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With support for his work on the airwaves taking a hit, Rush Limbaugh has taken to the twittersphere to fight back.
No stranger to controversial statements, the king of conservative talk radio brought to life a dormant Twitter account on Thursday to try and push back on the viral campaigns that have sprung up following his attacks on Sandra Fluke and thus far cost his Premier Networks-syndicated show up to 140 sponsors.
“Everybody has been asking me what they can do to help in all of this, and I’ve been saying, nah, just do what you’ve been doing just, if you listen, keep listening, that’s fine,” Limbaugh said on his show Thursday, according to Politico. “But … there’s an army out there that wants to be mobilized, and so, I figured, use Twitter for it. I’m just going to put some things on Twitter that you can help us circulate. It’s that simple you just retweet them.”
Limbaugh, whose audience skews older than the prime Twitter demographic, started his account in February 2009; his profile currently only has two tweets, both sent yesterday, and currently boasts 112,000 followers.
His most recent troubles began when he spent three days attacking Fluke, a Georgetown student and birth control advocate who had sought to testify in front of Congress, a “slut” and a “prostitute” who was having so much sex that she couldn’t afford contraception on her own. He gave a tepid apology that weekend, but continued rebukes from Fluke, President Obama and various advocacy groups continued to erode his support in the weeks that followed.
In addition to the loss of advertisers, he has been pulled off the air of a number of radio stations, and his show has been broadcast with ample dead air and PSAs on his home network of WABC.
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