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Advertisers Pull Ads From Unrepentant Rush Limbaugh
All Access Music Group ^ | Saturday, March 3, 2012 | Unknown

Posted on 03/03/2012 11:34:22 AM PST by DestroyLiberalism

By the time the clock was about to hit midnight on FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd, a half-dozen advertisers had used TWITTER to notify their clientele that they had pulled their advertising from RUSH LIMBAUGH's syndicated program.

CALIFORNIA mattress store chain SLEEP TRAIN was the first to announce via TWITTER that it has pulled its ads from LIMBAUGH's syndicated PREMIERE NETWORKS show after the host referred to a college student testifying about contraceptive availability as a "slut," then demanded that women on the pill provide sex videos since the government mandates insurance pays for the pill -- comments LIMBAUGH asserted were made as a form of absurd humor.

The chain, which operates in the SACRAMENTO, SAN FRANCISCO, SAN DIEGO, CENTRAL VALLEY and INLAND EMPIRE markets, tweeted, "We don't condone negative comments directed toward any group. In response, we are currently pulling our ads from RUSH with RUSH LIMBAUGH (sic)."

National advertiser SELECT COMFORT, which advertises its SLEEP NUMBER mattresses on the show, also pulled its ads from the show, tweeting, "Recent comments by RUSH LIMBAUGH do not align w/our values, so we made decision to immediately suspend all advertising on that program." Neither company's tweets indicate for how long the suspension of ads will last.

Later in the day, QUICKEN LOANS sent out the following Tweet: Due to continued inflammatory comments -- along w/valuable feedback from clients & team members -- QL has suspended ads on RUSH LIMBAUGH program."

Apparently, LIMBAUGH only fueled the controversy over his comments about activist law student SANDRA FLUKE and her attempts to testify before Congress in favor of government-funded contraception, saying on FRIDAY, "when the left wants to pretend they have no sense of humor, they are excellent at it. Yesterday in the riff about it, 'Okay, okay, fine. If we're gonna pay for this, at least let us have something for it. How about some sex videos?' If anybody doesn't realize that we are illustrating absurdity here by being absurd and that that is the trademark of this program ... But oh, no! 'Oh, of everything else you've said, that's the lowest of the low. Demanding sex video? Who do you think you are?' Lighten up. I remember using that phrase all the way back in 1989: Lighten up."

He later added, "now, at the end of this week, I am the person that the women of AMERICA are to fear the most. What can I do to the women of AMERICA? Do I have the power to raise their taxes? I do not. Do I have the power to regulate their behavior? I do not. Do I have the power to make health care decisions for them? I do not. Do I have the power to withhold birth control pills from them? I do not. Do I have the power to audit their tax returns? I do not. Do I have the power to take their little four-year-old kindergarten student's lunch and throw it away and make 'em eat something else? I do not. Do I have the power to look into their personal life and leak the information to the media? I do not. Is there one bit of freedom that I can deny them? Can I raise their taxes? They want to blame me as being the person they should fear, when in fact the people doing all these things I just said I have no power to do, the DEMOCRAT PARTY (sic) is doing."

Once The Dominoes Start Falling....

LIMBAUGH'S rant certainly didn't quell the furor, as LEGALZOOM then tweeted that it "has suspended all advertising on the RUSH LIMBAUGH show."

Next to be heard was CITRIX, which went on FACEBOOK to announce, "We have listened to our customers & have decided to cease our advertising on The RUSH LIMBAUGH Show immediately."

But that may not be all, as PRO FLOWERS tweeted to its followers: "Rest assured, your feedback is heard. We heard about the comments and we will reevaluate our marketing plan."

What's more, CARBONITE CEO DAVID FRIEND posted this open letter to his customers:

Over the past two days we have received a tremendous amount of feedback on RUSH LIMBAUGH’s recent comments. I too am offended and very concerned about his comments. LIMBAUGH’s remarks have us rethinking our future use of Talk radio.

We use more than 40 Talk show hosts to help get the CARBONITE message out to the public. The nature of Talk radio is that from time to time, listeners are offended by a host and ask that we pull our advertising. This goes for conservatives like LIMBAUGH and progressives like STEPHANIE MILLER and ED SHULTZ. We even get customers who demand that we pull the plug on NPR. As an advertiser, we do not have control over a show’s editorial content or what they say on air. CARBONITE does not endorse the opinions of the shows or their hosts.

However, the outcry over LIMBAUGH is the worst we’ve ever seen. I have scheduled a face-to-face meeting next week with LIMBAUGH during which I will impress upon him that his comments were offensive to many of our customers and employees alike.

Please know your voice has been heard and that we are taking this matter very seriously.

TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alinskytactics; democratcorruption; democrats; dncplant; liberalfascism; limbaugh; sandytheslut; slut
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To: DestroyLiberalism

Seems to me that Rush isn’t going anyplace, and that’s because his audience isn’t going anyplace.

Therefore, other advertisers are going to find ad space on the most listened to radio program in America.

21 posted on 03/03/2012 11:44:06 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

LOL! Good one...

22 posted on 03/03/2012 11:44:33 AM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: DestroyLiberalism

I just called Carbonite, 877-665-4466, (couldn’t find an email address) and told the young lady that I wouldn’t do business with the firm.

Their CEO could have just kept his mouth shut, but instead, showed he was a hypocrite of epic proportions, not condemning anyone for the attacks on Sarah Palin, Meg Whitman, etc.

I love it when my enemies paint a target on themselves.

23 posted on 03/03/2012 11:44:33 AM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

If you lose your advertisers, you lose your show. It’s what happened to Glenn Beck. I am contacting all companies that I like that if they pull their advertising, then I pull my support for their products.

24 posted on 03/03/2012 11:44:33 AM PST by tell me
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To: DestroyLiberalism

I was literally just calling up Rush advertisers. The ones that have pulled ads are making a huge mistake. We have a select comfort bed, Easy Water softner and buy only Pro Flowers because of Rush. I just got off the phone with Easy Water and they said they are a conservative company who has no plans to pull ads from I would encourage people to call and support them. In a couple of days the Fluke people will go back to their parent’s basement or their OWS tent and we need to make these companies understand that we will not spend our money with them. I am now off to buy some Tea.

25 posted on 03/03/2012 11:44:42 AM PST by happyhomemaker (That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children)
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To: DestroyLiberalism

yes, keep listing the names of the former advertisers so most of america knows who to avoid.

26 posted on 03/03/2012 11:44:47 AM PST by biggredd1
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To: DestroyLiberalism

The left’s assault on Rush Limbaugh is utterly predictable but will fail, as they always do. His audience is huge and I suspect that the majority of these sponsors - who can’t afford to deliberately ignore ‘offended’ customers - will quietly return to Rush’s stable of advertisers when the media heat dies down. Meanwhile, Rush’s ratings will soar and the left’s heads will continue to explode.

27 posted on 03/03/2012 11:45:01 AM PST by Jim Scott
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To: DestroyLiberalism

This is an e-mail message I sent to Select Comfort’s Media Relations department a little bit ago:

I first learned about Sleep Number beds and mattresses through your advertisements on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program. My wife and I were planning to purchase our first Sleep Number bed and mattress sometime this year. But after learning of your recent and hasty decision to pull your sponsorship of Limbaugh’s program in the wake of the Sandra Fluke controversy, we will no longer be purchasing a bed and mattress from Sleep Number. While you are free to make any business decisions you choose, we oppose your decision to cower to left-wing pressure and “political correctness” by throwing Mr. Limbaugh under the bus. After all, he is the reason my wife and I and millions of other Americans ever learned of your company and products in the first place.

28 posted on 03/03/2012 11:45:13 AM PST by DestroyLiberalism
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To: Jeff Chandler
I’m thirsty. I think I’ll order some ice tea.


29 posted on 03/03/2012 11:46:29 AM PST by TankerKC (Welcome to the age of "I Meant to Do That" Diplomacy)
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To: DestroyLiberalism

It’s fine. For every advertiser that pulls out, there will be one waiting in the wings.

30 posted on 03/03/2012 11:46:33 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

I have done thousands of dollars in business with ProFlowers and their affiliated sites over the years - I use them for gifts as well as sending thank you arrangements to my clients. I just emailed them to advise that my business will cease should they decide to bow to the coordinated efforts of the minority. I realize that I am just a drop in the bathtub in terms of their business, but I will be damned if they see another cent if they pull their ads.

31 posted on 03/03/2012 11:47:37 AM PST by RobertClark ("Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: tell me

Beck lost his show because Fox News is more wobbly by the day.

Beck STILL has a huge radio show, and his own growing online network with true independent programming. I listen to his radio show most mornings.

Rush owns his time slot. Nobody comes close. He’s going nowhere.

In fact he’ll gain audience from all this publicity.


32 posted on 03/03/2012 11:48:40 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: DestroyLiberalism

I too am offended !!!!1111!11!!!1!1!!1 By Mr Rush Limbo!!!11!!!!1!!1!1!

33 posted on 03/03/2012 11:49:12 AM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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Are these companies supporters of taxpayer funded abortion?

Are these companies supporters of taxpayer funded contraception?

Are these companies yielding to the demands of the Left?

Are these companies depraved?


34 posted on 03/03/2012 11:50:20 AM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: DestroyLiberalism
This article must be bumped up and kept prominent...WE must join forces and contact the sponsors listed...WE must NOT let these damn radical left-wing vermin become successful in their all-out coordinated assault on We the People.

Let's roll...we can never rest, and we must be as persistent as the enemy.

35 posted on 03/03/2012 11:50:20 AM PST by itssme
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To: DestroyLiberalism

Just sent an email to carbonite saying that I will cancel my subscription if they cancel advertising on Rush’s show.

36 posted on 03/03/2012 11:50:25 AM PST by sjeann
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To: DestroyLiberalism
If WE - Rush's listeners - set up a bank draft to send him $5 a month, we'd probably make up for those losses...if you want to call them losses.

Don't forget, Rush also charges contractual fees from every station where is program is broadcast, that's a pretty big chuck in and of itself.

Rush has been through harder times than this, and has come out stronger everytime.

There is nothing the left would like more than to oust Rush, but I don't see it happening.

In a week's time, the ruse pulled by Ms. Fluke will be all over and those advertiser drop-outs will see the error of their ways.
37 posted on 03/03/2012 11:51:51 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: dennisw

What’s with the shifty punctuation?

38 posted on 03/03/2012 11:52:37 AM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: DestroyLiberalism

Whoever wrote this ARTICLE has a real PROBLEM using too much UPPER CASE. I find it VERY ANNOYING.

That being said, I’m sure Rush isn’t too worried about this brouhaha.

39 posted on 03/03/2012 11:52:42 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: DestroyLiberalism

Carbonate offers a free trial offer. I am going to order the trial (have been putting off doing it anyway since I need the backup) and I’ll say that I will continue with an ongoing account only if and when I see that they are still a sponsor for Rush.

I hope some of you will join me on this.

40 posted on 03/03/2012 11:52:54 AM PST by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie mmm mmm mmm)
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