July 31, 2013
(Ron Edmonds / The Associated Press)
(Ron Edmonds/Associated Press)

In an extensive interview that aired last night, radio host Rush Limbaugh tells Greta Van Susteren of Fox News: “Well, he’s got a slavish media. He can say whatever he wants, and he’s not going to be called on it by the media. He can do pretty much everything he wants.”

With those remarks, Limbaugh was of course referring to President Obama. But the description applies quite aptly to the very welcoming treatment Limbaugh himself received from Van Susteren.

Though the Fox host devoted her entire show to Limbaugh, she failed to sneak in a single question about reports that radio giant Cumulus Media is planning to drop Limbaugh and conservative peer Sean Hannity from its stations. She also failed to ask about the episode connected to the Cumulus story — Limbaugh’s repeated statements last year that Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke was a “slut” and other similar smears. His misogynistic frenzy in that case prompted a campaign to tear advertisers from Limbaugh’s program. Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey has cited financial losses stemming from Limbaugh’s program.

And to think: Van Susteren’s interview with Limbaugh was timed just as all this radio-biz stuff in Limbaugh’s world is coming to a head. As Mediaite’s Noah Rothman reports, the Cumulus threat is part of a negotiation between Cumulus and Premiere Networks, which syndicates Limbaugh’s program, as well as Sean Hannity’s. Limbaugh even addressed the whole thing on Monday.

Instead of pressing the influential radio talent on unsavory topics, however, Van Susteren asked him about the “phony scandals,” about why the media doesn’t hold Obama accountable, about what’ll happen in the 2014 elections, about the tea party, about the future of the Republican Party … about everything that Limbaugh is perfectly comfortable addressing.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.