Post-Apology, Poisoned Limbaugh Brand Loses 4 More Advertisers After Continued Attacks
After Rush LimbaughÂ issued a tepid apology Saturday to Sandra Fluke, there was hope his personal attacks would have ended, but today on his conservative radio talk show Limbaugh continued hisÂ misogynistic and personal attacks against Sandra Fluke, and added the President and the Left to his list of those responsible for his attack against Fluke and contraception. And so, given his continued attacks, Limbaugh promptly lost another four advertisers, bringing the total now to at least twelve advertisers who have quit the Rush Limbaugh show.
Last week, LimbaughÂ called Sandra Fluke, a 30-year old Georgetown Law student, aÂ â€œslutâ€ and a â€œprostitute,â€Â and later sheÂ post online sex tapes.
“LimbaughÂ did some researchÂ into Flukeâ€™s life and cast doubt on Flukeâ€™s testimony before Congress, insinuating â€” without presenting any reason why â€” that Flukeâ€™s testimony was fabricated,”Â Alex Seitz-Wald atÂ Think Progress notes this afternoon. “In this new narrative, firstÂ advanced byÂ conservative blogs, Fluke is perhaps not a slut, but instead the pawn of a radical leftist conspiracy to infiltrate Georgetown to force the school to provide birth control coverage to students.”
Sears, Allstate, Bonobos, and Tax Resolution dropped their advertising today from the Rush Limbaugh show, joiningÂ AOL,Â Carbonite,Â ProFlowers,Â Citrix OnlineÂ and all its businesses, including the popularÂ GoToMeetingÂ andÂ GoToMyPC. Also leaving Limbaugh over the past few days areÂ Legal Zoom,Â Cleveland Cavaliers,Â Quicken Loans,Â Sleep Number,Â andÂ The Sleep Train.
“Allstate’s advertising purchase strategy has not included the Rush Limbaugh Show,” Allstate claimed in a Facebook post. “Earlier today, we responded to inquiries about our advertising relationship with the show by stating we did not advertise on or sponsor it. As radio listeners notified us that they were hearing Allstate ads during the show this afternoon, we contacted the vendor that arranges for our advertising placements and discovered that an error had been made and advertising time had mistakenly been purchased for the show.”
“We regret providing mistaken information about this situation. We have asked our media buying firm to correct the error by discontinuing any advertising on the Rush Limbaugh Show moving forward in keeping with our original advertising plans and strategies.”
At this point, the only major advertiser sticking with Rush Limbaugh is LifeLock, which issued a statement of support for the embattled Limbaugh brand.
“We do not agree with Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments but we acknowledge his apology,” LifeLock Chief Marketing Office Marvin Davis wrote in a statement.Â “At this time, we are not making any changes to our advertising program,”Â The Huffington PostÂ reported, adding:
For her part, Fluke, while not accepting Limbaugh’s Saturday apology, has remained publicly neutral on whether advertisers should boycott Limbaugh’s show.
American Forces Radio, Hillsdale College and Lear Capital seem to the the only other advertisers that have yet to declare their intentions or to quit.
Characterizing his reaction to losing most of his advertisers as “deep unconcern,” the NY Daily News notes today:
“I’m sorry to see them go,” he told listeners. “But they have profited handsomely from reaching you.â€¦ Now they have decided they don’t want to reach you any more and we will replace them with advertisers who do.”
Fluke didn’t take a stand on advertisers, but she did say she was unimpressed with Limbaugh’s apology.
Think Progress notes a “Hawaii affiliate is believed to be the first [radio] station to drop Limbaugh since the controversy began.”
Limbaugh: I Apologized Because I â€œActed Too Much Like The Leftistsâ€ (Audio)
Sandra Fluke: â€œI Donâ€™t Think Limbaughâ€™s Apology Changes Anythingâ€ (Video)
With 9 Gone, Does Rush Limbaugh Have Any Advertisers Left?
Add AOL To List Of Rushâ€™s Advertisers Fleeing Toxic Limbaugh Brand
UPDATE: Why Is LifeLock Still Sponsoring Rush Limbaugh?
Now 8: Limbaugh Brand So Toxic Two More Advertisers Quit After â€œApologyâ€
Limbaugh: Apologies, Excuses and Sluts
Limbaugh Brand Poison As List Of Advertisers Quitting Jumps Yet Again
Breaking: Fifth Advertiser Quits Rush Limbaugh After â€œSlutâ€ Comments
Santorum On â€œSlutâ€ Slur: Limbaugh An â€œEntertainerâ€ Who Was â€œBeing Absurdâ€
Limbaugh â€œShould Apologizeâ€ Says Scott Brown, First GOPer To Denounce
Third Limbaugh Advertiser Quits After Rush Calls 30 Year Old A â€˜Slutâ€™
Limbaugh Advertiser Exits Stage Left After Rushâ€™s â€œSlutâ€ Comments
Limbaugh: Law Student GOP Wouldnâ€™t Let Testify Must Post Sex Tapes Online
Limbaugh Calls Law Student GOP Wouldnâ€™t Let Testify â€œProstituteâ€ And â€œSlutâ€
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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.”
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.
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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.
Manhattan prosecutors disclosed to Trump a recording of him and a witness in his criminal case. pic.twitter.com/EIz3bvpEkj
— Graham Kates (@GrahamKates) May 26, 2023
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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‘Likely to Be Indicted Soon’: Trump Might Face Seven Different Felonies, Government Watchdog Says
It’s no secret the U.S. Dept. of Justice is investigating Donald Trump for his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and for his likely unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return hundreds of documents with classified and top secret markings.
Earlier this week Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal reported, “Special counsel Jack Smith has all but finished obtaining testimony and other evidence in his criminal investigation into whether former President Donald Trump mishandled classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort.”
And while it’s unknown if or when Trump will be indicted, a government watchdog says the ex-president who is once again staging a White House run is “likely to be indicted soon.” The organization is offering details on what it claims could be seven felony charges he might face.
“The next criminal charges former President Donald Trump may face could well come from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Trump’s possession of nearly 300 classified documents — including some marked as top secret — at his Mar-a-Lago residence and business in the year and a half after he left office,” Betsy Schick and Debra Perlin of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) state in a lengthy report published Friday.
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“While Fani Willis’ Fulton County, Georgia investigation into election interference continues, as does a federal investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and Alvin Bragg has already indicted Trump in New York for his role in false statements connected to hush money payments to Karen McDougal and Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) during the 2016 presidential campaign, an indictment by Smith in the Mar-a-Lago investigation would yield the first federal charges against the former president,” CREW notes.
“Trump may face charges ranging from obstruction of justice and criminal contempt to conversion of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material.”
Here is a list of “possible crimes” Trump might be charged with, according to CREW:
Obstruction of justice (18 U.S.C. § 1519)
Criminal contempt (18 U.S.C. § 402)
False statements to federal authorities (18 U.S.C. § 1001)
Conversion of government property (18 U.S.C. § 641)
Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material (18 U.S.C. § 1924)
Removing and concealing government records (18 U.S.C. § 2071)
Gathering national defense information (18 U.S.C. § 793(e))
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CREW also offers that Trump’s attorneys may try to argue several different defenses, including:
No “knowing” removal
Deference to the intelligence community
Challenging the constitutionality of the Special Counsel regulations
Additionally, several reports this week also appear to suggest an indictment might be coming, and soon.
Citing a Washington Post report published Thursday, several top legal experts are predicting DOJ will charge Donald Trump, and those charges will include obstruction and violations of the Espionage Act.
Earlier this week NYU School of Law professor of law Ryan Goodman said Dept. of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith had struck “gold” after obtaining the contemporaneous notes of a Trump attorney who counseled the ex-president on his possibly unlawful handling of classified documents.
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