It’s not entirely clear what’s going on with sponsorship of Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, but some weird things are happening. As Media Matters noted today, there was a noticeable “dead air” problem today:

Rush Limbaugh closed the first hour of his radio show on his flagship station, WABC, with 1:03 of dead air Monday…. Similarly, during the commercial break that led into the show, there was 2:38 of dead air.

This does not bespeak a robust or stable sponsorship platform. And while content seems to be disappearing from the live show, it’s also disappearing from transcripts of the previous shows that created this whole saga. Here’s The Atlantic‘s Elspeth Reeve: appears to have removed parts of his radio transcripts from February 29 and March 1 in which he called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and demanded a sex tape as a thank you to taxpayers for subsidizing her birth control. The links to “Butts Sisters Are Safe From Newt and Rick” and “Left Freaks Out Over My Fluke Remarks” now show blank stretches of white space.

White noise, white space. Not looking real good for the Great White Chief of right-wing radio.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.