The Strange Politics of Shutting Down Conservative Talk


Jane Fonda wants the FCC to ban Rush.  Now I know I gotta support him. There is such irony here, the way women on the right are treated, and how women on the left are treated.  The Daily Caller has a “history” of recent incidents against conservative women.  Funny thing, no one rushed to defend conservative women.

Or…. is something else going on here?

The Pink Flamingo has noticed something.  Are all the advertisers on right wing talk radio liberals?  Where are conservative business owners who are advertising?

“….This is big. According to the radio-industry website, 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.”…”

We are now faced with some serious sociological questions and observations.

  • Are conservatives now the underclass of society
  • Are liberals now wealthier than conservatives
  • Do only liberals advertise on radio
  • Are only liberal women worth defending
  • Is it acceptable to denigrate conservative women

The last thing I want to do is waste time defending conservative talk radio.  The average talking radio-head has seen his/her numbers plunge during the past year or so because they’ve been led down the FOX/Beck primrose path to oblivion and self-destruction.  They do not reflect real life, where very few people are as conservative.  In real life, people are far more pragmatic.

This said, you cannot tell me, as a viable product, national conservative talk is dead. The example of what has happened to Carbonite this week is a perfect example of the fact that conservatives do have some power in the pocket-book.

Something else is going on.  Evidently, in order to appear not to be political, advertisers now no longer wish to be associated with any one or any thing that might express an opinion, make a statement, or have positive or negative values.

“…“To all Traffic Managers: The information below applies to your Premiere Radio Networks commercial inventory. More than 350 different advertisers sponsor the programs and services provided to your station on a barter basis. Like advertisers that purchase commercials on your radio station from your sales staff, our sponsors communicate specific rotations, daypart preferences and advertising environments they prefer… 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). Those are defined as environments likely to stir negative sentiment from a very small percentage of the listening public.”…”

If this is true, then FOX News is next.  While you won’t see me cry over it, the whole scenario is a nightmare out of modern liberal educational systems.  You know – every snotty nose little brat must get a trophy to feel good. No more grades, just happy faces, and sanctification of fluff like The View.  In a way, it makes perfect sense, then again, it doesn’t.

Without disclosing names, I do business with a rep who has a franchise with one of the Hush Rush 100 companies.  This person is also extremely active in the GOP and doesn’t hesitate to use an office or company letter-head to promote conservative political issues.  So – why the national push against it?

Tolerant comments at Raw Story – from tolerant liberals should prove the point that this is nothing but political.

Raw Story

Bill Maher said:

“…“Let me give you a quote from the ACLU, liberals,” he said. “[T]he ACLU — what more liberal bastion is there than that? ‘It is easy to defend freedom of speech when the message is something that many find reasonable, but the defense of freedom of speech is more critical when the message is something that most people find repulsive.’ We’re looking at you, Rush Limbaugh. But you know what? I would rather put up with Rush Limbaugh and live in a country where we all do have freedom of speech. And the people who I’ve heard say, when they put pressure on his sponsors, the system is working. No it’s not. That’s the system being manipulated. I lived through that 10 years ago.”…”

All of this leads The Pink Flamingo back to The Daily Caller piece about conservative women.  Evidently conservative women can be treated as nastily as one wishes.  Just don’t upset the little liberals.

That’s where it gets disgusting.

The Daily Caller

Or, is something else entirely going on here.  Follow the bouncing ball, please.

  1. Premier Radio owns Clear Channel
  2. Both are owned by Bain Capital
  3. Mitt Romney’s former partners own Bain Capital
  4. Bain Capital’s associates have put a tremendous amount of money into Romney’s campaign
  5. Almost all of Premier Radio’s conservative hosts are actively against Mitt Romney
  6. Is this Bain’s way of silencing the critics?

A Pink Flamingo colleague brought this to my attention.  Names will not be used to protect the guilty.  This person could be paranoid.  So could I.  But, when it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, lays eggs like a duck, waddles like a duck, and swims like a duck, well – it could be a duck.  Destroying the advertising base of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin could also be one of those interesting little warnings, like waking up in the morning to find your prize winning Thoroughbred’s head next to you.

Right now, the only ones who benefits from shutting down conservative talk are Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

I smell a rat.




One thought on “The Strange Politics of Shutting Down Conservative Talk

  1. And sometimes a banana is just a banana.

    I agree that the Liberal media, fully convinced of their power to move public opinion, wants to, and has been trying to, take down Rush and Fox.

    I disagree that it’s some kind of conspiracy of Bain Capital.

    Look, I’m in marketing and despite all the thriller novels and movies, if a group of power rich folks controlled America, we’d have Gore as our 43rd president and McCain would not have won the GOP nomination in 2008.

    I think what IS happening is the same situation that happened under GWB, a bunch of truly stupid conservative media people, more concern with their ratings than in the America they claim to love, has JOINED their Liberal counterpart in bashing all things Republican.

    They did it with Pawlenty, then Perry and on and on. Yes, I think underneath it all, they were gunning for Romney, but that was simply because he has shown a willingness to gave them what the others may not: the ability to influence the presidency. But again, this is primarily because there is very little difference between the mentality of the media on the right and the left. BOTH dream of influence.

    Geez, all writers do.

    That’s the nature of the beast.

    And so do those of us in marketing. The difference is that we, are extremely pragmatic and realistic. We hope and we try but underneath it, we KNOW we are dealing with HUMANS that cannot be controlled, not in a free society.

    This is a very strange election because it doesn’t matter what the opinion makers say…gas is over 4 bucks a gallon and hurting everyone. Stores that have been around for decades are closing. Luxury items and vacation places are not even trying to go on sale. No one is making their quotas because clients aren’t giving out bonuses.

    So the Left will hurt Rush and Fox and the Right will join in because they think that is where the action is and they want to be relevant.

    Remember that after joining their Liberal counterpart in 2005 and bashing GWB and all things Republican, the conservative media FAILED to get their anti-Hispanic, “real” conservatives candidates elected. They believe that their lack of influence is due to GWB’s tendency to keep a close knit group of TRUSTED people around him and NOT their lack of loyalty which completely turned off voters. This is why they hate GWB so much and why they have thrown everything in for a man they believe will give them access to the power of the presidency.

    It has been 7 years of downhill talk show influence, they are in effect, double downing and putting it all in the pot. It’s not Romney’s viability on the line.

    It’s THEIRS.

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