While President Trump’s baseless accusations of election fraud are dropping steam with some Republicans, curiosity within the subject on the largest right-wing speak reveals has solely grown.
In the eight days for the reason that election, “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” which usually has round 15 million listeners every week, has talked about fraud, virtually all the time within the context of the election, 204 instances — or roughly 10 instances greater than the phrase got here up within the eight days earlier than the election, in keeping with a New York Times evaluation of transcripts of Mr. Limbaugh’s present. The evaluation was based mostly on a instrument referred to as RadioSearch, which was developed by the Media Lab at M.I.T.
On Monday, “The Rush Limbaugh Show” was largely devoted to the subject of voter fraud. The phrase “fraud” got here up 53 instances, the RadioSearch information reveals.
“There was plenty of fraud that took place,” Mr. Limbaugh mentioned at one level. “There’s simply no way Joe Biden was legitimately elected president. I just can’t believe it.”
In distinction, the top-rated left-wing radio host, Thom Hartmann, talked about voter fraud simply 17 instances on his three-hour present for the reason that election, up from 5 instances within the eight days earlier than the election, in keeping with the evaluation.
Data from the highest-rated radio reveals earlier than and after the election illustrates how the most well-liked right-wing speak present stars, like Mr. Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, have been consumed by the identical theories of wrongdoing which have preoccupied Mr. Trump.
“You listen to Limbaugh in the last week, it feels like something you would have heard on Alex Jones four years ago,” mentioned Charlie Sykes, a conservative talk-show radio host who renounced Mr. Trump early on. Mr. Jones has promoted conspiracy theories on his on-line radio reveals and on his website Infowars.
Before the election, the deal with the 2 top-rated speak radio reveals, hosted by Mr. Limbaugh and Mr. Hannity, was the alleged corrupt actions of Hunter Biden, the son of now President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. The claims haven’t been substantiated, and the Biden marketing campaign has rejected the accusations.
Mr. Hannity introduced up Hunter Biden 81 instances earlier than the election. Mr. Limbaugh and his visitor hosts, who’ve been filling in for him as he offers with terminal lung most cancers, introduced up the youthful Mr. Biden 33 instances, in keeping with RadioSearch information. Since the election, curiosity within the president-elect’s son has fallen off, with the title developing simply thrice on Mr. Hannity’s present and 4 instances on Mr. Limbaugh’s present.
Representatives for the 2 reveals didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
“All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition,” from National Public Radio, didn’t point out Hunter Biden as soon as in both the week earlier than or after the election. The NPR reveals have briefly talked about Mr. Trump’s claims that the elections have been stolen, usually with data to rebut these claims.
But for Mr. Limbaugh’s present, it has turn into a daily speaking level, developing much more typically as Election Day has receded additional into the previous. On each Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the present talked about stolen elections 5 instances.
“We need a legal case that the election was stolen,” Mr. Limbaugh’s visitor host on Wednesday, Todd Herman, mentioned. “That’s the case that we need in order to, for the first time in the history of America, overturn an election.”