Skip to comments.Limbaugh Advertisers Flee Show Amid Storm
Posted on 03/05/2012 6:46:44 AM PST by mandaladon
Emboldened by Rush Limbaughs 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 administrations 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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Rush OWNS his company and has for many years...before Beck or Breitbart were ever on the scene. He is NOT an employee of Clear Channel. He contracts with them to air his broadcasts. He owns that content completely and answers only to himself.
You may be right that Rush could have approached this a different way, but again, you are missing the BIG PICTURE. Actually, TWO big pictures.
Just getting my monies worth.
Well, I think it’s good to stand in support of one another as best we can, but I’m glad to hear he has lots more advertisers. As someone else said, it’s nice to hear new ones. (I must disclaim that I mostly read the transcripts now, and don’t hear the advertisements, but used to listen at work, before someone got “offended.”)
This Fluke fluke has absolutely nothing to do with free speech per the First Amendment. The First Amendment only prevents government, not private businesses, from restricting political speech. Rush’s advertisers are free to cut off their ads whenever they want so long as their contracts with Rush permit it.
As for Fluke being a slut, point out anything in her testimony that proves she, personally, is a slut. It’s just not there. Rush simply made a mistake when he implied she was a slut.
Granted the left gets away with these sorts of comments all the time, but the fact remains that Rush made an incorrect implication that did not help the larger conservative cause. BTW, Rush also apologized, so by his own admission, he made a mistake. If you disagree, take it up with 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.
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Will call all these advertisers and use this technique. Love it!
Yes. The left engages in this name calling all the time, but we hold people to a higher standard. Why? Because conservatives believe in truth and civility. If we become just as jaded as the left, willing to lie in our cause, then we are no better than them.
If you disagree, simply point to anywhere in her testimony where Fluke admitted to being a floozie. She talked about her friends but never mentioned her own sex practices. Therefore, Rush was wrong (and he’s apologized).
do they still advertise with him???
I will not purchase any of the products from any company doing this. Besides, it’s a double edged sword for them.
They need revenue
Advertisers on a show like Rush realize a 2-3 times return on their investment over other shows.
In particular, Rush listeners are extremely loyal and have two certain “sickness” that results in not just a first but spend but additional buys from Rush advertisers.
Win- win for everyone
Lose-Lose for Rush and the advertisers as the consumer has choices. the advertisers half to penetrate market share and steer potential customers to them or find their market share eroded by other choices and their revenue reduced.
Many disturbing current events. Breitbart’s strange death, strange mail at Limbaugh house, etc. It looks like an action plan is in the works.
Suhks to b u huh?
I don’t think the advertisers realize that while advertising is played across a 9 hour span, much of that listener ship begins their radio time with Rush, continues to Hannity and ends with Levin.
The listener doesn’t have to forget the advertisers as they continue with the other programs.
She’s studying law, so she carefully weasel-worded her comments, as many lawyers do. But she’s no saint, and when you stick up for her, you do the left’s work for them. When the left begins to care as much about what people call Laura Ingraham and Sarah Palin (among others) as they do about this trollop, then I might look at things differently.
“Rush screwed up big time...this may bring him down and he has no one to blame but himself”
Exactly. He created this controversy to gin up his ratings and it backfired. He is turning out to be the better for Obama than the MSM. Republicans need someone on the left to help us the way Rush is helping Obama.
One guy that must be smiling is Mitch Daniels. Rush issued a slash and burn attack on this good man when he dared to say that Republicans need to focus on the economy and not be distracted to social issues by “talk radio hosts”. Well we now know he was right.
Fluke is just Dem prop ,how long before stories start coming out that she’s gay
I never said Rush didn’t make a mistake. In fact, I agree he did, but I think apologizing is a mistake in that it has made it worse.
But again, you miss the big picture. You are technically correct on the free speech issue, but you are missing the point of gangster government and their Soros led businesses using their influence to have a chilling effect on free speech.
And the other issue is PC and the double standard, shown here by Carbonite advertising on The Ed Show months after he called Laura Ingraham a right wing slut.
Now last time I checked, Laura was not asking me to pay for her rubbers because she was screwing so many men.
And the last issue is that by jumping on to the “yes Rush should have apologized” you are probably piling on. I don’t think even Rush wants his fans to “agree” with the apology.
Funny. When her photo was posted, lots of FR members immediately jumped to that conclusion.
Check her educational and volunteer background: Cornell? Degree was in Policy Analysis & Management and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She was active in abortion protests and "efforts to recruit other womens rights activists to campus."
She started showing up at pro-choice rallies to protest as a member/officer of Cornell's Students Acting for Gender Equality. At one event, she was quoted in the Cornell newspaper as saying: [w]e feel that the information [Cornell Coalition for Life] has out is reactionary, and its not based on giving people information about their choices, but manipulating their emotions."
At Georgetown, she's on the Journal of Gender and the Law, Students for Reproductive Justice (abortion!), and the Women's Legal Alliance.
That public-service summer internship she spoke about before the Democrats in Congress was as the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
Most of the time on FR, if you saw all of that heavily feminist stuff, and being on all of the women's groups, people would shout "lesbian!"
And they did, until Rush Limbaugh got in trouble for making up these things about Fluke claiming she was having lots of sex.
Now everyone is convinced Fluke is heterosexual and a slut because Rush said so, or it supports Rush.
I think the jury on whether Sandra Fluke is a lesbian is out. Way out.
I haven't listened to Rush much since Bill Clinton left the White House (nor have I been frequenting FreeRepublic much). But I have spent virtually every Tuesday and Thursday night since Oct 2007 listening to and participating in what has become the town hall-style meetings of a new political party.
The flurry of activity to support Rush reminds me of the conservative support that poured in for Republican candidate Scott Brown. My fellow FReepers, I urge you to stop supporting 'the lesser of two evils', and instead raise up a much better standard. Obama was a disastrous choice for President. But he is not the problem. The problem is us. Why did we allow the Republican Party to accompany the Democratic Party into growing the big government in so many blatant unconstitutional ways?
There is plenty of time to raise up a better choice for President, better choices for every House seat, and for the many open Senate seats in 2012. To do so will require millions of God-fearing, truth-loving, Constitution-defending Americans to be a bit more engaged than they've become comfortable doing up to this point, but it can be done. We can bypass the big money/big media influence by waging a multitude of 'front porch campaigns', with neighbors influencing neighbors.
The GOP points to Obama's plan to raise over a billion dollars for his campaign, and want you to send your money to them to counter that. My friends, if money was the answer, the billions of dollars that conservatives have already contributed would have solved the problem long ago. For a different approach, look at America's Party webpage -- "No Donations". The reason is that we want the national party to be the home of America's Principles, and we want a party structure that keeps those principles at the fore.
That’s why I said it includes if you have to count on Clear Channel to exclusively distribute your product.
I’m sure that Clear Channel was one of the radio companies that was threatened if they report on the eligibility issue. Those threats went to both TV and radio, and Clear Channel is the big radio company. If Rush has a contract with Clear Channel that is tight enough that they CAN’T tell him what he can’t say, then it makes all the more sense that they’re going after Rush right now. With Breitbart dead just hours after he spoke with Sheriff Arpaio about Obama’ documents being forged, Rush is the big threat for them - the one big personality who could still report on what has been found by the law enforcement posse. All the others have been threatened into silence - as we can all observe readily. And that includes Glenn Beck if he’s basically an employee of Clear Channel (and I’m not sure what that arrangement is - if it differs from Rush because Rush is his own company, whereas Beck’s company is actually for TV rather than radio so the radio contract is an employee situation for Beck. Hopefully somebody can clarify that situation for me.)
What we’ve got here is truly a situation of “If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is there to hear it does it still make a sound?” A great big tree has just fallen in Obama’s world, but as long as the media doesn’t let anybody hear about it, it may as well not have happened. Unless law enforcement hauls Obama away in handcuffs, but that’s what people like Reggie Love are there to stop...
For more info on how the Soros regime is dealing with the media and the media’s resultant fear, see the last post I just posted on this thread.
Yep. His remarks were indefensible, unless you really want to turn this country into some sort of gutter society.
Sure, the lib's have said worse, much worse. But two wrongs don't make a right. We conservatives are supposed to be the folks that defend and uphold traditional values.
this may bring him down
Only if Rush lets it happen. And I'm guessing that he won't. Rush is human, he made a mistake, and he recognizes that. Take the lumps, then move on. If Rush doesn't fold completely, this will all be forgotten in a month.
Too long and too unfocused, sorry. Just tell them what you’re doing and why.
Would you prefer a “gutter society” or one that has become so tied up in political correctness that free speech is almost completely stifled? Also please note that the civility rules are only applied to conservatives. Are you going to stand for this?
No it won't.
Rush is human, IF and I say if he made a mistake he is big enough to say he was wrong.
When Rush worked for the Kansas City Royal he was in charge of the opening ceremony. He walked to the pitchers mound with the dignitary who was going to throw out the first pitch. When he reached the mound he realized he did not have a baseball for the first pitch.
At that point he looked to the Royals dugout hopping that one of the players recognized his problem. The Royal's players did realize his problem, but baseball players being baseball players do have their own specail sense of humor.
As Rush told the story none of the 30 + Royals in the dugout would throw him a ball. Instead they threw bats, gloves, helmets, towels, masks, jackets, caps, water cups even the water cooler on the the field. They emptied the dugout, but not one baseball.
Rush knew that he would have to be the one to make the long walk to the Royal's dugout with 45,000 people in the stands looking on to retrieve a baseball.
I am not sure if Rush said it was his most embarrassing moment, but I would think it had to rank high on the list.
As I said Rush is not perfect, but he is right 98.6% of the time.
Maher is an ass. Maher, to my knowledge, used the extremely offensive term twice and should apologize. Rush spent four days talking about Sandra Fluke and use the term repeatedly, over and over and over. He didn't just call her a slut, he said specifically that Fluke had claimed she slept with with so many men that "she could barely walk." For hours at a stretch, he talked about Fluke's claims about her sex life and her contraceptive needs. And he kept calling her a slut and a prostitute over and over - and tying it to what Fluke (allegedly) had said, asking her parents if they were proud of Fluke and all of the sex she said she was having.
The problem is, Fluke never said any of that. Rush went on for - what, eight hours? - about Fluke being a slut because he attributed to her specific things she was supposed to have said about her sex life, and amount of sex she was having.
And she never said any of that.
Maher's comment was an insult - a slanderous general term. Rush's comments (tons of them) were insults based specifically on having sex with lots of guys, and Rush was telling everyone he was using the term advisedly because Fluke had just told Congress and the entire world that she was having all of that sex.
But Rush was full of nonsense.
He was a bad guy.
Two bad guys don't make a good guy.
Abe Lincoln said:
"I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
I'm not going to stand with Rush on this just because he's a conservative. Conservatives are better than that. Part of being a conservative is standing up for what is right, not sticking up for a fellow conservative when he's an idiot and defames a blowhard liberal 30-year-old Georgetown gasbag by telling the world for four days that she's a slut based on things she told Congress - when she never said those things.
It's not piling on. It's standing up for what is right. I'm not willing to sink to the lever of Bill Maher. And I'm not going to cheer Rush Limbaugh for doing it, particularly when he's totally wrong about what he claims Fluke said.
I’m not sticking up for Fluke. I’m sticking up for the truth. Just because I think Fluke is a feminist hack with an ax to grind, it doesn’t mean I’m willing to misrepresent what she said. She never said a word about her own sex life.
I agree conservatives are held to a higher standard, but part of that is because we believe in higher standards in the first place. If we are willing to distort the truth and engage in unproven personal attacks against our perceived political foes, then we are like the left. They are the ones who will do or say anything in their cause, but our cause is about being truthful, civil, and honorable.
ProFlowers = Shari’s Berries = QVC. Let’s remember these connections for Easter and Mother’s Day.
You’re sticking up for the “truth” Fluke and her ilk want you to stick up for. You’re a good little useful idiot. I’m sure she’ll want to pat you on the head for reacting exactly as she’d hoped.
Funny how he is just an entertainer, until the NYT decides they have an issue to grind with him.
You're 100% correct about that. I would argue that we should continually and forcefully point out that double standard, and not simply descend to their level.
But sometimes you've got to take the low road. The trick is to do it with slyly, with a sense of humor. Rush is normally very good at that. He just missed the boat this time.
I am thinking the same thing....if I had a product that I needed advertised to a large audience right now, I would be doing everything I can to buy ad time on Rush’s show today, tomorrow, and for the forseeable future!!
I repeat—I’ll care about something “bad” (yet likely truthful) that Rush says when the left shows the same outrage for what is said about conservatives. You can join the political correctness brigade if you like, but I’ll sit this one out.
No. I’m not missing the larger argument of gangster government and coersion on businesses that don’t toe the line. Nevertheless, it’s honorable to admit it when one makes a mistake. That doesn’t mean Rush has to back down on everything he said, but he should admit it when he makes a mistake and then counterattack with the exact things you mention, like the double standard for conservatives.
Now the truth about Sandra Fluke! She sounds like a slut to me!
She goes shopping at the age of 30 (not 23) for a Catholic College that does not have coverage for birth control pills.
She chooses Georgetown at the cost of $65,000 per year, but she can not afford ALL the birth control pills she needs!
She just happens to show up in Congress to testify about how she must have the U.S. taxpayers pay for her birth control pills.
The Socialists in Congress call her brave, wonderful, and Obama tells her her parents should be so very proud of her!
Obamas message to parents? When looking for a college for your daughter, make sure they cover the cost of ALL the birth control pills she will need!
He might just bump those ad rates up.
Very immature and juvenile.
The apology was wise and there’s no down side to it.
Go Rush! Hit ‘em as hard as ever today!!!!!
No he didn’t and stop saying that. You are reading from David Brock’s and George Soros play book.
Frankly, I think it's amusing that the Old Grey Lady is crowing about this, considering how the circulation numbers of the paper has fallen over the last few years.
Feminazis have always wanted Rush fired. Their point of view is not to be considered. They are pure evil.
Stop it already. We have to fight fire with fire. She deserved the ridicule she got. She said “we” in talking about the wretched sluts at Georgetown Law. She cited $1,000 as the cost of birth control for a single year. She said “we” can’t afford it. Did you expect her to testify that she was a slut? They did this to cover their efforts to strip the first amendment from people who opposed the contraceptive/abortifacients rule. They are playing for keeps and intend to strip us of all our rights. Wake up!