Rush Limbaugh Station and Advertiser Exodus Continues; Bill O'Reilly Slams Sandra Fluke
The exodus from the Rush Limbaugh Radio Show continued on Monday night, with a second station and three more advertisers abandoning the under-fire conservative host.
Pittsfield, Massachusett's WBEC 96.9 FM announced that it would no longer air Limbaugh's program in the wake of his withering attack on Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke, whom he called a "slut" and "prostitute" last week for advocating insurance coverage of contraceptives.
"The nature of Rush's programming has always presented challenges for us and he's always pushed the envelope. But this time he's taken it too far," the station's general manager, Peter Barry, said in a statement. Earlier on Monday, Hilo, Hawaii's KPUA pulled Limbaugh's show, with its general manager calling Limbaugh's comments "degrading" and "egregious."
After AOL, Tax Resolutions and AllState removed their advertising from Limbaugh's show earlier on Monday, Sensa Weight Loss, makeup company Bare Escentuals and healthy living company Vitacost announced on their respective Twitter feeds that they had canceled their orders, as well.
Earlier in the evening, fellow conservative host Bill O'Reilly called Fluke "the center of the campaign to re-elect Barack Obama," and a "committed leftist," while slamming a so-called liberal media that he claimed was "demonizing conservative guys who are going after" Fluke.
On the other side of the dial, Don Imus said that Limbaugh should have flown to meet Fluke and apologize face-to-face, but instead gave an on-air apology that proved he was "an insincere pig" and a "pill-popping pinhead.
As for Fluke, she appeared on ABC's The View on Monday morning, where she said that that Limbaugh's apology "doesn't change anything" and that she'd rather not receive a personal phone call from the host.