The number of advertisers dropping the Rush Limbaugh show continues to grow, with 50 total refusing to advertise on the show. Most recently, the American Heart Association, Aetna, Home Depot, PB Heat, LLC/Peerless Boilers, and Long Beach Aquarium pulled their ads after Limbaugh repeatedly attacked Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law School student who was not allowed to testify at a House Committee hearing on the religious exemption on contraception. Moreover, Media Matters reports that there was about 5:33 minutes of dead air time as a result of the mounting number of pulled ads.
The Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Organization for Women (NOW), and a whole host of women’s groups together with Think Progress and Media Matters have rallied in support of Sandra Fluke. Tens of thousands of supporters of women’s healthcare have bombarded advertisers with emails and phone calls, urging the cancellation of ads. The internet is on fire with thousands of supporters tweeting, blogging, and Facebooking in support of campaigns to #FlushRushNow. See the Feminist Majority Foundation Campus blog for an updated list of current advertisers who have not yet pulled their ads for the Rush Limbaugh show.
Media Matters 3/9/12; Feminist Daily Newswire 3/8/12