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Intro: "Rush Limbaugh's latest misogynistic tirade against Georgetown University Law Student Sandra Fluke may be the last straw for many of the shock jock's corporate sponsors."

Limbaugh is facing a growing firestorm fueled by social media after 'doubling-down' on his attack on Sandra Fluke. (photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Limbaugh is facing a growing firestorm fueled by social media after 'doubling-down' on his attack on Sandra Fluke. (photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)



5 Advertisers Drop Rush Limbaugh Over 'Slut' Firestorm

By Adam Peck, ThinkProgress

03 March 12

 

ush Limbaugh's latest misogynistic tirade against Georgetown University Law Student Sandra Fluke may be the last straw for many of the shock jock's corporate sponsors. Thousands of angry customers have been inundating dozens of Limbaugh's corporate sponsors, demanding that they cut ties with the program.

So far, Sleep Number, The Sleep Train, Quicken Loans, Legal Zoom and Citrix have pulled ads from the program, and several others are considering following their lead.

ThinkProgress is collecting reactions from social media sites like Twitter and Facebook on Storify. Here's a look at some responses so far:

“ Recent comments by Rush Limbaugh do not align w/our values, so we made decision to immediately suspend all advertising on that program.
SleepNumberSara a day ago

"Thanks to all of you for your concern and input. We are currently pulling all ads with Rush Limbaugh"
theSleepTrain 2 days ago

"@moughthere As of today, LegalZoom has suspended all advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show."
LegalZoom 16 hours ago

"We have listened to our customers & have decided to cease our advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Show immediately."
facebook.com/Citrix Citrix Systems

Oreck, Century 21 and AutoZone have been listed as advertisers by a number of websites, but each company has denied directly advertising on the program.

Several others have responded to overwhelming customer feedback by saying they would look into their current marketing strategies and whether they indirectly advertise through larger network ad buys on the radio stations that carry Limbaugh's show.

"@DCdebbie @ProFlowers DC, Rest assured, your feedback is heard. We heard about the comments and we will reevaluate our marketing plan. -Cori"
ProFlowers 2 days ago

"@stonermc 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."
eHarmony 2 days ago

Carbonite CEO David Friend posted on the company's blog in response to a "tremendous amount of feedback" from customers over Carbonite's sponsorship of the program, but stopped short of pulling advertising. "Outcry over Limbaugh is the worst we've ever seen," he wrote. See the whole post here:

Online Backup Blog | Carbonite
A Message from Carbonite CEO, David Friend Regarding Ads on Limbaugh
"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 co ..."
Carbonite

Other companies though have been slow to react, or are simply ignoring mounting feedback.

We need to take a stand now against his revolting behavior. Sign our petition and let Sandra Fluke know that you are on her side.

Update

An earlier version of this post listed the Cleveland Cavaliers as one of the companies that dropped Limbaugh, based on a report from WFNY. Although the Cavaliers have the same owner as Quicken Loans, WFNY's report was subsequently removed. It does not appear that the Cavaliers advertised on Limbaugh's show

 

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+149 # fredboy 2012-03-03 10:57
Glad to report that even several Republicans I know are also boycotting those companies that continue to advertise with Jabba the Rush.
 
 
-9 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-03 19:08
Strange how they love him when he is sucking up to them but now after they rile him up, say the same with different words now the hypocrites don't like him
 
 
+15 # gdp1 2012-03-04 08:54
...your sentence is so weirdly constructed, no one understands it..
 
 
+185 # BobbyLip 2012-03-03 11:02
"Suspending" sounds a little weasle-y. How about "ceasing and never starting again?"
 
 
+33 # Pickwicky 2012-03-03 16:07
Bobby--You got it right: "weasle-y"
 
 
+273 # MainStreetMentor 2012-03-03 11:04
The way to defeat Limburger is: Do not ever listen to his radio broadcasts - do not watch any video of him - do not quote anything he says - do not write articles about what he does, or says. His personality is one that MUST feed on recognition - ANY kind, even negative. Without an audience, his kind fades into never-to-be-rev ived oblivion. His words, his philosophy and his stance combine to become a divisive cancer that continues to help drive a wedge between our citizens, and destroy what little unity we have remaining. Ignore Limburger, and he'll vanish.
 
 
+107 # Pickwicky 2012-03-03 12:31
MainStreet---I would argue the other way: As I've said many times, Limbaugh has the biggest classroom on the planet. Everyone in this country needs to know what he is teaching. If you are interested in the health of our democracy then listen to this wrong-headed small tyrant. If the nation had paid close attention, Limbaugh would have run out of sponsors many years ago. By ignoring him we have allowed him to influence several national elections, and create much of the divisive political climate that exists in America today. Limbaugh is an American tragedy; he's the enemy of our democracy--and you better pay attention to your country's enemy.
 
 
+65 # Timaloha 2012-03-03 14:32
If we just ignored him, none of those advertisers would have dropped him.
 
 
+32 # historywriter 2012-03-03 17:59
We--U.S. citizens--own the airwaves. We used to have higher standards. We used to have actual "fair and balanced" guidelines.
In exchange for their free use of the airwaves, the media is supposed to meet their obligations to serve the public by promoting diversity, accessibility, and accountability among media corporations and the government agencies that regulate the media."
I took that from Common Cause. If WE own the airwaves, we theoretically have control of standards of basic conduct on the air.
I don't know why the FCC allows this garbage--offens ive lies and fantasies.
He doesn't have first amendment rights in this case.
 
 
+10 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-03 19:10
Until the Repugs need him again! Then the picks and shovels will be up to resurrect him
 
 
+184 # corallady 2012-03-03 11:12
I would defend Limbaugh's First Amendment right of free speech because that's part of our democratic bedrock, but I strongly feel that his producers should yank him off the air pronto. It's encouraging that a number of advertisers have withdrawn their support, but those who produce his show have the right to get rid of him and should do so. His bombast is tasteless, hurtful, and vicious, and it does nothing but help to elevate the level of incivilty and meanness that is passing for public discourse these days. That someone who spews such poison is thought of as a spiritual leader of the Republican party only shows what a blot on our political system that party is allowing itself to become. Grand Old Party? I think not.
 
 
+35 # NRESQ 2012-03-03 11:33
#corallady: You defend Mr. Limbaugh's right to freely express himself (as opposed to First Amendment right to free speech which applies ONLY to state restraint of speech--this is private commercial speech, not a First Amendment issue), yet you want Mr. Limbaugh's show yanked "off the air pronto." Not very consistent, and not at all progressive.

Mr. Limbaugh has the absolute right to express himself, as does everyone who disagrees with him and exerts economic pressure on sponsors of his show. If Mr. Limbaugh's employers ultimately determine he is no longer commercially viable they will no doubt remove him, but not until that happens.

Let's be careful what we progressives advocate when it comes to free expression of ideas. In the great 'marketplace of ideas' all opinions should be welcome and debated.

I would argue Mr. Limbaugh's latest statements have done more to promote the progressive cause than anything I have seen in quite some time. Why wouldn't we want that to continue?
 
 
+92 # LJB 2012-03-03 12:13
You're confusing the right to free speech with the right to get paid by others to spout that free speech. Limbaugh has every right to say what he wants as a private citizen. But he's not entitled to a radio show. No one is. If he's consistently offensive, as he is, he shouldn't be funded. People should stop sponsoring him, and stations should stop airing his show.
 
 
+50 # John Locke 2012-03-03 14:39
Limbaugh has a first Amendment right to speak, but he does not have a right to have us listen to what he says. His sponsors have the ultimate decision there. I personally never listen to him, because I think he is a moron; however this moron has millions of followers which say’s a lot about the intellect of the US.
 
 
+20 # Todd Williams 2012-03-04 05:12
As I just said, he is not covered by the First when he slanders someone.
 
 
+13 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-03 19:17
So we are trying to point out the fact that his sponsors and owners are no better than he is. They call everyone sluts, just behind closed doors.
This is not the worst I have heard him say and on air. The Station he works for are White Trash.
 
 
+26 # Todd Williams 2012-03-04 05:11
Free speech does not include slander and libel. Ms. Fluke was not a public figure and should not have been subject to this hate mongering. I hope she sues the crap out of El Rusho. He's worth milliuons.
 
 
+82 # Virginia 2012-03-03 12:24
NRESQ - I agree there is a line here. But in this case Rush crossed the line into slander... Frankly, Fluke ought to own him and his $400 million 8-year contract for a long time to come. Hopefully, she has hired a good attorney.

As for getting him off the air - boycott his sponsors and let them know exactly why you are doing it...tell all your friends and family, write letters to the editor and call your local radio station that airs his show and tell them you are going to boycott ALL of their sponsors - local and national... And do the same thing, let the sponsors know why you are doing it.
 
 
+43 # AKPatriot 2012-03-03 13:46
All the women of the U.S. of A. should enjoin that Libel lawsuit.
 
 
+13 # Skanner 2012-03-04 10:10
1) it's not libel, it's slander.
2) I don't think you understand what the legal term 'enjoin' means.
3) He didn't specifically slander "all the women of the U.S.of A". He DID slander Sandra Fluke and a number of her associates. With the able assistance of Georgetown Law School's entire faculty, she should sue his not inconsiderable butt off.
 
 
+7 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-03 19:20
They are of the same cloth, just let him do the talking for their white trash lives.

Hope she takes it all away, but he probably already has protection of his asssets...he has been sued before, so I am sure his Atty had him do a no touch account. Plus like his Rethugs he probably invests outside the US
 
 
+19 # coach777b 2012-03-03 20:44
Quoting Virginia:
NRESQ - I agree there is a line here. But in this case Rush crossed the line into slander... Frankly, Fluke ought to own him and his $400 million 8-year contract for a long time to come. Hopefully, she has hired a good attorney.

As for getting him off the air - boycott his sponsors and let them know exactly why you are doing it...tell all your friends and family, write letters to the editor and call your local radio station that airs his show and tell them you are going to boycott ALL of their sponsors - local and national... And do the same thing, let the sponsors know why you are doing it.

Ms. Fluke should allow him to make his apology IN COURT! In front of a judge after monetary judgements have been decreed.
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-03 19:15
Yes we advocate freedom of speech and press than decide who can and can't have it makes us one of the other guys!s

Let him have the rope, sooner or later he will hang for good. Personally I hope that student sues him.
 
 
+83 # Cactusman 2012-03-03 11:36
I agree with you that Rush has the right to say what he wants. But too often the First Amendment is interpreted by people like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin to mean that there's no accountability for hateful rhetoric, should they step over the line and suffer blowback.

Government should not be silencing Rush Limbaugh. The "free market" of public opinion can, though!

The First Amendment protects the press and individuals from excessive GOVERNMENT censorship. Not from the people who disagree. Important distinction!
 
 
+8 # Todd Williams 2012-03-04 05:13
This will become a matter of the courts to decide when and if Ms. Fluke files he slander suit against Fatso. She will prevail.
 
 
+23 # soularddave 2012-03-03 12:30
Quoting corallady:
I would defend Limbaugh's First Amendment right of free speech because that's part of our democratic bedrock


I think the concept of free speech is misunderstood. The Constitution merely states that "Congress shall make no laws that abridge the right of free speech". This does NOT give anyone the 'right' to say anything at any time, but it does suggest that there's a time and a place for the expression of thought, and that the government should not be the arbiter of time, place, or content.

The first amendment leaves it to us to speak up when we deem it necessary, and this IS one of those times when it's necessary - not to shout anyone down, but to effectively point out that those who provide the platform for inappropriate speech should know what we feel is inappropriate. They make their own choices, once they hear from us.
 
 
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-03 19:23
The first amendment may not protect name calling but there are Laws that do especially when you are degrading someone you do not know and could hurt their career. Believe he has crossed a line, however, he probably has an account that cannot be touched, will keep that kid in court.
 
 
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-03 19:13
Just remember they type of people who listen to him believe the same crap, gossip the same nonsense he spews.
Inbreds, Gossips, White Trash Need Rush, Like most Rethugs if he goes there will be more trash to take his place...Lot of pretend Christians thrive on this Hatred
 
 
+9 # tshobie 2012-03-04 00:08
On-The-Air: Didn't someone get fired for using the words "nappy head"? And didn't someone else end their long time call-in show for repeating the "n" word?

So it's okay to degrade women, but not to insult blacks?
 
 
+7 # Todd Williams 2012-03-04 05:08
Yes, but we also have the First Amendment right to Not Listen To Rush Limpballs.
 
 
+53 # DAChrist 2012-03-03 11:20
My theory is that Rush has actually grown tired of his own silliness. If the money wasn't so great, he would have retired gracefully. But he was interested to see how much drivel he could spew before the poop hit the fan. I suggest he now has his answer.
 
 
+34 # historywriter 2012-03-03 11:24
I'm happy to see so many people recognizing this guy for what he is.
Who are some other sponsors.
And I agree: ignore him and he'll go away.
 
 
+68 # artful 2012-03-03 11:28
Since he is the official spokesman of the Republican Party, I hope he stays on the air. We need him as a constant reminder of just how crazed and imbecilic is the (not so) Grand Old Party.
 
 
+99 # Archie1954 2012-03-03 11:42
When a woman's chastity is maligned in public she can sue in libel or slander and doesn't have to prove damages. The slur is enough for the courts to find in her favour.
 
 
+52 # Jane Gilgun 2012-03-03 13:12
I hope Sandra does sue Rush for slander. The contraceptive controversies are about men like Rush wanting to control women whom they despise. Rush drew upon ideologies of women hatred.
 
 
+21 # soularddave 2012-03-03 13:45
Quoting Archie1954:
she can sue in libel or slander and doesn't have to prove damages. The slur is enough for the courts to find in her favour.


Can she sue each of the radio stations in each state?
 
 
+4 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-03 19:24
However which Judge does she get?

If she could sue the Stations and Advertisers that would be a nice precedent.
 
 
+61 # 1984 2012-03-03 11:48
I am guessing that his following has been going down, so he blasted this way way way over the line crap to get attention hoping to draw back listeners. Same thing happened to Glen Beck when he started calling some of our leaders nazis! Hope he is cancelled soon.
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-03 19:25
I call a lot of the Congress and Senate Nazis they are.
 
 
+46 # allie 2012-03-03 11:50
How many advertisers dropped him or Beck for that matter, over their divisive and racist remarks about Obama?
 
 
+38 # Activista 2012-03-03 12:07
" Sleep Number, The Sleep Train, Quicken Loans, Legal Zoom and Citrix have pulled ad."
How any CEO with IQ > 80 could advertise on Limbaugh to start with? Boycott them forever!
 
 
0 # mim 2012-03-04 11:24
Quoting BobbyLip:
"Suspending" sounds a little weasle-y. How about "ceasing and never starting again?"

Quoting Activista:
" Sleep Number, The Sleep Train, Quicken Loans, Legal Zoom and Citrix have pulled ad."
How any CEO with IQQuoting Activista:
" Sleep Number, The Sleep Train, Quicken Loans, Legal Zoom and Citrix have pulled ad."
How any CEO with IQ > 80 could advertise on Limbaugh to start with? Boycott them forever!

> 80 could advertise on Limbaugh to start with? Boycott them forever!



Activista, boycotting them forever may make you feel morally pure, but if you boycott them forever then they're no better off when they pull their advertising. In fact they're worse off, because they don't have the business of Rush's listeners.

Putting your own purity first is not going to help the nation. Why not receive the companies that have ceased their sponsorship back into your good graces, and pressure those who have suspended their sponsorship to cease it outright?
 
 
+49 # Susan1989 2012-03-03 12:12
Our constitution guarantees us freedom of speech, but not the right to defame another person based upon untruthful information. Rush called this young lady a "slut" and a "prostitute". Is it possible that he could be sued for doing this. We do not have the right to say anything that comes to our mind about another person--particu larly in a public arena. If I were his sponsors, I would fully distance myself from him. This man has limited control over his impulses and seems to feel entitled to say anything that comes to mind.
 
 
+4 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-03 19:28
We do have the right to say things about others, you do right here. We also say slanderous things.
I believe the difference is Rush was on air, using air space that was paid for by Advertisers that have regulations of some type, not to mention fear of law suit and loss of money.
Now he will use the insanity plea and get off by a friend of santorums'
 
 
+22 # erogers 2012-03-03 12:12
Have to say I listened to Herr Goering aka Limbaugh once. After spending an hour with my head in a toilet throwing up, the doctor told me to cease all exposure to the slut Limbaugh. Best advice I ever had. Limbaugh the slut needs to be dropped from all media. Any corporate advertisers must be boycotted into bankruptcy. Hit the bast**ds where it hurts the most, the wallets. Fat bot Goering got what he deserved, now for Fat Boy Limbaugh.
 
 
+29 # mike/ 2012-03-03 12:22
the problem is that he is going to play the 'victimhood' card big time now; he is going to get his 'minions' all riled up because his '1st Amendment' rights are being taken away from him and from them also because no one wants them to listen to him.

i hope someone points out to him that these are corporations that are responding AND he was all for Citizen's United! what goes around, comes around...
 
 
+8 # Robert B 2012-03-03 18:47
Laura Schlesinger tried that and it didn't work. Nobody was buying Dr. Laura as any kind of victim, especially after screeching about "ni99ers" on her radio show. Sure, she has the 1st Amendment on her side, and she can howl about "ni99ers" if she wants to. But she is not entitled to either (A.) a program on the radio, or (B.) applause. Neither is Rush Limbaugh.
 
 
0 # mim 2012-03-04 11:32
I'm sure he's going to try; I'm sure he'll play the victim card for all it's worth. Let him; that too is his First Amendment right.
 
 
+27 # Bluegrasser 2012-03-03 12:23
Limbaugh's First Amendment rights does NOT afford license to slander or impugn those with whom he disagrees. If someone is a "whore" or "slut", then let me say Limbaugh is a fat-ass obnoxious pig with diaherra (sp?) coming out of his both ends !! He should be sued for deflamation of character and slander, his fat flab locked away indefinitely.
 
 
+33 # XXMD48 2012-03-03 12:31
Mr. Limbaugh is the man who was stopped by US immigration control coming back from Dominican Republic with 100 pills of Viagra and 100 pills of Oxycodon in his possession. Isn't it sad that he needs so many Viagra and Oxycodon pills in combination of testimony by a woman defending womens right to birth control to have the desire to see sex video?
 
 
+28 # reiverpacific 2012-03-03 12:32
He keeps getting away with his bile by having his corporate masters (Clear Channel, who own a monopolistic ± 1,300 radio stations across the US) call it "entertainment" ! But he's a coward and won't debate anybody. There are several petitions out to stop advertisers using his popularity among the "dittoheads" ("chowderheads" ) to sell their products and I'd go farther and ask Clear Channel to drop him.
George Carlin, Billy Connoly, Chris Rock and many other irreverent comedians who's job it is to make you laugh and even enlighten you are "Entertainment" . Limp-balls is mean-spirited, spiteful, cowardly and a drug-addict to boot (he was recently stopped returning from a trip to El Salvador with a bunch of Viagra pills on him -I hate to think what he wanted these for and don' wanna know) and is allowed to abuse his right to free speech, getting rich off it even.
Imagine what the furore would be if John Stewart, Stephen Colbert or Keith Olbermann called Ann Coulter a "Slut" or "Prostitute"? We can't live with a double standard in even the trashiest media.
B.t.w., this illustrates perfectly my oft-asked question of the reactionaries who post on this site more often than not, heavily abusive language at their favored targets (Krugman, Reich and especially Obama) where I can go to even be allowed to put my lefty opinions out on a right-wing station, which are heavily screened. -No answer yet and I've given up.
So much for the"Liberal" media!
 
 
+20 # Bruce Gruber 2012-03-03 12:33
Rush 'educated' Joe Six-pack that average, ordinary Americans were smarter, more patriotic and better at defining American values than pointy-headed liberals, bi-coastal intellectuals, and position-less 'moderates'. All the 'dittoheads' had to do was tune in to Rush to know what they needed to think.

An excellent script reader and ad lib entertainer, Limbaugh served an important role in the Rovarian theme of 'divide, satisfy and enrage' to facilitate Tea Party activism against government, science, regulatory protections, progressive thought, or "rights" for any physically identifiable group (Muslims, blacks, Latinos, Women, French, students, Occupiers, etc.). His success has been phenomenal- highly paid and well supported.

Unfortunately, the Republican Power Structure is having trouble getting the genie back in the OXY bottle. Nihilistic, anti-government , anti taxation mob rule threatens the government largess which enriches and protects Wall Street and the 1% - mostly through military and civilian contracts, bailouts and tax credit and avoidance schemes. Owning a government which cannot be 'milked' isn't profitable, so Rush MAY have become expendable. His 'mouth' is well scripted, so the process COULD be voluntary. It is NOT accidental ... and the outcome will not be a completely random result of his own 'enhanced' condition.
 
 
+4 # epcraig 2012-03-03 12:46
Since I have never listened to Rush how do I know who to boycott?
It is nice to hear who I can stop boycotting.
 
 
+26 # walt 2012-03-03 12:51
Like Glen Beck, we see one more fascist bite the dust. Hopefully he will be removed from the air and never have a chance to slander another person.

Limbaugh is a guy with little or no credentials other than being a boisterous loud-mouth for the GOP. They sure are drowning themselves. So glad they are! Maybe we can vote them all out and get real government of, by, and for the people.
 
 
+4 # Robert B 2012-03-03 18:50
The reason why we don't have to listen to Joe Pine's radio show anymore is because he had the good sense to drop dead at 50. Et tu, Rushbo?
 
 
+16 # DaveM 2012-03-03 12:51
What made this particular remark so uniquely offensive that it shook people into action? Rush Limbaugh has made a career of insulting everyone for decades, all the while billing himself as a guardian of the truth. Why have so many failed to see for some long?

It's good to see sponsors voting with their wallets. And I hope listeners are voting with their choice of radio stations. Those who insist on hearing political discussions of the caliber offered by Mr. Limbaugh may easily find them by occupying the nearest bar stool and starting a conversation. As it says in the Good Book: "they have their reward".
 
 
+6 # SouthBrun 2012-03-03 12:51
We need to borrow from Star Trek the cloaking device for Rush. He should remember,life isn't a garden...so stop being a hoe!
 
 
+22 # Patriot 2012-03-03 13:00
Many people have been ignoring Limbaugh for several years and he hasn't gone away. Cactusman, you nailed it, as did NRESQ: make him commericlly unviable, and he will disappear like smoke.
 
 
+28 # RCW 2012-03-03 13:02
Do First Amendment rights include personal slander? What he has said over the air sounds actionable to me, and still respecting the First Amendment, I believe that he should be called to account in court.
 
 
+5 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-03 19:34
There are other Laws that came about thanks to First Amendment and law suits.
 
 
+31 # JayMagoo 2012-03-03 13:03
The First Amendment protects free speech, and was intended to protect those who criticized government from retributions by that government. Limbaugh's vile comments, however, are not criticizing government, but rather are directed at trying to intimidate that young woman law student from exercising her own right to criticize government, protected by the First Amendment. Limbaugh is guilty of exactly the kind of offenses the First Amendment is designed to prevent. For Limbaugh to hide behind the First Amendment is typical of the hypocrisy we've come to expect from Limbaugh.
 
 
+26 # deegal 2012-03-03 13:03
It is about time everyone realizes what an unbelievable, HATEFUL creep this guy is.
 
 
+20 # Carolyn 2012-03-03 13:08
Limbaugh's conscousness level is so low. What a statement for the world view of the American media who sponsor this. Somehow, it makes me think of swamps and crocodiles.
 
 
+5 # chomper2 2012-03-03 21:40
Quoting Carolyn:
Limbaugh's conscousness level is so low. What a statement for the world view of the American media who sponsor this. Somehow, it makes me think of swamps and crocodiles.


An insut to swamps and crocs.
 
 
+21 # humactdoc 2012-03-03 13:27
Reasons for Limbaugh's comment (and everything else that he says on air)
1) He says what he believes
2) He exhibits attention seeking behavior, nasty and controversial work best, media diva akin to Ann Coulter
3) If you don't like the subject change the story, we are no longer talking about more positive economic news and the crappy GOP Presidential candidates
4) All of the Above

4 is the correct answer
 
 
+29 # Billy Bob 2012-03-03 13:27
"Other companies though have been slow to react, or are simply ignoring mounting feedback"

Who are the other companies? What can we do to send them the message?
 
 
+8 # Fight Back 2012-03-03 13:54
Quoting Billy Bob:
"Other companies though have been slow to react, or are simply ignoring mounting feedback"

Who are the other companies? What can we do to send them the message?


Go here to sign a petition:
http://campaigns.dailykos.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=81
 
 
+7 # lin96 2012-03-03 13:29
I guess he's not distasteful enough for the network to drop him. I suppose they'll slap him on the wrist and give it some time and he'll be right back worse than ever. The best way is not to listen to him. Hopefully this rant of his will hit him in his perverbial money belt.
 
 
+6 # Quickmatch 2012-03-03 13:33
I expect that drug use cab ckoud a man's ability to think clearly. The person upon which this recent furor is centered has spent too much time drugging and too much energy in denial; exhausted from the effort and perhaps relapsed into use, he no longer has control of his intellectual facilities. Shun him; forget him as you would an off-color shout_out from a passing car. Ignored, he will shrivel up and blow away leaving the world cleaner, quieter and safer for real people.
 
 
+10 # bluepilgrim 2012-03-03 13:35
The man is a professional a-hole (a specialization of the clown career path), and has made millions at it. He could never get another minute of air time and it wouldn't matter -- he's got his boodle.

He can be replaced by any number of aspiring professional a-holes who want to rake in the bucks from the right wingers -- as long as there are people who will listen and buy the stuff advertised. It's the people who listen and repeat what he say that makes it possible for these clowns to spread propaganda and vile filth.
 
 
+18 # Fight Back 2012-03-03 13:43
What do we call an adult male who publicly solicits private porn movies from young women in exchange for paying taxes, as Lush Rimbo just did?

We call him a leading Republican ethicist.
 
 
+8 # Stephen 2012-03-03 13:50
Carbonite also sponsors Randi Rhodes's show.
 
 
+6 # Robert B 2012-03-03 18:54
I noticed that. I think Carbonite should stick with Randi and dump Rush. Randi Rhodes regularly calls Rush Limbaugh a liar. You know why he hasn't sued her? Because it's true.
 
 
+20 # AKPatriot 2012-03-03 13:51
All of the women in the U.S. of A should enjoin this brave woman in a libel lawsuit against R.L.
 
 
+6 # Georgia Sam 2012-03-03 13:54
If you want to make your opinions known to Rush's broadcast host, Clear Channel Radio, visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/iheartradio#!/iheartradio?sk=wall
 
 
+16 # angelfish 2012-03-03 14:12
Rush Limbaugh is the reason WHY women have a need for birth Control! If ONLY his mother had availed herself of some good contraceptive device or method, American women would be spared having to hear the bilge he spews about them and others that he hates! He should be ASHAMED of himself and if, what is it, his 3rd or 4th wife (?!), has any active brain cells she will RUN not walk away from his toxic, vitriolic rants against women and the others that he targets for his hatred!
 
 
+11 # dick 2012-03-03 14:20
Contin-Mouth, how-low-can-lim bau-go, "Rush" is many things, but he is NOT, on his show at least, a conservative. Fluke is not a slut. Rush is not a conservative. He supported Big Brother Big Govt the whole time Bush was in office, including the spending.
Rush is the point man for dividing working classes. He is the point man for lining up moderate income support for the interests of the filthy (conduct) rich. He's not paid to abuse women, people of color, gays, or progressives. He is paid to abuse, manipulate, dupe, befuddle, confuse, misdirect, enrage HIS OWN LISTENERS. THEY are his target. He CHUMPS
them 24/7, & laughs all the way to the country club or private box, then laughs some more with his wealthy cohorts & patrons there. There is NOTHING conservative about calling Fluke a prostitute, The Corp Media that call Rush "conservative" are deliberately LYING. To divide us. They want to set the more Puritanical against the more liberated so that they can CONTROL all of us. And, there is nothing conservative about thinking that women's birth control technology works like ("anti-baby") aspirin held between the knees: the more sex planned, the more aspirin purchased, until broke. "Rush" has it confused with his felony-type drug habit. You don't order your housekeeper to the parking lot for more & more & more birth controls pills, or IUDs.
 
 
+14 # cisenior 2012-03-03 14:40
Free sppeech doesn't mean you have the right to willingly slander anyone that doesn't believe as you do without consequences, especially from this worst of the Republician mean-spirited bigots trying to influence so many non-thinking Americans. We need to vote this man off the island with our pocketbooks to his corporate sponsors and return debate in this country to some level of civility.
 
 
+16 # Chapoff87 2012-03-03 15:24
While everyone is focused on the latest Rush outrage, I think it is important to recall his ARREST for "manipulating" Rx's and "Shopping" for doctors who would write prescriptions for OPIATE-based narcotics, like Oxy-Contin and Dilaudid, His ADDICTION drove him to violate several FEDERAL LAWS as well as state statutes. The MOST AMAZING part of his sad saga is that it was through the efforts of the ACLU that got his convictions over-turned !! Right, that lefty organization he so happily snipes at is the ONLY REASON he is not in PRISON now. Those particular statutes concerning "doctor/pill shopping" carry very long terms. Interesting that he never makes public statements of support for the ONLY organization that used the constitution
to defend him. You get it ? Not some high priced legal hot shot BUT simply the rules of the land. Why don't we hear more about THAT Rush ???
 
 
+5 # afrizunk 2012-03-03 15:32
You can't polish a turd!
 
 
+5 # Willman 2012-03-03 16:00
This guy is a real sad excuse for a human being. His parents must be real proud of him.
The even sadder commentary is the multitudes of listeners he "indoctrinates"
Are there that many people out there without the mental acuity to tune this guy out?
The worst part of this all is that these people might even exercise their right to vote.
This then affects "real" Americans.
 
 
+9 # JJS 2012-03-03 16:18
Apology from Rush Limbaugh dot com:
"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."

He still does not "get it". Use and access to contraception is medical care not merely a "personal sexual recreational activit(y)"
"American Citizens" ie. taxpayers are not paying for it. An individuals Insurance premiums are paying for it.
FYI: The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), 'Obamacare' s they say, requires health plans and insurers that offer group or individual health insurance policies to provide coverage for women’s preventive services without cost sharing-ie. no co-pays.
What is it that people DON'T like about this?
The rhetoric of the Republicans is anti-women's healthcare, anti-'Obamacare ' and anti-standards for healthcare coverage and definitly against any Universal Healthcare that would solve all these employer based/private healthcare issues.

ps. My mother always referred to him as Russ Limbo. It really fits.
 
 
+10 # cordleycoit 2012-03-03 16:21
It appears that the mean, spiteful psychotic junkie, Rush has let his cotton mouth and candy ass get him in too deep. This time the snake bit himself. His obit ought to read "Here Lies a pig eyed man."
 
 
+9 # sandyboy 2012-03-03 18:51
He's 'apologised' (sic), but if you read the whole thing it's NOT a mea culpa, but a self-justifying damage limitation exercise after days of refusal, now dragged out of him in the face of a backlash from even Republicans, advertisers and his employers. All he says is that made poor word choices!
 
 
+4 # JJS 2012-03-04 06:14
He really does misrepresent the whole issue of contraception and sexuality in general.

I wish the media would concentrate on the comments about him wanting to watch the home made sex videos. Where is RL's head at?
 
 
+5 # Texas Aggie 2012-03-03 18:57
These advertisers took this long to realize what they were supporting with their ad buys???

Glad to hear that the Great White Whale is doubling down on what he said. It just may bring about his demise more quickly.
 
 
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-03 19:47
It is sad that anyone in this day and age who pretends to believe in God can hate so much and need to listen to such a Coward.

Medical should cover contraceptives ...from insurance angle it certainly is a lot cheaper to have a safe ball game than having homeruns all over town whom they pay the bill for in pregnancy thru the next at least 18 years. But considering I never knew Rethugs were Virgins, it is hypocrisy that people would think that only Liberals use birth control.
When I hear people in this area talk about minorities having kids and using their taxes (half do not work), I laugh. You would think these morons would be cheering Contraceptives, they were jumping for joy a couple of years ago when people were giving it away.
Now working people have no rights to some smart choices.
If men got pregnant, wow, that would be a change of voice. We do not need more children, we have lots of children. Many go to bed without food, home, parents. We need parents who actually take care of their kids, parents who spend more time with them less on cell phones.
I see people on cell phones, and PCs and never with their kids. Pretty sad upbringing, no values, certainly no love.
I had hoped by 2012, people would have changed, seen white trash for what it is and tried to overcome being it. Instead I see more morons than I did 50 years ago.
That is why Rush will have a Job
 
 
+5 # BeaDeeBunker 2012-03-03 23:33
In the last quarter of the 18th Century we revolted against the British Empire, and succeeded, hooray!
In the first quarter of the 21st Century we have a character who libels a US citizen with apparent impunity.
People, check out what would happen to this character if he libeled a British version of someone like Ms.Fluke on British airwaves.
Two steps forward, one step back. This experiment called 'America' continues. Long live the revolution!!
 
 
+6 # USA2012??? 2012-03-04 06:19
How many women are in the GOP? How can those of you who remain silent sleep at night supporting the GOP when in all sincerity the Republican Party doesn't represent you? There should be enough of you to wield substantial influence regarding your party's overt male dominated political agenda: aren't there more women than men on this planet?

WOMEN, stop punking out and exercise your strength in numbers to make the GOP represent your welfare as they do the males in the party!

Also, I'm a male speaking from a male perspective of fairness: you chicks need to get on board and stand up for yourselves!
 
 
+5 # HKitty 2012-03-04 07:17
With the 'right' to free speech comes the 'accountability ' of free speech. We all know the metaphor of crying 'FIRE' in a crowded theater. As a resident of Oregon, I remember the infamous case of Tom Metzger whose rhetoric incited a group of skinheads to commit murder. I, for one, think Bill 'O' should have been charged with accessory to murder for his 'Tiller the Baby-Killer' label and the subsequent statement that 'someone ought to put him out of his misery'.
 
 
+3 # moby doug 2012-03-04 15:43
The right reflexively uses hate speech to incite "random" violence against those it opposes. For example, before Congressman Giffords got half her brains blown out by a lunatic, the rightwing hate speech against political moderates in Arizona hit a fever pitch. This has happened too many times to count, including in Dallas before the JFK assassination. And the media hate mongers are NEVER held to account.
 
 
+2 # Skeeziks 2012-03-04 16:51
Just wondering. How many companies are standing in line to have Limbaugh sell their products? I'd say about a hundred and six.
 
 
-4 # Fred9999 2012-03-04 19:10
If Sandra Fluke is NOT a slut, she sure talks like one. She IS an activist, and went to Georgetown, a Catholic school, to break their rights under the First Amendment.

May the thousands of companies who have been on the waiting list to advertise with Mr. Limbaugh all have that opportunity, may the success burgeon of conservative people who WORK and PAY THEIR OWN WAY, AND DON'T ASK FOR TAXPAYER DOLLAR HANDOUTS, and may the enemies of America, the Lefty-liberals, all starve, cold and forgotten, in the Sahara Desert, shortly before their miserable bodies are hacked up by the swards of their allies, the Islamists.

Have a nice day.
 
 
0 # Todd Williams 2012-03-05 04:20
If you're not making a sick joke, then you are truely weird.
 
 
+1 # b_niles57 2012-03-05 08:43
Clearly Rush's viagra soaked brain is extremely turned on by the thought of "co-eds" (Who uses that term?)having sex, and he is having a very public debate with his inner demons. No one who listens to his tirades about this can escape the conclusion that he is like the horny old man trying to peep at girls as they walk by while shouting "put some clothes on!". A truly pathetic person. When he talks about watching videos of Georgetown women having sex, this is as close to a declaration of his true thought as you can get. He is a no-so-closeted pervert, off in the corner with his Viagra and Pain Killers having a menage-a-moi. Gross.
 
 
+1 # Steve5551 2012-03-05 08:51
Why does Rush have any sponsorship? He has a long history of taking the truth, yes important issues and perverting totally perverting them. I contend if you take the truth and turn it even one degree from factual, intentionally or not, it ceases to be true. Rush Limbaugh has made millions blowing smoke up the American peoples' collective ass. The really stunning thing is how many American people have let this cheer leader-clown-tr uth teller-imperson ator-Republican payroll recipient be an authoritative voice in their decision making.
 
 
+1 # RJB 2012-03-05 09:04
Limbaugh is a very highly paid provocateur who represents everything that Occupy is against. He is the tool of the 1% who serves to dumb down our society so that it will undermine itself. He is visceral in every respect. I love America, but I hate Rush Limbaugh's America! Yet if Howard Stern could get away with the stinking comments he made regarding the Columbine killings, I predict that Limbaugh will survive this indiscretion.
 
 
-1 # in deo veritas 2012-03-05 14:10
He may survive but will we? A society that tolerates the kind of degenerates that Limburger epitomizes is not long for the world. The eternal judge will not allow it.
 
 
0 # in deo veritas 2012-03-05 14:13
The picture of Limburger on this article is the face of the America that the rest of the world hates-not the real America that the rest of us love. He is the original "Ugly American".
 
 
0 # in deo veritas 2012-03-05 14:08
The whole issue of contraception comes down to this. First and foremost- the only value children have in the eyes of the neofascist Repukes is the same as that in Nazi Germany: cannon fodder for future wars and/or virtual slave labor in the industrial monolith. Responsible contraception practiced by both sexes would derail this to a large extent. I am glad I fathered my daughters when I did before this country became so deranged. They are quite able to defend themselves against the system. If that was not so, I would be reluctant to bring children into the rotten society and world on the brink that we have allowed to come about because of our apathy and ignorance.
 

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