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As StopRush volunteers roll out of bed all across America today, pinch themselves, and fire up their computers to find out whether or not last night's news of Cumulus Media dumping Rush Limbaugh was real, many of them will be gearing up for another week's work on the StopRush project.
These tireless activists, many of them monitoring the show on multiple stations, work hours each day to make the project's lifeblood--ad data--available to the general public. Yes, in some cases it's the fear of a boycott that convinces advertisers to move their ads off the Rush Limbaugh Show--as more than 2,600 of them have. But in just as many cases, it's a conscientious business owner who had no idea his/her ads were airing on the show--and would never have found out were it not for the efforts of StopRush monitors.
At times the StopRush project has seemed like an impossible feat. For 17 months Rush Limbaugh has continued to spew racism and misogyny (mixed with flecks of spittle) from behind the golden microphone. And every day new advertisers have been identified, although many of them are for 1-800 numbers selling questionable "nutritional supplements." So the news of Cumulus dropping Rush Limbaugh comes as much needed validation that the hard work of these volunteers is having a real impact.
But there is much work to be done. Already there is talk of Limbaugh moving to Clear Channel stations in markets where he is dropped by Cumulus. And Clear Channel has always been the big fish here, as owner of Limbaugh's syndicator Premiere Radio Networks and broadcasting the show on hundreds of stations to Cumulus's 40.
But we see now that it can be done, and it will be done. If you'd like to join the StopRush movement, read on after the break.
Decent folks who believe in tolerance and equality are no longer powerless against Limbaugh's efforts to spread intolerance on the radio. StopRush is making a major impact by convincing advertisers on this show to withdraw their ads--and with your help we can do even more. Just a few emails, tweets, or Facebook messages a week to Limbaugh's advertisers can go a long way toward making hatred less profitable. It is our collective voice that makes us strong.
Want to do something hold Limbaugh accountable?
Join StopRush! We can use your help in the following ways: