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Anti-war boycott hurting Rush? (It causes Rush Limbaugh's listeners to tune in more)
worldnetdaily ^ | 2/3/2003 | WorldNetDaily

Posted on 02/03/2003 7:20:45 PM PST by TLBSHOW

Anti-war boycott hurting Rush?

The leader of an anti-war activist media lobby and a report in CBS MarketWatch claim a boycott of Rush Limbaugh sponsors is working.

Kicked off just over a week ago by Take Back The Media, the effort seeks to intimidate sponsors of the No. 1 radio show in the country.

Micheal Stinson, a Vietnam-era veteran and co-founder of Take Back The Media, claimed on Bill O'Reilly's Fox News Channel show tonight that RadioShack, Bose and Amtrak have all dropped the Limbaugh program as a result of the boycott.

According to CBS MarketWatch, RadioShack spokesmen said any ads that aired on Limbaugh's show were a mistake to begin with. The company said it "strictly adheres to a policy of not intentionally buying advertising space on programs that might be political or socially controversial or that promote any one individual's agenda or point of view."

Amtrak told CBS MarketWatch that its ads were part of a complicated barter deal and that it normally does not sponsor political shows and "in the future ... will communicate [that] practice to" other partners.

All three companies told O'Reilly show staffers that the boycott had no impact on its advertising decisions.

Other advertisers targeted by Take Back the Media include Darden Restaurants' Red Lobster chain, Pfizer, AutoZone and online retailer Overstock.com – none of which would comment to CBS MarketWatch.

Limbaugh is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications. While not addressing whether the show had lost any advertisers as a result of the boycott, Premiere issued the following written statement:

"There have been many times in the 15-year history of 'The Rush Limbaugh Program' when national and world events have generated increased listening as well as increased communication with individuals who have opposing points of view," said company President Kraig Kitchin. "The kind of compelling radio that generates opposition also causes Rush Limbaugh's weekly 20 million listeners to tune in that much more and listen longer."


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1 posted on 02/03/2003 7:20:45 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
I tried out a Select Comfort bed at the mall yesterday and they had me fill out their questionaire.

One of the questions was where I had heard about the bed and 2 of the many choices were on Rush Limbaugh's and Sean Hannity's radio shows.

I checked both, does that count?

MKM

2 posted on 02/03/2003 7:26:21 PM PST by mykdsmom
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To: TLBSHOW
Launching this boycott is like Jughead trying to beat up Superman, it just can't be done.
3 posted on 02/03/2003 7:28:19 PM PST by Commander8
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To: mykdsmom
#;^D
4 posted on 02/03/2003 7:29:30 PM PST by billhilly (On fire for BIG AL SHARPTON)
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To: TLBSHOW
Well, we all know the solution to this horseshit folks. Go out and buy a product from one of these companies. Tell them you heard their add on Rush.

"Gee, you're thirsty for orange juice."

5 posted on 02/03/2003 7:30:46 PM PST by yooper
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To: TLBSHOW
Is Rush back from his golf vacation yet, or does he plan on playing in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week?
6 posted on 02/03/2003 7:30:47 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: mykdsmom
They're continuing to kill themselves. Theory: just keep getting the message out that they're 'for free speech' as long as it's Dem ranting. This is a laugh.

Won't work.
7 posted on 02/03/2003 7:31:26 PM PST by ysoitanly
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To: TLBSHOW
this should have started with, "once upon a time...."
remember "florida orange juice"....nuff said.
8 posted on 02/03/2003 7:32:09 PM PST by hoot2
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To: TLBSHOW
Micheal Stinson, a Vietnam-era veteran and co-founder of Take Back The Media, claimed on Bill O'Reilly's Fox News Channel show tonight that RadioShack, Bose and Amtrak have all dropped the Limbaugh program as a result of the boycott.

I saw this greasy moron on H&C this evening. Doesn't the name "Take Back The Media" have a slightly intolerant ring to it?

Also, how many listeners does Rush have anyway? I doubt an advertiser would be stupid enough to offend that many potential customers. If any do drop off, I am sure there are thousands more who would be happy to take their place.

9 posted on 02/03/2003 7:32:32 PM PST by Rollee
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To: Rollee
Hot Spring Portable Spa
We purchased one of these in November, 2002, and mentioned Rush.
Live with it.
10 posted on 02/03/2003 7:39:25 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Was your comment directed to me? I am hooked on Rush's show. I can't live without him ;)
11 posted on 02/03/2003 7:43:20 PM PST by Rollee
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To: TLBSHOW
Also to this point: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/835332/posts -- 'Tell Limbaugh Advertisers to Stand Firm !' -- says "ACTION ITEM: Go to our site below now to send a FREE, pre-written editable message to all of the current advertisers on the Rush Limbaugh show, asking them to STAND FIRM in their support of Rush's show." [link: http://www.conservativealerts.com/020303.htm]
12 posted on 02/03/2003 7:46:03 PM PST by cyn
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To: Rollee
You were next in line to respond to.
I listen every day, too.
13 posted on 02/03/2003 7:47:11 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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Note on above website: Although part of their email message can be replaced w/my own words (which I always prefer to do), there is a required portion that unfortunately cannot be changed. One must also insert name & address.

I would prefer to have those email addy's of the companies listed separately rather than going through this.

I plan to contact Bose to ask them to reconsider.
14 posted on 02/03/2003 7:54:25 PM PST by cyn
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To: TLBSHOW
Vietnam Era?
Even Algore is at least a Vietnam vet ...having actually set foot in country....
what a punk a*s MF
15 posted on 02/03/2003 7:57:58 PM PST by joesnuffy
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http://www.bose.com/contact_us/ -- and this is a SECURE site, unlike the "anti-boycott" website.
16 posted on 02/03/2003 8:19:23 PM PST by cyn
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To: TLBSHOW
O'Reilly pretty much demolished this Stinson guy. His show called up all the sponsors, and they denied that Stinson's group was the reason they've stopped advertising. As O'Reilly pointed out, it's now post-Christmas, so naturally advertisers are going to be changing things around. He challenged Stinson to produce any sort of written proof. Stinson mumbled that maybe he could come up with an email or something. Pretty weak.
18 posted on 02/03/2003 8:35:25 PM PST by John Jorsett
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To: TLBSHOW
As Bugs would say , "What a MAROON". Saw the guy on tv. I can't believe how this burnt-out yesterday hippie thinks he's gonna change the airwaves. Looked like a reject from South Park, and honestly, as much as he can sometimes annoy me, I applauded O'Reilly's deftly skewering this weasel.
19 posted on 02/03/2003 8:36:01 PM PST by ysoitanly
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To: cyn
Thank you for the link to the Bose site.

For the record, here's my email to them. (Hope you don't think it's too stupid.) Every word is true. If they reply to me I'll post it here.

I just heard that you have quit advertising on Rush Limbaugh's radio show. Is this true?

I heard it was because a group called "Take Back the Media" (or something like that) has started some kind of campaign threatening your company if you don't quit advertising on Rush Limbaugh's radio show. Is this true?

My husband, an avid Rush fan, has in the past bought me the Bose radio, the Bose CD player, and just the other day bought me your super duper incredibly expensive noise suppressing headphones.

The headphones have not yet been used, I just opened the box and oohed and ahed (they're a Valentine's Day present). What is your return policy?

I hope to hear your answer to my question because I am not feeling very good about hubby's purchase right now (let's face it, the product is very good, but it's also VERY expensive) and I am thinking about asking him to return them.

Please, say it isn't so!

Sincerely,

my name here
my email address
my home phone number
my work phone number
my street address
my city and state and zipcode
20 posted on 02/03/2003 8:37:11 PM PST by Auntie Mame (Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.--Mark Twain)
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To: yooper
"Gee, you're thirsty for orange juice."

LOL! I remember that on the Rush Rush Limbaugh subliminal tape. That boycott did'nt work then and this one will not work now.

21 posted on 02/03/2003 9:14:48 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: TLBSHOW
I was wondering!!! The Vietnam war officially ended in 1975, that was 28 years ago. Now if that guy was 18 years old (the youngest age you could enlist) when Vietnam ended, that would make him at least 46 years old. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, lets say the youngest could be 44 years old, did he look like a 44 year old Vet, or am I a victim of faulty logic?
22 posted on 02/03/2003 9:59:52 PM PST by wattsup
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To: wattsup
The Vietnam era officially ended May 7, 1975. The Vietnam Era GI Bill ends the Vietnam era on 1 January 1977. I knew a couple of people who called themselves Vietnam era simply because they joined the militaty during the late 1970's. They got plenty of arguments on that one, as they should have.

I saw this Clymer on "The Factor". He's plenty full of himself.
23 posted on 02/04/2003 2:54:27 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: Rollee
Also, how many listeners does Rush have anyway? I doubt an advertiser would be stupid enough to offend that many potential customers.

Overstock.com apparently is that stupid. They seem to be the only ones that have made an active decision to side with the haters.

24 posted on 02/04/2003 2:58:14 AM PST by Timesink
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Guy didn't pass the smell test on being a vet with me either...
25 posted on 02/04/2003 3:00:33 AM PST by Braak (Democrats...always on the wrong side of history...since 1945.)
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To: TLBSHOW
Formerly, I listened a couple of times a week, but since the Democratic Party and their loony lemmings began to complain about him, I've been turning him on every day and listening to the entire program.

The whiners did me a service! LOL.
26 posted on 02/04/2003 3:00:50 AM PST by WaterDragon (Playing possum doesn't work against nukes.)
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To: TLBSHOW
Micheal Stinson, a Vietnam-era veteran and co-founder of Take Back The Media...

I saw Stinson last night on O'Reilly. He appeared to be in his early 40s or late 30s. If so, then how could he be a Vietnam Vet? The last American troops were pulled out of Vietnam in 1973 which would make Stinson too young to have been a Vietnam Vet. Does anybody out there know exactly how old Stinson is?

27 posted on 02/04/2003 3:18:59 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Redundancy Can Be Quite Catchy As Well As Contagious)
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To: TLBSHOW
"ARE THEY FOR US OR AGAINST US?" (Updated Daily.)

28 posted on 02/04/2003 3:22:11 AM PST by Cindy
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To: wattsup
I was wondering!!! The Vietnam war officially ended in 1975, that was 28 years ago. Now if that guy was 18 years old (the youngest age you could enlist) when Vietnam ended, that would make him at least 46 years old. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, lets say the youngest could be 44 years old, did he look like a 44 year old Vet, or am I a victim of faulty logic?

I was wondering the same thing. BTW, I think the last American troops were pulled out of Vietnam in 1973 (although the War ended in 1975 with the downfall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese). Was Stinson even in Vietnam? He looks to be in his early 40s or late 30s---Much too young to have been a Vietnam Vet. Somebody out there please find out the age of Stinson.

29 posted on 02/04/2003 3:22:42 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Redundancy Can Be Quite Catchy As Well As Contagious)
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To: TLBSHOW
GOOGLE Search Term: "Micheal Stinson"
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Micheal+Stinson%22&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&filter=0
30 posted on 02/04/2003 3:25:34 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Braak
Guy didn't pass the smell test on being a vet with me either...

He is variously described as a Vietnam Vet or a Vietnam-era Vet. In the latter case this means he could have been in the service after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and still be part of the latter description until 1977. Methinks Stinson was NEVER in Vietnam while in the military and is just glomming on to that Vietnam Vet description for PR purposes.

31 posted on 02/04/2003 3:25:51 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Redundancy Can Be Quite Catchy As Well As Contagious)
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To: Cindy
I just checked out that Google search you provided and in many of the descriptions of Stinson, they start out with a mention of "Vietnam-era Veteran." Why do I have a feeling that he was never in Vietnam while in the military? Sounds like he is using that "Vietnam-era Vet" designation for PR purposes. American troops were pulled out of Vietnam in 1973 and the ACTUAL war ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon.
32 posted on 02/04/2003 3:29:18 AM PST by PJ-Comix (w)
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To: yooper
Say ya to da U.P., eh.

I sent my "mass" e-mail last night after seeing that fool on O'Reilly.

Hope you don't have to travel to far today. It could get ugly out there. Us trolls are catching it down here.
33 posted on 02/04/2003 3:29:36 AM PST by David Isaac
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To: TLBSHOW
BTT!!!!!

Re. post #6, Rush is still on vaction. He was on yesterday but is now headed to Pebble beach to play in the PGA over there. He will return Monday.

34 posted on 02/04/2003 3:32:18 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: E.G.C.
So has anybody out there found out just how old Stinson is? He would need to be at least 48 years old to have been old enough to be a Vietnam Veteran who was IN Vietnam while American troops were still there.
35 posted on 02/04/2003 3:34:24 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Redundancy Can Be Quite Catchy As Well As Contagious)
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To: Mr. Mojo
He was on his show from California yesterday (Monday), but is still on vacation.
36 posted on 02/04/2003 4:21:10 AM PST by mathluv
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To: cyn
I plan to contact Bose to ask them to reconsider.

I did. It was not a positive response. I have already deleted their response, but I will not buy another Bose.

37 posted on 02/04/2003 4:25:02 AM PST by mathluv
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To: TLBSHOW
I have been thinking of buying a Bose radio for some time. I think I will give them a call and inform them that I will be listening to see if they are going to knuckle under to the threats of Take Back The Media.
38 posted on 02/04/2003 4:28:15 AM PST by mware
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To: PJ-Comix
Vietnam-era veteran

That is a code word for, "I was in the service during the time period but did not do a tour in Nam."

39 posted on 02/04/2003 4:32:29 AM PST by mware
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To: mathluv
I plan to contact Bose to ask them to reconsider.... I did. It was not a positive response.

That is a pretty strange response for a company that sells radios. Especially when conservatives rule the radio world.

40 posted on 02/04/2003 4:40:47 AM PST by mware
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To: mware
That is a code word for, "I was in the service during the time period but did not do a tour in Nam."

Just what year did Stinson enter the service? He looks to be in early 40s or late 30s. To have actually been a real Vietnam Vet he would have to be at least 48 years old since American troops were pulled out of Vietnam in 1973. Somehow I doubt that he was even in Vietnam during his military service. I believe that the WWII "era" ended in 1946 even though the war ended in 1945 but would anybody consider someone who entered the military in 1946 to be a WWII veteran?

My homework assignment is to find out the exact AGE of Michael Stinson.

41 posted on 02/04/2003 4:46:47 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Redundancy Can Be Quite Catchy As Well As Contagious)
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To: mware
Military personnel who served in Europe even during the height of the Vietnam War don't refer to themselves as Vietnam Veterans or Vietnam Era veterans. Some of the descriptions of Stinson says "Vietnam Veteran" without even the "era" part tacked on.
42 posted on 02/04/2003 4:49:38 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Redundancy Can Be Quite Catchy As Well As Contagious)
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To: John Jorsett
This is the reply overstock.com sent me:

Dear XXXX,
I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and concerns. We have and continue to hear from concerned customers such as yourself. We certainly appreciate that so many took the time to offer their feedback. Unfortunately, due to an overwhelmingly negative response from our customers, we have respectfully requested that our banners be removed.
Please be advised that we do not support, nor are we associated in any way with any political organization or opinion. Nor are we able to control what is posted on other sites.
Please keep us in mind for your online shopping needs.
Thank you,
Heather www.Overstock.com

Sounds like they capitulated to pressure....I'd love to see more of us write them in particular.

43 posted on 02/04/2003 5:43:42 AM PST by Katya
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To: Braak
Guy didn't pass the smell test

From the looks of him, this is probably a literal assessment of the guy.
What is it... "Long haired, Dope smoking, maggot infested, plastic banana, good time rock & roll, fm type"

45 posted on 02/04/2003 5:57:54 AM PST by MrB
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To: mykdsmom
What did you think of the mattress?

I'm looking for a new one, but the SelectComfort is quite pricey.
46 posted on 02/04/2003 5:57:57 AM PST by Taxman
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To: TonyRo76
Had the mall management just paid attention to market forces instead of whiny leftists, they might also have stayed in business.

However, if they themselves were leftists, well, sometimes they proudly go noseless out of spite.

47 posted on 02/04/2003 6:05:43 AM PST by MrB
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To: PJ-Comix
I saw Stinson last night on O'Reilly. He appeared to be in his early 40s or late 30s. If so, then how could he be a Vietnam Vet?

I heard him say he's a veteran, but I didn't hear him say he was of the Vietnam era.

48 posted on 02/04/2003 6:19:25 AM PST by John Jorsett
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To: TLBSHOW
I just e-mailed Bose. I told them I will continue to tell people not to buy their product.

I have worked in the Audio business for many years. I have gone to the Consumer Electronics Shows in Chicago and Los Vegas in 1980, 1984, 1989, and 1992. I have met the people who work for the Bose Company. Their produce is cheap and I would never buy their crap anyway.
50 posted on 02/04/2003 6:24:11 AM PST by bmwcyle
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