It seems to me that a company that caves to the demands of people notorious for wanting everything for free isn’t really doing itself any favors in the long term. But the number of companies doing just that is growing:
The furor over Rush Limbaugh‘s controversial comments directed at Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke has lead to advertisers dropping his eponymous radio program. 12 advertisers, including Sleep Number, The Sleep Train, Quicken Loans, Legal Zoom, Citrix, Carbonite, ProFlowers, AOL, Bonobos, Sears, and Allstate Insurance have pulled ads from the program, and/or distanced themselves from the show, either permanently or temporarily, ThinkProgress’s Adam Peck reports.
The pro-Obama super-PAC that just got a million dollar contribution from Bill Maher, who has referred to Sarah Palin as a “c*nt” and a “dumb tw*t,” wants to lead by example, so they sent Maher’s money back. Just kidding… but you knew that.
Normally with this “ad boycott” stuff I might say “fine, this is how the free market works.” The problem is that the “free market” isn’t pulling the strings here. It’s become a talking point from President Obama to Stretch Pelosi and all the way down the DC food chain. Sandra Fluke even “encouraged everyone to go to Media Matters” during an appearance on The View (so glad taxpayers are forced to fund something that is essentially another wing of the Obama administration). The whole Fluke-flap is being orchestrated from the White House and Capitol Hill.
By the way… put me down for $20 on “most of the above companies will place buys again on Limbaugh’s show when the stink dies down.” I hope Rush tells them to get bent when they do.
Question of the day: Where was the outrage?