The Movement to Shut Down Talk Radio


Update: March 12/2012: Mark Levin said on his show this evening that nothing has changed for TalkRadio. The same sponsors who did not advertise on TalkRadio, still do not and visa versa. He explained that many sponsors choose to not advertise on political shows because they do not want to deal with the flak – it is called capitalism.

There is no problem as a result of Rush’s highly criticized comments regarding Sandra Fluke. The Washington Post et al are conjuring it up, Levin said, nothing has changed.

I think that signing the petition to support Rush is a good idea in any case, but apparently, the media is trying to create a controversy where there is none (perhaps it is in the hope that one will arise or they will, in the least, further their agenda to demonize).

The media decides what we will be care about and this episode proves it.

Original Story: 3/11/2012: The sponsors are allegedly fleeing Rush Limbaugh as a result of Rush’s recent comments about Sandra Fluke. They are now supposedly fleeing other conservative talk show hosts.

If the left could use the Rush hullabaloo to backdoor the Fairness Doctrine, they would Media Matters, which is connected to the WH and which is on an anti-Fox crusade, is in it neck deep – look at their site and see for yourself. They are manufacturing a crisis over nothing.

I do not know if the list of 98 sponsors is accurate at all. The original list of seven which I posted is the one that appears to be accurate.

ABC offers this list below of “confirmed companies who have officially pulled their advertisements from the Rush Limbaugh radio show.” They are supposedly pulling them from other conservative talk shows as well out of fear of liberal activist backlash.

Service Magic home contractor
Hadeed Carpets
Accuquote Life Insurance
Vitacost vitamin supplier
Bonobos clothing company
Sensa weight- loss program
Thompson Creek Windows
Tax Resolution Services
Legal Zoom online document creator
Carbonite web security firm
Citrix software maker
Sleep Train Mattresses
Sleep Number mattresses
Quicken Loans
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
Cascades Dental
Consolidated Credit Counseling Services
Constant Contact email marketing firm
Philadelphia Orchestra
Reputation Rhino online reputation consulting firm
St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Cunningham Security
Regal Assets precious medal investment group
Freedom Debt Relief
Norway Savings Bank
Portland Ovations performing arts center

According to ABC, “These companies say their ads were mistakenly run during Limbaugh’s program and have contacted radio stations and media buyers to ensure their ads do not run during his program again.”

Capital One
PolyCom web conferencing
Matrix Direct

The hypocrisy and double standard is stunning –

NewsBusters:… This morning, NewsBusters publisher and Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell sent letters to Jay Farner and David Friend, the presidents of Quicken Loans and Carbonite, respectively, addressing the hypocrisy of how their companies pulled out of the Rush Limbaugh program over comments for which the conservative talker has since apologized, even as they continue to advertise on the programs of hateful left-wing radio hosts.

For example, Carbonite continues to advertise on Ed Schultz’s radio program, although he maliciously slammed conservative author Laura Ingraham in May 2011 as a “right-wing slut” and “a talk slut.”

Schultz, you may recall, was briefly suspended from his radio and MSNBC programs, and offered on-air apologies to Ingraham.

In the case of Quicken Loans, the hypocrisy is arguably much, much worse. The company advertises on the Mike Malloy program, the host of which has a long track record of vicious and vile comments not just about conservatives but even ordinary citizens. For example, on Malloy’s March 2 program, he seemed to revel in the deaths of tornado victims in the South and Midwest, typically Republican states in presidential contests:

“Their God, if this is the way they want to look at it, keeps smashing them into little grease spots on the pavement, in Alabama, in Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia and Oklahoma – you know, the Bible Belt…where they ain’t gonna let no g*dd*mn science get in the way, it says in the bible, blah blah blah, so according to their way of thinking, y’know, God with his omnipotent thumb, and so far tonight, has smashed so far 20 people on Highway 12, or whatever the hell highway they live next to.”

After the March 1 death of Andrew Breitbart, Malloy seethed with malicious rage, “Roast in hell you son of a bitch Breitbart — I mean seriously, you thug punk!”

“Breitbart was 43 at his passing and is survived by a wife and four children,” Bozell noted in his letter to Farner.

“Perhaps you did not know about Malloy’s comments or even your sponsorship of his show. That is entirely possible. But you do now,” Bozell noted, adding:

If you continue to exercise an obvious double standard of condoning left-wing hate speech, while caving in to partisan pressure to discontinue sponsoring the Rush Limbaugh Show, we will expose Quicken Loans for hypocrisy.

Mr. Farner, the MRC is committed to defending free speech. You have the constitutional right to sponsor or not sponsor anyone you like. But, if you drop a conservative radio host under the pretense that he made an uncivil comment about a political activist, yet continue to sponsor a leftwing host who relishes in the death of innocent children, we will hold you accountable for that decision.

You can read the letter to Quicken’s president Jay Farner here and the letter to Carbonite president David Friend here.

You can also sign our pro-Rush petition

Read more: Newsbusters

The media is so slanted that it is hard to know what the truth is – you decide.