Advertisers Bailing on Limbaugh


Once again, Rush Limbaugh has said something ignorant and over-the-top, and once again, a long list of people are seeking a boycott of his advertisers in the hopes of getting him taken off the air.

ThinkProgress.org, is one of the groups calling for a massive boycott.  They’re pretty upset with some things Rush Limbaugh has being saying, and their response has been to go after the money, and pressure his advertisers to yank their support. Yesterday they reported that Limbaugh advertiser “Sleep Number” tweeted that:

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This made us curious. After all, if they initially thought that “Rush Limbaugh aligned with their values” enough to sponsor his show…what could he have possibly said that scared them off?   Well, we talked about it yesterday here on TheInterrobang.com.  If you missed it, basically, Rush called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and  “prostitute” for her stance on making birth control more readily available.

And thinkpostive.org isn’t alone.  A California Congresswoman, has joined the campaign to go after all of Limbaugh’ s advertisers (click here to hear what Cal. Rep. Jackie Speier has to say about all of this),  New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney is getting involved  and even Preident Obama has gotten involved (he telephoned Fluke to offer support).  In the meantime, the boycott has resulted in at least four sponsors dropping Limbaugh’s show.

Obviously we agree that Rush’s ridiculous tirade against supporters of birth control is as ignorant, closed minded and foolish as anyone else.  But are we so afraid of Rush that we need to make sure nobody can hear what he has to say?  Is a Congresswoman led boycott of a public speaker a reasonable response?s

Let us know what you think.

You can read more about the ThinkPositive.org campaign at digg.com.

 

UPDATE: Rush has now issued an apology for his statements to Sandra Fluke. Read the story at Huffingtonpost.com.

“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.”

39 comments
TyWanon
TyWanon

Well there goes my game....thanks Rush for teaching me a valuable lesson when picking up women..(Brain--file it under....."words not to use")

Pool Keepers Son
Pool Keepers Son

Advertisers are the customer of the broadcaster and have a choice of which company to use and which company not to use.

 

Why is this news, we all know Rush is a blow hard and that all women over react, True Fact

thirdray
thirdray

I think this story was about a drug attic calling someone a slut and a prostitute. If you are trying to justify his moronic comments then you are playing party politics. If you are for or against birth control or the paying of such, that is a topic for another time. This is about the sponsers leaving Rush for his slandering someone on air. If you agree with his principles I am sure you do not agree with him expressing them that way. Would you be ok with it if he was saying it about your daughter? He went about it the wrong way and should be held accountable.

declinometer
declinometer

You are my hero Klaus! Thanks for articulating and posting the truth. Andrew's replacement?

Klaus_Flauten
Klaus_Flauten

The IBang is so edgy that it rigidly adheres to the conventional wisdom.

How about digging a little deeper and asking if we should actually be paying for this woman's birth control?  That's the root of the issue and if you actually look at the full context of calling Fluke a slut and a prostitute, you'll see that it was an outrageous comment in response to an outrageous demand.

Rush said that Fluke wants us to pay for her birth control, to pay for her having sex.  And when someone is paid to have sex, they are by definition a prostitute.

 

But the IBang never scratches the surface to see what's underneath.  In matters of politics, I find you very wanting.

ecupirate
ecupirate

nothing wrong with Steppin out and shes being smart by not wanting any little bastards fucking up her good time. Rush then would be pissed if she had a bunch of kids and riding the welfare system

Radioguy
Radioguy

I guess there must have been some legal reason for his about-face here. For him, it looks bad after the call to her from Obama.

 

Thing is, he also lambasted that call by saying her parents should be embarrassed rather than proud. He really dug a bigger hole of insults against her than this apology covers.

 

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73549.html

ShowerBench
ShowerBench

A boycott is a legitimate form of free expression.  But if public officials venture into these controversies, journalists should then question them as to whether they favor censorship by the government, and if so, which words, topics, etc. they might like to censor.  Instead, "journalists" merely promote the elected officials' grandstanding and help them exploit a situation like this one without pressing them with uncomfortable questions about how they would use their power to silence those who offended them.

SLEEPYDOG
SLEEPYDOG

Calling someone who support birth control a slut - you got it Rush "Burn the witches and whore". 

thirdray
thirdray

Why would anyone be surprised that Rush said something bad about a woman? Hasn't he been doing so for 2 decades? Why any female ever listens to him is beyond me. Like the Catholic Church and the GOP .... Rush has always treated and thought of women as 2nd class citizens. Nothing new here. But when I heard this, my first thought was old Rush is back on the pills again. Not because of what he said, but how he sounded saying it. 

Z. Stardust
Z. Stardust

Without picking sides between Limbaugh and Ms Fluke, these advertisers are spinless cunts.

@lastoftheross
@lastoftheross

How do we know shes not a slut, she may get around campus? I'd do her

Chris_EsT
Chris_EsT

I haven't listened to Rush in years, but I thought the initial reports about what he said sounded somewhat out of character for him. Now that I've read the full story, it all makes sense and once again the media knee-jerks to a pretty obvious joke. A fairly basic attempt at irony misinterpreted, intentionally or not, by the usual suspects.

Riverguy
Riverguy

 @thirdray

 Let's call Rush a name because we're mad he called someone else a name?? His remarks were stupid but he did apologize.  I know she looks as innocent as Nooky Thompson's wife but she's not.  And alot more of an activist than some poor law student.  I'm not saying that justifies being insulted but activists are only as good as the headlines they can grab.  The help provided by Rush in getting headlines might be his 2nd mistake.

mstrn8
mstrn8

 @Klaus_Flauten Its a simple matter of economics. Birth control is cheaper than childbirth. With the end goal of health care for all, the government is trying to keep costs down by eliminating unwanted pregnancies and birth. We may not agree that our government should control healthcare. Lord knows they aren't even responsible with the money they have. But the argument should not be about 21 silly pills a month. The argument should be about the larger aspect of national healthcare. 

declinometer
declinometer

@@lastoftheross She basically admitted she was.

thirdray
thirdray

@Johnny Dickshot Well I would hope not. But Rush did not call her a drug addict, he called her a slut/prostitute. I hope ur daughter is neither.

Klaus_Flauten
Klaus_Flauten

 @mstrn8 Answer me this, why doesn't she buy her own pills or condoms?  You can buy 24 condoms for $20 on Amazon and this chick stated that she will spend $3,000 on birth control for her 3 years at law school, which works out to about $3 per day.

That equates to about 4 condoms used per day, every day, for three straight years.

declinometer
declinometer

@mstrn8 @Klaus_Flauten Sure it's cheaper than having a child and one of the reasons is that the government rewards welfare parents with money for each child and those parents treat children like a commodity.

Johnny Dickshot
Johnny Dickshot

 @mstrn8  So the example of limiting unwanted pregnancies is this Georgetown Law student?  Why don't they just have Lindsay Lohan testify for fucks sake.  Condoms are free at Planned Parenthood.  They have some fantastic pink Susan Komen condoms available.

Jerseystreets
Jerseystreets

 @declinometer  @lastoftheross You are COMPLETELY talking out of your ass! She didn't talk about her own sex life at all. Not one word. She testified about a friend of hers- who was lesbian, btw- and couldn't afford birth control which was needed to regulate her hormones. And because of that she lost an ovary. She never "admitted" anything about her own sex life. 

Riverguy
Riverguy

 @thirdray  @Johnny Dickshot

 You seem to feel that every medical ill (that you are paying for) is self inflicted by ignorant and/or glutonous misfits.  Not enlightened nor accurate.  The treatments you feel you underwrite are life-sustaining and necessary (regardless of there cause) I hate to sound old school but if the cost of contraception is a burden there is a totally free alternative (beside the free hand-outs).  Fucking is certainly life-enriching and fulfilling but not fatal if postponed.  You talk about where does it stop.  If it were up to Fluke you'd be under-writting sex change operations (not my opinion but hers).

     I know Rush was wrong in the terms he used but you've unleashed a series of characterizations about him yourself and I doubt you've ever listened to his show.  You're not alone.   I find most critics of him  base their opinions on hearsay.

Verbal Kint
Verbal Kint

For starters, all of these things you have just mentioned are not preventative measures.  Birth control is.  What's next, should the taxpayers buy me a treadmill?  Maybe they should pay for my heart healthy Cheerios?  It would be a lot cheaper than the non healthy alternative.  The point that is trying to be made is, this woman wants to have as much sex as she wants, but doesn't want to pay for it.  What's wrong with telling her to be more responsible with her life, and not to put her pleasurable burden onto everyone else?  I want to go to the horse track as much as I want, and don't want to pay for it.  Both are forms of entertainment, and both must be budgeted accordingly.  The difference is you can have sex for free if you want.

thirdray
thirdray

 @declinometer  @thirdray  @Johnny  Yes she is/was a plant. She is an activist big time. I do not (nor do you or Rush) know if she is a slut or a prostitute or leads a slutty lifestyle. I highly doubt she leads anything close to that. Also I do not care if she is 30, 50 or 15 ... Rush was wrong. He took the bait. He should have known better. But as I said earlier I think Rush is still on the pills. Did you listen to his comments? Sounded high as hell. As for the tax burden ... Helping college girls with birth control is minuscule Gov waste. And might even save tax dollars later on. I am not a Dem, I am an Indy .... But is it better to spend some on woman's birth control or fighting Countries in the Middle East? Or worse, lying to all Americans to justify spending money on fighting in the middle east. Bad spending is bad spending. You can't pick and choose. I wonder why I pay taxes that they tell me are for roads and road improvements .... Then all the new roads around me are toll roads! I mean, what up with that? But I digress. Point is, this is (should have been) small potatoes and Rush has given this legs by his foolishness.  If he had disagreed with the hand outs w/o slandering this girl, this story would never had seen the light of day. 

declinometer
declinometer

@thirdray @Johnny Is there a list of items that you believe the government should not provide? Do you realize that everything (anything) that the goverment pays for comes from tax payers and if you have not noticed, we can't get close to paying for what the goverment has promised to this point. In fact, we cannot even pay the interest on the debt we have. So no, I don't believe we (th goverment) should pay for this women's slutty life style. By the way, this women was a work placed at the hearing by the Dems. She said she was 23 yrs old when in fact she is 30. http://www.mediaite.com/tv/kirsten-powers-tells-megyn-kelly-liberal-men-are-allowed-to-be-misogynist-apparently/

thirdray
thirdray

 @declinometer  @thirdray  @Johnny  WOW  Touched a nerve with somebody. Sure some do abuse the system. No argument. And FYI I am not on the Left. But that's neither here nor there. If you read my 1st post you could deduce I have listened to Rush for YEARS. There are also many who abuse medicaid, unemployment compensation and social security. None of this has anything to do with Rush calling a women a slut. And just because there are ppl that abuse social programs does not mean these programs, if run properly. ain't needed. I would hate to see this Country without ppl being able to get condoms, pills, and any other medicines they need. I have seen 3rd world countries first hand, and w/o many of these social programs we'd be a lot more like them. But like em, hate em ... Doesn't excuse what Rush said. If Imus can lose his gig, so should Rush. But I think that's too harsh, as I thought it was to much for Imus. Free speech and all. But the sponsors have every right to distance themselves from this fool. I am only shocked he has been on air as long as he has. But I listen and agree with he a lot.. And really he has always bashed women. No surprise he attacked this lady, but he went way to far. As for paying more  ... Didn't Rush abuse pills 10 yrs ago or so? Prescribed pills. Thus driving up prescription drug costs we all have to make up for now. So it's a pot calling the kettle black thing if you think about it. Just saying ...  So is it ok for white collar abusers? Are you ok with paying for Rush oxys and the thousands of other pill poppers but hate paying for a college girls contraceptives? Just curious. Or am I being too delusional? 

declinometer
declinometer

@thirdray @Johnny Dickshot You are extremely delusional if you think that unwed mothers on welfare can't get free contraception and would use it to prevent having children. Don't you understand that children are money makers for these people because of extreme Left wing dunces like you.

thirdray
thirdray

 @Johnny Dickshot  @thirdray I do not want to project that you know anything at all. You asked why this lady does not buy her own pills or condoms and I enlightened you as to why the cost of her buying the pills could be a rather large expense. You seamed to think she could just buy $20 condoms. So I assumed that you did not know the many differences between taking the pill and using condoms. If you were aware of these differences then you asking the question is even more absurd. Once again I do not know what this has to do with Rush Limebaugh. You began this by saying the ibang is "wanting" when it comes to politics. You were trying to defend Rush and then you turned this into a health care/hand out thread. I think most ppl are against hand outs for birth control (although I understand the need) but this is not the theme off this story. You tried deflecting the story, making this lady a victim in your mind and trying to elicit like minded support here. But I understand you do not wanna pay to help others and dislike paying for their birth control. And I will assume you cry the loudest about unwed mothers on welfare too. Did you stop to think that had that welfare mother been able to get birth control we would not be supporting her and her child? As you said before ... where does it end? Well paying a little at first could save us all a great deal more down the road. So I do not know where it will end, but I see where it can be helped in the beginning. Think about it.  If Rush had thought about it a LITTLE, he would not have made a fool of himself once again. 

Johnny Dickshot
Johnny Dickshot

@thirdray My views are: I don't want to pay for it. What did I say that makes you assume I don't know what the pill does? Any other false assumptions you want to project on me?

thirdray
thirdray

 @Johnny Dickshot Yes where does it stop? Should ppl needing 5 stints have to come out of pocket for them cuz they ate too many hamburgers? Or diabetics should pay for their dialysis cuz they had a sweet tooth? Should cancer patients spring for there own Chemo cuz they used aerosol deodorant? All are valid arguments .... But this story is about a loud mouth idiot that once again ran his mouth too far and will pay the consequences. It is not a discussion on Health Care in the USA. You seam to be using this story to try and advance your own misguided views on Health Care and Health Care Costs. But you do not even know what "the pill" does. Are there areas where Health Care could be better? YES. Was Rush justified in his slanderous comments? NO. Should his sponsors bail out on him? YES They should have long ago ... The man is and always has been a fool.   

Johnny Dickshot
Johnny Dickshot

 @thirdray  If women need birth control for other medical reasons, then what about free Zoloft or adderall?  Where does this stop?  Let's continue to raise the cost of health care, so that employers continue to lay off people.  This is all great timing.

mstrn8
mstrn8

 @Klaus_Flauten You do have a point. She is in law school and obviously not a math major or bargain shopper (G-Town isn't the cheapest). $84 a month seems quite expensive. I obviously don't know her situation (and don't really care to), but if she is paying that much, it is because she can afford to. There are many organizations out there that could help her reduce that cost based on her needs. As @thirdray states below, there are many benefits to birth control pills that go well beyond simple birth control and I certainly don't need to go any further into detail than that. 

thirdray
thirdray

@Klaus_Flauten @mstrn8 I will answer, or attempt to answer your question by asking you a question. Do you think "the pill" is only for birth control? Do you think it does only what condoms do? Well the pill does far more. I could not list all here, you can do some research yourself, but some include regulating menstrual cycles, balancing a woman's hormones, providing needed chemicals like iron, potassium, etc. E tc. Do condoms do these things? Maybe ud best educate yourself a lil more before you continue to make foolish comments.

mstrn8
mstrn8

 @Johnny Dickshot They also have free and discounted birth control pills at Planned Parenthood, if you qualify. That, however, is not what I was talking about. The argument shouldn't be about one simple aspect of healthcare. I could argue insulin and test kits are far more expensive than birth control pills and I don't want to fund some other fool's poor eating and drinking habits either. But that gets down to sensationalizing an argument based on some minor points. A man with a very successful talk radio show focusing on a Law Student may be good for his ratings, but it hardly proves any real political points.