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Here’s why Rush survived pressure
on advertisers while O’Reilly didn’t

Legal Insurrecction, by William A. Jacobson

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 4/21/2017 4:41:53 AM

Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News career now swims with the fishes. The conventional wisdom is that after the NY Times exposed a history of sexual harassment settlements, and two new accusers came forward, advertisers “fled” the show, forcing the hand of News Corp and the Murdochs. That conventional wisdom is only partially correct — advertisers didn’t flee, they were chased away by the same organized effort as was used against Glenn Beck once upon a time, and Rush Limbaugh in 2012. Longtime readers will recall my extensive and groundbreaking research into the StopRush operation just after Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke in 2012, for

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I´m no fan of either of these men, but this is an interesting analysis.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Shucky, 4/21/2017 4:55:52 AM     (No. 11228740)

Let the left think they can shut down conservatives. The harder they hit, the harder we hit back. And eventually the truth wins, even if it takes a while.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 4/21/2017 5:03:31 AM     (No. 11228742)

The comparison is idiotic.
Rush? ...O´Reilly?.
Please.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jj1319, 4/21/2017 5:20:55 AM     (No. 11228747)

Seem to remember a mattress company trying to re-up with Limbaugh. He said, "Thanks, but no thanks." Or some such.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: chumley, 4/21/2017 5:42:24 AM     (No. 11228755)

In the 90´s when I first started listening to Rush he was advertising Snapple. He made it sound like the greatest drink in the world, so I bought some. It was ok, but not great. Then he stopped advertising them and nary a word about the greatest drink on earth after that. They stopped paying him to like it, so he no longer did.
I learned my lesson. I don´t believe celebrity spokesmen about anything, even if I like them.
That goes for O´Reilly too. Or Levin or anyone else. Just because an ad is on their show does not mean I am going to buy their junk or trust them.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 4/21/2017 6:06:17 AM     (No. 11228764)

BOR never ´got´ the Libertarian notion of conservatism. He was and is a judgmental, fussbudget, nanny who cannot abide those who think and live differently than he. True conservatives grant others the right to live any way they choose. True conservatives are the real ´Liberals´. Liberty is perilous and for adults only. Children need parenting and the ´State´ is more than happy to oblige. All it costs is everything.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 4/21/2017 6:11:13 AM     (No. 11228767)

#5 hits on a point the author overlooks. Conservatives may like some of Bill O´Reilly´s show, but they do not particularly like Bill O´Reilly. Conservatives generally like Rush Limbaugh, even if they do not listen to his show.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: planetgeo, 4/21/2017 7:12:31 AM     (No. 11228798)

Boy, good thing that "the NY Times exposed a history of sexual harassment..." by Bill Clinton, or...

Oh wait, ...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: rinohunter, 4/21/2017 7:13:52 AM     (No. 11228801)

Being the know-it-all mastermind that he is, O´Reilly´s personality fits perfectly with someone that may be a sexual predator. He says to his desired paramour, "give me what I want because I know what´s best" - typical O´Reilly discourse. Now this big gas bag can go whistle dixie. I never liked him or his quasi-conservative ideas or his so called journalistic style. And as much as I am NOT a fan of Pope Francis (though I still like and respect the him), I´m glad that he did not grant O"Reilly a personal audience.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mrduc, 4/21/2017 7:43:50 AM     (No. 11228821)

But that same pope met privately for an hour with Raul Castro in May 2015. He embraced the communist sinner and refuses the conservative sinner. Hmmmmm. Just sayin´.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: philsner, 4/21/2017 7:53:51 AM     (No. 11228832)

It´s very fashionable for squishy centrists to tell everyone how much they dislike Rush Limbaugh. But it always turns out that those who arrogantly dismiss him never listened to him in the first place.
You go ahead, but I´ll tell you you don´t know what you are talking about because I have been a listener since the 80´s and Rush is right -always has been.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 4/21/2017 9:46:12 AM     (No. 11228930)

Looks like Reply #4 will not be buying any gold or silver, which is heavily touted on most programs. Most of these hosts are total sell- outs to whatever will line their coffers. Some of the advertisements are simply unfathomable, especially when the hosts themselves tout the products. Is there ANYTHING they don´t use or purchase ? Not if they are paid to say so.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: yuban, 4/21/2017 9:55:53 AM     (No. 11228937)

O´Reilly is a centrist. Rush is a Conservative. Real Conservatives stick by their Conservative allies. Centrists simply do what they think is best for themselves and the heck with everyone else. O´Reilly often said he is against the death penalty and all for hard labor in prison. Typical centrist since he knew there was no such thing as hard labor in prison but it sounded so compassionate. O´Reilly is nothing more than a younger Larry King.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: thelmalou, 4/21/2017 12:05:00 PM     (No. 11229068)

Excellent analysis, sir.

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