Editor’s Â note: This is a quickly-developing story. See the latest onÂ Rush LimbaughÂ here.
Rush Limbaugh’s brand is so toxic that he’s lost nine advertisers already, and has only a small handful left. Will they stay to the end?
Rush Limbaugh‘s list of active advertisers has been decimated. Limbaugh lost eight advertisers within a forty-eight hour period over the weekend after he called 30-year old female college student Sandra Fluke a â€œslutâ€ and a â€œprostitute”Â and followed up after immense outrage from the Left by demanding that FlukeÂ post online for him to see videos of her having sex. Late Saturday afternoon, having at that point lost six advertisers, Limbaugh issued a lukewarm apology, only to lose two more advertisers shortly thereafter. Then, less than one hour ago, Limbaugh lost one of his last key advertisers, AOL.
AOLÂ joinsÂ Carbonite,Â ProFlowers,Â Citrix OnlineÂ and all its businesses, including the popularÂ GoToMeetingÂ andÂ GoToMyPC,Â Legal Zoom,Â Cleveland Cavaliers,Â Quicken Loans,Â Sleep Number,Â andÂ The Sleep TrainÂ in dropping Â â€“ permanently or temporarily â€” the Rush Limbaugh show.
So, the question now becomes, does Rush Limbaugh have any advertisers left, and will those who “suspended” their advertising on his radio show and website return?
Unfortunately, while we can’t know yet, no doubt some of the advertisers Limbaugh lost will return. And if and when they do, it will be even more important to call them out publicly for what will be their hypocrisy.
Even the Christian Science Monitor minutes ago asked, “Has Rush Limbaugh permanently damaged his career?”
For Limbaugh, one problem right now is thatÂ his apologyÂ was not exactly a symphonicÂ mea culpa. In it, he notes that heâ€™s an entertainer and says he â€œdid not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.â€
But whatâ€™s â€œslutâ€ but a personal attack? Limbaugh had also said Fluke should post tapes of her intimate acts online so â€œwe can see what weâ€™re getting for our money.â€ Is that not … pretty personal?
Critics thus clam that the degree of apology is not yet equivalent to the nature of the attack.
â€œThis was not a case of bad â€˜word choiceâ€™. It was a brutally sexualized accusation, against a specific person, prolonged over three days,â€ writesÂ conservative commentator David FrumÂ in aÂ CNNÂ piece.
But right now, Rush Limbaugh does have a small list of advertisers left. It’s challenging to be certain if the list of advertisers (below) are still advertising, directly or indirectly, on Rush Limbaugh’s show and/or website, but ToppleBush, which has been tracking Limbaugh’s advertisers for years, has published this list, adding the caveat that they “are still in the process of determining if these companies are current advertisers.”
Tax Resolution Services [TRS]
Health/Heart and Body
Some, like Sears, claim they do not advertise on Limbaugh’s show, yet StopRush states they still do. AllState via Twitter stated, “We do advertise across a # of programs but dont have the opp to review content of every show. We are not a sponsor of Rush,” which is inaccurate at best. If you are an advertiser you absolutely can pull your advertising from anyplace you don’t want it.
It’s important to keep the pressure on AllState, LifeLock, Sear, and others.
By the way, Limbaugh’s apology on Saturday wasÂ a short statement in which he revealed that every moment of his 35 years on the air have merely been â€œabsurdity,â€ and that his comments and positions are not meant to be taken seriously. In other words, Limbaugh retreated to his supportersâ€™ (faulty) default position that the conservative radio talk show shock jock is merely an â€œentertainer.â€
There is, of course at least one Facebook page advocating against Limbaugh’s advertisers.
It’s also important you thank those advertisers who dropped Limbaugh, as they are being attached by the right. See on Twitter #RallyForRush. Of course, there’s also the TwitterÂ Hashtag #BoycottRush, which is far more active! Because, who wants to associate with a misogynistic ignorant bigot?
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Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene for Him in Classified Documents Case
Donald Trump on Tuesday petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in his classified documents case, and reverse a ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed the U.S. Dept. of Justice access to the more than 100 classified and top secret documents federal agents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago residence and resort.
Trump is asking the nation’s highest court to order a special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents, despite the special master emphatically stating the government, not Trump, gets to decide what is classified and what is not, especially when Trump refused to provide a list of what he considered declassified.
The lawsuit, which is a massive 240 pages, mostly made up of other documents including the now infamous FBI photo of the classified documents on the Mar-a-Lago rug, is addressed to “The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Circuit Justice for the Eleventh Circuit,” and refers to the former president as “President Trump.”
The lawsuit also mentions the contents that federal agents took, including “89 empty envelopes,” while not noting they were classified document envelopes.
“As part of the 11th Circuit’s decision, the panel allowed the criminal investigation to use the seized documents, something [Judge] Cannon had previously barred,” The Washington Post notes. “Trump’s filing seeks only to reverse the appeals court’s ruling on the special master’s access to the documents, not the part of the decision concerning the investigation.”
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
Biden Will Include DeSantis in His Visit to Support Florida Hurricane Victims
President Joe Biden will travel to Florida Wednesday to support families devastated by Hurricane Ian, and will include the state’s GOP governor, Ron DeSantis, in his trip, the White House announced Tuesday.
Last week, asked if he would meet with DeSantis, a top detractor of the president, Biden told a reporter who asked, “I’ll meet with everybody who’s around. The answer is yes, if he wants to meet.”
President Biden on whether he plans to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) when he goes to Florida:
“I’ll meet with everybody who’s around. The answer is yes, if he wants to meet.” pic.twitter.com/nJvW9kKH7T
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2022
“This is not about anything having to do with our disagreements politically, this is about saving people’s lives, homes and businesses,” Biden also said last week.
President Biden says he’s had good conversations with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) about Hurricane Ian aid:
“He complimented me, he thanked me for the immediate response we had, he told me how much he appreciated it … This is not about … our disagreements politically.” pic.twitter.com/SymBlqG75X
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2022
DeSantis asked President Biden for financial assistance for his state, battered by what experts say is one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history. DeSantis voted against relief aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy when he served in Congress.
President Biden and the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, will travel via Air Force One to Fort Myers, one of the hardest-hit areas of Florida by Hurricane Ian.
But Fort Myers is also part of Lee County, where officials delayed evacuation orders.
“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” The New York Times reported. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”
“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” the Times added. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”
The St. Louis Post Dispatch blasted the Florida GOP governor, calling his “flip-flop on hurricane relief” a “study in right-wing hypocrisy.”
“DeSantis’ willingness to shelve his usual attacks on the Biden administration to politely request emergency federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Ian is an inspiring example of constructive bipartisanship — as is Biden’s announcement that the government will bear a big part of the expense,” the Dispatch Editorial Board stated. “It’s interesting, though, that DeSantis took exactly the opposite stance a decade ago when he joined other hard-right members of Congress who argued against generous federal recovery aid when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast.”
Over the weekend DeSantis was blasted by volunteer relief aid workers who were delayed for hours in distributing “food, water, medicine, diapers, and anything else people needed” so Gov. DeSantis could get a photo-op.
‘It’s a Lot More Nuanced, Peter, You Know This’: Karine Jean-Pierre Forced to Explain to Doocy the Price of Gas
Fox News propagandist Peter Doocy on Tuesday challenged White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about the price of gas, suggesting President Joe Biden is responsible for its increase but not its decrease. Jean-Pierre explained what global issues affect the price of gas, while explaining the “historic” steps President Biden has taken.
“You’ve said the President was responsible for gas prices coming down. Is the president responsible for gas prices going up?” Doocy asked.
Jean-Pierre was not about to let that pass to give Fox News a talking point.
“So, it’s a lot more nuanced than that, right, Peter, you know this,” Jean-Pierre pushed back.
“There have been global challenges that we have all have dealt with – when I say all, meaning other countries, as well, have dealt with since the pandemic. There’s been pandemic and there’s been Putin’s war. And Putin’s war has increased gas prices at the pump.”
“We have seen that over the past several months and what the President was able to do, he took some historic steps. When you think about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and making sure that he, we were able to do everything that we can to bring that cost down for American families, give them a little bit more of a breathing room and we saw that we saw that every day this summer, over saving American families, over $1 per gallon. And so that is what the President is going to continue to stay focused on the American consumers. How do we continue to keep to keep prices down? That’s why we we did the inflation Reduction Act that’s why we talk about the Chips Act. All of these things are going to help Americans here in this country.”
Doocy rattled off some of the highest gas prices in the nation, asking, “who can afford that?”
“We understand that,” Jean-Pierre replied, expressing empathy, “that’s why the President worked so hard the past several months, to make sure that he did everything we can to bring gas prices down. We have seen fastest – I know you’re pulling out a couple of areas across the country and I get that, and we understand that there’s more work to do. We have never said we were done here. We have always been very clear that there is more work to do. But we have seen the reality is we have seen the fastest decline in gasoline prices in over a decade. That’s because of what this President has done. And again, prices going down by more than dollar per gallon and these are real savings are talking about $100 per month in savings for average family with two cars.”
Watch this short clip below or at this link.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy: “You’ve said the president was responsible for gas prices coming down. Is the president responsible for gas prices going up?”
White House Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre: “It’s a lot more nuanced than that, right? Peter, you know this.” pic.twitter.com/veQDXk4WRE
— The Recount (@therecount) October 4, 2022
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