Good Riddance, Carbonite

This morning on his radio show Rush Limbaugh spent most of the first hour apologizing for his calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute.”

He said he had descended to the level of the opposition and he was sorry he stooped that low. Limbaugh then turned the tables on his advertisers, saying companies like Carbonite didn’t value his audience and left to our imaginations what we should do about it. That company joined Sleep Train, Sleep Number, Legal Zoom, Citrix, Quicken Loans and Pro Flowers in pulling their ads.

It’s a sort of reverse McCarthyism that has been growing. Remember Don Imus and his shunning? Lou Dobbs who the left successfully had fired from CNN? Glenn Beck being made to leave Fox News? More recently Pat Buchanan has been attacked. This is no coincidence; this is hardball and they want scalps.

Interestingly, Jeffrey Lord at the American Spectator did some digging and came up with some interesting facts. He noticed that Rush’s apology

was not enough to satisfy. Sandra Fluke herself raced to the Ed Schultz show on MSNBC to denounce Rush. Yes, the same Ed Schulz who not long ago called conservative radio and TV commentator Laura Ingraham a “slut.” And he wasn’t joking either. But suddenly, Ms. Fluke simply didn’t care. Why? Because this entire controversy over Rush’s words was never about the actual subject. It was really about yet another drive to blacklist yet another conservative in the media.

He then goes on to point to a more recent event:

In the days after the death of Andrew Breitbart, perhaps the question can be phrased this way: “What would Andrew do?” Well, first, he would suggest you go to one of his sites to learn the facts — and in this case a very interesting fact about Sandra Fluke’s view of free speech. Here’s the link at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government where you will find this opening in a story by Charles Johnson:

As a student at Cornell and treasurer of a pro-choice organization at the school, Sandra Fluke, helped shut down a pro-life speech on Cornell’s campus by counter protesting. She argued that a pro-life organization at Cornell was about “manipulating [students’] emotions” with misleading statistics about abortion. But when it is her turn to speak on Capitol Hill, the third-year Georgetown Law Student demands she gets her say in a hearing that has nothing to do with birth control.

Well, well, well. So Sandra Fluke has a record of denying free speech to others?

What a surprise! A liberal doesn’t like the opposition to have a voice.

Lord then went on to examine Carbonite and its chief, David Friend:

In other words, to put it politely, Mr. Friend’s woe-is-me I’m-withdrawing-my-company’s sponsorship-from-Rush Limbaugh-because of-my-lovely-daughters is as close to certifiable BS as one can imagine. Mr. Friend, one can only suspect, placed Carbonite’s ads with Rush Limbaugh because he knew it would make him money — which he obviously then funneled to MoveOn and the rest. Meanwhile, he keeps advertising on the Ed Slut Show… sorry… Ed Schultz Show. His daughters? His daughters? What a deeply cynical man.

Not to mention Friend’s chutzpah calling for a “more civilized public discourse” when he is busy contributing to, the self-same group that put together this charming video comparing George W. Bush to Hitler. Not to mention MoveOn’s “Bush Lied” routine. This is pathetic….

Do you get the picture? The American Left — whether it pops up in the form of Media Matters, Color of Change,, Texans for Truth or other groups — is determined to shut off conservative dissent from their agenda by whatever means necessary. Fueled in part by money like that they received from David Friend of Carbonite. To do this they are quite specifically going after conservative talk radio hosts and television commentators one by one by one. The fact that David Friend of is there to stick it to Rush is all the better. The fact that Ed Schulz called Laura Ingraham a slut is one big no-big-deal to Sandra Fluke herself when she wants air time on with Mr. Ed. Why should David Friend care if Ms. Fluke doesn’t? So, Carbonite continues as Mr. Ed’s sponsor, sluts be damned.
Now, they want Rush’s scalp.

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