March 7, 2012

Limbaugh show loses two more Maine advertisers

Cunningham Security and RSVP Discount Beverage take the action in the wake of the talk show host's remarks about a female law student.

WGME news segment broadcast on Tuesday night.

By Ann S. Kim akim@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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Ray Richardson, the host of a conservative talk show on WLOB Radio and WPME TV, said he found Limbaugh's comments "degrading and disgusting" while noting that Limbaugh has the right to say what he wants under the First Amendment. Richardson said Limbaugh also took the focus off an important issue and put it on himself.

"Bottom line for me is Rush has the right to say it, I have a right not to listen and people have a right not to support advertisers," he said. "Personally, I respect the right of people to (pressure advertisers), but I don't think they're effective. Because at the end of the day, if Rush has lost nine advertisers, there are nine people waiting in line to advertise."

Irv Williams of Portland said he had called local advertisers and urged them to reject the Limbaugh time slot on WGAN

Williams said he doesn't regularly listen to Limbaugh's show but heard reports last week about what he had said about Fluke.

"I was just appalled," said Williams, who describes himself politically as a liberal.

The Associated Press reported that ProFlowers and Legal Zoom pulled their national ads from the show over the weekend and that AOL Inc. and Tax Resolution Services Co. did so Monday, bringing the total of national advertisers fleeing the show to least nine as of Monday.

 

Staff Writer Edward D. Murphy contributed to this report.

 

Staff Writer Ann S. Kim can be contacted at 791-6383 or at: akim@pressherald.com

 

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