Today a Flush Rush Facebook volunteer received this email from a large Northwestern dairy company which had aired an ad on The Rush Limbaugh Show in Portland, OR:
"Thanks so much for your email. Unfortunately, XXXXXX was totally unaware its ads were running on the Rush Limbaugh program. Turns out, a number of advertisers dropped their ads from his show, so they gave XXXXXX the free ads to fill inventory, which they were unaware of until they hit. After getting this information XXXXXX has since asked to have their ads pulled and not be given free Rush Limbaugh ad inventory moving forward. The company did not support nor do they support the Rush Limbaugh program."The same day, an auto dealership in Cleveland sent this brief message when asked about their ad on the show:
"They are running it for free they can't sell ads for it"Just five years ago, Rush Limbaugh boasted of his advertising chops to a New York Times reporter:
"First and foremost I’m a businessman. My first goal is to attract the largest possible audience so I can charge confiscatory ad rates. I happen to have great entertainment skills, but that enables me to sell airtime."
Limbaugh himself is his own worst enemy. The faster he circles the drain the harder he tries to cling to his "Teabagger Outlaw" schtick. An advertiser never knows just what outrageous racist or sexual comment Limbaugh may stain your business with. Unless their ad happens to air during the program, and then StopRush volunteers are quite happy to let them know:
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:
Join: The Flush Rush Facebook community
Visit: The StopRush sponsor database
Tweet: #stoprush Twitter campaign
Fact Check: Limbaugh Lie Debunking Site
Sign: Petition to remove AARP ads from Rush Limbaugh
Sign: Petition to get Rush Limbaugh off Cumulus Radio
Install: ThinkContext StopRush browser extension--notifies you as you browse which companies advertise on Rush