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UNC – Chapel Hill forbids mention of Limbaugh’s name during sports broadcasts

UNC – Chapel Hill forbids mention of Limbaugh’s name during sports broadcasts

UNC – Chapel Hill now forbids mentioning of names:

UNC-Chapel Hill has asked WRDU 106.1, a Triangle station also known as “Rush Radio,” to stop referencing the school or the Tar Heel Sports Network during the broadcast of Rush Limbaugh’s daily talk show on the station.

The new practice, announced in a statement from the university, also prohibits mentioning Limbaugh’s show during the broadcast of UNC football and basketball games on Rush Radio.

UNC – Chapel Hill has a notorious reputation for free speech stifling codes, so I guess this is not much of a surprise.   I wonder if the sensitivity to speech it doesn’t like extends across the political spectrum?  (Obvious answer, No, because it likes the other speech.)

Forbidding the mentioning of names, sounds so Stalinist (or is it Kim Jong-Il -ish?).

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Then I guess they couldn’t mention \\ChapelHill

[geek humor]

Aren’t all leftist organizations astro-turf?

That WRDU 106.1 thing can be nicely turned around…

“You are listening to WRDU, the home of HE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED, bringing you Tar Heals sports”.

Heh. The forbidden fruit syndrome will powerfully make EVERYBODY fill in the blank with RUSH LIMBAUGH.

I’m a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time Rush listener, and I can tell you I’ve never heard a Kohler ad anywhere (and I used to be all over the US) on a Rush broadcast.

Henry Hawkins | March 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm

My daughter is a senior in high school, a straight A student literally since kindergarten, never had a B. She applied to East Carolina, NC State, and UNC Chapel Hill, got accepted at all three. She’s chosen UNC Chapel Hill. No wait, it gets worse. She wants to be a teacher.

Something tells me I won’t recognize my own daughter by spring of 2016.

    Ragspierre in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    All you can do is teach them right when you have them, Henry.

    In my experience, they come around.

    And a good teacher is a priceless thing to be. Lord knows, I was crippled much of my life by bad ones.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Ragspierre. | March 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      We certainly hope so. UNC’s ed program is known for producing, well, Flukes.

      My sister’s kid was a Young Repub at Mich St, transferred to UNC-CH for final two years. Upon graduation she joined the freakin’ Peace Corps. Young Repub to flaming liberal in two years at UNC. The kid embarrassed herself at a dinner at our house with her liberal preaching. True to liberal form, she had no idea she was embarrassing herself with her ignorance.

        Ragspierre in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        Just keep an intervention team at the ready, in case she ever utters the word “Occupy” in a less-than-sneering manner!

        I was a long-haired, rocknrollin’, hippy-freak in the 60s. We sometimes just have a patch of “stupid” we need to work through.

        LukeHandCool in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm


        Keep talking to her while she’s in school. Send her links you’d like her to read, especially Legal Insurrection.

        But not the ones with your racy comments!

          Ragspierre in reply to LukeHandCool. | March 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

          Yeah, leave Daytona and Indy COMPLETELY outa this…

          Henry Hawkins in reply to LukeHandCool. | March 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm

          OK, I look at Luke and I look at Rags and I think, ‘these guys are cool, I like these guys’, but I also realize these guys are freakin’ nuts, so where does that put me? And Rags? That level of pun ought to be a capital crime.

          See, what ticks me off with my daughter, my youngest kid, is that when she was twelve I sat her down, reiterated that I loved her very, very much, but such a father’s love meant that it was necessary for me to control her every feeling, thought, and action for the rest of my life. She got all misty-eyed and agreed. And now this! I moved to NC in 1983 and became an NC State Wolfpack fan because of their Nat’l Championship that year under Jimmy Valvano – the Cardiac Pack, underdogs for whom every winning game seemed to come down to the last shot. Dammit, I am NOT putting one of those insipid “Tarheel Dad!” bumper stickers on my truck. Not gonna happen. Get over it, little sister. And whenever I go on campus I’m gonna wear one of those Guy Fawkes Occupy masks so I blend into the crowd and maybe nobody notices me, identifies me.

          Oh, the shame…. the SHAME.

    Nora in NC in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Henry, don’t fret. If you’ve raised her right, she’ll make it through. I sent my son there; he did ROTC and today is a captain in the Army. His politics have stayed fairly conservative. He recognized the wackiness that was and is Chapel Hill when he saw it.

    Nora, who while in her graduate program at Carolina was approached by a classmate who said, “Nora, you’re the only Republican I know. What do you think about…?”

    radiofreeca in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I hope you taught her to think – if she can do that, then she’ll see through all the ridiculous statements, and not get sucked in. and I hope you taught her how to “do”: dishes, laundry, use hand-tools, use power-tools, plumbing. Because as soon as somebody who’s academic and never done it starts to spout off how things really get done, she’ll know instantly that they never actually did anything ever. Once the bubble’s popped, it can’t be un-popped.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to radiofreeca. | March 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Actually, that’s the precise approach I took with her: critical thinking skills. I’m a frustrated scientist, coulda woulda shoulda gone into some scientific discipline. I am well educated on critical thinking, fallacies of logic, and the soft science of how/why people come to believe the palpably untrue has been a long time avocation. Not so long ago I regularly participated in internet, print, and stage forums arguing against the various pseudosciences (UFOs, bigfoot, crop circles, reiki, therapeutic touch, etc.). I tried mightily to foment a love of reading in the girl and succeeded, and that is the basis of her remarkable scholastic record (she’s attending her local high school and the NC School of Science & Math at the same time, graduates with a HS diploma from both this June). Never wanting to tell anyone *what* to think, I taught her critical thinking skills and how to recognize logical fallacies in her own thinking so she could know *how* to think, as you recommend. She’s done well with it.

      Sure, to achieve this, she spent the first sixteen years of her life in our basement, but that was a price I was willing for her to pay.


    It *IS* possible to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, or Duke, or even Cornell and still be conservative.

    Examples of that last one (attending/attended Cornell) are Kathleen and my wife (a/k/a “the OTHER, more softspoken, Tall Slender Conservative Cornell Alumna Named Ann”).

listingstarboard | March 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Makes me extremely happy the Tarholes got beat in the NCAA tourney, especially since Fuhrer Obama picked them to win it all. What more does it take to realise we are in a real civil war folks?

Rush called David Brock and Media Mutters no more than “jock-itch” today.

Heh. Apt.

Wisconsin journalists…. how many wanted to sign it but didn’t…? Better to know the bias up front.

Amen! Kudos to those willing to act openly on their beliefs and expose the truth.

And Gannett Newspapers wants to “…prevent it from happening again.” Propagandists against truth and light.

From a Free Republic/Mediate post today:

“You don’t have to strap on a suicide bomber’s belt to engage in terrorism,” he told Kelly, “Terrorism derives from the term ‘to invoke fear in people.’ They’ve called my people and my company, they’ve called the women at my company, and told them they’re women haters, the most horrible terms. They’ve told me — these are tens of thousands of emails, by the way, most of them are positive but the small group — they’ve told us that we’re under surveillance. The email subject line says ‘citizen of the internet,’ ‘police of the Internet,’ ‘Mark, you’re in danger,’ ‘your house is going to be surrounded by buses,’ ‘your business is going to be destroyed,’ ‘your people are in trouble.’ This is terrorism. Why don’t we start calling it what it is?”

I personally call it Orwell in America ala Obama.

Oh yeah – I forgot to add – Breitbart is HERE on this website.

Keep the flag running through the field, Professor Jacobsen. You’ve been doing great work in the last few weeks.

I’n confused – if WRDU 106.1 nebtions the school sports during a Rush program exactly what can/will the school do? Os there another radio station who could receive rights to broadcast ganes? What happens if the station says – sorry,no can do?

Henry Hawkins | March 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Can’t wait to see how UNC sportscasters are going to avoid saying ‘rush’ during football season.

I’n = I’m, nebtions = mentions, Os = Is, ganes = games

Wow – obviously I’m having either spelling or typing issues.

9thDistrictNeighbor | March 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I’m a real twitter novice, but we did spend scads of money on Kohler fixtures last year. I sent them a tweet, but have not had a reply yet. Their generic reply is “Thank you for your concern. We do not support the comments of Mr. Limbaugh and have pulled our advertising from his show.”

I wonder if Kohler is ignoring the probability that many conservatives are people who remodel/fixup their homes? Do they really think the OWS crowd does a lot of bathroom upgrades?

    Anchovy in reply to katiejane. | March 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    What they are ignoring is that conservatives use their toilets and bathroom plumbing while the OWS folks use police cars and garden hoses.

Professor, in a related news item, the California Association of Scholars just gave a scathing review of the radical elements within the University of California. John Ellis, president of the California Association of Scholars, said, “The quality of education at the University of California has been jeopardized by political activism. Dogmatism is rapidly displacing open-minded inquiry, especially in the social sciences and humanities, to the severe disadvantage of students.” Ellis added, “Public confidence in the University is also eroding.”

They may be a bit late to the party, but it is obvious that jacking up prices while substantially reducing quality is a business model that is full of fail. The UC Regents might have realized this, if any of the professors were inclined to teach capitalism.

Uncle Samuel | March 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Maybe the mention of Rush’s name upsets a certain UNC fan, so he promised them a freshly-printed billion or so USTD (United States Tax Dollars) to keep from having to hear the name of a conservative when he tunes in to UNC basketball.

I am going to assume that entering freshmen (freshperson?) wishing to join sororities will no longer “word that can not be said” but will evaluate and apply or some equivalent.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Anchovy. | March 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Boy, if the guy’s name had happened to be Rush Entitlement, the libs at UNC would be screwed.

Henry Hawkins | March 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm

My first thought when I heard the Rush ban was… Erskine Bowles, but the fact is UNC is staffed from top to bottom with uber-liberals. This is the school that let students censor a Tom Tancredo speech.

American universities:

“We want a Black Student Center.” You got it.
“We want an Native American Student Center.” You got it.
“We want an Asian Student Center.” You got it.
“We want a Hispanic Student Center.” You got it.
“We want a White Student Center.” RACIST! AHHHH! RACIST!

I made sure our contractor knows NOT to buy the Kohler items I had already picked out for our 2 bath and kitchen remodels under way. I tweeted Kohler to let them know.

    AmandaFitz in reply to splat. | March 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    We’re buying a new (old) house and I’ve always used Kohler- not now. I’ll choose any brand BUT Kohler- and the house needs all new fixtures in the baths and kitchen. I tweeted Kohler as well. Hope they’re happy with the lost customers. Remember the Julia Roberts line in “Pretty Woman” as she returns to the boutique that treated her with disdain? “BIG mistake, HUGE!” Kohler, you may want to watch that part of the movie and learn something.

    theduchessofkitty in reply to splat. | March 27, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Yesterday, we were looking for two toilet seats for our house. I almost went with the Kohler ones, until we realized we could get high quality at a few bucks cheaper. Needless to say, the Kohler’s stayed on the shelves.

    Glad we never bought them!

    Screw Kohler! Go Rush!

      Eh, if Kohler is thinking at all about ‘audience/customers’ and not just reacting to the moment, it’s probably thinking that Rush’s demographic trends strongly old, white and male, and will be checking out for a dirt nap by and by, no doubt buried with their radios turned to Rush.

      Whereas newer, younger customers who are and will be buying and remodeling homes are not fans of the fat sweaty guy, so even though there may be a little bit of pushback in the short term by pulling out (pun intended) of Rush, in the long term it’s good branding strategy.

      And BTW, freedom of speech relates to government and its citizens only. Not universities, not radio shows or blogs, or anything else. ONLY government and the citizenry.

    OcTEApi in reply to splat. | March 27, 2012 at 4:08 am

    #StopFlush @Kohler


Ah, yes. Nothing like the free exchange of ideas.

After years of studiously avoiding Twitter I finally signed up for the primary purpose of “Retweeting” rushtweets.

Above and beyond that I’ve been excitedly “retweeting” my favorite LI, Maggiesnotebook, and WUWT posts.


Henry Hawkins | March 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Last night the Chapel Hill (NC) Town Council passed an ordinance forbidding the use of cell phones, hands-free included, while driving within town limits. Effective June 1st.

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I don’t understand. By what purported authority does the university tell the radio station what names to mention when?

Does the university perhaps own the radio station? Or what?

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Milhouse. | March 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    It’s a little confusion in its details, but yes, there is an interconnectedness that allows the diktat.