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.

Amazingly, d-bags who say things like this are applauded by the same people trying to get Rush off the air for calling somebody a slut.

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?

Comments

16 Responses to “Cave-Watch: Number of Businesses Pulling Ads from Limbaugh Program Now a Dozen”

  1. joyannaadams on March 5th, 2012 11:36 pm

    Well…how many famous rappers have Michelle and Obama had at the White House? You know, the ones who call women just about every HO name and then some? Fluke is 30 and she's still in college?

    She's now a democratic raising star. We need the conservative women to come after her.

  2. Pasadena Phil on March 5th, 2012 11:51 pm

    Time for conservative radio and TV hosts to drop these sponsors. Yeah, that'll happen. There's a principle involved in there somewhere but money is the trump card.

  3. Doug on March 6th, 2012 12:22 am

    Good point! It might fall on deaf ears on the left, but not here.

  4. Doug on March 6th, 2012 12:29 am

    The root of this hatred is the left's inability to get more than five listeners on any of their talk radio ventures. Limbaugh has millions of listeners who spend money on products and services. Air America (for example) had thousands of listeners who were in college dorms waiting for the arrival of the next check from their parents. They can't figure out why they fail at talk radio and fail to attract advertisers (hardly surprising since these are people who agree that unemployment checks create jobs). Rush just happens to be the biggest fish in the success pond, so they focus on him.

    I thought Rush's explanation of his apology today was great, and probably only pissed off the left even more. He basically said "I apologize to those who I offended by sinking to their level."

  5. SignPainterGuy on March 6th, 2012 12:35 am

    A lot of loyal Rush listeners have the list of "Bailers" have and will email their disgust with them and cancelled contracts or promised never to do biz with them.

    As I and others have said, these Bailers stand to lose much more from Rush`s fans than from lefties. The difference though, while conservatives will relatively quietly cancel or refuse to do biz with them, lefties will actually appear at co. ceo`s homes and do property damage ! And more !

  6. Marshall_Will on March 6th, 2012 12:39 am

    When I coordinated the advertising for our local brokerage firm, everything was done on an annual contract. We paid -in advance- for the whole year's package.

    Trust me you'll be hearing Why buy a …. mattress… any place ELSE!? in no time. What's shameful, as Joyanna notes, is getting l@id ( often and anonymously ) is apparently all it takes to become that rising star in in Dim circles?

    No doubt if even if a few of these advertisers buckle to fictitious Leftist 'pressure' another will fill the void before you can say… Life's better on a Harley!

  7. SignPainterGuy on March 6th, 2012 1:10 am

    Yes indeedy do … and the apology vid you put up earlier of the guy apologizing for not using even more, more insulting words was hilarious and if Rush had taken that route, I`d have sent him a check right then !

  8. Pasadena Phil on March 6th, 2012 1:16 am

    Maybe I should have framed it that way. The Limbaughs and Levins have the upper hand over the sponsors. Do the sponsors want a big bang for their ad dollars or not? They should not be shying away from this. My main objection is that it so easily became about Limbaugh and rallying to save him when instead it should have been about the larger issues involved.

    Controlling the narrative was at the very core of what Breitbart was about and yet a few days after his death and a couple of days before unveiling his redesigned website where he launches the beginning of a large assault on Obama and his Marxist henchman, the entire conservative media falls right into the left's trap again, even conforming to their narrative. Conservatism is much bigger than Limbaugh and we need to fight it that way. A war with many battle fronts but fought with one cohesive narrative.

    We simply MUST stop being so easily put on the defensive. Apologizing and back pedaling does not inspire confidence. We need to fight these incidents as battles within a bigger war, not separate wars fought under the rules of engagement defined by the left.

    If we are ever going to have an "Army of Breitbarts", we need to adopt a bigger and consistent narrative as a daily context for writing and speaking.

  9. clu seatoe on March 6th, 2012 1:24 am

    Interesting that advertisers all of a sudden got principled and seem to be acting without public pressure. Rush may have to cull a few of the smaller markets from the bottom of his roster. The first of 2012 saw him pull completely out the S.F. Bay area so now it’s find a station with an internet presence.

    The flip side of the coin is now maybe Rush will actually be on the air for more than 25 or 30 minutes out of a 60 minute hour.

  10. Steve on March 6th, 2012 2:01 am

    I suppose if Rush had used Bidenese language, the libs wouldn't have paid any attention to his factual comments.

  11. Marshall_Will on March 6th, 2012 10:30 am

    Steve,

    True, and judging from the endless and escalating abuse Conservative women have endured at the hands of an unhinged and Professional Left MM chronicled yesterday, what the hell do ANY of us have to 'apologize' for?

    Perspective first! Then we'll ponder whether a situation even merits a response?

  12. Marshall_Will on March 6th, 2012 10:36 am

    "We need to fight these incidents as battles within a bigger war, not separate wars fought under the rules of engagement defined by the left."

    +1

    Btw, that goes for dealing w/ workplace Leftist bullies, PITA relatives etc. Ever since I put an END to taking the bait ( thinking you're exhibiting 'initiative' and showing the upper hand? ) I'm not only more effective a person, I'm a lot happier too.

  13. SD1776 on March 6th, 2012 11:25 am

    Ms. Fluke is the chair of the gay/lesbian/transgendered organization at Georgetown called OUTLAW.
    http://georgetownlaw.orgsync.com/org/outlaw/Leade

    It is outrageous that someone who is a lesbian and doesn't even USE birth control would have the nerve to "come out" and mandate that insurance companies cover them for everyone else. And to think that Obama, without all of the facts, was so eager to jump to her defense. He should be made to look like a fool over this.

    Time to turn this back around and go after her (and Obama) for the lying, disingenuous fraud that they are….

  14. Truesoldier__ on March 6th, 2012 12:09 pm

    Exactly. Could you imagine if Rush did an Operation Chaos on these bailiers and tell his 30 million listeners to boycott the bailers? They would be screwed. He wont do that of course, because that would go against everything he believes in. They have the choice to advertise and in the long run Rush will find other sponsors (in many cases business rivals of the bailers) to take their place.

  15. Truesoldier__ on March 6th, 2012 12:11 pm

    This was not her only cause that she has tried to get employers to pay for. She also has fought to have employers pay for sex changes:
    http://mrctv.org/blog/sandra-fluke-gender-reassig

    "As many have already uncovered Sandra Fluke she is, in reality, a 30 year old long time liberal activist who enrolled at Georgetown with the express purpose of fighting for the school to pay for students' birth control. She has been pushing for mandated coverage of contraceptives at Georgetown for at least three years according to the Washington Post.

    However, as I discovered today, birth control is not all that Ms. Fluke believes private health insurance must cover. She also, apparently, believes that it is discrimination deserving of legal action if "gender reassignment" surgeries are not covered by employer provided health insurance. She makes these views clear in an article she co-edited with Karen Hu in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law."

  16. SignPainterGuy on March 6th, 2012 1:20 pm

    More evidence the left wants to put private insurance companies out of biz ! Hello single payer !!

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