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AOL, Tax Resolutions Services, Bonobos, Allstate Insurance, Sears and K-Mart are the latest of Rush Limbaugh’s sponsors to pull out of his show. Sears and K-Mart are a single company, but the stores advertise separately. They joined ProFlowers, Quicken Loans, California chain Sleep Train, Sleep Number, Citrix Systems (GOTOMYPC), Carbonite, and Legal Zoom in removing their ads. The Cleveland Cavaliers have pulled their ads off the show on the Cleveland radio station that carries their games. KPUA, an AM station in Hilo, Hawaii, has dropped the show from its line-up, the first radio station to do so. KPUA’s owner, New West, issued a statement saying that the Fluke insults “crossed a line of decency. We are strong believers in the first amendment and have recognized Mr. Limbaugh’s right to express opinions that often times differ from our own, but it has never been our goal to allow our station to be used for personal attacks and intolerance.”
Singer/songwriter Peter Gabriel posted this message on his website: “Peter Gabriel has asked that this response be published when he found out that his track ‘Sledgehammer’ has been used on the Rush Limbaugh show. Peter was appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh’s extraordinary attack on Sandra Fluke. It is obvious from anyone what know Peter’s work that he would never approve such a use. He has asked his representatives to make sure his music is withdrawn and especially from these unfair, aggressive and ignorant comments.”
It’s beginning to look like Glenn Beck-time for the bouncing darling of the right wing.
Limbaugh didn’t help his situation any with today’s version of an apology. He blamed the liberals. “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. 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.” The issue, in Limbaugh’s view, is the President’s “socialist agenda” and his habit of doing things “extra-constitutionally.” Then, he attacked Fluke again. He claimed that her stories about women at Georgetown University who need the pill for medical reasons were anecdotal and “unprovable” hearsay and said that she went to Georgetown for the express purpose of changing the school’s policy about student insurance. Limbaugh repeated his “apology” and said that he was responding to reports that Fluke had said she could not afford her birth control, and “I acted too much like the leftists that despise me. 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.”
Oh, really? The night Bill Clinton won the Presidency, Limbaugh had a television show. When discussing the election results, Limbaugh said that there would be a new dog in the White House in January, and flashed a picture of 12-year-old Chelsea. His half-hour show actually survived that piece of viciousness, staying on the air for another three years. He invented the word “feminazis” to describe women who weren’t being proper ladies in his view – anyone who advocated and fought for women’s equality and women’s health care.
Other right wing media personalities have been defending him with the “equivalency defense,” – the list of things liberal media personalities have said about conservative women, you know, like Keith Olbermann’s “That woman is an idiot.” A couple of differences here – first, when Ed Schultz called Laura Ingraham a “slut” he ended up suspended without pay; second, the targets of the liberal media’s nastiness are all either politicians or other media personalities, not private citizens who only want a chance to testify on a vital issue.
Interesting fact about Limbaugh….his Vietnam War birthday-determined draft number was 152, and the cut off ended up being #125. However, he was re-classified as a 4-F because of a Pilonidal cyst. Never heard of those? Think it might be something really important if it rates a medical exclusion from the draft? It must be something that can’t be easily treated and cured, right? Well, a Pilonidal cyst is a butt-crack abscess made up of hair and skin debris. Insert your own joke here…..
Clear Channel signed a contract with him in 2008 for $400 million over eight years. They pay him $50 million a year to be an abusive, nasty, lying bastard. It would cost them at least $250 million to buy out his contract. But if more advertisers decide to follow the nine, Clear Channel may decide that they can’t afford to keep him. With all the Republican presidential candidates disavowing him, his value to the party has also been seriously compromised. It’s a hard crash from the Republican gathering a couple of years ago when the audience was chanting “Rush, Rush, Rush!” and he started belly-bouncing to the syncopation. The Republican Party might just start thinking that they could really, really do better without the extremes of people like Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, Coulter, Malkin, Ingraham and O’Reilly, as they are doing without Beck.
Now, wouldn’t it be loverly????
Okay, here’s a partial list of Limbaugh sponsors, from topplebush.com, in no particular order: Geico, Capitol One, John Deere, United Healthcare, NetFlix, Goodwill Industries, Amberen, Lear Capital, Polycom Federal, Winning Our Future (Gingrich’s superPAC), IncomeAtHome.com, ExergenCorporation, Nova Amament LLC, Vitacost, Sensa, HotProps, Network Capital Funding Corp., Department of Veterans Affairs, Right Size Health and Nutrition, Insperity, Ackerman, RealGoldCoins.com, Goodwill Industries, Merit Financial, Robert Steinberg (mesothelioma lawyer), Hillsdale College, Mid-West Life Insurance Company of Tennessee, American Forces Network.
Update: It was brought to our attention that the following statement was issued by Georgetown University Law Center on March 2, 2012, signed by 250 members of the faculty:
The undersigned faculty members, administrators and students of Georgetown University Law Center and other law schools strongly condemn the recent personal attacks on our student, Sandra Fluke. Ms. Fluke has had the courage to publicly defend and advocate for her beliefs about an important issue of widespread concern. She has done so with passion and intelligence. And she has been rewarded with the basest sort of name-calling and vilification, words that aim only to belittle and intimidate. As scholars and teachers who aim to train public-spirited lawyers, no matter what their politics, to engage intelligently and meaningfully with the world, we abhor these attacks on Ms. Fluke and applaud her strength and grace in the face of them