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Clear Channel Pulls Rush Billboard In Wake Of Tucson Tragedy

From, a music and radio industry website. The capitalizations are theirs.
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KNST-A/TUCSON has pulled down a billboard that advertised RUSH LIMBAUGH's show because it touted the host as a "straight shooter" -- with the billboard pockmarked by bullet holes. The action comes in the wake of the shooting of Rep. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS (D-AZ) and 18 others, that included five deaths.

CLEAR CHANNEL told the political website TALKINGPOINTSMEMO.COM that while the ad "used the common expression 'straight shooter' to describe Mr. LIMBAUGH's candid and direct style," it was KNST's promotion department that created the ad, not LIMBAUGH's show. Nevertheless, management decided it might not be such a good idea to keep the ad up.

Here's CLEAR CHANNEL'S full statement:

Starting several weeks before the recent tragic incident in TUCSON, CLEAR CHANNEL OUTDOOR had been displaying an ad campaign created by a local TUCSON Talk radio station to promote its broadcasts of RUSH LIMBAUGH's nationally syndicated radio program. This particular ad -- which used the common expression "straight shooter" to describe MR. LIMBAUGH's candid and direct style -- was designed and contracted for by the local station's promotion department - not by Mr. LIMBAUGH's program. In the wake of the tragedy, CLEAR CHANNEL Outdoor management in TUCSON quickly elected to take down this ad -- believing that discussion of its interpretation would not contribute to the desire for healing in the TUCSON community.

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Asked by gdiamante at 1:14 PM on Jan. 14, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (53)
  • Words and pics have meaning

    Especially when words are etched on assault rifles...

    or billboards...


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:17 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Tucson happened because of a mental health issue NOT because of a political issue.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:19 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • "Tucson happened because of a mental health issue NOT because of a political issue."

    I happen to agree. I just found Clear Channel's action interesting.

    Comment by gdiamante (original poster) at 1:21 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Tucson happened because of a mental health issue NOT because of a political issue.

    who said otherwise?

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:22 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • It's like what happens after someone you know dies. You and other friends and family are suddenly conscious of saying things involving death, like "my head is killing me" or "I'm dead tired". It may not even be that you think it's a "wrong" thing to say, but you don't want to offend someone else who might take it the wrong way (and chances are they're doing the same thing for the same reason). And then after some time passes you (and everyone else) gets over being so sensitive to it. This is the same thing, on a larger scale.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:24 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Well that is just utterly stupid. The PC police are in overload mode now.

    Answer by Carpy at 1:25 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • So they decided their own ad wasn't representing them in a good light? If so, then they made the right decision. I'm glad they are stressing that the ad was theirs, and not Rush's since we know there are many who will overlook that tidbit as further evidence the Right is promoting violence.

    Answer by SuperChicken at 1:31 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Any news taking down Rush is good news to me!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:35 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • That's. Just. Stupid.

    Answer by momof030404 at 1:35 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Should the department store Target, change their logo?

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:48 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

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