WaPo: This Rush Limbaugh boycott has pretty much fizzled, huh?

posted at 9:07 pm on March 28, 2012 by Allahpundit

Team Boycott had an impressive run, though, no? Sure, they didn’t get Clear Channel to pull him off the air. And only two radio stations nationwide dumped his show. And he lost “fewer than five” national sponsors by Media Matters’s own admission. But hey: It’s not easy to sustain politically calculated fake outrage for weeks on end, especially after an apology for the initial offense has been issued. Perseverance.

No, seriously, though. It’s over.

On Monday, the 600 or so radio stations that air Limbaugh’s program were told by his syndicator, Premiere Radio Networks, to resume running “barter” ads during his program. Stations are required to run these ads in exchange for paying discounted fees to Premiere to air Limbaugh’s show. Premiere, which is owned by radio giant Clear Channel Communications, had suspended the “barter” requirement for two weeks in a move widely seen as a way to give advertisers a chance to lie low while Limbaugh was in the news…

Limbaugh’s advertising losses may have been less than media accounts suggested. While more than 100 advertisers told Premiere that they didn’t want to be associated with “controversial” radio programs of any kind in the wake of the flap, some of these companies weren’t regular Limbaugh sponsors in the first place.

Carusone said most of the advertiser exodus over the past month appeared to be among companies whose ads aired only in regional or local markets, he said. “Fewer than five” nationwide sponsors of the program actually pulled out, he said…

Limbaugh’s recovering fortunes may be best exemplified by what hasn’t happened. At the peak of the controversy in early March, two small stations — in western Massachusetts and Hilo, Hawaii — said that they would drop his program. Since then, no other station has said it will take him off the air, dashing the hopes of MoveOn.org, a liberal group whose ongoing petition drive seeks Limbaugh’s removal from 180 stations.

Radio-Info.com, which has been leading industry coverage of the boycott over the past month, noted the end of the “barter holiday” yesterday and declared that “the temperature of this controversy has finally fallen below the boiling point of 212 degrees Fahrenheit.” That was probably the inspiration for WaPo’s story today, although this piece published late last night by Politico surely contributed too. Quoth the CEO of Clear Channel: “Rush is the king. Rush is certainly the leader, and we’re delighted to have him.”

To wrap this up in a bow, go read Michelle’s new column on Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and local lefty radio staple John Sylvester, who goofed on her on air a month before Limbaugh’s Sandra Fluke comments for supposedly having “pulled a train” and performed “fellatio on all the talk show hosts in Milwaukee.” Was there no boycott over that? Or was there one, and it simply ended up as lame as the one directed at Rush?



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Obama to FCC: “Oh, about Rush….I’ll have more flexibility after my election”

BobMbx on March 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Now that the dust from this unfortunate episode is finally settling, I hope that Rush will introduce a new daily feature on his show where he devotes at least 15 minutes to making disparaing comments about Sandra Fake.

cynccook on March 28, 2012 at 9:12 PM

It’s not a total loss.

My collie says:

Yeah. We still have a chance to get Bill Maher off of HBO.

CyberCipher on March 28, 2012 at 9:12 PM

The left has thrown their little hissy fit, and now they’re back to sucking their thumbs and clutching their teddies.

predator on March 28, 2012 at 9:12 PM

leftists talking to leftists about how effective they are, guess what comrades, no one cares!!!!!

rob verdi on March 28, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Libs suck at AstroTurf. They actually had the upper hand on this until KP started dropping grenades inside the tent. I actually respect her honesty.

Southernblogger on March 28, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Awww poor lefties failed again.

CW on March 28, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Still the best quote from this whole debacle (paraphrase)(Can’t remember where it came from):

MJ Rosenberg was so outraged about Rush’s comments three weeks ago, that he began a boycott-Rush campaign 3 years ago.

Glenn Jericho on March 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I guess the lesson here is…truth prevails..
Fluck is what Fluck does.

Electrongod on March 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

local lefty radio staple John Sylvester

Never heard of him. Hack.

MadisonConservative on March 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Meanwhile, 400 Afghan women jailed for “morality” crimes.

John the Libertarian on March 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

You know who this doesn’t help? Mike Huckabee.

rbj on March 28, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Libtards on a roll. Failed boycott, failed odoodoocare. Jim Carrey comes to mind. LOSOOLEHER.

msupertas on March 28, 2012 at 9:15 PM

“Limbaugh has finally gone too far! He’s going down!”

- libtard4life, the usual suspects

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Who cares about that blowhard druggie.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Who cares about that blowhard druggie.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

So this should be the last post from you on this thread.

Electrongod on March 28, 2012 at 9:17 PM

They actually had the upper hand on this until KP started dropping grenades inside the tent. I actually respect her honesty.

Southernblogger on March 28, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Kirsten is far too attractive to be a real liberal. I have known zero attractive real liberals.

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Never heard of him. Hack.

MadisonConservative on March 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

BTW Loved your benchslap of ‘Nonpartisan’ on the concealed carry thread. Hilarious.

cynccook on March 28, 2012 at 9:18 PM

The left will never stop trying to silence Rush

Grunt on March 28, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Who cares about that blowhard druggie.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

20 million listeners a week.

msupertas on March 28, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Rush is right… Press on, Maha Rushie!!

Khun Joe on March 28, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.

They are slipping.

Fezzik on March 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Who cares about that blowhard druggie.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Plenty of your libtard cousins. Hilarious. You’re a joke.

CW on March 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Media Matters is still attacking small businesses:

http://defendsmallbusiness.com

Valiant on March 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

This reminds me of “The Letter” that the libs in the house signed to try and get Rush off the air 4 years ago.

That was one of Shanklin’s best songs.

How much money did Rush make at that auction again? hehehe

NerwenAldarion on March 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I saved money through this episode. I still have my two-year 247 subscription to El Rushbo, and I dumped HBO and halved my cable channels to save about $60 a month.

Oh, and Rush has never been better than he is lately. Both he and Levin. Awesome.

beatcanvas on March 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Who cares about that blowhard druggie.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

You, apparently.

CurtZHP on March 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

“Limbaugh has finally gone too far! He’s going down!”

- libtard4life, the usual suspects

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Speaking of which, whatever happened to that libbie freak, ernesto?

sage0925 on March 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

BTW Loved your benchslap of ‘Nonpartisan’ on the concealed carry thread. Hilarious.

cynccook on March 28, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Thanks. Been a little dry lately writing-wise, but I’ll get back to it soon enough.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Anti-drug crusader. You should really be more progressive.

MadisonConservative on March 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I canceled HBO on Monday and let them know exactly why, though I doubt the customer service woman really gave a flying rip.

Bishop on March 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Keep blanking that chicken where blank = Fluke

SparkPlug on March 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Astroturf doesn’t grow … whoda thunk?

Lost in Jersey on March 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Who cares about that blowhard druggie.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Well…he is President of the United states, so people are still going to care about him one way or another.

Bishop on March 28, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.
Trayvon ! Squirrel !!

pambi on March 28, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Bishop on March 28, 2012 at 9:24 PM

++++
I literally LOL !

pambi on March 28, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Speaking of which, whatever happened to that libbie freak, ernesto?

sage0925 on March 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

He only shows up during the day. And he ain’t a bad kid.

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM

so what did Rush end up losing on this lil’ affair? Hundred bucks?…..tops?

nice job libtards….how many times are you guys going to shoot each other in the nutsack before you get it?

ted c on March 28, 2012 at 9:28 PM

For the first time in a very long time the left is being hit from more positions than it can defend against. Even the LSM can’t keep it’s eye on the ball.

Are you listening GOP? Time to Palin/Breitbart up and kiss Boehner’s tears good bye.

antipc on March 28, 2012 at 9:28 PM

He only shows up during the day. And he ain’t a bad kid.

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM

*shrug* If you say so. Spews out an awful lot of inanities sometimes, IMO.

sage0925 on March 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME TO SLAM THE LIB MEDIA!!!!

READ A BOOK FOR A WEEK.

WryTrvllr on March 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Even the LSM can’t keep it’s eye on the ball.

antipc on March 28, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Are you trying to imply that they were before?

sage0925 on March 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Was there no boycott over that? Or was there one, and it simply ended up as lame as the one directed at Rush?

if no one is listening nor advertising on the hack’s station, then what is there to boycott?

ted c on March 28, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Yeah, their “selective outrage” really motivates people. YAWN!

GarandFan on March 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Well…he is President of the United states, so people are still going to care about him one way or another.

Bishop on March 28, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Heh. I will make sure I leave the waitress a tip.

CW on March 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Another Obama victory!

JammieWearingFool on March 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Crush them now!!!

or just shut up forever.

WryTrvllr on March 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Guess all the “hot air” got blown outta those leftistproglibturd influence peddling windbags, eh?

stukinIL4now on March 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Another Obama victory!

JammieWearingFool on March 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Rush to Obama……”I won, champ

put some ice on that.

ted c on March 28, 2012 at 9:39 PM

WryTrvllr on March 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I’ve been slamming back Michael Chrichton novels all week.

tip: don’t read Prey

DHChron on March 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Rush just used his formerly nicotine stained fingers and gave a salute to the left.

Electrongod on March 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

OT

From a link on Drudge:

Saudi Arabia will act to lower soaring oil prices

See, the Saudis’ know the score. Spiking oil prices worldwide will cause conflict…violent conflict….when the food runs out or you can’t get to the store, or afford to buy the food once you get there.

And guess where the solution is? Underground in Saudi Arabia. You bet they’re looking at lowering the price. It’s hard to be a king when another country invades and takes what they need to survive.

BobMbx on March 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Excellent…!!!

Ragspierre on March 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

“I think the advertiser base is coming back.”

On their hands and knees. “Please Rush we effed up, please take my call—please”.

arnold ziffel on March 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Who cares about that blowhard druggie.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM
Well…he is President of the United states, so people are still going to care about him one way or another.

Bishop on March 28, 2012 at 9:24 PM

sweet…

Tim Zank on March 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM

My question is will Rush allow those sponsors back on the show and if so at what premium?

jukin3 on March 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

From a link on Drudge:

Saudi Arabia will act to lower soaring oil prices

BobMbx on March 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I would guess this oil came from a well…or two..
I wonder what would happen is we built some of these wells here?

I know….Obama said it wouldn’t do a d@mn thing..

But if it came from the Saudis…..

Electrongod on March 28, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I’ve been slamming back Michael Chrichton novels all week.

tip: don’t read Prey

DHChron on March 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Nice!!! Wouldn’t want to scare ABC,NBC,CNBC,MSNBC,TNT, etc. etc. etc.

We’ve got MUCH less to lose than they do.

Besides, hotgas is FAR more informative

WryTrvllr on March 28, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I prefer Michael Savage over Rush Bimbo

come on …we know his 30 something wife married that pill popping, Viagra using, fatso for his $$$$$$$ like Nicole Brown Simpson did with OJ Simpson

Rush Bimbo is not a good looking man….like Sean Wallbanger and Groucho Marx Levin…all fat and slow-footed

nparga23 on March 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Are you trying to imply that they were before?

sage0925 on March 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Only when it came to having the Bamsters back.

antipc on March 28, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Who cares about that blowhard druggie.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

You do? Why else would you post?

txlisa73 on March 28, 2012 at 9:49 PM

*shrug* If you say so. Spews out an awful lot of inanities sometimes, IMO.

sage0925 on March 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Yeah, that’s our ernesto, all right.

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Who cares about that blowhard druggie.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Hey! Come on! He is still the President, even if he did “do a line or two, when he could get it.”

Have some respect.

Oh…Wait…

Bulletchaser on March 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Rush Bimbo is not a good looking man….like Sean Wallbanger and Groucho Marx Levin…all fat and slow-footed

nparga23 on March 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Who is the golfer and who is the leprechaun?

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I prefer Michael Savage over Rush Bimbo

come on …we know his 30 something wife married that pill popping, Viagra using, fatso for his $$$$$$$ like Nicole Brown Simpson did with OJ Simpson

Rush Bimbo is not a good looking man….like Sean Wallbanger and Groucho Marx Levin…all fat and slow-footed

nparga23 on March 28, 2012 at 9:47

nice run. looks count for nothing.

WryTrvllr on March 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM

If I remember correctly Rush’s last contract was for 7yrs and worth 522 million dollars. Losing 5 advertisers really hurt him.

BruceB on March 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Who is the golfer and who is the leprechaun?

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Savage call Rush Bimbo the golfer and Bill O’Reilly, the Leprechaun…you being sarcastic? you didn’t know?

nparga23 on March 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Why would a private enterprise boycott one of the radio entities that has one of the largest audience draws in the country?

The corporate bottom line and a corporation’s obligations to shareholders is still a vital component of private enterprise.

Expecting any business to capriciously remove itself from an established large source of actual purchases of its products and services in order to follow along lemming-like to a progressive Pied Piper surely indicates Progressives have little understanding of how markets actually function.

Any corporation that actually did so should kow-tow in humble public obeisance to Rush in order for EIB to even consider adding them back to its sponsor roster.

And I am not a Rush listener; haven’t been for well over a decade.

coldwarrior on March 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM

So is it Carbonite or iDrive when I have to renew my Carbonite subscription (2 computers) in Jan 2013?

ex Dem from Miami on March 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

And I am not a Rush listener; haven’t been for well over a decade.

coldwarrior on March 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM

And I only rarely have the opportunity.

CRUSH THEM NOW!!!

WryTrvllr on March 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM

To wrap this up in a bow, go read Michelle’s new column on Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and local lefty radio staple John Sylvester, who goofed on her on air a month before Limbaugh’s Sandra Fluke comments for supposedly having “pulled a train” and performed “fellatio on all the talk show hosts in Milwaukee.”

To be fair to Mr. Sylvester, if Ms. Kleefisch didn’t want these sorts of vile things said about her, she shouldn’t have been a conservative woman, or a “man with breasts” as our betters in the Party of Womyn would say.

/

mikec3 on March 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Savage call Rush Bimbo the golfer and Bill O’Reilly, the Leprechaun…you being sarcastic? you didn’t know?

nparga23 on March 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I thought that might be, but BOR plays golf and Hannity is Irish.

Kinda pissed. They took Savage off and replaced him with a encore of Clark Howard.
Of course, I could only stomach Savage for so long.

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Who cares about that blowhard druggie.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

You do!
Oyouguysmakemybutthurt

KOOLAID2 on March 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Rush has been inoculated once again against the latest Prog strain…

d1carter on March 28, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Who cares about that blowhard druggie.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

See this is why you’re a second rate troll. Think through the few words you just muddered. Thought is hard.

Bmore on March 28, 2012 at 10:14 PM

nparga23 on March 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Still on that sugar high, I see.

Bmore on March 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I prefer Michael Savage over Rush Bimbo

come on …we know his 30 something wife married that pill popping, Viagra using, fatso for his $$$$$$$ like Nicole Brown Simpson did with OJ Simpson

Rush Bimbo is not a good looking man….like Sean Wallbanger and Groucho Marx Levin…all fat and slow-footed

nparga23 on March 28, 2012 at 9:47

arnold ziffel on March 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Still on that sugar high, I see.

Bmore on March 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM

You leave DHChron’s bro alone!

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Who cares about that blowhard druggie.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

You for one. Media Matters. Bill Maher. Sluts. Obama. Anyone else I’m missing?

angryed on March 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

nparga23 on March 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM

The one person left who listens to the ‘dr’?

Tell me, what kind of chinese meatballs are his favorite.

tom daschle concerned on March 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM

The money started to run out for the people doing it and the “drive by” moved on once the 15 minutes are up.

The truth caught up to the lie that traveled around the world when the truth was getting it pants on. The truth that she/they wanted the government to force the insurance company to pay $1000 per year when you can get it for $9 down the street and the company already paid for it. The truth that this was a propaganda show worthy of an Oscar came out as well.

But it may slow down but it will never go away.

tjexcite on March 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM

So does this mean that Fluke really is a slut?

Jack Burton on March 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM

You leave DHChron’s bro alone!

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

HeIIfire I don’t mind him a bit. When he comes down off that sugar buzz. Whew that’s gonna leave a mark. You cleaning up that last thread after him I take it?

Bmore on March 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM

tom daschle concerned on March 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM

LOL!

Bmore on March 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM

WaPo: This Rush Limbaugh boycott has pretty much fizzled, huh?

Yeah, that’s what happens when you’re the Big Voice on Talk Radio and you have a consistent following of Millions of listeners.

minnesoter on March 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Tell me, what kind of chinese meatballs are his favorite.

tom daschle concerned on March 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM

I like when he speaks of ‘rats & vermin. Apt words.

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM

nparga23 on March 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

…I bet you look like Quasimodo!

KOOLAID2 on March 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM

John Sylvester’s upset because he was mistreated by his boyfriend Bill Maher.

22044 on March 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM

So, how’s that super-duper liberal Air America radio doing these days? Still have millions and millions of listeners and broadcasting out of hundreds and hundreds of cities?

coldwarrior on March 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Quasimodo?

KOOLAID2 on March 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM

What about us real modos?

coldwarrior on March 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM

My question is will Rush allow those sponsors back on the show and if so at what premium?

jukin3 on March 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

They already told Sleep Train to take a hike.

Quicken Loans and Carbonite will probably never advertise on Rush’s show again, even if they wanted to.

Myron Falwell on March 28, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Yeah it really bummed me out when the local station am670 in Hilo cancelled Rush. But the bright side is that I stream him and others now on the tunein app for android.
So Heck, I am better of now.

Tunein is a fantastic app if you haven’y tried it.

esnap on March 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM

The advertisers can come back. They will not get me back.

astonerii on March 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM

The left – is there anything they can’t fail at doing?

NoDonkey on March 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM

What was her name? I can’t remember.

minnesoter on March 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Lanceman on March 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Rush is “The Golfer” Savage refers to. The “Leper-CON” is Sean Hannity, and the “Wall-Banger” is Bill O’Reilly. Savage is worth hearing on many things, but it will never help him to do the equivalent of violating Reagan’s 11th commandment.

Freelancer on March 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Rush was never going anywhere. Conservative talk radio stations are not ESPN/ABC. Either the Left knew that and just wanted to kick him when he was down to poison conservatism in the minds of morons that will determine the general election, or else the Left is more stupid than I believe they are.

ConservativeLA on March 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM

They will take Rush and Levin from our cold dead hands.

Any attempt by these clowns to silence talk radio is the first shot in the next civil war, and will be met as such.

SilverDeth on March 28, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Now you know how weak the rabid liberal left truly are. Screw MoveOn. Screw Media Matters. Screw the lamestream media. Screw the outrageously outraged.

Their boycott was a joke, and I knew it would be because liberals are fakers, thieves, parasites, and basement-dwellers while conservatives are purchasers of goods and services because they are workers, business owners, and job creators. Their boycotts have no teeth, and never will. Ours do, however.

We must keep up the boycotting of liberal-owned and run businesses, Hollywood, the networks, and especially HBO. Drive them into the ground. Keep the vermin scurrying. We can win this war.

Way to go, Rush!

AttaBoyLuther on March 28, 2012 at 11:19 PM

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