Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Eventually, You have to pay the Price

Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, sent an email to its affiliates on March 9th, listing 98 large corporations that have requested their ads be placed only on shows that are “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).

Over all of the years that Rush Limbaugh and his ilk have been insulting women and various minority groups over the airwaves, there has never been a serious backlash against this style of programming – until now.  Limbaugh’s attack on third year Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke has created a backlash of near biblical proportions as major corporations scramble to escape justifiable feminine rage at the latest right-wing attack on women.

Some people may wonder why, given more than 2 decades of this type of bile being spewed over the airwaves, that this particular affront is the last straw.  The answer is just that – it’s the last straw.  Women are sick and tired of having their reproductive rights litigated over, and over, and over again by evangelical kooks, Republican culture warriors and mean-spirited talking heads.

Their justifiable outrage has been given expression through the internet which provides an instant forum by which women can effectively voice their opposition and organize a response.  Given the fact that women comprise 52% of the American population, a plurality of the electorate and make the majority of purchasing decisions, women are the most powerful interest group in the United States.  And they are skillfully exercising that power.

After years of being the biggest bully on radio, it appears that Rush has kicked women one too many times and now he is paying a price.

By Jackie Lambert

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1 comment:

Rene Mullen said...

It's disappointing to realize how long it took to break the camel's back with that 'last straw'.

My uncomfortable belief is that this shift has more to do with the Republican party finding Limbaugh too large a liability than a true shift in public opinion on women and women's rights.