Clear Channel Media has issued a ludicrous rebuttal against yesterday's claim by a "very high ranking Cumulus official" that "Forty-eight of the top 50 network advertisers have 'exclude Rush and Hannity' orders."
Rachel Nelson, Clear Channel's Director of Communications, said
"That statement is completely inaccurate. A number of the top spenders in the medium use talk radio to promote their brands and sell product, and many of them use The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Sean Hannity Show as the driving force of their marketing efforts."
To which I say: How about naming three, Ms. Nelson?
Scores of volunteers at the Flush Rush Facebook community and elsewhere collect copious amounts of ad data on The Rush Limbaugh Show across the country every day.
What Clear Channel is saying does not square with what these volunteers are hearing on a daily basis, nor with what Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey said yesterday. Ad breaks are filled with non-paying PSAs, parody songs, and ads for male enhancement.
Even Rush Limbaugh himself has complained in recent days about the lack of legitimate advertisers on his show due to the meddling of "liberal feminists who hate conservatism."
"Top spenders" like Progressive Insurance, Home Depot, and Geico consistently tell StopRush volunteers that the only reason their ads are airing during Rush Limbaugh is because of the incompetence of traffic managers who are not following their explicit directions to avoid this show.
Perhaps Ms. Nelson is referring to the rogue's gallery of Limbaugh regulars Hillsdale College, Lifelock, and Income At Home, each of which come with baggage that must make them feel right at home on Limbaugh's controversial show.
So please, Ms. Nelson, clarify your statement by naming a handful of these advertisers who are evidence that mainstream America still holds Rush Limbaugh in high esteem.
I'm sure they'd appreciate the free plug.
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