Washington Post and the Rush Limbaugh Memory Hole

by Datechguy | March 30th, 2012

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Washington Post and the Rush Limbaugh Memory Hole

A few days ago the Wash­ing­ton Post broke down and revealed that the Rush Lim­baugh boy­cott had failed. Hotair quoted the paper:

Limbaugh’s adver­tis­ing losses may have been less than media accounts sug­gested. While more than 100 adver­tis­ers told Pre­mière that they didn’t want to be asso­ci­ated with “con­tro­ver­sial” radio pro­grams of any kind in the wake of the flap, some of these com­pa­nies weren’t reg­u­lar Lim­baugh spon­sors in the first place.

Caru­sone said most of the adver­tiser exo­dus over the past month appeared to be among com­pa­nies whose ads aired only in regional or local mar­kets, he said. “Fewer than five” nation­wide spon­sors of the pro­gram actu­ally pulled out, he said…

Today while writ­ing my “Under the Fedora” col­umn I went to the Wash­ing­ton Post page and sud­denly this para­graph looks…dif­fer­ent.

Caru­sone said most of the adver­tiser exo­dus over the past month appeared to be among com­pa­nies whose ads aired only in regional or local mar­kets, he said.

Inter­est­ingly enough the sen­tence say­ing “fewer than five” is gone. Here is the screen shot from HotAir:

and here is a screen shot of the Wash­ing­ton Post link as of 2:20 p.m. this after­noon (Click to enlarge):

I guess the real­ity of the num­bers is just too much for the Post to leave posted for posterity.

Update: Insta­lanche, thanks Glenn and this from com­ments that deserves repeat­ing:

If Wood­ward and Berstein were dead, they’d be turn­ing over in their graves…except that Wood­ward is now the exec­u­tive editor.

It’s one thing to chase down Nixon…quite another to tell the truth about Rush.

Update 2: Don Surber links and says:

Paul Fahri made the mis­take of telling the truth about Rush Lim­baugh. That must be a vio­la­tion of the Wash­ing­ton Post’s stylebook.


Update 3:
Under the Fedora is now up.

A few days ago the Washington Post broke down and revealed that the Rush Limbaugh boycott had failed. Hotair quoted the paper:

Limbaugh’s advertising losses may have been less than media accounts suggested. While more than 100 advertisers told Premiere that they didn’t want to be associated with “controversial” radio programs of any kind in the wake of the flap, some of these companies weren’t regular Limbaugh sponsors in the first place.

Carusone said most of the advertiser exodus over the past month appeared to be among companies whose ads aired only in regional or local markets, he said. “Fewer than five” nationwide sponsors of the program actually pulled out, he said…

Today while writing my “Under the Fedora” column I went to the Washington Post page and suddenly this paragraph looks…different.

Carusone said most of the advertiser exodus over the past month appeared to be among companies whose ads aired only in regional or local markets, he said.

Interestingly enough the sentence saying “fewer than five” is gone. Here is the screen shot from HotAir:

and here is a screen shot of the Washington Post link as of 2:20 p.m. this afternoon (Click to enlarge):

I guess the reality of the numbers is just too much for the Post to leave posted for posterity.

Update: Instalanche, thanks Glenn and this from comments that deserves repeating:

If Woodward and Berstein were dead, they’d be turning over in their graves…except that Woodward is now the executive editor.

It’s one thing to chase down Nixon…quite another to tell the truth about Rush.

Update 2: Don Surber links and says:

Paul Fahri made the mistake of telling the truth about Rush Limbaugh. That must be a violation of the Washington Post’s stylebook.


Update 3:
Under the Fedora is now up.

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