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Limbaugh Advertisers Flee Show Amid Storm
The New York Times ^ | 5 Mar 2012 | BRIAN STELTER

Posted on 03/05/2012 6:46:44 AM PST by mandaladon

Emboldened by Rush Limbaugh’s public apology over the weekend to a law school student whom he had called a “slut” and a “prostitute,” critics of the radio talk show host are intensifying their online campaign against his advertisers. he apology, they said, was a signal that the campaign was working. On Sunday, a seventh company, ProFlowers, said that it was suspending all of its advertising on “The Rush Limbaugh Show” despite his apologetic statement a day earlier.

For now, the ad boycott is uncomfortable but not crippling for Mr. Limbaugh, who is estimated to make $50 million a year and whose program is a profit center for Premiere Radio Networks, the company that syndicates it. The program makes money both through ads and through fees paid by local radio stations, and while it often has sparked outrage during more than two decades on the air, efforts at ad boycotts in the past have had no measurable effect. Liberal groups and activists, however, hope that this time is different.

Mr. Limbaugh has been roundly criticized for talking at length about the sex life of Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student who testified in support of the Obama administration’s requirement that health insurance plans cover contraceptives for women. For three straight days he lambasted her, before saying in a statement Saturday afternoon that he did not intend to attack her personally. “I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation,” he said.

By the time he apologized, online protesters had been organizing for days on social networking Web sites and liberal hubs like Daily Kos. They called on companies like ProFlowers to remove their ads from “The Rush Limbaugh Show” and appeared to be having some success, as companies like Sleep Train said they had suspended advertising.

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One such company that had been a longtime sponsor of Mr. Limbaugh’s, Carbonite, said it would reconsider its ad spending; after the apology was issued, it announced that it would suspend its ads anyway. “We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse,” the company’s chief executive, David Friend, said. .............

Rush screwed up big time...this may bring him down and he has no one to blame but himself.

1 posted on 03/05/2012 6:46:49 AM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Yea right.


2 posted on 03/05/2012 6:48:10 AM PST by angcat
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To: mandaladon
This is NOT going to bring Rush down. We need to start our own online petition like the leftards did....I spent the last hour calling on Proflowers and other companies that I use to voice my objections to their cancelling ads.

Did you know Carbonite was advertising with Ed Schultz while he called Laura Ingraham a slut???

3 posted on 03/05/2012 6:51:25 AM PST by MadelineZapeezda (Conservatism: "It's either there or it isn't.")
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To: mandaladon

No Limbaugh did not screw up, Fluke did, and a lot.
Limbaugh was right and as far as I am concerned, am disappointed he apologized, no matter how weak the apology was.


4 posted on 03/05/2012 6:52:34 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: mandaladon

BS, I will support him and so will sponsors if they are smart I will boycott those that quit.


5 posted on 03/05/2012 6:53:47 AM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: mandaladon

All of a sudden the New York Times has time to talk about Rush Limbaugh.


6 posted on 03/05/2012 6:55:31 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: mandaladon

Strategery


7 posted on 03/05/2012 6:56:17 AM PST by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: mandaladon

Just like Special Ed did at MSDNC!

Except he gets awards from your fellow travelers.


8 posted on 03/05/2012 6:57:45 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: angcat
Yea right.

Rush did screw up. The blowhard lefty Sandra Fluke said she was there to be the voice of other women. Then she told the stories of six women. Parts, or all of the stories, were likely inflated or entirely made up.

But Fluke never mentioned her own sex life or contraceptive use or needs a single time.

All of that stuff Limbaugh said about Fluke claiming she was having so much sex she could hardly walk? And that Fluke was paying so much for contraceptives? And that Fluke was having so much sex she was a slut and her parents must be so proud? Rush . . . made it up.

Fluke never mentioned her own sex life (read her background; i'm not certain Fluke likes boys) or contraception issues or burden. But Rush attributed all kinds of personal statements to Fluke.

9 posted on 03/05/2012 6:57:51 AM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: svcw

Can you imagine the numbers of listeners he will have today? What a stupid move to come off his show now! The advertisers he keeps will be getting more than their monies worth!


10 posted on 03/05/2012 6:58:09 AM PST by southernerwithanattitude (New and Improved Redneck!)
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To: mandaladon
Rush screwed up big time...this may bring him down and he has no one to blame but himself

No it won't. He is talk radio's biggest star (actually I believe he is now the highest paid and highest rated radio star out there since Howard Stern moved to Satellite). Also, Clear Channel just re-signed him last year to a 5 year contract that runs through 2016 and is rumored to be worth $1 Billion (yes with a B). They are simply not going to buy out his contract or take his show of the air and keep paying him that kind of money (and I can guarantee with Rush's staff of lawyers, that contract is airtight). Clear Channel will take the advertiser hit for a couple month, probably advise Rush to play it cool, maybe take a vacation or two. Then by mid-summer everything will be back to normal.

11 posted on 03/05/2012 6:58:19 AM PST by apillar
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To: mandaladon

You want to talk about civilized? Civilized is forgiving someone when they make a mistake and apologize. That’s just as uncivil as the mistake in the first place, but I don’t expect civility from the left. They are essentially evil people who will use any approach to advance their agenda. Winning, for them, is everything. Honor, civility, truth, etc. means absolutely nothing to the left. They are essentially human scum who appeal to the most base motives of humans: greed, hatred, envy, class and racial divisions, etc.


12 posted on 03/05/2012 6:58:59 AM PST by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: mandaladon

a law school student whom he had called a “slut” and a “prostitute,”

Someone correct me if I am wrong but Rush didn’t exactly say she was a slut or a prostitute. He inferred that you would call SOMEONE who expects others to pay for their contraceptives? You call them a slut.

Rush screwed up big time...this may bring him down and he has no one to blame but himself.

I don’t think so. So a few advertiser will pull out (no pun intended) I would guess the advertiser who do pull out (no pun intended) will suffer more than Mr Limbaugh.
Anyhow, the left with the full force of the media ( Propaganda arm of the Demonrat Party), once again, is making this much larger (no pun intended) than it actually is. What a surprize.
Not only is Mzzz Fluke slut-like (probably a dyke) the word that she is a plant is spreading like a STD (pun intended)

Go Rush!
Go Team!


13 posted on 03/05/2012 7:00:07 AM PST by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: Scoutmaster

Who are all the media bloviating heads talking about this morning?


14 posted on 03/05/2012 7:00:44 AM PST by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: Big Horn

Here’s a dilemma, and I’d like some input on it. I have seen that seven advertisers have now had some kind of suspension or withdrawl of advertising with Rush. A lot of angry people are saying that they’re writing letters that say that they’ll NEVER use the product or service again. I’m not sure that that’s the correct way to go about it, but am open to suggestions. When boycotters threaten to boycott, they usually say “I’m not going to buy your product /service as long as you continue to ____________.” Then they leverage their dollars to get their point across.

If, on the contrary, we tell Rush’s advetisers that if they sanction him, we’ll “NEVER” use their service again, doesn’t that give them more of a reason not to come back to Rush. I realize maybe people don’t care, but I’m hoping that Rush doesn’t go the way of Glenn Beck (who I seldom hear about these days). His advertisers were attacked over and over, until they pretty well dried up.

Anyway, it’s not something I can say definitively, but am looking for input. Also, if anyone can name the advertisers that are standing with him, for us to patronize, I’d appreciate it. I’d been considering using Carbonite, but won’t because of the leftist CEO anyway. How can we best support him (Rush)?


15 posted on 03/05/2012 7:00:46 AM PST by JDW11235 (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: mandaladon
Rush screwed up big time...this may bring him down and he has no one to blame but himself.

Are you suffering from too much agent orange sniffing?

Rush made a mistake... by apologizing to that professional demonRAT plant whore.

Other than that, screw the sponsors that cancelled on Rush, that will hurt them, not him.

I just called Pro-Flowers and ordered 10 dozen red roses and after the clerk on the phone was all bubbly and gooey, I axed if this was the company that just cancelled Rush, and she said yes, and I said, well then cancel this order.

16 posted on 03/05/2012 7:01:09 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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To: mandaladon
David uses his own daughter as a foil in his corporate advertising. I suspect he's more concerned with being able to save that part of his company image than having it melded into continued support for Limbaugh.

So, no, I don't believe Dave is terribly concerned for his daughter's personal reputation ~ he's taken care of that already ~ she was but a minor when she crashed her old worn out disk drive and lost her term paper.

I've never much respect people who use their babies commercially, really, never!

17 posted on 03/05/2012 7:01:16 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Scoutmaster

—Fluke never mentioned her own sex life (read her background; i’m not certain Fluke likes boys)—

I confess that when I read the original comments by fluke I thought to myself, (She seems to be a living dichotomy because I would have guessed that she was a lesbian). Did Rush not notice this too?

This is looking more and more like a severely boneheaded move by Rush. This causes one to infer that it is not what we think it is, and Rush has an ace up his sleeve. i.e. he knows what he is doing here and it has not yet played out.


18 posted on 03/05/2012 7:01:45 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: mandaladon

The only “screw up” he made was to apologize. This woman is an abortion activist and trying to depict her as a poor law student is a fraud. Today’s Rush show will probably be one of the highest rated shows he has ever has and I will bet he will replace those sponsors twice over.


19 posted on 03/05/2012 7:02:58 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: mandaladon

Uh, right...there is a line of people waiting to advertise. This is the first time these bogus efforts worked on Rush. We’ll see if it has any meaningful impact.


20 posted on 03/05/2012 7:03:07 AM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: mandaladon

The NYT, etal are loving this so Limbaugh didn’t screw up, he was dead on. Another example of the huge double standard that exists which Conservatives must deal with. Schultz and Maher call Conservative women c—— and sluts, and it’s okay. Limbaugh tells it like it is, and it’s not okay. There’s something wrong with this picture.


21 posted on 03/05/2012 7:03:31 AM PST by izzatzo (All in for Rick/Newt.)
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To: Scoutmaster

Knowing what I do about the hookup culture that has invaded our college campi, if Sandra Fluke has slept with less than a dozen men since enrolling at Georgetown, I’ll order an arrangement from ProFlowers.com and eat it.


22 posted on 03/05/2012 7:04:00 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: southernerwithanattitude
monies worth! ?

Got Publik School Much?

23 posted on 03/05/2012 7:04:36 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: mandaladon
I replied to receipts (for purchases) from Proplants, Proflowers and Sherriesberries, the following:

Re: your decision to enter politics regarding the Limbaugh advertising. You have surrendered to people who are not your customers. Now you are about to reap the rewards from those of us who are through with your affiliated companies. You will receive no more orders.

The occupy folks are out of work. They are unlikely to be customers anytime soon.

24 posted on 03/05/2012 7:04:49 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: mandaladon

You deserve a huge flaming. Methinks you’ll get one.


25 posted on 03/05/2012 7:05:03 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: mandaladon

I just fled Pro Flowers by unsubscribing.


26 posted on 03/05/2012 7:05:09 AM PST by mtrott
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To: mandaladon

I wish Rush would consider his own media company, like Beck and Breitbart. As long as you’re an employee of somebody else they dictate what you can say. And that includes if you have to count on Clear Channel - or whoever - to exclusively distribute your product.


27 posted on 03/05/2012 7:06:01 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: MadelineZapeezda

We need to start our own online petition like the leftards did...
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Good morning, MadelineZapeezda. Here is my email on Saturday to Mr. David Friend, CEO of Carbonite at David.Friend@Carbonite.com
((( OOPS,I just mistyped the company name as ** Cabron-ite ** . If Mr. Friend does not reverse his decision, he is indeed a ‘CABRON’ )))

Hello, Mr. Friend. I understand that your company, Carbonite, has decided to discontinue sponsorship
of the Rush Limbaugh program. I have been a listener of Rush Limbaugh since January 1991.

Your decision to drop this very widely heard program from your sponsorship is indeed unfortunate. Perhaps you
fail to see the big picture.

This reaction of yours did not come out of nowhere. In fact, it comes as part of the by Marxist/Leftist Long March
towards totalitarian dictatorship here is this country, a specific tactic of which is the set up of a story line that elicits
reaction and then take-down of the person who responds to it.

This controversy over Ms. Fluke was not a ‘fluke’. It was another trap designed masterfully by Marxist/Leftist planners
to further snuff out free exercise of religion. Mr. Limbaugh stood up for free exercise of religion by his correct description
of Ms. Fluke’s actions.

The Obama regime is one that seeks to shutdown anyone who is in disagreement. If you have not heard of Andrew
Brietbart, he was a conservative journalist, fiercely outspoken against the regime that currently ooccupies the White House.
He was about to present evidence that would reveal Mr. Obama’s true allegiance with Marxist/Leftist counter-revolutionary
goals and ideals.

Sadly, Mr. Breitbart was silenced on March 1, having suffered an untimely death.

“Untimely”?

Several hours later that same day, Rush Limbaugh received a suspicious package, prompting a bomb squad to investigate. It turned out
to be a seemingly harmless business proposition for Rush. But if you look closely, contained in that package was a
“an electronic plaque commemorating the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth “

Did you miss the word “assassination”. ?Sending a message to Rush the next day after Mr. Breitbart’s
sudden demise?

Think real hard, Mr. Friend. Your opportunity to choose between freedom or dictatorship may have just occurred, only
you do not realize it yet. And you did not choose wisely, having succumbed to immense pressure whipped up
behind the scenes by the Marxist/Leftist minions.

What is your company, but a repository for personal data for millions of citizens, a portion who are patriotic Americans who
despise that America is being dismantled step by step by Mr. Obama and his sorry band of fellow travelers.

Perhaps you company will one day be seized by Mr. Obama for the purpose of searching your entire customer base’s
data that you are storing, in order to find anyone who speaks ill of the Marxist/Leftist, then prosecute them.

Is this what you want, Mr. Friend?

I strongly urge you, in the name of the Liberty, to reconsider your decision to part ways with one of the few voices
for freedom.

Sincerely and most respecfully,
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx in Whittier, CA


28 posted on 03/05/2012 7:06:13 AM PST by AlexisHeavyMetal1981 (Mr. Friend might be a friend, but he could be a fiend)
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To: Scoutmaster
I agree. Rush screwed up. Facts are facts, and Fluke did not discuss her personal sex life at all. I wouldn't be surprised to find out she's a lesbian who doesn't even need or use birth control. Rush, unfortunately, made this about Fluke and not the much larger issue of government mandated wealth redistribution (forcing people to pay for other people's contraceptives) and religious freedom. On the other hand, Rush did apologize. An honorable person accepts an honest apology, but the left has a different agenda. They are very, very adept at using these sort of events for political advantage. It matters not that the outrage is entirely artificial. This is politics, and they are nasty, evil people who will use any means whatsoever to win.
29 posted on 03/05/2012 7:06:22 AM PST by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: muawiyah

I thought the same thing, ole David just admitted his daughter is EZ!!!!


30 posted on 03/05/2012 7:06:53 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Big Horn
Use your head here a moment. Who were the FIRST advertisers to announce they'd drop Rush? THEY were the mattress marketing firms.

So, ask yourself, how is it mattress peddlers were so much more sensitive than Pro Flowers, or Carbonite? What is it about that industry that heightens their sensitivity?

They are called BED BUGS.

People who sell mattresses fear them more than hotels do, and all it took were a handful of anonymous phone calls from Leftwingtards threatening to turn bed bugs loose in their warehouses to adjust their minds into an anti-Rush attitude.

Not that I'd recommend reversing the tables and reminding the mattress guys that bed bugs can be on a two-way street once you lie down with the Leftwingtards, but there you have it.

I suspect they've used this technique to secure funds from these people in the past.

31 posted on 03/05/2012 7:07:00 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: mandaladon
St. Patricks, Easter and Mother's Day are right around the corner. Who is ProFlowers' big competitor?

They could buy some ads cheap, and Rush ought to sell some ads quick to competitors of his "censors"--heck, give 'em away!!

I'm afraid, folks, a direct boycott won't work. It just generally does not. The only hope is to make his advertisors feel the pain of seeing their ads go for cut rates to their competitors.

32 posted on 03/05/2012 7:07:17 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: butterdezillion

Rush is his own media company. Clear Channel and Premier are partners, not employees.


33 posted on 03/05/2012 7:08:10 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: C. Edmund Wright

...I meant Clear Channel and Premier are not employERS.


34 posted on 03/05/2012 7:08:51 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: All

CALL CARBONITE AND ASK

Why are you still sponsoring the Ed Shultz radio show after he also called a woman a slut and apologized? Why the double standard?

Toll Free: 877-665-4466


35 posted on 03/05/2012 7:09:54 AM PST by icwhatudo
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To: CitizenUSA

Actually no, the larger issue is about free speech and political correctness taking over our conversation AND the issue of gangster government having crony ties to all of these private companies.

MUCH MUCH MUCH larger issue, and with due respect, you came down on the wrong side of the really big issues.

I’m betting you don’t listen much, and maybe never been accused of being too UNSERIOUS either. But those are just guesses.


36 posted on 03/05/2012 7:11:41 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: mandaladon

Oh baloney. Rush didn’t say anything nearly as bad as what many liberal talkers and “comedians” say all the time. Maher calls Palin a what? And all I hear from the left is...crickets. Limbaugh calls a round heeled educated floozie a “slut” and all you know what breaks loose. I guess the truth is now considered “hate speech” and worthy of pulling advertising.


37 posted on 03/05/2012 7:11:59 AM PST by MizSterious (Now that Perry's out, I guess I'll just have to vote for "Generic Republican Candidate")
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To: mandaladon

Only by apologizing. Do you really think loosing these sponsors will hurt him? He's got potential advertisers on a waiting list for years. Personally I'm glad carbonite is gone. I'm sick and tired of Rush doing all those live broadcast ads fro them nad that isentity theft company anyway.

38 posted on 03/05/2012 7:12:12 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: CitizenUSA; Scoutmaster
Fluke said "some women" ~ and that means several things. For one it means "I'm going to tell you a whopper" and "not me, but them, some of them anyway".

It's a standard Leftwingtard ploy. You probably heard it first in the Anita Hill hearings. She said "some women" numerous times ~ to the point where it was annoying.

Since then all these ol'gals have come forth with the "some women" ploy. At the same time we have information on Fluke herself about how she picked Georgetown Law because, ta da, they didn't offer BC in their student health insurance package. That is, she went there to create a conflict. Apparently it wasn't all that successful, but she tried.

Remember, Fluke has a public life with a reputation as a schemer, screamer and feminist firebrand. That means "some women" necessarily includes her.

39 posted on 03/05/2012 7:12:12 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: mandaladon

Looks like ProFlowers will see a drop in sales.


40 posted on 03/05/2012 7:12:26 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: southernerwithanattitude
Can you imagine the numbers of listeners he will have today? What a stupid move to come off his show now! The advertisers he keeps will be getting more than their monies worth!

I will be listening. I always thought that there were way too many commercials on Rush's show anyway.

41 posted on 03/05/2012 7:12:55 AM PST by oldbrowser (They are Marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Like those capital letters, dontcha!


42 posted on 03/05/2012 7:13:18 AM PST by southernerwithanattitude (New and Improved Redneck!)
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To: mandaladon

Maybe its me but I think I can see the old media deflating, years ago this kind of manufactured outrage would be alot bigger.


43 posted on 03/05/2012 7:13:35 AM PST by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
I hope this doesn't hurt Rush, but facts are facts. Fluke did not mention her own sex life. For all anyone knows, she could be completely chaste. Rush implied Fluke was a slut. There is no evidence of that; therefore, Rush is wrong. Rush should have focused on the two main issues here: private property rights, i.e. forcing people to pay for other people's contraception, and religious rights, forcing people to pay for other people's contraception against their religious beliefs. Rush screwed up because he made this about Fluke and himself, not the real issues, and the left is doing everything it can to make political hay of it.
44 posted on 03/05/2012 7:14:08 AM PST by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: Scoutmaster

You’re missing the point. Rush calls someone a slut, and he’s a bad guy. Maher calls someone a (censored) and no one says a word. You’re going to help the left pile on here?


45 posted on 03/05/2012 7:14:14 AM PST by MizSterious (Now that Perry's out, I guess I'll just have to vote for "Generic Republican Candidate")
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To: MadelineZapeezda

“Did you know Carbonite was advertising with Ed Schultz while he called Laura Ingraham a slut???”

Do you have verification of that for my archives?


46 posted on 03/05/2012 7:16:06 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: JDW11235

I think announcing to a sponsor that you’ll never buy their product or service again is a waste of time. Rush doesn’t need us to ‘rush’ to his defense. He’s got plenty of folks on waiting lists to advertise on his show.


47 posted on 03/05/2012 7:16:06 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: mandaladon

Rush’s only mistake was feeding the beast by apologizing.


48 posted on 03/05/2012 7:16:34 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: mandaladon

Let them go. They are going to pay the price for it. We are awake and I thank Rush for that.

These companies more support liberal causes and it is my hope that conservative companies will fill the void.


49 posted on 03/05/2012 7:16:55 AM PST by mardi59 (I'm not looking for MTV, I'm looking for MVP. Newt 2012!)
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To: mandaladon

The only mistake Rush made in this whole affair was to apologize to the aptly named Fluke.

Never apologize to the Left.

NEVER.

To them, it’s blood in the water.


50 posted on 03/05/2012 7:17:12 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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