The Recent Uproar over Rush Limbaugh

Introduced: March 14 2012

Do you listen to Rush on the radio?

Do you think he is politically incorrect on purpose?

Do you think the recent controversy will impact his career?

What would you like to say to him?


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Member Responses

046: I would like to tell Rush that I am proud to be an American who gets ill when he opens his mouth and uses his bright mind in such a smart but wasted way to make money at the expense of the intelligent and responsible judgment of his misguided listeners. In the vernacular of my wise husband of 43 years, he is a "sh-- disturber"...and he is making big money at it....and that can be nothing to be proud of at the end of the day.

He should know it is never too late to make a career change. To really build our community and country, I'd like to see him quit being a loud embarrassment of wasted talent, trash his own radical viewpoints and put his verbal skills to greater use elsewhere. Let him choose his focus - disease - the arts - fuel - hunger - education - etc. - to concentrate on and contribute to leaving a lasting legacy instead of transient rabid radio rabble rousing.


332: Regardless of your political leanings... left, right or middle, I think any sane person would agree that Rush Limbaugh is offensive, sexist and racist. It's a shame he's allowed to issue that nastiness and hate over the airwaves. What's even scarier is that people listen to him and look to him to inform their opinions.


012: I would like to tell him that he adds a destructive element to discourse -- that for the sake of pandering to extreme people, he takes all of us down a notch.


060: I'd be surprised if this uproar ends up hurting his career. Don Imus left his show but is back. Howard Stern seems to go from one venture to another. There will always be people for whom the "shock value" is more important than any other value.


244: While I agree that Rush was way out of line with the remarks he made about the young woman, I believe all the uproar is a smoke screen to divert attention from the real issue – which is an attempt to force employers to pay for birth control.


136: He sure got a lot of publicity from this. I would no more listen to Rush Limbaugh for one second than I would take a bath in hot petroleum – but there was no escaping his name or his words during that week. 

Note from IWD: Some groups who oppose Rush Limbaugh and his agenda responded to the publicity surrounding this incident by running advertising against Rush in his radio markets. Media Matters, described as a “progressive media watchdog,” planned to spend at least $100,000 on anti-Limbaugh radio ads. More about ads against Rush Limbaugh http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/23/media-matters-rush-limbaugh-radio-ads_n_1374805.html


282: I read an interesting commentary by David Brock on the topic. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74237.html


161: While many advertisers were running from Rush, I thought it was interesting that at least one advertiser increased the amount of airtime they bought on his radio show. That was “Winning Our Future,” the superPAC supporting Newt Gingrich.  Rush may say some awful things, but he still strikes a chord with conservatives – so his flaws are overlooked by candidates who want to win conservative votes.

Note from IWD: According to ABC News, this is a partial list of advertisers who pulled their ads from Rush Limbaugh’s show: Here is a partial list of companies who have officially pulled their advertisements from the Rush Limbaugh radio show.

Service Magic home contractor, Hadeed Carpets, Accuquote Life Insurance, Vitacost vitamin supplier, Bonobos clothing company, Sensa weight- loss program, Thompson Creek Windows, AOL, Tax Resolution Services, ProFlowers, Legal Zoom online document creator, Carbonite web security firm, Citrix software maker, Sleep Train Mattresses, Sleep Number mattresses, Quicken Loans, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Cascades Dental, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Constant Contact email marketing firm, Philadelphia Orchestra, Reputation Rhino online reputation consulting firm, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Cunningham Security, Regal Assets precious medal investment group, Freedom Debt Relief, Norway Savings Bank, Portland Ovations performing arts center, Stamps.com

Rush doesn’t seem ruffled. According to Rush, he has “as many as 18,000 companies” that could be advertising on any one of the 600 or so stations that broadcast his three-hour radio program.


203: I really respect John McCain for his comments about Rush Limbaugh, "Those statements were unacceptable in every way and should be condemned by everyone, no matter what their political leanings are."


321: I found one of the most clear and reasonable descriptions of the issues involved in the contraceptive/payment questions (that Rush Limbaugh so outrageously tromped through) in this editorial in the LA Times. The main point was: “If something is valuable to society but too expensive for some people to afford, the right way to respond (at least, in economic terms) is by offering subsidies only to lower-income people, and only for that specific thing. The approach being taken toward contraception -- requiring that it be included in insurance policies with no co-pays -- doesn't do that. It subsidizes contraception even for people who can easily afford it, at the expense of those who don't need or use contraceptives…

Insurers will project the cost of the prescription contraceptives likely to be obtained by their customers, then recover that cost through their premiums, plus overhead and profit margin. The same will be true for all the preventive services that, according to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, must be provided with no out-of-pocket costs. http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2012/03/limbaugh-drowns-out-his-own-message-about-the-pill.html


136: It’s interesting to see how advertisers scramble when the personalities they usually support – even knowing they make their living being controversial – step over the line. For example, Quicken Loans initially just issued a statement, then in response to “feedback” from Quicken customers, pulled their ads. And Sleep Train halted its advertising, then tried to resume it and Rush replied, “No Thanks.”