Rush’s Boss to Limbaugh: Don’t Let the Door Hit You

Rush Limbaugh’s big fat feelings might be hurt, and he is considering leaving the distributor of his show over it. Cumulus Media, which contracts with Limbaugh, is blaming reduced company revenues on last year’s boycott of advertisers on Rush’s show. The boycott was called after Limbaugh labled a “slut” the lone female who provided testimony to a Congressional committee examining insurance company coverage of birth control.

Although several dozen advertisers either permanently left the show or suspended their ads until the dust settled, Rush at the time described the situation this way.

“That’s like losing a couple of French fries in the container when it’s delivered to you at the drive-through,” Limbaugh said. “You don’t even notice it.”

But to Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey, the advertiser stampede must have been more like more being shorted the fries AND the burger, being left with the ketchup packets and the soft drink.

In an August 2012 earnings call, Dickey said Cumulus’s top three stations had lost $5.5 million, in part because of the boycott. In a March 2013 earnings call, Dickey said the company’s talk radio side had “been challenged… due to some of the issues that happened a year ago.”

Rush could actually be right that Cumulus Media’s losses aren’t all his fault. In addition to his show, the company carries The Mike Huckabee Show and The Huckabee Report, Focus on the Family “Commentary,” and The Savage Nation. I don’t know about you but I sure wouldn’t want to advertise on any of those shows.

I Pay $20 Per Month for Satellite Radio. So What’s the Problem?

I have 300 stations on my satellite radio.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), explaining on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show why there is no need for NPR to get public funding. About 5.5% of Americans subscribe to satellite radio at a cost of from $10 to $20 per month, according to recent Nielsen figures. NPR supporters acknowledge that most rural areas of the country would not have access to the news and information currently available on public radio without government support.

What To Do About Rush Limbaugh

Want to rid the public airways of Rush Limbaugh? Go to the top.

File a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission.

Next, contact his employer, who profits from Limbaugh’s perverted rants:

Mark Mays
CEO Clear Channel Communications
200 East Basse Rd
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: (210) 822-2828

And finally, keep contacting the advertisers who support the Rush Limbaugh Show. I am not listing them here because, as of press time, many have discontinued their sponsorship (Quicken Loans, Sleep Train Mattress Centers, Heart & Body Extract, Oreck Upright Vacuum Cleaners, Sleep Number Beds, AutoZone, Citrix Online — aka, and more are bailing by the minute.

But you might want to express to the Mitt Romney campaign how weak and mealy-mouthed their candidate sounded today, when all he could find to disagree about with Limbaugh was not what Rush said but how he said it.

“I’ll just say this, which is, it’s not the language I would have used. I’m focusing on the issues I think are significant in the country today, and that’s why I’m here talking about jobs and Ohio.”

On Twitter: @MittRomney


I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.

— Former NPR and continuing FOX News commentator Juan Williams, explaining to Bill O’Reilly that he’s not racist, just nervous (in the words of comic Marc Maron). Williams was fired from NPR following his appearance on FOX’s The O’Reilly Factor.


They say it is easier to get people to dislike a politician than to like him or her, but I wonder if automobile makers spent all their time accusing each other of making lousy and dangerous cars, whether anybody would buy one at all. Which maybe is one reason more people don’t vote.

–St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler, commenting on advertising for the midterm election.

Clear Channel to Palin: ‘No Thanks’


Despite ex-veep candidate and ex-gov Sarah Palin’s deep-rooted hatred of the media (“Quit makin’ things up!”), she is being quietly shopped around as a possible radio or cable TV show host.

It’s not going so well. According to Broadcasting & Cable, mega-radio giant Clear Channel passed on an opportunity to have Palin host a radio program. The reason:

The main objection to Palin as radio talk-show host is that she would have to hold forth for three hours a day. While some of her recent remarks may indicate a talent for improvisation, anyone who’s listened to Rush Limbaugh or Thom Hartmann or Don Imus or Howard Stern or even Ryan Seacrest knows it’s the rare personality who can blab extemporaneously for 15 hours a week. And relying on callers to get you through won’t help, because as we’ve all experienced, callers-in are usually more embarrassing than compelling.

We think Clear Channel is selling Sarah short. As Trish pointed out recently, Palin’s farewell speech as Alaska governor was, besides being her first non-ghost-written public utterance, oddly poetic — at least when recited by William Shatner. Palin proved that she could string words together in novel ways, unencumbered by grammar, syntax or that pesky bugbear, meaning.

We believe that someone who has spent so much time bashing, trashing and threatening to sue the media should be welcomed into its ranks and promptly fired in the next round of layoffs. Then she’d actually have something to complain about.

Michael Savage’s Son And Wife ‘Disavow’ His Hateful Views on Gays, Stave off Boycott

Facing a potentially brand-killing boycott of Rockstar Energy Drink by key sectors of its target demos — nightclubbing young gays and their non-gay, socially liberal cohorts — CEO Russ Weiner and his mother, CFO Janet Weiner — issued a statement last week in which they sought to distance themselves from the unabashedly homophobic views of radio ranter Michael Savage, who is their father and husband, respectively:

Savage’s radio sponsors should take note that not only has Savage himself said that associating his persona with a product “smears” it, lawyers representing Savage’s son have said that Savage’s connection to a product “defames” it.

“Some have erroneously associated our company with offensive language directed at LGBT people, specifically statements coming from Michael Savage, who is not and has never been a shareholder or officer of Rockstar Energy Drink. On behalf of our company and directors, including myself and CFO Janet Weiner, I would like to take this opportunity to disavow any offensive statements directed toward LGBT people, including statements from Michael Savage. Rockstar assures our customers and the general public that our brand will never be associated with any language that does not affirm the essential dignity of every person in our diverse national community.”

The Weiners’ statement was prepared as part of a deal with an ad hoc group of gay rights activists and editors of political websites who had advocated boycotting Rockstar because of the connections — familial, ideological and, allegedly, financial — between Savage and the company’s senior management.

The resolution of the conflict — which, in addition to the statement, includes assurances from the Weiners that Rockstar will treat its gay employees fairly, as well as a pledge of $100,000 in contributions to gay-rights groups — also represents a reversal of Rockstar’s hamfisted initial strategy to stifle the boycott: hiring the high-priced law firm of OJ Simpson “dream team” lawyer Robert Shapiro to threaten bloggers and activists with lawsuits.

As a result of this strategy, the Weiners created a bizarre conundrum. Not only did Rockstar’s lawyers assert that bloggers who pointed to the connection between Savage and his family’s energy drink “defame” the product, but Savage himself made a statement revelatory of self-loathing in which he described attempts to tie him to Rockstar as a “McCarthyesque smear campaign.” These assertions prompt a question: Why would Savage’s radio sponsors want to advertise with a host whose association smears and defames their products.

Bullying bloggers and activists — who generally have few resources other their soapboxes and bullhorns — was clearly the wrong strategy. As we suggested in Pensito Review last month, “Paradoxically, the Weiners’ intimidation-by-lawsuit strategy will almost certainly produce the very outcome they seem desperate to avoid: making the Rockstar boycott a headline story and the subject of endless chatter on cable news.” Our take then was that “[instead] of lawyering up, a smarter — and cheaper — strategy would have been to hire a PR firm that specializes in damage control.”

We’re not suggesting the Weiners took our advice, of course, but rather that what needed to be done was so obvious that even a fool could see it.

A broad-strokes timeline of events leading up to the resolution of the boycott follows…


In the Republican Race to the Bottom, We Have a Winner!

“Let’s hope that the key conferences aren’t when she’s menstruating or something, or just before she’s going to menstruate.”

— G. Gordon Liddy, convicted felon and rightwing radio host, commenting on Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Liddy went on to translate a phrase from Sotomayor’s other language, which he referred to as, “Illegal Alien.”

Thanks to Think/Progress for the tip and the audio.