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Limbaugh Op-Ed Set for Couric’s ‘Evening News’

Sep 5, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that he has taped an opinion segment that is scheduled to air on the “CBS Evening News With Katie Couric.”

He told his listeners Ms. Couric herself had asked him to participate in the new segment titled “Free Speech.” He said he accepted after being given “certain promises [and] conditions,” because he figured all the “hype” about Ms. Couric’s debut as “Evening News” anchor this week would produce a tune-in of 8 million or more viewers.

“So I did it as an opportunity to reach that audience,” Mr. Limbaugh said. “There’s going to be a lot of curiosity and tune-in factor. She was very open and honest about all this when we were setting it up.”

Mr. Limbaugh said he taped the segment last Thursday in Manhattan and was told Saturday that it would air on Ms. Couric’s third day (Thursday) on CBS.

“It’s probably going to be a win-win, ladies and gentlemen. I understand some of you are upset. ‘All you’re going to do is increase viewership for Katie!’ Yeah, but at the same time, viewers of the ‘CBS Evening News’ will hear things that they probably haven’t heard and don’t expect to hear on the network. I don’t want to build it up. It’s just 90 seconds. I don’t want to build up expectations that can’t be met, but it is what it is,” Mr. Limbaugh said.

An “Evening News” spokeswoman confirmed that Mr. Limbaugh’s segment, first reported on the Drudge Report, is scheduled to air Thursday. But she would not confirm other early participants reported by the Drudge Report, including former Presidents Bush and Clinton, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and HBO political-observer-in-residence Bill Maher.