Rush Limbaugh made sure today to goose those media reports that suggested his longtime radio partnership with Cumulus Media was over when he announced on his radio show that he had re-upped with the company …
UPDATE: Rush Limbaugh Tells Listeners That “Everything’s Cool” But Won’t Say Whether Cumulus May Drop His Show
UPDATE, 10:40 AM: “Suffice it to say, nothing is going to happen that you will notice,” Rush Limbaugh said today in response to a Politico story that says Cumulus plans to drop his …
With his contract up at the end of the year, Rush Limbaugh is thinking of pulling his radio show off Cumulus Media stations. More than a year after he called law student and activist Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute,” the host is sick of being blamed by company CEO Lew Dickey for the Cumulus’ declining ad revenue, says Politico. On 40 Cumulus stations across the country, Limbaugh believes the real reason ad revenue is down is underperformance by the company’s outlets. The possible talk radio shift comes just ahead of a quarterly earning call tomorrow with Dickey. Last August, Dickey said Limbaugh’s February 2012 remarks calling Georgetown law student Fluke a “slut” cost the company’s top trio of stations about $5.5 million in ad revenue. This March, he referred to the company as revenue “challenged” by the fallout from Limbaugh’s remarks. Year to date, Cumulus’ stock is up 38.6% and up 14.6% over the past 12 months.
It’s not clear how the conservative talk show host affected Dial Global — the radio programming company that merged last year with Westwood One. (Limbaugh is syndicated by Clear Channel.) But Dial says in an SEC filing that “advertisers’ response to controversial statements by a certain nationally syndicated talk radio personality in March 2012″ contributed to financial woes that raise “substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.” The March date coincides with an advertiser boycott of Limbaugh following his attacks on Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, who urged Congress to require employer health insurance plans to cover contraception.
But Limbaugh appears to be the least of Dial’s problems: Its stock is down nearly 77% today, to about 47 cents, after it said that it may not be able to meet its debt covenants and will voluntarily leave NASDAQ to just trade over the counter. The company reported a Q3 net loss
The Clear Channel radio personality said in today’s broadcast that the makers of Warner Bros‘ The Dark Knight Rises are surreptitiously trying to brainwash audiences by naming the film’s villain “Bane.” You know, like Mitt Romney’s former employer: Bain Capital. Rush Limbaugh says that moviegoers — especially “a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd” – are “gonna hear Bane in the movie and they’re gonna associate Bain. The thought is that when they start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie… There are some people who think it’ll work. Others think you’re really underestimating the American people to think that will work.” Limbaugh adds: “You may think it’s ridiculous, I’m just telling you this is the kind of stuff the Obama team is lining up. The kind of people who would draw this comparison are the kind of people that they are campaigning to. These are the kind of people that they are attempting to appeal to.”
Batman comics introduced Bane in 1993. Actor Robert Swenson played the villain in the 1997 film Batman & Robin that starred George Clooney.
You can find the transcript on Limbaugh’s website. Here’s the audio, captured by Media Matters, a progressive watchdog group:
Rush Limbaugh‘s supporters and critics both claim victory a month after the radio talk-show host made incendiary comments about law student Sandra Fluke. Clear Channel’s Premiere Networks — which syndicates The Rush Limbaugh Show — says that advertisers are coming back. “Contrary to the wishful thinking of the professional special interest groups, reports of sponsors fleeing The Rush Limbaugh Show are grossly exaggerated,” the company says. “In fact, the program retains virtually all of its long-term sponsors who continue to have great success with The Rush Limbaugh Show.” Several advertisers wanted off after February 29: Many people said that Limbaugh crossed the line from acceptable commentary to unacceptable hate speech when he called Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” following her testimony at a congressional meeting in favor of employer health plan coverage of contraceptives. He apologized for using the inflammatory words. Still, sponsors considered him so radioactive that Premiere ordered about 600 stations that carry his show to suspend national barter spots for two weeks. That period ended on Monday. Limbaugh’s defamatory comments about Fluke were “part of the normal day-to-day of talk radio,” Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman told the Associated Press this week.
Obama Adviser Says Bill Maher’s Attacks On Women Are “Not Excusable,” But Rush Limbaugh’s Are Worse: Video
Bill Maher’s profane characterizations of women including Sarah Palin are “not excusable in any way,” President Obama’s chief election strategist David Axelrod says a day after word spread that he backed out of of an appearance on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. But he adds in an interview …
Here’s the latest indication many sponsors consider him to radioactive: Clear Channel’s Premiere Networks, which syndicates Rush Limbaugh, told stations yesterday that it has suspended its national ads on his show for two weeks, according to industry trade site Radio-Info.com. ”Please replace/re-traffic any Premiere barter spots immediately,” the memo says. “Contractual requirements to run barter spots are being suspended for these two weeks only. Replace them with Lifelock and Lear Financial or a local spot of your choice.” About 140 advertisers have publicly said that they don’t want to be on Limbaugh’s show according to a tally being kept by the politically progressive group Think Progress. The latest directive, which Radio-Info characterizes as “unusual,” follows the company’s circulation last week of another memo telling stations that 98 major advertisers asked to be kept off of shows such as Limbaugh’s that are “likely to stir negative sentiment from a very small percentage of the listening public.” The controversy began
The environment is becoming chilly for commentators who traffic in incivility. Clear Channel’s syndication unit Premiere Networks gave its sales force a list of 98 companies — including major auto makers, insurance companies, and restaurant chains — that want to avoid “environments likely to stir negative sentiment from a very small percentage of the listening public,” according to a memo obtained by Radio-Info.com, a trade news site. And lest there be any doubt, the order says: “They’ve specifically asked that you 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).” Companies asking to avoid those shows included Ford, GM, Toyota, Allstate, Geico, Prudential, State Farm, McDonald’s, and Subway.