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.
I actually subscribe to GBTV Plus. I love Glenn’s 5 o’clock show and the BS of A. But, I don’t know anyone else in my network of conservative family and friends who subscribes to GBTV. It remains to be seen how successful GBTV will be.
Beck is now a bigger fish, in a smaller pond.
He literally owns the pond, and is making it bigger by the day.
Fox and the left may rue the day, they went after Beck.
Let's just say, other ads will take their place. If it's worth it, they will put their ads back on RUSH's show, because of .... money .....and after the huhhah dies down. The public has a very short term memory.
I just emailed Carbonite that if they CANCEL Rush....I will CANCEL our CARBONITE! Suggest others do the same.
And how many advertisers pulled their commercials after Bill Mahr’s vile attacks on Sarah Palin? Or any other liberals’? (I haven’t a clue how to spell his name.) These advertisers can spend their money as they choose—and so can I!
You mean the same advertisers that have been selling you a box of 10% detergent and 90% ground up dog bones to wash your clothes in ?
Yes, the very CEO who is probably in the 1% that the boycotting moonbats loathe is now putty in their hands.
Someone should tell him that they're gonna hate him regardless of his pulling advertising from Limbaugh.
Maybe not overnight but they will find replacements. Rush, by the way, is paid a salary by contract. This doesn't hurt his revenue an iota but it will make the network suffer short term. The worst that will happen is that the network may offer discounted rates for awhile to attract new customers but it won't take them very long.
And those new advertisers will have the benefit of picking up Rush as an advertiser just in time for the 2012 campaign which is when more listeners tune in.
Let these weak-kneed advertisers walk. It's better to be hungry at times and what better time for Rush to be motivated than during the general election?
Could we all post the contact addresses/links/phone numbers for these seven companies, as we make contact with them? Let’s not allow these leftist bastards to injure one of OUR OWN.
Folks, this is war...fight with all your might and let the left AND these companies know we Americans who love the Constitution, our freedom and liberty, WILL NOT BE STOPPED.
Hmmmm..isn’t this usually called censorship when the right does this. But apparently not when the left does it. weird.
Just my imitation
Just me imitating a numbskull.
of a numbskull.
It's is the only way I now go, and it is vastly better!
I’ve had mine for probably 10-15 years and now it’s starting to lose air, and the cushion in the middle has broken down. the motor that adjusts the bed no longer works. None of this stuff will be covered fully with their 20 year warranty, so, while I liked the bed while it lasted, when it comes time to replace it - thanks to the political stance they have taken - I will shop elsewhere.
Probably he shouldn’t have called her a slut not worth it, however her “testimony” was absurd the issue is absurd, a 30 year old elite law student needs free birth control, absolutely ridiculous.
It will blow over because he’s too big a star with too much support.
So I guess it's okay with you that people like Bill Maher and his ilk can call Sarah Palin and Conservatives all sorts of sexual names and it's okay by you but when Rush comes out calling a spade a spade you get all upset WITHOUT FINDING OUT ALL THE DETAILS OF WHO MS. FLUKE IS OR HER AGENDA! You just shoot at the hip. People like you and your company are the height of hypocrisy.
PS Any grammatical mistakes or spelling is because I was so angry ....
It would surprize me not at all, if there weren’t advertisers arranging to take those coveted advertising slots this very minute.
(I know, a double negative, but hey)
Sleep Train Twitter Feed
Some employee at Sleep Number
Kelly at Quicken Loans
Just did. The content:
Please be informed that the instant you bow down to political correctness and cease a relationship with Rush Limbaugh that you will lose my business. Simple as that.
Sandra Fluke should have a Select Comfort mattress but, then, she’d demand that the government pay for it since she can’t even afford the pill.
PPS - I’ve never ever heard of those companies before hearing them on Rush. Now where will they go to advertise? Hope there’s enough Lib’s out there who can support them. In Seattle the Post-Intelligencer print media went out of business because there weren’t enough Libs in the area to support it.
These companies don’t support religious freedom or freedom of speech? What a shame...
You are so right! And if the Network is that stupid to cut Limbaugh from their program, ALL of their other programs will drop off the chart.
And Rush is well enough funded to start his own network like Beck did. Rush is really in the driver’s seat on this one. And Clear Channel knows it.
Just sent an email to Carbonite asking why their CEO hasn’t condemned leftists who have used this exact same word.
Im thirsty. I think Ill order some ice tea.
That’s what I suggested on another thread. And the iced tea is fantastic!
I bought the years subscription at the discounted rate and gifted it to some people. I won’t be buying another subscription and I wish I had my money back.
I hope some of you will join me on this.
We were looking to buy a Select Comfort bed with our tax refund this year. Not now!!!! Buh-bye!
The 13 year old across the street has show on the same place. Having a show on the internet is the boondocks.
Guess these advertisers will have to advertise on Air America....Oh Wait, that crashed and burned years ago.
“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.