A 7th Advertiser Pulls Out of Limbaugh's Show

A 7th advertiser pulls out of LImbaugh showNEW YORK (AP) - A flower company is the seventh advertiser to pull its ads from conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh's radio program in reaction to his derogatory comments about a law student who testified about birth control policy.

ProFlowers said Sunday on its Facebook page that it has suspended advertising on Limbaugh's program because his comments about Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke "went beyond political discourse to a personal attack and do not reflect our values as a company."

The six other advertisers that say they have pulled ads from his show are mortgage lender Quicken Loans, mattress retailers Sleep Train and Sleep Number, software maker Citrix Systems Inc. (CTXS), online data backup service provider Carbonite and online legal document services company LegalZoom.

ProFlowers had said on Twitter that posts it received about Limbaugh's remarks affected its advertising strategy. ProFlowers is an online flower delivery service.

Limbaugh called the 30-year-old Fluke a "slut" and "prostitute" last week after she testified to congressional Democrats in support of national health care policies that would compel employers and other organizations, including her university, to offer group health insurance that covers birth control for women.

He apologized to Fluke on Saturday after being criticized by Republican and Democratic politicians and after several advertisers left the show.

Clear Channel's Premiere Radio Networks Inc. hosts Limbaugh's program, one of the country's most popular talk radio shows. The company is supporting Limbaugh, whose on-air contract with Premiere runs through 2016.

"The contraception debate is one that sparks strong emotion and opinions on both sides of the issue," Premiere Networks said in a statement emailed Sunday by spokeswoman Rachel Nelson. "We respect the right of Mr. Limbaugh, as well as the rights of those who disagree with him, to express those opinions."

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment operates more than 850 radio stations in the U.S., and Premiere says it's the largest radio content provider in the country, syndicating programs to more than 5,000 affiliate stations.

When asked which companies or organizations were the largest advertisers on Limbaugh's show, Nelson said that that information was "proprietary." Nelson declined to say how much revenue the company will lose with the advertiser defections or how much revenue Limbaugh's show brings in.

Clear Channel's parent company was taken private in 2008 by private equity firms Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital.

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So it is ok for them to call Sara Palin as a ****..........???????

March 06 2012 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Rush Limbaugh is a disgrace to humanity and has been pandering filth to the dumbed down masses for decades. This guy makes tens of millions of dollars on the drooling idiots that look to him for "leadership." I sincerely hope that this brings him and the rest of hate radio down.

This country was left in a state of shambles by the reign of dick cheney and his idiot boy emperor puppet. Election 2010 savagely prevents any aggressive recovery or clean up of the mess. Time for America to stop being Amerika and flush rush and the rest of his kind into the sewer whence they came.

March 06 2012 at 2:24 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

More liberla huffy post gloating over Rush while the economy tanks and gas prices hit the roof?
Huffy post: "Dont look at Obama! Look over here! See how evil Rush is?"
Nice diversions, nice spin. Your Ozombies might by this but America isn't.
For every sponsor Rush may lose there are 5 banging on the door to get at his audience.

March 06 2012 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

AOL Corp. is now the ninth Advertiser to pull out of Limbaugh's Show

March 06 2012 at 8:34 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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Explains the $17 /share price. Ever since Huffy bought AOL the value reflects the Lib agenda... Screw you the investor... pay me- the owners.

March 06 2012 at 10:39 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Why all the buzz about free speech being restricted? Rush said what he said, no one stopped him. I am having a hard time finding anything in the constitution about folks being required not to act or respond to other folks actions, words, or deeds. This is no different than telling your children early on that there will be consequences to their actions. Rush is and was free to do his thing. If there are consequences, he must accept them. Believe it or not, ads are not free. Companies large enough to advertise in the national media make their decisions about where to spend those dollars based on the perceived bang for their buck.

March 06 2012 at 8:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

AP is in on the silence Rush Limbaugh campaign. They want to marginalize him as much as they can because he exposes what is really going on at the Obama White House. I don't always agree with Rush, and he may have gone over the top with his comments about Miss Georgetown, but the 1st Amendment is what it is and needs to be kept alive. Do not allow supression of speech even ifyou don't agree with it.

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Oh my. Do not pick on Somey. He can not help himself darling. How sad dear.

March 05 2012 at 8:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


So sad for you Somey dearest that you can't silence people that you do not like dear. Perhaps you might like to live in Syria or a place like that dear.

I' m not the one trying to shut him up, he did it to himself.

March 05 2012 at 7:59 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Oh Somey you know you would like to see Mr Limbaugh gone dearest. You would much better like to hear the beautiful comments that come from people like Joy Behar and Bill Maher. If they are still allowed on with their vile comments they make you will surely still be hearing from Mr. Limbaugh darling. Syria still sounding good for you dear?

March 05 2012 at 8:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Oh Somey you probably have that tingling feeling going up your leg at the thought of Mr Limbaugh going away. I don't think that's going to happen doll. Even though you want it so so bad darling. After all people like Joy Behar and Bill Maher are allowed to spew their vile comments and they are still around dearest.

March 05 2012 at 8:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


Oh my Somey your obsession with viagra and the like says a lot about you dear. How sad for you darling.

Sad for you, the right wing mouth piece is going down the tubes.

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