lardy lips. The majority of his listeners are working-class folks who have been brainwashed into believing that The Oxymoron is somehow fighting for them, against the evil Obama machine that wants to (cough) raise their taxes and take their money. Limbaugh is a billionaire working-class hero to these poor sheeple, who pay for his podcasts so they don't miss a second even as they struggle to pay for groceries and basic costs of living. These are the people who struggle to afford their prescription drugs; they don't score them by the cardboard box full outside of Denny's.
Too bad there's no rehab for the soul.