Westboro Seeks Advertising on Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh’s verbal attack against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke last month hasn’t fared too well for his program; his advertisers have pulled out left and right since the now infamous comments. Everyone from McDonalds to Radio Shack to Ace Hardware--a total of 140 advertisers--specifically asked that their advertising not be aired during Limbaugh’s show. Some are going so far as to create "buffer zones," ensuring their ads don't air within a one- to two-hour window before and after Limbaugh's show.
Limbaugh doesn’t seem to be too concerned about the loss. As Hatewatch reports, he said it’s like “losing a couple of French fries in the container when it’s delivered to you in the drive-thru. You don’t even notice it.”
Enter the people of Westboro Baptist Church--the Topeka, Kan.-based church probably best-known for picketing at U.S. soldiers' funerals. Westboro leadership see Limbaugh's comments as an opportune time to advertise on the show.
But despite churning out a 30-second ad pretty quickly, Limbaugh's advertising people at Premiere Networks refuse to run any of them.
“Premiere Networks is not considering an offer of sponsorship from Westboro Baptist Church,” the show's public relations director told Hatewatch.