Roundup of Rush Backlash: Empty Ad Space Leaves Behind 5 Minutes of Dead Air

 Backlash against Rush Limbaugh's infamous Sandra Fluke comments culminated in more than five minutes of dead air yesterday, after more than fifty advertisers pulled their promotions form the show. Evidently, finding replacements to support the well-known misogynist has been trying. 

On top of the silence (which must have been a pleasant oasis for listeners), Media Matters reports:

  • A total of 86 ads aired during WABC's broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show [yesterday].
  • 77 of those ads were public service announcements donated free of charge by the Ad Council.
  • Of the nine paid spots that ran, seven were from companies that have said they have taken steps to ensure their ads no longer air during the program.

Rush's vility really bit him in the ass this time.  The "Yeah, I said it" king was forced into a public apology, for the first-time ever, and the birth-control-users-are-sluts transcript has beenremoved from the radio show's website. What's more, many Progressive groups have banned together to push Limbaugh off the air. Alongside them, VoteVets, a coalition of female veterans, has boldly called on the Armed Forces Network to pull Rush from their programming. 

Lawmakers, too, have condemned Rush. Even President Obama weighed in on the controversy, calling up Fluke to offer his support. Then John McCain threw down, and called Limbaugh's bashing "totally unacceptable." Eric Cantor said it was "insulting." Mitt Romney said something like he would have used another word, which isn't much of a condemnation, considering the very many words that Limbaugh used, which, when put together, are what created the insult, not just saying "slut." 

Also, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine tweeted this today:

"To Rush Limbaugh: Hey Jackass, stop using our music on your racist, misogynist, right wing clown show. Sincerely, Rage Against The Machine"

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at March 9, 2012, 8:10am

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