Right-wing hate radio crashing and burning as major advertisers flee "shock jocks" Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity.

  • KissTheSky

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    Mar 11, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    Is the Republican propaganda machine unraveling?
    This story from The Daily Beast is great news:

    Rush Limbaugh Scandal Proves Contagious for Talk-Radio Advertisers
    Mar 10, 2012
    Ninety-eight major advertisers—including Ford and Geico—will no longer air spots on Premiere Networks’ ‘offensive’ programs. Insiders say the loss will rock right-wing talk radio.

    Rush Limbaugh made the right-wing talk-radio industry, and he just might break it.

    Because now the fallout from the “slut” slurs against Sandra Fluke is extending to the entire political shock-jock genre.

    Premiere Networks, which distributes Limbaugh as well as a host of other right-wing talkers, sent an email out to its affiliates early Friday listing 98 large corporations that have requested their ads appear only on “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).”

    This is big. According to the radio-industry website Radio-Info.com, which first posted excerpts of the Premiere memo, among the 98 companies that have decided to no longer sponsor these programs are “carmakers (Ford, GM, Toyota), insurance companies (Allstate, Geico, Prudential, State Farm), and restaurants (McDonald’s, Subway).” Together, these talk-radio advertising staples represent millions of dollars in revenue.

    Valerie Geller, an industry insider and author of Beyond Powerful Radio, confirmed the trend. “I have talked with several reps who report that they're having conversations with their clients, who are asking not to be associated with specifically polarizing controversial hosts, particularly if those hosts are ‘mean-spirited.’ While most products and services offered on these shows have strong competitors, and enjoy purchasing the exposure that many of these shows and hosts can offer, they do not wish to be ‘tarred’ with the brush of anger, or endure customer anger, or, worse, product boycotts.”

    The rest of the story is here:

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    Mar 11, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    I think we are definitely seeing the reaction to the over-reaching right, especially since 2010. I think this election is going to drop the ground out from under the extreme right and GOP politicians are going to be able to move back to more moderate positions after this election. Right now, the GOP has been forced by their goofy nomination process to be go way far to the right and it will def hurt them in this election.
  • GQjock

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    Mar 11, 2012 10:21 PM GMT
    Finally .... these advertisers are seeing and Hearing what they are paying for

    .... Lies and hate speech ... plain and simple
  • creature

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    Mar 12, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    I expect the reaction from the right will be to target these companies and boycott their products, and to also to push companies to pull their advertising dollars left progressive-minded radio programming.
  • KissTheSky

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    Mar 12, 2012 3:23 AM GMT
    Since all these crackpots and muckrakers have to offer is a campaign of lies and conspiracy theories, the great irony is the Republican party would be far better off without them. Maybe then the party could become re-engaged with reality and work towards solving our country's problems.