Limbaugh, many will recognize, recently received a new 8 year contract to stay on the radio, a contract totaling some $300 Million Dollars. From Nader's letter:
You, Rush Limbaugh, are on welfare.
As you know, the public airwaves belong to the American people. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to be our trustee in managing this property. The people are the landlords and the radio and TV stations and affiliated companies are the tenants.
The problem is that since the Radio Act of 1927 these corporate tenants have been massively more powerful in Washington, DC than the tens of millions of listeners and viewers. The result has been no payment of rent by the stations for the value of their license to broadcast. You and your company are using the public's valuable property for free. This freeloading on the backs of the American people is called corporate welfare.
Nader is like a national artifact. Too thoughtful, too honest, too wonkish, too boring, too self-righteous to ever win. But retaining enough of a slice of the disaffected among us, to impact a national election.
Say what you want about him. Harrogate has said, and before it is over will likely say, worse things about him than any of you. But one thing Harrogate has never heard someone do, and that is actually show that Nader's platform is flawed.
The man speaks the truth far more often than not. Which makes him that much more of an asshole, perhaps.