What’s Wrong With This Picture? Rush Limbaugh Edition

A billboard advertising Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, from his Tucson affiliate:

Ummm, okay I realize this ad went up before Saturday but is the message it conveys really acceptable?

H/T: Andrew Sullivan

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. I don’t have any problems with it.

  2. Al says:

    That’s terrible! I mean, really, look at that grouping! Half the shots are barely on the paper! You’d think a straight shooter would be able to aim.

  3. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    @ Al

    My sentiments exactly.

  4. Janis Gore says:

    I don’t have a problem with it. We’ve been talking about straight shooters for centuries. But Al makes an excellent point.

  5. rodney dill says:

    What’s wrong with it? It was placed up there, by someone on the right, The radio station that is promoting Rush’s show, and it contains firearm related rhetoric or at least a figure of speech. Now if it was placed by someone on the left, and said, “Shoot Straighter”, with Rush’s name full of bullet holes it would be perfectly acceptable…..

  6. Anon says:

    Half the shots are barely on the paper!

    Those look more to me like holes in sheet metal.

  7. An Interested Party says:

    I’m sure we could find someone in the Dominican Republican who could dispute the claim on this sign…

  8. MstrB says:

    I didn’t expect Rush to promote violence against heterosexuals.

  9. tom p says:

    as usual, Rush could not hit the broad side of a barn.

  10. Jay Tea says:

    I’m with Al.

    Jeez, it looks like I shot at it.


  11. tom p says:

    And Doug, by now, you know what is wrong with the sign…. it ain’t the sign, it is your party….


  12. mantis says:

    What’s Wrong With This Picture?

    The billboard doesn’t say anything about Obama’s birth certificate?

  13. G.A.P.THEORY says:

    It looks like Bumblebee shot it up……

  14. john personna says:

    At first level there’s nothing wrong with it. “He’s a straight shooter” has no negative connotations. At secondary levels though, it is an exposure. David Frum had a couple lines: “The killer proved deranged. But you have to wonder if something did not turn over in the pit of the stomachs of people like Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin when they first heard the news.”

    So, imagine. That sign board is harmless, but that same image was found as a bumper sticker on the killer’s car.

    A lot rides on this ridiculous idea that violent imagery never incites the unstable.

    All it takes is one.

  15. Janis Gore says:

    Clear Channel is pulling the billboard:


    Considering the location, probably a good idea. There are other ways to advertise Rush.

  16. Terrye says:

    Oh come on. I am an old lady. I grew up in the 50s and the 60s. The days of Gunsmoke and civil rights marches…assassinations and war protests. Nothing we see today in terms of imagery can compare with those times. The difference is back then people were thought to be responsible for their actions…so people did not waste a lot of time whining about this kind of thing. It is silly. It is as if we have turned into eternal children. Like Peter Pan, we never want to grow up.

  17. Ed Coyne says:

    Really, Doug? Is EVERYTHING offensive to you or is it only things from the other side of the aisle? Get a grip on your out-of-control hysteria. No one ever said you have the right NOT to be offended.

    Al, you’re right, unless this is a pattern from a MASSIVE shotgun.