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Limbaugh sees heat over comments turn down to a simmer
Washington Post ^ | March 28, 2012 | Paul Farhi

Posted on 03/28/2012 7:47:04 PM PDT by iowamark

The dark clouds hanging over Rush Limbaugh appear to be lifting.

Exactly one month after the conservative radio host sparked outrage by calling Georgetown law-school student Sandra Fluke “a slut” and “a prostitute” in a three-day diatribe, stations are standing by him, advertisers are trickling back to his program and the news media have moved on.

On Monday, the 600 or so radio stations that air Limbaugh’s program were told by his syndicator, Premiere Radio Networks, to resume running “barter” ads during his program. Stations are required to run these ads in exchange for paying discounted fees to Premiere to air Limbaugh’s show. Premiere, which is owned by radio giant Clear Channel Communications, had suspended the “barter” requirement for two weeks in a move widely seen as a way to give advertisers a chance to lie low while Limbaugh was in the news.

Limbaugh has apologized for some of his statements about Fluke, whom he attacked after she spoke last month in favor of mandatory insurance coverage for contraception at an event sponsored by congressional Democrats.

Limbaugh’s advertising losses may have been less than media accounts suggested. While more than 100 advertisers told Premiere that they didn’t want to be associated with “controversial” radio programs of any kind in the wake of the flap, some of these companies weren’t regular Limbaugh sponsors in the first place...

most of the advertiser exodus over the past month appeared to be among companies whose ads aired only in regional or local markets, he said...

...plumbing-fixture maker Kohler, said this week that it would no longer sponsor Limbaugh. But that was the first such announcement by a sponsor in almost two weeks.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billmaher; partisanmediashills; rush; rushlimbaugh; sandrafluke; talkradio
WaPo: "Rush Limbaugh is no stranger to controversial statements: A month after conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut,” the heat on him is fading. Advertisers are back, stations have stood by him and the media has moved on."

AP: Clear Channel boss 'delighted' to have Limbaugh

1 posted on 03/28/2012 7:47:11 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Nothing to see here...move along.


2 posted on 03/28/2012 7:53:08 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: iowamark
"And that's the way it is . . ."

- Walter Kommunist

3 posted on 03/28/2012 7:54:08 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: iowamark

WaPo has a waterproof keyboard that they gave Paul Farhi
to type this on... through his bitter tears.


4 posted on 03/28/2012 7:58:29 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: iowamark
****...plumbing-fixture maker Kohler, said this week that it would no longer sponsor Limbaugh****

I'll remember that when I'm remodeling my bathroom and kitchen.

5 posted on 03/28/2012 8:06:50 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (Lets institute SARAH-ia law in America!)
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To: iowamark
Another epic fail by our friends at Media Matters. I guess poor David Brock will have to go bite his pillow as he cries himself to sleep tonight.


6 posted on 03/28/2012 8:08:21 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

HA....we just bought a new granite sink and nice faucet for a remodel....were NOT Kohler!!!


7 posted on 03/28/2012 8:09:52 PM PDT by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: Lazlo in PA

An alarming resemblance to Callista Gingrich on the right, there.


8 posted on 03/28/2012 8:14:18 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: iowamark
Dumb move Kohler. Dumb, real dumb.
9 posted on 03/28/2012 8:21:46 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. Thank you.)
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To: iowamark
...at an event sponsored by congressional Democrats.

...at a fake hearing put on by congressional Democrats.

10 posted on 03/28/2012 8:26:04 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: iowamark

So ... is the Washington Post trying to tell Media Matters to give it up ?


11 posted on 03/28/2012 8:35:20 PM PDT by katykelly
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To: iowamark
"plumbing-fixture maker Kohler"

Kohler is in the toilet for the 'rats.

12 posted on 03/28/2012 8:40:47 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Chgogal

I remember when the Kohlers were conservatives.


13 posted on 03/28/2012 8:40:52 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: iowamark

It’s not only because the left has become even more irrational, it’s simply because they are like rabid dogs: just throw them other meat and they run off.

Like a black kid getting shot by a “white” Hispanic. Really left? Really? “White” Hispanic?

Desperation really sucks.


14 posted on 03/28/2012 8:41:45 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

How could anyone at the American Spectator not know David was SOOOOOOOOO gay?


15 posted on 03/28/2012 8:43:22 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless.)
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To: iowamark
Reading the article, I got the idea that Paul Farhi wanted to write one more word at the end. DAMN-IT!
16 posted on 03/28/2012 8:47:11 PM PDT by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTYER but no longer a Republican)
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To: iowamark

Washpoo is upset that the Rats at Media Schmatters didn’t spring this tactic in early October where they could derail some counter programming to the MSM chorus of “Go-bama!”


17 posted on 03/28/2012 8:58:21 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Gerbil bite?


18 posted on 03/28/2012 9:01:48 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: iowamark

I just clicked on Media Matters for the first time ever - they’re OBSESSED with Rush. Too funny.


19 posted on 03/28/2012 9:10:10 PM PDT by peggybac
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To: iowamark; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy

Little surprise here.

Remember that ‘lawyer’ going from thread to thread posting that Fluke was going to sue Rush and win?
I told him he was full of it and he accused some of us of not understanding the law.

‘Limited public figure’ LOL

It was obvious Fluke would never sue just like it was obvious that you-know-who would never run.


20 posted on 03/28/2012 9:24:13 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : "I will just make insurance companies give you health care for 'free, What Mandates??' ")
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To: Paladin2

I went to Kohler’s website and provided feedback to let them know that my future will be with American Standard, Moen, Delta or some other manufacturer.

I may not replace a fixture today, but some day I will.


21 posted on 03/29/2012 6:28:45 AM PDT by damper99
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To: damper99

What do you know, advertising really does affect buying decisions.

Like I’ve just decided not to buy any U.S. Women’s Open gear, or Whistling Straights shirts, or super cool Blackwolf Run martini glasses, or visit the raw bar at Cuccina.


22 posted on 03/29/2012 6:40:56 AM PDT by PfromHoGro (RINOs give Rhino a bad name, & Oil = Recycled Solar Power)
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To: Chgogal

Yeah, pretty dumb in view of the fact that the whole controversy is yesterday’s news ... so why do it now?


23 posted on 03/29/2012 7:00:42 AM PDT by altura
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To: iowamark

The Left will be back and in greater numbers.


24 posted on 03/29/2012 8:24:23 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: newzjunkey
The Left will be back and in greater numbers.

Yeah, we got a solution for that, too.

25 posted on 03/29/2012 8:27:47 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (If we had a President, he'd look like Newt.)
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To: iowamark
Exactly one month after the conservative radio host sparked outrage ....

It didn't last because the 'outrage' was fake and a Fluke. One definition of a "fluke" is an 'accidental advantage' & that is what this was ...... a chance for Media Matters to pull their Stop Rush campaign off the shelf & put it into action. Except .... the 'outraged' were neither listeners of the Rush show nor patrons of the advertisers. Only the spinelss or leaning-left-anyway pulled their ads. Many Americans have no problem with the substance of what Rush was saying .... and the loyal Rush listeners are punishing the advertisers who cut and ran which is why some are begging to come back. Media Matters may find itself on the endangered progressive species list due to its own internal rot issues, if not already there.

26 posted on 03/29/2012 8:31:34 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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