Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rush Limbaugh Sponsors - To Boycott or Not?

Everyone and their mother is telling liberals, democrats, women... well..., anyone with a sense of common decency that is offended by Rush Limbaugh's continuous attack on women to boycott the show sponsors.

I am asking you... actually begging you... DON'T do it.  I know you are angry, I know you are upset.  Don't overreact, please.  Here is why:

Rush Limbaugh is on The Clear Channel radio network.  So is Randi Rhodes, Stephanie Miller and Ed Schultz among many other liberal and progressive voices.

In many of our states, we only have one radio station that carries these liberal shows and in other places, there are none.  

The Sponsors for these shows pay to have their ads played throughout the day in various markets.  They are not necessarily endorsing the policies of liberals or conservatives, they are selling their products to all markets.
For instance Bill@ProFlower issued a following statement on Left Leaning Liberal Lady blog: "We would like to assure you that we do not endorse the views expressed by Rush Limbaugh.  We understand your concerns and we will ensure that your feedback is communicated to the producers of that show.  We appreciate your feedback as it allow us to more effectively manage our relationship with our advertising partners."
*** I am hoping all the other companies listed below will follow suit.  If they fully sponsor those points of view, we need to find out first and withdraw or continue our support as the case may be.

Clear Channel was 're-organized' by Bain Capital.  Yes, the one that Mitt Romney was so successful at and made his millions from.  He gutted a good company and a skeleton crew is pretty much what was left to run the liberal shows.  Good people were let go in order to suck the marrow off the bones after carving up the meat and distributing the goods to the 1 percent.

A better alternative to boycotting products you might enjoy without cutting the support to the few good liberals left on talk radio is to bombard Clear Channel with e-mails, letters and phone calls to pull Rush Limbaugh off the air.

A three-hour daily monopoly on public airwaves has rendered Rush Limbaugh incapable of filling the time with anything worth listening to and provided him with a three hour of continuous lashing and on-the-air venting/therapy.

We are not qualified to treat all that ails this man.  Yes, there is freedom of speech, but this freedom does not guarantee him an audience. He can talk to the wall - You don't have to listen.   

Boycott the show, not the sponsors.

Sandra Fluke Testifying - Congress- Women's Health
Follow @SandraFluke on Twitter to show your support for women's rights and to thank her for standing up in front of Congress on behalf of  ALL women's right to health care.

This is one of the strongest messages we can send to Congress, that people of all stripes are united, not divided.

This can't be lost on Clear Channel either. After all, they just want to make money. This is not a partisan issue, but a green issue - Money!

How to Contact Clear Channel

  • 200 East Basse Road
    San Antonio, TX 78209
Communications / Media Relations:
Investor Relations:
  • (210) 822-2828

Please remember that in YOUR particular state or city, you may have most of these sponsors, not all, and quite a few local shops and restaurants purchase space to promote their business.  These local businesses don't necessarily support the contents of the show - liberal or conservative - They just want to sell their products to whoever is listening.

The Companies Everyone is Asking You to Boycott (Not me - See above)

Sales or Service: 1-800-580-2913 
Phone: 800.580.2913 

Sleep Train (Mattress Center) 
4350 Warehouse Ct., Ste 100 
North Highlands, CA 95660 
Phone: (800) 919-2337 
Fax: (866) 293-5719 

300 N. Lake Ave., Suite 1111 
Pasadena, CA 91101 
Web contact form 
FAX 626.585.4040 

177 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 
Direct Dial Office: 617-587-1100 EXT:1115 

Sleep Number Bed 
Select Comfort Corporation 
6105 Trenton Lane N 
Minneapolis, MN 55442 
Phone: 763-551-7000 
Fax: 763-551-7826 

Oreck Upright Vacuum Cleaners 
Oreck Corporation 
100 Plantation Road 
New Orleans, Louisiana 70123 
Online contact form 

Mid-West Life Insurance Company of Tennessee 
9151 Grapevine Hwy. 
North Richland Hills, TX 76180 
Phone (800) 733-1110 
(web banner ads on 

AutoZone Inc. 
901-495-7185; Fax: 901-495-8374 
P.O. Box 2198, Memphis, TN 38101 

800-773-0888; Fax: 323-962-8300 

Citrix Online (GoToMyPC) 
6500 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117 
Phone: 805-690-6400; Fax: 805-690-6471 

American Forces Network 
Contact Us: 

Mission Pharmacal Company 
10999 IH-10 West Suite 1000 
P.O. Box 786099 
San Antonio, TX 78278-6099 
Telephone: (800) 531-3333 
Bennett Kennedy - Citracal Product Manager 

Life Quotes, Inc. 
32045 Castle Court 
Evergreen, CO 80439 

Lending Tree 
(704) 541-5351 

Images: Rush Limbaugh by Ian Mardsden via Creative Commons Attribution 2.0


Anonymous said...

I don't know which liberal hosts Clear Channel puts on in other states but not a single one of them is available in Colorado on Clear Channel. that network is of no benefit to me.

Olivia Emisar said...

As I stated, in some states/cities, there is NO liberal talk show radio. I just checked Colorado and there are 21 radio stations in Colorado. I don't know what they carry by way of talk radio, but here is a link, you would know best what's in your area.

Obviously if you don't get any liberal talk radio as those mentioned earlier, a campaign in your area to get them to INCLUDE this in their programming would be more beneficial to Colorado residents.

npbat said...

I absolutely agree that we should be boycotting Rush's sponsors. We have the power to make a statement. I will be boycotting everyone of Rush's sponsers will you?

Olivia Emisar said...

As I stated above, the same sponsors sponsor Randi Rhodes and Ed Schultz among other liberal voices in the barren landscape of liberal radio.

I would prefer to launch a campaign to force Clear Channel to add those liberal voices to places like Colorado (as stated by above poster, there is no liberal radio in his/her area).

When traveling through Arizona there was nothing by Rush Limbaugh and other conservative radio and nothing liberal. These are public airwaves and they have a moral responsibility to offer other points of views (or facts).

If any of those sponsors states clearly they agree with Rush Limbaugh's opinions and positions, I'll be blacklisting them, but I need to know that first.

Blue Trooth said...

It isn't about a boycott. It's about controlling the narrative. It's about sending a message. And to be honest, liberal radio is a nice convenience, but it is not essential to a successful strategy in making progress.