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Entry from November 11, 2011
Obscene Profit Timeout (commercial)

An “obscene profit timeout” is jocular term for a commercial. Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has called his show breaks “obscene profit timeouts” since at least 2008.

Wikipedia:Rush Limbaugh
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III ( /ˈlɪmbɔː/; born January 12, 1951) is an American radio talk show host, conservative political commentator, and an opinion leader in American conservatism. He hosts The Rush Limbaugh Show which is aired throughout the U.S. on Premiere Radio Networks and is the highest-rated talk-radio program in the United States. Limbaugh signed an 8-year, $400 million contract extension with Clear Channel in 2008.

Socialized Medicine Failing in UK
March 19, 2008
RUSH: That will happen here, too, and you’ll end up with this rich vs. middle class strata that you have now. It would be a total mess. And I gotta go. We’re out of time, and the EIB obscene profit center time-out right now.

Bookworm Room
Rush Limbaugh in the NYT
Bookworm on Jul 02 2008 at 10:58 am
on 02 Jul 2008 at 11:24 am
That study will surely create some angst among the higher intellects.

But, don’t you know that there was some serious heartburn among the “elite” when the news of Rush’s new contract was made public?

When Rush announced a commercial break by announcing an “obscene profit” timeout, we really didn’t know the half of it.

Bob McCarty Writes
Double Standard Revealed in Mainstream Media Coverage of ‘Fail’ Comments by Carville, Limbaugh
March 11th, 2009 · 3 Comments
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just minutes before learning of the terrorist attacks on America, Democratic strategist James Carville was hoping for President Bush to fail, telling a group of Washington reporters: “I certainly hope he doesn’t succeed.”

The words above appeared as the lead paragraph of a must-read article by Fox Nws’ Bill Sammon which conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh mentioned on his show just before pausing for an “obscene profit timeout (a.k.a., “commercial message”) at Noon Central.

U.S. News and World Report
Obama, Rush Limbaugh Stir the Snake Oil of Hoover and Roosevelt-era Radio
Reader Comments

Has anyone noticed that when Rush’s ratings go through the roof, liberal media wants the fairness doctrine back? They must be mad because free markets rule conservative radio and those stations are making money, also known as an obscene profit timeout. Maybe instead of preaching fairness doctrine, liberal media should grab a pen and paper and start taking notes. I find it funny that no one is watching the left wing loons and they are crying poverty. It’s not fair, boohoo. Try getting back to journalism 101. Yes that is why Sean Hannity is shaping media direction in this country. He is following journalism basics. Figure it out.
Joe of NY 7:21PM March 26, 2009

Google Books
The Most Dangerous Man in America:
Rush Limbaugh’s assault on reason

By John K. Wilson
New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books
Pg. 217:
He regularly takes what he calls an “obscene profit timeout,” but that’s only a part of his revenue stream.

Media Matters for America
Limbaugh Says He Tried To Transcribe Chinese President’s Remarks “Phonetically,” Again Mocks Chinese Speech
January 19, 2011 3:16 pm ET
From the January 19 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: Hi, and welcome back. Rush Limbaugh.

I have to admit I’m amused by this. Probably very few other people are, but I am. During our obscene profit timeout, I’m watching the news conference between President Obama and Chinese ChiCom leader Hu Jintao, and I’ve not seen this before.

The Obama Campaign Speech JIP: A Sales Pitch for More Government
April 13, 2011
RUSH: (...) Time now for our promised and pledged EIB obscene profit time-out.

Google Finance
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Chris Matthews shows images of four politicians when he comes back from an obscene profit timeout on his MSNBC show: Barack Obama, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi...and Sarah Palin.

Deciphering the Sad-Sack Story of a Classical Studies Scholar
November 01, 2011
RUSH: (...) In fact let’s take a break. I’ll take a break, an EIB obscene profit time-out (and I did not need a college degree to know how this works).

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRadio/Television • (0) Comments • Friday, November 11, 2011 • Permalink