Nearly 100 advertisers have made it clear that they intend to pull their ads from all right-wing talk radio, according to a newsletter cited by the online trade journal Radio-Info.com.
TRI Newsletter, a daily column by radio insider Tom Taylor says Premiere Networks, the Clear Channel subsidiary that carries The Rush Limbaugh Show and other popular AM talk-radio programs, is circulating a memo stating that a group of 98 advertisers are pulling out of not just Limbaugh’s show, but out of the conservative talk-radio market altogether.
The companies have asked that the network “schedule their commercials in dayparts or programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity).” The group includes auto companies like Ford, GM, and Toyota, insurance companies including Allstate, Geico, Prudential and State Farm, and restaurants such as McDonald’s and Subway.
Advertisers aren’t the only ones trying to wash their hands of any association with Limbaugh. Musician Peter Gabriel and the bands Rage Against the Machine, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Rush have all demanded that their music no longer be used on The Rush Limbaugh Show.
Gabriel’s reps posted on his Facebook page that he was “appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh’s extraordinary attack.” Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello is quoted in Rolling Stone as saying “Our response: ‘Hey Jackass, stop using our music on your racist, misogynist, right wing clown show.”
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