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Limbaugh busted

This is what passes for a rich and famous media star in America. It's also what dumb and ignorant looks like.

On his radio show Rush Limbaugh admitted that he has gotten exactly 7 new advertisers to replace the 160+ who have dropped, or no longer want to be associated with his show.

Limbaugh said, “This is the first broadcast week in April. Let’s go back a month. The month of March in the United States opened with the left convinced that they were finally going to drive me off the air once and for all. By the end of the month I’m still on the air with a higher audience, seven new advertisers to replace the five — actually, less than five, that abandoned us and hurt themselves. And in that month Al Gore as fired Keith Olbermann, thrown him off the air and replaced him with Client No. 9. Eliot Spitzer’s taking over for Olbermann and his 56 viewers. (interruption) How does who do what? It’s an audience of 56 people. What do you mean, how does Spitzer do it? How does Olbermann keep getting hired? That’s the question.”

But Rush was not being honest with his audience. I don’t know why he chose the number five, but according to Media Matters the actual number of direct advertisers who have dropped him is 64. According to the Stop Rush Project, the number of advertisers who no longer want their ads associated with his program in any way totals 100. This brings the total number of advertisers who have abandoned Limbaugh to 164. Not five as Limbaugh suggested, but 164.

(Article reprinted from politicsusa.com – read the full article here. )

More interesting facts on the spontaneous boycott of Limbuagh can be read here.

Nothing like a few facts to ruin your day, eh, Rush?

What is damn sure is that the whole anti-women focus of much of the American right’s attack on women in this election year – in the midst of the most complex economic situation since the thirties the best they can do is talk about abortion and contraception? – will not be forgotten by American women come November. As the wheel-less GOP bandwagon stumbles along, Obama increasingly looks safer than ever.

Buy the shirt, get this man stopped

Buy the shirt, get this man stopped. #stoprush

I am really rather delighted that Rush Limbaugh appears to be reaping what he has so irresponsibly sown.

It is proof, if proof were needed, that democratic principles are alive and well in America, (and around the world), that ordinary people can still be stirred into action in defence of decency, and that freedom of speech does not mean freedom to lie, and abuse.

Trenchant political comment is fair play and in the USA, proudly and laudably, it is explicitly supported by the first Amendment – it would weaken our political discourse were Americans (or anyone else) not able to say that Rush Limbaugh is a chauvinist pig for his comments, as with the shirt above – but outright lying, such as saying Fluke was calling for taxpayer-funded contraception when she was not or calling a woman arguing for reproductive health a “slut” and a “prostitute” – and much else – is a different matter entirely.

There is a line. And Limbaugh ran across it with enthusiasm.

In short, Sandra Fluke is vindicated. And people power still exists. It has just been reported, apparently, that he will not be on his show on Monday. Sore throat from eating his own words? We will see.

Reported by the Daily Kos

Spurred on by more than 120,000 members of the Daily Kos community like you, this week over 50 companies and organizations pulled their advertisements from Rush Limbaugh’s radio program.

Yesterday (Thursday), the results of your action could be heard in the form of beautiful, long silences during the commercial breaks in the online streaming of Limbaugh’s show on WABC, the flagship station for his broadcasts (as often proclaimed by Rush).

Here are the amazing stats:

A total of 86 ads aired during WABC’s online streaming broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show yesterday;
77 of those ads were public service announcements donated free of charge by the Ad Council;
Of the nine paid spots that ran, seven were from companies that have said they have taken steps to ensure their ads no longer air during the program;
WABC’s online feed included about 5:33 of dead air when ads would normally have run.