Editor’s note: Limbaugh late Saturday afternoon issued an “apology.” Read our take on what it means: “How Rush Limbaughâ€™s ‘Apology’ Destroys Any Credibility He Had Left On The Right.”Â
Rush LimbaughÂ is attempting to survive the firestorm he created this week, but his advertisers — many of whom have been with him for many years — have decided public perception demands they drop their support of the conservative radio talk show shock jock. The list of advertisers leaving Rush Limbaugh’s show now stands at at least six — although those six include parent corporations of several different brands. Thanks in large part to a grassroots campaign that began Wednesday in response to Limbaugh labeling 30-year old college student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute,” then on Thursday demanding she post online videos of her having sex, Limbaugh’s brand has all of a sudden become poison.
The latest advertisers who have “suspended” their advertising from Limbaugh’s show include Citrix Online and all its businesses, including the popular GoToMeeting andÂ GoToMyPC.Â Â Yesterday, theÂ privately-owned online retailer that sells legal documents and services with annual sales over $100 million,Â Legal Zoom, theÂ Cleveland Cavaliers professional basketball team and Quicken Loans, both headed by Dan Gilbert joined the boycott and suspended their advertising. And two different mattress companies,Â Sleep Number, andÂ The Sleep Train —Â which deserves credit for being the first to have the courage to stand up to Limbaugh — have ask either exited or suspended advertising with Limbaugh.
It’s very important to note that suspending advertising does not mean permanently quitting. These advertisers will need to make their intentions clear, and activists will need to keep watchful eyes and ears.
And it is the online activists who deserve much praise, as do the above companies as well. Twitter has been the platform of choice for these activists, and many are following the Twitter hashtagÂ #BoycottRush, and the Twitter account StopRush, maintained by the extremely successful Angelo Carusone of StopBeck fame. (Carusone actually did “stop Beck,” pressuring Glenn Beck’s advertisers to drop their support of the Fox News host until Fox found their support untenable and the two parted ways.)
But there are many other advertisers who have either remained silent or have not been able to have the courage to stand up to Limbaugh, seen as the unofficial head of the GOP and “untouchable.”
Perhaps the most shocking decision to not leave the Rush Limbaugh show comes from ProFlowers, which delivers to millions of women each year Mother’s Day flowers. Imagine what message that sends, now?
Other advertisers who have not rejected Limbaugh includeÂ Carbonite, a popular online computer backup system.Â Carbonite CEO David Friend announced he has “scheduled a face-to-face meeting next week with Limbaugh during which I will impress upon him that his comments were offensive to many of our customers and employees alike.”
That, while wise, is insufficient, and Friend is trying to have his cake and eat it too, as it were. His customers and employees should be outraged.
Sears is claiming they do not advertise on Rush Limbaugh’s show, and that it “is possible that a station incorrectly ran one of our ads on or adjacent to the show.” StopRush seems to have proof that they do.
LifeLock, which has beenÂ silentÂ on the issue, has long run ads on Limbaugh’s show. Limbaugh is a current spokesperson for them, we haveÂ an image of a Lifelock ad that appeared on Rush Limbaugh’s website yesterday afternoon, along withÂ this ad campaignÂ (image, right) that is linked from Limbaugh’s homepage.
Other advertisers may be caught in a challenging position based on how the buy advertising time, not having direct control over where their advertising ends up, but make no mistake: they can demand that their dollars not be used to support Limbaugh and that their advertisements are not aired on his show or published on his website.
For instance, an advertiser may have a relationship with Clear Channel, who in essence is the corporate entity airing and responsible for Rush Limbaugh’s show. A company that advertises with Clear Channel essentially supports Rush Limbaugh’s show — and could Â stop if they wanted to make a statement.
Century 21 Real Estate yesterday claimed they do not advertise on Rush Limbaugh’s show, but did not state if they do business with Clear Channel. They may or may not — perhaps an enterprising reader could do some research and let us know?
Oreck, the vacuum cleaner manufacturer has been stating via Twitter they do not “currently” advertise on Limbaugh’s show, but they have in the past, and have not stated they will not in the future.
All of which to say shows advertisers that being associated with the Rush Limbaugh show — correctly or incorrectly — has become poison.
Note:Â Tax Resolution Services,Â Mid-West Life Insurance Company of Tennessee,Â American Forces Network,Â Mission Pharmaceutical Company,Â Life Quotes, Inc., andÂ Lending Tree have all been listed as being current advertisers on Rush Limbaugh’s show and/or website. We have not confirmed this — feel free to provide us with more information.
We’ll be updating our site constantly throughout this situation, over the weekend and next week. Please be sure to check in here for the latest news on the Rush Limbaugh boycott, as well as other news.
Editor’s note: The Rush Limbaugh boycott and responses to his attacks on women are Â continuously developing stories. PleaseÂ visit our main pageÂ to check back throughout the day and the weekend as we’ll be following all details of theÂ Rush LimbaughÂ advertisers boycott and responses. Â To see all our stories on this topic,Â click here.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene Says Impeach Biden, Fire Fauci and Expel Waters in Red-Meat Alabama Speech
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke Friday night to the Alabama Federation of Republican Women, an event for which the media had been told to leave after a press availability beforehand.
But the conservative Alabama website www.yellowhammer.com managed to be in position to report on Greene’s remarks. It happily described the event as one that “went off with no disruptions and instead, spells of raucous applause from the attendees.”
The reporting did offer a glimpse into what Greene says behind closed doors when tossing out the rarest of the red meat. Here’s how that went:
“Greene kicked off her speech by reiterating three of her ‘favorite things’ she often says while speaking before crowds,” Yellowhammer reports.
“That’s like three of my favorite things: impeach Joe Biden, expel Maxine Waters — we’ve got to take out the trash in Washington, D.C. — and fire Dr. Anthony Fauci,” she said to applause.
“I’m not going to apologize for saying what I’m about to say, but I’m a big fan of President Donald J. Trump,” she continued. “That’s how I always test my crowd. Then I’m going to tell you something else: I believe Trump won the election.”
The website added, “Greene spoke for an hour and hit some highlights of her first seven months in the U.S. House of Representatives, including her interactions with U.S. Reps. Marie Newman (D-IL), Cori Bush (D-MO) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
What she had to say about those three was left to the imagination. But Yellowhammer did report that Greene reiterated her comments from earlier in July distancing herself from fellow wacko Mike Lindell’s claims that Donald Trump would be reinstalled as president in August.
That’s not news: Greene pushed back against Lindell publicly earlier in July. But unbiased observers would have been choking on their fried green tomatoes listening to Greene impersonating a sober voice of reason in Alabama:
“I will tell you this: Sometimes you hear people saying crazy things like, ‘President Trump is going to be back in the White House in August,'” she said. “That is not going to happen. Please don’t believe anyone who is telling you those kinds of things. I get so frustrated with that. There are three members of Congress sitting right here that will tell you that’s not going to happen. The process for putting President Trump back in the White House — it’s not there.”
“We don’t have a constitutional process for that,” Greene continued. “So, I don’t want anyone to get their hopes up over something that is not going to happen. What we’ve got to do is reveal the fraud that took place in the 2020 election — reveal it, then hold people accountable that made it take place, make sure we have good election laws, get rid of this crazy absentee ballot voting, make sure our machines are OK. Then we win in 2022 and 2024.”
Somehow, hearing Greene use the phrase “crazy things” when discussing someone else’s conspiracy theories is a bit much. She gets “so frustrated” with people becoming misinformed by this one? Really?
Greene is just a few short years away from spreading the grossest of QAnon craziness, from 911 denial to Pizzagate to Frazzledrip to Jewish space lasers and more. She was not some QAnon apologist: She was full Q.
Here’s how that was recaptured in a Business Insider analysis laying out the litany of Greene’s wildness:
“Greene said “Q” is “someone that very much loves his country, and he’s on the same page as us, and he is very pro-Trump.” And she said, “There’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles out, and I think we have the president to do it.”
That was four years ago, not four decades. Within a year came Greene’s unspeakably cruel deceits claiming that mass shootings at Parkland, Sandy Hook and Las Vegas were “false flag” events staged to promote gun control.
As Business Insider noted, “A recently resurfaced video from earlier that year shows Greene accosting David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, who was 17 at the time, in Washington, DC. Hogg was in town to advocate for gun control at the Capitol. Greene followed the teen down the street, calling him a “coward,” just weeks after the shooting at his high school killed 17 people.”
Now, instead of stalking some poor young survivor on the streets outside the nation’s Capitol, Greene works in the building. In another time, Greene was the sort of individual who might have been housed in an institution for troubled souls.
In 2021, tragically, that’s the Republican caucus in Congress.
100 Minutes of Whining: Here Are the 7 Most Absurd Moments From Trump’s Arizona Grievance Festival
Donald Trump spoke for over 100 minutes during a long-winded speech at a “Rally to Protection Our Elections” in Phoenix.
Much of Trump’s speech was focused on repeating his debunked lies that he won the 2020 presidential election, when in reality he was defeated by Joe Biden.
But he also found time to bash much of America while praising the local extremists behind Arizona’s audit of the vote in Maricopa County and listing his many perceived grievances.
Trump attacked Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), all the Republicans who are “worse than Democrats,” Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), soccer’s United States Women’s National Team, and said his supporters have to “fight” against everyone who said he lost the election with language that echoed his speech that preceded the January 6th insurrection.
Trump said the exact same thing to the insurrectionists! And after hearing this, domestic terrorists immediately turned around, stormed the Capitol, murdered police officers and tried to murder members of Congress. https://t.co/So6KBOCC8L
— Erin Maye Quade (@ErinMayeQuade) July 24, 2021
Much of the speech was just bizarre due to the combination of Trump brazenly lying about things that happened while also pontificating on the delusions that populate right-wing media.
Here are the seven most ridiculous moments from the speech.
7. Trump is so out-of-touch you thinks Americans must show their papers to purchase groceries
Despite being ridiculed when Trump spoke of this delusion in the past, Trump falsely claimed Americans need to show identification to purchase groceries as he pushed voter I.D. laws.
Trump still thinks you need an ID to buy groceries pic.twitter.com/CDwXlSRmCb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 25, 2021
6. Trump imagined what he would do if he were Native American
Trump complained about the Cleveland Guardians baseball team and praised the racist logo the team retired. “If I was an Indian, I’d sue. Sue them Indians,” he said.
Trump on the Cleveland Indians name change: “If I was an Indian, I’d sue. Sue them Indians.” pic.twitter.com/Joe2mf60gC
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) July 25, 2021
5. Trump argues America is becoming a communist country
“Like it or not, we are becoming a communist country. That’s what’s happening, that’s what’s happening,” Trump said without providing any evidence. “We are beyond socialism.”
— Newsmax (@newsmax) July 25, 2021
4. Trump explains how it hurts Republicans at the polls when his supporters believe his election lies
Trump repeatedly mentioned during his speech his belief that when his supporters believe his false claims of election fraud, it makes them less likely to turn out to vote. Trump said this is how Republicans lost control of the U.S. Senate.
Trump threatens that if Republicans don’t amplify his (false) claims about election fraud, Republican voters won’t want to vote for Republican candidates in future elections pic.twitter.com/PnL8e0xo6w
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2021
3. Trump explains how a politician repeating lies creates disinformation
During a speech that will keep fact-checkers busy, Trump explained disinformation in a way that seems to perfectly describe why he traveled to Arizona to repeat his “Big Lie” about election fraud.
He’s giving away his secret.
Trump has done this for getting on six decades. https://t.co/fEIWkjskhX
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) July 25, 2021
2. Trump describes his unconstitutional fantasy of being reinstated as president
Trump suggests he’ll be returned to office following state-level audits of the 2020 election (he won’t be returned to office) pic.twitter.com/K2hOpfvqr9
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2021
1. Trump gaslights America by lying about his attacks on democracy and voters
Of the many lies Trump told, one of the most absurd had to be his claim that, “I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy— I am the one trying to save American democracy.”
TRUMP: "I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy— I am the one trying to save American democracy." pic.twitter.com/alCmrZHZ3t
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 25, 2021
Republicans Boot Only Person With Elections Experience From AZ GOP’s $9 Million ‘Audit’ Fiasco: Report
Republicans once referred to Ken Bennett as the “director” of their widely-panned audit of votes in Maricopa County, but he has reportedly lost his privileges to even enter the building where the fiasco is taking place.
Bennett, who served as Arizona’s Secretary of State and president of the state Senate, was the one person associated with the recount with experience in elections. He was officially listed as the liaison to the state Senate, which paid $150,000 of the $9 million the audit is reportedly costing.
“Questions are mounting about who is in control of the long-running partisan review of Maricopa County’s 2020 election results — the Arizona Senate, which ordered it, or the outside firms that are running it,” The Arizona Republic reported Friday evening. “On Friday, Ken Bennett, the Senate liaison to the audit, was not allowed into the building at the state fairgrounds where the audit is taking place, a day after he shared data with outside critics from an ongoing ballot count.”
“While this work is supposedly being overseen by Senate representatives, many times that oversight is not there,” the newspaper noted. “The Cyber Ninjas have for weeks resisted getting outside checks of the audit, insiders say.”
Reporter Ryan Randazzo explained why the outside review is threatening.
“The data Bennett provided to outside analysts, Larry Moore and Benny White, showed the results of the ongoing machine count of the ballots tracks very closely with the the county’s tally,” the newspaper reported. “If that trend continues, it may call into question the results of Cyber Ninja’s count, because [Senate President Karen] Fann has said that the Cyber Ninjas’ count did not match the county’s.”
The newspaper reported Cyber Ninjas spokesperson said any decision to ban Bennett was made by Fann’s office.
The liaison for the Arizona election audit gave some data to outside experts who want to check the Cyber Ninjas’ work, and then he was locked out of the audit. Also it looks like the ninjas miscounted and the roof on the budget building is leaking https://t.co/hXfeCJ9hZE
— Ryan Randazzo (@utilityreporter) July 24, 2021
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