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Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Rush Limbaugh loses another station and more than a dozen more national advertisers

Let’s keep the pressure on! Another station has just canceled Rush:

AM 1420 WBEC [Pittsfield, Massachusetts]  releases statement regarding the removal of Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves

Due to the inappropriate remarks made by Rush Limbaugh regarding Sandra Fluke, the management of AM 1420 WBEC has made the decision to remove the Rush Limbaugh Show from the programming line-up effective March 5th. Rush Limbaugh ‘s comments do not reflect the viewpoints of the station management and we apologize to anyone who may have been offended by his remarks. While we understand the controversial nature of talk radio and encourage political discourse, we believe there are ways to do that without exceeding the bounds of civility. Rush’s defamatory and disparaging remarks about Ms. Fluke clearly violated the standards we have set for our stations and left us no choice but to remove him from our airwaves.

Meanwhile, a program manager at a different station in Vermont has acknowledged that management there is weighing whether to drop Rush or keep him in their lineup. And advertisers continue to flee Rush’s three hours of hate as well:

The steady stream of advertisers fleeing Rush Limbaugh’s radio show continued on Monday and Tuesday, as a barrage of new companies announced they would no longer run commercials on the program in the wake of Limbaugh’s offensive comments about Sandra Fluke.

Even though Limbaugh has apologized for calling Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for her advocacy of insurance coverage of birth control, advertisers are still moving towards the exits.

ThinkProgress has been keeping a tally of how many companies have announced they will not be advertising during Rush’s show, and it now stands at thirty-five. The list includes Sleep Number, The Sleep Train, Quicken Loans, Legal Zoom, Citrix, Carbonite, ProFlowers, Tax Resolution, AOL, Bonobos, Sears, Allstate Insurance, Sensa, Bare Escentuals, Vitacost, Hadeed Carpet, Thompson Creek Windows, PolyCom, Service Magic, AccuQuote Life Insurance, Geico, John Deere,, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bethesda Sedation Dentistry, Cascades Dental, Philadelphia Orchestra, Goodwill Industries, Heart & Body Extract, Netflix, Downeast Energy, Capitol One, JCPenney, Matrix Direct, and Reputation Rhino.

Limbaugh, backed by his biggest corporate supporter, Clear Channel Communications, continues to strike a defiant tone. Yesterday, he continued to try to deflect criticism of his hateful comments, incredulously suggesting that we progressives are to blame for his potty mouth.

(Nice try , Rush, but nobody’s buying that).

Those who have tried to defend Rush’s comments are having a hard time doing so. Actress Patricia Heaton deleted her Twitter account after coming under fire for repeating conservative pundits’ attacks on Sandra Fluke. She issued a mea culpa yesterday, claiming that she meant no offense.

There is no question that Rush’s hate speech is like toxic waste when it comes to the quality of our political discourse. Limbaugh may have the right to speak his mind, but he does not have the right to monopolize the public airwaves for the purposes of slandering other citizens. His “show” deserves to be canceled.

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