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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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To: I see my hands

How many people actually need to be trained to sleep, anyway?

[maybe I was just born a “natural”]

;]


51 posted on 03/09/2012 2:00:41 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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To: Lazlo in PA

They won’t admit it in public....but by the end of this year....my humble guess is that they lose around forty percent of their business. They will likely rename themselves or sell their operation onto another company. It’ll be hard to find another AM radio show that has such a big national audience, for the price they charged. And several shows....probably won’t accept them.


52 posted on 03/09/2012 2:02:28 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

[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.]

This maybe a message maybe to other advertisers...think very carefully before you jump.


53 posted on 03/09/2012 3:38:15 AM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Steelfish

I’m sure Ed Schultz will be glad to hear from them. All 15 of His listeners will by something.


54 posted on 03/09/2012 3:51:37 AM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: reaganaut
"Good. I hope more advertisers come crawling back and Rush tells them where to shove it."

Me too!

55 posted on 03/09/2012 3:52:03 AM PST by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: Surrounded_too

Don’t forget about the sluts for Bill Clinton!


56 posted on 03/09/2012 4:03:25 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Pravious
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.

That's what I was thinking, too.

57 posted on 03/09/2012 4:08:46 AM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: reefdiver
I’m sure Ed Schultz will be glad to hear from them. All 15 of His listeners will by something.

I'm sure there's some lefties who will come rescue them with all of their vast listening audience...Maybe Randie Rhodes, Alan Coombs, Bill Press, Bill Maher, or maybe they should just buy time on Air America!!!

Wait...does that network still exist???

58 posted on 03/09/2012 4:08:58 AM PST by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free)
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To: fullchroma

Sleep Train Fluked themselves...


59 posted on 03/09/2012 4:13:58 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - and I'm SEVERELY against giving him my vote!)
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To: richardtavor

“Nevertheless and on Wednesday, Carbonite rose 3.11% to $8.61 (CARB has a 52 week trading range of $8.21 to $21.10 a share) for a market cap of $216 million but the stock was down 11% for the first six days of March, down 22% since the start of the year and down 30% since its debut last August.”

http://www.smallcapnetwork.com/Best-Computer-Backup-Stocks-For-Rush-Limbaugh-Fans-Carbonite-CARB-Spare-Backup-SPBU-or-CommVault-Systems-CVLT/s/via/3414/article/view/p/mid/1/id/556/


60 posted on 03/09/2012 4:15:57 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

First of all, Rush’s statement is very classy. Second, I am glad he said no. Let’s see how many mattresses Sleep Train sells to the leftist clowns.

Third, this should bode very ill for future left wing “social network” campaigns. Their power has been denigrated by the lost business these sponsors are experiencing. Next time they threaten advertisers it will have a diminished impact.


61 posted on 03/09/2012 4:20:38 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Kaslin

Ping!


62 posted on 03/09/2012 4:27:31 AM PST by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Wonderful!


63 posted on 03/09/2012 4:36:19 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: Lazlo in PA

I would bet that a great many shareholders in the companies that dropped Rush are conservative Rush-lovers. They probably weren’t real happy when their idiots in charge decided to cut off their noses to spite their faces. Heads will roll...figuratively speaking, of course.


64 posted on 03/09/2012 4:38:25 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Lazlo in PA

In the past, there was another great spokesman for products, his name was Arthur Godfrey.

The main reason why the public bought the products he sponsored is very simple...he personally used the products before he endorsed them and the public trusted him.

It’s a lesson that will be hard learned for companies who indulge in politics before success in business.


65 posted on 03/09/2012 5:01:53 AM PST by RetSignman (I take responsibility for what I post not for what you understand.)
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To: Still Thinking

I have no doubt that Rush made his remarks about Fluke intentionally. I doubt that his sponsers were part of the strategy. Note that O’Reilly is sniffing around trying to find out who’s behind Fluke. He thinks it’s the White House. Her claim about the price of contraceptives for students is being proven false. Is this another angle of attack in the vetting of Obama?


66 posted on 03/09/2012 5:01:53 AM PST by cymbeline
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To: Lazlo in PA

I love this. Good for Rush, he is an awesome American. Thanks for all you do Rush, you are the best !


67 posted on 03/09/2012 5:17:01 AM PST by Carry me back
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To: pepsionice
It’ll be hard to find another AM radio show that has such a big national audience, for the price they charged. And several shows....probably won’t accept them.

I've got to think that the conservative talkers, esp. Hannity and Levin who are close friends of Rush, won't have anything to do with the sponsors that pulled out, esp. the ones that made snotty comments.

68 posted on 03/09/2012 5:17:08 AM PST by Marathoner (Obama has his own 9-9-9-plan: $9.99 a gallon at the pump.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

If Rush won’t endorse Sleep Train, perhaps they can retain Fluke to endorse their mattresses once she gets the government to mandate Georgetown insure her birth control pills so she can put the mattress to good use.


69 posted on 03/09/2012 5:17:52 AM PST by chuckee
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To: Lazlo in PA
The abandoning advertisers threw in their lot with the OWS crowd. Sadly, those advertisers didn't listen to the OWS complaints about not having jobs and having large student debt.

It's a pretty stupid long-term business plan to cast off willing customers with disposable incomes to gain favor with unemployed debtors who think they deserve the niceties of the market at no cost.

70 posted on 03/09/2012 5:18:07 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: chuckee

I’m not sure it would be put to good use for her victims. lol


71 posted on 03/09/2012 5:19:48 AM PST by Carry me back
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To: Lazlo in PA

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


72 posted on 03/09/2012 5:26:39 AM PST by dangus
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To: cymbeline

“O’Reilly is sniffing around trying to find out who’s behind Fluke. He thinks it’s the White House.”

He THINKS it’s the White House?! Sheesh... nothing gets past Bill, does it? -sarc-


73 posted on 03/09/2012 5:31:22 AM PST by MayflowerMadam (Don't blame me; I voted for the American.)
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To: I see my hands

Thanks for the contact info. Here is the email I just sent to Sleeptrain:

“You may now add me to the list of those who rather sleep on the floor than buy a mattress from you after your betrayal of Rush Limbaugh. You chose leftwing profligacy over basic decency. And I prefer not to associate with your type.

“Rush made a mistake and admitted it (Fluke is not a slut; she is a radical leftwing abortion zealot). Fluke lied repeatedly in her phony testimony. But, since she is one of your fellow travelers, you chose her over decency. Big mistake.”


74 posted on 03/09/2012 5:31:53 AM PST by hampdenkid
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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 don't think it's that far-fetched. He got lots of free publicity out of it, his sponsors will be back, and he's ditched the vulnerable ones.

Rush's show is geared for advertisers who don't necessarily care of the Left boycotts them, as long as the Right supports them.

75 posted on 03/09/2012 5:33:20 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: Surrounded_too
Slut Pride Parades? Slut Bake Sales?

Well at least you'll know there is a chance for a good time....

76 posted on 03/09/2012 5:35:25 AM PST by voicereason (Dems, Pubbies...too often a one-sided coin.)
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To: PapaBear3625

This is TOO PLAUSABLE not to be fact. And you’re right; Rush just ain’t no pu$$y!


77 posted on 03/09/2012 5:40:25 AM PST by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
It is so nice to see egg on the face of those advertisers who thought they were scoring points with the Obama crowd by bowing down to political correctness.

Message to the executives of Sleep Train, Carbonite, Proflowers and others of their ilk: You run companies that are dependent upon appealing to consumers with the disposable income to purchase your products and services. Guess what? You just pissed most of them off! As for the politically correct crowd you were trying to appease with your foolish decision to pull your advertising from the Rush show - most of them are not going to be purchasing your products. Either they are of the welfare class and don't have the disposable income to purchase your products or they are of the trust fund class and they are too snobby to purchase mattresses through a retailer or order up a vase of flowers online for Valentines Day or what not.

Those clueless execs have no business sitting in a corporate boardroom.

78 posted on 03/09/2012 5:43:56 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 66 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: SamAdams76
I would think the radio stations who also canceled, are already regretting their move. A local station close to where I live, dropped Hannity last year and replaced him with Ed Schultz. Rush is still on at noon, but the afternoon Schultz show, has almost no audience. They are even advertising for Schultz while Rush is on! Like we are so ignorant and without principle, we won't know the difference. It's hilarious.

Now, they say in a commercial just before Rush signs off, “Get ready for Ed Schultz!, COME ON! You can handle it! He's not that bad! Try listen to him just a little, you might just discover that you like what you hear! LOL!

79 posted on 03/09/2012 5:53:58 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: dangus

Hey call Mike Dunn the owner or write him and let him know

Sleep Train
8391 Auburn Blvd
Citrus Hts, CA 95610

916-751-4300


80 posted on 03/09/2012 5:55:03 AM PST by BubbaJunebug
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To: Lazlo in PA

Wahoooo! I hope word gets spread fast to other companies who don’t research members of the “Liars for Hussein Club” before they decide to jump in and try to destroy somebody. It may give them pause if they think a bit of backlash could bite them in the butt. Hopefully, karma will be a bitch for Sleeptrain.


81 posted on 03/09/2012 5:58:29 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Gee, perhaps that mattress company should hire Ms. Fluke as their spokesperson as she obvious spends a lot of time using such products.


82 posted on 03/09/2012 5:58:56 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: Surrounded_too

You hit onto something! Someone (a conservative group of course) should create a PAC called “Sluts for Obama” and put up crazy ads for him which will embarass him.


83 posted on 03/09/2012 5:59:09 AM PST by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping. Rush is doing us proud....


84 posted on 03/09/2012 6:08:28 AM PST by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex — buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: Steelfish
I did it the first day. I also wrote them to say that I had gone out of my way to purchase from them when it was inconvenient...no more.

Ironically, we are moving next month and it is time for a new bed.

85 posted on 03/09/2012 6:14:25 AM PST by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: okie01; paudio; bjorn14
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.

Oh, there’s no doubt that that is true. I just think that publishing the identity of the particular advertiser was done without the direction and probably against the policy of Rush himself. But I think that Rush, rightly, has less than zero interest in giving prospective sponsors pause as to potential risks associated with becoming sponsors.

I would be more surprised that Rush associated himself with the “outing” of a former sponsor than I would be to learn that an associate of Rush’s became a former associate of Rush’s because this former sponsor was publicly embarrassed.

The closest thing I can think of as a counterexample against my point is the “Two If By Tea” initiative, which has to be seen as a slap at Snapple - although, Two If By Tea is positioned and certainly priced in a different category from Snapple.


86 posted on 03/09/2012 6:15:17 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: DemforBush

They wanted to publically denounce him, to appease the left. Then quietly come back when no one remembered Done the Campus Flute.
Now they’ve destroyed their business with Rush fans, and hopefully the lefties will notice their attempt to go back. Destroy those businesses from both sides.


87 posted on 03/09/2012 6:23:17 AM PST by LevinFan
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To: Steelfish
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.

I think more highly of Soul Train now than I do Sleep Train.
88 posted on 03/09/2012 6:25:40 AM PST by crosshairs
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To: arrdon; Still Thinking
This is TOO PLAUSABLE not to be fact. And you’re right; Rush just ain’t no pu$$y!

The more I think about it, the more this looks like a good move. By having controversy NOW, and seeing who's going to cut and run, he can prune away his vulnerable support in advance of what looks like it will be a NASTY election conflict. It would be much worse to find out where he's week in the last few months before the election.

89 posted on 03/09/2012 6:27:22 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: I see my hands; All
To: Sleep Train

For $1000.00 $750 per week I'll use the words 'Sleep Train' as the signature on all my emails AND my Free Republic posts! Don't waste time with someone who can't even see their hands, go with the broadcast professional, it's MKJ!

90 posted on 03/09/2012 6:27:46 AM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front!)
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To: MayflowerMadam; cymbeline
“O’Reilly is sniffing around trying to find out who’s behind Fluke. He thinks it’s the White House.”
He THINKS it’s the White House?! Sheesh... nothing gets past Bill, does it? -sarc-


NOTHING gets past Inspector O'Bloviator! LOL

91 posted on 03/09/2012 6:38:57 AM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front!)
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To: Salamander
How many people actually need to be trained to sleep, anyway?[maybe I was just born a “natural”]

Some people are just extra talented!

92 posted on 03/09/2012 6:40:23 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: freeangel
Hopefully, karma will be a bitch for Sleeptrain.

You reminded me of that funny old saying -- "Sorry, my karma just ran over your dogma!" It fits this situation perfectly.

93 posted on 03/09/2012 6:47:17 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: mkjessup

LOLOL!!!!!!


94 posted on 03/09/2012 7:02:13 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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To: Still Thinking

It’s a gift, I tell ya.
A true gift.

[I’m sleeping right now]

;D


95 posted on 03/09/2012 7:03:25 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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To: GVnana
Hard to believe the original owner would have made such a stupid move.

*************************************

It appears that the original owner did make this very stupid move.

From Wikipedia:

"The owner of Sleep Train has known host Rush Limbaugh for many years and has sponsored the show since its 1988 launch into national syndication. Sleep Train suspended advertising on the show on March 4, 2012 in the wake of the Rush Limbaugh–Sandra Fluke controversy; the company asked to return as a sponsor on March 8, but Limbaugh declined their request."

96 posted on 03/09/2012 7:11:16 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Mortrey

I wrote to pro flowers something like this: The ONLY reason I used your service is because of your advertising on Rush Limbaugh. Take me off your list. I hope this was all worth it to you.


97 posted on 03/09/2012 7:25:59 AM PST by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: Yaelle

“we found one and are sending FIL some berries for his birthday”

Who did you use?


98 posted on 03/09/2012 7:58:02 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: nutmeg
"Love it! Hope "Sleep Train" goes outta business fast... Don't mess with Rush, nor his 20,000,000+ listeners!"

AMEN!!! I'm thinking of dropping my AOL email account to show my support for him.

99 posted on 03/09/2012 8:01:28 AM PST by Tabi Katz (Annoy the establishment : Vote 4 Santorum!)
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To: Tabi Katz

AOL?!? They’re still around?


100 posted on 03/09/2012 8:17:01 AM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front!)
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