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.
Call and tell them. If enough of us contact them then this lib tactic will fail.
A tactic once understood is no longer a tactic.
I have a Simmons Beautyrest Renaissance II set that I have had for almost ten years. Wall to wall luxury. Simply a wonderful set.
Yep. Soon to be sandwiched in between the neon backscratchers and the fur-lined grout scrapers.
And, let’s not forget that this issue is also a way to suppress Catholic opposition to the healthcare mandate regarding contraception. This has tremendous attraction to the Dems and I suspect many of the calls to the advertisers are leftist organized and not random comments from independent individuals.
Does this remind anybody of the Harry Reid letter fiasco?
The issue is he judged her. He used a word with negative connotations to describe a (VERY) sexually active, young-ish woman. The problem for the left is he judged her.
Being a Georgetown law student, I would expect her to run for office soon. She will get lots of face time with other Dem politicians during her campaign.
Anyone remember what caused the uproar over Beck’s show on Fox a while back? IIRC, he said Obama was a racist. That was all, and after that, he lost advertisers. This game (which the right has played too, but the left is better at) of pressuring advertisers happens all the time. They have been trying to take down everyone that disagrees with them. The fact of the matter is, we don’t know just exactly what they tell advertisers, but obviously, either they flood them with complaints, or they threaten them. Given how lefties behave, I would not be surprised if they get all kinds of threats, besides boycott threats.
I believe you’re correct. Those on not paying taxes and living on the dole are not listening to Rush and are not subscribing to Carbonite or purchasing Quicken products.
He’s an idiot for capitulating to these people.
No longer discussing the substantive issues the Left turned to making their opponents the issue.
I guess that's the influence of Alinsky. At this hour the "issue" is Rush Limbaugh.
It became an appalling dialectic -- with the Right attempting to escape the verbal assaults yielding 90 percent and the Left yielding at most 10 percent and the result is -- that the enemy within is close to putting an end to America the "shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere."
Let's get it over with before there is another country strong enough to take advantage of our turmoil.
I just hope that patriots already in position to handle the turmoil (military and LEO) do step up, take charge, and put an end to the enemies within before it's too late to do it orderly. It should have been done when the spoiled brats of the "Greatest Generation" were running wild on campuses in the 1960s and 70s. Now they are arguably "the Establishment." Get it over with was my opinion back then in fact.
Bill Clinton will be glad to take her.. er, I mean.. help her get face tim..D'OH! I mean help her political career.
I tuned into Beck’s radio show a couple of months ago. He and his moron sidekick were ridiculing Newt Gingich relentlessly, calling him a simpleton, and making stupid remarks about him being a “shoehorn,” whatever the hell that was supposed to mean.
This from a guy who was a drunken Morning Zookeeper while Gingrich was plotting to get the House for the GOP for the first time in two generations. Newt did more for the conservative movement in 1994 alone than Weepy Beck will do in this lifetime or his next as a god on Planet Beck. Hearing him question Newt’s intelligence and conservative credentials nearly made me vomit.
I wouldn’t contribute a nickel to anything that fraud is associated with.
Today my wife and I didn’t go to a Select Comfort story to buy several of their expensive pillows. I’ll go to a local sleep store.
I didnt’ call Quicken Loans to get information on refinancing my mortgage. I’ll go to my bank.
Pro-Flowers: Screw them. I’ll go to my local florist.
Carbonite: I’ll go to Mosley or somebody else.
Legal Zoom: I was working on updating my will due to my previous cardiac arrest death/revival. I’ll do my own will using state forms. Fuck Bob Shapiro and his shisters.
Mark Levin: Stop promoting Legal Zoom, Carbonite, etc. You’re big enough to tell them to go to hell. There are several other radio stations in DC who would love to have you on the 6-9PM slot.
Lessons learned: We can boycott the cowards in business.
Re Fluke: “Fluke you” you lying little Democratic parasite!
Sounds like Sandra has been bragging about her insatiable desires.
Has she been PULLING any of these??