Radio-Info.com reports that Premiere Networks, which syndicates the Rush Limbaugh show, told its affiliate radio stations that they are suspending national advertising for two weeks. Rush Limbaugh is normally provided to affiliates in exchange for running several minutes of national advertisements provided by Premiere each hour. These ads are called “barter spots.” These spots are how Premiere makes its money off of Rush Limbaugh and other shows it syndicates.
But without explanation, Premiere has supended these national advertisements for two weeks. Radio-Info.com calls the move “unusual.” The development suggests that Rush Limbaugh’s incessant sexist attacks on Sandra Fluke have caused severe damage to the show.
Earlier this week we found out that 141 advertisers have said they will no longer advertise on Limbaugh's show, as well as any other political shock-jock shows. Here's a list of some of those advertisers:
Sony, British Petroleum, McDonald’s, NBC, Toyota, Subway, Lowes, Autozone, Geico, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, State Farm, and IBM
But a big one that I'm sure really hits Rush hard - The U.S. Army. I'm sure we'll hear a lot of outrage from the right over that one and they will come up with every legal and constitutional excuse they can make up to attack the decision, but they will be totally manufactured.
While on this subject I want to take issue with something the right has been doing by comparing Rush Limbaugh to Bill Maher. For example, Ann Althouse yesterday posted:
So let humorists of all kinds select the language they want to use. Let them be gentle or cutting. There are all sorts of things you can do with words. There are no rules. There are no 7 dirty words for TV or extra leeway for extracting puke from 3,000 theater-ticket buyers. There is a mystery to using words to reach other human beings, and you're all on your own.
I would think a college professor would understand the difference here. People have the option to go out and purchase tickets to hear people like Maher or Louis C.K. Rush Limbaugh is using our public airwaves to make his insulting statements. There's actually parts of this country where you're pretty much stuck listening to Rush on the radio or nothing at all. Considering our public airwaves are used for very serious things like emergency announcements, that makes it even more troubling.
What if Bill Maher were broadcast on public airwaves instead of the subscription only HBO? What if the right had no option but to listen to him in parts of this country? I'm sure they would be singing a whole different tune then. As matter of fact they have gone after Maher in the past, but Americans realize the difference between flooding the public airwaves with sexist comments and making them on private broadcasts. It's just ashame the right wing blogosphere and Fox News doesn't understand this.