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I'm a happy Carbonite user. Carbonite sponsors Limbaugh--along with Stephanie Miller and Ed Schultz, yes, but I don't remember either of them saying the sorts of things Limbaugh has said this week about Sandra Fluke.

Yesterday I sent Carbonite president David Friend a letter expressing both my appreciation for Carbonite itself and my deep concern that it would sponsor someone who could say something like that. Here's what I got moments ago in email:


Over the past two days we have received a tremendous amount of feedback on Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments. I too am offended and very concerned about his comments. Limbaugh’s remarks have us rethinking our future use of talk radio.

We use more than 40 talk show hosts to help get the Carbonite message out to the public. The nature of talk radio is that from time to time listeners are offended by a host and ask that we pull our advertising. This goes for conservatives like Limbaugh and progressives like Stephanie Miller and Ed Shultz. We even get customers who demand that we pull the plug on NPR. As an advertiser, we do not have control over a show’s editorial content or what they say on air. Carbonite does not endorse the opinions of the shows or their hosts.

However, the outcry over Limbaugh is the worst we’ve ever seen. I have scheduled a face-to-face meeting next week with Limbaugh during which I will impress upon him that his comments were offensive to many of our customers and employees alike.

Please know your voice has been heard and that we are taking this matter very seriously.


Emphasis added by the diarist.

Not quite the same as pulling the ad, but certainly an interesting development. Would  that I could be a fly on the wall for that meeting.

Edit: Oh my, rec list! I haven't been there in an age! Thanks. :)

2:53 PM PT: Someone asked me for info on twitter and email for Carbonite. Twitter: @Carbonite; email: We all know to be polite, so I won't admonish you to be so. ;)

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