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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.


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KEYWORDS: alinskytactics; democratcorruption; democrats; dncplant; liberalfascism; limbaugh; sandytheslut; slut
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To: ColdOne

Sorry to say this but, he’ll be off the air within a year.


181 posted on 03/03/2012 1:24:02 PM PST by Krankor (eenie meenie, chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak.)
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To: carriage_hill
Rush: keep turning-it-up on the commie-libs!

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Spot on!

Ms. Fluke, is a political hack. Let her live her progressive life on her dime.

decay1

182 posted on 03/03/2012 1:24:02 PM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Jeff Chandler

rasberry or blueberry??? or a case of each?


183 posted on 03/03/2012 1:24:31 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: Williams

A woman having that much sex....then advertising for the world to see is not only a slut, but a PROUD one.


184 posted on 03/03/2012 1:24:52 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: GeronL

Horrible, isn’t it?
Quicken Loans is pimping mortgages to single womyn.


185 posted on 03/03/2012 1:29:03 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: DestroyLiberalism

Okay, I know I am not the smartest person in the world, but I have never even seen the comments. What exactly did he say? I was out of town in meetings and I come back to this. I am so angry at these advertisers because they are pulling their ads and I can’t even seem to find what Rush actually said! This all seems very strange to me. You would think if he did something that outrageous you would be able to find it everywhere! Not just that he called a woman a name.


186 posted on 03/03/2012 1:29:18 PM PST by Shire
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To: NoGrayZone

She should be hired to advertise by whoever makes revolving doors.


187 posted on 03/03/2012 1:30:55 PM PST 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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To: Daffynition

I think Sleep Train disabled their contact us area. I could not get the form to submit no matter what I did.


188 posted on 03/03/2012 1:31:21 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: ladyvet

Respectful, as in David Letterman, Jerry Brown, Bill Maher, etc. Yeah, sure, we buy that terminology - you bunch of arse wipe liberal loving hacks.


189 posted on 03/03/2012 1:33:03 PM PST by Catsrus
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To: DestroyLiberalism

So Ms. Fluke happened to be PART of a PROTEST GROUP last year that CALLED itself SLUTS? (Following on to the ALL CAPS MOTIF here.)

Hey, Rush took her at face value. He could be magnanimous and invite Ms. Fluke on the program to explain how really, truly, she isn’t a slut.


190 posted on 03/03/2012 1:35:24 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: markman46

I hope Rush will tell us Monday how much his Two if by Tea sales went up this weekend!! :-)


191 posted on 03/03/2012 1:35:41 PM PST 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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To: Never on my watch

Excellent comment about Select Comfort not being able to offend customers like Fluke who spend so much time on their backs.Please email them that!

When these companies use a mealy mouth phrase like “ this doesn’t align with our values” they should be asked which specific values did Rush violate.

I don’t want to do business with companies that think the First Amendment is optional.


192 posted on 03/03/2012 1:36:36 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Never on my watch

Excellent comment about Select Comfort not being able to offend customers like Fluke who spend so much time on their backs.Please email them that!

When these companies use a mealy mouth phrase like “ this doesn’t align with our values” they should be asked which specific values did Rush violate.

I don’t want to do business with companies that think the First Amendment is optional.


193 posted on 03/03/2012 1:36:47 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: GeronL

lol. I just got finished posting links to the proflowers, carbonite and quicken loans FB walls.


194 posted on 03/03/2012 1:37:50 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: DestroyLiberalism

(Ms. Fluke may be merely a SLUT SYMPATHIZER.)


195 posted on 03/03/2012 1:38:51 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: DestroyLiberalism

These “movements” to boycott advertisers who drop shows rarely have the effect that boycotters think they have. I’m not saying that they never put a pinch on the companies are boycotted, but the unseen effect on companies who do not advertise with the show in question is tremendous.

It usually plays out something like this:

Marketing Meeting

Marketing guy, “JB, we’ve been offered a discount to advertise on the XYZ since several of their advertisers dropped them. It’s a huge market, and at this price I don’t think we can say no.”

JB, “I saw that on my desk yesterday, but let’s hold on a minute. These listeners/viewers/whatever are so militant that if we get on board, we can never leave. I think we need to stick with politically neutral venues we can get in and out of without creating ill will. Let’s stick with Clear Channels syndicated sports package. No one is ever boycotted for dropping a sports program.”

Marketing guy, “I didn’t think of it like that JB. Maybe you’re right.”


196 posted on 03/03/2012 1:39:06 PM PST by Melas (u)
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To: BobP

I agree 100%!

Great graphic! May I borrow it to send to some new FRiends?


197 posted on 03/03/2012 1:39:06 PM PST by carriage_hill
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To: DestroyLiberalism

I tell them all if I was Limbaugh, “don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya!”


198 posted on 03/03/2012 1:40:04 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Send Obama back to the ghetto, November 6th.)
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To: MissMagnolia

Does Rush offer the same tea in instant form? (He ought to, that would get a lot more sales as the shipping would be minimal.)


199 posted on 03/03/2012 1:40:18 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: leapfrog0202
Don't worry, a pissant company like Sleep Train is starting to hear the opposite of what they thought at first.

They don't realize that they have stirred up the Mother of all Hornets Nests. They think they can force Rush to cower and shiver into caving in to their demands. When it is a guarantee that they will be begging Rush to give them another chance after this all settles.

They are about to regret every misguided step they have taken.

200 posted on 03/03/2012 1:41:23 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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