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  1. paulwalker

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    To me, Rush has become "don't listen radio". He used to atleast be semi-entertaining and seemed to be the voice of a certain political block. No more. He, in my opinion, has lost it.

    Let me start with his inane conversations with another person who is not heard on the air. Beyond any political views, this is simply bad radio. You can't have a conversation with someone on the radio where the listener only hears one of the people (Rush), in the conversation. Totally frustrating and simply not what this medium is about, or deserves. I will not listen to him if he continues this practice.

    Secondly, his apology is obviously due to advertisers going south. Rush may be stupid, but he is not stupid enough to lose 7 advertisers in a 48 hour period. (I guess one advertiser even dropped out AFTER his apology!).

    Good gawd, this guy needs to either reinvent himself quickly, or reinvent his career. But I suppose he will still garner ratings and will still be part of our media life. Beginning to think this is not a good thing.

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 07:16 PM #
  2. Rush has a real problem Monday. I'm tuning in just to see what sponsors are left.
    This Is Radio History In The Making.

    The Los Angeles Times:

    ProFlowers Latest Rush Limbaugh Sponsor To Pull Its Business
    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-limbaugh-sponsors-20120304,0,4986601.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fpolitics+(L.A.+Times+-+Politics)

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 08:48 PM #
  3. Brianl

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    So will the network spots be a bunch of PSAs? LOL

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 08:56 PM #
  4. Notalent

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    I predict a whole lotta "Two if by Tea" spots.

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 09:02 PM #
  5. The Washington Post:

    "Did Rush Limbaugh just have his Don Imus Moment?"

    "With more sponsors bailing and Republican lawmakers adding to the condemnation of the talk-show host on Sunday, the flap over Limbaugh’s comments about a Georgetown law student are beginning to look like radio history repeating itself."

    Read the entire article here:

    Rush Limbaugh Should Take Lessons From Imus, Liberal Talk-Show Host Shultz
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/2012/03/04/gIQAs2xbrR_story.html?tid=pm_lifestyle_pop
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    More from The Washington Post:

    Rush Limbaugh Comments Overshadow GOP As Super Tuesday Looms
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/with-win-in-hand-romney-looks-ahead-to-super-tuesdays-contests-from-alaska-to-massachusetts/2012/03/04/gIQAV4lFqR_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 09:02 PM #
  6. Brianl

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    Notalent - I might tune in, just for that!

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 09:13 PM #
  7. missing_kskd

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    I think a big part of what is going on here is the party establishment has a real problem with the regressive base.

    They are divided, not easily unifying like they have in the past, demanding more after seating a lot of reps in the House. This has made things difficult as even solid Republican positions offered by the Dems, and Obama in particular to the annoyance of the progressives, are simply not enough.

    I like to refer to these people, who consider Limbaugh a solid authority, Repuglicans, as opposed to the more moderate members of the party. Moderate, in this context is still pretty hard core, but the extremes we've seen this cycle are damn aggressive compared to past ones. Ugly.

    Limbaugh, and to a lesser extent, his talk peers, have been whipping those people up and the optics on that aren't good.

    Risks are high too. SCOTUS is on the line, and I've personally kept that as a focus as the next two picks will solidify a lot of things for a long time, the rest of our lives for most of us here.

    The GOP knows this, and even though Roberts is young, and perfectly willing to pick cases to legislate from the bench, his picks won't do a lot of good with moderate or liberal replacements.

    On the other hand, if the GOP gets these picks, they can continue to erode the New Deal and other progressive programs, whether or not they've got real power in Washington.

    Problem is that rabid base. Obama has done a good job reaching out --too good for my blood, but that has played out nicely. Most ordinary people are very unhappy with Congress, and let's face it. Congress is disfunctional at best right now, and the Tea Party, AKA Repuglicans, are a big part of why that is true.

    Electing asses to tease with legislating morality, in return for economically regressive votes favoring the wealthy and big business isn't working out so well right now. Times are tough, and social issues are expensive as hell.

    Perhaps that cost is too high and it's time to push back on things a bit. I can think of no better way to do that than a muzzle on LIMBAUGH.

    Actually, that's not true. I think it's a smart play, if happening, but it could really backfire. I assume he will remain on air, for reasons given above, the primary one being the money is good, even if it's "tail wind" money, like LIMBAUGH being the loss leader draw for other profitable and unimpacted hosts.

    Given that, he could play nice and just build a lot of anger, playing the victim and those people will listen, and they make the phone call, write the letter, buy the product, and most importantly, cast the vote.

    Managing that risk is where I think this is going. With a slug of sponsors walking, now is a key leverage time.

    Monday is going to be interesting

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 09:40 PM #
  8. skeptical

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    Someone said: Too many people with too much time on their hands.[regarding this discussion of Rush]

    WTF is with this generalizing?

    I make time in my day to hold people accountable for their actions, and it's not just Rush and not just on the internet. If you think it's because I've too much time on my hands, let me come over to your house and look around and I'll come up with a nifty list of things that indicate that YOU, TOO, have too much time on your hands.

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 09:44 PM #
  9. "Electing asses to tease with legislating morality, in return for economically regressive votes favoring the wealthy and big business isn't working out so well right now. Times are tough, and social issues are expensive as hell."

    It was your team who changed the subject to moral issues (for obvious reasons--couldn't run on the economy).

    And I think it was a brilliant move. The president who has given out the most food stamps AND free sex for all just might have bought this election very cheaply. You don't give him enough credit for being so politically astute.

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 09:55 PM #
  10. "Monday is going to be interesting"

    I predict you will see an outpouring of support from fair-minded loyal listeners.

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 09:56 PM #
  11. skeptical

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    Rush sponsors that still have yet to make a move:

    America Online
    (212) 206-4400

    LifeLock tami@lifelock.com
    1-800-543-3562
    1-480-457-4500

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    Clear Channel Communications
    Phone 1-210-822-2828

    Lowry Mays, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    LLowryMays@clearchannel.com

    Mark Mays President and Chief Operating Officer
    MarkPMays@clearchannel.com

    Randall Mays, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer RandallTMays@clearchannel.com

    Lisa Dollinger, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communication Public Relations lisacdollinger@clearchannel.com
    pr@clearchannel.com

    Premiere Radio Networks, Inc.
    Amir Forester, 818-461-5404 aforester@premiereradio.com

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    Companies that recently dropped Rush either due to the slut incident, or other reasons:

    ProFlowers
    Legal Zoom
    Sleep Train
    Quicken Loans
    Sleep Number Bed
    Citrix Online
    Carbonite
    Century 21 Real Estate LLC
    Lending Tree
    Mission Pharmacal Company
    Life Quotes, Inc.
    Oreck Upright Vacuum Cleaners
    eharmony
    AutoZone Inc.
    Dominos Pizza

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 10:06 PM #
  12. missing_kskd

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    Yeah, you tell 'em F&B. Make sure he knows you are the Tea Bagger you are, extra special. I'm sure he will appreciate it.

    (this so needs to move to the politics side)

    You know F&B, this election might just end up like the last one. Repuglicans posting up so ugly and stupid that suddenly the idea of electing a Black guy, which is a perfectly fine idea mind you, with a Muslim name, also a fine idea, makes perfect sense!

    I thought Bush was just the worst. This crowd? People like you? Sheesh. No brainer man. Just about everybody I know is going full Dem ticket. Can't take any chances at all.

    Oh yeah, I forgot: LIAR. PLEASE STOP. Everybody knows it. Seriously.

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 10:10 PM #
  13. It's pathetic to see such a desperate desire to shut down a conservative voice.

    Just like what Obama is trying to do to the Church.

    Tyrants.

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 10:34 PM #
  14. Andy_brown

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    What's really pathetic is a forum member whom contributes nothing, whose word is worthless, whose research skills are non-existent and whose religious dogma is direct from twelve centuries ago.

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 10:37 PM #
  15. skeptical

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    Sleep Train: "We are pulling our ads with Rush Limbaugh and appreciate the community's feedback."

    Sleep Number: Recent comments by Rush Limbaugh do not align w/our values, so we made decision to immediately suspend all advertising on that program.

    Quicken Loans:"Due to continued inflammatory comments . . . QL has suspended ads on Rush Limbaugh program."

    Carbonite CEO David Friend: "Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show."

    ProFlowers Facebook page: "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"

    LegalZoom: “LegalZoom has decided to terminate all current and future advertising with ‘The Rush Limbaugh Show,’ effective immediately. Our company does not in any way support or endorse the recent comments of Mr. Limbaugh.”

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

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 10:42 PM #
  16. jr_tech

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    "It's pathetic to see such a desperate desire to shut down a conservative voice."

    William F. Buckley jr. was a conservative voice... Rush Limbaugh is an embarrassment to thinking conservatives.

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 10:42 PM #
  17. In retrospect, I'm amazed at the speed of all of this! Having so many of Rush's sponsorship's pulled so fast and on a weekend when most ad executives are off, is unprecedented! I guess this is the new power of the web. It's as though Rush is turning into poison to advertisers! Not a good position to be in if you are a Radio Star.

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 11:31 PM #
  18. William Buckley wasn't embarrassed by Rush.

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 11:41 PM #
  19. "whose research skills are non-existent"

    Some day I too will develop the "research skills" to copy and paste full page tldr articles that pop up from a google search.

    Posted on March 4, 2012 - 11:51 PM #
  20. Andy_brown

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    Kinda popped your theory again. That's twice I've decimated your ego in the last week.

    You are pathetic.

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 12:28 AM #
  21. missing_kskd

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    ...shut down.

    Maybe, but the real goal is to make that kind of speech expensive. It was for the woman, why not return the favor?

    Seems to me, it got expensive! Maybe Mr. LIMBAUGH will reconsider that kind of speech in the future. Instead of making other people the subject, he could put his policy preference argument out there to be weighed on it's merits?

    Just a thought.

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 12:54 AM #
  22. NoParty

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    The president who has given out the most food stamps.

    Your talking about Reagan yet again....

    WOW!

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 01:08 AM #
  23. NoParty

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    Some day I too will develop the "research skills" to copy and paste full page tldr articles that pop up from a google search.

    but yet you won't even fucking do that.

    WOW!

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 01:09 AM #
  24. jimbo

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    "let me come over to your house and look around and I'll come up with a nifty list of things that indicate that YOU, TOO, have too much time on your hands. "

    I seriously doubt that. Even though I work 2.5 jobs and am actively involved in sports and grandkids activities, I only spend maybe 1-2 hours a week on the internet looking at only a few forums not related to my activities. I don't watch TV unless I am paid. Don't have time.

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 02:52 AM #
  25. semoochie

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    On the previous page, I made a comment that garnered the following response: "Talk radio doesn't skew that old. 30 somethings on up listen to talk radio." 30 somethings used to listen to talk radio 30 years ago. In general there are no new listeners and the real base starts at about 50.

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 03:05 AM #
  26. Uncle Mort

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    Limbugger's fab ratings have been MADE UP by RL over the last twenty years, very conventient:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cenk-uygur/rush-limbaugh-ratings_b_1320144.html

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 06:58 AM #
  27. This from CNN:

    "As advertisers quit the Rush Limbaugh radio program -- and as Republican politicians squirm uncomfortably -- the broadcaster's fans are complaining about double standards."

    Are We Being Fair To Rush Limbaugh?
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/05/opinion/frum-rush-limbaugh-fairness/index.html

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 07:05 AM #
  28. Here is the All Access take on this evolving story:

    -------------------------Seven Advertisers Bail From Rush Limbaugh Despite Apology-------------------------

    The tally of advertisers who have pulled their spots from PREMIERE NETWORKS host RUSH LIMBAUGH's show over his comments about law student/activist SANDRA FLUKE last week (NET NEWS 3/2) stands at seven, although it is presently unclear whether LIMBAUGH's weekend apology (NET NEWS 3/3) will result in any returning advertisers or whether the advertising suspensions are permanent or temporary.

    The list of advertisers pulling spots from LIMBAUGH's show includes CALIFORNIA regional mattress chain SLEEP TRAIN and national advertisers QUICKEN LOANS, CITRIX (GOTOMYPC), SLEEP NUMBER, PROFLOWERS.COM, CARBONITE (which initially said it would hold off pulling its ads until its CEO spoke to LIMBAUGH), and LEGAL ZOOM. QUICKEN LOANS' sister CLEVELAND CAVALIERS have pulled spots from LIMBAUGH's show on CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WTAM-A/CLEVELAND, which happens to be the team's flagship station, according to WTAM, citing TALKING POINTS MEMO.

    Meanwhile, the same activist who issued a press release rejecting CLEAR CHANNEL's offers after Talk KFI-A/LOS ANGELES hosts JOHN AND KEN as not enough did the same regarding LIMBAUGH, issuing another pair of press releases reiterating her intention to complain to the FCC. JASMYNE CANNICK's JOHN AND KEN release contradicted the comments of other activists who had met with KFI officials, including PROJECT ISLAMIC HOPE leader NAJEE ALI, who told the LOS ANGELES TIMES, "Mission accomplished. We got everything we asked for."

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 07:39 AM #
  29. "The National Review" is calling the Rush story "Slut-gate."

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 08:29 AM #
  30. Notalent

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    It is kind of odd that people who don't listen to Limbaugh are pressuring advertisers to remove their ads from a show that they don't listen to anyway and who's actual listeners stand behind him and are going to be there in droves today!

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 08:55 AM #
  31. missing_kskd

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    Is it?

    We know who his core audience is. Of course they will be there, and we all know why too.

    $10,000 if LIMBAUGH can show his 20 million listeners! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cenk-uygur/rush-limbaugh-ratings_b_1320144.html

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 09:01 AM #
  32. With an hour to go. Can't help but wonder, if you were Rush Limbaugh right now, facing what most likely will be the most important radio show of your 40 year career. What are you thinking right now? Remember Rush hasn't apologized over the air as of yet. Will he?

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 09:04 AM #
  33. missing_kskd

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    Don't we reserve "gate" for people who actually hold office?

    Must be Freudian.

    @Craig: I'll bet he does this time. Heck, it might just be worth 10K to him, if he can show the numbers today.

    53 smears. Not just one, "oops, I got caught up in the medium, just kidding", but fifty three!

    http://limbaughbook.blogspot.com/2012/03/rushs-52-smears-against-sandra-fluke.html

    Yeah, it comes from the Limbaugh book guy. Understandable, but fifty three?

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 09:06 AM #
  34. "Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio talk show host, attempted to silence women’s voices in the public square through sexual shaming. The early church did the same thing to Mary Magdalene, sexually shaming her in the 6th century, mistakenly calling her a prostitute, and effectively undercutting her spiritual authority."

    Read The entire article here from The Washington Post:

    Mary Magdalene To Rush Limbaugh: Your Apology Is Too Little, Too Late
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/mary-magdalene-to-rush-limbaugh-your-apology-is-too-little-too-late/2012/03/04/gIQAwafrrR_blog.html?tid=pm_national_pop

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 09:39 AM #
  35. I havent listened to Limbaugh for years ...mid 90s...and then it wasnt everyday...I couldnt stand the obscession ditto head nature of the material. To much ditto head stuff...and the ' RUSH ROOMS'..that were popular back then...God...talk about a collection of Rubes...the few I happen to come across ( when I was in radio and had occasion to be around those who facilitated such places )...

    One of his big mistakes in all of this current 'slut-gate '( IHMO ) is his complete ignorace of ( or just doesnt care) how many females regulate their menstrual periods. They use BC pills. Its also a contraceptive, of course. It is in that case a prescription drug for a medical issue. It therefore qualifies as covered feature of most Medical Health Insurance Policies, for that particular reason, not as a contraceptive .

    So now how does that fact even qualify or support any comment to the contrary made by Limbaugh , even a comment that might have been appropriate, which his Slut comment was not in any case. It looks to me be about his ingorance and then a rush ( no pun intended ) to make a scatalogical point and create his usual ratings raving adrenaline pushing hyperbole.

    Any aware and minimaly sensitive late 20th or 21st century man who has been around women for any length of time all might have had this information before splashing the BS Limbaugh did last week.

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 09:47 AM #
  36. The Huffington Post:

    Don Imus Calls Rush Limbaugh An 'Insincere Pig' For 'Vile, Personal Attack' On Sandra Fluke
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/05/don-imus-rush-limbaugh-sandra-fluke_n_1321016.html

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 10:01 AM #
  37. This Just In...

    "AOL, the parent company of The Huffington Post, has become the eighth advertiser to pulls its money from Rush Limbaugh's syndicated radio program."

    Read the entire story here:

    Rush Limbaugh, AOL Part Ways
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/05/rush-limbaugh-aol-advertisers_n_1321260.html

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 10:14 AM #
  38. The Christian Science Monitor:

    Has Rush Limbaugh Permanently Damaged His Career?
    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/Vox-News/2012/0305/Has-Rush-Limbaugh-permanently-damaged-his-career

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 10:21 AM #
  39. Rush was brilliant this morning.

    I haven't listened to him in about 3 years, but I was curious enough to tune in to see what he would say.

    Well, a good defense is a good offense, as they say.

    He simply launched into an explanation1 that he had monetarily sunk to the level of a liberal by calling her the names as he did.

    As I think about the liberal posters on this forum, and their obsession with denigrating all those with opposing viewpoints by calling them names, I realize he hit the nail right on the head.

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 10:36 AM #
  40. jr_tech

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    "Rush was brilliant this morning."

    Well, there is no question in my mind that he knows his audience well and how to play them like a fiddle.
    Again, I assert that in a few months this will all blow over, and the "bloated bigot" will be laughing all the way to the bank. Would love to see the PPM numbers today.

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 10:47 AM #
  41. NoParty

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    Rush was brilliant this morning.

    I haven't listened to him in about 3 years.

    LOL!!!!!!!

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 10:53 AM #
  42. NoParty

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    As I think about the liberal posters on this forum, and their obsession with denigrating all those with opposing viewpoints by calling them names.

    We learned it from YOU CONers Deane....

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 10:54 AM #
  43. U.S. News & World Report:

    Pentagon Says Military Will Still Air Limbaugh
    http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2012/03/05/pentagon-says-military-will-still-air-limbaugh

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 10:54 AM #
  44. NoParty

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    EIB isn't going to get rid of Rush so he will always be on the air. I listen to Rush on a daily basis and enjoy his show. It nice to hear what the CONers are listening to.

    Funny side note.... Deane says he hasn't listened to Rush in ages yet all his talking points are dead on almost every subject he spews forth his venom. Deane, you must have ESP or your still sleeping with LimBLAH.....

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 10:58 AM #
  45. Yahoo! News:

    "Rush Limbaugh has done a fine service to voters, highlighting the view of many far-right conservatives that opposition will not be tolerated. Uppity women will be put in their place quickly and ferociously. There was little outrage from the top three GOP candidates. Outrage would have been the appropriate response."

    Read the entire commentary here:

    Thank You, Rush Limbaugh
    http://news.yahoo.com/thank-rush-limbaugh-173100985.html

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 11:01 AM #
  46. UPDATE from All Access:

    ------------------------Limbaugh Opens Show With Apology And Barbs At Obama, Left------------------------

    At the outset of his show TODAY, LIMBAUGH joked about canceling his own company's "TWO IF BY TEA" commercials but being unable to get past a busy signal. "Give me 30 minutes here," he said, "and then you can do what you want."

    Taking a shot at the left for what he described as saying and doing anything to make its point, LIMBAUGH said, "In fighting this issue last week, I became like them ... I descended to their level ... I became like them, and I feel very badly about that." He added, "I do not think that she is either of those two words ... the apology over the weekend was sincere ... I became like the people we oppose."

    He then went on to criticize President OBAMA's "socialist agenda" and "extra-constitutionally" making moral judgments over what private insurance plans cover, and recounted his version of the timeline of the issue and Rep. DARRELL ISSA (R-CA)'s rejection of FLUKE's bid to testify before Congress. "All of this," LIMBAUGH said, "is political," adding that the examples of women denied coverage of contraception by GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY's health plan that FLUKE sought to testify about were anecdotal and "unprovable" hearsay, and that FLUKE, knowing that GEORGETOWN is a Jesuit Catholic school, went there to change the policy. He repeated his apology's assertion that the segments from last week were intended as satire and prompted by reports of FLUKE claiming that she could not afford birth control. "I acted too much like the leftists that despise me," he said. "It's wrong, and that's why I apologized. Don't be mad at them or mad at her, everybody was being true to their nature except me."

    On the departed advertisers, he said he is "sorry to see them go," but noted that they had done well through their access to the LIMBAUGH audience. "It's a business decision and it's theirs to make. They've decided that they don't want you, and so be it." He said that he "knew the political inclinations" of the advertisers and that they didn't care, nor did he, as long as they were making money. He said that he rejects "millions" of dollars a year from potential advertisers, including, he claimed, GENERAL MOTORS. He said the show will "replace those who leave... who no longer want your business" and advised listeners to "make your own decision" on doing business with those advertisers. And he repeated the apology as well as his assertion that the left does not apologize for its own comments (including BILL MAHER's calling SARAH PALIN names) and that the right should not descend to the left's level.

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 11:11 AM #
  47. missing_kskd

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    I just want to note here how Limbaugh is one of the grand masters of framing. Very nicely done. I appreciate these things, even when I do not agree, or support them.

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 11:18 AM #
  48. I doubt Limbaugh etal will see much revenue drop. I would assume he is sold out at all times and that there will be plenty of others to fill the time slots that were vacated by the cancellations.

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 11:24 AM #
  49. This from USA Today:

    "Rush Limbaugh said today he was "sincere" and "heartfelt" in his apology to Sandra Fluke, as he explained that he never believed the Georgetown University student was a "slut" or "prostitute" when he said those words last week."

    Read the entire article Here:

    Limbaugh: Apology To Student Was 'Heartfelt'
    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2012/03/rush-limbaugh-advertisers-sandra-fluke-/1#.T1UFeoePWaQ

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 11:29 AM #
  50. Alfredo_T

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    From a radio point of view, I think that Limbaugh is akin to a pact with the Devil (similar things could have been said of Stern while he was on terrestrial radio). Talk radio had a very different feel 20-25 years ago. The popular hosts that one heard up and down the dial were Bruce Williams, Sally Jesse Raphael, Lee Mirabal, etc. Their style was friendly, not confrontational. The themes of the shows were providing advice and companionship to the listener. These shows were probably a big hit with shut-ins and people who worked alone for many hours on end (such as truck drivers). I believe that at that time, the conventional wisdom in the industry was that the talk format's ratings were weak and that AM stations were still doomed to lose the last of their listeners by the mid 1990s.

    When Limbaugh started to get notoriety and pull ratings, many wanted to get in on his formula. Stations dropped the old-style talk shows for the new confrontational conservative political shows. The ratings of a few talk radio stations (typically the ones who carried Limbaugh's show) improved, and AM radio stations did not lose all of their listeners by the mid 1990s, as had been predicted*. However, the character of talk radio changed permanently. Now, the format is associated with in-your-face, attention-getting antics. Many won't listen to talk programs for this reason. Discussing any topics that involve nuance or that are non-political is no longer viable (RIP KGO).

    *Years ago, I found a doctoral dissertation at my local university library that contained a plot of AM vs. FM radio listenership. The data available spanned into the late 1980s. The plot extrapolated out to the 1990s, and the the trend for AM listenership crossed 0% in 1995.

    Posted on March 5, 2012 - 11:57 AM #

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