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Limbaugh Rejects Company That Suspended Ads From Show Over Fluke Remarks
The Blaze ^ | 03-08-12 | Jonathon M. Seidl

Posted on 03/08/2012 10:14:01 PM PST by Lazlo in PA

Rush Limbaugh has rejected an advertiser’s apparent attempt to reunite with his show after the company initially dropped its ads from the program following his remarks about contraception advocate Sandra Fluke.

The company, Sleep Train, calls itself “the No. 1 Bedding Specialist on the West Coast, and most recognized mattress retailer in the region.”

In an email to Sleep Train President Dale Carlsen (obtained by The Blaze), a representative of the show says that Limbaugh personally considered the company’s request, but denied it considering its public comments following the controversy.

“Thank you for your requests last week and this week to restart your voiced endorsement in local markets of The Rush Limbaugh Show,” the email begins. “Rush received your requests personally.”

“Unfortunately, your public comments were not well received by our audience, and did not accurately portray either Rush Limbaugh’s character or the intent of his remarks. Thus, we regret to inform you that Rush will be unable to endorse Sleep Train in the future.

“Rush appreciates your long friendship and your past support, and we wish you good luck in the future.”

(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: ads; democrats; fluke; limbaugh; nothanks; rush; sandrafluke; sleeptrain; talkradio
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This is awesome. The next time some flap hits Rush, his sponsors are going to think really hard before pulling their advertising to appease the Radical Left. Just look at the nose dive Carbonite took and now these clowns groveling to come back. I bet their bed sales are in the toilet now.
1 posted on 03/08/2012 10:14:05 PM PST by Lazlo in PA
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To: Lazlo in PA

It would be nice if we’d all call Sleep Train and let them know we’d never think of buying a Sleep Train bed in the future.


2 posted on 03/08/2012 10:18:22 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Part of my e-mail to ProFlowers:

Your next battle is with the free market. Your company has infuriated many good people; the majority of the people that BUILT your business.


3 posted on 03/08/2012 10:19:34 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Sleep Train

For $1000.00 per week I'll use the words 'Sleep Train' as the signature on all my emails. Don't dismiss my offer to quickly, give it some thought.

4 posted on 03/08/2012 10:20:10 PM PST by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Lazlo in PA; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; ...
Love it! Hope "Sleep Train" goes outta business fast...

Don't mess with Rush, nor his 20,000,000+ listeners!

5 posted on 03/08/2012 10:22:16 PM PST by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, and THANK YOU, Andrew Breitbart)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Good for him! I have only contempt for a sponsor that tried to come back now. If they decided to make a business decision to drop Limbaugh, so be it. You make that call and you live with the the consequences. I could probably respect that, even if I don’t agree with the call they made or why they made it. But to come back and say “aw, we didn’t really mean it, Rush” after denouncing him very publicly and in no uncertain terms, is just the epitome of corporate weaseldom.


6 posted on 03/08/2012 10:23:16 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: Steelfish

Judging by how fast the Train wanted to get back on Rush’s advertising roster, I have a feeling many people made that call to them.


7 posted on 03/08/2012 10:25:59 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
This is awesome. The next time some flap hits Rush, his sponsors are going to think really hard before pulling their advertising to appease the Radical Left. Just look at the nose dive Carbonite took and now these clowns groveling to come back. I bet their bed sales are in the toilet now.

Rush is a cagey guy. It actually occurred to me that he might have provoked this on purpose to smoke out (and sift out) which of his sponsors are vulnerable to liberal pressure. Then, with his stable thus cleansed and his income stream immunized, he's even more free than before to say what he wants. Might be a long shot, but the thought crossed my mind.

8 posted on 03/08/2012 10:30:24 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Rush put Sleep Train in the catbird seat with his initial endorsement of the fortuitously helpful product of a company without a good sales plan or even a very attractively named product.

He’s got to know that they’re really going to suffer over their part in egging on Slutgate.

Will some deep pocketed liberal take them under his/her wing (to mix a metaphor)?


9 posted on 03/08/2012 10:30:26 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Steelfish

10 posted on 03/08/2012 10:33:16 PM PST by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Still Thinking
It actually occurred to me that he might have provoked this on purpose to smoke out (and sift out) which of his sponsors are vulnerable to liberal pressure. Then, with his stable thus cleansed and his income stream immunized, he's even more free than before to say what he wants. Might be a long shot, but the thought crossed my mind.

Interesting... ;-)

11 posted on 03/08/2012 10:33:41 PM PST by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, and THANK YOU, Andrew Breitbart)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I’d sleep on a train track before buying from Sleep Train.


12 posted on 03/08/2012 10:35:40 PM PST by fullchroma
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To: Lazlo in PA

Excellent!


13 posted on 03/08/2012 10:44:16 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: fullchroma

Sounds like a good ad!


14 posted on 03/08/2012 10:45:36 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Makes my night, going to bed with a big smile on my face. Laugh out loud!! this is better than just a LOL.


15 posted on 03/08/2012 10:46:29 PM PST by fish hawk (NAACP = Native Americans Against Corrupt Politicians)
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To: Still Thinking

I am just excited that some of these advertisers are gone. Being a listener since the late 80’s, some of these ads bore me to tears they have been around so long. Can’t wait to hear new stuff. I am sure there is a long line of folks that are dying to take their place with their products.


16 posted on 03/08/2012 10:50:08 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
That's gonna hurt Sleep Train more than it will ever hurt Rush. I have to wonder how this all came about.

Sleep Train was a local Sacramento shop -- an early sponsor of the Rush Limbaugh show. As Rush's fortunes increased, so did Sleep Train's. Hard to believe the original owner would have made such a stupid move.

17 posted on 03/08/2012 10:59:16 PM PST by GVnana (Newt 2012 - He Speaks for Us)
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To: Still Thinking

He was a little more blatant today. He called that Petri woman’s comments in WaPoo “bitchy” to elicit a response, which in turn would have proven she knew he called out her lies.

IOW, I think that is exactly what he did!


18 posted on 03/08/2012 11:02:29 PM PST by piytar (Rebellion is here! Free Republic is on the front line! NEVER SURRENDER!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Good for Rush!


19 posted on 03/08/2012 11:03:48 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: Lazlo in PA
Rush will not be pleased that this is public.

He never wants to dis people who sign up with him to get favorable publicity via advertising. Shadenfreude is fun, but not worth endangering business relationships.

20 posted on 03/08/2012 11:07:38 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: DemforBush

“Good for him! I have only contempt for a sponsor that tried to come back now. If they decided to make a business decision to drop Limbaugh, so be it. You make that call and you live with the the consequences.”

Sometimes I think Lenin was right when he said that “capitalists would sell him the rope to hang them with.”

How can any business give in so easily to threats from those who hate you (the left) while abandoning those who would fight for your survival (Rush and all of us who believe in free enterprise)?


21 posted on 03/08/2012 11:14:05 PM PST by aquila48
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To: Lazlo in PA

Rush to SleepTrain: “Go Fluke Yourself.”

Hank


22 posted on 03/08/2012 11:14:41 PM PST by County Agent Hank Kimball (Screw it. Newt's the smartest candidate and the guy I want to see debating Obummer. Flame away.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Good. I hope more advertisers come crawling back and Rush tells them where to shove it.

Of course, if I had a forum, I would call Fluke much worse than just a slut. Something about her just makes me want to vomit.


23 posted on 03/08/2012 11:17:11 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: Lazlo in PA
I live in the Sacramento area and I sent an e-mail to Sleep Train Monday informing them that as a conservative, I vote with my wallet. We needed a new California King mattress this past week-end and I spent $2,100 at Mattress Discounters who is almost directly across the street from Sleep Train.

I told them they would have gotten the first opportunity to get the sale because of their ads that run frequently on local Rush station, but because of their knee-jerk reaction to a liberal campaign they never got the chance.

I don't know how much business Sleep Train gets from the left, but for what it's worth, I paid cash.

Rush absolutely put Sleep Train on the map in Sacramento starting in the late 80's when KFBK became, as I understand it, their very first radio sponsor--during Rush's air time.

24 posted on 03/08/2012 11:18:25 PM PST by The Citizen Soldier (America needs Gingrich in 2012 about as much as England needed Churchill in 1940!)
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To: ReformationFan

Sleep Train serves a diverse community? Since when is sluthood to be considered a legitimate entity? Homosexual groups and religious groups are entities for various causes, but sluthood? Slut Pride Parades? Slut Bake Sales?

Maybe .. Sluts for Obama.


25 posted on 03/08/2012 11:23:52 PM PST by Surrounded_too
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To: Lazlo in PA

I bought a bed from Sleep Train in Dec. The mattress feels firm on one side and much less so on the other side. Time to tell them to give me a new one.


26 posted on 03/08/2012 11:23:52 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: Lazlo in PA

Hey Sleep Train, you know the expression: you made your bed....


27 posted on 03/08/2012 11:27:21 PM PST by dangus
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To: Surrounded_too
Sleep Train serves a diverse community? Since when is sluthood to be considered a legitimate entity?

They probably purchase a disproportionate number of mattresses, though.

28 posted on 03/08/2012 11:28:55 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Reliable source?


29 posted on 03/08/2012 11:32:24 PM PST by Raycpa
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
...but not worth endangering business relationships.

What type of relationship is there when at the first sign of manufactured outrage by the Left, his oldest advertiser ran for the door and slammed him?

30 posted on 03/08/2012 11:33:36 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Surrounded_too

Sluts wear out their mattresses faster?


31 posted on 03/08/2012 11:34:50 PM PST by monkeyshine
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To: Lazlo in PA

EAGLES UP!!!! PAYBACK IS A FLUKE.


32 posted on 03/08/2012 11:35:04 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo ("If your front porch collapses...and more than 4 dogs die.... you MIGHT be a REDNECK!" ;-))
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To: Lazlo in PA

I’d be carefully considering any requests of the nature. Very carefully, with a lot of thought. A lot of deep, careful, slow, slow thought.


33 posted on 03/08/2012 11:35:52 PM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: muleskinner; The Citizen Soldier; All

I am surprised at how many people buy conventional mattresses. Didn’t anyone go out and buy from the other Rush turncoat Sleep Number like we did? It is an awesome bed. They are just a nightmare to deal with on replacement parts.


34 posted on 03/08/2012 11:40:56 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

In other words.... Later suckers!


35 posted on 03/08/2012 11:50:20 PM PST by Bullish
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To: Still Thinking

“Rush is a cagey guy. It actually occurred to me that he might have provoked this on purpose to smoke out (and sift out) which of his sponsors are vulnerable to liberal pressure. Then, with his stable thus cleansed and his income stream immunized, he’s even more free than before to say what he wants. Might be a long shot, but the thought crossed my mind. “

I was thinking of it the other way around... is it possible a bunch of leftist-run companies intentionally advertised on Rush’s show, just to wait for whatever firestorm would pop up next to pull out en masse and hopefully take the show down.

I wouldn’t put it past them.


36 posted on 03/08/2012 11:56:52 PM PST by Pravious
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To: Pravious

LOL. I thought both scenarios. Of course the diversions from the Obama disaster was the most likely. This was telegraphed during the CNN debate. This is all they have. It does work with the “true believers.” Which is interesting. I posit that they are losing their base. They are attempting to herd the mindless eaters back to them.


37 posted on 03/09/2012 12:09:48 AM PST by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
I am surprised at how many people buy conventional mattresses. Didn’t anyone go out and buy from the other Rush turncoat Sleep Number like we did?

We turned in our high-density foam mattress after 18 months as it no longer felt flat and both my wife and I were getting up at night to go sleep on the couch ...by choice. We decided to go back to a high-end conventional mattress; top of the line Stearns and Foster. We tried the sleep number bed some time ago and didn't really care for it.

I know, you have to give it more than a few minutes and you have to find your ideal setting. We preferred something more traditional this time around. Let's pick up this discussion in about three months and I'll tell you how we're doing. :-)

38 posted on 03/09/2012 12:21:17 AM PST by The Citizen Soldier (America needs Gingrich in 2012 about as much as England needed Churchill in 1940!)
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To: Steelfish
I love the fact that in the note to them he made is all about his listeners; his listeners are what the businesses want for their ads.

Rush doesn't have to sell them squat, and if there is no contract, they can't do a thing about it, but starve.

TakeANumberBed, the Take-a-number bed
39 posted on 03/09/2012 12:30:29 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: aquila48

I think it’s because they panic and think of the immediate controversy, rather than looking at the long term. In all the companies I’ve worked for, courage is probably the rarest trait I’ve come across. Most bosses I’ve known would have thrown me under the bus in a heartbeat had I been in Rush’s situation.


40 posted on 03/09/2012 12:30:29 AM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Shadenfreude is fun, but not worth endangering business relationships.

In most circumstances, I'd agree with you.

But I think Sleep Train was just made an example of. A message to other advertisers, you might say.

41 posted on 03/09/2012 12:35:28 AM PST by okie01 (/i>On Parade)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I missed his program on Monday, but caught the early part of Tuesday’s show. He described the “inside baseball” of radio advertising, and seemed completely at peace with the circumstances. It was good to hear.


42 posted on 03/09/2012 12:36:22 AM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Nya Ha Ha!

Today we had to work to send berries from some place other than shari’s berries — most google results are still shari’s under other web links. But we found one and are sending FIL some berries for his birthday. No way would we use the pro flowers group.


43 posted on 03/09/2012 12:38:18 AM PST by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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To: I see my hands

The company would be nuts to ignore the marketing advantage you’d offer on box springs.


44 posted on 03/09/2012 12:38:56 AM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Oh, and we got our order from Two if ByTea in 2 days. Raspberry tea is DELICIOUS. I can’t do caffeine or I’d drink a whole one, but the three sips I had were very good.


45 posted on 03/09/2012 12:40:33 AM PST by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Well, this is a business which is two way street. Did they complain when they were made public for withdrawing sponsorship last week? If a guy dumped a woman, it is the woman’s decision whether to take him back or not. She would consider her options and see if she can live without him. I’m sure Rush & Co know their financial strength to decline them back.


46 posted on 03/09/2012 1:10:00 AM PST by paudio (no tagline for now...)
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To: Lazlo in PA

a blanket on a hard floor is the best nights rest. great for the back. spending thousands of dollars on a mattress is nuts.


47 posted on 03/09/2012 1:12:46 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Still Thinking

Sluts and democrat losers buy discount mattresses.They don’t need quality
since most of them are short term; evicted, incarcerated. or infested with vermin.


48 posted on 03/09/2012 1:24:01 AM PST by ChiMark (chewed up his body for a decade)
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To: Steelfish

I did that with carbonite. I was on record as I recently tried a trial period with them. I wrote them back and said I would never use them. I doubt that it did any good, but at least they got a message back. To hell with them. Rush made their company.


49 posted on 03/09/2012 1:43:35 AM PST by richardtavor
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To: Lazlo in PA

HA HA HA!

Short version: “Bite me”.

;D


50 posted on 03/09/2012 1:59:31 AM PST by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind)
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