Skip to comments.Advertisers Pull Ads From Unrepentant Rush Limbaugh
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 LIMBAUGHs recent comments. I too am offended and very concerned about his comments. LIMBAUGHs 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 shows 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 weve 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.
yeah, I saw that after I posted. The stalinists smell blood in the water.
No, two wrongs do not make a right. However, this was a set up. A slut parading proudly to be a slut, then offended when someone calls her a slut.
Instead of turning away from sin, she puts herself in the spotlight, for the world to see, encouraging it.
In case you missed ALL the threads showing she was a femi-nazi activist, whom CHOSE this college to fight against their beliefs, you have no standing.
Got a brand to recommend? Or place to purchase? (I’ve seen some, I think, at Costco.)
Kathy Griffin: http://wizbangblog.com/content/2010/12/06/kathy-griffin-insults-bristol-palin-gets-booed.php
(also uses tw** at other times)
Urban Dictionary (not yet defined)
0bama supporters’ T-shirts
Also research on this: The Daily Kos to the rants of Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Keith Olbermann, Janeane Garofalo, et al.
Ingraham insults from...
Insults to Tea Partiers from all of the above + 0bama: “Tea Baggers” So, all Tea Partiers engage in such practices, which I really don’t care to know about, and 0bama’s right in the middle of it. Again.
An apology is an apology. There is no gray area here. You’re either sorry or you’re not. If you apologize and NOT mean it, you are sinning against “the one who loans you talent”; therefore, do not mean it.
He SAID he was sorry.
i ordered one case of each blueberry and rasberry today
Who are they kidding? It’s a badge of honor on the left for a liberal woman to be called a slut.
Thanks for the list of Rush’s advertisers. That was nice work.
My question is where else can these advertisers go except on Talk Radio which is 99% conservative talk? If they advertise on talk radio they are not reaching liberals and liberals are not buying their products in the numbers we are.
I know the advertisers are feeling the heat from liberal groups and the media, but dropping Rush is not a good business decision I would think.
If I were Rush I would have called this slut ‘Floosie Flookie.’ Same message just a bit softer edged. And since it’s a two-syllable word, it wouldn’t be in any lib’s vocabulary to complain about.
One more thing. Am wondering how much of a hit an apology affects those Sullivan ratings? hehehehehehe
Phony soldiers, phony sluts
Liberals are a one trick pony show.
What’s the betting pool at on when Sandra Fluke makes her first paid public speaking engagement on behalf of “women’s issues” as a result of this ginned up controversy?
Even if she was a student...how come she is not in classes all day long?
CANCEL YOUR ACCOUNTS WITH ANY OF THESE FIRMS
I can use other things besides Carbonite, I am going to Cancel my Quicken Loan AND Quickbooks
and I WILL WRITE TO THEM AND TELL THEM WHY
This is AN ORGANIZED ATTACK AGAINST RUSH
The blueberry flavor is good! When you open the cap, it really does smell JUST LIKE fresh blueberries! Good tea! Rush's Two If By Tea!
Instead of boycotting - call the company up - tell them you’d like to be on their mailing list - mention a specific product - mention your support for Rush’s tongue in cheek humor ... just a suggestion which I’ll start with Carbonite tomorrow ... Mozy has priced me out ... ;-)
Reference bump - I’ll call them to say when they apologize to Rush I’ll sign up ... ;-)
I can see why a mattress store would be upset
I can see why a mattress store would be upset. I just hope this isn’t the end of Rush
I predict she will quickly disappear for the spotlight as the dems realize it is hurting them.
When this “contraception” angle was advanced back during a Romney interview, I dismissed it as a trial balloon for a manufactured Dem campaign issue that would not fly far. However, now that the Dems have seen that the issue is getting more attention, much due to Rush’s comments, they are going to blow it up into the biggest issue they can. I knew this was going to get bad when the POTUS revealed his involvement.
The Dems are, of course, manufacturing the entire issue but the stakes are high for them—they see this as an opportunity to destroy at least one opposition candidate (Santorum), suppress opposition to Obamacare, and possibly squish Limbaugh during a Presidential election year. Never underestimate the power of Dem money (unions, Soros, etc), control of most media, and control of the schools. The Dems also see this as sending a message to all opposition—if you even think about saying something true but politically in opposition to us, woe be unto you—not even R Limbaugh can hold up under our power and money.