Not only that, chances are he has an even bigger audience now after the whole Fluke known as Sandra and her "I want free contraception." (Daily Caller).
There has been no measure of his listenership since the Fluke flap. But nonpartisan radio expert Michael Harrison told The Daily Caller that Limbaugh’s numbers likely are going nowhere but up — despite the anti-Limbaugh push.
Harrison is founder and publisher of Talkers magazine, the industry’s leading trade journal.
According to Harrison, even if all the publicity is negative, it is a “good bet that Rush is enjoying pretty high ratings” last week and going into this week.
“The irony is that he probably right now has the biggest audience he’s had in years, and the double irony of all this is sponsors that are fleeing, they’re missing out on the best advertising buy in radio,” Harrison told TheDC in an interview, explaining that Limbaugh incites passion on all fronts.
Limbaugh’s fans, said Harrison, will galvanize around him, not abandon him. Many of his detractors are listening because they feel vindicated, he explained, and still others are tuning in to hear what the fuss is about.
“[T]he whole thing is so full of irony, and so full of misinformation that it’s almost laughable,” he said.
For those who left, there was simply someone else to take their place, like Michelle Malkin, who is now advertising her new venture, Twitchy.com, on Limbaugh's website.
And those who left, well, let's just say there's been a backlash. Carbonite's stock has sank like the Titanic. Sleep Train, which went back with Rush all the way to his days as a local host at Sacramento's KFBK, went begging on their hands and knees to Rush to take them back. He refused and who can blame him. Do you really want fair weather friends as advertisers?
Will there also be a backlash towards certain musicians who have asked for their music not to be used as "bumper music" coming back from commercial breaks? Legal threats have been issued, but will that work? (Rolling Stone)
Legally, the bands may not have a case, says attorney Larry Iser.
...Limbaugh's case is different, says the attorney. His clients sued for copyright infingement – their songs were used in audio-visual media, requiring licenses for the musical composition and the use of the recording under the terms of the Copyright Act. By contrast, radio networks are covered under blanket agreements for "public performance" of all songs in the publishing catalogs of ASCAP, BMI and, in the band Rush's case, SESAC, the Society of European Stage Authors & Composers. The fact that Limbaugh's show has a political agenda does not interfere with his right to play music, so long as it's paid for, says Iser.
"What he did is in fact the essence of what 'public performance' is," Iser says. Networks like Premiere, which syndicates The Rush Limbaugh Show, "all take public performance licenses for the performing societies . . . Artists who make money from public performance royalties don't have the right, typically, to control who plays their songs. Once they choose to add their songs to the public performance catalog, they're out there for anyone [with a licensing agreement] to use."
So, in other words, it's just a publicity stunt. Gabriel doesn't do much, Kim Wilson mostly is on a tour circuit, but Rush is set to release a new record in May. Certainly, these hypocrites didn't care if the instrumental portions of their songs were being played, so long as they were getting paid. But when left-wing bloggers and George Soro$ funded groups started contacting them, they got spooked. In Rush (the band)'s case, they've been seen as "uncool" for the last 36 years, after they credited the writing of their 2112 album.
"With acknowledgment to the genius of Ayn Rand."
One magazine wrote about the band in 1984:
But the band has paid the price of fame and fortune. Accusations against it have ranged from critics fingering Rush as an anachronism of the late-'60s, to claims that Neil Peart's Ayn Rand-based lyrics promote neo-fascism and right-wing extremism.
So, is thumbing Rush Limbaugh in the eye going to get them that long-sought after spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and generate good publicity for the release of their upcoming studio album? One thought we could believe in the freedom of music with the Canadian trio. But glittering prizes and endless compromises shattered the illusion of integrity, much less respect for their loyal audience.
The band has been shamelessly silent about addressing the controversy, especially since they have a conservative/libertarian fan base where a lot of debate was spurned on various places on the Internet.
All I can say is I won't support people who will give aid and comfort to a fascistic attempt by the extreme liberal left to silence opposing political speech in America.
I'll never buy a Sleep Number bed.
I won't use Carbonite, and will not shop at Sears again.
And to Geddy, Neil and Alex, I hope your new Rush CD fails! I'm standing by Limbaugh.