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64 — Rasmussen poll: Just 29 percent believe Rush Limbaugh’s apology was sincere.
65 — Bloomberg Poll: More than half say Rush Limbaugh should be fired over his “slut” and “prostitute” comments.
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What a couple weeks it’s been for conservative talk radio. The popularity of Rush Limbaugh, its foremost practitioner, is falling like a bowling ball dropped from a hot-air balloon. And all over the issue of access to contraceptives, which is supported by a wide majority of Americans.
On Feb. 29, Limbaugh lambasted Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke as “a slut” and “a prostitute” because she wanted to testify before Congress on this matter. Then he doubled down and later tripled down on the remark. Conservative politicians are criticizing it and him. Advertisers are fleeing his show like rats deserting a sinking ship.
Because Rush and I go way back, this humble blog is charting these events with a timeline we’ll update regularly. Please pass this link around to your friends and enemies. My modest goal is to serve as the official chronicler of Rush Limbaugh’s decline.
As events progress, please email me — at dan(dot)casey(at)roanoke(dot)com
Put “Limbaugh Timeline” as your subject and include the date of the event and links to more information. I’ll update the timeline as events dictate.
After the jump is the Rush Limbaugh in Decline Timeline. It’s like a train wreck in slow motion. Enjoy.
Feb. 16, 2012 — Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, convenes a hearing on contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke asks to testify. Issa refuses. Instead, he only allows men. Three female representatives, all Democrats, walk out of the hearing. The event provokes jokes by comedians across the nation.
Feb. 16, 2012 — Fluke’s statement is posted on You Tube under the title, “The testimony Chairman Issa doesn’t want you to hear.” As of March 3 it had racked up 95,000-odd views and was climbing.
Feb. 16, 2012 — Issa goes on Fox News’ Greta Van Sustern show to explain that Fluke “really didn’t belong on that panel for obvious reasons.”
Feb. 22, 2012 — Fluke testifies before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, and her testimony is aired on C-SPAN. She says Georgetown’s policy against coverage for contraception “communicates to female students that our school doesn’t understand our needs.”
Feb. 24, 2012 — At the California GOP’s Spring Convention, Issa concedes that his insistence on the all-male panel for the Feb. 15 contraception hearing was not “my greatest success.”
Feb. 29, 2012 — Right-wing-radio talker Rush Limbaugh, who appears weekdays on 600 radio stations, weighs into the fracas regarding Fluke and her statement, calling her “a slut” and “a prostitute.” Here are his remarks in context:
“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex. What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. . .Okay, so she’s not a slut. She’s “round heeled.” I take it back.”
March 1, 2012 — Limbaugh doubles down on his attack on Fluke. On his radio show he calls her “an immoral, baseless, no-purpose-to-her-life woman,” who “wants all the sex in the world, whenever she wants it, all the time.” And he adds: ”if we’re going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.” Here are his remarks in context:
“This woman is being used. Do you realize at the end of the day what’s happening here, the Democrats are putting on parade a woman who is happily presenting herself as an immoral, baseless, no-purpose-to-her-life woman. She wants all the sex in the world, whenever she wants it, all the time. No consequences. No responsibility for her behavior.”
March 1, 2012 — The blog Left Leaning Liberal Lady encourages readers to log onto the FCC’s online complaint form and file a complaint against Limbaugh for soliciting pornography over public airwaves. The blog post includes an up-to-date list of Limbaugh’s sponsors.
March 1, 2012 — Fluke goes on MSNBC’s The Ed Show and reacts to Limbaugh’s broadside, saying, “this is historically the kind of language used to silence women.” In Congress, 75 Democrats sign a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, calling upon him to denounce Limbaugh.
March 1, 2012 — The Sleep Train, a Sacramento Calif. advertiser on Limbaugh’s show for more than 25 years, announces it’s pulling its ads. A message from the company reads, “Thanks to all of you for your concern and input. We are currently pulling all ads with Rush Limbaugh.”
March 1, 2012 — ProFlowers tweets that it’s re-evaluating continuing advertising on Limbaugh’s program. A message from the company reads, “Rest assured, your feedback is heard. We heard about the comments and we will reevaluate our marketing plan.”
March 1, 2012 — eHarmony, the online dating site, denies that it specifically advertises on the Rush Limbaugh Show, but concedes its ads may be appearing there as a part of “network buys.” A message from the company reads, “We’ve never paid for ads on Limbaugh show. We’re looking into the matter of ‘network buys’ & will let you know what we discover.”
March 2, 2012 — Limbaugh triples down his his attack against Fluke, claiming she’s asking taxpayers to pay for her to have sex. Here are his remarks in context:
“So Pelosi arranges her own press conference for the woman, and the woman makes it clear (her name is Sandra Fluke) that she’s having so much sex, she can’t pay for it — and we should.
“She’s having so much sex, she can’t afford it. She gives the numbers: $3,000 worth of birth control pills worth of sex.
“She’s paying anywhere from $35,000 to $50,000 a year to go to Georgetown, $20,000 room and board, and can’t afford the $1,800 to $3,000 a year for birth control pills and wants us to pay for it.
“I said, “What does that make her?” She wants taxpayers, the Democrats want taxpayers, to pay for it.”
March 2, 2012 — Despite the fact that Fluke appeared before a group of Democrats in Congress and criticized Georgetown University for not covering students’ birth control, Georgetown President John DeGioia speaks out in defense of Fluke. And his remarks are classy: “She was respectful, sincere, and spoke with conviction. She provided a model of civil discourse. This expression of conscience was in the tradition of the deepest values we share as a people. One need not agree with her substantive position to support her right to respectful free expression. And yet, some of those who disagreed with her position – including Rush Limbaugh and commentators throughout the blogosphere and in various other media channels – responded with behavior that can only be described as misogynistic, vitriolic, and a misrepresentation of the position of our student.
March 2, 2012 — Quicken Loans, another advertiser on The Rush Limbaugh Show, announces it’s pulling its ads from the show. A tweet from from company founder Dan Gilbert reads, ““Due to Rush Limbaugh’s inflammatory comments along w/valuable feedback from our clients & staff, Quicken Loans has suspended ads on his show.”
March 2, 2012 — Sleep Number, yet another Limbaugh advertiser, announces it has had enough. A message from the company reads, “Recent comments by Rush Limbaugh do not align w/our values, so we made decision to immediately suspend all advertising on that program.”
March 2, 2012 — According to The Smoking Gun, a suspicious package mailed to the Limbaugh mansion in Palm Beach shut down the streets in the radio star’s neighborhood while a SWAT team checked it out. After X-rays, it was determined not to be a bomb, but a prototype of a award named after Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth. The electronic plaque was mailed to Limbaugh by — no kidding — an emergency room physician from Pittsburgh who was seeking Limbaugh’s endorsement for the product. Next in the good doctor’s product line are Lee Harvey Oswald and John Hinckley awards. (Just kidding about those).
March 2, 2012 — Comedian Bill Maher, who once called Sarah Palin the c-word, rejects Limbaugh’s attempts to drag him into the “slut” and “prostitute” controversy. In his Friday night monologue, Maher says, “He tried to drag me into this bulls— he caused.”
Maher adds that one difference between his show and Limbaugh’s is, “I don’t have sponsors, I’m on HBO. Nothing the first advertiser to drop Limbaugh was a mattress company, Maher adds: “sluts use a lot of mattresses!”
March 2, 2012 – Brett Caine, a vice-president at Citrix Systems, posts a message on the company’s Facebook page: ” After careful consideration, we have decided to discontinue our advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Show.”
March 2, 2012 — David Friend, the CEO of Carbonite, a huge talk-radio advertiser, posts a message on the company’s blog. It doesn’t explicitly threaten the company will pull its ads. But it calls the outcry “the worst we’ve ever seen: “Over the past two days we have received a tremendous amount of feedback on Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments. I too am offended and very concerned about his comments. . . The outcry over Limbaugh is the worst we’ve ever seen. I have scheduled a face-to-face meeting next week with Limbaugh during which I will impress upon him that his comments were offensive to many of our customers and employees alike. ”
March 2, 2012 — LegalZoom, another Limbaugh advertiser, tweets that it’s suspending their advertising on his show: “As of today, LegalZoom has suspended all advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show.”
March 2, 2012 — Fox News host Bill O’Reilly offers Limbaugh some support by repeating the fictional argument that Sandra Fluke wants her birth control “covered by the government. . . .Let me get this straight, Ms. Fluke, and I’m asking this with all due respect. You want me to give you my hard-earned money so you can have sex?” He added that because Fluke wanted society to cover her “activities,” the government should also have subsidized his college football uniforms, since an injury might “cost society a lot.” He also said that perhaps taxpayers should pay for gym memberships for men so they could stay physically fit. (h/t Dave Hicks).
March 2, 2012 – Through a spokesman, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, calls Limbaugh’s “slut” comment “inappropriate:” “The speaker obviously believes the use of those words was inappropriate, as is trying to raise money off the situation.”
March 2, 2012 – Rick Santorum, who’s running for the GOP nomination for president, levels some mild criticism at Limbaugh: “He’s being absurd, but that’s you know, an entertainer can be absurd,” Santorum told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday. “He’s in a very different business than I am.”
March 2, 2012 — Mitt Romney, front runner in the race for the GOP nomination, and founder of Bain Capital, the investment company that owns 45 percent of Clear Channel Communication (the syndicator of the Rush Limbaugh Show) issues a lame statement about Limbaugh’s attacks: “I’ll just say this, which is, it’s not the language I would have used.”
March 2, 2012 — The White House calls Limbaugh’s remarks “reprehensible.” Spokesman Jay Carney adds: “The fact that our political discourse has become debased in many ways is bad enough. It is worse when it’s directed at a private citizen who was simply expressing her views.”
March 2, 2012 — Mark Levin, the former Reagan administration official, author of silly books and radio talk show host, defends Limbaugh on his evening radio show (which appearks on WFIR-AM 960) and tells the media it can go to hell: “She does not represent most women that I know, and most women that I know would not be testifying before Congress, before the national media, talking about all the sex they have engaged in and then have the nerve to demand that the citizens of this nation pay for contraceptives.” As for the media, Levin adds: “No, we will not let you take down Rush or anyone else. . .In fact, I think I speak for tens of millions of Americans, you can go to hell.”
March 3, 2012 – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who’s running for the GOP nomination, but who seems to be losing almost as badly as he could be this late in that game, refuses to criticize Limbaugh. Instead, Gingrich goes after President Obama for calling Fluke: “I think the president will opportunistically do anything he can,” Gingrich says.
March 3, 2012 – Members of Twitter, Reddit and Facebook launch boycott campaigns against Limbugh’s show.
March 3, 2012 — Fellow talk radio show host Andy Dean says Limbaugh has done damage with his three-day campaign of name-calling against Fluke. Dean says most conservatives don’t have a problem with birth control, but “the problem that we have is that government should not be in the health care business,” says Dean. Of Limbaugh, he says, “You play right into the hands of the liberal play book. Liberals want to paint conservatives as out-of-touch, antiquated monsters.”
1. March 3, 2012 — Hell freezes over. The Pope renounces Catholicism. And wild bears stop pooping in the woods. And, Rush Limbaugh APOLOGIZES, apparently for the first time in his career as a national broadcaster. Can it be true? Did the non-churchgoing “Talent-on-Loan-from-God” talker actually make a mistake? The statement appeared on his website shortly after this blog post went up: “My choice of words was not the best … I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.” The full apology:
For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit? In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.
Obviously, Rush saw this blog and caved. Of course, it wasn’t the first time he reacted to your humble blogger.
BUT . . . Is this enough? Rush spent three days pillorying Sandra Fluke on 600 radio stations across the country. Can 192 words posting on his website on a Saturday evening make up that that? I dunno. It seems like the media sharks have sniffed out blood in the water.
(h/t to Dave Hicks for the heds up)
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(h/t to Art Hill)
The Coalition points out that when asked why Clear Channel’s KFI hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of the “John and Ken Show,” were taken off the air and suspended without pay for ten days for calling pop music icon Whitney Houston a “crack ho” three days after the legendary singer’s death, programming director Robin Bertolucci replied, “because they crossed the line.” When asked what that line was, Ms. Bertolucci’s response was, “it’s very difficult to define but you know it when you hear it.”
We, along with millions of other listeners in Los Angeles, heard that line crossed again on KFI’s airwaves when Limbaugh unapologetically referred to a woman, on the eve of Women’s History Month, as a “slut” and a “prostitute.”
Once again, this happened without any statement from KFI management or repercussions like those sustained by John and Ken. Obviously Clear Channel just doesn’t get it.
We are calling on Clear Channel to suspend Rush Limbaugh over his comments and to develop, define, and put into place clear policy and procedures that draws the line for their talk show hosts and programming directors, sothat when they “hear it,” they know it and the proper action is taken.
5. March 4, 2012 — GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich, who had earlier refused to say Limbaugh’s “slut” and “prostitute” slurs were inappropriate, says on ABC’s “This Week that is was “appropriate” that the radio talker had apologized Saturday.
6. March 4, 2012 — Syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker, a Pulitzer Prize winner, begins her Sunday column with this question:
” Who’d have thought that Rush Limbaugh would become the great uniter in this divisive political season? Indeed, he has united decent people of all stripes and persuasions with his vile remarks about a Georgetown Law student.”
7. March 4, 2012 — The Web site Buzzfeed runs a list of Rush Limbaugh’s 6 previous apologies, including his mea culpsa in 1988 for calling Amy Carter “the most unattractive presidential daughter in the history of the country,” and in 1992 for calling Chelsea Clinton “the White House dog.” Other apologies were regarding quarterback Donovan McNabb, actor and Parkinson’s sufferer Michael J. Fox, President Obama and Sherrol Miller, whom in 1994 Limbaugh called a “transexual lesbian.”
8. March 4, 2012 — USA Today runs a story regarding White House aide David Axelrod’s appearance Sunday morning on ABC’s “This Week.” Axelrod calls Limbaugh’s statement a “quasi-apology” and notes that the initial comment was “predicated on a lie. The lie was that somehow she was asking that taxpayers pay for contraception.
“The policy is that in basic insurance policies, contraception — contraceptive services, birth control, should be included.” Axelrod adds, “even in his sort of quasi-apology last night, Mr. Limbaugh continued that falsehood, and it needs to be challenged.”
9. March 4, 2012 — Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” House Majority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Richmond, criticizes Limbaugh’s three-day name-calling spree against Sandra Fluke. “I don’t condone that type of language in any arena, including the political arena,” Cantor said.
“It was insulting, and Rush has said as much.” Cantor also endorses Mitt Romney for the presidential nomination, and defends Romney for not criticizing Limbaugh’s remarks.
10. March 4, 2012 — Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” conservative commentator George Will tells host George Stephanopoulos that GOP leaders’ criticism of Limbaugh was so mild because “Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. . .[House Speaker John] Boehner comes out and says Rush’s language was inappropriate.
“Using the salad fork for your entrée, that’s inappropriate. Not this stuff. . . .And it was depressing because what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”
11. March 4, 2021 — Women aren’t reacting too kindly to Limbaugh’s Saturday night apology, MSNBC reports, in a survey of social media. The article includes this tweet from @StephanieReads: “Hey @rushlimbaugh. Apologies are 3 things: I was wrong, I’m sorry, I won’t do it again. You failed.”
12. March 4, 2012 — Writing on something called The Landmark Report, Editor-in-Chief Andrew Lawton opines that Limbaugh’s apology was a bigger mistake than his slurs against Fluke: “Limbaugh went further in his comments than I would have, but Fluke deserves no apology because, at the very core of her arguments, she wants her sex-life to be financed by others. Perhaps she’s not a slut, but she is a cheapskate. A leech, if you will. The remarks even led Obama to make a personal call of support to Fluke, calling Limbaugh’s remarks “reprehensible.” (We can assume he also extended the same courtesy to Laura Ingraham, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Michelle Malkin when each of those women were called sluts in the mainstream media.)”
13. March 4, 2012 — GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul says on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he believes Limbaugh’s apology was insincere. ““It’s in his best interest, that’s why he did it. . .I don’t think he’s very apologetic. He’s doing it because some people were taking advertisements from his program. It was his bottom line he was concerned about.”
14. March 4, 2012 — The floral company ProFlowers, which had earlier announced it was re-evaluating its advertising on the Rush Limbaugh Show, announces it’s yanking its ads from the program, becoming the 7th sponsor to do so: ““At ProFlowers, our mission is to delight our customers with fresh and long lasting flowers, and that is our singular focus each and every day. We do not base our advertising decisions to align with any particular political view or opinion as our employees and customers are as diverse as the USA. Mr. Limbaugh’s recent comments went beyond political discourse to a personal attack and do not reflect our values as a company. As such, ProFlowers has suspended advertising on The Rush Limbaugh radio program.”
(h/t Ron and Hillary)
15. March 4, 2012 — On ABC’s “This Week,” political analyst Matthew Dowd says: “I think the problem is the Republican leaders, Mitt Romney and the other candidates, don’t have the courage to say what they say in quiet, which [is], they think Rush Limbaugh is a buffoon. They think he is like a clown coming out of a small car at a circus. It’s great he is entertaining and all that. But nobody takes him seriously.”
(h/t to Debbie)
16. March 4, 2012 — The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd, who has been attacked by Limbaugh in the past, lays a bunch of her trademark zingers on Limbaugh and others in her Sunday column (although it was far from the zingiest she’s ever written): “Isn’t this the last guy who should be pointing fingers and accusing others of taking pills for recreational purposes? . . . Rush and Newt Gingrich can play the studs, marrying again and again until they find the perfect adoring young wife. But women pressing for health care rights are denigrated as sluts. . . .Mitt Romney reacted to Limbaugh for days with craven silence before finally allowing on a rope line on Friday night that “it’s not the language I would have used.” Is there a right way to call a woman a slut?”
17. March 4, 2012 — Rush Limbaugh’s Facebook page racks up more than 9,100 responses to his posted apology (by Sunday evening). Some choice ones:
Anthony Rose: No apology needed Rush….When your right…your right. And Rush is right. And I too will boycott all those spineless advertisers they drop you. Time to make a stand. Keep up the great work your doing and keep calling them as you see them.
Dan Airozo: I won’t be buying Carbonite or ProFlowers either….who needs them
Susan Solstice: An Open letter to Rush Limbaugh: Your apology to Sandra Fluke is totally inadequate when stacked against the enormity of the offensive comments you made. You are a moral blight on our nation. . .And your suggestions that America watch pornographic videos of women who use birth control is so vile that I question how anyone who calls themselves a Christian, or practices any religion at all, could continue to listen to your program. You have shown the world a dark part of your soul that most of us wish we had never been exposed to.
Rita Fritz: Rush – Please hold strong. You said nothing wrong except led us to believe that she claimed to be having sex three times per day and probably with multiple partners. I did go back and watch her testimony – she did not indicate that. However – I see why you concluded that. You did the math and deduced it. I am a nurse practitioner in mostly liberal northeast Ohio, aka Dennis Kucinich country. We working people are being sucked dry here. We need you, not Pro Flowers. Stay on the offensive.
Robert Antall: Time to hang them up, Rush. We are going to take down every single one of your sponsors. Resign before you are totally embarrassed.
BigJack Felton: Rush isn’t always right or he’d of realized there isn’t need to apologize for the facts…. who is Carbonite’s and pro flowers competitors… I don’t think there are any others…
18. March 4, 2012 — As of Sunday evening, ProFlowers had racked up more than 2,135 comments on its Facebook page in response to the company’s decision to suspect its advertising on the Rush Limbaugh Show. Some choice ones:
Connie Bettin: Thank you. As a long time customer, I will continue purchasing your products as long as your advertising “suspension” is in place. Look for an order this Mother’s day.
Kristine Vollmer: Rush, please don’t let Proflowers come back. You don’t need them; neither do we.
Kate Horsley Parker: Thank you. I will continue being a customer. And I’m sure Limbaugh and the people who love his hate speech will continue to spew it. No one is stopping them from speaking; we just don’t want to support indecent and abusive attacks on our public airways. Did Limbaugh care that children riding in their parents’ cars would hear his language?
Debbie Hedrick Murphy: Proflowers you must be run by the left. I will buy my flowers elsewhere. America equals FREE SPEECH!!!!!!!!!
Susan Erbert Borman: Well that will make it easy for my husband. He has been told that anything coming from you will now be thrown directly in the trash… don’t think he will be using you anymore!
Bhakti Richard Klein: This is not about free speech or birth control. It’s about calling a woman he doesn’t know sexualized names because she testified in front of congress. Do conservatives really support using that kind of language? Do Christians really support that kind of vitriol towards strangers? Wow.
Hilary Bryant: Rush does, and has done, MORE for your company than YOU have done, can do, or will EVER DO for him. The LOSS IS YOURS. Sad to say you have shot yourself in both feet. You haven’t the courage to stand up and speak out against all the MANY liberal CREEPS who have descimated the lives of courageous Conservative women– but you go after Rush. What a group of gutless wonders you are. Have fun when all 1.5 million of us who support Rush, Mark Levin, and the other Truth-Tellers, and who have purchased YOUR products VOTE WITH OUR BUYING DOLLARS TO BUY FLOWERS FROM another vendor. Take your Blooming Moral Idiocy and go peddle it to Bill Maher, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the crowd of “cool” men who have said and done worse.
Marion Kiser Adam: Suspending advertising on his show is NOT enough. I strongly suggest Proflowers permanently removing all advertising from all Limbaugh programs. His vile comments are a continuation of his ongoing attacks against strong, independent women. The kind of women Proflowers probably wants to keep as customers.
19. March 4, 2012 — As of Sunday evening, Carbonite’s Facebook page also seems deluged with comments from users saluting the company’s decision to pull its ads off the Rush Limbaugh Show and others who are angry about the action. There was no count total listed, however. Some choice ones:
Elizabeth Van Valkenburgh: I’m ashamed of your company’s decision to pull ads from Rush Limbaugh’s show. Perhaps I would not have called the woman in question that name, but the thought behind it is mine too. No government has any right to take my money and use it to by condoms so this woman can have sex. She offers me nothing in return for my money and therefore is not entitiled to it. If you can’t afford to have protected sex; stop having sex until you become more responsible. It is not her right to have sex at my expense. Why on earth would you let politics make your business decision for you? We who disagree have money too. We won’t be spending it at your place.
Kathy Harbaugh: Thank you for doing the correct thing in pulling your ads. We don’t need hate speech coming from Limbaugh. It’s too bad that FOX still supports him, but they support losers – people who get fired from other networks usually end up at FOX….lol..
Gary MacGrumbley: Carbonite has crossed the line. This was not a principled decision. It was a political decision. An odd way to say thanks for all the business they garnered from Limbaugh listeners. Checkout the many alternatives www.box.com , www.dropbox.com , http://www.nextadvisor.com/online_backup_services/index.php?a=2&kw=mobob+online+back+up-fq-backup+services . . .pick one, sign-up, and then communicate your cancellation to the Carbonite censor at email@example.com
David McCraw: Just finished signing up! Thanks for taking a stand.
Chris Kunselman: All you people who think it’s great that Carbonite should pull out, should just pull out and you wouldn’t need contraception.
20. March 4, 2012 — AmericaBlog, a liberal, Washington D.C.-based blog picks up this post from Beantown Mom (who posts on Daily Kos) titled, I’ve spent the past 2 days trying to convince my 16 y.o. she is not a ‘slut’
“I can hardly type, can hardly put this into words! I have been writing and rewriting this because if I don’t break down in tears, I get so angry that I can’t think straight! I know that so much has already been written about this whole issue, but I am writing this diary from a very personal point of view; forgive me if I find no humor in any of this, excuse me if I take no part in celebrating the loss of sponsorship for that pig’s radio program. You see, my 16 year old daughter came home from school on Friday in tears and has been in a state of utter despair since. She was told, in no uncertain terms, that she is a slut, a prostitute, a horny piece of trash that is out to sleep with every guy in school!
The horrid little monsters who started harassing my daughter had the audacity to tell her their mothers were the ones who labeled her with these despicable opinions – they were just “telling it like it is, you know, like that guy on the radio! The one who isn’t afraid to tell the truth!” Who does this?! How does Rush Limbaugh or anyone else have the right to do this, to say these things about anyone?”
21. March 5, 2012 — Sen. John McCain, appearing on the CBS show “This Morning” says Limbaugh’s remarks should be condemned:
“Well, I’m sure he’s an entertainer, but his remarks are totally unacceptable, totally and completely unacceptable, and there’s no place for it.”
- 22. March 5, 2012 — Sandra Fluke, the law student to whom Limbaugh directed the “slut” and “prostitute” comments on Feb. 29, March 1 and March 2, appears on ABC’s “The View.”
Fluke says she doesn’t necessarily want a personal apology from him: “The statements he made on the air were personal enough. So I don’t want a personal phone call from him.”
23. March 5, 2012– Rush Limbaugh opens his first show since issuing his Saturday night apology with a joke that he tried to call himself Saturday to cancel the advertising for the tea he and his wife sell on his show, but he couldn’t get through. Then he asks listeners to give him a 30 minutes on the subject of the events over the weekend. And he says: “I want to explain why I apologized to Sandra Fluke in the statement that was released Saturday . . . I don’t expect morality or intellectual honesty from the left. . . .This is the mistake I made: In fighting them on this issue last week, I became like them . . . I descended to their own level. I used those two words to describe Sandra Fluke, and that was my error. And I feel very badly about it. . . It was inappropriate, uncalled for, and it distracted from what I was trying to do. . . .I do not think she is either of those two words. The apology to her over the weekend was sincere. . .The apology was heartfelt. The apology was sincere.”
And then Limbaugh engaged in a long explanation of the run-up of events leading to his comments beginning Feb. 29. He defended Rep. Darrell Issa’s decision not to allow Fluke to testify before the House Oversight Committee Feb. 16, her Fluke “just another nonexpert person in this case” whom “the Democrats foisted on the committee at the very last minute.” Then there was an add from Quicken Loans. On Friday the company’s founder had announced it would suspend advertising on the show.
24. March 5, 2012 — WFIR-AM 960, which carries Rush’s show in Roanoke, issues a statement calling Limbaugh’s comments about Fluke “derogatory to women” and “out of bounds.” The station says it has received 20 emails from listeners critical of Limbaugh. The station says nothing about whether or not it will continue to carry the show. Here’s the statement from WFIR President Leonard Wheeler:
“We can well appreciate the fairness of discussion and/or debate about insurance companies, colleges or government supporting contraception for Women. For Rush Limbaugh to speak to that subject, or comment on Sandra Fluke’s testimony to members of Congress is of no surprise. However, to make the comments he did to illustrate his point, which were derogatory to Sandra Fluke and in our opinion to women in general, we feel were offensive and totally out of bounds.”
Update: WFIR has no plans to drop the Rush Limbaugh Show.
25. March 5, 2012 — Two more advertisers announce they’re pulling out their sponsorships of the Rush Limbaugh Show. One is AOL, the other is Tax Resolution Services.
“At AOL one of our core values is that we act with integrity. We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments are not in line with our values,” AOL said in a statement.
Michael Rozbruch, founder of Tax Resolution Services, tweeted his announcement: “We have decided to join other advertisers and suspend our sponsorship of The Rush Limbaugh Show.”
(h/t to Cold n P)
26. March 5, 2012 — Talk radio show host Sean Hannity opens his radio show by saying that Limbaugh’s apology “was the right thing to do.”
27. March 5, 2012 — Allstate Insurance Co. discovers to its chagrin that its ads are appearing on the Rush Limbaugh Show and tells its ad agency to put a stop to that. It brings to at least 10 the number of sponsors who’ve deserted Limbaugh. From the company’s Facebook page:
“Allstate’s advertising purchase strategy has not included the Rush Limbaugh Show. Earlier today, we responded to inquiries about our advertising relationship with the show by stating we did not advertise on or sponsor it. As radio listeners notified us that they were hearing Allstate ads during the show this afternoon, we contacted the vendor that arranges for our advertising placements and discovered that an error had been made and advertising time had mistakenly been purchased for the show.
We regret providing mistaken information about this situation. We have asked our media buying firm to correct the error by discontinuing any advertising on the Rush Limbaugh Show moving forward in keeping with our original advertising plans and strategies.“
(h/t to Debbie)
28. March 5, 2012 — Don Imus, the radio shock jock whose show was cancelled in 2007 after he called the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy headed hoes” calls Limbaugh’s apology “lame” and says he should apologize to Sandra Fluke in person.
Of Limbaugh, Imus adds: “He’s an insincere pig.”
29. March 5, 2012 — From the Honolulu Star Advertiser:
“The nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh radio show has been pulled from Hilo radio station KPUA-AM 670 in the aftermath of his offensive remarks about a woman who spoke in favor of health plan coverage for contraception.
It may be the first radio station nationally to cancel airings of the program.
New West Broadcasting Corp. President and General Manger Chris Leonard said, regardless of the political views being discussed, he felt the initially degrading comments about Georgetown University law school student Sandra Fluke, and the escalating comments that followed, were “egregious,” and that “decency and responsibility” dictated the show’s cancellation.
“I spent a good part of the weekend deliberating this issue,” he said. “Had this been one of my disc jockeys that had made this comment, they would have been terminated.”
Two other Hawaii radio stations air the weekday program: KHVH-AM 830 in Honolulu, from 9 a.m. no noon, and on Maui, KAOI-AM 1110, from 8 to 11 a.m.”
(h/t to Ron and Hillary)
30. March 5, 2012 — A poll by Public Policy Polling in three states — Georgia, Ohio and Tennessee — finds that support for Limbaugh is plummeting in the wake of his attacks last week on Sandra Fluke. Less than half the Republicans surveyed had a favorable opinion of the radio talker. The last time PPP tested that question nationally, more than 80 percent of Republicans had a favorable opinion of Limbaugh, while only 12 percent had an unfavorable opinion. Among women the numbers were even worse. In Ohio, only 39 percent of women had a favorable opinion of Limbaugh, while in Tennessee it was 36 percent.
(h/t to Art Hill and Steve C)
31. March 5, 2012 — Rocker Peter Gabriel is evidently distressed to learn that his tune “Sledgehammer,” is played regularly on the Rush Limbaugh Show. Monday his spokesman released this statement regarding that on PeterGabriel.com:
“Peter was appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh’s extraordinary attack on Sandra Flute. It is obvious from anyone that knows Peter’s work that he would never approve such a use. He has asked his representatives to make sure his music is withdrawn and especially from these unfair aggressive and ignorant comments. “
32. March 5, 2012 — An FM radio station in Massachusetts has become the second to drop the Rush Limbaugh Show from its lineup in the wake of Limbaugh’s attack on a female Georgetown law student last week. Earlier, KPUA in Hawaii dropped the show. From New England Public Radio:
General Manager Peter Barry says his station hadn’t yet lost any advertisers as a result of Rush’s comments, and no more than a handful of callers had voiced complaints. But he says over the years he and station staff have grown increasingly uncomfortable with Limbaugh’s rhetoric. “The nature of Rush’s programming has always presented challenges for us and he’s always pushed the envelope. But this time he’s taken it too far.” Barry says he doesn’t anticipate that the station will broadcast Limbaugh’s program in the future.
33. March 5, 2012 — Sears Holdings, which owns Sears and K-Mart, and Bonobos, a men’s outfitter, announced they were taking steps to ensure their commercials didn’t run on the Rush Limbaugh Show. From Think Progress.
How many advertisers is that now, folks? I’m losing count . . .
34. March 5, 2012 — Rush Limbaugh’s attack on a Georgetown law student last week may have been a reaction to his declining influence, writes Forbes magazine staffer Dorothy Pomerantz:
Maybe the desperation in Limbaugh’s outbursts stems from the fact that he is much less influential than he used to be. We recently looked at the ten most influential celebrities using data from E-Poll Market Research. Limbaugh (who we estimated earned $64 million last year) ranked 4th on the list in 2011. This year he didn’t even make the top ten.
“That was the one that surprised me the most,” said Gerry Phillpot, CEO of E-Poll, before the scandal broke. “Given that we’re in the heat of a run up to a big election, it seems like he’s not the king maker he once was.”
(h/t Steve C)
35. March 5, 2012 – Is Rush Limbaugh’s recent attack on law student Sandra Fluke hurting the GOP? In their Daily Poll, The Daily Beast wondered if it would affect how its readers intend to vote (if it affected them at all). Almost 20 percent of the respondents said it made them less likely to vote for a Republican in November’s election.
Make sure you click through to the link and read the great comments!
(h/t Art Hill)
36 March 5, 2012 — Steven Colbert weighs in on the Rush Limbaugh apology. “He only apologized to keep his advertisers,” Colbert said on his show Monday night, “proving Rush will do anything with his mouth for cash.”
37. March 5, 2012 — Jon Stewart, on his show Monday night, dons a hazmat suit to protect himself from Rush Limbaugh’s bile: “Personally, I don’t get too worked up about the things Rush Limbaugh says,” Stewart said. “He is and has been for many years been a terrible person.”
38. March 6, 2012 — Five more advertisers — many of whom may be regional — have stopped sponsoring the Rush Limbaugh Show because of his three-day tirade last week in which he called law student Sandra Fluke “a slut” and “a prostitute” who is having so much sex he can’t even understand how she could walk over to Capitol Hill to testify about birth control coverage by insurance. According to Think Progress, the companies are AccuQuote Life Insurance, Service Magic, PolyCom, Hadeed Carpet, and Thompson Creek. According an earlier post on the website, Sensa, Bare Escentuals, Vitacost, Geico, John Deere, Stamps.com and St. Vincent’s Medical Center have also dropped their sponsorships.
39. March 6, 2012 — Rush Limbaugh may have lost a bunch of advertisers but it’s appears that he’s poised to gain at least one new one, a website that purports to puts attractive young women (we would never call them “sluts”) in touch with older and richer men with whom they may seek a mutually beneficial relationship. To put it mildly. The website is SeekingArrangement.com (browse the “Sugar Babies” here). And here’s part of a press release the company issued today.
Despite the public outrage, SeekingArrangement.com, the world’s largest sugar daddy and sugar baby dating website announced today its decision to begin advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show for the first time.
“No one is calling Newt Gingrich a slut when he asks his Billionaire Sugar Daddy, Sheldon Adelson, to inject cash to keep his Presidential Campaign afloat,” says Brandon Wade, the Founder & CEO of SeekingArrangement.com. “But, when a woman seeks out a Sugar Daddy to help pay for college, many in mainstream media have no problem likening her to being a prostitute. Such is the hypocrisy of the society we live in.”
SeekingArrangement.com submitted its advertisement inquiry to the Rush Limbaugh show today. If approved, 30 seconds and 60 seconds radio spots for SeekingArrangement.com will begin running on the Rush Limbaugh show starting next month.
“Many will question why we are supporting Rush Limbaugh even though he is guilty of using the same terms that many in mainstream media have used to describe Sugar Babies,” says Wade who holds a BS and an MBA degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “There are three good reasons. First, the right to free speech should never be subjected to boycott. Second, Limbaugh’s show appeals to the largest Sugar Daddy demographic. Third, while many in the mainstream media have yet to apologize for mistakenly calling Sugar Babies prostitutes, Rush Limbaugh did.”
I’d say Rush might be the perfect spokesman for a Sugar Daddies website!
40. March 6, 2012 — Netflix has instructed its advertising agency to make sure that none of its spots appear on the Rush Limbaugh Show, according to ThinkProgress. Here’s a statement the company emailed to the tech site Boing Boing:
Netflix has not purchased and does not purchase advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show. We do buy network radio advertising and have confirmed that two Netflix spots were picked up in error as part of local news breaks during the Rush Limbaugh show. We have instructed our advertising agency to make sure that this error will not happen again.
ThinkProgess has compiled a list of 29 other companies that have either suspended or cancelled advertising on the show or instructed their ad agencies to make sure their commercials don’t appear on Limbaugh as a result of regional (as opposed to network) buys.
41. March 5, 2012 — Two more advertisers have taken steps to ensure that its ads don’t run on the Rush Limbaugh Show, according to the ThinkProgress. They are credit card giant CapitalOne and DownEast Energy. The announcements increase to 32 the number of companies that will not be advertising on the show, in light Limbaugh’s-three day tirade against law student Sandra Fluke, whom he called “a slut” and “a prostitute.”
This kind of makes you wonder when Clear Channel Communications and/or Premiere Radio Networks will announce a face-saving “suspension” for the radio bloviator.
Limbaugh, however, isn’t worried about advertising. He said Monday on his show that he turns down 10 advertisers for every one that he allows on the show. And he added this:
If this program were about the advertising… (laughing) you don’t know the kind of commercials you’d be treated to. I reject millions of dollars of advertising a year, much to the chagrin of my hardworking sales staff. Millions, folks, including, I might add, General Motors. What would you have thought, if, after the government took over General Motors, I started advertising General Motors? I made the decision not to accept that because you, the audience, come first. Because no successful program puts the audience second or third.
42. March 6, 2012 — The online magazine Salon runs a story Rush Limbaugh and the Poisoning of the GOP Brand about how closely tied Republicans are to Rush Limbaugh, and the downside to that given a recent Harris poll regarding the popularity of different media figures:
Just before he made his comments about Fluke last week, a Harris poll found that Limbaugh is the most disliked “current affairs personality” in the country — by far. Given a list of 26 different television and radio hosts and commentators, 46 percent of respondents picked Limbaugh as their least favorite, well ahead of second-place finisher Bill O’Reilly, who was chosen by 31 percent. On the flip side, only 9 percent cited Limbaugh as their favorite personality.
Keep in mind, that was BEFORE the controversy. Surely Limbaugh’s numbers have declined further.
(h/t Art Hill)
43. March 6, 2012 — VoteVets.org begins a petition campaign to get the Rush Limbaugh Show removed from the Armed Forces Radio Network, in view of the radio talker’s pronouncement last week that women who use birth control are sluts and prostitutes:
Rush Limbaugh has a freedom of speech and can say what he wants, but in light of his horribly misogynistic comments, American Forces Radio should no longer give him a platform. Our entire military depends on troops respecting each other – women and men. There simply can be no place on military airwaves for sentiments that would undermine that respect. When many of our female troops use birth control, for Limbaugh to say they are “sluts” and “prostitutes” is beyond the pale. It isn’t just disrespectful to our women serving our country, but it’s language that goes against everything that makes our military work. I believe in our Constitution, including the freedom of speech, and would not take that away from anyone – even Limbaugh. But that does not mean AFN should broadcast him. In fact, it shouldn’t.
44. March 6, 2012 — Rush (the band) orders the Rush Limbaugh Show to immediately discontinue playing its music on the show, including the tunes “Bravado” and “The Spirit of Radio.” According to a letter posted on Huffington Post from the band’s lawyer, Robert Farmer:
The use of Rush’s music in this way is an infringement of Rush’s copyrights and trademarks. The public performance of Rush’s music is not licensed for political purposes and any such use is in breach of public performance licenses and constitutes copyright infringement. There are civil and criminal remedies for copyright infringement, including statutory damages and fines.
45. March 6, 2012 — Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who voted for the Blunt Amendment and now regrets that, calls Rush Limbaugh’s attack on law student Sandra Fluke “incendiary” in an interview with Talking Points Memo and adds:
The comments made by Limbaugh, I was just stunned. In the end, I’m a little bit disappointed that there hasn’t been greater condemnation of his words by people in leadership positions. . . .What he said was just wrong. Just wrong.
46. March 7, 2012 — The Atlantic Wire publishes a list of 50 advertisers who’ve either pulled their ads off Rush Limbaugh’s network or who have directed their advertising agencies to make sure none of their commercials appear on the program.
(h/t to my colleaue Mike Allen)
47. March 7, 2012 — On Rush Limbaugh’s website, in a piece titled “Clearing up misinformation,” Limbaugh denies the show is being deserted by advertiser. In fact, he says, three new ones are starting next week and two who have dropped the show want to come back. One of those is “practically begging.” (He doesn’t name them):
And judging from the reaction of my own brother, who sends me a note last night, “You really lost 28 sponsors?” No, we have not lost 28 sponsors. “Well, how can they say it?” Because they lie and because they don’t understand how it works, and that’s what I want to try and explain. In fact, folks, we have three brand-new sponsors that will be starting in the next two weeks. Now, obviously, I’m not gonna tell you who they are today, but we’ve got three brand-new, full-fledged sponsors starting in the next two weeks.
Two of the sponsors who have canceled have asked to return. We are being very careful about that. Not gonna give you any names here. One of them is practically begging to come back. Everything is fine on the business side. Everything’s cool. There is not a thing to worry about. What you’re seeing on television about this program and sponsors and advertisers is just incorrect. And let me try to explain how this works. Let’s take the claim that we’ve lost 28 sponsors. Sponsors on this program are both local and national. We deal with the national sponsors on this program. We have 600-plus stations. They sell their own commercials. We don’t have anything to do with those sponsors. We don’t get paid by those sponsors. We have no idea who those sponsors are.
48. March 7, 2012 — Rush Limbaugh moves onto a new female target, investigative journalist Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating. In criticizing the book Tuesday, he says: “What is it with all of these young, single, white women, overeducated — doesn’t mean intelligent.” McMillan responds Wednesday to the Atlantic Wire:
It’s been really interesting to have somebody be that openly dismissive of my work strictly based on the fact that I’m female.There’s no other way to think about it except that Rush Limbaugh just doesn’t think women count.
49. March 8, 2012 – According to the Atlantic Wire, Ashley Madison, a web site that puts people together for the purpose of cheating on their spouses, offers to buy up ALL the inventory of unbought commercial time on the Rush Limbaugh Show. The company’s founder says in a press release: “Rush has always been a controversial figure and we have always been a controversial service so we can relate.”
50. March 8, 2012 — ThinkProgress releases a video compilation of the all the slurs of Sandra Fluke that Rush Limbaugh uttered in his three-day campaign against her last week.
51. March 8, 2012 — Some of Rush Limbaugh’s offensive comments regarding Sandra Fluke appear to have been scrubbed from RushLimbaugh.com, reports TheAtlanticWire. In particular, missing is Rush’s demand that Fluke post sex videos of herself in exchange for “taxpayers” paying for her birth control. Here’s that classy line, which he uttered March 1:
So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch.
52. March 8, 2008 — Man, Rush Limabugh sure dishes it out, but can he take it? It doesn’t sound like it. Rush spends 5 minutes and 30 seconds of his radio show today attacking “b-t-itchy” Alexandra Petri, a satirist who writes for The Washington Post, because she wrote a funny column suggesting he would fill in blank radio time with ads from a hookup website for married cheaters, AshleyMadison.com. Obviously, the dude can’t take a joke. In fairness to Petri, it’s true that AshleyMadison.com has offered to buy up ALL the unsold ad time on Limbaugh’s show (see #49, above). Limbaugh says he won’t accept it, and he has cautioned radio stations not to accept AshleyMadison.com local ads during his show. El Rushbo sounded quite self-righteous about this, a rather odd perspective for a bloke who takes not-in-his-name Viagra prescriptions with him when he travels to hooker resorts in the Dominican Republic. Anyway, there are now three women on Rush’s enemies list: Sandra Fluke, Tracie McMillan and now Alexandra Petri. Rush — are there any more b-i-tches who deserve squelching?
53. March 8, 2012 — Rush Limbaugh heatedly denies he’s losing large numbers of advertisers for the Rush Limbaugh show. This, despite statements from scores of companies indicating they’ll pull their ads and direct their ad agencies to make sure none of their commercials appear on his show. Thursday, Media Matters listened for the whole three hours (my sympathies to the intern). And what did they find? According to their coverage:
- A total of 86 ads aired during WABC’s broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show today.
- 77 of those ads were public service announcements donated free of charge by the Ad Council.
- Of the nine paid spots that ran, seven were from companies that have said they have taken steps to ensure their ads no longer air during the program.
- WABC’s online feed included about 5:33 of dead air when ads would normally have run.
Read the link for a more detailed rundown. From this we can conclude that when Rush says he’s not losing advertisers, he counting unpaid public service announcements. And dead air? On the Rush Limbaugh Show? (It’s pretty dead when he’s talking, too.)
(h/t to Art Hill)
54. March 9, 2012 — The website Hot Air! reports that Rush Limbaugh is quite unforgiving about one advertiser that wants back on his show. Sleep Train, which is based in Sacramento and is one of Limbaugh’s oldest advertisers, was the first to announced that it was yanking its ads with this Tweet: “We don’t condone negative comments directed toward any group. In response, we are currently pulling our ads from Rush with Rush Limbaugh.”According to Hot Air!:
Limbaugh spokesman Brian Glicklich on Thursday forwarded a copy of an email that he said had been sent to Sleep Train Chief Executive Dale Carlsen. In it, Glicklich wrote that Limbaugh had personally received the company’s requests to resume advertising on his show.
“Unfortunately,” Glicklich wrote, “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.”
(h/t Lake Claytor)
55. March 9, 2012 — From ThinkProgress: “Thirty University of Rochester students held a protest Wednesday afternoon in the classroom of an economics professor who had defended Rush Limbaugh’s verbal assault on Sandra Fluke and said the Georgetown student deserved to be mocked.”
56. March 9, 2012 — The website Media Matters releases a chart of paid vs. free public service ads on Limbaugh’s show on WABC in New York, his flagship station. Holy plummeting revenue, Batman!
(h/t to Art Hill)
57. March 9, 2012 — Politico publishes a story about attorney Gloria Allred, who is demanding that authorities in Florida charge Rush Limbaugh with a crime for calling Sandra Fluke “a slut” and “a prostitute.” Allred cites Florida statute 836.04, which says that a person who “speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity” is guilty of a misdemeanor. Apparently, however, Allred has forgotten how virtually immune Limbaugh is to prosecution in that state. Hell, he was buying painkillers from his maid by the vat, and doctor-shopping for more pills, and he had another doctor write him a prescription not in his own name for Viagra, and none of that resulted in serious legal repercussions for Limbaugh. (Although he did lose his hearing from taking too many Vikes, and he had to pay his lawyer a pile of money to get off on the charges).
58. March 9, 2012 — Politico runs a collections of editorial cartoons from around the country that skewer Limbaugh as A) A pig; B) A carnival sideshow barker; C) A cigar-chomping man in bed with an elephant; and D) A urinal in a men’s restroom (my personal fav).
59, March 10, 2012 — A total of 98 advertisers, including among the biggest in broadcasting (such as GEICO) have demanded that Limbaugh syndicater Premiere Networks keep their commercials off the Rush Limbugh Show as well as OTHER controversial shows such as Mark Levin and Sean Hannity. This raises the prospect that sponsor flight from Limbaugh is spreading to others, and that his attack on Sandra Fluke has infected the advertising support for other right-wing political shock jocks. What a pity!
(h/t to Razzle Dazzle)
60. March 10, 2012 — Some clever women who call themselves The Reformed Whores create a music video response to Limbaugh comment that Sandra Fluke is a slut. Watch:”
(h/t to Contrasuzie)
61. March 10, 2012 — The Family Research Council’s nonprofit C4, FRC Action, sends out an email titled ‘Rush is Right.’ Says Americablog:
Think about that. A group that claims to be a Christian organization seems to be playing off of calling a woman a “sl*t” in order to get more traction on a donor email.
Even if they weren’t trying to make people think that they meant Rush is right about calling Fluke a sl*t, why would any Christian group associate itself with Limbaugh in the middle of this controversy?
62. March 12, 2012 – Read the memo (since buried) from Premiere Radio Networks to radio station traffic managers, asking them to keep scores of well known advertisers off the Rush Limbaugh Show and shows by some other RW shock jocks such as Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck.
63. March 12, 2012 — Rush Limbaugh takes the day off his nationally syndicated program, reportedly to play golf. Meanwhile Premiere Radio Networks (which is owned by Clear Channel) informs local stations that are carrying the show that it is suspending all barter ads for two weeks. These are ads that Premiere sells to national advertisers, and that the radio stations agree to run in return for being provided the programing for free. In other words, Premiere is pissing away about 4 percent of its barter ad revenue for the year, hoping things quiet down.
(h/t to Cold n P)
64. March 13, 2012 — Rasmussen Reports releases a poll showing that just 29 percent of respondents believe Rush Limbaugh’s apology for calling Sandra Fluke “a slut” and “a prostitute” was sincere. Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 53 percent do not believe the apology was sincere and 18 percent are undecided. The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3 percent.
65. March 14, 2012 — A Bloomberg Poll finds that more than half of people surveyed believe Rush Limbaugh should be fired for attacking law student Sandra Fluke as “a slut” and “a prostitute” because she publicly voiced her opinion on coverage for birth control by Georgetown University. Men favored El Rushbo’s firing by a 49-47 margin and women thought he should be fired by a margin of 56-39. Among Republicans, 30 percent said he should be fired.