Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sponsors Desert Sinking Ship, but Rat Hangs Tough!

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

On the rare occasions over the past two days when I have had the time to access the Internet, there have been listings of more and more companies that are stopping their sponsorship of Rush Limbaugh's radio program.  Apparently the furor over Limbaugh's highly inflammatory and just plain mean remarks about Sandra Fluke shocked and sickened enough people to get them engaged with his sponsors - and not in a good way.

One of the last counts that I saw today said that thirty-five companies have pulled their sponsorship of Limbaugh's radio diatribes.  AOL is out, and so is Deere and Company - two giants in their respective fields.  Sears and Allstate have taken their advertising money away from Rush, and so has Geico (the gecko is said to be furious!).  AccuQuote is gone.  So are ServiceMagic, Hadeed Carpet, and Thompson Creek Windows.  Carbonite left a couple of days ago, and its CEO issued a stinging indictment of Limbaugh on his way out the door.  In fact, most of the companies that are leaving seem to be posting their exit statements on the web - they want people to know that they are finally through with the big buffoon.

And there is stuff happening to Rush on other fronts as well.  A few of radio stations have dropped his program, and there is a petition at urging Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to quit subsidizing Rush with out tax money by broadcasting his program on the Armed Forces Radio Network.  (Be still my heart!)  In fact, the Internet is fairly strewn with petitions dealing with Rush Limbaugh - and I have signed all that I could find!

So, along with the Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement, this is one more example of the power of social media.   The last time the world went through a shift of this magnitude, the dinosaurs died!

Power to the people...right on!

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