“We have always encouraged spirited discussion about national and local issues on KPUA and from time to time those discussions may be deemed by some to be objectionable. We are strong believers in the first amendment and have recognized Mr. Limbaugh's right to express opinions that often times differ from our own, but it has never been our goal to allow our station to be used for personal attacks and intolerance. The most recent incident has crossed a line of decency and a standard that we expect of programming on KPUA whether it is locally produced or a syndicated program like the Rush Limbaugh show.Hmmmm, standards and decency. One might think a taxpayer-funded outfit like the Armed Services Network would take a similar approach. Apparently not. Yet, anyway.
While much of the national debate regarding this issue is now being framed in political terms, the decision for us is one of decency and responsibility. Regardless of one's political views on the issue being discussed, we feel the delivery was degrading and the continued comments over several days to be egregious. As a result, we are discontinuing the Rush Limbaugh program on KPUA effective immediately.”
In addition to KPUA, Limbaugh lost another round of advertisers today, some of them significant. By this morning he had lost Quicken Loans, mattress retailers Sleep Train and Sleep Number, software maker Citrix Systems Inc., online legal document services company LegalZoom, Pro-Flowers, and Carbonite. Note, however, that many of these have just suspended advertising, not quit Limbaugh entirely (we still have work to do).
Today's additions are Tax Resolution Services:A biggie, Sears:
Another biggie, AOL:
"At AOL one of our core values is that we act with integrity," said Maureen Sullivan, an AOL spokeswoman. "We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments are not in line with our values. As a result we have made the decision to suspend advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Radio show."And clothing maker Bonobos:
And the final big one: AllState:
Allstate's advertising purchase strategy has not included the Rush Limbaugh Show. Earlier today, we responded to inquiries about our advertising relationship with the show by stating we did not advertise on or sponsor it. As radio listeners notified us that they were hearing Allstate ads during the show this afternoon, we contacted the vendor that arranges for our advertising placements and discovered that an error had been made and advertising time had mistakenly been purchased for the show. [...] We have asked our media buying firm to correct the error by discontinuing any advertising on the Rush Limbaugh Show moving forward in keeping with our original advertising plans and strategies.Add to them, herbal supplement maker Heart and Body Extract.
Media Matters has a comprehensive list of ads aired today, compiled from the program's WABC airing. Note that there are some companies listed, like Carbonite, who pulled their ads in the last couple of days. That's not because they've necessarily lied about pulling ads, but because there's lag time in reworking their ad buys.
If all these advertisers, and especially KPUA, recognize that Limbaugh has gone way beyond the bounds of decency on this issue, you'd think Armed Services Network would at least consider reviewing his show and whether it has a place on a taxpayer-funded network. Let's see if we can get them to reconsider. So far Kossacks have sent over 22,000 e-mails to Armed Forces Network. Let's hit 30,000 tonight.