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The second largest hamburger chain pulled ads from Rush this week

The second largest hamburger chain pulled ads from Rush this week

Why don't the homeless live with their families?
It would make them un-homeless. —Rush Limbaugh

There is no such thing as equality. —Rush Limbaugh


Stop Rush has grown so much lately that I am not able to follow all the different campaigns. I wasn't even aware of this particular campaign before the victory was announced.

While it is no secret which company I'm referring to, I choose not to name it here due to the earlier backlash against a different restaurant chain, Arby's (which died down pretty quickly, but was rather ugly while it lasted).

I will name the companies from time to time when I put out a list of national companies dropping Rush (harder for ditto heads to pick on an entire list). I'm so impressed with the results accomplished by the team involved in this effort that I didn't want to hold on to this announcement — this is a big international company.

More Rush Limbaugh, Stop Rush, and a summary of Stop Rush statistics, at the link.

5 progressive stations drop; Rush audience down; radio industry suffers BIG revenue, reputation woes

5 progressive stations drop; Rush audience down; radio industry suffers BIG revenue, reputation woes

Feminism ruins women. —Rush Limbaugh

The radio industry makes its money from advertising. What does it suggest, then, when a radio industry publication such as Radio Ink runs an article entitled "WHY RADIO IS NOT EMBRACED BY ADVERTISERS" ???

What does it suggest when, on the very same day, the new radio industry publication Tom Taylor's NOW quotes a radio industry executive, "it appears [the radio industry has] lost part of what always built station revenue in the past — building strong relationships with local businesses." ???

At the same time that Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman says "we're not making enough sales calls" and "radio isn't bringing enough fresh young talent into the business", he's laying off the sales force and firing talent, young and old.

Incompetence. Mismanagement. Near-sighted vision. The radio industry has all of it in spades.

Oh, and debt.

And the other big radio news story of the day is this:

RadioInfo Headline Story: AUSTRALIAN RADIO PHONE PRANK TARNISHING IMAGE OF RADIO

Wow, it seems to be an ALL CAPS day.

RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison is quoted, "This is just the kind of negative publicity that radio doesn’t need right now and we as an industry should not take it lightly."

Yes, sure, reputation is so very important. Did anyone happen to notice that children have lost their mother?

The London nurse who apparently killed herself after getting tricked in a prank call reportedly left a suicide note, although its contents have not been made public.
Jacintha Saldanha was found dead Friday morning following a hoax by two Australian deejays who succesfully pried information about mom-to-be Kate Middleton's hospital stay. According to Britain’s The Sun tabloid, Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, hanged herself in the nurses’ quarters.
New York Daily News: Jacintha Saldanha, victim of Australian radio prank call about Kate Middleton, left suicide note for family, December 11, 2012


more Rush, more radio industry greed, and more radio industry depravity, at the link

Radio industry convulsing: more Clear Channel layoffs; Cumulus sharpens axe; more Limbaugh damage

Radio industry convulsing: more Clear Channel layoffs; Cumulus sharpens axe; more Limbaugh damage

"Sometimes the biggest threat an industry can face
is from within." —Sean Hannity, referring to the
advertising backlash against Limbaugh.

"The radio industry today is filled with too many
sharks and dinosaurs." —General Manager of KVON,
after announcing his resignation.


Most astonishing radio industry secret that you are not allowed to know:
MSNBC now indexes higher than Fox News Channel with Talk Radio listeners.

Breaking intrigue: conservative talk radio host, a former Rush Limbaugh producer, uses a ploy to try to interview Sandra Fluke in spite of her stance against such interviews. The blogger who uncovered this wonders, "when was the last time you heard of talk show hosts using competitive bidding to win time with their guests?" And adopting the tactics of a James O'Keefe associate, oh my!

Liz tweets: @OsborneInk This story just makes me want to shower. With bleach. Also glad it wasn't an hour in PERSON with Sandra Fluke. @Talk2Rusty

More Rush, radio industry, and salacious conservative talk radio scheming at the link.

Limbaugh down another peg; Clear Channel terminates 100's of workers while exterminating rock & roll

Limbaugh down another peg; Clear Channel terminates 100's of workers while exterminating rock & roll

This is the diary that I've dreaded writing all week. I've thought about dour titles; I considered and rejected variations of "the day the music died". If you're on the walking papers end of a layoff, it is a dire situation indeed. And CEO's rarely lay themselves off, so the bad personnel decisions they make almost invariably hurt the most vulnerable, the most dedicated, the ones most dependent upon paychecks. And seniority matters not at all across the hierarchical divide; CEO's of six months tenure regularly lay off workers who have been on the job for decades. I was laid off after 33 years on the job. Yes, I hate layoffs.

Another big black eye for radio

The headline tells the story: 'You have her blood on your hands': Global revulsion at Australian DJs behind 'sick prank' after nurse's suspected suicide

Who would have thought a prank by Australian shock jocks could top Rush Limbaugh's rant for "global revulsion"?

Here's the Rush news

Hat tip to el dorado gal; Rush (on KMOX) is now playing second fiddle in St. Louis. The once number one talker across the country has fallen behind The Dana Show starring Dana Loesch on KFTK. This follows Rush falling to number 2 in streaming audio metrics for iGadget listeners, behind Michael Savage.

Flush Rush and Stop Rush activism is not focused on listeners, it is focused on advertisers. Thus, Limbaugh fully owns any decrease in his listening audience, and it is nice to see that by that measure, he is losing all on his own.

More Limbaugh, destruction of rock and roll, and Clear Channel's devastating layoffs, at the link
Posted by richardmyers | Fri Dec 7, 2012, 06:04 PM (3 replies)

Stop Rush and Flush Rush are growing; Rush Limbaugh's die-hard national advertisers are peeling away

Stop Rush and Flush Rush are growing; Rush Limbaugh's die-hard national advertisers are peeling away

Stop Rush is growing, dramatically increasing its presence on Twitter.

The Flush Rush group on Facebook has added several thousand members, just since the November election. And Flush Rush is just one of more than a dozen such groups on Facebook alone. Other groups on Daily Kos, Reddit, Democratic Underground, and numerous other social media platforms also contribute to the cause.

All are welcome to use the Stop Rush database at http://stoprush.net, which has recorded 40,000 reports on nearly 5,400 companies that have at one time or another advertised on the Rush Limbaugh Show.

When Coca-cola and Arby's decided a few months ago to no longer support ALEC and Rush Limbaugh (respectively), they encountered a nasty backlash from conservatives. In stead of politely registering disagreement with corporate decisions about advertising, conservatives launched a campaign of slander and defamation, throwing around lingo such as "fascist", "cop killer", "collusion", "weaklings", and "anti-freedom". For a time Arby's blocked the most zealous of the conservative tweeters.

The raucous rancor on the right seemed more a cause for celebration on conservative websites, than a cause for concern. Rather than attempting to persuade and influence corporate policy, many right wingers seemed interested only in scoring twitterverse points for the most obnoxious tweets.

More Rush, Stop Rush, Flush Rush, and National Advertisers Leaving Rush, at the link.
Posted by richardmyers | Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:45 PM (2 replies)

"Earth shattering" change in the radio industry in the aftermath of the Rush Limbaugh Effect

"Earth shattering" change in the radio industry in the aftermath of the Rush Limbaugh Effect

Limbaugh's parent radio network in deep financial trouble

Largest competitors also in disarray

On Monday, November 26, radio industry analyst Jerry Del Colliano predicted "earth shattering" changes in the radio industry. In spite of the downward spiral of three of the largest radio networks, I thought it might be hyperbole — Del Colliano sells industry news, and I took this for headline buzz. Del Colliano asserts that "the moon and planets are in alignment for some terrible things to happen in the months and year ahead." News this week suggests Del Colliano may be prescient.

Del Colliano hasn't recently mentioned the Rush Limbaugh Effect, and his last brief mention of the Stop Rush effort was October 18, under an article entitled "Panic In Talk Radio". But the industry appears to be in a deepening crisis, with or without Rush.

And the radio industry itself is still talking about the Rush Limbaugh Effect.

More Rush and Rush Limbaugh Effect at the link.

Rush Limbaugh: "Planned Parenthood is all about ... the ELIMINATION OF BLACK FAMILIES"

Rush Limbaugh: "Planned Parenthood is all about ... the ELIMINATION OF BLACK FAMILIES"

Could a shock jock who routinely plays "Barack the Magic Negro" on his talk show, and who once told a black caller to "take that bone out of your nose" have anything worthwhile to contribute about race? Not likely.

Rush Limbaugh (December 3, 2012):

"Planned Parenthood is all about family planning.
Yeah, but not the kind you're thinking about.
It's called the elimination of black families.
"

Limbaugh's racial pronouncements are calculated and blatantly political. Liberals and progressives tend to support Margaret Sanger and her ideas about women's rights and birth control. Thus, Rush has declared, "Margaret Sanger wanted to rid the world of black people. It's called Planned Parenthood today, and they're still trying to do it."

Rush Limbaugh: a racist attributing not just racism, but a willingness to commit genocide to his political foes. His goal is driving a wedge between Dems and one of their most loyal constituencies. Of course Limbaugh's racism alienates many who might otherwise give credence to his preposterous claims. But such false ideas find fertile ground among right wing hatemongers.

more [link:http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/04/1167158/-Rush-Limbaugh-Planned-Parenthood-is-all-about-the-ELIMINATION-OF-BLACK-FAMILIES|Rush, and racism, and Planned Parenthood,
and Margaret Sanger (and Ann Coulter!) at the link].

Tired of incessant right wing talk? Then help us zap the talk radio empires with the Zapple Doctrine

Tired of incessant right wing talk? Then help us zap the talk radio empires with the Zapple Doctrine

In 2007, conservative talk radio comprised 91 percent of the talk radio spectrum. It seems that hasn't changed much, and it may be getting worse; four progressive talk stations have been shut down just since the 2012 election.

Imagine that the great talk radio empires of the right are protected by vast networks of castles with moats. Right wing talkers in their boundless hordes man the parapets, shouting down to the populace how conservative political principles are vastly superior to anything espoused by those few voices on the left. And any progressive talk radio voice may be hushed simply by arranging schedule to stifle their message.

In essence, that's what we see in the talk radio environment. In the absence of any sort of fairness doctrine (which was throttled during the Reagan administration, and the last vestiges of which were eliminated just last year), this circumstance of right wing dominance is perpetuated around the clock, week after week, year after year.

But there is a law still on the books, narrowly drawn and with specific purpose, that seeks not cultural fairness, but electoral fairness for a specific period (sixty days) just prior to any electoral contest. Unlike the moribund and in some quarters controversial Fairness Doctrine, the Zapple Doctrine is described by the Broadcast Law Blog as "potentially [having] some vitality".

More right wing talk radio, and Zapple Doctrine, at the link.
Posted by richardmyers | Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:45 PM (1 replies)

Rush imagines a "Democrat orgasm"

Rush imagines a "Democrat orgasm"

Rush Limbaugh must like the word "orgasm". He's used it well over a hundred times in his radio show. Prurience sells, and Rush has that commodity in abundance.

According to Limbaugh, liberals have orgasms, the media has orgasms, the Democrats have orgasms, Obama supporters have orgasms. Limbaugh sometimes equates orgasms with impotency by way of gratutitous dig. And Limbaugh doesn't just make such crude statements; his website subsequently promotes them. This mean-spirited putdown was offered in a list of stand-alone Rush quotes: "Those savages that make up the Obama base are fit to be tied. He had to get them back, and the one way to do that is to go out and savage us. That's what they love. That's what they get off on. That is their orgasm. Because these people can't find willing mates."

Curious that after three failed marriages and no children, Limbaugh associates the ability to find a "willing mate" with moral success. But Limbaugh translates most everything into some sort of sexual equivalent. Rush doesn't always use the "orgasm" term as a generic expression of joy; frequently, he descends into crude vulgarity. For example, he recently mused about "Chris Matthews, while wearing an athletic supporter to hide the bulge behind the desk on the anchor chair, the seat there at MSNBC, just having a verbal orgasm over Bill Clinton's speech." Such coarse commentary is a frequent occurrence on your public airwaves, at least during the Rush Limbaugh show.

more orgasm, and more Rush here.

4 progressive talk radio stations drop; industry analyst predicts multiple conglomerate bankruptcies

Four progressive talk radio stations drop; industry analyst predicts multiple conglomerate bankruptcies

Jerry Del Colliano, a prominent radio industry analyst, is predicting the possibility of multiple bankruptcies in the radio industry. Colliano was recently quoted in a news story about stealth layoffs at Clear Channel, and in a Politico article which was also about those layoffs. The Clear Channel layoffs were executed quietly to avoid negative publicity for Mitt Romney, whose former private equity firm Bain Capital owns Clear Channel.

The networks tried to leverage debt into outsized growth. Deep in the red, they had not counted on the industry disaster that I have started calling the Rush Limbaugh Effect.

There are several reasons major radio industry corporations find themselves in danger of crashing to earth, but one of particular interest is the activism of many thousands of outraged consumers in the aftermath of the Limbaugh attack on student Sandra Fluke.

More Rush Limbaugh, here.
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