Daily Bested: John Avlon’s Big End Of Conservative Talk Radio Story Just Lefty PR?

March 10, 2012

All the lefty blogs are celebrating not just the end of Rush Limbaugh but the end of conservative talk radio as a whole linking to The Daily Beast's big "scoop" via John Avalon.

Rush Limbaugh Scandal Proves Contagious for Talk-Radio Advertisers

Ninety-eight major advertisers—including Ford and Geico—will no longer air spots on Premiere Networks’ ‘offensive’ programs. Insiders say the loss will rock right-wing talk radio.

Oh my! The left's problem is, many of them don't advertise there now. There are also advertisers who don't advertise on networks like MSNBC for the same reasoning, by the way. I don't believe Avlon pointed that out. Many major advertisers have avoided charged, or polarizing media for their ads as standard operating procedure for a long time.

I don't know, I'm no industry expert, but I'd be skeptical of a big story like this breaking on a Saturday. I could be wrong, but I think I'll wait until I hear what, if anything, is said about all this on Monday when most radio talkers are back on the air.

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  1. RandyG says:

    Lefty PR, they can’t talk about a democrat success. There are none, well in their heads high gas prices, debt, unemployment, rising healthcare costs probably are success stories.

  2. Terry in GA says:

    Sounds to me like somebody is daydreaming of fairy tales dancing in their heads. Maybe too much to drink???

  3. Pasadena Phil says:

    The left is in a panic.
    They are getting killed on the Rush controversy and are now taking illegal means to get their new “Republicans waging war on women” message out. Maybe if they actually had an audience, they could just run it on the liberal talk radio network or MSNBC.

  4. Michelle says:

    Rush is already experiencing dead air (deadly in radio and usually only heard late at night) and PSA’a dominating his ad space.
    It was only a matter of time, given what can happen quickly now as far as communicating goes. The Arab Spring, this, will bring down the few fat men still in power.
    Too bad Don is on the wrong side of that avalanche.

  5. Joe C. says:

    Avlon’s source is http://bit.ly/waVdi8 . There’s a bit in there about “Media Matters says…” Yeah, like I’ll take that seriously. Then there’s this:
    ” ‘They’ve (group of 98 advertisers) 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.’ That’s the question, isn’t it? How small is that percentage, and how long will this uproar last? And is there a long-term impact on talk radio as it’s currently practiced?”
    I believe Rush has already addressed this long-time practice of advertisers asking their spots not to be aired during certain shows. The advertisers seem to have used rather vague language, leaving it up to the individual stations to judge whether a show is “controversial.” And the memo acknowledges that the complaints are coming from “a very small percentage of the listening public.” This is a wishful-thinking-nothingburger for the left.

  6. Dave B says:

    Did the Left, in their zeal, forget about a couple of million devoted listeners? Conservative listeners aren’t exactly “non-consumers” of their products. Unless their business is personally monogramed EBT cards or personally autographed Anthony Weiner pictures they better tread carefully with conservative talk show audiences and how they treat the people we listen to and admire.

  7. EBL says:

    This is just nonsense. 15 million listeners and advertisers are going to boycott that market? I doubt it.

  8. Ragspierre says:

    John Avlon has shown repeatedly he’s an idiot of the first water.
    This will prove to be no exception to his pattern.
    He knows squat about the advertising business, and about radio. Well, and SOOOOO much else.
    Watch and see.

  9. Buffalo Rude says:

    Denial. Not just a river in Egypt. Flail all you want, wing nut morons. Reality truly is a bitch. Ropes and anvils and all that. . .

  10. Ragspierre says:

    Wow. We used to have smarter trolls here.

  11. Nosmo says:

    People who subscribe to HBO are essentially donating to Obama’s campaign fund…

  12. skeptical says:

    Yep, pretty silly. Rush’s millions of listeners still have their Social Security checks coming in, all the time in the world, credit cards, and they aren’t distracted by the web or Serius XM, and their land lines can dial 800 numbers absolutely free. A little Gold Bond and Geritol, and they can keep Rush supplied with Viagra or Oxycontin or whatever he needs, and still yell at the neighborhood kids to get off their lawn.

  13. KLSmith says:

    John Avlon, demorats favorite kind of Republican. Always finding fault with the GOP but somehow never with the other party.

  14. sickofrinos says:

    I have to believe Rush had an increase in listeners the last week. And if they listened, they learned. And probably had a laugh as well. His audience will increase, and his advertisers will prosper.

  15. m says:

    I am a big fan of Rush Limbaugh. It is the liberal Democrats and liberal news media have something to do with it. They are making this stuff up to go after Rush. It is because of the election in November. Rush’s radio show will keep continue going up number 1 best radio show on the top. I agree with Rush what he said about Sandra Fluke last week. Rush is right!

  16. Ragspierre says:

    “skeptical” never learned the meaning of the word, and is your typical lock-stepped, conformist Collectivist idiot spouting cliches for a little false cheap superiority.
    It’s what they’ve got.

  17. This might be another hoax.
    This might be a low-level staffer of Premiere Networks extrapolating too much from a routine memo.
    On the other hand, this might mean 98 major corporations will be asking for bailouts soon.

  18. Ragspierre says:

    “But it wasn’t quite as simple, or as satisfying, as that. The five minutes and thirty-three seconds of dead air (distributed over four commercial pods in the three-hour show) occurred, as Media Matters reported, only on WABC’s online show, not on the station’s broadcast.”
    –The Nation
    HOLY COW…!!!
    You mean lying liars LIED…???
    Don’t you Collectivist rubes feel…used…???
    You might want to put some ice on that… As Bill Clinton would say…