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Limbaugh Brand Poison As List Of Advertisers Quitting Jumps Yet Again



Editor’s note: Limbaugh late Saturday afternoon issued an “apology.” Read our take on what it means: “How Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Apology’ Destroys Any Credibility He Had Left On The Right.” 

Rush Limbaugh 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 and GoToMyPC.  Yesterday, the privately-owned online retailer that sells legal documents and services with annual sales over $100 million, Legal Zoom, the 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, Sleep Number, and The Sleep Train — 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 hashtag #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 include Carbonite, a popular online computer backup system. 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 been silent on the issue, has long run ads on Limbaugh’s show. Limbaugh is a current spokesperson for them, we have an image of a Lifelock ad that appeared on Rush Limbaugh’s website yesterday afternoon, along with this ad campaign (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  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.

AutoZone, also singled out, claims they do “not sponsor ANY politically focused shows,” and dating site eHarmony also states, “We don’t advertise on the Limbaugh show.”

All of which to say shows advertisers that being associated with the Rush Limbaugh show — correctly or incorrectly — has become poison.

Note: Tax Resolution Services, Mid-West Life Insurance Company of Tennessee, American Forces Network, Mission Pharmaceutical Company, Life Quotes, Inc., and 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.


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Editor’s note: The Rush Limbaugh boycott and responses to his attacks on women are  continuously developing stories. Please visit our main page to check back throughout the day and the weekend as we’ll be following all details of the Rush Limbaugh advertisers boycott and responses.  To see all our stories on this topic, click here.

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‘Start the Kevin McCarthy Death-Clock’ After Biden Wins Debt Ceiling Battle: Rick Wilson



Appearing late Saturday night on MSNBC after it was announced that President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had reached an agreement “in principle’ on a budget deal, former GOP strategist Rick Wilson claimed this could be the beginning of the end for McCathy’s speakership.

Sitting in on a panel with guest host Michael Steele, Wilson suggested that McCarthy’s decision to compromise with the president to avoid a default that would spin the economy into chaos will not go over well with far-right members of his House caucus who could make a motion to “vacate the chair” to express their displeasure.

Asked by host Steel about what comes next, Wilson stated it was a win for the White House which will not make conservatives happy.

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“Great night for Joe Biden, great night for the White House even though I think their messaging has been kind of tentative the past few weeks” the Lincoln Project founder began. “I think though we are now going to start the Kevin McCarthy death-clock. He has certainly got a very angry part of his caucus tonight who probably burning up his phone no matter how good it is for the country not to default.”

“It’s not going to please the chaos caucus in the GOP,” he added.

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Debt Ceiling: McCarthy Faces ‘Lingering Anger’ and a Possible Revolt as Far-Right House Members Start Issuing Threats



As House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) continues to negotiate a deal to avoid a debt crisis, members of the far-right Freedom Caucus are growing furious with him over broken promises he made to them.

According to MSNBC political analyst Steve Benen, with a slim GOP majority in the House, McCarthy is walking a tightrope to get a budget deal passed and may need help from House Democrats if members of his caucus refuse to go along with him.

As Benen points out, in order to win the speakership McCarthy agreed to an easier path for a motion to “vacate the chair” which could end his tenure as Speaker. That could come into play if the Freedom Caucus stages a revolt.

“… as the negotiations approach an apparent finish line, the House Republicans’ most radical faction is learning that it isn’t likely to get everything its members demanded — and for the Freedom Caucus, that’s not going to work,” he wrote in his MSNBC column.

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Citing a Washington Times report that stated, “[Freedom Caucus members] want everything from the debt limit bill passed by the House last month plus several new concessions from the White House,” Benen suggested far-right House Republicans are now issuing veiled threats.

In an interview, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) stated, “I am going to have to go have some blunt conversations with my colleagues and the leadership team. I don’t like the direction they are headed.”

With Politico reporting, “The [House Freedom Caucus] was already unlikely to support a final bipartisan deal, but lingering anger with Kevin McCarthy could have lasting implications on his speakership,” Benen added, “If this is simply a matter of lingering ill-will from members who come to believe that GOP leaders ‘caved,’ the practical consequences might be limited. But let’s also not forget that McCarthy, while begging his own members for their support during his protracted fight for the speaker’s gavel, agreed to tweak the motion-to-vacate-the-chair rules, which at least in theory, would make it easier for angry House Republicans to try to oust McCarthy from his leadership position.”

Adding the caveat that he is not predicting an imminent McCarthy ouster he added, “But if the scope of the Freedom Caucus’ discontent reaches a fever pitch, a hypothetical deal clears thanks to significant Democratic support, don’t be surprised if we all start hearing the phrase ‘vacate the chair” a lot more frequently.”

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Prosecutors Tell Trump They Have a Recording of Him and a Witness: Report



Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s Manhattan criminal trial have notified the ex-president’s attorneys they have a recording of him and a witness. The notification comes in the form of an automatic discovery form, CBS News reports, which “describes the nature of the charges against a defendant and a broad overview of the evidence that prosecutors will present at Trump’s preliminary hearing or at trial.”

CBS reports prosecutors have handed the recording over to Trump’s legal team.

It’s not known who the witness is, nor are any details known publicly about what the conversation entails, or even if it is just audio or if it includes video.

READ MORE: ‘Likely to Be Indicted Soon’: Trump Might Face Seven Different Felonies, Government Watchdog Says

According to the article’s author, CBS News’ Graham Kates, via Twitter, prosecutors say they also have recordings between two witnesses, a recording between a witness and a third party, and various recordings saved on a witness’s cell phones.

Trump is facing 34 felony counts in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case related to his allegedly unlawful attempt to hide hush money payoffs to a well-known porn star by falsifying business records to protect his 2016 presidential campaign.

See the discovery form above or at this link.

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