Skip to comments.Rush Limbaugh: Still has the biggest sponsor on his side
Posted on 03/05/2012 12:11:33 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Rush Limbaugh is probably not sweating this one, folks. The critics keep piling on. But the immensely popular talk radio host has the biggest "sponsor" of all on his side: Clear Channel radio network.
Arizona Sen. John McCain, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, and New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan are among the latest to criticize Limbaugh for calling a Georgetown University student a "slut" and a "prostitute" after she testified in favor of birth control insurance coverage.
But Clear Channel's Premiere Radio Networks Inc., which hosts Limbaugh's conservative talk show, has voiced its unwavering support for Limbaugh, whose contract runs through 2016.
"The contraception debate is one that sparks strong emotion and opinions on both sides of the issue," Premiere Networks told the Associated Press. "We respect the right of Mr. Limbaugh, as well as the rights of those who disagree with him, to express those opinions."
A representative for Premiere declined to tell the news service how much revenue the company is losing over the recent loss of advertisers seeking to distance themselves from Limbaugh and his comments....
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Maybe the clear channel spokesman should start hosting a show noon-3.
At least one person still has stones.
Rush has endured worse. They’ve hated him for 25 years. Just the latest futile attempt.
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Hoyer: Student should sue Limbaugh for slander
Comments (210) By SEUNG MIN KIM | 3/5/12 12:25 PM EST The Georgetown Law student whom Rush Limbaugh called a “slut” ought to sue him for libel, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Sunday.
Rush should do what Beck did and have his own Internet-based show.. For as long as Rush is on radio, he will be forever beholden to his advertisers. While advertising can also be a part of Internet-based programming, the main vehicle for revenue is SUBSCRIBERSHIP WHERE THE SHOW HOST BECOMES BEHOLDEN TO THE SUBSCRIBER, NOT THE ADVERTISER. This makes far more sense to me than the antiquated ways of radio!
Rush defused the situation by apologizing. He had no choice. Now when Republicans are hammered about Rush's comments, they can say he sincerely apologized, and it's time to move on...
He might try it. But, the money is with live radio with paid advertising.
Beck having NO advertising on his show is news to me.
Yep. I agree with this. I think both the sponsor issues and the fact that the candidates and the congressional leaders were being forced to deal with this at the end of last week, both had a lot to do with this. The sponsors that folded were going to fold, but he can make those up quickly. He needed to pull back to help get this back to the issue at hand for the elections...government power out of control. He unfortunately let this become the distraction the left was looking for to make it about women and not about government, so he pulled back and refocused his message while the spotlight is on to the real issues at hand.
I was shocked to see his statement Saturday, but do not hold it against him.
Who is going to hammer them? Every damn one I heard spent as much time hammering Rush as the Democrats did.
Would someone please tell me, how in God's name do the Republican hope to defeat Obama this fall? By piling on Limbaugh? Not a damn one of them made any mention of the vile names the Democrats and their surrogates call Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter et al. No, all they did was pile on.
99% of the media jumped into the fray when Obama called on them, 100% of the Democrats and about 80% of the Republicans. 100% of the Republican leadership.
As my tagline suggests, after a lifetime membership in the perpetual minority party, NO MORE.
2012 may be the first time since I first voted in 1964 that I will not vote for a single Republican.
If Rush goes off the radio, that will be the END of talk radio period.
So, who exactly do you anticipate voting for, if not Republicans?
Isn’t Clear Channel Romney’s (Bain’s) group? Anyone know?
When? Last time I saw him speak on the issue was with D. Gregory, and he certainly didn't criticize Rush at all. Did he later in the day or is this BS?
Clear Channel, by the way, is owned by Bain Capital.
Rush retains a few minutes per hour that HE can sell to advertisers. He usually endorses these products himself, and does the commericals. I assume that sponsors pay a premium rate for this, and that over the years the value of these campaigns has shown itself.
So we are talkign about two different types of advertisers, and we need to distinguish between the two. I suspect that he will lsoe a few from both sectors, but after a few months, when it all dies down..they'll be lining up to sign up. It may talke longer for any new personal Rush advertisers to come on board..that just wouldn't be a good business decision now..why antagonize a % of your market..it would be just bad publicity..
Who said they're losing any money?
Ha! . . and that ain’t all. Rush has scores of companies just waiting in line to sponsor his show.
We’re cancelling Carbonite, and Shari’s Berries just gonna have to eat her own berries - we’ve ordered, but no more. Will just have to find another company that does chocolate covered strawberries. Select Comfort? We have an old one that needs to be replaced - got it back before they had the numbers on them; but we’ll be looking for another glorified air mattress to replace it.
“Occupy” people have all the time in the world to barrage these companies with e-mails; but they aren’t exactly likely to be frequent customers - unless Carbonite, Shari’s Berries, and Sleep Comfort are looking to give their product away free gratis.
Oh, and guess I’ll order some of Rush’s Two If By Tea. (Like Bill Clinton, Obama decided he wanted to bite Rush; but got a burned mouth instead of what he was looking for. Ha! Reprehensible, indeed! - And the beauty of it is that it is highly likely that Rush orchestrated this whole thing just to dramatize the “Bill Maher” phenomenon of name calling conservative women and never being held accountable.
Clear Channel also has a lot of FM talkers and they use language worse than that all the time.
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