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  •  Yeah of course! (6+ / 0-)

    Incidentally, here's his "free speech" trying to defend the exodus of advertisers.

    Now does he really think his demo will get this:

    So this 28 or 32 -- and I don't even know if that number's accurate, numbers are coming from Media Matters.  There's no way anybody could know this, but I'm gonna put it in further perspective in just a second.  What it means is there have been -- let's use the number 28 -- 28 advertisers who none of us are aware are even advertising on our local stations who had sent out orders that their commercials are not to run on my program.  But that is not revenue to us. They are not our sponsors. They are not even canceling their advertising on the local station.  They're just saying for the time being they don't want it run from noon to three.  And let me tell you, this happens every day.  It's been happening for 23-plus years.  And it's not just to me.  There are clients, advertisers, that tell stations, "I don't want this to run in Beck's show. I don't want it to run in Hannity's. I don't want it to run in Howard Stern's."  It's all part of the business.

    But because there's a focal point on this in trying to dispirit you and trying to present a picture of this program that doesn't exist and that's untrue, they're trying to make it sound like this is unprecedented -- that it's never happened before, it's at an all-time high -- and it simply isn't the case. We have not lost 28 national sponsors. There are not 28 advertisers who were paying us who aren't anymore. They are local commercial buys. Many of them may not even be running in my show to begin with. The advertisers are just saying, "If they are, pull 'em. We don't want 'em in there for now," but they're staying on the local stations. These advertisers are not abandoning EIB affiliates.

    'Cause his damned affiliates' station managers get it...and sooner or later will get something in his place...

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