1. Backlash

    More Advertisers Abandon Limbaugh

    Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh speaks during a news conference at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. Limbaugh was taken to the hospital after experiencing chest pains similar to a heart attack Wednesday during a vacation. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Chris Carlson / AP Photo

    It’s unclear whether Rush Limbaugh’s apology will be enough to keep his advertisers. The conservative radio host has now lost seven of them, with flower company ProFlowers being the latest. Two mattress companies, a mortgage lender, a software maker, and a data backup provider all pulled out of the show as well. This weekend Limbaugh issued an apology of sorts to Sandra Fluke, the law student he called a “slut” for testifying on a congressional committee on birth control. Limbaugh said he “did not mean a personal attack” and that his choice of words was “not the best.” Democrats derided Limbaugh’s statement as a nonapology. Ron Paul also said it “was not very apologetic” and was probably done just to keep advertisers on board.

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