Limbaugh Loses 90 Percent of His Advertisers on New York's WABC

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i agree with number one, but i also think rush won't be going anywhere soon. all the people getting giddy thinking this will bring him down...it won't.
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Nobody ever went broke in this country by being a dick.
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I would never listen to his show, but I assume he is like the rest of the right-wingers and has been complaining about his "freedom of speech" during this whole issue unironically not recognizing that the government isn't curbing his speech, and that the free-market they love so much is responsible for his impending downfall.
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Rush Limbaugh has the right to express his opinions, be heard and force us to listen.

Or not.
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@2
It won't "bring him down".
But it will continue to remind people of what he has done.
Imagine the story of the first new advertiser he gets.
Lots of interviews with the PR department of the first company to sign on with Limbaugh after everyone else has abandoned him.

Lots of questions like "Did the 'slut' and 'prostitute' comments have any effect on your decision to advertise on his show"? And "are you worried that by choosing to advertise on Limbaugh's show you will be opening yourself for a boycott"?
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Dead air sounds like the best part of the Rush Limbaugh show!
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I didn't know you were on Air America.
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It would sure be nice to see Rush stupid himself into the stupid ranks of Dr. Laura, Imus, and Glenn Beck. It will be even sweeter to see him squander his fortune and crop up twenty years from now on one of those Where Are They Now? human interest segments. He'll be forgotten and powerless, living comfortably in the genteel poverty that will be the bottom rung of the Better America he fought against his whole career. Hideous, bitter, crazy, and stupid, his twilight years will be a delightful punchline to the bad joke that was his life.
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Wonder how much an ad is? If a single run of an ad isn't too much, I'm sure the power of the Internets would be able to get enough together to run one meaningful "fuck you, buddy" ad, right?
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I don't think this will sink him. But I bet ads on his show are about to get a LOT cheaper.
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Getting the ads "suspended" is one thing, keeping them off Rush is another.

Which this petition addresses:
http://campaigns.dailykos.com/p/dia/acti…
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@2: I think it's safe to say his best days are behind him.
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Could someone make a gif of Limbaugh being fucked by Michael Savage? Please?
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Real world here boys and girls. Rush has made a lot of people think seriously about the blind hyprocrisy of the left, where it is quite acceptabele to say the most vile, sickest things about women with conservative leanings, but any radical left wing woman is completely off limits.
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You had a radio show, Goldpussy? Oh, I guess that's why you don't have one now.
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20 years too late. The damage Rush Limbaugh has done to this country may be irreversible.
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If a Republican wins the presidency, what would Rush talk about?
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@18 Nancy Pelosi, don't you know. That and Obama's gas prices, deficit, obesity epidemic, and alien anal probes. Don't forget who we're dealing with here. The truth has never been an obstacle to Rushbo.
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@8 He had a weekend show on KIRO. I remember. (It was good! It was good!) 710 KIRO used to be so awesome. They had the news in the morning (blah), then they had Dave Ross (centrist but always pleasant), followed by Dori Monson and The Big Show (very talented and not yet a predictable right wing shill), followed by the news (maybe? I lost it here), followed by Mike Webb (my all-time favorite; so sad he's not around anymore), followed by The Professor, a.k.a. The Voice of Reason (forgot his name), who was really sharp and unpredictable on his views (a former teacher at Seattle U, I think he had a Stump the Professor segment), and there was Erin Harte on weekends, and they also had New York Vinnie, who played the role of arch Seattle sports fan, as well as emergency radio host when the current host failed to come back from the convenience store across the street during his break. (Ahem.) Oh! And there was this weird syndicated overnight guy whose name I don't remember, but his ad promised that he was "no chopped liver." And a bunch of these hosts spoused liberal views, so refreshing.

Then what the hell happened? It seems they never recovered once Mike Webb got fired. Then they got rid of nearly all their local hosts, including all their liberal hosts. I just lost interest. It's become a shadow of what it was.
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Okay, before somebody corrects me - Mike Webb was the late show after The Professor (before John Clayton.). Ah, those were the nights.
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And in other markets, they're filling up dead air with Public Service Announcements.
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@20, Thanks for the kind words. I miss doing radio. Somebody paid me to talk for three straight hours, two nights a week. It was fun. And it was an honor getting to fill in for Dave Ross and Ron Reagan.

FYI, when I started at 710-KIRO, it was live and local 24/7, excepted for a few hours of Bob Brinker syndicated not the weekends. And like I said, I had a fairly full spot load, but I guess it was cheaper to replace the night and weekend hosts with reruns and syndication.

Ah well.
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@16: How many years did you manage to keep your radio show on the number one news/talk station in the market? Don't tell me you never had one...?
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I think the campaign to get advertisers to boycott Limbaugh's brand of vitriol is all well and good, but it's not enough.

If you go back and look at the licensing of commercial broadcast stations by the FCC, there's a huge problem here. These airwaves are licensed free of charge with the understanding that the airwaves belong to the public and the broadcaster is best situated to provide a service to that public. Broadcasting lies, invective, and implorations for a private citizen to produce porn, could not arguably be presented as meeting that requirement.

Those airwaves are ours. It's time to start challenging the licenses of stations that are devoted to this hate-spewing disinformation campaign that right-wing talk radio has turned into.

Limbaugh is a big, fat example of this disservice to the public, but his is not the only one. It's time we stop accepting this nonsense. Broadcasters don't own those airwaves. We do.
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This is a real tragedy. Rush was doing so much good work toward getting Obama reelected.
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He's what I don't see.

All these people are claiming "emperor's clothes" when it comes to Limbaugh's reach and ratings.

Yet, the thing that is "bringing him down" was that he made one remark, about one person -- an unknown 30 year old female, during an average show.

How can he both be masking a decline, yet set the whole country ablaze with a single word?!
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KIRO hasn't completely gone to crap. Ross and Burbank are great Aand don't tell me the late night, syndicated "Coast to Coast" isn't THE place for science-y conspiracy theories.
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@27 I call bullshit! (And lying, but that goes without saying, when dealing with a rightwing troll.)

That "one word" was three days of lies and smears -- and sexual harassment-- of a private citizen who testified for women's health.

Women have had enough of that, thank you.
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@24 - It's called a Troll, Goldy, and the only way to beat it is to ignore it. Easily identified by the lack of relevancy, tact, and constructive impulse. While I appreciate a writer taking his time to defend/engage with his work and his readers, there is little point is going all the way down into the muck, personal sensitivities be damned.
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Rush is running, alright....straight to the Bank! Anytime he needs press, he just loosens the faucet a little and out comes --whatever. The man may seem irrelevant, but he's not going away anytime soon.
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@15 - Is this your first attempt at trolling? Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it!
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@25 (Brooklyn Reader): If my tenuous recollection of my limited knowledge of history is correct, it took FDR's FCC, and later the National Association of Broadcasters, to get Father Coughlin off the air. I wouldn't count on the National Association of Broadcasters to oppose right-wing hate speech and propaganda nowadays, but I have to wonder where Rush and his ilk would be today if we still had a Fairness Doctrine.
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@33 I don't want to try to directly get Rush off the air. I want to threaten the license renewals of any station that carries a steady stream of programs that spread misinformation, hate and stupidity, on the grounds that it's not fulfilling their charter from the FCC to serve the public well with their free license to use our public airwaves.
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The source says "three occurrences of dead air", not "three minutes of dead air."