After being contacted by Flush Rush Facebook, the associate chancellor of a major university this week implied legal action could be taken if a business did not remove an ad on the Rush Limbaugh Show which referenced the university.
The university will not be identified here in order to protect its identity as it has a clear desire to avoid controversy and focus on education.
A company providing utility services--which will also remain anonymous--had been running ads on the controversial right wing radio program since February. The ads named previous clients this company had served, one of them a large public university.
When contacted about the ad this week, the associate chancellor of the school copied Flush Rush as well as the school's lawyer on communication to the utility company:
Within a matter of hours the utility company responded via an email which was then forwarded to Flush Rush by the university:
A radio listener has contacted the University of XXXX, to report that your firm is referring to XXXX in your on-air radio advertising. As Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff, I oversee University Communications and Public Affairs (UCPA). UCPA handles the overall campus advertising. The use of the University of XXXX name in commercial advertising is not permitted. Thus, you must immediately remove the reference to XXXX in your ads.
I have copied our campus legal counsel on this message in the event that you have any questions.
I ask that you acknowledge receipt of this message. Thank you in advance for your response.
I want to acknowledge your email and also to confirm from our phone conversation that your name has been eliminated from our Radio Advertisement as of this morning. I also wanted to let you know I am working with our phone company on editing our “On Hold” message to also eliminate XXXX. I am sorry about this and will make sure it doesn’t happen again. If you have any further concerns, please let me know.
The exchange also prompted the utility company to withdraw ads from the Rush Limbaugh Show entirely--rather than simply removing the reference to the university:
Just for your information - just because our Ad was played on the air durning the show, by no means say we are sponsoring it. We have however, removed all ads from airing on the show.
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