Over 40 advertisers with the Rush Limbaugh show said they ditched the show because of offensive comments the conservative talk show host made about Georgetown University Law student Sandra Fluke, but Limbaugh is claiming they all lied.
On his radio talk show Wednesday, the shock jock blamed misinformation by the mainstream media and claimed that not only do two advertisers want their spots back (one who he claims is begging), but three brand-new sponsors will start advertising with the show in the next two weeks.
Nobody is losing money here, including us, in all this. And that is key for you to understand, Limbaugh said. They are not canceling the business on our stations. They're just saying they don't want their spots to appear in my show. We don't get any revenue from 'em anyway. The whole effort is to dispirit you. It's to make you think the left is being successful in its campaign when it isn't.
Limbaugh said that although advertisers may request not to have their commercials run during his show, they are still running in spots across a series of local stations.
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Tweets by those 45 companies, from AOL to Netflix, reveal that they received serious backlash and outrage from customers for advertising with the nationally-syndicated show after Limbaugh called a Fluke a slut and a prostitute. The women's rights activist had spoke before Congress last week to argue that all contraception should be covered by health insurance.
Recent comments by Rush Limbaugh do not align w/ our values, so we made decision to immediately suspend all advertising with the program, tweeted an employee of Sleep Number, a company that sells mattresses and bedding.
Limbaugh claimed that even if he lost those sponsors, those were a fraction of the total 18,000 that advertise with his station.
That's like losing a couple of French fries in the container when it's delivered to you at the drive-thru. You don't even notice it, he said.