Are activists targeting Limbaugh advertisers?

limbaugh-angryAccording to Rush Limbaugh, in a website post entitled, “The Hidden Story Behind StopRush,” “Only 10 Twitter users account for almost 70% of all StopRush tweets to advertisers, amplified by illicit software. In addition, almost every communication from a StopRush activist originates from outside the State of the advertiser. Thus, these activists are not and never would have been customers. . .their only role is to harass small businesses in an attempt to interfere with their operations, as long as they are advertising with Rush.”

The post implicates Media Matters for America, especially EVP Angelo Carusone, as the people behind the campaign—including names, locations, screen identities some and, in some cases, e-mail addresses for the “activist bullies.”

But Carusone disputed the allegations, saying, “Rush Limbaugh’s show has reportedly lost millions of dollars in revenue for radio companies, thousands of advertisers big and small refuse to run ads on the program, and radio stations are dropping the show. After initially insisting there were no troubles with advertisers, two years later Limbaugh’s crisis team comes out with a report attributing this massive exodus to just 10 people? The numbers just don’t add up. This is a grassroots effort that grows every day. Instead of attacking people on the Internet, Limbaugh’s team would better fill their role by advising their client not to excuse rape in some situations (as he did just last week). Rush Limbaugh is bad for business—and the only thing Limbaugh has to blame for that is his own repeated conduct.”