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.
“Hes got his own network now.”
And what are his ratings? How many are bothering to watch him?
Select Comfort 1-888-411-2188
Quicken Loans 1-800-863-4332
Phone: (800) 919-2337
Main Office: 617-587-1100
Toll Free: 877-665-4466
Okay. I know of at least 3 and probably 4 advertisers who I will not do business with. Thank you.
LOL, I think, they think they can play hardball with the master of reality! Rush IS the author of modern talk radio.
They have no idea what kind of hornets nest they are attempting to stir up here! They could lose their entire revenue base in a matter of days, if they manage to rile up the Conservative World. And it looks like they are about to learn their lesson the hard way.
They (These Sponsors) are concerned about a bunch of radical, vocal Liberals who are calling in threats, who also don’t contribute a dime to their profit margin. And they intend to cater to these vocal idiots by biting the hand that feeds them.
The blueberry(no muffin in there :-) is my new favorite, Randall.
It’s not too sweet. My other fave is raspberry.
A guy on Rush’s show the other day said that he ordered 8 cases and gives them as gifts. Rush was amazed!
They make the best gifts ever...especially to Libs. :-)
A case is 12 bottles: two six packs. I asked the distributor if it could be divided, ie two six packs of two different flavors. He said they’re working on it.
Kathyrn is mainly in charge of the tea venture.
SLEEP TRAIN (California Mattress Store)
Your businesses will never see a product or provide any form of service in my household. I'm especially happy that your businesses have been exposed as liberal hacks. Also, I will enjoy the additional time Rush doesn't have to personally advertise your products and services during his program. So, to your businesses I will wish you luck in the existence you are about to experience... your new found invisibility.
The left has been trying to get Limbaugh off the air for years. Rush is a smart man, he’s no amateur, he knew exactly what would happen..the leftist freaks would get all upset(Because God forbid you tell the truth about them, meanwhile Conservatives get attacked CONSTANTLY and all you hear are crickets), and Rush would continue to get stronger and stronger. Rush is showing these liberal bastards for exactly what they are
this doesn't have anything to do with politics for us. We support everyone’s right to free speech, we just ask them to be respectful.
Thanks for posting the contact info for all these sponsors, KansasGirl! That’s a big help!
The 13 year old across the street, is not offering one of the only informative alternatives to the ubiquitous leftwing propaganda which has become US “journalism”.
That’s how fortunes and empires are built.
Beck will succeed. Because he’s got no competition.
Everyone else, is trying to be communists.
Good one, DL.
This is the reply I received from Kelly@quickenloanscom
this doesn’t have anything to do with politics for us. We support everyones right to free speech, we just ask them to be respectful.
Well, then I’m going to respectfully exercise my right to free speech in response and say I will no longer be purchasing any more products from Quicken. Buh-bye!
That is very close to what I wrote and said on my calls. Spot on!
Just sent my email.
As a business, we already this morning told Carbonite that we WILL NOW LEAVE THEIR BUSINESS AND HEAD TO MOZY.
Very. Good. Idea.
“Want to have some fun? Go to live customer support chat and get someone on the line and ask them questions like: - Is a supporter of taxpayer funded abortion? - Is concerned about religious freedom? - Is a supporter of taxpayer funded contraception? - Is submitting to the demands of the Left?”
Someone have live links - heck we could do so while FReeping right here on this thread.
I agree. It’s very informative.
Ask Kelly how “respectful” is it for Ms. Fluke to expect US to pay for her promiscuity? Some of us actually have morals.