I willing to bet next week's rent that you dear Lady have not even listened to Limbaugh for yourself but rather have formed you opinion based on what you've watched on the televison. There is a reason it's called a boob tube.
Needs more cowbell.
"The Constitution only gives people the right to persue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." --Benjamin Franklin
Proud member of fly-over country
Freedom of speech, what remains of it, depends upon which side of the political spectrum you are speaking from.
I'm sickened that trash like Fluke can be set out for all to see as an example of how to live and what to think. Worse, her point of view and those hurrying to defend her are trying to damage, if not destroy Rush Limbaugh. Rush is hardly my favorite talk host, but he speaks in plain reality, upholds dignified values and continues to raise his voice regarding the perils we face as citizens and as a nation.
As for that list of sponsors...screw em' all.
"Talking is easy and everyone is wise after the event."
The mattress company is already asking to come back as one of Rush's sponsors.
He personally turned them down.
"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself." -DH Lawrence
"We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are." - The Talmud
Quick, Loomis, take more oxygen! Now, quietly relax. The hot flashes will pass if you'll just relax. I know, all of this talk about heterosexual sex has upset you. But, dear, there is nothing to be upset about, it's all biblical, don't you see.
Where Is The Birth Certificate?
Carbonite is back on Rush.
Earth is bootcamp for eternity.
The Social Security number is a bigger threat to Liberty than Communism or Osama bin Laden.
The advantage to being a pessimist is that you are often pleasantly surprised.
By your logic, the Fed should mandate that all business, including religiously affiliated organizations, cover abortions on demand, cuz gee think of all the cost savings there!
You apparently are of the opinion the Federal government has completely unfettered powers.
And that is wacked.
"progressives" - progressively destroying America for decades.
Many say, and I believe Rush says, and I also believe that certain Catholic bishops say, that they do not want to pay for another's birth control technology. My point was that provision of such technology free of charge to the recipient does not force the employer, and certainly not the taxpayer, to shoulder the costs of the technology. The technology pays for itself.
The constituionality of the law is not really under question by anyone other than a few on the far right who will likely question anyhing the current administrations proposes. Anyone serious about the constitutionality of the law who is in standing could sue. Since no one has successfuly sued, I presume the federal governement is acting acording to today's legal standards. The fact that these are not your standards fills me with reconsidered belief in the judicial system of the U.S.
Nearly 100 advertisers stampede away from right-wing radio
By David Ferguson
Saturday, March 10, 2012 17:51 EDT
Nearly 100 advertisers have made it clear that they intend to pull their ads from all right-wing talk radio, according to a newsletter cited by the online trade journal Radio-Info.com.
TRI Newsletter, a daily column by radio insider Tom Taylor says Premiere Networks, the Clear Channel subsidiary that carries The Rush Limbaugh Show and other popular AM talk-radio programs, is circulating a memo stating that a group of 98 advertisers are pulling out of not just Limbaugh’s show, but out of the conservative talk-radio market altogether.
The companies have asked that the network “schedule their commercials in dayparts or programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity).” The group includes auto companies like Ford, GM, and Toyota, insurance companies including Allstate, Geico, Prudential and State Farm, and restaurants such as McDonald’s and Subway.
The advertiser exodus is part of the ongoing fracas over Limbaugh’s over-the-top attacks on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, who testified before Congress about the difficulties faced by women beholden to nominally Catholic institutions like hospitals and universities whose insurance plans do not include contraception coverage. Advertisers have been abandoning Limbaugh in a steady stream since he called Fluke a “slut” and a prostitute, in spite of the fact that the radio host posted an apology to his personal web page last week.
Limbaugh insists that everything is fine for the show, comparing the departing sponsors to “losing a couple of french fries in the container when it’s delivered to you in the drive thru. You don’t even notice it.” The media watchdog group Media Matters, however, posits that the repeated incidences of “dead air” and a sudden abundance of PSA’s during the Limbaugh show are proof that the advertiser boycott is working.
Advertisers aren’t the only ones trying to wash their hands of any association with Limbaugh. Musician Peter Gabriel and the bands Rage Against the Machine, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Rush have all demanded that their music no longer be used on The Rush Limbaugh Show.
Gabriel’s reps posted on his Facebook page that he was “appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh’s extraordinary attack.” Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello is quoted in Rolling Stone as saying “Our response: ‘Hey Jackass, stop using our music on your racist, misogynist, right wing clown show.”
Morello later posted the same message on his Twitter feed.
The media watchdog group Media Matters...
No, Media Matters is now an active part of the liberal agenda and the Obama administration. They no longer "watchdog" anything, to the point where their tax exempt status is being looked into...
That article is packed with lies and hypocracy. Are they all boycotting HBO because of Maher? What about the "comedy" channel?
There is never anything funny about derogatory remarks about women.
At least Rush was using it as an example of what that woman was doing and apologized for his poor judgment in how he went about it.
Those men who slam conservative women to make a living under the disguise of "humor" are far, far worse.
Talk about hypocrisy. The really GOOD that is coming out of all of this is that the left wingnuts are revealing their hypocrisy for all those who were duped before and didn't see it - now they DO.
Thank you for making it so obvious.
Funny how that radio-info.com only points to conservative radio and NEVER one single liberal who are worse and consistent in slamming and demeaning conservative women.
Rush is gaining advertisers, not losing them.
Thank you liberal hypocrites for helping boost Limbaugh's sales. He appreciates it a great deal. Keep up the good work!
Where is radio-info's mention of this lovely man who calls a black conservative woman all kinds of names? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zivTixw_TE
If you're living like there is no God.....you'd better be right.
David Frum: Mike Huckabee Brings on Rush Limbaugh's Decline
by David Frum Mar 12, 2012 1:00 AM EDT
Huckabee’s about to take the mike. Can he push Limbaugh off the talk-radio throne?
Over 25 years in radio, Rush Limbaugh’s dominance of the AM dial has become a fact of American life.
Until, maybe, now.
Mike Huckabee., Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Yes, Limbaugh’s tirade against law student Sandra Fluke has been a problem, inspiring more than 30 advertisers to flee his radio program in the past two weeks. But on April 2, Limbaugh will face a more-serious challenge. That’s when the new Mike Huckabee show launches on 100 stations in Limbaugh’s very own noon-to-3 time slot.
Huckabee’s competition threatens Limbaugh not only because Huckabee has already proven himself an attractive and popular TV broadcaster, but also because Huckabee is arriving on the scene at a time when Limbaugh’s business model is crashing around him.
To understand the power of Huckabee’s challenge to Limbaugh, you have to understand the strange economics of talk radio. Most talk-radio programs offer radio stations this deal: we’ll give you three hours of content for free. (Some programs—cough, Glenn, cough, Beck—actually pay radio stations to accept their content.) Those three hours will include 54 minutes of ad time. That ad time is split between the radio station and the show: each gets 27 minutes to sell.
In this world, Limbaugh is unique. He actually charges radio stations for his content: up to $1 million a year in a major market. Plus, he charges the highest ad rates in the business. Those two revenue streams—multiplied by more radio outlets than anybody else in the industry has—have made Limbaugh a very rich man. But those revenue streams always depended on Limbaugh upholding his end of the bargain: delivering the audiences. And on that count, Limbaugh has been notably failing.
As The Daily Beast’s John Avlon reported last week, the audience for right-wing talk has been shrinking since 2009. In some urban markets, Limbaugh’s audience has dropped by as much as half over the past three years. Limbaugh and other right-wing talkers have responded to this economic squeeze by a strategy familiar to Republican politicians: they have played to the base.
But even more than the total size of the audience, radio advertisers care about a measure called TSL: time spent listening. The people who listen longest are of course the most ideologically intense.
Here’s how this operates in the real world. Limbaugh knows that his share of big markets like Dallas or Atlanta has dropped from his old 5 percent in any given hour to, say, 3 percent. But if he can entice that 3 percent to listen twice as long, he can more than make up the loss.
That imperative explains why Limbaugh kept talking about Sandra Fluke for so long. He was boosting his TSL to compensate for his dwindling market share. Few things boost TSL like getting the old folks agitated over how much sexy sex these shameless young hussies are having nowadays. (And make no mistake: Limbaugh’s audience is very old. One station manager quipped to me, “The median age of Limbaugh’s audience? Deceased.”)
This background may explain why so many of Limbaugh’s advertisers bolted for the exits when the Fluke rampage went wrong for Limbaugh. It wasn’t social conscience: Limbaugh has said offensive things before. It wasn’t social media: Facebook and Twitter existed back in 2009, when Limbaugh explained how the Obama presidency had emboldened black schoolkids to beat up whites on schoolbuses.
The difference this time is that Limbaugh’s advertisers and his stations had already begun to feel ripped off. To quote my station-manager friend again: “I don’t mind paying for content. But I do mind paying for trouble.” So advertisers revolted against the TSL strategy, with Sears, JCPenney, and many other sponsors dropping the show. Many of the local advertisers who buy their ads from the local stations rather than from the syndicators have been ordering that their purchased minutes be placed on some less-controversial program.
Limbaugh, it’s true, remains a big talk-radio star. He’s seen trouble before and rarely apologized for it. He could assume that even if Sears had departed forever, core talk-radio advertisers—LegalZoom, Stamps.com, Sleep Number beds—must sooner or later return to the No. 1 show in talk radio.
However, Limbaugh’s calculation that his core advertisers must return always rested on the assumption that there was nowhere else to go. Suddenly, in the worst month of Limbaugh’s career, somewhere else has appeared: a lower-priced alternative, with big audience reach and a host an advertiser can trust never, ever to abuse a student as a “slut” and “prostitute.”
The new Huckabee show’s slogan is “more conversation; less confrontation.” “I don’t want it to be a show that every day, every hour, pushes everyone’s buttons to raise their blood pressure,” Huckabee says. “I figure the cost of high blood pressure is enough already.”
Huckabee’s politics are emphatically conservative of course, both on social and economic issues. Yet his politics differ in important ways from those of the Limbaugh-influenced Republican electorate. “I don’t see a pathway for a person of my point of view getting through the land mine of the Republican primary. If that were to change in four years, if the Republicans were to get more serious about governing, not just campaigning—if we focused on what we were for and not just what we were against—then I might be a viable candidate.”
The less-strident Huckabee approach arises both from his experience as a long-serving governor in a Democratic-leaning state and from Huckabee’s famously genial temperament. “I have to believe that there are people who are highly opinionated but who actually find it informative and engaging to find out what the other side is thinking,” he says. “And not through a shouting match, but through an adult-level, civil conversation.”
The approach also reflects a business strategy as cleareyed as Limbaugh’s “play to the base.” Limbaugh’s audience not only skews old; it skews male. It was already 72 percent male in 2009—more male than that of almost any other program on radio or TV. Advertisers are not nearly as interested in talking to old men as to middle-aged women. If Huckabee can draw such women to his new program, as he has drawn them to his TV show, he will reshape the market.
Huckabee explains his appeal as driven by his choice of topic. “I want to do a show that has politics. But I don’t want a 100 percent political show.” It’s also a matter of tone and style. Limbaugh’s lascivious “joke” about wishing to see a Sandra Fluke sex tape was only the latest in a career of demeaning and prurient remarks. Only a few days beforehand, Huckabee was sitting down with Meryl Streep for a warm and easy talk before a studio audience.
Rush Limbaugh won’t vanish from the radio of course. But the overpriced Limbaugh program is highly vulnerable to economic shocks. “If just one station in a top-20 market replaces Limbaugh with Huckabee, it’ll be an earthquake,” remarks a veteran of the radio business.
And you can already hear the first tremors.
Wow LoomisLady, you believe anything the left throws at you don't you?
And 5 years from now when Rush is still on the air and still turning away advertisers clamoring to advertise on his show, are you THEN going to stop this propaganda rolling that you are doing so loyally for the progressive liberal left?
If you're living like there is no God.....you'd better be right.
The last sentence is opinion that can be strongly disputed by number of listeners increasing in each market each year. And even if Huckabee manages to cause a little competition, Limbaugh will be the first to say that competition in the market place is a good thing.In this world, Limbaugh is unique. He actually charges radio stations for his content: up to $1 million a year in a major market. Plus, he charges the highest ad rates in the business. Those two revenue streams—multiplied by more radio outlets than anybody else in the industry has—have made Limbaugh a very rich man. But those revenue streams always depended on Limbaugh upholding his end of the bargain: delivering the audiences. And on that count, Limbaugh has been notably failing.
As for the rest of it, selling your content is NOT unusual in the world of media in general. What is going on here is that Limbaugh OWNS his own studios, production facilities, etc. so that there is no overhead to the radio station. If a radio station tried to produce a Limbaugh-like show they wouldn't be able to because of market share as well as the overhead costs. Radio stations are paying to play Limbaugh's show much like they pay a royalty every time they play a song that isn't in the public domain.
Whoever wrote this piece has absolutely no idea what they are talking about as far as how radio and advertising operates.
EXCLUSIVE: 140 Companies Drop Advertising From Rush Limbaugh
By Judd Legum on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm
ThinkProgress has obtained an internal memo from Premiere Radio Networks listing 96 national companies that have “specifically asked” their advertisments not be played during the Rush Limbaugh Show. Premiere is the distributor of Limbaugh’s program. The advertisers have also requested to be excluded from other right-wing hosts including Michael Savage, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. According to the memo, the listed companies’ advertisements should be excluded from these programs because they have been “deemed to be offensive.”
The existence of the memo was first reported over the weekend by Radio-info.com, an industry newsletter. Radio-info did not publish the full list of companies. The memo was posted website of the Traffic Directors Guild of America, an association of professionals who distribute paid advertisements to radio stations. It was quickly deleted but ThinkProgress obtained a copy from a Google snapshot of the site taken on March 9.
Previously, ThinkProgress has reported that 50 companies requested their advertising be pulled from the Rush Limbaugh show following his sexist attacks on Sandra Fluke. The publication of the memo adds an additional 91 companies to the list of companies that have dropped Limbaugh:
21st Century Insurance • Hotels.com • Rite Aid • Ace Hardware • Honda • Robitussin • Acura • IBM • Sam Adams • Advance Auto Parts • Icy Hot • Sam’s Club • Advil (All products) • Intuit/Small Business • Schiff – Digestive Advantage • Alacer/Emergen-C • Schiff – Mega Red • Allegra (all products) • Johnson & Johnson (All Brands) • Schiff – Move Free • Kohl’s • Schiff – Sustenex • Ally Bank • La Quinta • Scotts Miracle-Gro (all products) • American Express • Lifetime • Autozone • Little Caesars • Sony • Lowe’s • State Farm • British Petroleum • Luxottica • Staples • Bullfrog Sunblock • Macy’s • Sterling/Kay Jared Jewelers • Caltrate • MasterCard • Subway • Centrum • McDonalds • Takeda Uloric • Chapstick • Midas • The Home Depot • Clorox (Pinesol/Homecare) • Napa Auto Parts • ThermaCare • Cortizone • National Realtor • Toyota • DeVry • NBC-TV • Discover Card • Office Depot • Twinings of London • Domino’s Pizza • Office Max • Tyson/Wright Brand Bacon • Exxon/Exxon Mobil • One Main Financial • Unisom • Farmers Insurance • United Healthcare • Ford • Orkin • U.S. Army • Outback • U. S. Postal Service • General Motors (All products -GM Certified Service • Chevy • Onstar • Cadillac • etc) • Preparation H • Visa • Gold Bond (all products • ProNutrients (all products) • Walgreens • Grainger • Progressive Insurance • Wal-Mart • Green Mountain Coffee • Prudential • Wells Fargo • Hallmark • Radio Shack • Wrigley • H&R Block • Rent-A-Center • Yahoo!
Check out all 140 companies (plus their statements, when available) on our Pinterest.
You can view a copy of the memo below:
Premiere Networks List Of Advertisers Asking Not To Advertise On Limbaugh And Other Right-Wing Hosts
The post initially listed 141 sponsors. Boston Beer and Sam Adams were listed separately but are the same company.
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Do you even know who thinkprogress.org is?! Dear lady please check your sources!
In their own words this is who thinkprogress says it is. I've seen them much lampooned in other areas of the media.
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About 15 years ago, another Fox News luminary, Bill O'Reilly, loudly announced his intention to enter the talk radio arena. He even gave Limbaugh a heads-up in a well-publicized courtesy call. "Just letting you know I'm coming," says O'Reilly. "Good luck, Bill," said Limbaugh.
Today, nobody even remembers Bill O'Reilly and The Radio Factor, which was supposed to remake the AM radio landscape. He was ignominiously vanquished by his immeasurably more talented competition (read "Limbaugh") and was unceremoniously consigned to the dusty vault of historical radio obscurity. Even now, years later, O'Reilly cannot bring himself to mention this galling professional humiliation, which he fervently hopes that everyone has now forgotten.
Huckabee's fate, of course, will be no different. But he will no doubt have a far better sense of humor about his all-but-certain defeat than did O'Reilly.
The Obama Administration constitutes a pseudocompetocracy, i.e., rule by those whose primary skill is in feigning competence.
The Paul Shanklin parodies on the Limbaugh show are just hysterical ... or at least I think so. If you don't like musical parodies you won't get the humor however.
Here are a couple that are on youtube
"Obama" sings Every Cent You Make (I'll Be Taxing You)
"Al Gore" sings Ball of Fire
I am Barack, I am the Messiah
"Obama" sings "The Day Obamacare Died"
"Barney Frank" sings Banking Queen
The Man Who Shot Osama Bin Laden
National advertising suspended on Limbaugh’s show
Premiere Networks, the syndicator of Rush Limbaugh’s show, plans to suspend national advertising for two weeks. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell gets the latest details from Tom Taylor, editor of Radioinfo.com and Michelle Goldberg of The Daily Beast
>>> rush limbaugh took a much needed day off today but promises to be back on the air tomorrow when he will surely attempt to try to continue to pretend that his massive loss of advertisers won't hurt his show or wealth in any way. that claim was made much more difficult within the hour where on radioinfo.com reported that premier networks which syndicates rush limbaugh 's radio show told its affiliate radio stations that they are suspending national advertising for two weeks. rush limbaugh is normally provided to affiliates for free in return for running several minutes of national advertisements provided by premier each hour. these ads are called barter spots. these spots are how premier makes its money on the rush limbaugh radio show and other shows it syndicates. joining me now on the phone is tom taylor , editor of radioinfo.com. tom, tell us what -- you broke this story tonight on the limbaugh suspension of national advertising. this comes after a weekend of more criticism of rush limbaugh . what does this mean to his program?
>> well, hi, lawrence. first of all, let me explain what it does not cover. in fact, i'm looking at the note from premier networks which is owned by clear channel , by the way. what it says is this suspension does not apply to in-program commercials provided by premier within any of its live news talk programming. so you're right, these are -- what it does apply to, what it does talk about is the spots that are barter spots. and these are sort of running during the week. and i think -- i suspect, although premier doesn't really talk about why they did this, i suspect that they just want to make sure that nothing happens, that there's no friction on the air involving advertisers. i think it could be written or talked earlier about the situation with concentra. did you talk about that earlier in the show?
>> no, we haven't.
>> the whole temperature level of this thing is something that the syndicator and rush himself would like to bring down. and as you say, that's why rush had a round of golf today.
>> well, how does this bring down the temperature if they just say we're going to suspend national advertising? i mean, the pressure remains on the advertisers to publicly announce that they won't advertise there anymore, and that's why we've seen this stream of exits of advertisers. and just by taking a day off and then suspending the use of advertising, i guess they think if that advertiser's not being mentioned on the air for two weeks, that advertiser will not get pressure for two weeks to exit rush's show.
>> and that could be the case with some advertisers. we have, in this cases in this country, a short attention span , don't we. i think a lot depends on what happens the next few days. this is a fairly arcane area, lawrence. a lot of advertisers don't like to be near controversial or potentially offensive programming. and they will instruct people quietly, please don't put us there. and advertisers move in and out of this all the time. we just don't hear about this. this one we happen to be hearing about.
>> and do you think that two weeks is an amount of time where limbaugh and the syndicators can figure out what their next step is?
>> sure. and i think they're now formulating strategy. if you notice the statement late last week when rush refuses to let longtime advertiser who had been with him since he was a local radio talent in sacramento on kfbk, refused that let that advertiser back on the show. that was actually handled by an outside crisis management person. and that's kind of the first time we've seen that. so i think you're seeing them try to get a handle on it. in fact, my headline in the newsletter tomorrow morning is, a rush to chill. that rush limbaugh and premier just want to cool things down for a while and let things quiet down. i wouldn't be surprised if rush gets in some more golf.
>> all right. joining me now from new york is michelle goldberg . she is a senior contributing writer for the daily beast " and newsweek." michelle, will this cool things down?
>> no, i mean, i don't see any reason why it would. it seems that the boycott campaign has a lot of momentum. i think it's well over 100 advertisers have pulled out now. and, you know, people kind of smell blood in the water. and at the same time as my colleagues at "the daily beast " reported, you have the huckabee show debuting during the same block with a lot less controversy. and that could replace rush in a lot of markets.
>> now, we had jane fonda , gloria steinem calling for the fcc to intervene here.
>> yeah. that's just --
>> over the weekend. and it's just one of those things that shows that the anti-rush rhetoric continues to build. the momentum continues to build. we had hillary clinton making a statement about what she calls a kind of global attacks on women, contextualizing limbaugh without mentioning his name. within the global picture that she looks at as secretary of state, is it your sense -- what is your sense about where we are in the curve of this story? is this still --
>> well, i think that because the story has its own momentum and because it doesn't seem like it's going to abate, that's why i think that calls -- i think calls for fcc action are really misguided for a number of reasons, as much as i admire gloria steinem . but for one thing, i don't think that the feminist movement should be aligning itself with censorship. and beyond that, it just seems like a really bad move at this point to turn rush limbaugh into a free-speech martyr when, you know, the free market that he loves so much is doing a really good job of taking care of him.
>> yeah, it seems like -- i mean, we've never seen -- to go back to tom, tom, have we seen an advertising exit like this, a publicly announced advertising exit like this from any radio show ?
>> no. the last time we saw this sort of outcry was exactly five years ago. it was march 2007 . and it was don imus .
>> michelle, on the imus situation there, there wasn't anything about intervening with fcc or anything like that.
>> yeah. there's no reason to get the kind of government censorship involved. i think that rush limbaugh has a right to say these things, and people have a right to tell his sponsors how they feel about it.
>> michelle goldberg of "the daily beast " and tom taylor of radioinfo.com, thank you both very much for joining us tonight.
>> a pleasure. good evening
Oh wow ... a whole two weeks. LOL! Geez, did you read this or only the title of the article? Limbaugh's radio show is provided FREE. Then there are spots called barter spots that are sold. Premier is just one of many advertisers. Someone says they are only suspending their advertising for two weeks. It will be easy to find advertisers to fill those spots temporarily to have access to 15 million listeners.
From the LA Times:
Limbaugh may have been enduring a bigger blowback than any in memory -- bigger than when he rooted for the newly inaugurated Obama to fail, or when he called Hillary Rodham Clinton "sex-cretary of state." But to his listeners, anger from mainstream news outlets and Democratic politicians serves as proof positive that Limbaugh is on the right track. And even after his apology Monday, Limbaugh quickly turned to suggest it was "leftists" who had instigated the ugly tone on the contraception debate.
To do permanent harm to the talk radio host, the activists aligning against him -- largely via social media -- would have to expand and sustain their advertiser boycott for months, experts said. The analysts don't expect that to happen
Nobody is losing money here, including us, in all this. And that is key for you to understand. They are not canceling the business on our stations. They're just saying they don't want their spots to appear in my show. We don't get any revenue from 'em anyway. The whole effort is to dispirit you. It's to make you think the left is being successful in its campaign when it isn't. In fact, the left is so fed up, they can't see straight. They thought they had me. They thought I would be off the air by now. They can't understand why I still am on the air. There is also another rumor going around that I am going to be suspended for a week. It is utter BS.
I would have to suspend myself!
Now, let me put this in further perspective for you, this number of 28 or 32, and then we're gonna move on to other things. Sponsors of our program are both nationwide companies, like Two If By Tea (my tea company), and local companies, like "Mike's Auto Body Repair" or a local bank. If we added up all of our affiliates (let's choose the number 600) and we assumed that each of those affiliates had 30 such sponsors in the course of our three-hour program, there might be -- all across this country -- as many as 18,000 different sponsors of this program. Let me put it another way: There might be 18,000 different people buying advertising within this program alone.
That is a conservative number: 600 stations, 18 commercial minutes an hour. We take whatever we take to sell ourselves and the local station keeps the rest. They have local advertisers. You add up all those over the course of 600 stations, over three hours a day, five days a week, and we're talking 18,000 different sponsors, okay? ABC News, who understands how this works and are purposely misrepresenting it, is out there ballyhooing that we have lost 28 sponsors. Twenty-eight sponsors out of 18,000! That's like losing a couple of french fries in the container when it's delivered to you at the drive-thru. You don't even notice it. If we lose 28 of those sponsors, the majority of them being in one city or another out of 18 thousand, it's a sad occurrence.
A majority of Americans — 53 percent — say conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh should be fired for calling a Georgetown Law School a “slut,” according to a wide-ranging new survey on contraception.
Almost one-third of Republicans — 30 percent — agree with the notion that Limbaugh should be canned for his remarks, the Bloomberg poll showed Wednesday.
Men are split over whether Limbaugh should be axed — 49 percent say yes, while 47 percent disagree. Fifty-six percent of women support firing him, compared with 39 percent who do not.
Meanwhile, more than three-quarters of Americans believe that the issue of birth control shouldn’t even be a topic of debate right now.
Indeed, 77 percent said that the national political debate shouldn’t involve contraception, while 20 percent said it should.
Americans also view the controversy over the Obama administration’s rule that employers must provide birth control coverage in employee health care plans as an issue of women’s health rather than religious freedom.
In fact, 62 percent of respondents said that the issue is one of women’s health access rather than religious freedom, the opposite of what Republican presidential candidates have argued.
Despite the furor of the past weeks over female birth control, it appears as though Republicans may have narrowed the gap with Democrats among women, according to Bloomberg.
Mitt Romney, the front-runner in delegates for the Republican presidential primary, received 45 percent support from women, compared with 49 percent for President Barack Obama.
The poll also shows Obama leading former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum among women by 9 percentage points, 51 percent to 42 percent.
In contrast to both cases, Obama beat former GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) among females by 13 percentage points in the 2008 election, 56 percent to 43 percent.
Approval ratings among women for the Democratic and Republican parties are not wildly different — 49 percent of women view the Democratic Party favorably, 42 percent view it unfavorably; 44 percent view the GOP favorably and 48 percent see it unfavorably.
The Bloomberg national poll involved a sample of 1,002 respondents and was conducted March 8-11. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories...#ixzz1p9Cx8Z4C
Glass Doctor (local business)
Wally Mackey (retirement planning, state wide)
Targeted lead business, missed the name
Robert L. Steinberg (TX lawyer)
Insparity (national business performance company)
Crown Jaguar (local dealership)
New South Window solutions (FL advertiser)
Texaco Express Lube
Amberin (national adveriser)
Rino-Shield (some home improvement company)
Alan Thicke for Regal Assets (Investment company)
Certa Pro Painters
Total Transformation Child Behavioral Program (national company)
Glenn Beck is coming to Tampa (promo for that performance)
Hanover Floors (local)
And these were just what I noted in the waiting room of the the dentist's office. LOL!!
I also heard the sound blurbs where the head of NOW was calling the Limbaugh incident a gift, something wonderful, that they could use to promote their agenda ... her very words.
The Dems et al can try and make it anything they want to but reality and actual facts speaks the truth.
I was thinking about this whole thing today and realized:
Where was Fluke, the (cough cough) activist, when Obama's chosen were denying women a cancer drug because it was too expensive?
Where was Fluke when Obama's chosen were already talking about rationing women's preventative health care because of cost?
If you're living like there is no God.....you'd better be right.
Talker gains nearly 100,000 viewers over past seven days as he takes on so-called 'Astroturf' sites aimed at his advertisers
Last week, conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh began to utilize Twitter as a means of mobilizing listeners against attacks aimed at him for remarks he made about Georgetown Law student and so-called contraception activist Sandra Fluke.
Limbaugh had previously resisted calls for him to use Twitter. However, in the wake of the Fluke controversy he reversed course and is now promoting his Twitter account by offering new followers the chance to win the recently released version of the iPad.
During his Monday broadcast, the conservative talker previewed a tweet showing the “astroturfing” efforts of self-proclaimed anono-activist “Shoq” and Media Matters operative Angelo Carusone, who was behind the 2010 campaign against former Fox News host Glenn Beck’s advertisers,
“What it is — is basically a website among these people who are Astroturfing advertisers, trying to convince the advertisers that they’re hearing from angry consumers when they’re not,” Limbaugh said. “The advertisers are hearing from coordinated Democratic operatives, under the guise of Media Matters, ThinkProgress and some others.”
“And we will put the proof of this up so you can see how this whole secondary boycott is artificial. It’s fake. It’s phony. It’s been drummed up. And the key to it is, is that they try to make these advertisers all over the country think that angry consumers are emailing them and calling them, when they’re not. They’re Democrat operatives.”
Since Limbaugh started implementing his Twitter strategy by promoting it on his top-rated radio show last week, he has gained nearly 100,000 followers and is set to double his March 14 count by tomorrow.
If you're living like there is no God.....you'd better be right.
Listening to Rush's show for a little more than an hour today I heard the following ads: Time-Warner cable, a local divorce attorney, Ram pickup trucks, HEB (a Texas supermarket chain),
a local gold buyer, a national realtor, the History Channel, and, wait for it............................wait for it................................................ ...............................CARBONITE. No PSAs, no dead air.
(Hey, D.O., didja make it through last night's thunderstorms OK?----sorry for the drift.)